Tue, 04 Aug 2020

Sectarian attack on house condemned

Sectarian attack on house condemned

Graffiti stating KAT (Kill all Taigs) was painted on the front window of a house in the Kilcoole area.

Irish News

US adds sanctions over internment of Muslims in China

US adds sanctions over internment of Muslims in China

The Treasury Department imposed sanctions on a powerful government entity that runs companies and farms in the Xinjiang region, where officials carry out the mass internment of Muslims.

The New York Times

'Uyghur women shine a light on a campaign of abuse and control by Beijing'

'Uyghur women shine a light on a campaign of abuse and control by Beijing'

For years, Uyghur women both inside Xinjiang and around the world have accused the Chinese government of a campaign of abuse, including forced sterilization, cultural indoctrination and incidents of sexual violence.

CNN

Australia: School teaching pupils that ‘God hates homosexuals’ awarded millions in taxpayers’ money

Australia: School teaching pupils that ‘God hates homosexuals’ awarded millions in taxpayers’ money

Moreton Bay Boys' College in Brisbane teaches children from a controversial sex education booklet that discusses how LGBT+ people can "successfully" become heterosexual and describes those with ambiguous genitalia as "freaks".

Pink News

Iranian metal band arrested for "playing Satanic music"

Iranian metal band arrested for "playing Satanic music"

The band Arsames was arrested and charged with 15 years in jail for "being in satanic metal band and being against the Islamic government."

Metal Injection

Mon, 03 Aug 2020

Catholic bishops raise concerns over Scotland's new hate crime laws - NSS mentioned

Catholic bishops raise concerns over Scotland's new hate crime laws - NSS mentioned

The Scottish Bishops conference has raised concerns over the Scottish Government's new Hate Crime Bill, which they claim could have serious implications for religious freedom.

The Tablet

SNP MPs 'voted against Westminster hate crime wording' amid calls to overhaul Holyrood proposals

SNP MPs 'voted against Westminster hate crime wording' amid calls to overhaul Holyrood proposals

The Scottish Government has been told to look to the example of a string of SNP politicians who voted against elements of hate crime legislation at Westminster – amid opposition calls to redraw similar proposals being drawn up at Holyrood.

The Herald

Consultation on Scottish hate crime bill ‘a sham’

Consultation on Scottish hate crime bill ‘a sham’

A consultation on new hate crime laws has been branded a "sham" after all contributors were emailed a "myth-busting" blog designed to bolster support for the controversial policy.

The Times (£)

'Scottish Government's illiberal hate crime bill must be sent to the knackers yard'

'Scottish Government's illiberal hate crime bill must be sent to the knackers yard'

When the Scottish Police, the Catholic Church and the Law Society of Scotland get together to condemn the Scottish Government's Hate Crime Bill for endangering freedom of speech, you would think that ministers might be tempted to listen, says Iain Macwhirter.

The Herald

Revised guidance for RE inspections in Jewish schools to tackle "complete disinterest"

Revised guidance for RE inspections in Jewish schools to tackle "complete disinterest"

The Board of Deputies of British Jews is launching revised guidelines for schools' Jewish Studies inspections aiming to tackle "complete disinterest" in the subject.

Jewish News

Search for victims of priest believed to have abused children in Wales

Search for victims of priest believed to have abused children in Wales

Authorities are searching for victims of a multi-millionaire paedophile priest who may be entitled to part of his estate.

Wales Online

Catholic Church deny support for 'gay cure' therapy amid bid to outlaw practice in Scotland

Catholic Church deny support for 'gay cure' therapy amid bid to outlaw practice in Scotland

The Catholic Church has denied support for conversion therapy as campaigners call on the Scottish Parliament to outlaw the practice.

Edinburgh Live

Thousands rally in Pakistan in support of killer of American on trial for 'blasphemy'

Thousands rally in Pakistan in support of killer of American on trial for 'blasphemy'

Thousands of radical Islamists rallied on Friday in northwestern Pakistan in support of a man who earlier this week walked into a courtroom in the city of Peshawar and gunned down a U.S. citizen on trial for blasphemy.

Yahoo! News

Animal stunning slowly being accepted by Turkey's halal butchers, say activists

Animal stunning slowly being accepted by Turkey's halal butchers, say activists

A campaign for painless killing is starting to win favour with slaughterhouses and religious leaders.

The Guardian

Trump campaign adviser Jenna Ellis: Separation of church and state is a 'liberal lie'

Trump campaign adviser Jenna Ellis: Separation of church and state is a 'liberal lie'

The notion that the United States observes a separation of church and state is a lie, according to President Donald Trump's senior campaign legal adviser.

The Daily Beast

EU defends decision to reject Polish town twinning grant applications after cities declare themselves LGBTI-free zones

EU defends decision to reject Polish town twinning grant applications after cities declare themselves LGBTI-free zones

The European Commission has defended its decision to reject town twinning grant applications from six Polish cities after they declared themselves "LGBTI-free" zones."

The Parliament Magazine

Ikea sued by Poland for firing worker over anti-gay comments

Ikea sued by Poland for firing worker over anti-gay comments

Polish prosecutors have sued Ikea of Sweden AB after its local unit fired a man over his actions during a gay-pride corporate event, saying the furniture retailer infringed on the employee's 'religious rights'.

