Mon, 02 Jul 2018

Ukip peer criticised for comments on Muslims

Ukip peer criticised for comments on Muslims

Ukip's former leader Lord Pearson of Rannoch has been accused of stigmatising Muslims in the House of Lords.

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'Punish a Muslim Day' letter suspect appears at Old Bailey

'Punish a Muslim Day' letter suspect appears at Old Bailey

A man will go on trial accused of sending letters calling for a day of violence against Muslims.

BBC

Sam Harris interview: “You pay a price for discussing taboo topics, but it's important to”

Sam Harris interview: “You pay a price for discussing taboo topics, but it's important to”

Author and podcaster Sam Harris discusses a variety of topics, including religious fundamentalism, in the run-up to an event in London this month.

The Independent

Trump says abortion rights “could very well end up with the states at some point”

Trump says abortion rights “could very well end up with the states at some point”

President Trump has acknowledged that his choice of successor for Anthony Kennedy as a US Supreme Court justice could have a profound effect on the legality of abortion across the country.

Slate

National Redress Scheme: Australia sex abuse compensation scheme begins

National Redress Scheme: Australia sex abuse compensation scheme begins

Australia has begun a compensation scheme for victims of institutional child sex abuse.

BBC

Child marriage involving bride of 11 sparks outrage in Malaysia

Child marriage involving bride of 11 sparks outrage in Malaysia

The wedding of a girl of 11 to a man of 41 has prompted outrage in Malaysia and calls for the minimum age for all marriages to be changed to 18.

BBC

Islamic theology institute at university in Berlin sparks criticism

Islamic theology institute at university in Berlin sparks criticism

Berlin's Humboldt University has voted to create an Islamic theology institute, which is to open by the end of 2019. Critics questioned why some groups with alleged links to extremists are on the institute's advisory board.

DW

Sect tells sick: seek God’s aid before GP

Sect tells sick: seek God’s aid before GP

A Christian sect has been accused of being "deeply irresponsible" after its spokeswoman told the sick to seek help from God first rather than a doctor.

The Times (£)

Fri, 29 Jun 2018

‘The church that didn’t want to know’

‘The church that didn’t want to know’

This editorial says a new report on the Church of England's handling of sexual abuse ignores the voices of survivors and appears averse to the reality of past mistakes.

The Guardian

Government set to publish plans to ban gay ‘cure therapies’

Government set to publish plans to ban gay ‘cure therapies’

Attempts to make gay people straight could become illegal in Britain under a proposal to be revealed by the government next week.

BuzzFeed News

Women allowed to take abortion pill at home in Wales

Women allowed to take abortion pill at home in Wales

A decision to allow women to take abortion pills at home in Wales has been welcomed as a "significant" move.

BBC

DfE reiterates that gender segregation is ‘unlawful discrimination’

DfE reiterates that gender segregation is ‘unlawful discrimination’

The government has published new guidance to remind mixed schools that segregating pupils by gender is "unlawful discrimination", following a legal battle between Ofsted and an Islamic school.

Schools Week

Independent faith schools feature as government publishes more private school warning notices

Independent faith schools feature as government publishes more private school warning notices

The government has published 26 new warning notices identifying failings at private schools around the country. The schools include several low-cost faith schools.

Schools Week

Humanist marriages could be legally recognised in Northern Ireland following court ruling

Humanist marriages could be legally recognised in Northern Ireland following court ruling

A court ruling could pave the way for the legal recognition of humanist marriages in Northern Ireland.

Belfast Telegraph

Arlene Foster tells LGBT event: Respect my right to oppose same-sex marriage

Arlene Foster tells LGBT event: Respect my right to oppose same-sex marriage

DUP leader Arlene Foster asked members of the LGBT community to respect her right to oppose same-sex marriage as she became the first DUP leader to attend one of their events.

Belfast Telegraph

Mormon Church must end children's sexual interviews, members say

Mormon Church must end children's sexual interviews, members say

Current and former members of the Mormon Church are calling for an end to the practice of asking children as young as eight intimate and sexual questions during annual interviews by church officials.

BBC

Religion tutor sexually assaulted eight-year-old girl as her gave her home lesson in Leeds

Religion tutor sexually assaulted eight-year-old girl as her gave her home lesson in Leeds

A religion tutor has been convicted of sexually assaulting an eight-year-old girl in her own home as he gave her a lesson in Islamic studies and jailed for five years.

Yorkshire Evening Post

Evangelicals and humanists back campaign on freedom of religion and belief

Evangelicals and humanists back campaign on freedom of religion and belief

A Europe-wide campaign for freedom of religion and belief has won the backing of both evangelical Christians and humanist groups.

