Thu, 19 Oct 2017
Katie Freeman went "undercover" as a British Pakistani Muslim for the programme My Week as a Muslim, wearing a hijab and prosthetics. She says she was shocked by the racist abuse she received. Some have criticised the show for pandering to racial stereotypes.
Terri Murray says free speech is the last defence of minorities, protecting them from the overwhelming power of the state and the 'tyranny of the majority'.
The Archbishop of Nigeria, Nicholas Okoh, criticised a recent meeting of primates from around the globe, which he boycotted, for its refusal to condemn homosexuality.
Saudi Arabia has created a council of scholars to vet religious teachings around the world.
Authorities in Tajikistan have drawn up a register of 367 allegedly gay citizens, suggesting they would be required to undergo testing to avoid "the spread of sexually-transmitted diseases".
A man from a Boston suburb was found guilty on Wednesday of conspiracy to commit acts of international terrorism and supporting Islamic State. He took part in a 2015 plot to attack police and behead a blogger who organized a 'Draw Mohammed' contest.
Wed, 18 Oct 2017
A primary school in Kent has cuts its ties with a Christian group after parents complained of religious extremism and claimed children had been distressed by comments about gay marriage and a demonstration of "God's power" in assemblies.
Church of England headteacher hits out at parents who forced ‘extremist’ Christian group out of the school
A Church of England headteacher has hit out at parents who forced an "extremist" Christian group out of the primary school.
A vicar at a Tunbridge Wells church has hit back at parents after they withdrew their children from assembly citing concerns over "extremist Christian teaching".
The former bishop of Chester, Victor Whitsey, is being investigated 30 years after his death over allegations of sexual abuse in the latest scandal involving high-profile figures in the Church of England.
A bishop is being asked to say sorry in person to the congregation of a Devon church where a known paedophile was installed as a vicar. Rev Peter Cranch was known to have abused in towns around Plymouth in the 1970s before the church moved him to All Saints Church in Exmouth, East Devon.
The Plymouth Herald
A memorandum of understanding against conversion therapy launched today has been signed by the President of the British Psychological Society.
British Psychological Society
The University of Oxford's Balliol College has banned representatives of the Christian Union (CU) from attending its freshers' fair because of concerns for its "potential harm to freshers."
The Student Newspaper
Algiers – Algerian Minister of Religious Affairs and Endowments Mohammed Eisa warned of sectarian efforts to break the religious principles of Algerian society, pointing out that the government is planning to issue new laws posing penalties on those who try to change Algerians' religious convictions.
President Trump's third attempt to ban travel from several predominantly Muslim nations met the same fate Tuesday as the first two: It was blocked nationwide by a federal judge in Hawaii.
Donald Trump regularly mocks his Vice-President's religious beliefs according to in in-depth profile published this week and once told a legal scholar during a discussion on gay rights that he wants to "hang them all".
The Huffington Post
The Freedom From Religion Foundation sent letters to 24 courts in Oklahoma on Monday demanding they stop sending defendants to a drug rehabilitation center that forces them to attend church and work for free in chicken plants.
The Center for Investigative Reporting
An anti-racism conference headlined by Diane Abbott has dropped a speaker with links to Islamic State terrorist 'Jihadi John', the Citizen can reveal.
The number of hate crimes in England and Wales has increased by 29%, according to Home Office statistics. There were 80,393 offences in 2016-17, compared with 62,518 in 2015-16 - the largest increase since the Home Office began recording figures in 2011-12.
The race equality thinktank, the Runnymede Trust, and the University of Greenwich, investigated the treatment of male ethnic minority prisoners
Plans for an Islamic centre in the heart of a traditionally Jewish London community have sparked a dispute so bitter that some opponents have been accused of vitriolic 'Islamophobia', while the scheme's Jewish defenders have been compared to Nazi concentration camp 'Kapos'.
Singaporean newspaper under fire over Muslim cleric's column that suggested beating 'stubborn wives'
One of Singapore's mainstream newspapers has come under fire for running a column by a conservative Muslim cleric that advises men on how to deal with a stubborn wife by beating her.
The yes vote has a commanding lead among people who have already voted in the marriage law postal survey, leading 59% to 38.. The poll shows the no campaign has slightly narrowed the gap with supporters of same-sex marriage but the yes campaign is on track to record a win in the survey, which will conclude on 7 November.
Britain is facing its most severe ever terrorist threat and fresh attacks in the country are inevitable, according to the head of Britain's normally secretive domestic intelligence service in a rare public speech.