BNN Bloomberg

Fri, 31 Jul 2020

Liverpool school admissions process to be examined amid concern it disadvantages Muslims

Liverpool school admissions process to be examined amid concern it disadvantages Muslims

The effect of Liverpool's schools admissions processes on Muslim children and those from ethnic minority backgrounds is set to be examined by councillors. It comes after a meeting earlier this year, when a group of Muslim parents said admissions criteria for faith schools and academies nearby meant their children often ended up being placed in schools on the other side of the city.

Liverpool Echo

Jewish faith schools to select pupils based on 'religious practice' points

Jewish faith schools to select pupils based on 'religious practice' points

The Chief Rabbi has published new guidelines for entry into Jewish schools under his authority in September 2021 because of the pandemic. If schools are oversubscribed, priority goes to children who have attained a certain number of points on a religious practice certificate.

The JC

Council to undergo review of directory service after 'conversion therapy' link highlighted

Council to undergo review of directory service after 'conversion therapy' link highlighted

Mid Ulster District Council have temporarily suspended their directory function after a listed organisation was linked to controversial 'conversion therapy' tactics some organisations claim can 'cure' homosexuality.

Derry Now

'Islamic State supporter from Bury planned lone wolf terror attacks', court told

'Islamic State supporter from Bury planned lone wolf terror attacks', court told

An alleged supporter of so-called Islamic State researched modifying a drone to be used in a terrorist attack, possibly targeting the British Army or police, a court has heard.

Bury Times

Jehovah's Witnesses had 'disowned' man found dead in park

Jehovah's Witnesses had 'disowned' man found dead in park

Lewis Marshall, 27, died after he hanged himself at St James Park in Bristol. His mother said he was "disowned" by his Jehovah Witness fellowship due to his smoking and drinking and erratic behaviour.

Somerset Live

'Only a true "numpty" could support new hate crime bill in its current form'

'Only a true "numpty" could support new hate crime bill in its current form'

The Bill erodes one of the key fundamentals of our hard-earned rights, namely freedom of speech, says Alan Simpson.

The Herald

Mexico Supreme Court rejects state's bid to decriminalise abortion

Mexico Supreme Court rejects state's bid to decriminalise abortion

The case revolved around an injunction granted in the eastern state of Veracruz, which would have effectively decriminalised termination in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy.

BBC

'Banned in China, some Falun Gong fear new Hong Kong national security law'

'Banned in China, some Falun Gong fear new Hong Kong national security law'

The spiritual group was banned in mainland China in 1999 but its members have been allowed to practice in Hong Kong freely, even though the group urges people to renounce the ruling Chinese Communist Party.

Reuters

'The Supreme Court’s religious crusaders take on the pandemic response'

'The Supreme Court’s religious crusaders take on the pandemic response'

The fight over limits on church attendance divides the justices, says Linda Greenhouse.

The New York Times (£)

'IS prisoner issue a ticking timebomb for the West'

'IS prisoner issue a ticking timebomb for the West'

The latent danger posed by thousands of defeated and captured fighters who joined the Islamic State group is festering and growing in the squalid, overcrowded prison camps of north-east Syria, where riots and attempted breakouts are becoming commonplace.

BBC

Thu, 30 Jul 2020

Bishop says draft hate crime laws need ‘close scrutiny and debate’ - NSS quoted

Bishop says draft hate crime laws need ‘close scrutiny and debate’ - NSS quoted

The Bishop of Aberdeen and Orkney has joined a chorus of voices in recent days expressing their views on the controversial Hate Crime Bill, which was introduced to the Scottish Parliament in April.

The Press and Journal

'Scotland’s Hate Crime Bill needs a rethink'

'Scotland’s Hate Crime Bill needs a rethink'

"Supporters of free speech and those opposed to bigotry both have justice on their side and there must be a way to amend the Hate Crime Bill to ensure its good intentions do not have unintended consequences."

The Scotsman

Murderer of Ahmadi Muslim shopkeeper hailed a hero by religious zealots

Murderer of Ahmadi Muslim shopkeeper hailed a hero by religious zealots

Zealots who have turned the murderer of Glasgow shopkeeper Asad Shah into a "hero" pose an urgent threat to the UK, a report has warned.

Daily Record

Evangelical group challenges health secretary over lockdown home abortion rules

Evangelical group challenges health secretary over lockdown home abortion rules

The decision by the health secretary to allow women to carry out medical abortions at home during the coronavirus crisis is being challenged in the court of appeal by the evangelical advocacy group Christian Concern.

Yorkshire Coast Radio

Plans for new Islamic faith school in Bradford approved

Plans for new Islamic faith school in Bradford approved

Plans for an 800-pupil Islamic faith school on Thornton Road have been approved by Bradford Council.

YorkshireLive

Religious parents more than twice as likely to respond badly when an LGBT+ child comes out

Religious parents more than twice as likely to respond badly when an LGBT+ child comes out

LGBT+ people with religious or 'conservative' parents are 2.5 times more likely to face rejection when they come out.

