Mon, 04 Mar 2019

Minister claims gay ‘conversion therapy’ has nothing to do with faith

Minister claims gay ‘conversion therapy’ has nothing to do with faith

The equalities minister Susan Williams has claimed faith has not "got anything to do with" gay 'conversion therapy'.

Pink News

MP says decision not to invite gay spouses to Anglican conference should be tested in court

MP says decision not to invite gay spouses to Anglican conference should be tested in court

An MP has accused the Church of England of discriminating against gay people after bishops were told same-sex spouses would not be invited to a major conference it is holding.

Christian Today

Anti-FGM campaigner uninvited from panel after Labour MPs 'complain'

Anti-FGM campaigner uninvited from panel after Labour MPs 'complain'

A campaigner calling to end the practice of female genital mutilation has been uninvited from an International Women's Day panel after Labour MPs allegedly complained about her attendance.

Talk Radio

London street preacher's arrest prompts government review petition

London street preacher's arrest prompts government review petition

The controversial arrest of a street preacher in north London has prompted a petition calling upon the government to take urgent action.

Premier Christian Radio

Irish ban on funding abortion services in developing world to be lifted

Irish ban on funding abortion services in developing world to be lifted

A ban on the use of Irish government aid money to fund abortion services in developing countries is likely to be set aside as a consequence of the changes to the legalisation on abortion in Ireland.

The Irish Times

Report asks Ireland’s Catholic hospitals to consider removing religious symbols

Report asks Ireland’s Catholic hospitals to consider removing religious symbols

A report has asked Ireland's Catholic hospitals to consider removing crucifixes and other religious symbols from rooms with non-Catholic patients.

Crux

George Pell to be sued over alleged 1970s sexual abuse

George Pell to be sued over alleged 1970s sexual abuse

A man who claims he was molested by George Pell, the cardinal recently found guilty of child abuse, in the 1970s will file a lawsuit against him in Australia.

The Guardian

Fri, 01 Mar 2019

Soaring numbers will miss out on first school choices

Soaring numbers will miss out on first school choices

Record numbers of children will today be left without their first-choice secondary school for September, experts predict.

The Times

Segregating pupils by religion is a barrier to friendship

Segregating pupils by religion is a barrier to friendship

THIS isn't a story about "my sectarianism hell". Growing up in west Edinburgh in the 1980s in a non-religious family, I don't have one of those. Instead it's a story about friendship … and difference.

The National

'Three criticisms of sex education – and why they're wrong'

'Three criticisms of sex education – and why they're wrong'

There are very good reasons why sex and relationships education is being made mandatory, argues Natasha Devon

TES

Free speech under attack, says lecturer Dr Chris Hill in faith row

Free speech under attack, says lecturer Dr Chris Hill in faith row

A lecturer has accused his former university of failing to uphold free speech after he was subjected to a formal inquiry over comments in a private email in which he attacked religious faith.

The Times

An illiberal tide is sweeping British universities and thwarting debate

An illiberal tide is sweeping British universities and thwarting debate

Cherwell, Oxford's independent student newspaper, recently refused to publish an online profile because it could "be considered offensive." This is a dangerous path to take.

The New Statesman

Tory pact with DUP denies women in Northern Ireland basic rights, says MP Creasy

Tory pact with DUP denies women in Northern Ireland basic rights, says MP Creasy

Labour Party MP Stella Creasy has criticised the confidence and supply agreement between the Conservatives and the DUP, blaming the deal for denying women their rights.#

Belfast Telegraph

Tory MP criticised for saying there’s no Islamophobia in the party because Sajid Javid is a Muslim

Tory MP criticised for saying there’s no Islamophobia in the party because Sajid Javid is a Muslim

Andrew Neil pointed out Baroness Warsi, a former Tory Minister has said Islamophobia is "rife" in the party

iNews

Bishops should take Church of England summit to court over same-sex partner ban, says MP

Bishops should take Church of England summit to court over same-sex partner ban, says MP

An MP has hit out at the Church of England after bishops were told they could not bring same-sex partners to the Lambeth Conference.

Telegraph

Jewish club invokes Hitler to dismiss woman’s discrimination claim

Jewish club invokes Hitler to dismiss woman’s discrimination claim

"We do not define Jewish according to Hitler, but Jewish law", European Centre for Jewish Students wrote in email rejecting half-Jewish Londoner's application.

Jewish News

Man threatened Muslim woman because she was dressed in western clothing

Man threatened Muslim woman because she was dressed in western clothing

Police are urging Muslim women who have been intimidated or threatened for wearing western clothing to come forward.

