Wed, 15 Nov 2017
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.
Girls at cathedral schools are missing out on subsidies that are given to boy choristers.
The Sunday Times (£)
When Charles Bradlaugh lectured in Derby 142 years ago, his criticism of religion sparked a firestorm of protest.
The Derby Telegraph
Sixty thousand people gathered in Warsaw carrying antisemitic flags and banners with slogans such as "White Europe of brotherly nations" and "Clean Blood". Many speakers pledged their support for a single-faith, Catholic Poland.
The Times (£)
As more women, in France, Switzerland and Belgium, make allegations of sexual misconduct against Tariq Ramadan, a picture emerges of the domination exercised over women by a powerful Islamic theologian who had also impressed some left-wing French intellectuals and television hosts.
The New York Times
President Trump's alliance with evangelicals may seem unlikely, but they floated his name as a possible presidential candidate as early as 2011.
The Washington Post
People in the Maldives who make fun of Islam on social media will get house calls from government officials who will 'educate' them about the faith, authorities have said.
Mark Humphery-Jenner says Australia's anti-discrimination laws exist to prevent prejudiced and exclusionary actions. This means they balance the need for equality with the need to preserve religious freedom.
ABC News (Australia)
Fri, 10 Nov 2017
Since 2004, the Trust has made around £88m ($116m) in royalties from each bottle, which the National Secular Society says is an 'abuse of the charitable system'.
Parents have spoken of their concern after teenage girls at Tonbridge Grammar School were told it was wrong to have an abortion.
School judged inadequate as inspectors say it 'does not prepare pupils fully for life in British society'
Olive Secondary School, an Islamic faith school in Barkerend, was judged 'inadequate' in a new report by school inspection body Ofsted.
Telegraph & Argus
James, who wants to keep his anonymity, believes he was "trafficked" to English football clubs by the Marist Brothers, a Catholic order which ran his school.
A prominent secularist organization has called on a school district in South Carolina to put an end to an evangelical group's mentorship program at an elementary school.
The Christian Times
Thousands of children and teenagers were referred to the government's anti-terror programme in England and Wales last year, Home Office figures show.
If we fail to tackle extremism when we encounter it, then we fail our children and their communities, writes the CEO of a large multi-academy trust.
The Rev Canon Anne Dyer was appointed the new Bishop of Aberdeen and Orkney by the Episcopal Synod.
A new petition has urged the government to ban gay conversion after an undercover investigation proved it still goes on in the UK.
In the supermarket's one-minute long advert, families prepare Christmas dinner and cook a turkey in a variety of ways.
A mother has been left "sickened" by a decision not to prosecute the doctor who circumcised her son without her consent.
Bradford's Labour party has found itself embroiled in another anti-Semitism row, after shortlisting for political office a woman who faced criticism for a series of controversial posts about Jews.
Telegraph & Argus
A prominent advocate for the irreligious says there are at least 30 "closeted" members of Congress who don't believe in God, and that he hopes a California congressman's Thursday admission of disbelief will encourage others to come forward.
Anonymous artist Horge was arrested and charged with public offense to religion for putting up satirical posters at various bus stops throughout Rome, Italy during the summer.
Thu, 09 Nov 2017
Monty Python's Life of Brian celebrated its 38th birthday yesterday. Chris Sloggett argues we live under a de facto blasphemy law, but do not like admitting it to ourselves.
A ceremony yesterday marked the official opening of the shared £17m site of Glasgow's Calderwood Lodge Jewish Primary and St Clare's Catholic Primary. The event included a series of religious readings and prayers.
An artistic pairing whose work was dubbed an "abomination" by the late Ian Paisley are returning in Northern Ireland. Their new exhibition will partly focus on religion.
The Times (£)
Statistics released on Wednesday show that the workforce, excluding those whose community background was 'not determined', is 51% Protestant, 49% Catholic.
A human rights expert has told a parliamentary committee the country may have to pay costly compensation to thousands of women unless the law is immediately changed to make abortion legal and easily accessible.
The Irish Examiner
The chair of Ireland's parliamentary committee on the eighth amendment says her committee is struggling to secure witnesses who were opposed to changing the constitutional position on terminations.
The Belfast Telegraph
Marc Schaus says secularism is hotly debated in Canada. He explains the latest developments on issues such as assisted dying, abortion and secular marriage.
Peter Lehr says militant Buddhism is on the rise in Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Thailand. He says militant monks are justifying violence because they are convinced that Buddhism is under siege.
An Australian advertising campaign which used the word "Puntmas" to describe the racing season has been cleared by the industry watchdog following complaints of 'blasphemy'.
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