Tue, 23 Jan 2018
The Mayor of London has backed the Board of Deputies in a row with a coroner who treats the dead equally regardless of religion. Sadiq Khan has urged Mary Hassell to show "respect for families and faith communities".
The Jewish Chronicle
Nick Cohen says events at St Stephen's primary school in Newham reveal mainstream society's willingness to "leave behind an impoverished Muslim working class confined in its ghettos".
The Spectator (£)
Church-goers in Woking will continue to enjoy free parking on Sundays after the council executive voted to extend the policy. NSS president Keith Porteous Wood has called on the council to charge people for parking equally.
A leading academic has said Blackburn is becoming more segregated after a BBC Panorama documentary looked at the divide between Muslim Asians and the white population in the town.
A man accused of carrying out the Finsbury Park attack had repeatedly expressed anti-Muslim sentiments and blamed Muslims for the rise in terrorism and the Rotherham child sex scandal, a court has been told.
A Muslim convert from Salford has pleaded guilty to 16 terrorism charges.
The pope's remarks on sexual abuse on Sunday, when he apologised but expressed doubts about the veracity of victims' claims, have prompted criticism.
The New York Times
Rev Giles Fraser, a Church of England priest and broadcaster, has blasted John Humphrys for calling the religious slot on the Today programme "deeply boring".
A blogger in the Western Isles writes about the difficult task of taking on Sabbatarians on Lewis.
A lawsuit filed by a member of the Satanic Temple challenging Missouri's restrictive abortion law on religious grounds is going to the state Supreme Court today. Plaintiff Mary Doe says the law violated her rights to religious liberty.
Algerian authorities have stepped up trials of members of the Ahmadiyya religious minority on charges related to the exercise of their religion, Human Rights Watch has said.
Mon, 22 Jan 2018
MPs and education experts rallied behind the best primary school in England yesterday after it came under such criticism that it reversed its ban on children under eight wearing hijabs.
St Stephen's primary school in Newham, east London, hit the headlines at the weekend after it banned Muslim girls under the age of eight from wearing headscarves, to the delight of campaigners who argued it enforces religious conformity on children.
A new report by the council's Children and Young People's Scrutiny Commission (CYPSC) identifies up to 29 "yeshiva" schools in the borough which operate outside the authority of the Department for Education (DfE).
Leading creationist Dr Nagy Iskander reappointed to sit on South Lanarkshire council education committee as unelected religious representative
A medical doctor described as one of Europe's most active creationists has been reappointed to sit on the education committee of South Lanarkshire council.
The Herald Scotland
Governors at an Islamic school have lodged a complaint over a highly critical report. Ofsted found pupils at the independent Olive Tree Primary School in Luton had to ask for toilet paper and wash their cutlery in toilet sinks, and raised concerns over extremist materials.
Ministers are changing planning guidance in England for new houses after parishes whose bells have chimed for centuries were forced to comply with noise abatement orders by disgruntled neighbours who had recently moved to the area. The updated guidance shows the government is 'standing up for churches', ministers said.
Jewish leaders have called for the resignation of a coroner in north London after she refused to prioritise burials on religious grounds.
A new study by two economists argues that witch hunts were a result of "non-price competition" between the Catholic and Protestant churches. That competition was for the hearts and minds of a population that was pious, superstitious and easily persuaded of the need to stamp out evil.
Ireland: Plans to withdraw state funding from Catholic counselling agencies discriminating against LGBT couples
At the moment, the Department of Children and Youth Affairs is paying at least €1.6 million to religious counselling groups that have policies of refusing homosexual couples for marriage or relationship counselling.
Pope Francis has accused victims of Chile's most notorious paedophile of slander – an astonishing end to a visit meant to help heal the wounds of a sex abuse scandal that has cost the Catholic Church its credibility in the country.
The Herald Scotland
A landmark case where three judges are set to review the existing penal code which outlaws "unnatural sex" has the potential to decriminalise gay sex, or make the law a lot worse. The law is currently being reviewed, as it is seen to be too "vague."
Jonathan Arnott MEP has resigned from his position and said UKIP has "significantly shifted its position on cultural and religious issues".
Premier Christian Radio
Tanmanjeet Dhesi: Britain's first turban-wearing Sikh MP reveals 'disillusioning' extent of racial abuse
From having his turban ripped off at school, Tanmanjeet Dhesi went on to excel and has now reached the House of Commons. He tells Robin de Peyer about his journey from the Punjab to Parliament.
The bitter Labour party controversy over antisemitism erupted again on Saturday night, as the main organisation representing its Jewish members accused the leadership of failing to deal with a "vast backlog" of complaints and of allowing a second inquiry into Ken Livingstone to get "stuck in limbo".