Muslim women who wear a burka or niqab in the Canadian province of Quebec, could soon be forced to remove them when using public transport. A new law proposed by the local government would ban any form of face covering for people offering and receiving public services in the province.
On Friday, in a landmark judgement, the Court of Appeal ruled – as Asian and Muslim feminists have long argued – that gender segregation in co-ed schools is unlawful sex discrimination and is a violation of the Equality Act 2010.
Tue, 17 Oct 2017
Richard Scorer says the Church of England continues to hold incredible constitutional power, to the detriment of the UK. Ultimately, he adds, the continuance of an established Church must be unsustainable.
The Labour leader has told a meeting at Finsbury Park mosque that social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook must "shape up" to tackle racism and abuse. He also criticised media reporting of Islam and hate crime against Muslims.
The head of the Independent Schools Association has claimed girls may have to play rugby alongside boys in some co-educational schools following Friday's court ruling on gender segregation. An Ofsted spokesman responded by saying the affected school operated "in very specific circumstances".
Gavin Mortimer says ISIS fighter Sally Jones was a "waste of space" whose role has been overhyped – but she did have one thing that Isis wanted: her young son.
The Church of England's income from parishes topped £1 billion for the first time in 2015, despite an apparently ongoing decline in church attendance.
Michael Tomasky says those who gave President Trump a rapturous reception at the Values Voter Summit look "cheap, debauched and hypocritical".
The Daily Beast
Annie Laurie Gaylor says Trump's speech to the summit on Friday "was pure pandering".
A human rights arts festival was forced to move venues less than 72 hours before the premiere due to a complaint about LGBT performances.
Mon, 16 Oct 2017
Three bishops have urged the Church of England's insurance company to review its settlement with a sexual abuse survivor, saying they are "very concerned about the way in which the claim was handled at the time".
In 1982 an internal investigation by an influential Christian charity supported allegations of sadistic practices by John Smyth. Although no one has produced proof that Archbishop Welby knew about the alleged abuse at the time, his account has been contested by several victims.
The New York Times
Amanda Spielman has made a robust defence of single-sex schools after Ofsted won a lengthy court battle over gender segregation at the Islamic Al-Hijrah school in Birmingham. She said the purpose of gender segregation at Al-Hijrah was an important factor in Ofsted's approach to the school.
The Times (£)
Schools such as the Hasmonean High in London could have to change their policies after Friday's ruling at the High Court.
The Jewish Chronicle
The Equality and Human Rights Commission is pushing ministers to enshrine a new "constitutional right to equality" in British statute to ensure anti-discrimination laws are not weakened after Brexit.
A Christian printer has refused to produce the business cards of a transgender diversity consultant because he did not want to promote a cause that he felt might harm fellow believers. Nigel Williams is being backed by the Christian Institute.
The Sunday Times (£)
Complaints about how Police Scotland handled a probe into people dressing as Nazis and Catholic clergy at a loyalist flute band fancy dress party in an Orange Order hall have been upheld following an internal investigation.
The Sunday Herald
A massive bomb attack in a busy area of the Somali capital Mogadishu on Saturday is now known to have killed at least 230 people, police say. It is the deadliest terror attack in Somalia since the Islamist al-Shabab group launched its insurgency in 2007.
David Smith says the Washington museum conceived by the billionaire president of Hobby Lobby and set to open next month has attracted scepticism over its ideological mission.
A parliamentary commission wants to remove the Great Mosque in Brussels from Saudi oversight.
An Indian court's decision in May to annul the marriage of a Hindu woman who converted to Islam and married a Muslim man has grabbed headlines in the country.
The former president of a Vatican-owned children's hospital has been given a suspended one-year prison sentence after €422,000 of donations was spent renovating a cardinal's retirement flat.
The Times (£)
Sat, 14 Oct 2017
Schools in Britain will no longer be able to substantially segregate boys and girls, after the court of appeal ruled that a co-educational faith school in Birmingham had caused unlawful discrimination by separating the two sexes.
An Islamic faith school's policy of segregating boys from girls is unlawful sex discrimination, Court of Appeal judges have today ruled.
The National Secular Society (NSS) has said it is against a merger of two schools in Great Yarmouth arguing it equates to a non-religious school closing in order to expand a religious school.
Eastern Daily Press
The Guardian argues that UK judges were right to outlaw separating boys and girls at school but wrong to deny it hurts girls more.
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