Fri, 31 Jan 2020

Terminal dad wants law change as it's revealed one Brit a week goes to Switzerland to die

Terminal dad wants law change as it's revealed one Brit a week goes to Switzerland to die

A terminally ill dad wants parliament to change the law as figures revealed one Briton a week travels to Switzerland for an assisted death.

Mirror

Anti-gay preacher banned from concert hall

Anti-gay preacher banned from concert hall

An American preacher who described homosexuality as "repulsive" and compared it to incest has been banned from speaking at one of Edinburgh's most prestigious venues.

The Times (£)

Gunman injures Indian student in attack on citizenship protest

Gunman injures Indian student in attack on citizenship protest

A suspected Hindu nationalist went live on Facebook to warn he was taking his "final journey", minutes before opening fire on university students protesting against India's new citizenship law.

The Guardian

Thu, 30 Jan 2020

South Yorkshire Police protect Sheffield girls from FGM following court order

South Yorkshire Police protect Sheffield girls from FGM following court order

Two girls from Sheffield who risked being subjected to female genital mutilation have been protected following a court order against the "barbaric and horrendous" practice.

The Star (Sheffield)

Bury Council adopts APPG definition of Islamophobia

Bury Council adopts APPG definition of Islamophobia

Bury Council has adopted a new definition of Islamophobia – one which the government rejected it last year.

Bury Times

Police investigated councillor’s social media posts which said Islam was “domination not integration”

Police investigated councillor’s social media posts which said Islam was “domination not integration”

West Midlands Police launched an investigation into a councillor's social media posts which said Islam was "domination not integration" and asked whether people in Iran were "all on the dole". The force then said the posts did not "meet the threshold for criminal prosecution".

Express & Star

Teachers need help on ‘emotional’ RSE change

Teachers need help on ‘emotional’ RSE change

The Department for Education and teaching unions are meeting today to discuss supporting teachers' wellbeing over a feared parental backlash against new relationships and sex education lessons.

Tes

Child cruelty case triggers call for home schooling review

Child cruelty case triggers call for home schooling review

Child protection experts have called for a national review of home schooling following an inquiry into a case in which a violent stepfather and his partner subjected their young son to extreme neglect and abuse.

The Guardian

641 out of 643 MPs sign up to IHRA definition of antisemitism

641 out of 643 MPs sign up to IHRA definition of antisemitism

A total of 641 of the 643 MPs who sit in the Commons have personally signed up to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of antisemitism.

The Jewish Chronicle

Franklin Graham's Glasgow event axed after council pressure

Franklin Graham's Glasgow event axed after council pressure

A US evangelist's event in Glasgow has been cancelled following pressure from the council and religious groups.

BBC

Scottish government announces £500k in security funding for places of worship

Scottish government announces £500k in security funding for places of worship

Scottish ministers have announced half a million pounds of security funding for places of religious worship during a visit to a Glasgow synagogue.

Jewish News

Conservatives investigate Jewish councillor in Hackney over anti-gay comments

Conservatives investigate Jewish councillor in Hackney over anti-gay comments

The Conservative Party's head office is investigating Stamford Hill councillor Aron Klein over homophobic comments.

Hackney Gazette

Indian primary school faces sedition charge after play about citizenship law

Indian primary school faces sedition charge after play about citizenship law

The Indian police are investigating a primary school for sedition over a student play which voiced opposition to the prime minister and his discriminatory new citizenship law.

The Guardian

'Finally free': Asia Bibi breaks silence after Pakistani death row hell

'Finally free': Asia Bibi breaks silence after Pakistani death row hell

Recounting the hellish conditions of eight years spent on death row on blasphemy charges but also the pain of exile, Pakistani Christian Asia Bibi has broken her silence to give her first personal insight into an ordeal that caused international outrage.

France 24

Wed, 29 Jan 2020

New Catholic school challenged over ‘bias’

New Catholic school challenged over ‘bias’

An appeal has been brought against a plan to open what is thought to be the first new Catholic state school in England for more than a decade as critics argue that its supporters are not local.

The Times (£)

Lancashire bishop set to take seat in House of Lords

Lancashire bishop set to take seat in House of Lords

The bishop of Blackburn will take up his seat as one of the 'lords spiritual' on 6 February.

Lancashire Post

‘Why we must banish bishops from the House of Lords’ – NSS mentioned

‘Why we must banish bishops from the House of Lords’ – NSS mentioned

Dick Taverne says the separation of church and state is far from complete and the House of Lords sets a bad example for democracy.

New Statesman

School curriculum overhaul for Wales published

School curriculum overhaul for Wales published

The final version of the new curriculum for Wales has been published. Religion, values and ethics and relationships and sex education are among the mandatory subjects.