Jono Simbolon was whipped on Friday, 19 January, in front of a large cheering crowd, making him the third non-Muslim in the country to suffer a public flogging. He was forced to kneel as a masked man whipped him repeatedly outside a mosque in Aceh, Indonesia's only province to enact Sharia law.
International Business Times
The US Supreme Court has said it will decide the legality of Donald Trump's so-called Muslim travel ban – a case that will likely be an examination of his presidential powers.
Fri, 19 Jan 2018
Plans to create more religiously selective faith schools appear to be back on the table. Stephen Evans says the Government risks recklessly neglecting the civic purpose of state education if it presses ahead with lifting the 50% cap on faith-based admissions.
A senior Tory MP today said he will vote against Theresa May's plan to allow new faith schools to apply 100% religious discrimination in admissions. Mr Blunt is the third backbench Tory this week to signal reservations about scrapping the rule that new faith schools must offer half their places to pupils regardless of their religious background.
The Church of England - one of the richest organisations in the country – has called more state funding for cathedrals. A significant number of England's 42 historic Anglican cathedrals are at "severe financial risk" and some have ineffective and under-resourced management, an investigation set up by the archbishops of Canterbury and York has found.
Claims that Jews are now considering moving if they don't get special priority from the St Pancras coroner.
The Home Office has rejected a claim for asylum on the grounds that the claimant, when asked to name ancient Greek philosophers who were humanists, did not name Plato and Aristotle. The claimant, Hamza bin Walayat, an ex-Muslim 'apostate' and member of Humanists UK, would, as a humanist, face ostracism, violence and persecution if returned to his native Pakistan.
USA: New federal office will help medical providers discriminate and deny treatment on religious grounds
The Trump administration is creating an office to protect the 'religious rights' of medical providers, including those who may oppose abortion or transgender rights, in a decision that is likely to be a lightning rod for controversy.
Donald Trump has claimed he supports gay equality, one day after he signed a proclamation supporting legal discrimination against gay people. The US leader this week signed a Presidential proclamation on religious freedom that appeared to back the freedom to discriminate against LGBT people.
The psychotherapist talks about her 'haven' and being attacked for calling the brutal practice child abuse.
With elections due in August this year, the Malaysian government continued to shift toward a more conservative Islam while cracking down on critics in 2017, despite promoting itself as an administration that upholds moderation, a human rights group said.
India's supreme court has overturned a ban imposed by several states on the release of a controversial Bollywood film about a mythical Hindu queen.
MPs have spoken of their shock at hearing first-hand accounts from Christians around the world who are being persecuted for their faith. Several politicians including Labour's Ben Bradshaw and the Conservative's Fiona Bruce attended a briefing at Parliament on Wednesday night which highlighted nations where persecution is most severe.
Premier Christian Radio
Thu, 18 Jan 2018
MSPs have backed efforts to repeal the Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications Act. The legislation has been criticised as infringing upon free speech on religious issues while failing to make any difference tackling sectarianism.
In a meeting of Hackney Council's children and young people's scrutiny commission last night, members voted to lobby government to strengthen legislation so children in unregistered schools are safe. The move came despite criticism from some Jewish groups.
The Archbishop of Canterbury has shamed his office with "irresponsible and dangerous" claims that Bishop George Bell of Chichester may have been a paedophile, leading historians have said.
Divorced Catholics will find it quicker and easier to remarry in church in England and Wales after an overhaul of the process that can declare a first marriage void in the eyes of God.
The Times (£)
A Pakistani man who renounced his Muslim faith and became a humanist has had his application for asylum in the UK rejected. The Home Office said his knowledge of humanism was "rudimentary at best" and rejected his claim he would face persecution for his beliefs in Pakistan.
Lawyers have lodged a second lawsuit against an incoming ban on non-stunned meat in the Flanders area of Belgium. Several Jewish groups claim the law "tramples on" religious freedom.
New US Government agency to allow health workers to opt out from providing services on religious grounds
The Trump administration will create a new conscience and religious freedom division within the Health and Human Services Department to ease the way for doctors, nurses and other medical professionals to opt out of providing services that violate their moral or religious beliefs.
The Washington Post
A ruling over a cakeshop owner's refusal to serve a same-sex couple could erode civil rights protections for LGBT Americans or bolster them. Lucia Graves speaks to Charlie Craig and David Mullins.
On 'Religious Freedom Day' on Tuesday, President Trump said no American should have to choose between faith and the law. The statement appears to be part of a campaign to keep evangelical support.
Two atheist groups in the US have sent a letter to James Mattis calling for an end to "coerced prayers" in the military.
The experiences of thousands of Irish women who travel to the UK every year for an abortion have been recounted during a key debate on a proposed referendum on the issue.
The Belfast Telegraph
China bans children in predominantly Muslim county from attending religious events during winter holidays
A predominantly Muslim county in western China has banned children from attending religious events during the winter holidays, as authorities step up control of religious education.
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