Gay Star News

Wiley permanently suspended from Twitter over antisemitic posts

Wiley permanently suspended from Twitter over antisemitic posts

Wiley has been permanently suspended from Twitter, five days after he used the site to publish antisemitism and conspiracy theories.

The Independent

India: Plea in Supreme Court to remove ''secular'' from Constitution's preamble

India: Plea in Supreme Court to remove ''secular'' from Constitution's preamble

A plea has been filed before the Supreme Court seeking to remove from the constitution's preamble the words 'socialist' and 'secular' which were added through 42nd constitutional amendment.

Indian Express

Kenya: Elders vow to defy Covid-19 rules in circumcision row

Kenya: Elders vow to defy Covid-19 rules in circumcision row

Bukusu elders have vowed to go ahead with this year's circumcision ceremony despite the prevailing ban on public gatherings.

Daily Nation

Yazidi children still haunted by Islamic State, Amnesty International says

Yazidi children still haunted by Islamic State, Amnesty International says

Amnesty International says children of the Yazidi religious and ethnic minority who survived brutal captivity at the hands of the Islamic State group in Iraq are suffering severe physical and mental health problems.

BBC

Wed, 29 Jul 2020

Federation warns hate crime bill could ‘devastate’ relationship between police and public - NSS mentioned

Federation warns hate crime bill could ‘devastate’ relationship between police and public - NSS mentioned

The Scottish Police Federation has warned of the "devastating" impact the new hate crime bill could have on trust between officers and the public.

The Courier

'The Times Scotland view on the hate crime bill: Act of folly' - NSS mentioned

'The Times Scotland view on the hate crime bill: Act of folly' - NSS mentioned

"The proposed hate crime bill carries greater threats to society than benefits."

The Times (£)

Catholics fear hate crime law will criminalise the Bible - NSS mentioned

Catholics fear hate crime law will criminalise the Bible - NSS mentioned

Christians risk being criminalised for quoting passages of the Bible if new proposed hate crime legislation is passed, the Scottish Catholic Church has warned.

The Times (£)

'The problem with Scotland’s Hate Crime Bill' - NSS mentioned

'The problem with Scotland’s Hate Crime Bill' - NSS mentioned

The Scottish Government needs to listen to critics of the Hate Crime Bill and withdraw parts of the proposed law that raise fears about freedom of speech, writes Murdo Fraser MSP.

The Scotsman

Backlash over SNP's threat to free speech - NSS quoted

Backlash over SNP's threat to free speech - NSS quoted

The backlash against the SNP's hate crime bill has picked up momentum as a host of voices joined the campaign to protect free speech. NSS chief executive Stephen Evans is quoted.

Scottish Daily Mail (via PressReader)

'Devil is in the detail...as the SNP will soon find out' - NSS quoted

'Devil is in the detail...as the SNP will soon find out' - NSS quoted

The SNP's hate crime legislation is falling apart, says Scottish Conservatives' justice spokesman Liam Kerr.

Scottish Daily Mail (via PressReader)

'Scottish hate crime bill: A catalogue of concerns' - NSS quoted

'Scottish hate crime bill: A catalogue of concerns' - NSS quoted

"It's rare for a piece of legislation to unite disparate groups and individuals in mutual concern, but we've seen exactly this with the Hate Crime bill."

Free to Disagree

Faith schools advised to ‘vary admissions arrangements’

Faith schools advised to ‘vary admissions arrangements’

Suggestion comes because families have not been able to attend a place of worship to 'demonstrate membership or practice of a faith'

Jewish News

John Murphy: 'Predatory paedophile' priest jailed again

John Murphy: 'Predatory paedophile' priest jailed again

A Roman Catholic priest who sexually abused young boys has been jailed again for crimes which came to light following his original trial.

BBC

'Uighur Muslims are being killed, tortured and imprisoned. We cannot stay silent'

'Uighur Muslims are being killed, tortured and imprisoned. We cannot stay silent'

We now have overwhelming proof that we are witnessing the largest mass-internment of an ethnic group since the atrocities of the 1940s, says Yasmin Qureshi.

The Independent

‘Don’t come back, they’ll kill you for being gay’

‘Don’t come back, they’ll kill you for being gay’

For years Mohamed's family tried to make him more like other boys - tougher, more "masculine". They even sent him to have a female spirit driven out with hallucinogenic drugs. Eventually, writes Layla Mahmood, they decided to kill him.

BBC

Tue, 28 Jul 2020

Scottish Newspaper Society: Hate crime bill poses 'grave threat' to press freedom

Scottish Newspaper Society: Hate crime bill poses 'grave threat' to press freedom

The Scottish Newspaper Society has joined a growing backlash against new Scottish Government legislation making its way through Holyrood, which critics fear will have a chilling impact on freedom of speech and lead to prosecutions for expressing what are seen as controversial views.

The Telegraph

Law Society: Lack of clarity in Hate Crime Bill could threaten freedom of expression

Law Society: Lack of clarity in Hate Crime Bill could threaten freedom of expression

There are major flaws in proposed hate crime legislation, according to the Law Society of Scotland.

Scottish Legal News

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