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Thu, 11 Mar 2021

‘Religious freedom protects our right to worship. It doesn’t protect discrimination.’

‘Religious freedom protects our right to worship. It doesn’t protect discrimination.’

People of faith look the other way while legislators codify discrimination against LGBTQ Americans in the name of 'religious liberty', says David W. Key Sr.

Religion News Service

‘Being gay in Ghana: LGBT community is “under attack”’

‘Being gay in Ghana: LGBT community is “under attack”’

"The church also advances this argument that queer people in Ghana are abhorrent. And really the church promotes violent discourse against queer people about 'throwing them into the ocean', about how they 'don't belong here', about how they're 'bringing the downfall of the society'."

BBC

Wed, 10 Mar 2021

Eleventh-hour bid to stop controversial Hate Crime Bill – NSS quoted

Eleventh-hour bid to stop controversial Hate Crime Bill – NSS quoted

MSPs are being urged not to pass the controversial Hate Crime Bill as it faces its final hurdle in the Scottish Parliament. NSS chief executive Stephen Evans is quoted.

The Scotsman*

Ampleforth College: Catholic school in child abuse scandal fails new inspection

Ampleforth College: Catholic school in child abuse scandal fails new inspection

Ampleforth College, the Catholic school that is banned from taking new pupils after a child sex abuse scandal, has failed another Ofsted inspection.

The Times*

Relaxation of Covid rules will allow places of worship to reopen in Scotland

Relaxation of Covid rules will allow places of worship to reopen in Scotland

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon outlined the latest easing of the coronavirus restrictions, including allowing people from two households to gather outdoors and up to 50 people to attend places of worship.

Daily Record

Whitby Catholic school to close down next month

Whitby Catholic school to close down next month

A Whitby Roman Catholic primary school with just two pupils will officially close its doors for the final time next month.

The Scarborough News

Newspaper removes lockdown article image of Charedi Jews

Newspaper removes lockdown article image of Charedi Jews

The piece, entitled 'Covid lockdown a success but UK 'not out of the woods' used an image of strictly-Orthodox Jews next to a coronavirus information poster.

Jewish News

Polish ‘LGBT-free zone’ refuses entry to gay French minister

Polish ‘LGBT-free zone’ refuses entry to gay French minister

Clément Beaune, France's minister for European affairs, has said he was denied access to one of Poland's so-called LGBT-free zones ahead of his trip to the country this week.

Pink News

US: Arkansas governor signs near-total abortion ban into law

US: Arkansas governor signs near-total abortion ban into law

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Tuesday signed into law legislation banning nearly all abortions in the state, a sweeping measure that supporters hope will force the U.S. Supreme Court to revisit its landmark Roe v. Wade decision but opponents vow to block before it takes effect later this year.

The Associated Press

China breaching every article in genocide convention, says legal report on Uighurs

China breaching every article in genocide convention, says legal report on Uighurs

The Chinese government has breached every single article of the UN genocide convention in its treatment of Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang, and bears responsibility for committing genocide, according to a landmark legal report.

The Guardian

Hide names to curb Dalit job bias in India, study says

Hide names to curb Dalit job bias in India, study says

Concealing candidates' surnames in the ultra-competitive civil service exam would help to overcome caste prejudice, report urges.

The Guardian

‘Abducted, shackled and forced to marry at 12’

‘Abducted, shackled and forced to marry at 12’

Farah, a 12-year-old Christian girl, says she was taken from her home in Pakistan last summer, shackled, forced to convert to Islam and made to marry her kidnapper. It's a fate estimated to befall hundreds of young Christian, Hindu and Sikh women and children in the country each year.

BBC

Tue, 09 Mar 2021

Sex between faith leaders and teenagers in their care to be made illegal in England and Wales

Sex between faith leaders and teenagers in their care to be made illegal in England and Wales

Religious leaders and sports coaches could be banned from having sex with 16 and 17-year-olds in their care under plans to expand child abuse laws in England and Wales.

The Guardian

Ministers 'must quickly ban LGBT+ conversion therapy'

Ministers 'must quickly ban LGBT+ conversion therapy'

Campaigners have accused the government of not moving quickly enough towards banning LGBT+ "conversion therapy" in England and Wales.

BBC

NI abortion law changes referred to Human Rights Commission

NI abortion law changes referred to Human Rights Commission

The NI Assembly has agreed to refer planned abortion legislation to the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission. DUP assembly member (MLA) Paul Givan brought forward the bill, which aims to prevent abortions for conditions such as Down's Syndrome and cleft palate.

BBC

‘Religion and its grip on Northern Ireland's education system’

‘Religion and its grip on Northern Ireland's education system’

Our schools stand as one of the few remaining bastions of segregation. So what can allow teachers the opportunity to walk through into the 21st century asks Mark Bain.

Belfast Telegraph*

‘Sex ed: UK Catholics need non-Christians to do their dirty work’

‘Sex ed: UK Catholics need non-Christians to do their dirty work’

The relationships and sex education resource 'A Fertile Heart' is Catholic propaganda, pure and simple. But what's worse is that the Catholics involved have an overblown sense of entitlement and expect non-religious teachers to teach it to children, says Barry Duke.

