Thu, 03 Jan 2019

‘China’s gulag for Muslims’

‘China’s gulag for Muslims’

Mustafa Akyol says Beijing is forcing ethnic Uighurs to forsake their religion in 're-education' camps – and asks why leaders of many Muslim-majority countries have been so reticent on the subject.

The New York Times

Democrats set to change US House rules so only non-religious headwear is banned

Democrats set to change US House rules so only non-religious headwear is banned

The Democratic party assumes control of the US House of Representatives today and is set to change its rules to allow a Muslim woman to wear a headscarf. However the rule change will mean representatives are still not allowed to wear "non-religious" headwear.

The Independent

Nuns in India tell of enduring abuse in Catholic church

Nuns in India tell of enduring abuse in Catholic church

The Associated Press has uncovered a decades-long history of nuns enduring sexual abuse from within the Catholic Church in India.

The Washington Post

Italy circumcision kills toddler, with one man charged

Italy circumcision kills toddler, with one man charged

A two-year-old boy has died from blood loss following a genital cutting at a migrant centre in Italy.

BBC

Chilean church abuse victims launch fresh attack on bishops

Chilean church abuse victims launch fresh attack on bishops

Two victims of sexual abuse by a Roman Catholic Church priest in Chile launched a fresh attack on the country's bishops on Wednesday, accusing them of failing to reform or learn from the crisis.

Reuters

Evangelical preacher accuses Facebook of ‘censoring free speech’ after being blocked

Evangelical preacher accuses Facebook of ‘censoring free speech’ after being blocked

Franklin Graham, a longtime evangelical ally of US president Donald Trump, has accused Facebook of "censoring free speech" after being temporarily kicked off the social media site last week.

The Huffington Post

Wed, 02 Jan 2019

Terrorist investigation into Manchester Victoria station stabbings

Terrorist investigation into Manchester Victoria station stabbings

The stabbing of three people - including a police officer - in Manchester on New Year's Eve is being treated as a terrorist investigation, police have said.

BBC

Public thinks Welby is wrong to speak out on politics, poll suggests

Public thinks Welby is wrong to speak out on politics, poll suggests

The public believes that the archbishop of Canterbury should keep his political views to himself, even though most people agree with what he says, a survey suggests.

The Times (£)

Welby should not be given privileged platform to promote his views – NSS letter

Welby should not be given privileged platform to promote his views – NSS letter

NSS chief executive Stephen Evans says religion should be free to compete in the marketplace of ideas but should be kept well away from the business of legislating.

The Times (£)

Non-stun slaughter ends in northern Belgium

Non-stun slaughter ends in northern Belgium

As the new year opened a ruling that animals must be stunned before slaughter came into force in Flanders in northern Belgium.

The Times of Israel

Jeremy Hunt orders review into persecuted Christians' plight

Jeremy Hunt orders review into persecuted Christians' plight

The foreign secretary has ordered a review into the plight of persecuted Christians around the world and how much help they get from the UK.

BBC

John Major once suggested opting out of ECHR to stop 'erotic blasphemy' film being screened in UK

John Major once suggested opting out of ECHR to stop 'erotic blasphemy' film being screened in UK

John Major got so outraged over the only film ever banned in the UK on blasphemy grounds that he was willing to consider an opt-out of the European Convention on Human Rights rather than let it be shown, newly released cabinet papers reveal.

The Independent

One in 10 Scots would reject MSPs from different religions

One in 10 Scots would reject MSPs from different religions

Almost one in 10 Scots would reject their MSP if they were a different religion to them, a survey of attitudes across Scotland has revealed.

The Herald

Typical C of E church held just one wedding last year

Typical C of E church held just one wedding last year

The average Church of England church hosted only one wedding last year, figures reveal.

Premier Christian Radio

Church councils must report serious safeguarding incidents to Charity Commission

Church councils must report serious safeguarding incidents to Charity Commission

Church councils, diocesan boards of finance and religious communities are now required to report any "serious incidents" — safeguarding and non-safeguarding — to the Charity Commission, under Church of England guidance published this week.

Church Times

Bolsonaro vows to work with Trump 'under God's protection' as he is sworn in as president of Brazil

Bolsonaro vows to work with Trump 'under God's protection' as he is sworn in as president of Brazil

Jair Bolsonaro, Brazil's new president, promised to work closely with Donald Trump "under God's protection" to bring prosperity to both countries as he was sworn in last night.

The Telegraph

Ireland introduces legal abortion services

Ireland introduces legal abortion services

Ireland has introduced its first abortion services today following a 2018 referendum decision to liberalise the country's ban on terminating pregnancies.

Sky News

Indian women enter temple after months of protests against them

Indian women enter temple after months of protests against them

Two Indian women in their 40s have made history by entering a prominent Hindu shrine in the southern state of Kerala, after months of protests against women getting in.

