Thu, 14 Dec 2017
Anti-abortion campaigners could be banned from gathering outside a Marie Stopes clinic in Edgbaston.
John Chisholm says it has been a travesty that hundreds of people die due to a lack of transplant organs and an opt-out donation scheme is long overdue in England.
Marianne Elliott has returned to her former home in Belfast's White City estate for her latest book, Hearthlands. She discusses the relative harmony on the estate before the Troubles – partly aided by Governments defying vested interests like the Orange Order to bring in mixed-religion housing.
Women's rights advocates say a controversial US legal advocacy group, Alliance Defending Freedom, is "exporting extreme ideologies worldwide" against sexual and reproductive rights.
Nicky Pessaroff says claims of a 'war on Christmas' in America are really a means of eroding the separation between church and state.
Las Cruces Sun-News
Marie Solis says Jones's win in Alabama shows pro-choice candidates can win American elections, even when the electorate seems hostile to their position on abortion.
Politicians have made clear-cut calls to repeal Ireland's eighth amendment, allow abortion up to 12 weeks' pregnancy and decriminalise the act.
Indonesia's Constitutional Court has narrowly rejected a petition asking it to criminalize all sex outside marriage. The decision is a blow to religious conservatives who have been gaining influence in the secular, Muslim-majority country.
The New York Times
An El Salvador court has rejected the appeal of a woman sentenced to 30 years in prison over what she says was a stillbirth. El Salvador is one of four Latin American countries with total bans on abortion.
China is collecting a huge trove of personal data including fingerprints, eye scans and DNA samples from millions of people in the western region of Xinjiang. Critics say the Muslim Uighur population is bearing the brunt of a security crackdown.
The Times (£)
Wed, 13 Dec 2017
Gradually dismantle royal family’s links to Church when Prince Charles crowned King, says NSS report
Prince Charles's accession to the throne will offer a "particularly opportune moment" to disestablish the Church of England, according to an NSS report.
Inspectors need new powers to tackle faith schools where teachings 'clash with British values’ – major Ofsted report
An increasing number of ultra-religious schools are teaching children in a way that threatens to undermine principles of tolerance and respect, according to an Ofsted report.
One of the largest churches in London has threatened to break from the Church of England if the next Bishop of London has liberal views on sexuality.
The Times (£)
Consultants, GPs, and nurses who specialise in sexual health will be able to "conscientiously object" on religious or moral grounds to prescribing contraception, under new professional guidelines.
Blackpool North and Cleveleys MP Paul Maynard and Blackpool South MP Gordon Marsden have written to the home secretary about an American evangelist Christian's upcoming trip to the city.
Evangelical candidate Roy Moore has been defeated in Alabama's Senate election. The New York Times says his popularity showed "some Christian conservatives' seeming determination to apply the law, constitutional or moral, only to their opponents".
The New York Times
A parliamentary committee is to recommend a series of changes to Ireland's abortion legislation, including allowing terminations up to 12 weeks into a pregnancy.
The Irish Times
The Australian National Imams Council has said there is no religious reason for refusing to rise before a judge in court or for refusing to uncover one's face.
The International Business Times
Iranian state media has labelled UN ambassador Karen Pierce's appearance without a hijab on a trip to Tehran 'inappropriate'. Women's rights activists have celebrated pictures of her without a compulsory hijab.
Turkey's president is chairing an emergency summit of the world's main pan-Islamic body today. He is seeking to marshal Muslim leaders towards a coordinated response to the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
The Times of Israel
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".
The Times (£)
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.
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