Wed, 24 Oct 2018

Remains of hundreds of children from Catholic-run home to be exhumed in Ireland

Remains of hundreds of children from Catholic-run home to be exhumed in Ireland

The remains of hundreds of children feared buried in a mass grave at a former home run by a Catholic religious order are to be exhumed as part of a major forensic investigation.

The Independent (Ireland)

‘Low-income women’s access to contraception is under attack in the US’

‘Low-income women’s access to contraception is under attack in the US’

Kathleen Sebelius says this is the wrong time for the US to undermine proven successes on reproductive rights.

The Washington Post

Ancient tribe on the brink of being wiped out by Christian missionaries

Ancient tribe on the brink of being wiped out by Christian missionaries

An ancient tribe that knows little of the world outside its rainforest home is close to being wiped out by Christian missionaries.

Metro

UN committee says France’s ban on face coverings violates human rights

UN committee says France’s ban on face coverings violates human rights

The UN Human Rights Committee has said France's ban on face coverings "violated" the rights of two women who were fined for wearing full-face veils in public.

France 24

Tue, 23 Oct 2018

Abortion in Northern Ireland: MPs to vote on scrapping ban

Abortion in Northern Ireland: MPs to vote on scrapping ban

MPs will be given a chance to vote on legalising abortion in Northern Ireland, after a cross party coalition of politicians launched a 10-minute rule bill to decriminalise women who end their own pregnancies.

The Independent

Council votes to sell town hall to evangelical church in Nottinghamshire

Council votes to sell town hall to evangelical church in Nottinghamshire

Councillors in Broxtowe in Nottinghamshire have voted to sell Beeston Town Hall to the evangelical church Cornerstone, which is based in Nottingham.

West Bridgford Wire

Abortion clinic buffer zone proposed at clinic in south-west London

Abortion clinic buffer zone proposed at clinic in south-west London

Anti-choice protesters could be prevented from demonstrating outside an abortion clinic in Twickenham.

Richmond and Twickenham Times

‘Universities: Is free speech under threat?’

‘Universities: Is free speech under threat?’

Free speech is being threatened at British universities by a culture of offence among certain students, according to critics. BBC Reality Check investigates.

BBC

Amnesty and ICCL call for Yes vote in Ireland’s blasphemy referendum

Amnesty and ICCL call for Yes vote in Ireland’s blasphemy referendum

Amnesty and the Irish Council for Civil Liberties have issued a joint appeal for a 'Yes' vote in the blasphemy referendum.

The Irish Times

‘Blasphemy, Stephen Fry and referendum in Ireland’

‘Blasphemy, Stephen Fry and referendum in Ireland’

On Friday voters in Ireland are being asked to remove a reference to blasphemy from the constitution.

BBC

Survivors of Ireland’s Magdalene laundries lose hope of compensation

Survivors of Ireland’s Magdalene laundries lose hope of compensation

Women who say they had their childhood stolen in Ireland's Magdalene laundries have said that they are losing hope they will ever be compensated by the state.

The Times (£)

US federal prosecutors open clergy abuse probe in Pennsylvania

US federal prosecutors open clergy abuse probe in Pennsylvania

US federal prosecutors have opened an investigation of child sexual abuse by Roman Catholic priests in Pennsylvania.

AP News

Trump administration considering allowing foster care group to discriminate against non-Christians

Trump administration considering allowing foster care group to discriminate against non-Christians

The Trump administration is considering a request from a faith-based foster care agency to continue denying non-Christian parents the opportunity to foster children.

Vox

Anti-Muslim rhetoric 'widespread' among candidates for US midterms, report claims

Anti-Muslim rhetoric 'widespread' among candidates for US midterms, report claims

A new report has said the US's 2018 midterm elections have seen a dramatic rise in anti-Muslim rhetoric.

The Guardian

Trump administration faces call not to go forward with rollback of transgender protections

Trump administration faces call not to go forward with rollback of transgender protections

The Human Rights Campaign, an LGBT+ rights group in the US, has called for the Trump administration not to go forward with a rollback of protections for transgender people.

CNN

Mon, 22 Oct 2018

Labour MPs to press May for Commons vote on Northern Ireland abortion ban

Labour MPs to press May for Commons vote on Northern Ireland abortion ban

Labour MPs will increase the pressure to end Northern Ireland's highly restrictive Victorian-era abortion laws this week in a series of Commons votes designed to push the UK government into action.

The Guardian

MSPs raise case of Pakistani human rights activist facing travel ban

MSPs raise case of Pakistani human rights activist facing travel ban

Scottish politicians have urged Pakistan's prime minister to lift a travel ban on a woman who helped to expose Islamic schools linked to the Taliban.

