Fri, 17 Nov 2017
Religious orders still have to transfer 19 properties to the state as part of their contribution to a redress scheme for the victims of abuse.
Officials are criticised by local Muslim-American association for succumbing to 'public pressure'
A British Muslim who applied for a job as a nursery teacher in Kuwait was told she would have to remove her hijab because it is 'an English school'.
The Sumatran rainforests of Indonesia are home to the Orang Rimba - the people of the jungle. Their faith and nomadic way of life are not recognised by the state and, as their forests are destroyed to make way for palm oil plantations, many are being forced to convert to Islam to survive.
Members of the officially atheist Communist party have always been required to shun religion. However, activists say hostility to religion has intensified since Xi Jinping became China's leader in 2012 and began clamping down on potential sources of opposition.
he Chinese government should stop hospitals and other medical facilities from subjecting LGBT people to conversion therapy that in some cases has involved electroshock, involuntary confinement and forced medication, a human rights group said Wednesday.
"The fight for secularism is a fight not about the use or misuse of a word, but a fight to defend the basic structure of the constitution of India."
Peter Ormerod says that the Greggs' sausage roll Jesus "prompted the kind of misguided, humourless reaction that gives us Christians a bad name", but also says that mocking Christianity is not the same as mocking Islam.
Thu, 16 Nov 2017
A parent who left a tight-knit ultra-Orthodox Jewish community to embark on a new life as a woman has taken her battle to be allowed access to her five children to the court of appeal.
Greggs replaced Jesus with a sausage roll in a Nativity scene to promote its advent calendar. Some took offence at the image. The chain has now apologised.
MPs have criticised the bishops' role in a debate in Westminster Hall.
A vicar who was jailed for sexually abusing a boy 30 years ago has failed to have his conviction overturned.
The number of global deaths from terrorism has fallen for the second year in a row, signalling "a turning point in the fight against radical Islamist extremism," a report has concluded.
Pakistani police have clashed with protesters and arrested dozens in an attempt to disperse an anti-blasphemy sit-in staged by a hardline cleric. The protest has blocked a main entrance to Islamabad for a week, choking traffic and putting the capital on near lockdown.
The Australian parliament must commit to deliver marriage equality by Christmas, the prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, has said after the 'yes' side won a national postal vote.
The public opinion survey that yielded majority approval for same-sex marriage in Australia on Wednesday was an emotional breakthrough born of a long, curious and still-continuing struggle.
The New York Times
Kamel Daoud says changes in Saudi Arabia could force Islamists around the world to follow suit or risk winding up on the wrong side of orthodoxy.
The New York Times
Anti-Muslim activists are among those who have lost the blue tick which verifies their identity on Twitter.
The FBI recorded 684 anti-Jewish hate crime incidents and 307 anti-Muslim hate crime incidents in 2016.
Pew Research Centre
The American Atheists Legal Centre says no possible secular purpose could be served by inviting a Franciscan Bishop to a government facility, the Bergen County Animal Shelter in New Jersey, to "bless" residents' pets.
Wed, 15 Nov 2017
A businesswoman on the Isle of Lewis has been asked to close her shop on Sundays to "protect the traditional custom of honouring the Sabbath". The NSS has backed Leona Rawlinson's decision to open her shop.
NSS spokesperson Alistair McBay says it is for each individual to decide on their own attitude and observance of the Sabbath, or indeed their allegiance to any form of religious ritual, up to and including no observance at all.
Schools are offering virtual tours of mosques after parents refused to allow their children to visit them on school trips. Some parents have voiced concerns about safety and say a "political agenda" is behind the visits.
The Times (£)
Australians have overwhelmingly voted in favour of legalising same-sex marriage in a historic poll.
Timothy Jones says it is conceivable that "no" campaigners in Australia always aimed to extend religious exemptions to discrimination legislation, rather than to win the plebiscite.
Michael Bachelard says 'religious freedom' lobbyists "should be required to obey the same laws as the rest of us".
