Abdullah Patel, an imam who questioned Boris Johnson on his comments regarding the niqab during Monday's Conservative leadership BBC debate, was found to have made comments
expressing anti-semitic views and blaming women for rape. Patel is listed as the headteacher of Al-Ashraf Primary School and Al Ashraf Secondary School for
Girls, but the schools' trust has since suspended him.
Proposals by Neath Port Talbot Council to increase
charges for school transport could see some children and young people having to change schools if their families can't afford the price hike, a
senior officer has said. However, the council will continue to provide free non-statutory travel to those pupils attending their nearest faith school if they
meet the distance criteria. The council considered scrapping the non-statutory free travel to pupils at
faith schools in 2013.
The government has rejected
an application to open a new voluntary aided Jewish faith school in Hertfordshire. The school would have been able to select 100% of its intake based on faith.
Gay and bisexual men in Scotland with historical prosecutions for same-sex sexual activity will be able to apply to have their
convictions erased from October 15. MSPs passed legislation unanimously last year to grant an automatic pardon to every man in Scotland criminalised for
breaching now repealed discriminatory laws.
The Canadian province of Quebec has passed legislation to prohibit civil
servants in positions of "authority" from wearing religious symbols at work. Critics say that the legislation will effectively exclude religious Muslims, Sikhs
and Jews from positions of authority in education and law enforcement, and that it runs roughshod over the freedom of religion and expression. But Quebec premier
François Legault called the bill a necessary measure to ensure the separation between religion and state in the province. The bill, which passed 73 to 35, was
supported by a majority of Quebecers. Existing employees will be exempt.
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