Fri, 27 Oct 2017
Tapan Ghosh's appearance at the events has sparked criticism, with a Labour MP attacking his "abhorrent views" about Muslims and pointing to his appearance with EDL founder Tommy Robinson.
A new college has opened its doors in Manchester which will be training British Imams and Faith Leaders according to British needs, values and norms.
Thu, 26 Oct 2017
A new report urges the UK and other governments to take practical measures to turn the rhetoric of 'freedom of religion or belief' into reality, to protect the millions who are vulnerable to violence, discrimination and disadvantage as a result of its abuse.
World Watch Monitor
A Tory MP hosted in parliament an anti-Muslim extremist who has called for the UN to control the birth rate of Muslims, praised the genocide of Rohingya Muslims in Burma, and said Muslims should be forced to leave their religion if they come to a western country.
The Times (£)
Based on 54 submissions from governments, academics and non-government organisations, the report asserts that religious and non-religious extremist agendas are undermining women's liberties around the world.
Jamie Mullins went to the Sherwood Education and Culture Centre in Nottingham with his friend, Mathew Sarsfield on June 18 after "feeling patriotic" watching an English boxer.
This is even true of Britain's Christians, although they are more likely than the general population as a whole to think any given Commandment remains important.
Father Paul Morton, of Saint Bride's Parish Church in Cambuslang, joins representatives from other faiths across the city in giving his public backing to a new LGBT inclusive education drive.
The Church's ruling general synod will debate whether to offer official liturgy after a same-sex couple has married or formed a civil partnership in a separate ceremony.
Women's rights groups in Portugal have reacted angrily to a court decision that quoted the Bible and a 19th-century law in justifying a suspended sentence for a man convicted of assaulting his ex-wife with a bat because she allegedly committed adultery.
66 priests, nuns and brothers have been accused since 2001 of abusing dozens of people, most of them children.
Three quarters of Australians believe the country doesn't need any more people and nearly half support a partial ban on Muslim immigrants.
Leaked emails have revealed a string of shocking orders from Catholic church bosses urging priests to turn down the funerals of gay people.
An eight-month pregnant Dalit woman died after being brutally beaten up by an upper caste Thakur for allegedly touching a bucket in Bulandshahr district of Uttar Pradesh.
More than 530 people have been publicly flogged in Indonesia's Aceh province since a new Islamic criminal code was enacted in October 2015, new figures show.
Human Rights Watch
Since moving in with Pakistani Muslim foster parents, Rebecca Brown - who is white British - has had school friends ask if she lives with terrorists, because of their religion. She wants people to know they are just like any other family.
Wed, 25 Oct 2017
Three-quarters of the world's people live in countries that either restrict the right to religion or belief or have "a high level of social hostility involving religion or belief," the U.N. special investigator on religious rights said Tuesday.
The Washington Post
Mohammed bin Salman tells the Guardian that ultra-conservative state has been 'not normal' for past 30 years
A woman who had a phrase of "clear sectarian significance" shouted at her at work has been awarded £20,000 by an industrial tribunal.
A Pakistani blogger who went missing earlier this year has applied for asylum in Britain after alleging he was tortured by a "state intelligence agency" during his disappearance.
Ministers should not "criminalise thought" with plans to prosecute people who view extremist content online, the UK's terror watchdog has said.
One legal expert says it's likely that the controversial Bill 62 will be challenged, and that the case will probably end up at the Supreme Court of Canada.
There have been calls for the website to be shut down for treating women like "ornaments" to be collected.
The Times (£)
Speaking anonymously for fear of the repercussions, one woman told Christian Today of the presence of priests who use their role as leader of a church to molest women parishioners.
Although the vast majority of converts to the religion are peaceful and law-abiding, they are "over-represented among foreign fighters in Syria and Iraq", experts said.
The Daily Mail
The first non-religious pastoral carer in the NHS on why patients need someone to just be there – to hear their stories or bear witness to their pain, whatever their beliefs.
Freedom of religion and belief must be made a political priority for the Foreign Secretary and a strategic priority for both the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Department for International Development, according to the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for International Freedom of Religion or Belief (FoRB).
Since the Iranian revolution of 1979, the Baha'i – Iran's largest religious minority, but one that isn't recognised as such – have been banned from accessing higher education by the government of the Islamic Republic.
Tue, 24 Oct 2017
The court will decide if not allowing abortions in cases of sexual crime and fatal foetal abnormalities breaches the European Convention on Human Rights.
New rules to ensure 'proper timetable of beneficial work' for those not studying topic
The Irish Times
On average, nine children attended each service across all Church of England churches in 2016
Muslim mother-of-five, 44, was ordered to leave sixth-form college open evening because she was wearing niqab face veil 'that stopped her being recognised on CCTV'
St Mary's College in Blackburn, Lancashire, said the garment stopped her from being recognised on CCTV.
The Daily Mail
Cllr Lloyd highlighted that while the first merger option would be a faith school the second option would be a non-faith school, and acknowledged this would be a concern for some parents.
As BC moves to bring back the Human Rights Commission, it's time to protect those who don't believe.
Islamic State has exacted revenge for the loss of its self-declared caliphate on a small town in the Syrian desert, apparently killing 116 civilians it accused of being spies for President Assad's regime.
The Times (£)
Kanganpura Police on Sunday took the caretaker of a local mosque into custody over alleged charges of blasphemy.
The Express Tribune
The American Civil Liberties Union told the Supreme Court on Monday the First Amendment doesn't give a Christian baker the right to discriminate against a same-sex couple by refusing to bake them a wedding cake.
The Washington Times
"Removing it is not akin to abandoning Quebec's heritage; it would be a welcome signal that religion truly has no place in a secular state."
"Our use of 'brownface' is nothing to do with mockery – it's about opening the eyes of someone who has misconceptions about Muslim life."
The Trump administration threatened on Monday to take punitive actions against Myanmar unless it pulls back from its violent military campaign against Rohingya Muslims, expressing what it called "our gravest concern" over a crisis that has killed or displaced hundreds of thousands of people.
New York Times
A recent study we conducted, led by psychologist Will Gervais, found widespread and extreme moral prejudice against atheists around the world.
Mon, 23 Oct 2017
Judges have ruled that a faith school's policy of separating boys and girls is unlawful, in a case widely seen as a landmark win for the inspectorate. But just how broad will the ramifications be?
Women are often the first victims of extremism whether it is in policing what they wear, where they go, how they live or as victims of domestic violence.
Former chief inspector speaks out after Ofsted wins gender segregation case at High Court
Analysis: Modernising religion rules will – belatedly – help respect rights of all pupils
The Church of England has been given government accreditation for its national headteacher training programme
For more than a decade now, Quebec has been in the throes of a relentless debate about the challenges posed to its secularist society by the arrival of thousands of new immigrants belonging to religious minorities in general and one religious minority in particular.
The Globe and Mail
Rory Stewart said converts to so-called Islamic State believed in an "extremely hateful doctrine" and had moved away from any allegiance to Britain.
Muslim students took part in a peaceful protest against a university's plans to limit their prayer space.
Oxford don who advised Government on religion denies raping French author and threatens to sue after she named him on Facebook
Professor Tariq Ramadan, 55, who regularly appears on the BBC and Channel 4 as an expert commentator on Islam, strenuously denies the claim lodged by Henda Ayari, 41, with the French prosecutor.
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