East London Advertiser

Senior politicians accuse UK press regulator of 'turning a blind eye' to racism in the media

Senior politicians accuse UK press regulator of 'turning a blind eye' to racism in the media

Senior politicians have accused the UK's largest press regulator of failing to take action against racism and Islamophobia in the press and "turning a blind eye" to the incitement of hatred.

Press Gazette

Why was The Satanic Verses so controversial?

Why was The Satanic Verses so controversial?

A new documentary is shedding light on the lasting effect that Salman Rushdie's The Satanic Verses has had on Britain's Muslim community following the novel's publication three decades ago.

The Week

Religious leaders call for unity at rally after suspected antisemitic attack in Highbury Corner

Religious leaders call for unity at rally after suspected antisemitic attack in Highbury Corner

People of all faiths and none assembled outside Highbury & Islington station last night to protest an alleged antisemetic attack against a 69-year-old man the previous afternoon.

Islington Gazette

Scotland's football clubs need to tackle vile sectarianism, or risk facing 'strict liability'

Scotland's football clubs need to tackle vile sectarianism, or risk facing 'strict liability'

In what's being seen as the first step in a national crack down on sectarianism, often described as "Scotland's shame", a 24-year-old man was jailed for 10 months this week for spitting on a Catholic priest.

The Telegraph

Girl, 11, gives birth to rapist's child after Argentina says no to abortion

Girl, 11, gives birth to rapist's child after Argentina says no to abortion

Campaigners condemn authorities who ignored girl's plea 'to remove what the old man put inside me'.

The Guardian

Gay student wins case against Jerusalem pizzeria who refused to serve him

Gay student wins case against Jerusalem pizzeria who refused to serve him

Sammy Kanter, currently studying at Hebrew Union College in Jersusalem, Israel for the year, sued a local pizzeria in October 2018. He alleged they refused to serve him due to his sexuality.

Gay Star News

Narendra Modi and the struggle for India’s soul

Narendra Modi and the struggle for India’s soul

When the world's biggest electorate handed Narendra Modi a thumping victory five years ago, India seemed poised for far-reaching change. His party had won an outright majority of seats in the national parliament, a rare feat in India's fractious politics. This was not only punishment for tarnished incumbents or reward for Mr Modi's hard-working, no-nonsense, business-friendly image. Many also saw it as a ringing endorsement of his ideology. Mr Modi's strident brand of Hindu nationalism, which pictures Pakistan less as a strategic opponent than a threat to civilisation, puts him at the fringe even of his own Bharatiya Janata Party (bjp).

The Economist

India: riddle of secularism

India: riddle of secularism

The framework of Indian secularism.

Kashmir Observer

America’s porous wall between church and state

America’s porous wall between church and state

A Supreme Court case could make the holes bigger.

The Economist

USA: The politicisation of white evangelical Christianity is hurting it

USA: The politicisation of white evangelical Christianity is hurting it

A group of disenchanted evangelicals, the "exvies", is among the denomination's biggest threats

The Economist

USA: Dems introduce bill to stop religious freedom being used to discriminate

USA: Dems introduce bill to stop religious freedom being used to discriminate

Democrats in Congress reintroduced a bill to amend the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) on Thursday (28 February). The amendment, known as the Do No Harm Act, protects religious freedom while also prohibiting it from being used to discriminate.

Gay Star News

Thu, 28 Feb 2019

'The Catholic church must pay a high price for its cover-up culture'

'The Catholic church must pay a high price for its cover-up culture'

"The phenomenon of children's unflinching obedience to sexual requests from the priest is induced by 'reverential fear'", says NSS honorary associate Geoffrey Robertson QC.

The Independent

Paedophile priest Paul Moore to be defrocked by Church

Paedophile priest Paul Moore to be defrocked by Church

Proceedings have begun in the Roman Catholic church to strip an Ayrshire priest of his status as a clergyman.

BBC News

'Don't call on God to tackle abusers in the Catholic Church, call in the police'

'Don't call on God to tackle abusers in the Catholic Church, call in the police'

"The church is failing consistently to clean up its holy house and task forces and guidebooks are meaningless."

Daily Record

George Pell loses position as Vatican treasurer but remains cardinal

George Pell loses position as Vatican treasurer but remains cardinal

Holy See says convicted child abuser will remain a cardinal at least until appeal is heard, but he is no longer prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy.

The Guardian

Man jailed for spitting on Catholic priest outside church

Man jailed for spitting on Catholic priest outside church

A man who spat on a priest as an Orange walk marched past a Glasgow church has been jailed for 10 months.

