Fri, 01 Dec 2017
The Malaysian Atheists and Secular Humanists (MASH) group said the latest trend of denouncing people who did not subscribe to any religion as "disruptions" to society was worrying, but would not lead to atheists backing down on their stance.
The Malaysian Insight
Nigeria: People of Osun State on Tuesday declared an end to the practice of female genital mutilation and promised to champion the campaign and advocacy to eradicate and banish the practice totally.
Faisal Al Mutar is an advocate for human rights, secularism, and freedom of expression. Al Bawaba spoke with Faisal about progression and regression in the Islamic World.
Homeopathy and herbal remedies are among seven treatments which NHS bosses have told Jeremy Hunt to officially "blacklist" from prescriptions because of a lack of evidence about their effectiveness.
Thu, 30 Nov 2017
Donald Trump's planned state visit to Britain is in fresh doubt after he provoked fury by sharing inflammatory and misleading videos posted by fringe far-right group Britain First.
Adam Bienkov profiles Britain First in response to Trump's tweets. The group has been behind a 'Christian defence force' and a 'Christian patrol' in Luton.
Will Hayward looks at what happens to shoeboxes posted as part of Operation Christmas Child. Research from the NSS has shown that evangelical Christians use the appeals to proselytise.
Ofsted has said pupils from Muslim backgrounds won't be "singled out" during inspections. Its response follows a fierce backlash over guidance that advised inspectors to speak to younger girls who wear the hijab to school.
Counter-terrorism police are believed have disrupted a well advanced Islamist terror plot to attack UK targets after arresting two young men.
A six-year-old boy died 10 days after being beaten by a Catholic nun at an orphanage, the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry has heard.
The Muslim population in some European countries could triple by 2050 while it will barely change in others, according to new projections released by the Washington-based Pew Research Centre.
Women would be rushed into deciding to terminate a pregnancy because of a foetal abnormality if doctors were working under term limits, a medical expert has told a hearing in Ireland.
The Times (£)
Australia's parliament will consider introducing voluntary euthanasia laws after the country's second most populous state legalised mercy-killings for the terminally ill.
The Times (£)
A new report on press freedom shows that independent journalists are under siege in many countries which have been relatively free until recently. The most alarming trends are in countries such as India and Turkey, where religious intolerance is also on the rise.
Sexual abuse survivors say notions of modesty and patriarchal authority make speaking out difficult.
A young Indian woman who has converted from Hinduism to Islam has gone to the country's Supreme Court in a quest to be allowed to live with her Muslim husband.
The Sydney Morning Herald
Wed, 29 Nov 2017
Before Miss Markle walks down the aisle with Prince Harry at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, she must become a member of the Church of England, of which the Queen is head.
Library books which sanction domestic violence and say women should never deny their husbands sex have been found by Ofsted inspectors at Islamic schools in the UK.
The International Business Times
Christian Today says its sources expect the Government to U-turn on its pledge to allow more faith-based discrimination in schools. Conservative backbenchers are pressurising the prime minister to lift the cap.
The former prime minister has devoted an entire chapter of his new book to the role of faith in politics. He says public life is "impoverished" because discourse is "emptied" of religious references. But he does concede that "there are limits to the role of religious arguments".
Waqar Ahmed says the release of new data shows that the Prevent strategy tackles all forms of terrorism and is "an effective multi-agency programme".
The Huffington Post
Douglas Murray argues that the Islamic Human Rights Commission's 'Islamophobia' awards come from a "strange, Khomeinist moral universe" and are dangerous.
Facebook has created a guide which it says is aimed at improving the safety of Muslims online. It will be launched at a parliamentary reception, where MPs will be invited to speak to imams from their constituencies about the issues facing Muslim communities.
Tim Farron makes the highly contentious claim that in "discarding Christianity", Britain has abandoned "the foundations of liberalism and democracy".
Victoria has become Australia's first state to legalise assisted dying.
ABC News (Australia)
Muslims who leave the faith often face abuse and violence - but the grassroots group Ex-Muslims of North America is touring American colleges trying to help.
Canada's prime minister has apologised for a decades-long campaign by previous governments to rid the military and public service of LGBT+ people.
