Tue, 12 Dec 2017
Erasmus: "Especially for married Muslim women, living in a kind of limbo between the Islamic world and the secular world can be exceptionally tough."
The Economist (£)
Prince Charles's accession to the throne will provide a 'particularly opportune moment' to make the case for disestablishment of the Church of England, according to a report published today by the National Secular Society.
Stephen Bleach: "Forty years ago, I was just one of the pupils beaten and molested by a teacher at a top Catholic school. Last week I saw him convicted of a litany of abuse — and I wept"
The Times (£)
The Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry has been told by a former resident that he was force-fed at a Catholic orphanage.
In a letter to the head teacher he wrote: "As a Christian, I do not share your belief in the ideology of transgenderism."
Catholics inmates in Magilligan Prison fare worse than Protestants in Northern Ireland, inspectors said.
The suspect being held after an attempted terror attack at New York City's main bus terminal has said it was in retaliation for US attacks on so-called Islamic State, US media say.
Living Way Ministries in Opelika, Alabama drew widespread criticism after it displayed a sign that read: "They falsely accused Jesus. Vote Roy Moore."
The Christian Times
Jean-Michel Blanquer said on Sunday: "A parent should be banned from wearing conspicuous religious symbols, namely the Islamic headscarf, when escorting their child to and from school."
Ellen P. Aprill: "Evangelical churches have long objected to the strictures of the Johnson amendment. From the beginning of his candidacy, President Trump promised them that he would repeal it."
New York Times
Adam Taylor: "As Netanyahu visited Brussels on Monday, it looked as if only a motley crew was offering support for Trump's move — consisting mostly of anti-Islam European leaders holding little political power."
A Hindu woman who converted to Islam and married a Muslim man has been waiting for months for India's courts to recognise her marriage after they annulled it.
Mon, 11 Dec 2017
Prince Charles's accession to the throne could trigger a national debate about the relationship between the Church of England and the state, providing a "opportune moment" to make the case for disestablishment, according to the National Secular Society.
Secular schools are failing to provide children with a system of values to prevent them being led into extremism, the Archbishop of Canterbury has said.
Amina Lone: "There is nothing complex about pushing back against far-right extremism alongside Islamic extremism."
Following claims that the Church has repeatedly covered up abuse, senior figures have called for clergy who hear of such crimes to be required to report them.
Marie Lindsay said she was "traumatised" after the Archdiocese of Glasgow, led by Tartaglia, used retired police officers to try to deliver a "behavioural contract" to limit her dealings with controversial priest Father Paul Milarvie.
The report by Quilliam calls for greater support to help integrate British Pakistani people into modern British society.
Libby Purves: "For too long the supposed infallibility of clerics and religious institutions allowed child abusers to hide in plain sight"
Controversial plans to convert a vacant warehouse in Belgrave into a prayer facility, nursery and education centre are set to be rejected.
The Swedish police arrested three people on Sunday after a masked gang hurled Molotov cocktails at a synagogue in the port city of Gothenburg as it hosted an event on Saturday night.
The New York Times
Or Kashti: 'Observant Israelis all over the country are being forced to adopt more stringent rules, including gender separation'
A bill to introduce domestic partnerships was approved without amendment this weekend, and replaces same-sex marriage with the partnerships.
Fri, 08 Dec 2017
The National Secular Society has warned that a merger between secular and religious MATs could "sneak in religion through the back door".
The influential backbench Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg has called on the Government to allow more faith-based discrimination in school admissions.
The Bishop of Norwich will chair an independent inquiry into the malpractice of breast surgeon Ian Paterson.
Former cabinet minister Andrew Adonis has called for an inquiry into vice-chancellors' pay. He says the archbishop of Canterbury should chair it, on the dubious grounds that "if he can look after the souls of the nearly 60 million people in the UK, he's certainly capable of sorting out the pay of 130 vice-chancellors."
Opposition to Franklin Graham's planned visit to the UK is growing. Graham is a leading American conservative evangelical Christian who has made anti-LGBT+ remarks. Some critics also object to his remarks about Islam.
A renowned Roman Catholic school hid a "heart of darkness" in which monks who sexually abused children were protected and indirectly encouraged by their superiors, its former abbot has claimed.
The Times (£)
Plans to convert a vacant warehouse in the Belgrave area of Leicester into a prayer facility, nursery and education centre are set to be rejected.
A Muslim man has been brutally hacked to death and then set on fire. Police in western India have arrested a Hindu man and say this was an apparent religious hate crime.
In this interview Amanda Hollis-Brusky, a politics professor at Pomona College who studies the Christian legal movement, explains the significance of the 'gay cake' case.
The chair of the US's House Homeland Security Committee says Africa will be the next "hot spot" for Islamic extremism.
Voice of America
The Economist says Narendra Modi's BJP has been "energetic, focused and cleverly ruthless" in its exploitation of sectarian differences to hook voters.
Thu, 07 Dec 2017
Same-sex marriage will become legal in Australia after a historic bill was passed in the House of Representatives.
Humanist campaigners have reported a number of Catholic schools to the Department for Education. They are alleging unlawful promotion of partisan political action over plans to overturn the 50% faith-based admissions cap in faith schools.
One of the Church of England's most senior clergy has called for a radical overhaul in how the Church deals with issues of safeguarding.
Across the UK, a fierce debate has been playing out within the British-Indian community over whether there is a need to introduce legislation for caste discrimination.
The National Parent Forum of Scotland has supported a campaign to introduce lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender education into Scottish schools.
No British citizen who has fought for Islamic State should be allowed back into the country, the defence secretary has said.
A Roman Catholic priest who sexually abused ten boys while he was head of a west London private school is facing jail today.
A former bishop jailed for sex offences and his twin brother have said they are looking to join the Catholic Church to "live and worship in anonymity".
President Trump has announced the United States will declare that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. Religious leaders' reactions have been mixed, but some representatives of evangelical Christian and Orthodox Jewish groups have responded enthusiastically.
Religion News Service
Ireland's parliamentary committee on the eighth amendment, which gives equal rights to the life of mothers and the unborn, is set to recommend its repeal.
Groups from 'lower castes' accuse India's prime minister's party of fomenting violence against their communities.
The Times (£)
Craig Campbell was removed from his job at South Coast Baptist College in Western Australia, after students found "evidence" about his sexuality on Facebook. In a statement the school's principal said Mr Campbell's sexuality was "inconsistent" with being a teacher.
Wed, 06 Dec 2017
The security services have foiled an alleged plot to assassinate the Prime Minister in Downing Street.
Nine terrorist attacks have been prevented in the UK in the past year, the director general of MI5, Andrew Parker, has told Theresa May's government.
Floreat Education Academies Trust, which was founded by Conservative peer Lord O'Shaughnessy, is in discussions with Avanti Schools Trust about amalgamating due to financial pressure. That would create a mixed multi-academy trust, of secular and Hindu faith schools.
Parents in Scotland are protesting against Samaritan's Purse, a homophobic evangelical Christian charity that is carrying out Christmas charity aid collections in primary schools.
Third Force News
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