Mon, 16 Sep 2019

‘Why Scotland must reconsider religious segregation in schools’

‘Why Scotland must reconsider religious segregation in schools’

Tom Wood, a former deputy chief constable, calls for an examination of the root causes of Scotland's sectarian divide and questions whether religious segregation in schools is acceptable in the 21st century.

The Scotsman

Glasgow City Council bans republican and loyalist marches

Glasgow City Council bans republican and loyalist marches

All loyalist and republican marches planned in Glasgow over the weekend were prohibited.

Evening Times

Lifestyle website for Muslim teens is covertly funded by the Home Office

Lifestyle website for Muslim teens is covertly funded by the Home Office

A Muslim online lifestyle platform targeting British teenagers is covertly funded by the Home Office's counter-extremism programme.

The Observer

Father and daughter guilty of running illegal Islamic school

Father and daughter guilty of running illegal Islamic school

A head teacher and her father have been found guilty of running an unregistered school in a run-down building, in the second prosecution of its kind.

BBC

PM's burqa jibes 'dehumanising', says government's extremism adviser

PM's burqa jibes 'dehumanising', says government's extremism adviser

The government's chief adviser on extremism has called the language used by Boris Johnson to describe Muslim women who wear burkas "demeaning" and "dehumanising".

The Guardian

The NHS is launching specialised FGM clinics to provide support and health advice for survivors

The NHS is launching specialised FGM clinics to provide support and health advice for survivors

The NHS has announced the launch of clinics across England specifically to support, treat and help survivors of female genital mutilation.

Elle

‘The day I met a “gay conversion therapist”’

‘The day I met a “gay conversion therapist”’

James Barr tells the story of what happened when he signed up for simulated 'treatment' for his sexuality.

BBC

Israel's ultra-Orthodox mobilise in knife-edge election

Israel's ultra-Orthodox mobilise in knife-edge election

Israel's ultra-Orthodox parties see next week's election as a referendum on the role of religion in the state.

The Telegraph

Girl, 10, filmed being forced to marry her 22-year-old cousin in Iran

Girl, 10, filmed being forced to marry her 22-year-old cousin in Iran

Footage has emerged showing a 10-year-old girl being forced to marry her 22-year-old cousin in Iran.

Mirror

Blasphemy accusation in Pakistan sparks ransacking of Hindu temple and school

Blasphemy accusation in Pakistan sparks ransacking of Hindu temple and school

A crowd in Pakistan ransacked a school and Hindu temple after a Hindu principal was accused of blasphemy, police said on Monday. This is the latest case to raise concern about the fate of religious minorities in the predominantly Muslim country.

Reuters

‘The Catholic Church hasn’t gone away in Ireland’

‘The Catholic Church hasn’t gone away in Ireland’

Ivana Bacik criticises comments from the leader of Ireland's Catholic Church, which suggested religion should influence public policy.

The Irish Times

Australian butcher has to change ‘non halal certified’ sign

Australian butcher has to change ‘non halal certified’ sign

A butcher in Adelaide has been forced to take down a sign on its front window declaring that its meat is 'non halal certified' after a complaint was upheld.

Daily Mail Australia

Fri, 13 Sep 2019

Measles surge among London’s Charedi Jewish children

Measles surge among London’s Charedi Jewish children

Public health officials have revealed how a staggering 300 cases of measles were reported in north London's Orthodox Jewish community in the first five months of 2019 alone.

Jewish News

‘UK Christian conservatives join disastrous global backlash against sex education’

‘UK Christian conservatives join disastrous global backlash against sex education’

Sophie Hemery and Nandini Archer say Christian right opposition to relationships and sex education is highly organised and has international links.

openDemocracy

Pair ‘plotted honour killing’ of relative who denounced Islam

Pair ‘plotted honour killing’ of relative who denounced Islam

Two men accused of plotting the 'honour killing' of a 25-year-old relative who denounced Islam appeared in court today.

Metro

Catholic school’s catchment area widened to allow children free transport over longer distances

Catholic school’s catchment area widened to allow children free transport over longer distances

Argyll and Bute Council has decided to widen the catchment area of St Columba's Primary School in Oban after some parents complained that their children did not benefit from free transport to the school.

Scottish Catholic Observer

Man denies attacking five mosques in Birmingham in a day

Man denies attacking five mosques in Birmingham in a day

A man has denied causing at least £11,500 of damage to five mosques that had their doors and windows smashed on the same day.

The Guardian

SNP MP who voted against lifting NI abortion ban faces deselection

SNP MP who voted against lifting NI abortion ban faces deselection

A bishop has backed SNP MP Lisa Cameron, who is facing deselection and says it is linked to her opposition to abortion.

