Tue, 25 Jun 2019

Anti-relationship lesson leaflets branded 'homophobic'

Anti-relationship lesson leaflets branded 'homophobic'

Campaigners have slammed "homophobic" leaflets encouraging parents to remove primary school children from relationship lessons.

BBC

NI's only 'gay pardon' cases turned down

NI's only 'gay pardon' cases turned down

The only two men in Northern Ireland to seek pardons for abolished gay sex offences have failed in their bids to have their convictions quashed.

BBC

US Catholic school sacks openly gay teacher

US Catholic school sacks openly gay teacher

A Catholic high school in the US city of Indiana has said it is sacking an openly gay teacher to avoid "forfeiting our Catholic identity".

NBC News

Appeal court overturns forced abortion ruling

Appeal court overturns forced abortion ruling

A court ruling that a woman with learning disabilities must have an abortion against her wishes has been overturned on appeal.

The Guardian

Almost half of Conservative members would prefer not to have Muslim prime minister, poll finds

Almost half of Conservative members would prefer not to have Muslim prime minister, poll finds

Almost half of the Conservative Party's rank-and-file members would prefer not to have a Muslim as the country's Prime Minister, according to a new poll.

PoliticsHome

Apple sells Muslim Brotherhood ‘radicalisation app’

Apple sells Muslim Brotherhood ‘radicalisation app’

Apple's App Store is hosting an app linked to the Muslim Brotherhood despite experts' concerns that it is a tool for radicalisation.

The Times (£)

Mon, 24 Jun 2019

UK magistrate opposed to gay adoption loses legal battle – NSS quoted

UK magistrate opposed to gay adoption loses legal battle – NSS quoted

A magistrate who was sacked because of his religious-based opposition to same-sex couples adopting children has lost his legal battle to challenge his sacking.

Gay Times

Watchdog launches inquiry into GP who "involves his Christian faith" in patient consultations – NSS quoted

Watchdog launches inquiry into GP who "involves his Christian faith" in patient consultations – NSS quoted

A GP who allegedly involves his Christian faith in consultations with his patients is under investigation by the medical watchdog.

The Telegraph

Sex offender bishop Peter Ball dies

Sex offender bishop Peter Ball dies

A former bishop who was jailed for a string of sexual offences against teenagers and young men has died.

BBC

Jeremy Hunt backs schools at centre of LGBT equality teaching protests

Jeremy Hunt backs schools at centre of LGBT equality teaching protests

Conservative leadership contender Jeremy Hunt has stood up for Birmingham schools facing protests over equality teaching, pledging to 'defend their right' to talk about LGBT families to young children.

Birmingham Live

Boris Johnson backs Anderton Park School teachers in LGBT row

Boris Johnson backs Anderton Park School teachers in LGBT row

Tory leadership favourite Boris Johnson has voiced his opinion on the row over LGBT equality teaching in Birmingham.

Birmingham Live

Man sacked from Asda after sharing Billy Connolly's 'thoughts on religion'

Man sacked from Asda after sharing Billy Connolly's 'thoughts on religion'

An Asda employee at one of its stores in West Yorkshire has been sacked after he shared a Billy Connolly post about religion on social media.

Examiner Live

GPs to be consulted for views on assisted dying

GPs to be consulted for views on assisted dying

GPs will be consulted on whether the Royal College of General Practitioners should change its position on assisted dying, which it currently opposes.

The Guardian

Call to ban pharmacists from refusing to give medicines for ‘personal reasons’

Call to ban pharmacists from refusing to give medicines for ‘personal reasons’

A petition has been launched after a mum was told she couldn't have emergency contraception because it went against the beliefs of the only pharmacist working that Sunday.

Metro

‘Everyone loses from the desperate attempt to paint Britain as an Islamophobic country’

‘Everyone loses from the desperate attempt to paint Britain as an Islamophobic country’

Ed Husain says the desperate search for victimhood is not only wrong on its own terms, but prevents all of us from rejoicing in the liberties that surround us.

The Telegraph (£)

Secularist party beats Erdogan’s in re-run of Istanbul election

Secularist party beats Erdogan’s in re-run of Istanbul election

The opposition candidate in the replay of Istanbul's mayoral election was heading for a comfortable victory on Sunday, dealing a blow to the ruling party of Turkey's president Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

The Telegraph

Are Arabs turning their backs on religion?

Are Arabs turning their backs on religion?

Arabs are increasingly saying they are no longer religious, according to the largest and most in-depth survey undertaken of the Middle East and North Africa.

