Fri, 24 Nov 2017
Catholic Church wants government to honour its commitment on faith schools outlined in the Conservatives' 2017 election manifesto. Catholic bishops have launched a petition urging ministers to honour their manifesto commitment to lift the faith cap which has led to them not opening new religious schools.
There are far more important issues than sausage rolls in cribs, says Jonathan Bartley. "This is a very interesting time for faith and belief in politics. I have never believed in privileging religion: I would like to see bishops removed from the House of Lords, the disestablishment of the Church of England, and an end to the discrimination of religious schools that can select on the basis of faith."
Padmavati: British cinemas that screen new Bollywood blockbuster should be 'burned down', says Hindu nationalist leader
British cinemas that screen a 'controversial' new Bollywood blockbuster should be burned down, the leader of a hardline Hindu nationalist group has claimed.
Council education chief who took on role in wake of Trojan Horse scandal urges government to 'grasp this stingy old nettle' Sunday schools and madrasas should be treated as "informal classrooms" and monitored accordingly, the head of education at Birmingham City Council (BCC) has said.
A new International GCSE religious studies course will enable Jewish schools to focus exclusively on Judaism and not have to include a second religion.
Government minister tells Christian charities they're free to proselytize while delivering public services
With concerns that some would miss out on funding or face punishment, many charities have been wary about how explicit they can be about the faith element of their work.
Premier Christian Radio
Dan Hitchens worries that schools respecting trans pupils will lead to terrible persecution of Christians.
Jewish organisations worry about "anti-faith agenda" and believe the inspection service may be overstepping the mark with its plan to check on the reasons young Muslim girls are wearing hijabs.
A growing number of private faith schools in the UK are failing to meet the requirements of inspectors, the regulator has concluded. Inspectors say a fresh focus on leadership and British values, under new standards implemented three years, is one factor behind the decline.
Premier Christian Radio
'Entire Muslim religion is antichrist': Veterans' group leader accused of 'disturbing' comment ahead of Edinburgh march
Richard Inman faces the claims of anti-Muslim prejudice ahead of a Veterans Against Terrorism march in Edinburgh tomorrow.
Churches and cathedrals around the country were turned red in a day set aside to remember those who are persecuted for their faith.
Ridiculous claims that the Australia's moves towards marriage equality will harm religious freedom, because businesses and schools won't be able to discriminate against same-sex couples.
The Irish government has been accused of deliberately excluding Magdalene survivors from a compensation scheme.
The day in the life of an RE teacher in the Netherlands: "We teach about religion as a cultural phenomenon, rather than focusing on what students believe. Students learn about the sources, beliefs, cultural implications and the historical and social contexts of religions."
Church of England will continue to encourage its schools to set "culturally and religiously sensitive" uniform policies, a spokeswoman has said, after Ofsted announced this week that its inspectors would question Muslim primary-school girls on their wearing of a hijab in the classroom.
The Archbishop Thomas Macwan made the comment in response to a TOI story today saying that he wrote a letter to the state's churches "to help save our country from nationalist forces". That comment was widely seen as an anti-BJP one.
The Times of India
In Quebec it is illegal to talk to a librarian while wearing sunglasses. So is using a bus pass while shrouded in a scarf. These prohibitions are the consequence of a law enacted in October whose real purpose is to ban Muslim women from wearing niqabs, or face veils, when they provide or receive public services.
For many, the chatter about the Parliamentary Prayer is a non-event. After all, New Zealand is a fiercely secular state, without a state religion, but with a large cultural and ethnic diversity. So what is the fuss about?
A Malaysian deputy minister on Thursday (Nov 23) claimed that atheism is a "very dangerous" ideology that goes against the country's Federal Constitution.
After coming out to staff and students at the school he worked at, Craig Campbell was fired because of his sexual orientation.
Thu, 23 Nov 2017
Abortion in the UK should be fully decriminalised, a group of medical professionals will say today in a landmark move.
The Times (£)
A lamb advert featuring religious figures has been banned after the Indian government complained about the depiction of the vegetarian Hindu god Ganesha.
The UK's most senior judge is to launch a new guide to Jewish customs for lawyers. Also attending the launch will be members of the Supreme Court, High Court Judges, Circuit Judges, District Judges, Coroners and MPs.