BBC

Investigation re-opened into employment tribunal judge accused of being 'anti-Christian'

Investigation re-opened into employment tribunal judge accused of being 'anti-Christian'

An investigation has been re-opened into the conduct of a judge who oversaw the employment tribunal of a Christian nurse dismissed following complaints that she pushed her faith on patients.

Christian Today

Police Scotland took down large-scale grooming gang in Glasgow – but kept it secret

Police Scotland took down large-scale grooming gang in Glasgow – but kept it secret

Police took down a huge grooming gang in Glasgow - but kept it secret. The perpetrators were all asylum seekers from predominantly Muslim countries.

The Scottish Sun

Church of England bishops break ranks over sex guidance

Church of England bishops break ranks over sex guidance

A number of Church of England bishops have broken ranks to distance themselves from guidance issued last week which said only married heterosexual people may have sex and those in civil partnerships should be celibate.

The Guardian

Opposition to evangelist Franklin Graham’s UK visit gains momentum – NSS quoted

Opposition to evangelist Franklin Graham’s UK visit gains momentum – NSS quoted

A petition has been launched against a visit by evangelical preacher Franklin Graham to the UK. The NSS is quoted regarding the Church of England's position on sex, which Graham recently praised.

The Freethinker (Patheos)

Child abuse victim launches nation's first think tank to tackle extremism in Judaism and "isolation" within strictly Orthodox communities

Child abuse victim launches nation's first think tank to tackle extremism in Judaism and "isolation" within strictly Orthodox communities

A Jewish child abuse victim has warned that some strictly orthodox communities are so isolated, it feels like "being a refugee in your own country", as she launched the UK's first think tank to tackle extremism in Judaism.

The Sunday Telegraph (£)

New Zealand to hold referendum on legalising euthanasia

New Zealand to hold referendum on legalising euthanasia

New Zealanders will be asked to vote on whether to legalise euthanasia for those with incurable or terminal illnesses in a ballot on 19 September.

Mail Online

Asia Bibi: Pakistani woman jailed for blasphemy releases photos in exile

Asia Bibi: Pakistani woman jailed for blasphemy releases photos in exile

Asia Bibi, the Christian woman who spent eight years on death row in Pakistan for blasphemy, has released two photographs taken in exile, as she prepares for the launch of her autobiography on Wednesday.

The Guardian

Tue, 28 Jan 2020

‘Separation of church and state is far from complete in the House of Lords’ – NSS mentioned

‘Separation of church and state is far from complete in the House of Lords’ – NSS mentioned

Ahead of the introduction of his private member's bill, which aims to abolish the 26 Anglican bishops who sit in the House of Lords, Lib Dem peer and NSS honorary associate Dick Taverne says their presence gives the Church of England special access to power.

Politics Home

Appeal launched to prevent new Catholic school in Peterborough – NSS mentioned

Appeal launched to prevent new Catholic school in Peterborough – NSS mentioned

An appeal has been launched over a decision to open a new Roman Catholic school in Peterborough.

Peterborough Telegraph

‘Church of England stance on sex highlights need for disestablishment’ – NSS letter

‘Church of England stance on sex highlights need for disestablishment’ – NSS letter

NSS president Keith Porteous Wood says an organisation claiming that so many have no right to a sexual life should have no official ties to the state, no automatic right to seats in our legislature and no role in running state-funded schools.

The Guardian

'Laughing stock': letter from clergy attacks C of E's guidance on sex

'Laughing stock': letter from clergy attacks C of E's guidance on sex

Almost 3,000 people, including nearly 800 members of the clergy, have signed an open letter to the archbishops of Canterbury and York, saying guidance issued by bishops last week saying sex is only for married heterosexuals has made the Church of England a "laughing stock".

The Guardian

MP campaigns for law change to protect young people from grooming and sexual abuse in religious settings

MP campaigns for law change to protect young people from grooming and sexual abuse in religious settings

Rotherham MP Sarah Champion is campaigning for a change in the law to protect young people from grooming and sexual abuse in religious settings and similar environments such as sports clubs.

The Yorkshire Post

Chasidic Jewish school taken to task by Ofsted over poor English

Chasidic Jewish school taken to task by Ofsted over poor English

A boys' school run by a Chasidic Jewish group in north London has been rated inadequate for a third successive time after inspectors criticised poor standards of English and its insular curriculum.

The Jewish Chronicle

Commemorative event marks Holocaust Memorial Day

Commemorative event marks Holocaust Memorial Day

Genocide survivors, religious leaders and members of the royal family have attended a commemorative event to mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. The NSS was represented at the event.