The Sydney Morning Herald
Australia's 'no' campaign targeted conservative immigrant cultures and it showed, says Eryk Bagshaw. In particular Islamic and Chinese Christian migrant communities regarded the process with suspicion, believing it had been hijacked by out-of-touch inner-city leaders.
The Sydney Morning Herald
Catholic schools will be asked to remove the terms "mother" and "father" from admissions forms, after a government ruling that the terms could be too restrictive.
The Catholic Herald
The former Conservative cabinet minister has delivered the Leveson lecture, hosted by the Hacked Off campaign. She accused British newspapers of 'Islamophobia' and hate speech and called for a parliamentary investigation into the issue.
Paul Fuller looks at the humanitarian crisis underway in Myanmar, centring around the Rohingya Muslims. He says the battle between the two emerging forms of Buddhism in modern Myanmar is linked back to two core principles of the religion.
Activists and opposition politicians say a law that allows Muslim clerics to conduct civil marriages is a blow to women's rights and secularism and part of an ongoing effort to impose religious values on a polarised society. Critics also say it could lead to more child brides.
Human rights activists are warning that a new Iraqi law could legalise marriage for children as young as nine and set women's rights back 50 years.
The International Business Times
Roy Moore allegations prompt reflections on fundamentalist culture in which some Christian men date teens
Allegations of sexual misconduct have surfaced against Roy Moore, a candidate for the US Senate in Alabama. They have shed light on the courtship of underage girls in some conservative religious communities.
The Washington Post
Tue, 14 Nov 2017
A shop owner in the Western Isles claims she has been the victim of "appalling" harassment from sabbatarians after opening her shop on a Sunday. The NSS highlighted her case last week.
The Catholic Church in Scotland has claimed government moves to make it easier for young people to change their gender are "deeply disturbing".
Hifsa Haroon-Iqbal, a Prevent co-ordinator, says some groups consciously miss the role terrorism plays in fuelling anti-Muslim hate.
The Times (£)
The Runnymede Trust has published a new report urging the Government to define the term 'Islamophobia' as "anti-Muslim racism". Here Omar Khan explains his argument.
The Times (£)
Britain's top counterterrorism officers have urged the media to rein back on coverage about Islamic State and terrorist attacks because of concerns that it helps to spread propaganda.
A prominent Church of England evangelical has quit one of its most senior bodies claiming that its stance on sexuality is "heretical".
LGBT+ charities and campaigners have welcomed the Church of England's new guidance for schools urging them to refrain from making pupils conform to gender stereotypes.
British Pakistani religious minorities have been violently persecuted by Sunni Muslims in the UK. Some say authorities are looking the other way.
The Atheists Society of Nigeria has criticised the banking industry and other organisations which start the day with prayers and worship.
The Sun (Nigeria)
Australia's Attorney General says there "will be a debate" within the Turnbull government's ranks over the law used to legalise same-sex marriage if the nationwide postal survey returns a 'Yes' result tomorrow.
The US Supreme Court has chosen to take a case that will decide whether a California law requiring crisis pregnancy centres to provide women with abortion information violates the First Amendment.
A Hindu village in Bangladesh was burnt down after a rumour spread that a local youth had insulted the Islamic prophet in a Facebook post.
Mon, 13 Nov 2017
The Department for Education has said religious schools that separate boys and girls into different classes can split in two to get around a new ruling on gender segregation. The head of a Jewish Orthodox school in Barnet says the DfE told the school it faced no further action if it splits in two.
A religious charity which gives lessons on the Christian faith in a number of schools has recently come under fire for allegedly telling teenagers abortion was wrong.
Joshua Sutcliffe, a maths teacher at a state secondary school in Oxfordshire who is also a pastor at an evangelical church, faces a disciplinary hearing.
The Times (£)
The first non-religious element of a Scottish Government commemoration to mark remembrance weekend has taken place in Edinburgh. A humanist was invited to address the remembrance day service at St Andrews House.
The Church of England has said primary schoolchildren should be free to dress up in a tiara or superhero cloak without comment from teachers or pupils. Its guidance said there was a "breadth of views" among Christians and people of all beliefs towards same-sex marriage, sexual orientation and gender identity.
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