The Freethinker (Patheos)

Samuel Paty: French schoolgirl admits lying about murdered teacher

Samuel Paty: French schoolgirl admits lying about murdered teacher

A French schoolgirl has admitted to spreading false claims about a teacher before he was murdered last year. Samuel Paty was beheaded in October after showing students cartoons of Muhammad.

BBC

Polish women mark International Women's Day protesting abortion ban

Polish women mark International Women's Day protesting abortion ban

Women's rights activists in Poland marked International Women's Day on Monday caught between reasons to celebrate and a heavy sense that they are facing a long battle ahead.

Mail Online

US: Christian baker who refused to bake a trans woman’s cake to face discrimination suit

US: Christian baker who refused to bake a trans woman’s cake to face discrimination suit

A Colorado judge will allow a discrimination complaint against Christian baker Jack Phillips, who refused to make a cake in the colours of the trans Pride flag.

Pink News

Nigeria kidnappings: ‘The Chibok captive who defied Boko Haram’

Nigeria kidnappings: ‘The Chibok captive who defied Boko Haram’

Mass kidnappings of children in Nigeria have been making global headlines recently and this has been hard to watch for a young woman who was abducted in an infamous attack on a school in Chibok.

BBC

Mon, 08 Mar 2021

Interim manager appointed to religious charity accused of selling 'coronavirus cleansing kits' – NSS mentioned

Interim manager appointed to religious charity accused of selling 'coronavirus cleansing kits' – NSS mentioned

The regulator opened a compliance case in April into The Kingdom Church GB, which runs a church in south London, after the National Secular Society said the charity had been advertising false coronavirus cleansing products made of oil and string.

Third Sector*

Herefordshire Catholic school's sex and relationships lessons 'damaging'

Herefordshire Catholic school's sex and relationships lessons 'damaging'

A school's sex and relationships programme which teaches that LGBT people cannot marry or have sex has been criticised as "wholly damaging".

BBC

Humza Yousaf admits mistakes over Hate Crime Bill

Humza Yousaf admits mistakes over Hate Crime Bill

Scotland's Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf admitted he has made mistakes over his Hate Crime Bill — but insisted the law is needed to protect victims of prejudice.

The Scottish Sun

Buddhist monastery in Dumfries and Galloway fighting plans for shooting ranges nearby

Buddhist monastery in Dumfries and Galloway fighting plans for shooting ranges nearby

Buddhists at the Samye Ling Monastery are opposing plans to open two shooting ranges close to their Dumfries and Galloway site.

ITV

Listed Places of Worship scheme to be extended

Listed Places of Worship scheme to be extended

The Listed Places of Worship Grant Scheme has been extended for a further year to the end of March 2022. Through the government scheme, which had been due to end at the end of this month, representatives of listed places of worship can apply for a grant to cover the VAT costs incurred when carrying out urgent building repairs.

Church Times*

‘LGBT+ kids are being offered conversion therapy in the UK. It has to stop’

‘LGBT+ kids are being offered conversion therapy in the UK. It has to stop’

Dr Igi Moon explains why all healthcare providers "must come together again and fight to stop any of our community being told they need to be 'cured'".

Pink News

Switzerland referendum: Voters support ban on face coverings in public

Switzerland referendum: Voters support ban on face coverings in public

Switzerland has narrowly voted in favour of banning face coverings in public, including the burka or niqab worn by Muslim women.

BBC

Belgium to repatriate children of jihadists at Shamima Begum camp

Belgium to repatriate children of jihadists at Shamima Begum camp

The children of Belgian jihadists at the same refugee camp as Shamima Begum are to be repatriated due to the escalating security and humanitarian crisis.

The Independent

US: ‘Pastors at odds about fusion of faith and politics’

US: ‘Pastors at odds about fusion of faith and politics’

The debate over what role religion should play in public life has never been more contentious, with some promoting a vision of Christian primacy that critics say tramples on the rights of everyone else.

CBS News

Being nonreligious might be good for your health, new study finds

Being nonreligious might be good for your health, new study finds

Several new studies are challenging the idea that being an atheist leads to poor health.

Religion News Service

Airline accused of antisemitism after kicking Jewish family off plane over masks

Airline accused of antisemitism after kicking Jewish family off plane over masks

Frontier Airlines is facing accusations of antisemitism after videos circulated online of the airline kicking a Chasidic Jewish family off a plane because of violations over its mask requirements.

Jewish News

Fri, 05 Mar 2021

Religious exemption of teachers from NI fair employment law 'past sell-by date'

Religious exemption of teachers from NI fair employment law 'past sell-by date'

The exemption of teachers from fair employment legislation "has passed its sell-by date," MLAs have been told. The recruitment of teachers is exempt from legislation outlawing religious discrimination in Northern Ireland.

BBC

Religious divorce refusal can now be recognised as a criminal offence

Religious divorce refusal can now be recognised as a criminal offence

A husband who refuses a 'get' (Jewish religious divorce) can now be viewed as exerting controlling and coercive behaviour, listed as a criminal offence under the Serious Crime Act.