BBC

FGM: Dublin couple jailed over genital mutilation of daughter

FGM: Dublin couple jailed over genital mutilation of daughter

A married couple have been sentenced at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court over the female genital mutilation of their then 21-month-old daughter.

BBC

Elizabeth Warren announces new campaign interfaith advisory council

Elizabeth Warren announces new campaign interfaith advisory council

Democratic US presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren has unveiled a new religion-related campaign initiative, announcing an interfaith advisory council and forthcoming endorsements from more than 100 religious leaders from across the country.

Religion News Service

Trump’s peace plan gives Israel full control of holiest site

Trump’s peace plan gives Israel full control of holiest site

President Trump is set to propose full sovereignty for Israel over Jerusalem's holiest site as part of a peace plan.

The Times (£)

Appeals court to hear lawsuits over Trump travel ban

Appeals court to hear lawsuits over Trump travel ban

US president Donald Trump's travel ban on travellers from predominantly Muslim countries is going back before a federal appeals court.

Mail Online

Mon, 27 Jan 2020

Church of England is a 'laughing stock' following civil partnership guidelines, senior religious figures warn

Church of England is a 'laughing stock' following civil partnership guidelines, senior religious figures warn

The Church of England has become a "laughing stock", senior religious figures have warned bishops, after they issued a decree that people in civil partnerships should not have intercourse.

The Telegraph

Calls for 'virginity repair' surgery to be banned

Calls for 'virginity repair' surgery to be banned

Campaigners are urging the government to outlaw "virginity repair" surgery.

BBC

Prince William given Church of Scotland title

Prince William given Church of Scotland title

The queen has appointed Prince William as Lord High Commissioner to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, according to a tweet from Kensington Palace.

CNN

Islamic school rated inadequate over leaflet says it will sue Ofsted

Islamic school rated inadequate over leaflet says it will sue Ofsted

An independent faith school was rated 'inadequate' by Ofsted after a 25 year old leaflet promoting an Islamic caliphate was found in its library. The school has mounted a legal challenge.

iNews

Ofsted: Charedi Jewish school ‘airbrushed’ Queen Elizabeth I out of history

Ofsted: Charedi Jewish school ‘airbrushed’ Queen Elizabeth I out of history

Ofsted has criticised a Charedi school which it says "airbrushed" Queen Elizabeth I from history, by redacting information about the former monarch from textbooks.

Jewish News

Law chief considers a review on right-to-die

Law chief considers a review on right-to-die

The justice secretary has opened the door to a law for assisted dying by saying he will consider a review of the evidence.

Sunday Express

‘The law on assisted dying needs to change’

‘The law on assisted dying needs to change’

Christine Jardine MP calls for a review of the law on assisted dying.

The Times (£)

Parents convicted of allowing FGM to be carried out on daughter to be sentenced in Ireland today

Parents convicted of allowing FGM to be carried out on daughter to be sentenced in Ireland today

The parents of a young girl who is deemed to have undergone female genital mutilation are due to be sentenced later today.

TheJournal.ie

Women lead protest against Modi’s ‘anti-Muslim’ drive

Women lead protest against Modi’s ‘anti-Muslim’ drive

Muslims across India are living in fear of a new citizenship law they say is designed to render millions stateless, writes Hugh Tomlinson in Delhi.

The Times (£)

Runaway Iranian athlete wants to compete for Germany in Tokyo

Runaway Iranian athlete wants to compete for Germany in Tokyo

Iran's only female Olympic medallist, Kimia Alizadeh, wants to compete for Germany as soon as the next Games in Tokyo, but regardless of whether she achieves that ambition, she never expects to return to her home country.

Reuters

‘The countries where being gay is illegal’

‘The countries where being gay is illegal’

The Church of England has angered progressive Christians by stating that sexual intercourse should only take place between heterosexual married couples. Religion is a significant factor in the criminalisation of homosexuality worldwide.

The Week

Fri, 24 Jan 2020

Sex is for married heterosexual couples only, says Church of England

Sex is for married heterosexual couples only, says Church of England

The Church of England has stated that sex belongs only within heterosexual marriage, and that sex in gay or straight civil partnerships "falls short of God's purpose for human beings".

The Guardian

Hackney councillors vote unanimously to adopt Islamophobia definition – NSS quoted

Hackney councillors vote unanimously to adopt Islamophobia definition – NSS quoted

Hackney councillors last night voted unanimously to adopt the APPG on British Muslims's definition of Islamophobia, despite the NSS urging them not to do so.

Hackney Citizen

‘The Catholic Church should have no influence in British politics’

‘The Catholic Church should have no influence in British politics’

Oliver Kamm says those who want to introduce inhumane and reactionary doctrine born of religious obscurantism into public debate shouldn't squeal about purported unfairness when they get called out for it.

The Article

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