Christian Today

Activists in US fear 'dire, immediate' rollback of abortion rights after Supreme Court judge retires

Activists in US fear 'dire, immediate' rollback of abortion rights after Supreme Court judge retires

Activists fear Justice Anthony Kennedy's decision to retire from the US Supreme Court could signal a reversal of US abortion laws.

The Independent

Swiss government rejects proposed ban on face coverings in public

Swiss government rejects proposed ban on face coverings in public

The Swiss government has opposed a grassroots campaign for a nationwide ban on facial coverings in public.

Reuters

Thu, 28 Jun 2018

Heterosexual couple win civil partnership case

Heterosexual couple win civil partnership case

A heterosexual couple have won their legal bid for the right to have a civil partnership instead of a marriage.

BBC

‘The Supreme Court civil partnerships ruling isn’t just about straight couples’ – NSS quoted

‘The Supreme Court civil partnerships ruling isn’t just about straight couples’ – NSS quoted

Bille Esplen argues that yesterday's court decision has broader implications than merely giving straight couples the right to enter civil partnerships. NSS chief executive Stephen Evans is quoted calling for wide-ranging reform of the marriage laws.

New Statesman

Isle of Man diocese to review alleged abuse by clergy

Isle of Man diocese to review alleged abuse by clergy

Victims of alleged child abuse by Church of England clergy have been urged to come forward after calls for a fresh inquiry on the Isle of Man.

BBC

Pardon for past convictions for homosexuality in Northern Ireland

Pardon for past convictions for homosexuality in Northern Ireland

Historic convictions for abolished homosexual offences in Northern Ireland will be disregarded and pardoned through a new law that comes into effect today.

Belfast Teleraph

Glasgow City Council to consider abortion ‘buffer zones’ motion

Glasgow City Council to consider abortion ‘buffer zones’ motion

A call to implement buffer zones around abortion and other health care clinics will take a step forward when it is debated by Glasgow City Council for the first time today.

The National

Man jailed for threatening to 'slit a Muslim's throat' on Twitter

Man jailed for threatening to 'slit a Muslim's throat' on Twitter

A man who said he wanted to "slit a Muslim's throat" in a string of violent tweets has been jailed for inciting racial hatred.

The Independent

Kirk bans sect for using its premises to promote fundamentalist doctrines

Kirk bans sect for using its premises to promote fundamentalist doctrines

The Church of Scotland has banned a controversial sect for using its premises to promote fundamentalist doctrines.

The Times (£)

Reproductive rights and same-sex marriage in peril in US after Supreme Court judge retires

Reproductive rights and same-sex marriage in peril in US after Supreme Court judge retires

Anthony Kennedy, who often provided a crucial swing vote on the US Supreme Court, has retired. This gives President Trump the chance to nominate a judge who could roll back women's reproductive rights and same-sex marriage.

BBC

Spain takes step closer to euthanasia law as Congress agrees to debate bill

Spain takes step closer to euthanasia law as Congress agrees to debate bill

The Spanish Congress has agreed to consider a bill to make euthanasia a new personal right that would be available through Spain's public healthcare system.

El Pais

US secularists and atheists line up to condemn anti-Muslim travel ban

US secularists and atheists line up to condemn anti-Muslim travel ban

In response to the Supreme Court upholding Donald Trump's travel ban on several Muslim-majority countries a number of secularist groups have spoken out against the decision, calling it a form of religious discrimination.

Patheos

Poland makes partial U-turn on Holocaust law

Poland makes partial U-turn on Holocaust law

Poland's president has signed a legal amendment to decriminalise the false attribution to Poland and Poles of crimes committed by Nazi Germany during the Holocaust. The move signals a partial retreat on censorious legislation enacted this year.

The Guardian

Israeli airline to remove people who refuse to sit next to women from planes

Israeli airline to remove people who refuse to sit next to women from planes

Israeli national airline El Al has announced that it will no longer accommodate ultra-Orthodox Jewish men who refuse to sit next to women.

Patheos

Wed, 27 Jun 2018

Jewish school responds to scathing inspection report by accusing Ofsted of “secularist plot”

Jewish school responds to scathing inspection report by accusing Ofsted of “secularist plot”

Ofsted has deemed a state-funded Chasidic girls' school in north London inadequate. Its report says the school censored textbooks, failed to teach about reproduction in science and did too little to encourage respect for other groups of people. The school has responded by accusing Ofsted of a "secularist plot".