The head of a Russian Orthodox Church commission has said some members believe the last tsar and his family were the victims of a "ritual murder". The authorities will investigate, prompting fears of a revival of anti-Semitic conspiracy theories.
Tue, 28 Nov 2017
Mandatory reporting of sexual misconduct and abolishing the secrecy of the priest's confessional box are needed to protect children at Catholic schools, the national inquiry into child sexual abuse has been told.
Library books which urge women to be submissive to their husbands and never refuse sex are among a dossier of misogynistic material inspectors have found in Islamic schools.
The Times (£)
Rachel Sylvester says Ofsted has uncovered evidence that Islamic schools are teaching children to view women as second-class citizens. But she argues that ministers continue to duck the problem.
The Times (£)
Former Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron will deliver a speech to the religious think tank Theos today. He will claim that active Christians are deemed "dangerous" and "offensive" by wider society.
Millions of unmarried couples who live together could be unaware of their rights if the relationship breaks down, a family law group has warned. Resolution chair Nigel Shepherd said the Government should introduce reforms.
The Islamic Human Rights Commission (IHRC) held its annual 'Islamophobia' awards in London last night. Trevor Phillips, the former equalities chief who was nominated for an award, has called the event "genuinely dangerous".
The Sunday Times (£)
The news of Prince Harry's engagement to a divorceé has shone a spotlight on events in 1936, when the King abdicated so he could marry Wallis Simpson. Edward VIII was head of the Church of England, which did not recognise marriages to divorceés.
A teenager from south Wales has been found guilty of plotting a terror attack in Cardiff.
Former scholars at Cedarville University, a religious institution in Ohio, say staff are "terrified of losing their jobs" after being told to avoid referencing "immoral" artwork.
Times Higher Education
For the third time in a year a big Israeli arts festival has been told by officials acting for the culture minister that it cannot use government funds to subsidise performances which involve nudity. The issue emerged after a religious councillor in Jerusalem drew attention to the three performances.
‘Australia’s Labor party has rightly blocked ‘religious freedom’ amendments to the same-sex marriage bill’
Australia's federal Labor caucus has agreed to defeat all substantive amendments proposed to the same-sex marriage bill. Anja Hilkemeijer and Amy Maguire say the amendments would have been a legislative 'Trojan horse' which would have widened the ability of religious groups to discriminate.
John Corvino says the US Supreme Court should rule against Jack Phillips, who is using a first amendment argument to claim the right to discriminate against LGBT+ people.
The New York Times
Mon, 27 Nov 2017
Former Archbishop of Canterbury could face police probe over alleged cover-up for a paedophile bishop
The former Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Carey, could face a police investigation into whether he broke the law by covering up for a paedophile bishop.
The Mail on Sunday
At least 305 people were killed in Friday's brutal attack on a mosque where the Sufi Muslim community was worshipping in Egypt. Some analysts think Sufism is targeted by Islamic State because it is seen as a non-military threat to the group.
A charity handing out millions of pounds to mosques and other organisations in Britain is run by a former Qatari official who founded a website that instructed Muslims to hate Jews and Christians.
Academics say the International Certificate of Christian Education is too heavily based on learning and regurgitating information and not enough on analysis and understanding.
The Sunday Telegraph
Britain's most senior judge has thrown her weight behind a campaign for reform of the divorce laws.
The Times (£)
In a joint statement, the leaders of mosques in Manchester, Stockport, Bolton, Oldham and Rochdale have attacked Ofsted's policy on wearing the hijab. They have also asked parents to complain vocally.
Manchester Evening News
Anti-blasphemy protesters in Pakistan have demanded the sacking of a minister and sparked violence.
Yaakov Litzman, Israel's health minister, has resigned in protest at rail maintenance being carried out on Saturdays. Maintenance tends to be carried out then because trains do not run.
The New York Times
Police in Bangladesh have arrested a suspected Islamist militant over the hacking death of a US blogger whose writings on religion angered hardliners.
Margaret Huang says President Trump is placating authoritarian leaders, rather than "restoring U.S. leadership by lifting up human rights".
The Daily Beast
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