BBC

Fri, 21 Dec 2018

Could Prince Charles abdicate over religion once he's King? - NSS mentioned

Could Prince Charles abdicate over religion once he's King? - NSS mentioned

Reverend Gordon Warren, Rector of Limehouse, says: "If he can't, in all honesty, be Supreme Governor of the Church of England – then perhaps, abdication."

The Express

First ever Islamophobia report 'influenced' by Muslim advocacy organisation MEND

First ever Islamophobia report 'influenced' by Muslim advocacy organisation MEND

A former ambassador who co-authored a Government review into the Muslim Brotherhood writes in a new Policy Exchange report: "It is clear that MEND, an organisation with a tarnished reputation in Government circles, has exerted an important intellectual influence on the APPG."

The JC

Boris Johnson 'cleared of breaking Tory rules' over burka comments

Boris Johnson 'cleared of breaking Tory rules' over burka comments

Boris Johnson is understood to have been cleared of breaking the Tories' code of conduct with comments he made about women wearing burkas.

BBC News

Derby radio station fined £10,000 for broadcasting hate speech

Derby radio station fined £10,000 for broadcasting hate speech

Radio Ikhlas, which operates from premises in Lower Dale Road, Normanton, was found to have published "hatred" towards the Ahmadiyya Muslim community.

Derbyshire Telegraph

Catholic priest who had 2,000 images and videos of child porn sentenced to 25 years in prison

Catholic priest who had 2,000 images and videos of child porn sentenced to 25 years in prison

Thomas Faucher, a well-known priest in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Boise, will not be eligible for parole and must register as a sex offender.

Mail Online

Ivan Lewis resigns from Labour citing party’s antisemitism row

Ivan Lewis resigns from Labour citing party’s antisemitism row

Manchester MP hit out at Jeremy Corbyn for being "unwilling to condemn those whose hatred of Israel becomes Jew hatred".

Jewish News

FGM survivor warns festive period is ‘cutting season’ for at-risk girls

FGM survivor warns festive period is ‘cutting season’ for at-risk girls

British girls who may be at risk of being taken abroad to undergo female genital mutilation over the Christmas "cutting season" have been urged to ask an adult they trust for help.

Express and Star

Islamists held over murder of backpacker pair

Islamists held over murder of backpacker pair

Three men with links to radical Islam have been arrested on suspicion of murdering two Scandinavian backpackers in the Atlas mountains of Morocco, as footage purporting to show the killings "in the name of Allah" was shared on social media.

The Times (£)

Denmark requires new citizens to shake hands

Denmark requires new citizens to shake hands

Denmark will require anyone who takes Danish citizenship to shake hands at the naturalization ceremony, under a law passed on Thursday, which lawmakers say is aimed at Muslims who refuse on religious grounds to touch members of the opposite sex.

The New York Times

Two boys almost bled to death in botched circumcisions

Two boys almost bled to death in botched circumcisions

Two boys almost bled to death from botched circumcisions performed by a now-suspended Winnipeg doctor.

CBC News

Indian journalist to be jailed for a year for criticising Hindu nationalism

Indian journalist to be jailed for a year for criticising Hindu nationalism

An Indian journalist in the northeastern state of Manipur is to be jailed without any form of trial for a year for criticising Hindu nationalism.

Ekklesia

Thu, 20 Dec 2018

Catholic Church in Illinois withheld names of 500 priests accused of sexual abuse

Catholic Church in Illinois withheld names of 500 priests accused of sexual abuse

The Catholic Church in the US state of Illinois withheld the names of at least 500 priests accused of sexual abuse of minors, the state's attorney general has said in a scathing report. The report accused the church of failing victims by neglecting to investigate their allegations.

The New York Times

‘It’s wrong to treat British Muslims as a racial group’

‘It’s wrong to treat British Muslims as a racial group’

Trevor Phillips says a parliamentary group's suggestion that the government define "Islamophobia" as "a type of racism that targets expressions of Muslimness or perceived Muslimness" would isolate British Muslims.

The Times (£)

Academics say schools should teach 'Muslim and feminist views of Jesus'

Academics say schools should teach 'Muslim and feminist views of Jesus'

Lessons about Jesus should explore how Muslims view him as a prophet and also examine his Jewish identity, academics have said.

Tes

Human rights court rules against Greece in sharia law case

Human rights court rules against Greece in sharia law case

Greece violated a prohibition on discrimination by applying Islamic religious law to an inheritance dispute among members of the country's Muslim minority, the European Court of Human Rights ruled on Wednesday.

Mail Online

Los Angeles bishop resigns over sexual abuse as crisis spreads

Los Angeles bishop resigns over sexual abuse as crisis spreads

A Catholic bishop in Los Angeles accused of sexually abusing a minor has resigned.

