Tue, 31 Oct 2017
Tunisia's decision to authorise an 'Association of free thinkers', a body with the mission of defending secularism, is a first in the Arab world.
Mon, 30 Oct 2017
One of Britain's first state-funded Islamic schools is to be the subject of an appeal against a court ruling that it was guilty of sex discrimination by separating girls and boys from the age of nine for lessons, breaks and clubs.
The Times (£)
Councillors in Lancashire voted on Thursday to end its use in council-run schools saying it was "cruel" to not stun animals before slaughter.
The Christian Institute has thrown their considerable financial heft behind blocking a bid to ban smacking in Scotland
Nicola Sturgeon will make the apology at Holyrood on 7 November to coincide with new legislation giving an automatic pardon to those affected.
Campaigners demand British Hindu group be 'stripped of charity status' for hosting 'hate preacher' in Parliament
A line-up of politicians, charities and advocacy groups has demanded the organisation that hosted far-right Hindu nationalist Tapan Ghosh in Parliament be stripped of its charity status.
A Christian of Pakistani origin who was beaten and left unconscious in a car park says he was attacked by Muslims who objected to him displaying two large red poppies on the front of his car.
The Times (£)
Zayna, not her real name, who is 40, said she has been beaten, humiliated and threatened because of her sexuality.
The Muslim prayer space in the King George VI building has been closed for most of Saturday and Sunday since it re-opened at the start of the new term, preventing students from fulfilling their five daily prayers.
The suspension of Sepanta Niknam, an Iranian Zoroastrian councillor suspended on religious grounds, has polarised opinion among senior officials of the Islamic Republic and led to a campaign on social media calling for him to be reinstated.
Under pilot schemes being looked at, police and local authorities would assess extremists formerly investigated as suspects by the security services to see what danger they pose and what it would take to help reintegrate them into society.
The suit was filed on behalf of "M.O.," a teenager who complained of long-term harassment by school officials.
World Religion News
When sectarian conflict wrought division in Boda, women in the southern Central African town formed a united front to appeal for calm. Three years on, Muslims and Christians live in greater harmony.
"Often, the most powerful art comes from minds that dare to question the status quo and tear down shibboleths, often at great personal and professional cost."
Fri, 27 Oct 2017
Halal meat row as Lancashire council becomes first to ban unstunned meat from all school meals - NSS quoted
The campaign was fought between council leader Geoff Driver and part of the the local Muslim community.
Council faces Muslim boycott of school meals after banning 'abhorrent' halal beef and lamb from unstunned animals - NSS quoted
Some 27 schools across Lancashire serve meat from halal suppliers that do not stun animals before slaughter, including Church of England and Catholic schools.
The Daily Mail
Three members of the same family have been convicted for being part of what could have been a major terror attack on the streets of Birmingham.
New Zealand just swore in its 40th Prime Minister, 37-year-old ex-Mormon-turned-Agnostic Jacinda Ardern.
In a series of encrypted messages, a young Briton who travelled to Syria to fight for Isis describes his disillusionment with the caliphate
The Times (£)
Catholic parents may have to do more to help their children's faith formation as schools' share of the duties risks being removed, the Church's leader in Ireland said.
Members of the Royal British Legion club in Oadby are furious about a decision by their local vicar to block the singing of Onward Christian Soldiers during the Remembrance Sunday service.
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.
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