Fri, 11 Aug 2017
Ryan McKay and Colin Davis argue that moral suspicion of atheists is widespread and deeply entrenched – and has important implications in the judicial system. They say this means the religious oath taken in court is in need of reform.
Scientology is back in the headlines, after followers set up a tent outside a Grenfell relief centre and an affiliate group was found offering anti-drugs lectures in schools.
The Bank of England says alternatives to the notes, which some Hindu temples and vegetarian cafes refused to accept, are too expensive and carry 'environmental risks'.
A map of the 71 countries with blasphemy laws and a link to a new report on the issue from the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom.
Lawsuit files say the headmaster told 12-year-old rape victim "to turn the other cheek" and that "everything in God's kingdom happens for a reason".
The unspoilt island offers western buyers exciting opportunities – but it is also developing a 'sharia tourism' industry.
Nepal's parliament has strengthened its laws against the ancient Hindu customs of demanding dowry payments for marriage and exiling women who are menstruating.
The Catholic Church is defending its decision not to defrock a paedophile priest who abused boys in Dunedin.
Despite widespread issues with homophobia, 52% of US Muslims believe homosexuality should be accepted by society, compared to 34% of white Evangelical Protestants and acceptance of homosexuality appears to be growing faster among American Muslims.
Thu, 10 Aug 2017
People deemed at risk of extremism could be forced to take part in a deradicalisation programme, under plans being considered by the Home Office.
The Times (£)
Arlene Foster has said that the DUP will do "everything in its power" to resist calls from the UK to relax anti-abortion laws in Northern Ireland.
The Times (£)
The Paris prosecutor has described an attack on anti-terror soldiers yesterday as "attempted killings... in relation to a terrorist undertaking".
The Church of Scotland is facing a crisis of confidence amid falling numbers of churchgoers, its moderator has warned.
The Times (£)
The government has defended a decision to co-locate two schools – one of them a Church of England school – in Douglas on the Isle of Man. Some parents have expressed concern about a potential religious divide between pupils.
Pope Francis has ordered Belgian psychiatric hospitals run by the Brothers of Charity to cease offering euthanasia.
Dr Albert Jones, director of the Anscombe Bioethics Centre, in Oxford, says a gene-editing experiment which removed a mutation that causes sudden heart failure is the "essence of eugenics".
Sebastian Gorka has claimed the Minnesota mosque bombing may have been a left-wing plot.
A Muslim man is embroiled in a legal battle with Virgin Atlantic after claiming he was removed from a plane for mentioning 9/11. He says the reference was "harmless".
Wed, 09 Aug 2017
Pope Francis is being criticised for denouncing schools that are accepting of transgender children.
A new study shows that people think the worst of non-believers. What does this mean for US voters?
President Trump has been granted the authority "by God" to "take out Kim Jong–un" with "fire and fury", a senior pastor at a huge Texas church has declared.
The creator of a new series, The State, says dismissing the young British people who joined Islamic State as "insane" won't help us understand the problem.
Some may not be surprised to see a strict dress code on Saudi Arabian planes, since the country follows a conservative version of Sunni Islam, but others on social media think it has gone too far.
An Irish MP has blamed damage to a road on fairies, saying that disturbance to their forts caused a dip in the tarmac.
Tue, 08 Aug 2017
A group of atheists took a photo at a gathering in Malaysia. The government has responded by threatening to punish any "Muslims" involved, while some Malaysians have called for the imprisonment or death of apostates over social media.
An explosive that shattered windows and damaged a room at a Minnesota mosque was "a criminal act of terrorism", the state's governor Mark Dayton has said.
Most people around the world, whether religious or not, presume that serial killers are more likely to be atheists than believers in any god, suggests a new study.
New York Times
Sydney's Catholic Archbishop Anthony Fisher and his Anglican counterpart, Archbishop Glenn Davies, have criticised a proposed bill to permit same-sex marriage in Australia as failing to protect religious freedom.
Evangelical advisers to Donald Trump are requesting a meeting with Pope Francis after Vatican-backed condemnation aimed at the White House and at the political leanings of American Catholics.
A bill that aims to restrict transgender people's access to restrooms has split progressive and conservative faith groups in an increasingly diverse state
In a contentious appearance on Fox and Friends, Andrew Seidel of the Freedom From Religion Foundation questioned the wisdom and propriety of weekly Bible studies being held at the White House, and attended by top government officials.
Mon, 07 Aug 2017
One of Scotland Yard's most senior police officers says some criticism of the government's Prevent programme comes from parts of the community that "don't want Prevent to work in the first place".
Angry traders say their takings plummet by as much 90 per cent when the 142-year-old Keswick Convention sets up camp for three weeks at the height of summer.
Concerns have been raised about plans to remove bus subsidies for children attending faith schools following a consultation.
The Lancaster and Morecambe Citizen
Campaigners are determined to continue chasing the government for anti-caste discrimination, with some prepared to take it to court if need be.
The Church in the UK is dominated by the middle class, who must eschew superior attitudes and empower working-class culture if the dearth of working-class people in their congregations is to be reversed.
The president of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops has called on President Trump to ease the "onerous" contraceptive mandate under the Affordable Care Act, arguing that it violates religious freedom.
At Berlin's newest mosque, men and women pray together, women are allowed to lead Friday prayers, and gay, lesbian and transgender people are welcome.
Stigma and growing religious fundamentalism are preventing women from fully accessing a range of reproductive health services.
Many Christians are finding that the reasons being offered in opposition to marriage equality are not strong. And, Rev Dr Keith Mascord says, they're losing patience with those who claim to speak on their behalf.
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