BBC

Fri, 21 Jun 2019

Birmingham Archdiocese let children be abused and harboured paedophile priests 'to protect its own reputation'

Birmingham Archdiocese let children be abused and harboured paedophile priests 'to protect its own reputation'

"The Archdiocese of Birmingham "repeatedly failed" to alert police to allegations against its clergy and in doing so let perpetrators carry on abusing victims for years."

Independent

Archbishop chose church's reputation above children, inquiry finds

Archbishop chose church's reputation above children, inquiry finds

Cardinal Vincent Nichols criticised for inadequate response to abuse claims

The Guardian

"Christian Legal Centre loses yet another ‘persecution’ case" - NSS quoted

"Christian Legal Centre loses yet another ‘persecution’ case" - NSS quoted

Barry Duke discusses the case of Richard Page, the former magistrate, who this week lost his appeal against his dismissal for his comments on same-sex adoption.

The Freethinker

US Supreme Court rules religious monument can remain on public land

US Supreme Court rules religious monument can remain on public land

The US Supreme Court has ruled that a monument in the form of a large cross can remain on public land, saying that the monument does not constitute government endorsement of religion.

Independent

Scientology accused of child abuse and human trafficking in new lawsuit

Scientology accused of child abuse and human trafficking in new lawsuit

Victims' rights attorneys filed the first of what they promise will be a series of lawsuits against the Church of Scientology on behalf of defectors who say they suffered a range of exploitation and abuse.

Miami Herald

"Why it's so hard to stop a cult"

"Why it's so hard to stop a cult"

Alexandra Stein examines the tactics used by cults and the reasons why it is difficult to prosecute cult leaders for abuse.

BBC

US Catholic archdiocese cuts ties with school that refused to fire gay teacher

US Catholic archdiocese cuts ties with school that refused to fire gay teacher

The Archdiocese of Indianapolis has announced that it will no longer recognize a Jesuit high school as Catholic because it refuses to fire a teacher who is in a same-sex marriage.

The Guardian

Thousands petition Netflix to cancel Amazon Prime's Good Omens

Thousands petition Netflix to cancel Amazon Prime's Good Omens

US Christian group condemns Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett's story as 'making satanism appear normal' – but petition wrong company

The Guardian

Thu, 20 Jun 2019

Magistrate who opposed gay adoption loses ‘religious discrimination’ battle - NSS quoted

Magistrate who opposed gay adoption loses ‘religious discrimination’ battle - NSS quoted

A Family Court magistrate who opposed gay couples adopting children has lost a legal appeal against the decision to sack him.

Pink News

​Church of England finds 50% rise in abuse claims and concerns

​Church of England finds 50% rise in abuse claims and concerns

The number of situations where the Church of England dealt with "concerns and allegations" about abuse rose by 50% between 2015 and 2017, figures show.

The Guardian

Senior leaders in Diocese of Blackburn call on church to protect children from sex abuse

Senior leaders in Diocese of Blackburn call on church to protect children from sex abuse

Senior clergy in the Blackburn Diocese have written a joint letter to Christian faith leaders urging them to ensure 'local churches are places where children and vulnerable adults are entirely safe' from sexual abuse.

Lancashire Telegraph

Tory leadership candidates threaten BBC debate boycott

Tory leadership candidates threaten BBC debate boycott

Tory leadership candidates are considering boycotting the BBC's next televised debate after it failed to effectively vet an imam who had previously made allegedly antisemitic comments.

The Times

'Practise what you preach!' Sajid Javid lashes out at Imam who berated Tory leader hopefuls over Islamophobia

'Practise what you preach!' Sajid Javid lashes out at Imam who berated Tory leader hopefuls over Islamophobia

Sajid Javid today laid into an Imam who berated Tory leader hopefuls over Islamophobia - after vile anti-Jewish tweets surfaced.

Daily Mail

Evangelist Paula White-Cain starts to rally the Christian faithful to support Trump

Evangelist Paula White-Cain starts to rally the Christian faithful to support Trump

"President Trump will overcome every strategy from hell and every strategy from the enemy," declared Paula White-Cain, the president's increasingly visible spiritual adviser.

The Times

Defining “Islamophobia”

Defining “Islamophobia”

Maryam Namazie explains why she believes the adoption of any definition of 'Islamophobia' is a triumph for fundamentalists – and has nothing to do with combatting racism.

Sister-hood

Wed, 19 Jun 2019

Pharmacist refused to give morning after pill on a Sunday ‘for personal reasons’

Pharmacist refused to give morning after pill on a Sunday ‘for personal reasons’

A mum was told she couldn't have emergency contraception because it went against the beliefs of the only pharmacist working that Sunday.