Daily Record

C of E doesn’t officially respond to consultation on gender recognition

C of E doesn’t officially respond to consultation on gender recognition

The Church of England has said the process of someone changing their gender needs to be made easier so transgender people feel more welcomed. But it has declined to respond officially to a government consultation on the issue as it does not hold a "settled view" on the issue.

Premier Christian Radio

Catholic Church leader lobbies against opt-out organ donation

Catholic Church leader lobbies against opt-out organ donation

A senior leader in the Catholic Church is asking the government to drop plans to introduce 'opt-out' consent for organ and tissue donation in England.

Christian Today

More details of same-sex couple’s accusations against Worcester headteacher

More details of same-sex couple’s accusations against Worcester headteacher

A row has broken out between a same-sex couple from Droitwich and a Worcester school headteacher with the pair accusing him of ignoring equality laws.

Droitwich Standard

Australian PM apologises to victims of child sexual abuse

Australian PM apologises to victims of child sexual abuse

Australian prime minister Scott Morrison has given a national apology to victims of child sexual abuse.

BBC

‘Ireland’s blasphemy referendum is an opportunity to take a useful step’

‘Ireland’s blasphemy referendum is an opportunity to take a useful step’

Liam Herrick says a yes vote on Friday would remove the criminalisation of irreverence from Ireland's constitution and express support for persecuted people around the world.

Irish Examiner

‘US religious extremists got their judge – now they’re going to strip LGBT+ rights’

‘US religious extremists got their judge – now they’re going to strip LGBT+ rights’

Michelangelo Signorile says hundreds of laws protecting LGBTQ people across the United States could be wiped out after the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh.

The Huffington Post

US group argues in court for ‘secular prayer’ rights on House floor

US group argues in court for ‘secular prayer’ rights on House floor

A US federal appeals court has heard arguments in a case involving an advocacy group that sued the House of Representatives chaplain after an atheist was not allowed to deliver a secular prayer on the House floor.

The Hill

‘In Poland, another blow to the Catholic Church’

‘In Poland, another blow to the Catholic Church’

Anne Applebaum says record numbers of Poles are flocking to see a searing, painful film that condemns the Polish Catholic Church as corrupt and hypocritical.

The Washington Post

Religious pharmacist in US allegedly denies woman post-miscarriage medication

Religious pharmacist in US allegedly denies woman post-miscarriage medication

A woman who suffered a miscarriage was refused vital medication by a pharmacy in Michigan because the pharmacist cited religious objections, a letter of complaint from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) claims.

The Guardian

Fri, 19 Oct 2018

Lancashire County Council votes to stop giving schools non-stunned halal meat

Lancashire County Council votes to stop giving schools non-stunned halal meat

Lancashire County Council will stop supplying the supply of halal meat from un-stunned animals to 27 schools in the new year. Yesterday afternoon a full council meeting voted decisively to end the supply of non-stun meat to schools.

Lancashire Telegraph

Northern Irish women still facing difficult choice over abortion, says research

Northern Irish women still facing difficult choice over abortion, says research

Women in Northern Ireland who want an abortion are caught between the costs, stigma and complexities of travelling to Great Britain and the risk of prosecution if they access pills online to take at home, according to new research.

The Guardian

Anjem Choudary: Radical preacher released from prison

Anjem Choudary: Radical preacher released from prison

Radical preacher Anjem Choudary, jailed for inviting support for the Islamic State group, has been released.

BBC

‘Charities must not be sucked into hate’

‘Charities must not be sucked into hate’

Brooke Goldstein and Jonathan Turner say charities which aid and abet extremism must be held to account.

Jewish News

Man admits setting fire to doors of Edinburgh Sikh temple and Leith church

Man admits setting fire to doors of Edinburgh Sikh temple and Leith church

A man who has "issues" with religion has admitted setting fire to the doors of a Sikh temple and a church in Edinburgh and the nearby area of Leith.

Daily Record

Hate mail sent to Muslim families in Lancashire town

Hate mail sent to Muslim families in Lancashire town

Booklets ridiculing Islam and accompanied by hand-written notes have been sent to six addresses where Muslims live in Preston.

Lancashire Evening Post

Iran allows women into football match for the first time in 35 years

Iran allows women into football match for the first time in 35 years

On Tuesday women were allowed to watch Iran play Bolivia at football in Tehran. Women have been banned from watching sport in person since shortly after the Islamic revolution of 1979.

The Washington Post

Trump administration aims to expand religious exemptions for birth control coverage

Trump administration aims to expand religious exemptions for birth control coverage

Women's health advocates in the US warn that the Trump administration is set to try tightening access to birth control by broadening religious exemptions for companies providing health insurance.