Leona Rawlinson, a shop owner in Stornoway who was harassed over her decision to open on Sundays, has been flooded with support since her story emerged.
Michael Barber, chair of the Office for Students, says the body will seek to widen free speech in universities.
Times Higher Education
Scout leaders in Scotland have backed calls for increased teaching of LGBT issues to help end homophobia in schools.
Members of Ireland's parliamentary committee on the Eighth Amendment have criticised colleagues who alleged its work displays bias or who have attacked the committee chair.
The Irish Times
In Washington, Jeremy Peters says the first amendment has become the most powerful weapon of social conservatives fighting to limit the separation of church and state and roll back laws on same-sex marriage and abortion rights.
The New York Times
Christian Schools Australia has written to the education minister and attorney general. It argued that protections which allow religious schools to discriminate against teachers and students on the basis of sexuality should be retained. CSA said teachers in same-sex relationships would inevitably find the faith position of some religious schools challenging.
The West Australian
Anja Hilkemeijer says Christian conservatives in Australia are using 'freedom of religion' to justify discrimination against the LGBT+ community.
The United States has temporarily suspended travel for American officials to parts of Burma's Rakhine state. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson accused the country of carrying out the "ethnic cleansing" of Rohingya Muslims in the state.
Buildings in the UK and elsewhere glowed red on Wednesday in honour of Christians around the globe who have been persecuted for their faith.
The Huffington Post
Wed, 22 Nov 2017
Yasmin Alibhai-Brown says she hopes campaigners resisting the veiling of primary school children have started "a sustained movement against the creeping Wahabiisation of Islam in this country and globally".
The former Bishop of London Richard Chartres will be introduced as a life peer in the House of Lords this afternoon.
The Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales is encouraging the Government to raise the current 50% cap on faith-based admissions to faith schools. The measure would allow faith schools to become more discriminatory. The Department for Education says it will make an announcement on the policy shortly.
The Church of England is "miss-selling" how inclusive its schools are to parents who are not from the Christian faith, according to research.
A knifeman who roamed the streets of south London looking for Muslims to stab has been jailed for more than two years.
Victoria is on the verge of becoming the first Australian state to legalise voluntary assisted dying. Its upper house has approved the right of terminally ill people to request assistance to end their lives.
At least 50 people have been killed in a suicide bombing at a mosque in the eastern Nigerian state of Adamawa, police say.
Australia's Government has appointed Philip Ruddock, who has strong connections to multicultural and religious communities, to lead a review into the legal protections for religious freedom.
Sydney Morning Herald
A Catholic school in Adelaide has covered a statue from view because of its "potentially suggestive" depiction of a saint handing a loaf of bread to a boy.
Tomorrow is Thanksgiving. This history of the holiday shows how it lost its religious significance as it became a nationwide celebration in the US.
Tue, 21 Nov 2017
A report has revealed that the Church of England is failing to encourage its state schools to be inclusive of all children, irrespective of religion or belief, despite claims to the contrary.
Jehovah's Witnesses have claimed they were told not to report allegations of child abuse, as the organisation was accused of sheltering abusers.
Spies are to increase monitoring of up to 20,000 terrorism suspects by paying closer attention to activity such as travel and international purchases after four fatal attacks in the past year.
The Times (£)
Ahead of a documentary titled The Truth About Muslim Marriage, which airs tonight on Channel 4, Sufiya Ahmed argues that Britain's marriage laws need to change.
The Church of Scotland has called on Chancellor Philip Hammond to use tomorrow's Budget to halt the rollout of controversial Universal Credit reforms and end the benefits freeze.
Education chiefs have issued a notice of proposed co-location of St Thomas' and Scoill Vallajeelt schools.
Justice minister Ferdinand Grapperhaus has said the Dutch police force will remain neutral in appearance in its dealings with the public. On Monday the Dutch human rights council said a woman should be able to combine a hijab with police uniform. Its non-binding ruling stressed the legitimacy of police appearing in a neutral uniform.
Michelle Grattan says those pushing for more protections in Australia's same-sex marriage bill, in the name of religious freedom, may not have thought through the consequences of what they are advocating.
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