The National

‘The vanity of Western feminists who think Margaret Atwood writes about them’

‘The vanity of Western feminists who think Margaret Atwood writes about them’

Allison Pearson says The Handmaid's Tale has striking parallels with the treatment of women in Iran.

The Spectator (£)

New York City to end ban on gay conversion therapy to avoid US Supreme Court fight

New York City to end ban on gay conversion therapy to avoid US Supreme Court fight

Members of the New York City Council plan to repeal a nearly two-year-old ban on LGBT 'conversion therapy' to avoid a lawsuit that could establish a legal precedent protecting the practice, according to reports.

The Hill

Archbishop says priests in Tasmania won’t comply with law on reporting of abuse

Archbishop says priests in Tasmania won’t comply with law on reporting of abuse

The leader of Tasmania's Catholic Church said priests in his archdiocese will not comply with a law that would require them to report suspected child abuse, including if it is revealed in the confessional.

Catholic Herald

Thu, 12 Sep 2019

‘Why should parental consent allow the cutting of children’s genitals?’ – NSS quoted

‘Why should parental consent allow the cutting of children’s genitals?’ – NSS quoted

Andrew Penman says a boy's circumcision would still have been wrong if his parents had consented to it. He quotes a blog from the NSS's Megan Manson on the subject.

Mirror

Protests over LGBT equality to restart at Birmingham school ahead of exclusion zone court case

Protests over LGBT equality to restart at Birmingham school ahead of exclusion zone court case

The organisers of anti-LGBT equality protests outside Anderton Park School in Birmingham say they will restart on Friday "to protect children".

Birmingham Live

NHS to open specialist FGM support clinics across England

NHS to open specialist FGM support clinics across England

The NHS is opening female genital mutilation support clinics across England that will allow survivors to access expert care and treatment earlier.

The Guardian

Jimmy Savile 'was allowed to roam freely' in dormitories at Scottish Catholic school

Jimmy Savile 'was allowed to roam freely' in dormitories at Scottish Catholic school

Jimmy Savile was allowed to "roam freely" in the boys' dormitories of a Catholic school in the Highlands, an inquiry heard yesterday.

Daily Record

‘Why is IPSO issuing guidance on Islam?’

‘Why is IPSO issuing guidance on Islam?’

Tom Wilson of the think tank Policy Exchange says the press regulator shouldn't be telling journalists how to write about Muslims.

Spiked Online

Sikh campaigners granted judicial review over ethnicity on census

Sikh campaigners granted judicial review over ethnicity on census

British Sikh campaigners have been granted permission for a judicial review over whether it is unlawful not to include 'Sikh' as an ethnicity on the census.

The Times of India

Dutch doctor acquitted in landmark euthanasia case

Dutch doctor acquitted in landmark euthanasia case

A doctor who slipped a sedative in her patient's coffee before administering a lethal drug to her has been acquitted of breaking Dutch euthanasia laws in a landmark case.

The Guardian

Moroccan woman jailed on suspicion of procuring abortion

Moroccan woman jailed on suspicion of procuring abortion

A Moroccan journalist has been jailed for allegedly procuring an abortion and for fornication. The country's penal code bars abortion except in cases when the mother's life is endangered. Sunni Islam is the established religion of Morocco.

Catholic News Agency

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation under fire over award for Narendra Modi

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation under fire over award for Narendra Modi

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is facing a barrage of criticism after it announced that it would honour India's Hindu nationalist prime minister with an award later this month.

The Guardian

‘For US Republicans, a baby born at 23 weeks is a political prop’

‘For US Republicans, a baby born at 23 weeks is a political prop’

Meredith Shiner says a bill in the US House of Representatives would compound the misery of women who give birth prematurely.

The Daily Beast

Wed, 11 Sep 2019

LGBT equalities teacher Andrew Moffat shortlisted for major award

LGBT equalities teacher Andrew Moffat shortlisted for major award

Birmingham teacher Andrew Moffat, who spoke at the 2019 NSS Bradlaugh Lecture about teaching equality in primary schools, has been nominated for 'Hero of the Year' at the European Diversity Awards.

Free Radio

GoFundMe takes down fundraising page launched by campaigners against LGBT-inclusive education

GoFundMe takes down fundraising page launched by campaigners against LGBT-inclusive education

The crowdfunding website GoFundMe has removed a page launched by Shakeel Afsar, one of the leaders of the Birmingham protests against LGBT-inclusive education in schools.

