Wed, 13 Sep 2017
A study of British people has found that around 30% agree with statements which the authors consider anti-Semitic.
Sam Dowler argues that Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg "has turned back the clock and is completely unsuitable to remain an MP, let alone lead a modern country such as ours".
Australia's parliament has passed a bill banning vilification, intimidation and threats in the upcoming same-sex marriage postal survey.
A member of a Muslim minority group has been sentenced to two years in a Chinese prison after forming online discussions groups to teach Islam.
South China Morning Post
YouTube has removed an Australian advert from broadcast in India. The advert features gods, goddesses and prophets coming together to share a lamb meal. The Indian government complained about its content.
Michelle Malkin argues that hoax stories of bigotry against Muslims in North America are generating "unfounded fear".
Tue, 12 Sep 2017
The broadcasting watchdog has changed many of its strict targets for BBC radio. This will give the BBC free rein to slash the number of hours it devotes to religion on Radio 4.
An arts centre in Stornoway has laid out plans to open its cinema and art gallery on Sundays during the winter. A local church minister said "the increased secularisation of the Lord's day is a concern". The NSS's Alistair McBay called the proposal "an excellent idea".
Archbishop Philip Tartaglia of Glasgow said Catholic schools and their teachers needed to put Jesus Christ "at their centre" if they were to be good for Scotland.
Glasgow Evening Times
More than 100 MPs have signed a letter calling for the inclusion of Sikh as an ethnic group, not only a religion, on the 2021 census form.
The Times (£)
Humanist celebrants are to make new requests for permission to conduct weddings in Northern Ireland, amid a legal battle over discrimination.
Amy Kazmin says Hindu nationalists have been celebrating the death of a journalist-activist in India last week – and the case has implications for the Indian government.
The High Commission of India in Canberra has made a diplomatic complaint over an advert for lamb which featured several gods and prophets. It says the depiction of the Hindu god Ganesh is "offensive".
Yahya Cholil Staquf says "Western politicians should stop pretending that extremism and terrorism have nothing to do with Islam".
The Satanic Temple is arguing that Missouri's abortion restrictions violate the religious freedom of one of its members who believes in reproductive autonomy and scientific fact. A court will hear the case next month.
Mon, 11 Sep 2017
Chris Sloggett says the UK defers to religion too easily. In contrast secularism, when defended consistently, provides a framework of rights and responsibilities for all.
International Business Times
The chief inspector of schools has agreed to meet feminist campaigners who are calling for a ban on the Islamic headscarf in state primaries. Stephen Evans is one of the signatories to a letter calling for action.
The Sunday Times (£)
Janice Turner says non-believers make up a majority in Britain, but zealots of all faiths are drowning out the sane voices of secularism.
The Times (£)
Andrew Copson says secularism is under threat from Turkey to Trump's America. We all have a duty to defend it.
The bodies of hundreds of children are believed to be buried in a mass grave in Lanarkshire, according to a BBC News investigation. The children were all residents of a care home run by Catholic nuns.
Janet Street-Porter says holding views that are outside the mainstream "ought not to be a sign of weakness or inadequacy".
A Christian couple are reportedly threatening to sue a Church of England primary school because it allowed a boy in their son's class to wear a dress.
Jens Spahn, a rising star of Angela Merkel's party who has been tipped as a future chancellor is calling for hate speech laws to be used to prosecute Muslims who refer to non-believers as infidels.
The Times (£)
Australia's advertising watchdog will investigate an advert for lamb which featured gods and prophets from different faiths after receiving 50 complaints about it.
Sohrab Ahmari argues that liberals have a "tolerance blind spot" for the views of Christians. His piece comes after a Senate confirmation hearing focused on the nominee's religious views.
New York Times
President Trump has nominated Jeff Mateer to be a judge on the US District Court in Texas. In 2013 Mateer said the separation of church and state was not in the US constitution.
Hemant Mehta critiques a column from Alf McCreary, who attacked Nuala McAllister for not saying grace at her installation dinner in the Belfast Telegraph.
Fri, 08 Sep 2017
Giles Fraser addresses this week's study which said that over half the UK population have no religion. He says the church should stop courting "the establishment" and "reclaim" its role as a "social alternative to the dominant culture of secular and capitalist individualism".
Two Church of England bishops have responded with equanimity to the latest British Social Attitudes survey.
Keegan Jakovlevs has been sent to prison for a year after pleading guilty to publishing material with the intention of stirring up religious hatred.
International Business Times
Nadifa Mohamed argues that fears over the numbers at risk have been exaggerated.
The Labour leader accepted a communion wafer during a funeral. A spokesperson for the Latin Mass Society said Catholics would find the act "completely disrespectful".
Peter Harrison argues that global secularisation is not inevitable and, when it does happen, it is not caused by science.
The US Justice Department has filed a court brief saying it backs the Masterpiece Cakeshop. The shop is at the centre of a case over anti-LGBT discrimination which is due to be heard at the Supreme Court.
On Thursday an appeals court ruled against President Trump's effort to broadly enforce a travel and refugee ban on people from some Muslim-majority countries.
A look at the work of Gauri Lankesh, who was shot on Tuesday night, and the questions that her murder has provoked.
The Independent (Singapore)
Thu, 07 Sep 2017
In this lengthy feature, the former BBC presenter says the Church of England is "tottering from irrelevance to the edge of extinction" as congregations dwindle.
Only 15% of people now call themselves Anglicans. The National Secular Society says this makes the vestiges of Anglican privilege look all the stranger. But, the Economist says, don't bet on the Church losing its official role any time soon.
This editorial says that while fewer of us call ourselves Christian, we "remain a country steeped in Christian values".
A series of letters to the editor focus on the results of the latest British Social Attitudes survey.
The Times (£)
The number of Catholic weddings in Scotland has fallen to a 75-year low. Half of all marriages carried out in Scotland in 2016 were civil ceremonies, and the number of religious marriages has fallen by 44% since 1975.
Doctors in Northern Ireland will no longer face arrest for referring women to abortion services in England, the director of public prosecutions has said.
The Times (£)
Rees-Mogg – tipped by some to become a Conservative leadership contender – said yesterday he opposed gay marriage and abortion in all circumstances. He added that his views come from his Catholic faith but would not be a party-political issue.
Amanda Spielman said teachers were at risk of being "over-sensitive" towards young girls from Muslim backgrounds by allowing them to wear hijabs at school.
The head of the government-sponsored Social Mobility Commission has blamed discrimination for the underrepresentation of Muslims in the workplace.
A detailed study of the role evangelical leaders are playing in the Trump White House, and how far they are shaping policies and appointments.
Religion News Service
A new study has shown that white non-Hispanic Christians now make up 43% of the American population. This figure has been in long-term decline, but almost three-quarters of the US population remains Christian.
Wed, 06 Sep 2017
A BBC Newsnight investigation has revealed a series of concerns about some aspects of the work of a celebrated FGM campaigner.
Some viewers have criticised the decision to invite Dr Michael Davidson on to the ITV show.
This obituary for the former Archbishop of Westminster mentions the National Secular Society's objection when he was offered a peerage.
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