Fri, 08 Dec 2017
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
Members of Stornoway Golf Club are set to challenge the rule that they may not play on Sundays. A change would leave the Old Course in St Andrews as the only course in the country that closes on religious grounds.
Marie Stopes UK has announced it is closing its independent abortion clinic in Belfast following the Government's move to fund abortion treatment for Northern Irish women.
The Belfast Telegraph
Royal Commission finds 'inexcusable failures' in Ballarat Catholic Church's treatment of abuse victims
A "catastrophic institutional failure" by the Catholic Church to take action on cases of sexual abuse in the Australian city of Ballarat led to more children being abused by its clergy, a royal commission has found.
The head of one of Australia's most prestigious private schools has led demands for amendments to the same-sex-marriage bill to protect faith-based schools.
Religious 'schools' for troubled teens often operate with impunity in the US. Nile Cappello says this is the result of a Texas pastor's legacy and a lack of oversight from state and local authorities.
Some Muslims in New Zealand are lobbying for fast food restaurant KFC to serve halal food.
David Brooks argues that supporters of marriage equality should try a 'neighbourly' course of action to change minds, rather than a legal one.
The New York Times
Three Muslim women from the southern Indian state of Kerala have come under fire after a video showing them dancing in the middle of the street went viral on social media.
The International Business Times
Tue, 05 Dec 2017
A survivor of clerical child-abuse, Gilo, has criticised the Archbishop of Canterbury for failing to offer "clear leadership" in response to calls for the Church of England to support the mandatory reporting of abuse.
A Jewish teacher has won a tribunal after she was sacked from an ultra-Orthodox nursery for living with her boyfriend outside of wedlock.
Dr Uamsa Hasan, head of Islamic studies at the Quilliam Foundation, said stifling debate was dangerous in a speech at a school. He also urged against a retreat to "safe spaces" as seen at some university campuses.
Chris Godfrey says a same-sex royal wedding would not end Christian bigotry against LGBT+ people.
The failure of senior figures within the Catholic archdiocese of Melbourne to deal with serious allegations of child sexual abuse "demonstrates the catastrophic human consequences of inaction", a report from an Australian royal commission has found.
The US Supreme Court will begin hearing arguments today in the case of a Colorado baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple. Nathaniel Frank says even if the court accepts that making a cake is a religious or artistic exercise, the baker should still lose the case.
The Washington Post
The US Supreme Court has allowed the newest version of President Trump's travel ban to take effect pending appeal. The ban affects six countries with Muslim-majority populations as well as North Korea and Venezuela.
The Washington Post
Some campaigners are calling for schools to make a special effort to accommodate students from Muslim and Jewish backgrounds. They say schools should not assign tests, major assignments or school events on Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, the first night of Passover, Eid al-Fitr or Eid al-Adha.
The Washington Post
Elaina Plott says evangelicals will vote for Roy Moore out of tribal loyalty, despite the sexual misconduct scandal surrounding him.
An evangelical Christian church in Nevada claims a school district's ban on its promotional flyers violates its first amendment rights. The district says it has explained why its policy is legal.
According to conservative Christian groups the freedom to exclude needs to be protected. Anthony Castle and Brad Chilcott say there should be more focus on the rights of those who suffer discrimination as a result.
Husbands who attempt "instant divorce" could be sentenced to three years in prison under draft legislation being considered in India. The traditional practice involves a Muslim man saying "talaq" (divorce) three times - in any form, including email or text message.
Mon, 04 Dec 2017
Increasing numbers of pupils are being entered for an international religious studies qualification which allows them to learn just one religion.
Muslim school receives 'inadequate' Ofsted rating after loos did not have toilet paper for 'cultural reasons'
A Muslim girls' school has received the lowest Ofsted rating available after inspectors discovered that pupils were not provided with lavatory paper for "cultural reasons".
An MP has defended his decision to host a Hindu nationalist in parliament after being condemned by his council.
This Is Local London
A group of ultra-Orthodox rabbis have called on their congregations to boycott a Jewish cultural centre in London because it held a gay-themed week of events and provides a meeting space for gay Jewish parents.
Rev Kevin Holdsworth is urging Christians in the United Kingdom to pray that 4-year-old Prince George grows up to be gay. This, he believes, would help advance LGBT+ rights in the UK. He has since apologised for the comments.
Gay Star News
Schools in Canadian region quit Operation Christmas Child over complaints evangelical sponsor is anti-gay
Newfoundland and Labrador schools have quit participation in the annual charitable Christmas programme after complaints it is sponsored by an evangelical Christian group that rejects gay marriage.
Educate Together is a non-denominational school patron body which has taken over some schools divested by the Catholic Church in Ireland. It has warned it will be difficult to change the schools' culture without changing some of the staff.
The Times (£)
Ireland was long a bastion of Catholic conservatism. But, Liam Stack says, economic and technological changes helped propel a shift in attitudes that accelerated with the unfolding of far-reaching abuse scandals in the Catholic Church in the 1990s.
The New York Times
An officer in the state security ministry in Rakhine, a state in Burma, has said the persecution of the Rohingya is "fake news".
A profile of an Egyptian woman who rebelled against the radical Islamist ideas seeping into the mainstream of her society. Esraa has now left her job, moved apartments and been living in a state of total paralysis.
The New York Times
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