Jewish News

Backlash after Aldi removes ‘offensive’ wording on beef label over complaints from Hindus

Backlash after Aldi removes ‘offensive’ wording on beef label over complaints from Hindus

Aldi has removed a label on its beef dish after the supermarket received complaints from Hindu customers. However, the supermarket came up against yet more backlash as shoppers pointed out that not all Hindus adhere to the no-beef rule.

My London

Council ‘wrong to offer Charedi Jewish teen respite care at non-Jewish home’

Council ‘wrong to offer Charedi Jewish teen respite care at non-Jewish home’

Council bosses were wrong to offer a disabled Orthodox Jewish teenager 12 weeks of respite care at a residential home which was not "exclusively Orthodox Jewish", a judge has concluded.

Jewish News

Mother hits out at son's 'anti-Semitic' RE homework

Mother hits out at son's 'anti-Semitic' RE homework

A mother has hit out at her seven-year-old son's 'anti-Semitic' homework that claimed Jews were responsible for the death of Jesus Christ.

Mail Online

Judge rules that belief in English nationalism is a 'protected characteristic'

Judge rules that belief in English nationalism is a 'protected characteristic'

English nationalists can be protected from discrimination in the same way followers of a religion or philosophical belief are, a judge has ruled.

Mail Online

Three Covid rule breakers met for prayer and 'religious gathering' in Nottingham

Three Covid rule breakers met for prayer and 'religious gathering' in Nottingham

Three people who attended a religious gathering at a house have been fined after a "deliberate breach" of the Covid-19 regulations.

Nottinghamshire Live

Author shares story of coming out as gay and Muslim: ‘My father asked a witch doctor to cure me’

Author shares story of coming out as gay and Muslim: ‘My father asked a witch doctor to cure me’

Author and criminal barrister Mohsin Zaidi has been praised after appearing on Jeremy Vine's Radio 2 show to discuss his coming-out memoir 'A Dutiful Boy'.

Pink News

US bishops speak out against Equality Act

US bishops speak out against Equality Act

In a letter to all members of Congress, the US bishops' conference voiced strong opposition to the Equality Act, a series of measures designed to end discrimination against US citizens on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

The Tablet*

Tasmania's House of Assembly passes Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill

Tasmania's House of Assembly passes Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill

Tasmania's House of Assembly has passed a Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill, making the legislation all but certain to become law.

ABC News

‘Abortion is no longer a crime in Australia. But legal hurdles to access remain’

‘Abortion is no longer a crime in Australia. But legal hurdles to access remain’

South Australia this week became the final Australian jurisdiction to partially decriminalise abortion. While this is a positive step, important legal hurdles to abortion access remain in South Australia and around the country, say Erica Millar and Barbara Baird.

The Conversation

‘Israel army faces battle over beards’

‘Israel army faces battle over beards’

Bar Pinto and Gilad Levi have taken issue with a system that grants exemptions to that rule on religious grounds, while the faces of nonreligious troops must remain smooth.

France 24

Thu, 04 Mar 2021

Nurses from strict religious backgrounds more likely to have “negative attitudes” towards LGBT+ patients

Nurses from strict religious backgrounds more likely to have “negative attitudes” towards LGBT+ patients

Calls have been made to ensure nurses across Europe are trained to be "compassionate and culturally aware" towards LGBT+ people, after new research found staff from strict religious backgrounds were more likely to have "negative attitudes" towards these patients.

Nursing Times

Regulator upbraids Sikh charity that had to call police to several trustee meetings

Regulator upbraids Sikh charity that had to call police to several trustee meetings

The Charity Commission said it had concluded a long-running inquiry into the Central Gurdwara (British Isles) London Khalsa Jatha after a new board of trustees was appointed to oversee the charity, which operates a temple in Shepherd's Bush, west London.

Third Sector*

PR guru resigns after saying firm does not hire 'blacks, gays or Catholics'

PR guru resigns after saying firm does not hire 'blacks, gays or Catholics'

The founder of a PR company has resigned as chairman over a social media post where he said the firm does not hire "blacks, gays or Catholics". He added that the company only takes on "talented people" and does not care about their skin colour, sexual orientation or religion.

Daily Record

Priest ‘sexually and physically’ abused boys at Belvedere College in 1970s

Priest ‘sexually and physically’ abused boys at Belvedere College in 1970s

A Jesuit priest abused boys at Belvedere College in Dublin's city centre when he taught there in the 1970s, the congregation has confirmed, two years after being confronted by a former victim about the secrecy surrounding the case.

The Irish Times

Swiss to vote on banning face veils in referendum criticised as ‘Islamophobic’

Swiss to vote on banning face veils in referendum criticised as ‘Islamophobic’

Opinion polls suggest most Swiss will back it and the ban will become law.

Reuters

Cyprus’s Eurovision entry draws protests from religious groups

Cyprus’s Eurovision entry draws protests from religious groups

Performed by Elena Tsagkrinou, this year's Cypriot Eurovision entry is titled 'El Diablo' – Spanish for 'The Devil' – and features lyrics such as, "I gave my heart to El Diablo / Because he tells me I'm his angel"

Complete Music Update

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