BBC News

Labour MP Chris Williamson suspended in anti-Semitism row

Labour MP Chris Williamson suspended in anti-Semitism row

Labour has suspended MP Chris Williamson over remarks about the party's handling of anti-Semitism.

BBC News

Tottenham won't change policy on 'Y word' chants ahead of Chelsea clash

Tottenham won't change policy on 'Y word' chants ahead of Chelsea clash

Tottenham say only a total clampdown on anti-Semitism would make them reassess club standards on their fans chanting a term for Jewish people which some find offensive.

Sky Sports

Stockport Council votes to scrap free faith school transport

Stockport Council votes to scrap free faith school transport

Fee bus passes for children who travel to faith schools will be scrapped under new budget.

Manchester Evening News

Dutch court rules against Muslim man who refused to shave beard for job

Dutch court rules against Muslim man who refused to shave beard for job

The unnamed man had been offered a job as an asbestos removal officer but was subsequently told he would need to be clean shaven in order to undergo the training course.

The Guardian

Third brewery in six months forced to apologise for naming beer after Hindu god

Third brewery in six months forced to apologise for naming beer after Hindu god

A brewery in Virginia has been forced to apologise after it named a beer after the Hindu god Hanuman.

The Independent

Wed, 27 Feb 2019

NI abortion laws can only be made by Stormont, says government

NI abortion laws can only be made by Stormont, says government

It is Northern Ireland's responsibility to ensure that its abortion laws comply with international human rights laws, the UK government has insisted.

The Times (£)

Suitcase protest against NI’s abortion laws in London

Suitcase protest against NI’s abortion laws in London

Stars of the hit television show Derry Girls have joined a group of female MPs in a march on Westminster calling for the extension of abortion rights to Northern Ireland. The protesters carried suitcases containing sheets of paper with the names of 62,000 people who have called for the decriminalisation of abortion in NI.

The Guardian

George Pell's lawyer says child abuse was 'plain vanilla' sex as cardinal heads to jail

George Pell's lawyer says child abuse was 'plain vanilla' sex as cardinal heads to jail

Cardinal George Pell has been taken in custody following a sentencing hearing in which his lawyer, Robert Richter, described one of Pell's offences as a "plain vanilla sexual penetration case where the child is not actively participating".

The Guardian

Vatican to await cardinal child abuse appeal before taking any action

Vatican to await cardinal child abuse appeal before taking any action

The Vatican has said it will wait until an appeal process has been completed before taking action against Cardinal George Pell, the most senior Roman Catholic Church figure to be convicted of child sex abuse.

The Herald

Birmingham MP says parents must have right to opt children out from same-sex relationships classes

Birmingham MP says parents must have right to opt children out from same-sex relationships classes

A Birmingham MP has said parents must have the right to withdraw their children from sex and relationships education at school. The city has recently seen protests against classes which teach tolerance of LGBT people.

Birmingham Mail

‘This change in the law on organ donation in England will save hundreds of lives’

‘This change in the law on organ donation in England will save hundreds of lives’

Cole Moreton says Max and Keira's Law, which will presume consent to donate, will give 700 people a year reason to be grateful if it clears parliament today.

The Guardian

Video of street preacher arrest goes viral

Video of street preacher arrest goes viral

Footage of a moment when police in London arrested a street preacher has been viewed 1.8 million times.

Premier Christian Radio

Facebook bans Tommy Robinson's page

Facebook bans Tommy Robinson's page

Facebook has taken down anti-Islamic activist Tommy Robinson's official page and Instagram profile for violating its policies on hate speech.

BBC

Labour row erupts over Hezbollah ban

Labour row erupts over Hezbollah ban

Labour MPs have criticised their own front bench during a debate in the Commons over the proscribing of Hezbollah as a terrorist organisation.

BBC

Non-stun meat can't be labelled organic, EU's top court rules

Non-stun meat can't be labelled organic, EU's top court rules

Non-stun halal and kosher meat cannot be labelled 'organic' as the practices do not place high emphasis on the animals' welfare, the EU's top court has ruled.

Farming UK

French sports shop drops sports hijab after politicians threaten boycott

French sports shop drops sports hijab after politicians threaten boycott

The French sports store Decathlon has cancelled a plan to put a sports hijab on the market in France after several politicians called for a boycott.

The Guardian

‘The Islam of my youth was open-minded, curious, and joyful. Where has it gone?’

‘The Islam of my youth was open-minded, curious, and joyful. Where has it gone?’

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown says Shamima Begum is a product of the new, authoritarian, intolerant, militant, anti-female, anti-art, anti-music, anti-west, anti-human Islam.

iNews

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