Tue, 16 Oct 2018
Andrew Brown says Amazon's relationship with a charity promoting extreme views should bring lessons for the state.
The government's new counter-terrorism bill crosses the line on human rights and could restrict free speech and curb access to information, MPs and rights group have claimed.
Eleven leading evangelical bishops have warned the Church of England not to change its stance on sexuality.
Premier Christian Radio
Ivana Bacik says anti-blasphemy laws have typically been used by members of one religion against adherents of other faiths, and people in Ireland should vote to remove them.
The Irish Times
Anjem Choudary, who was convicted of inviting support for terrorism, will be required to live in a probation hostel for up to six months after his release from prison this Friday.
The Times (£)
Crimes motivated by misogyny, a loathing for men, ageism and a loathing of goths could all be classed as hate crimes as the Law Commission reviews the law.
Queensland's abortion laws have not changed for more than 100 years, but this week MPs will be asked to make abortion legal.
ABC News (Australia)
The leader of the opposition in Australia is escalating a political row over discrimination laws with a plan to force a vote in parliament to protect gay students and teachers. Bill Shorten's move comes amid signs of a split on the issue within the ruling coalition.
The Sydney Morning Herald
David Marr says the Ruddock proposals to entrench discrimination against gays and the unchaste in Australia reveal the churches' attempts to cling to outdated powers.
A majority of Catholics want more positive approaches towards the LGBT+ community within the Catholic Church, poll figures show.
Leading Finnish obstetricians are calling on doctors to become more knowledgeable of female genital mutilation, as more women who have undergone FGM give birth in Finland.
Syrian president Bashar al-Assad has signed into law a new bill expanding the powers of a government ministry overseeing religious affairs and limiting the term of the country's top Muslim cleric.
Mon, 15 Oct 2018
The Church of England has been absent at Amazon and Google annual shareholders' meetings for at least three years, despite insisting that its investments meant that it was "in the room" to raise concerns over their tax affairs. NSS CEO Stephen Evans said it appeared the C of E had been disingenuous.
The Times (£)
Jonathan MS Pearce tackles some common myths put out by the pro-faith school lobby and encourages people to support the NSS's No More Faith Schools campaign.
Survivors of physical and sexual abuse at two children's homes are suing the religious order which ran them.
Scottish health boards ‘dragging their feet’ on offering take-home abortion pill a year after law change
Women cannot get hold of the take-home abortion pill in swathes of Scotland a year after the Scottish government announced its introduction.
‘Yes, praying with debt victims makes us queasy – but it’s the state that’s failing them’ - NSS quoted
Anoosh Chakelian says the dubious ethics of debt advice given out by charities with a religious ethos is part of a broader problem. NSS chief executive Stephen Evans is quoted.
Charlie Gard and Alfie Evans cases cost NHS half a million in legal fees after lengthy court battles
Two high-profile legal battles involving parents who wanted doctors to keep treating their severely-ill children have left the taxpayer with lawyers' bills in the region of £500,000, figures show. In both cases Christian groups supported the parents' cases.
A Lincoln man has pleaded guilty to sending 'Punish a Muslim day' letters which were sent out to a large number of people to encourage violence.
Animals will be killed again at the site of a halal abattoir in southern Norfolk where secret cameras exposed a string of offences.
Eastern Daily Press
The Northern Irish bakers who claimed a legal victory in the 'gay marriage cake' case have urged fellow Christians to "take their stand" on religious issues.
Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP), a hardline religious-turned-political party, called for countrywide protests after Pakistan's Supreme Court delayed a final judgment on the fate of Asia Bibi, who was sentenced to death in 2010 for committing blasphemy.
Voice of America
Australian voters have strongly rejected laws to allow religious schools to discriminate against gay students and teachers.
Sydney Morning Herald
The newly-elected premier of Quebec in Canada has raised eyebrows by saying a crucifix hanging in the provincial legislature is not a religious symbol.
