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In the Press
September 29th, 2015
September 29th, 2015Four British citizens fighting with Islamic State militants in Syria are to be subject to UN sanctions in the first such move in a decade, Downing Street has said.The UK government took the drastic step of asking for some of its own nationals to face UN travel bans and asset freezes, amid increasing alarm about the hundreds of Britons being tempted to travel to Iraq and Syria.
September 28th, 2015In this, the 800th anniversary year of Magna Carta, we like to think that we are governed by the rule of law, but in reality we have the rule of Parliament, or rather of the executive that commands a majority in the Commons. It is open to the government to curtail what most of us regard as quintessential British liberties. Even if it is constrained from doing so by human rights laws and international conventions, Parliament can change or withdraw from those, too.
This debate will be revived when the Government publishes its counter-extremism Bill in a few weeks’ time. Theresa May will doubtless start the ball rolling at the Tory conference next week, promising a legislative crackdown on those who express views that fall foul of a new statutory definition of what constitutes extremist thinking.
Early drafts of the Bill suggest that this will be “the vocal or active opposition to fundamental British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and the mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs”.
The definition is so wide-ranging that it is hard to imagine that it will not inhibit free speech.
September 28th, 2015Christian and Muslim refugees should be housed separately in Germany to minimise tensions following growing levels of violence at asylum seeker shelters, a police chief has urged.
Jörg Radek, deputy head of Germany’s police union, said migrants should be divided, following increasing numbers of attacks on Christians in refugee centres.
“I think housing separated according to religion makes perfect sense,” Jörg Radek, deputy head of Germany’s police union, told German newspaper Die Welt, particularly for Muslims and Christians.
Two separate clashes erupted between refugees on Sunday at a temporary migrant shelter in Kassel-Calden in northern Germany left 14 people injured, police said.
September 28th, 2015Islamic State could soon be launching a wave of attacks on Christians in Pakistan, the country's military has warned.According to the British Pakistani Christian Association (BPCA), the Pakistani Army has begun warning individual Christians, churches and Christian institutions in the country that jihadists could attack imminently. The BPCA also reports that the Pakistani military has been "purging IS sympathisers from its ranks".
September 28th, 2015A Muslim man has confessed to strangling his 19-year-old daughter to death with his bare hands after learning from police she had been caught shoplifting condoms to have sex with her forbidden boyfriend.
Asadullah Khan and his wife Shazia then dressed dead daughter Lareeb, a dental technician, in her clothes.
They then wheeled her in a wheelchair from their high-rise apartment to the family car, drove to a secluded embankment in their home city of Darmstadt in Germany, and tipped the corpse down it.
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"Church schools continue to be oversubscribed and popular with parents and pupils, opting for a Christian based education whatever their own faith. Both community and church schools increasingly testify to difficulties in recruiting headteachers and our recent consultation has shown a strong desire for more support in training new leaders. Heads and teachers have told us that they want more help and better training to enable them to promote the Church of England's vision for education. To this end we are consulting about plans to better equip and support leaders and teachers across the country in a fast-moving educational environment."Rev Nigel Genders, Church of England Chief Education Officer
September 28th, 2015A decision to ban a secular human rights campaigner from speaking at Warwick University over concerns she would "incite hatred" against Muslims has been overturned after the decision prompted huge outcry.Maryam Namazie, equality campaigner and member of the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain, was blocked from talking at an event hosted by the Warwick Atheists, Secularists and Humanists' Society after the university's student union (Warwick SU) said a "number of flags had been raised" while researching the campaigner that indicated she is "highly inflammatory, and could incite hatred on campus".Namazie is an Iranian-born secularist and spokesperson for groups such as the International Committee Against Stoning. Responding to the news she had been banned form the talk, she said the union was "lacking understanding" about her intentions.
September 28th, 2015
Isis Threaten Sylvania is a series of seven satirical light box tableaux featuring the children’s toys Sylvanian Families. It was removed from the Passion for Freedom exhibition at the Mall galleries after police raised concerns about the “potentially inflammatory content” of the work, informing the organisers that, if they went ahead with their plans to display it, they would have to pay £36,000 for security for the six-day show.
September 28th, 2015Church of England schools are struggling to find enough Christian headteachers.
Primaries and secondaries are being forced instead to recruit ‘from other faiths or none at all’.
Practising Christians are in short supply for all teaching posts and those taken on must show only that they are ‘on board’ with CofE values.