Metro

Tory leadership debate: Contenders copy Javid’s vow to rid party of Islamophobia

Tory leadership debate: Contenders copy Javid’s vow to rid party of Islamophobia

Sajid Javid last night appeared to bounce all the Tory leadership candidates into signing up to an investigation into Islamophobia in the party.

The Times

"The questions the BBC must answer about Abdullah in Bristol"

"The questions the BBC must answer about Abdullah in Bristol"

Stephen Daisley highlights concerns over the anti-Semitic tweets of BBC Islamophobia questioner.

The Spectator

Northamptonshire students lose faith in GCSE religious studies as uptake drops massively

Northamptonshire students lose faith in GCSE religious studies as uptake drops massively

The number of pupils in the county taking religious studies GCSE has dropped by more than three quarters in just two years.

Northampton Chronicle & Echo

Pope Francis’ visit to Ireland saw a spike in allegations of clerical abuse

Pope Francis’ visit to Ireland saw a spike in allegations of clerical abuse

Pope Francis' visit to Ireland for the World Meeting of Families last August saw a spike in allegations of clerical abuse, the Catholic Church's safeguarding watchdog has revealed.

Irish News

'Circumcision season': Philippine rite puts boys under pressure

'Circumcision season': Philippine rite puts boys under pressure

"A row of boys lying on newsprint-covered tables howl in pain and grit their teeth as part of "circumcision season" in the Philippines, when thousands of youngsters suffer through the procedure en masse."

Bangkok Post

Anti-LGBT activist Tony Perkins named head of US religious freedom commission

Anti-LGBT activist Tony Perkins named head of US religious freedom commission

Perkins, an evangelical pastor who has close ties with the Trump administration, was named as chair of the federal government body, which makes policy recommendations and polices 'religious freedom' internationally.

Pink News

Saudi de-fangs religious police but plans to enforce 'decency'

Saudi de-fangs religious police but plans to enforce 'decency'

Saudi Arabia has rendered toothless the once-feared religious police amid a liberalisation drive, but a planned "public decency" law is stoking controversy with some fearing a revival of morality policing.

Daily Mail

Islamic fatwa approves organ donation after Bristol man's efforts

Islamic fatwa approves organ donation after Bristol man's efforts

A man who had to wait for 23 years for a kidney transplant has won changes to Islamic guidance to allow organ donation in the UK.

BBC

Tue, 18 Jun 2019

Sex education: Llanelli MP says no child should be excluded - NSS referenced

Sex education: Llanelli MP says no child should be excluded - NSS referenced

Llanelli MP Nia Griffith told BBC Wales she did not "want to see any child excluded from those lessons".

BBC

Government rejects application for capital funding for Jewish primary school in Herts

Government rejects application for capital funding for Jewish primary school in Herts

Plans for a new state-aided Jewish primary in Borehamwood have stalled after the government turned down its application for capital funding.

JC

Steiner Academy Bristol being taken over by Hindu-faith school trust

Steiner Academy Bristol being taken over by Hindu-faith school trust

Steiner Academy Bristol has been taken over by a Hindu trust.

Bristol Post

"Northern Ireland? More like Republic of Gilead when it comes to abortion rights"

"Northern Ireland? More like Republic of Gilead when it comes to abortion rights"

"A couple of weeks ago Twitter was alight with rightful disgust and despair as the US rolled back reproductive rights in several states."

Metro

Last five single-sex primary schools in north to be reviewed

Last five single-sex primary schools in north to be reviewed

They are Holy Cross Girls, Holy Cross Boys, Mercy, Sacred Heart and Our Lady's, and serve close to 1,400 pupils.

Irish News

Cambridge Union criticised after Malaysian PM makes 'Jewish friends' remark at event

Cambridge Union criticised after Malaysian PM makes 'Jewish friends' remark at event

Cambridge Union has been criticised for hosting an event which saw an audience laugh at comments about "Jewish people" made by Malaysia's prime minister, Mahathir Mohamad.

Huffington Post

Quebec passes religious symbols secularism bill

Quebec passes religious symbols secularism bill

A Canadian province has passed legislation that would bar civil servants in positions of "authority" from wearing religious symbols at work.

BBC

Quebec Bill 21: Is it OK for public servants to wear religious symbols?

Quebec Bill 21: Is it OK for public servants to wear religious symbols?

Six people who have been vocal about Bill 21 and its impact spoke to the BBC.

BBC

Supreme Court passes, for now, on a new wedding cake dispute

Supreme Court passes, for now, on a new wedding cake dispute

The Supreme Court announced Monday it would not decide, for now, whether a Christian couple from Oregon had a constitutional right to defy that state's civil rights law and refuse to make a wedding cake for the marriage of two women.

Los Angeles Times

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