The JC

Inquiry examines archbishop’s smearing of abuse survivors

Inquiry examines archbishop’s smearing of abuse survivors

The Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry has examined comments by a retired archbishop who claimed child abuse survivors were motivated by a "pot of gold" and referred to them as "the opposition".

The Scotsman

Court to rule on terminally ill man’s challenge to assisted dying ban

Court to rule on terminally ill man’s challenge to assisted dying ban

The Court of Appeal is to rule on a challenge by a terminally ill man against a "blanket ban" on assisted dying.

Belfast Telegraph

IoM Abortion Reform Bill approved by upper chamber despite bishop’s opposition

IoM Abortion Reform Bill approved by upper chamber despite bishop’s opposition

The Isle of Man's Legislative Council has approved a bill to reform its abortion laws, despite opposition from a bishop. The bill will now return to the lower chamber, the House of Keys, for approval.

IoM Today

British Taliban bomber guilty of Westminster plot

British Taliban bomber guilty of Westminster plot

A British plumber has been convicted of planning a terror attack in Westminster and making bombs for the Taliban.

BBC

US Supreme Court upholds Trump travel ban

US Supreme Court upholds Trump travel ban

The US Supreme Court has ruled that President Trump has the authority to ban travellers from certain majority-Muslim countries if he thinks it is necessary to protect the United States.

The Washington Post

‘How US evangelical organisations deploy ‘human rights’ and ‘development’’

‘How US evangelical organisations deploy ‘human rights’ and ‘development’’

Kevin Crow explores ways in which US- or UN-funded Christian civil society organisations have used international law to further their goals internationally.

Open Democracy

Muslim Council of Britain accuses Tories of inaction over ‘Islamophobia’

Muslim Council of Britain accuses Tories of inaction over ‘Islamophobia’

The leaders of a Muslim lobbying group have accused the Conservative chair Brandon Lewis of ignoring calls to set up an inquiry into 'Islamophobia' in the party.

Sky News

Macron meets pope amid overtures to Catholic Church

Macron meets pope amid overtures to Catholic Church

The pope and France's president Emmanuel Macron held lengthy private talks at the Vatican. They discussed immigration and reflected on Europe's prospects. The meeting comes amid increasing reports that Macron is courting the Catholic Church.

ABC News

Move to abolish Lord’s prayer in Senate sittings in Australia

Move to abolish Lord’s prayer in Senate sittings in Australia

Australia's Green party has initiated an attempt to scrap the Lord's prayer from Senate sittings. The prayer would be replaced with a statement that includes religious and non-religious belief.

The Guardian

‘London is the perfect model for Muslim-majority countries’

‘London is the perfect model for Muslim-majority countries’

Ed Husain says London's spirit of reform contains a lesson for Muslim allies.

Evening Standard

Tue, 26 Jun 2018

Protesters buy and bin tickets to papal event in Ireland

Protesters buy and bin tickets to papal event in Ireland

Thousands of tickets for the papal visit in August have been snapped up by protesters aiming to ensure low attendance by not showing up to the event.

The Times (£)

More than 50 victims of FGM recorded throughout Slough in Berkshire

More than 50 victims of FGM recorded throughout Slough in Berkshire

Figures from NHS Digital show that in Slough, 55 victims of FGM were seen by doctors, nurses or midwives over the last year.

Slough & South Bucks Observer

Calls for town mayor to resign over anti-LGBT and anti-Islam Facebook posts

Calls for town mayor to resign over anti-LGBT and anti-Islam Facebook posts

There are calls for the Christian mayor of Ferryhill in County Durham to resign after he shared posts on Facebook criticising homosexuality, transgender people and Islam.

BBC

Police disperse Christian street preachers in Bath on grounds of public disorder

Police disperse Christian street preachers in Bath on grounds of public disorder

Police dispersed a group of Christian preachers who were telling people in Bath city centre they would burn in a great fire if they did not repent for their supposed sins.

Somerset Live

Archbishop of York to bless pop-up theatre

Archbishop of York to bless pop-up theatre

Europe's first pop-up Shakespearean theatre is opening to the public in York this week with a bloody performance of Macbeth. John Sentamu will visit the site today to give the theatre a blessing.

iNews

German minister says burkinis should be allowed in schools

German minister says burkinis should be allowed in schools

Germany's family minister has defended the use of the burkini in schools, claiming they could help Muslim girls integrate.

BBC

Arrests over alleged French far-right plot to attack Muslims

Arrests over alleged French far-right plot to attack Muslims

Members of a group linked to France's radical far-right have been arrested on suspicion of planning an attack on Muslims.

The Independent

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