Wed, 14 Feb 2018
Campaigners who called for marriage equality in Australia have told a religious freedom review that exemptions in discrimination law for religious institutions "go too far".
Rodney Croome says Australia's religious freedom movement is "a redoubt for prejudice", and too many human rights advocates are nonchalant about the threat it poses.
The #WhiteWednesdays campaign encourages Iran's women to wear white veils or headscarves to show their opposition to the country's misogynist religious dress codes.
Some Muslim women are using #MosqueMeToo to share experiences of sexual harassment in religious settings.
Tue, 13 Feb 2018
The UK Government has unveiled a tool it says can accurately detect jihadist content and block it from being viewed. The home secretary said she would not rule out forcing technology companies to use it by law.
Chris Greenough says the idea that gay people are sick and in need of a cure lives on among a few fundamentalist Christian groups.
A bill proposing the relaxation of the Isle of Man's strict laws on abortion will come under discussion today.
A senior scout leader who was expelled for criticising a Muslim colleague for wearing a niqab has launched a law suit against the Scout Association.
Poland's Government has proposed a new law that would limit kosher slaughter. The move comes shortly after the passage of a law which criminalises attributing blame for the Holocaust to Poland.
There is growing evidence that a strain of anti-semitism lies behind Poland's law denying complicity in Nazi atrocities.
The Maldives has entered a political crisis after the president ordered a state of emergency. Andreas Johansson says "the Maldives' very particular religious politics" are a significant cause of tension, and events there could be a preview of similar problems across South Asia.
Trinity College Dublin has distanced itself from one of its Muslim lecturers who has advocated female genital mutilation (FGM).
The Independent (Ireland)
An imminent agreement would involve the Vatican recognising seven bishops appointed by China's Communist party.
Lawmakers in Tennessee's House of Representatives have approved a version of an abortion bill that would require doctors to provide an ultrasound before the procedure can begin.
A Catholic school teacher in Miami says she was sacked after marrying her same-sex partner. The Archdiocese of Miami confirmed she was sacked because she broke her contract under the church's rules of conduct, but refused to explain specifically how she had done so.
Mon, 12 Feb 2018
Asma Jahangir, one of Pakistan's most prominent human rights activists and an NSS honorary associate, has died of a heart attack aged 66.
This profile of Asma Jahangir says that nothing could stop her "from being what she has always been".
Clergy still believe some complainants are 'simply out for the money', abuse expert tells church leaders
An expert has told the Church of England's general synod some priests are "unable or unwilling to accept the need for sensible, proportionate measures" to prevent abuse.
The Church of England is facing two years of revelations about sexual abuse and attempts to cover it up, its ruling general synod has been told.
The archbishop of Canterbury has defended the slow pace of change in the Church of England.
Lord Agnew, the minister responsible for faith and counter-extremism in the Department for Education, says the Department backs the right of schools to take steps to educate children on British values.
The Times (£)
A row over claims of sexual misconduct by Oxfam's aid workers is threatening to "engulf Christian charities".
Kensington Palace has confirmed that Justin Welby will marry the royal couple in May. Ms Markle will be baptised into the Church of England and confirmed before the wedding.
Samantha Allen says that although the ramifications of the Bermuda same-sex marriage repeal will be felt around the globe, it is LGBT Bermudans themselves who will suffer the most immediate and dire consequences.
The Daily Beast
This editorial says the pope's handling of the Catholic Church's child abuse scandal "must damage his reputation".
French president Emmanuel Macron has said he is "working on the structuring of Islam in France". He will make a set-piece speech about secularisation and Islam at some point in 2018.
The National (UAE)
In orchestrated rallies across the country, Iranians took to the streets Sunday to mark the 39th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution, a show of strength by the ruling theocracy in the wake of antigovernment protests last month.
Los Angeles Times
Fri, 09 Feb 2018
Catholic schools may accept a certificate signed by a priest as proof of pupils' faith, giving them priority in admissions, a regulator has ruled.
Two British men believed to be members of a notorious Islamic State cell have been seized by Syrian Kurdish fighters, US officials say. The officials said the "execution cell" had beheaded at least 27 Western hostages and tortured many more.
The sharp rise in the number of animals being killed for meat without being stunned has been raised in the House of Lords.
The UK Government has said it would not be "appropriate" to block Bermuda's decision to repeal same-sex marriage. On Wednesday the British overseas territory became the first country in the world to revoke legal marriage equality, replacing gay marriage with domestic partnerships.
The Church of England's chief education officer has said the C of E does "support tackling potential extremism in out-of-school settings, including, potentially, through targeted inspections". Last week Amanda Spielman, Ofsted's chief inspector, criticised the Church for resisting changes to the law.
The Catholic Church has settled sexual abuse claims with victims of a priest who taught in a school in Newry.
Sarah Pulliam Bailey says President Trump appealed to Americans who believe in Christian nationalism when he delivered his speech at yesterday's National Prayer Breakfast.
The Washington Post
India's Government has presented detailed data in the country's parliament showing a surge in religion-based violence since it came to power four years ago. The Government has been accused of emboldening Hindu fundamentalism.
A man from Jaen in southern Spain has been ordered to pay a fine for offending a church by posting a photoshopped image of his own face on a statue of Jesus.
The Local (Spain)
Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has said he will deliver a national apology to victims of child sexual abuse. A recent inquiry found that tens of thousands of children had been abused in Australian institutions, including churches, in recent decades.
Thu, 08 Feb 2018
The Church of England is facing more than 3,000 abuse complaints, the vast majority of which relate to children or vulnerable adults.
Theresa May has responded to a question about a North London coroner who treats people equally, regardless of religion. She said it is "important that we take into account specific requirements of someone's faith". She added that the Ministry of Justice would discuss the case with the chief coroner.
The Jewish Chronicle
The Foreign Office handed out free headscarves to staff to mark 'World Hijab Day' last week. In an internal memo, it said the headscarf is worn by some women who see it as representing "liberation, respect and security".
A one month consultation has been launched on Lancashire County Council's plans to change its halal meat policy. The council was threatened with a boycott of school meals and a legal challenge after it voted last year to ban the use of unstunned halal meat in county schools and other premises.
Lancashire Evening Post
A cinema chain has cancelled the screening of a film advocating therapy to "cure" people of being gay.
A British man will become the first person to have fought Islamic State to be charged with a terror offence.
Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Owen Smith will head up a delegation of Labour MPs in Belfast today for a discussion on the reform of Northern Ireland's abortion law.
From bases in Serbia and Hungary, a network of sites with links to Britain First and 'crusader organisation' Knights Templar International has been filling Facebook with far-right propaganda.
A California judge ruled that baker can refuse to provide service to a same-sex couple due to her religious objections.
Gay Star News
President Trump will return to the US's National Prayer Breakfast today. Last year he pledged to destroy a law prohibiting religious organisations from endorsing political candidates and parties. David Saperstein and Amanda Tyler say he should "reverse course and stop politicising religion".
The Washington Post
US Attorney General Jeff Sessions is quietly installing 'religious freedom' tsars in every US attorney's office.
Wed, 07 Feb 2018
A former member of a "religious sex cult" has been spared jail for "a horrible catalogue" of sexual and physical abuse of children.
A High Court judge has ordered the demolition of a mosque in east London which has 2,000 worshippers a week but no planning permission.
The Times (£)
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