Pink News

'Northern Ireland’s schools still aren’t integrated'

'Northern Ireland’s schools still aren’t integrated'

The province's parents and teachers aren't waiting for politicians to desegregate education. They're doing it themselves, says Adam McGibbon.

The Nation

Islamic State supporter plotted attack on barracks, court told

Islamic State supporter plotted attack on barracks, court told

An Isil supporter plotted a "lone wolf" attack on a military site by adapting drones to drop weapons, a court heard.

The Telegraph

Woman jailed for punching Muslim woman and ripping her hijab off

Woman jailed for punching Muslim woman and ripping her hijab off

A care assistant has been jailed for 20 months after attacking two shoppers and ripping one's hijab off.

The Independent

White supremacist jailed for ‘kill a Muslim’ bid

White supremacist jailed for ‘kill a Muslim’ bid

A white supremacist inspired by the mosque attacks in New Zealand has been jailed for 18 years for stabbing a teenager in a bid to 'murder a Muslim'.

Metro

Iran's 'blue girl' dies after setting herself on fire

Iran's 'blue girl' dies after setting herself on fire

The woman set herself alight in Tehran after her trial, for attempting to enter a football stadium disguised as a man, was postponed.

BBC

Australia: Leaders of the Jehovah’s Witnesses ordered to destroy confidential records

Australia: Leaders of the Jehovah’s Witnesses ordered to destroy confidential records

A body representing the Jehovah's Witnesses in Australia has written to all elders of the group ordering them to destroy confidential records, including notes taken by elders investigating child sexual abuse, in an instruction that has enraged survivors of abuse inside the secretive Christian sect.

Crikey

Australia: Laws forcing priests to report child abuse passed

Australia: Laws forcing priests to report child abuse passed

Victoria's Parliament passed laws on Tuesday carrying sentences of up to three years for failing to report abuse.

The Age

Tue, 10 Sep 2019

Plans for new Catholic faith school in Peterborough revealed

Plans for new Catholic faith school in Peterborough revealed

A consultation has been launched into plans for a new Roman Catholic school in Peterborough.

Peterborough Today

Hospital breaching parents' religious rights in life-support row, court told

Hospital breaching parents' religious rights in life-support row, court told

An NHS hospital's refusal to allow the parents of a seriously ill five-year-old girl to fly her to Italy for treatment is in breach of her and her parents' rights to religious beliefs and EU free movement law, a court has heard.

The Guardian

Muslim woman claims discrimination after being rejected as hotel waitress

Muslim woman claims discrimination after being rejected as hotel waitress

A luxury hotel has been accused of discrimination after it denied a Muslim woman a job as a waitress because her faith stops her handling pork or alcohol.

The Times

Welsh council defends prayers before meetings

Welsh council defends prayers before meetings

The NSS's 2012 High Court case against prayers at Bideford Town Council is referenced.

Premier

Jehovah's Witness hall plans withdrawn after council rejection

Jehovah's Witness hall plans withdrawn after council rejection

Plans to build a new base for Jehovah's Witnesses in Alexandria town centre have been withdrawn after being rejected by council chiefs. Several residents, as well as the Vale of Leven Trust, objected to the proposal said the development would not economically benefit the town.

Daily Record

Bristol lecturer taught students ‘parts of Zionist lobby’ bankroll Islamophobia

Bristol lecturer taught students ‘parts of Zionist lobby’ bankroll Islamophobia

Bristol University is not currently taking action against a professor for teaching students that "parts of the Zionist lobby" are bankrolling hatred of Muslims.

Jewish News

Denbighshire's new £23m Catholic 'through school' opens

Denbighshire's new £23m Catholic 'through school' opens

Denbighshire's new £23m Catholic through school opened to pupils for the first time.

North Wales Live

Stamford Hill Charedi Jews targeted by 'antisemitic preachers'

Stamford Hill Charedi Jews targeted by 'antisemitic preachers'

Police officers attended but made no arrests as '20-30 men' gathered with a loudspeaker outside a supermarket in Stamford Hill.

The JC

Woman charged with homophobic hate crime after abuse was shouted at Pride event

Woman charged with homophobic hate crime after abuse was shouted at Pride event

Jamila Choudhury, from Walthamstow, east London, is accused of haranguing people as they passed her during the event on July 27. Footage posted on social media showed a woman wearing a black niqab repeatedly shouting "shame on you" at people as they moved along Hoe Street, Walthamstow, one of whom was wearing a rainbow LGBT flag.

ITV

MSP's concern over increase in anti-Muslim hate

MSP's concern over increase in anti-Muslim hate

There has been a recent rise in the number of religiously aggravated charges related to Islam in North Ayrshire, new figures have revealed.

Largs & Millport Weekly News

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