Reuters

US congressional panel assails China for ‘severe religious freedom violations’

US congressional panel assails China for ‘severe religious freedom violations’

A US congressional panel tasked with monitoring China's human rights record on Wednesday blasted Beijing's recent detention of Christians.

South China Morning Post

Chinese city bans Christmas displays amid religious crackdown

Chinese city bans Christmas displays amid religious crackdown

The authorities in Langfang, a city in China's Hebei Province, have issued a ban on all Christmas displays on streets and in stores, according to a notice from city officials.

The New York Times

Ohio legislature passes ban on FGM

Ohio legislature passes ban on FGM

The US state of Ohio is on its way to joining 27 other states in prohibiting female genital mutilation of a minor one month after a federal judge in Michigan struck down the federal law banning the procedure.

The Columbus Dispatch

Wed, 19 Dec 2018

Two brothers sentenced to death for web blasphemy in Pakistan

Two brothers sentenced to death for web blasphemy in Pakistan

Two Christian brothers have been sentenced to death for blasphemy in Pakistan, weeks after Asia Bibi was acquitted of the same crime following international outcry.

The Telegraph

Council in non-stun meat row says it’s schools’ responsibility to inform parents on halal meals

Council in non-stun meat row says it’s schools’ responsibility to inform parents on halal meals

Kirklees Council in West Yorkshire, which has faced criticism for supplying non-stun meat to schools, says it is schools' responsibility to disseminate information about halal content to parents.

Examiner Live

‘Baroness Warsi's attack on Sara Khan could have a chilling effect on criticism of Islamism’

‘Baroness Warsi's attack on Sara Khan could have a chilling effect on criticism of Islamism’

John Ware says Warsi has been beating Khan with a stick ever since her appointment as the government's counter-extremism commissioner last January, and seems to regard any attack on Muslims as demonising all Muslims.

The JC

MPs campaign for separate Sikh ethnicity on UK census

MPs campaign for separate Sikh ethnicity on UK census

A group of MPs has launched a year-long campaign to lobby for Sikhism to be added as a separate ethnicity tick box in the next UK census in 2021.

The Tribune (India)

Teenage Isis supporter who encouraged girlfriend to behead her 'disbeliever' parents jailed

Teenage Isis supporter who encouraged girlfriend to behead her 'disbeliever' parents jailed

A teenage Isis supporter who encouraged his girlfriend to behead her own parents has been jailed.

The Independent

Catholic bishops to attend extraordinary conference on sexual abuse in February

Catholic bishops to attend extraordinary conference on sexual abuse in February

Pope Francis has summoned the heads of 110 national Catholic bishops' conferences and dozens of leaders of religious orders to the Vatican for an extraordinary gathering dedicated to the sexual abuse crisis.

Reuters

‘Caste underpins the blasphemy crisis in Pakistan’

‘Caste underpins the blasphemy crisis in Pakistan’

Faisal Devji says caste discrimination against Christians, whose ancestors were lower-caste Hindus, persists in Pakistan.

The New York Times

Cuba removes gay marriage constitutional amendment

Cuba removes gay marriage constitutional amendment

The commission in charge of writing Communist-run Cuba's new constitution has revised an original draft to remove the concept of marriage altogether after originally amending it to open the doorway to same-sex unions. The commission has come under pressure from evangelical churches on the issue.

Reuters

Tue, 18 Dec 2018

Council leader rejects claim that a review of faith school transport charges is 'discriminatory'

Council leader rejects claim that a review of faith school transport charges is 'discriminatory'

Some politicians have suggested a possible review of free transport to faith schools in Wrexham in north Wales would be 'discriminatory'. The council's lead member for environment and transport has rejected the charge.

The Leader

‘The Catholic Church’s number three has been convicted of sexual abuse. Where is the reckoning?’

‘The Catholic Church’s number three has been convicted of sexual abuse. Where is the reckoning?’

This editorial says George Pell's conviction is simply the latest among countless pieces of evidence that broad, deep and painful reforms are needed to tackle abuse in the Catholic Church.

The Washington Post

Catholic leaders complain about apparent lack of nativity scenes in Scottish shopping centres

Catholic leaders complain about apparent lack of nativity scenes in Scottish shopping centres

Leaders of the Catholic Church have complained that 'only' four Scottish shopping centres have nativity scenes.

The Times (£)

Sadiq Khan claims politicians need to learn kindness from Christians

Sadiq Khan claims politicians need to learn kindness from Christians

The mayor of London is encouraging politicians to look to the Church to learn lessons in kindness.

Premier Christian Radio

Church of England releases Christmas advert

Church of England releases Christmas advert

The Church of England has launched its first national film advert for Christmas.

The Independent

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