The Guardian

Brett Kavanaugh’s chance to rule on LGBT+ rights may come soon

Brett Kavanaugh’s chance to rule on LGBT+ rights may come soon

Anti-LGBT+ groups have filed lawsuits coinciding with Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation to the US Supreme Court. It appears likely they hope the cases will make their way to the court, which now has a 5-4 conservative majority.

Advocate

‘The blurry line of controversial speech’

‘The blurry line of controversial speech’

Sharmeen Abedi says a recent university speech by ex-Muslim activist Ali Rizvi is a reminder that free speech, unless inciting violence or hate, must be upheld.

The Varsity (Canada)

Churches rally against marriage equality in Cuba

Churches rally against marriage equality in Cuba

Cuban evangelical churches are collecting signatures to petition against a proposed constitutional amendment that would open the door to gay marriage. This is part of an unusually strong nongovernmental political campaign for the Communist-run island.

NBC News

‘I forgave my mother for my FGM - but I want to stop the practice’

‘I forgave my mother for my FGM - but I want to stop the practice’

Hibo Wardere was bullied at school in Somalia because she had not had FGM. Then her genitals were cut. She describes what happened, how she has responded and why she wants to end the practice.

The Telegraph

Thu, 18 Oct 2018

'One in 10' councils supply non-stunned meat to schools – NSS extensively quoted

'One in 10' councils supply non-stunned meat to schools – NSS extensively quoted

At least 18 councils are supplying non-stunned meat to schools, NSS research has revealed, despite pressure from veterinary organisations to ban the practice.

Farming UK

NSS gives view on halal meat row in Lancashire

NSS gives view on halal meat row in Lancashire

The NSS has written to all councillors in Lancashire urging them to end the supply of meat from un-stunned animals to 27 schools. Lancashire County Council will take a final vote on the issue today.

Lancashire Telegraph

Sharia ‘law’ academic defends M&S over £6 hijabs for four-year-old girls – NSS extensively quoted

Sharia ‘law’ academic defends M&S over £6 hijabs for four-year-old girls – NSS extensively quoted

A Sharia 'law'academic has appeared on Good Morning Britain to defend a high street retailer's decision to stock hijabs for sale to very young children. NSS research shows that more than two in five Islamic schools in England that accept girls require them to wear a hijab as school uniform.

Birmingham Live

Officials in Scotland consider exempting church from gender shake-up

Officials in Scotland consider exempting church from gender shake-up

SNP ministers are considering proposals to allow people to self-declare their gender. Officials say equality laws may be changed to give churches an opt-out from the plans.

The Herald

Aid standards body suspends Catholic charity’s membership

Aid standards body suspends Catholic charity’s membership

Cafod, Britain's largest Catholic aid charity, has had its membership suspended from an international aid standard body.

Premier Christian Radio

Council in London takes down orthodox Jewish ‘eruv’ boundary line

Council in London takes down orthodox Jewish ‘eruv’ boundary line

Hackney Council has removed a boundary line put up by Orthodox Jewish rabbis after some people in the street it was in threatened to cut it down themselves. No planning consent was obtained and residents were not consulted before the eruv – a very thin wire or string – was strung from the lamp posts there last month.

Hackney Gazette

Muslim campaigner against anti-semitism pulls out of event after hardliners campaign against it

Muslim campaigner against anti-semitism pulls out of event after hardliners campaign against it

A London event involving the group Muslims Against Antisemitism planned for tomorrow has been targeted by supporters of the hardline Muslim group MEND.

Jewish News

C of E school in Essex may close

C of E school in Essex may close

Parents and residents are meeting with Essex County Council (ECC) to discuss its plans to close a Church of England primary school on the outskirts of Chelmsford. The council has cited low numbers attending the school and financial pressure as reasons for its decision.

Essex Live

Jamal Khashoggi: ‘What the Arab world needs most is free expression’

Jamal Khashoggi: ‘What the Arab world needs most is free expression’

The Washington Post has published the final column from Jamal Khashoggi, the dissident who appears to have been killed by the Saudi regime. Khashoggi calls for free speech in the Arab world.

The Washington Post

Mobs attack women near India Hindu temple

Mobs attack women near India Hindu temple

Crowds of angry Hindu devotees have prevented women from entering one of Hinduism's holiest temples despite a historic Supreme Court ruling.

BBC

Queensland decriminalises abortion

Queensland decriminalises abortion

Queensland has become Australia's latest state to decriminalise abortion, repealing a century-old law that made the practice punishable with prison time.

Time

Brazil far-right candidate backs Catholic Church’s anti-abortion stance

Brazil far-right candidate backs Catholic Church’s anti-abortion stance

The favourite to be Brazil's next president, far-right politician Jair Bolsonaro, has signed a commitment to keep abortion illegal if he wins power, backing the influential Catholic Church's stance.

France 24

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