Fri, 12 Oct 2018
Children at a Catholic-run orphanage in Lanarkshire were sexually abused and beaten with leather straps, hairbrushes and crucifixes, the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry has found.
NSS honorary associate Maajid Nawaz has criticised Marks and Spencer for selling school uniform hijabs for children as young as three.
Twelve independent schools have been issued with warning notices by Department for Education. One Jewish independent school received a notice after Ofsted found it was only teaching pupils religion in Year 8.
A Church of England academy in Lincolnshire faces having its funding withdrawn and being rebrokered to a new sponsor after Ofsted warned of "unacceptably low" standards.
The Christian Institute, the lobbying group that bankrolled the bakers in the 'gay cake' case that concluded this week, has been denied service by a photography business. During the case the institute argued for the right of private companies to deny service.
Nandini Archer and Claire Provost say 'gay cake' cases on both sides of the Atlantic show the strength of organised and internationally connected Christian legal armies. They add that the legal teams have growing track records of successfully defending opponents of sexual and reproductive rights in US, UK and other courts.
Princess Eugenie will get married at St George's Chapel in Windsor today, with Church of England officials presiding.
On Monday, Pakistan's Supreme Court heard the final appeal of Asia Bibi, a Christian woman sentenced to death for blasphemy in November 2010. Rafia Zakaria says the upcoming verdict could signal if hardline Islamists are gaining influence throughout the country and helping to shape its future.
The Sydney Morning Herald has a list of 20 recommendations which Australia's government review into religious freedom will make. The recommendations include amending federal laws permitting discrimination against gay students and teachers and introducing a new Religious Discrimination Act.
The Sydney Morning Herald
Australia's prime minister Scott Morrison has said he would "not be comfortable" with gay children being expelled from religious schools as the fallout continues from the leaking of the Ruddock review.
The Alternative for Germany (AfD) party has proposed a ban on the Koran, prompting criticism.
The Muslim News
A Missouri man who started his own religious ministry has been charged with illegally cutting the genitals of two teenagers.
Thu, 11 Oct 2018
The Christian owners of a Northern Ireland bakery have won their appeal in the so-called "gay cake" discrimination case.
Max Hill QC, the independent reviewer of terrorism legislation, has said police chiefs need to take into account the "community impact" of anti-terrorist operations.
Catholic police officers in Northern Ireland are not sent to their home communities due to the threat from dissident republican terrorists, Ireland's justice committee has heard.
Michael Stone says dramatic change is coming to the US with the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh and outlines the concerns of several leading secularist advocates.
A review into religious freedom in Australia will be released alongside the federal government's response before the end of the year, the prime minister has said.
David Marr says religious leaders in Australia are insisting on laws which are too awful to enforce in most cases to "set a godly example".
China's far north-western region of Xinjiang has retroactively legitimised the use of internment camps where up to one million Muslims are being held.
An anti-halal campaign has been launched in the capital of China's heavily Muslim region of Xinjiang to stop everyday products like food and toothpaste from fuelling "extremism" among the ethnic Uygur population.
South China Morning Post
All 15 Catholic dioceses in Texas will release early next year the names of clergy who have been "credibly accused" of sexual abuse of a minor, the Diocese of Dallas said in a statement yesterday.
Pope Francis compared abortion to hiring a "hitman to solve a problem" during his weekly general audience at the Vatican yesterday.
The disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi shows Riyadh has little respect for borders.
Wed, 10 Oct 2018
A church linked to an extreme form of gay 'conversion therapy' is set to receive funding from the world's largest internet retailer. NSS chief executive Stephen Evans said it should be clear to regulators that 'charities' like this are not delivering a public benefit.
The Times (£)
The Supreme Court's decision over whether Ashers bakery in Belfast had the right to refuse to provide a cake bearing a pro-gay marriage slogan will be announced today.
Schoolchildren in English state schools would no longer sing hymns, say prayers or be directed towards belief in any particular religious faith, under proposals made by a group of academics today.
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