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Boris Johnson Announces Plans to Overhaul Ways of Dealing with Convicted Terrorists
February 2, 2020 By Faith Matters

Boris Johnson Announces Plans to Overhaul Ways of Dealing with Convicted Terrorists

Boris Johnson has said he will announce plans on Monday for “fundamental changes to the system for dealing with those convicted of terrorism offences” following the terror-related incident in south London. In a statement, the Prime Minister said: “My thoughts are with the injured victims and their loved ones following today’s horrific attack in Streatham. […]

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Church apology after guidance declares sex only for straight married couples
January 31, 2020 By Faith Matters

Church apology after guidance declares sex only for straight married couples

The archbishops of Canterbury and York have apologised after the Church of England (CofE) declared only heterosexual married couples should have sex. Archbishops Justin Welby and John Sentamu said they took responsibility for releasing the CofE statement last week which they acknowledged had “jeopardised trust”. The pastoral guidance was issued to clergy after a recent […]

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Islamic school accuses Ofsted of ‘draconian’ practices after inadequate rating
January 30, 2020 By Faith Matters

Islamic school accuses Ofsted of ‘draconian’ practices after inadequate rating

An Islamic girls’ school has accused Ofsted of “draconian” practices, after it was rated inadequate by inspectors who found an inflammatory leaflet in its library. Inspectors gave the lowest available rating to Birchfield Independent Girls’ School in Aston, Birmingham, after discovering the leaflet giving details of a meeting held in London in 1994 to promote […]

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Burkina Faso enlist civilians in fight against Islamic extremism
January 24, 2020 By Faith Matters

Burkina Faso enlist civilians in fight against Islamic extremism

Burkina Faso’s parliament has approved legislation allowing the military to use civilian volunteers in the fight against Islamic extremism. The decision underscores how outnumbered soldiers are amid rising attacks across the West African country. The tactic is not without risk. Burkina Faso’s military has been criticised for killings carried out during its crackdown on extremism, […]

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Extinction Rebellion is Not an Extremist Group Says Minister
January 23, 2020 By Faith Matters

Extinction Rebellion is Not an Extremist Group Says Minister

Home Office minister Brandon Lewis has said that Extinction Rebellion is “in no way considered an extremist group” after it was listed as a terrorist threat by police. Mr Lewis said: “We are clear that the right to peaceful protest is a cornerstone of our just society and an indispensable channel of political and social […]

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New law to tackle terrorist propaganda considered by Government
January 15, 2020 By Faith Matters

New law to tackle terrorist propaganda considered by Government

The Government is considering introducing a new law to tackle terrorist propaganda in the wake of the 2017 London Bridge terror attack. Chief Coroner Mark Lucraft QC identified a potential gap in legislation following inquests into the deaths of the eight people killed in the June 3 atrocity and their attackers. Ringleader Khuram Butt, 27, […]

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Police officer who laughed with bystanders at Hitler lookalike may face action
January 13, 2020 By Faith Matters

Police officer who laughed with bystanders at Hitler lookalike may face action

German police have said they are considering disciplinary proceedings against an officer who failed to step in when an Adolf Hitler lookalike showed up at a motorbike meeting in the eastern state of Saxony. State police said the incident is being investigated because the man dressed as the Nazi leader – sitting in a Wehrmacht-style […]

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All Faith Delegation Considers Going to Iran
January 13, 2020 By Faith Matters

All Faith Delegation Considers Going to Iran

Labour’s Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield) raised the idea of a possible all-faith delegation, saying: “If we want peace we have got to carry on speaking to the Iranians, and all of us who’ve been campaigning for the release of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe and the other prisoners held, believe that perhaps speaking at a level of faith, an all-faith […]

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Alleged neo-Nazi granted bail after mother puts up £50,000 security
December 5, 2019 By Faith Matters

Alleged neo-Nazi granted bail after mother puts up £50,000 security

An alleged neo-Nazi accused of a string of terror and race hate offences has been granted bail – after his academic mother put up a £50,000 security. Student Andrew Dymock, 22, is alleged to have promoted the extreme-right System Resistance Network (SRN) group through his Twitter account and website. Prosecutors allege that he urged followers […]

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Number of Terrorist Arrests Drops by 20% in a Year
December 5, 2019 By Faith Matters

Number of Terrorist Arrests Drops by 20% in a Year

The number of suspect terrorists arrested by police has dropped 20% in the last year, figures show. There were 259 people detained for terrorism-related activity in the year ending September 30, compared with the 325 arrests in the same period in 2018, according to the Home Office. Of these, 96 (37%) were released on bail […]

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