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Fri, 05 Mar 2021
The exemption of teachers from fair employment legislation "has passed its sell-by date," MLAs have been told. The recruitment of teachers is exempt from legislation outlawing religious discrimination in Northern Ireland.
A husband who refuses a 'get' (Jewish religious divorce) can now be viewed as exerting controlling and coercive behaviour, listed as a criminal offence under the Serious Crime Act.
Aldi has removed a label on its beef dish after the supermarket received complaints from Hindu customers. However, the supermarket came up against yet more backlash as shoppers pointed out that not all Hindus adhere to the no-beef rule.
Council bosses were wrong to offer a disabled Orthodox Jewish teenager 12 weeks of respite care at a residential home which was not "exclusively Orthodox Jewish", a judge has concluded.
A mother has hit out at her seven-year-old son's 'anti-Semitic' homework that claimed Jews were responsible for the death of Jesus Christ.
English nationalists can be protected from discrimination in the same way followers of a religion or philosophical belief are, a judge has ruled.
Three people who attended a religious gathering at a house have been fined after a "deliberate breach" of the Covid-19 regulations.
Author and criminal barrister Mohsin Zaidi has been praised after appearing on Jeremy Vine's Radio 2 show to discuss his coming-out memoir 'A Dutiful Boy'.
In a letter to all members of Congress, the US bishops' conference voiced strong opposition to the Equality Act, a series of measures designed to end discrimination against US citizens on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.
Tasmania's House of Assembly has passed a Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill, making the legislation all but certain to become law.
South Australia this week became the final Australian jurisdiction to partially decriminalise abortion. While this is a positive step, important legal hurdles to abortion access remain in South Australia and around the country, say Erica Millar and Barbara Baird.
Bar Pinto and Gilad Levi have taken issue with a system that grants exemptions to that rule on religious grounds, while the faces of nonreligious troops must remain smooth.
Thu, 04 Mar 2021
Nurses from strict religious backgrounds more likely to have “negative attitudes” towards LGBT+ patients
Calls have been made to ensure nurses across Europe are trained to be "compassionate and culturally aware" towards LGBT+ people, after new research found staff from strict religious backgrounds were more likely to have "negative attitudes" towards these patients.
The Charity Commission said it had concluded a long-running inquiry into the Central Gurdwara (British Isles) London Khalsa Jatha after a new board of trustees was appointed to oversee the charity, which operates a temple in Shepherd's Bush, west London.
The founder of a PR company has resigned as chairman over a social media post where he said the firm does not hire "blacks, gays or Catholics". He added that the company only takes on "talented people" and does not care about their skin colour, sexual orientation or religion.
A Jesuit priest abused boys at Belvedere College in Dublin's city centre when he taught there in the 1970s, the congregation has confirmed, two years after being confronted by a former victim about the secrecy surrounding the case.
The Irish Times
Opinion polls suggest most Swiss will back it and the ban will become law.
Performed by Elena Tsagkrinou, this year's Cypriot Eurovision entry is titled 'El Diablo' – Spanish for 'The Devil' – and features lyrics such as, "I gave my heart to El Diablo / Because he tells me I'm his angel"
Complete Music Update
Amazon.com Inc's Prime Video streaming service on Tuesday issued a rare apology to its Indian viewers for some scenes in its original political drama series "Tandav", which allegedly offended Hindu religious beliefs.
Authorities are urging the Jehovah's Witnesses to contact them to get the ball rolling on the religious group's decision to join the national redress scheme for child sexual abuse survivors.
China's policy of transferring hundreds of thousands of Uighur Mulsims and other ethnic minorities in Xinjiang to new jobs often far from home is leading to a thinning out of their populations, according to a high-level Chinese study.
The only places where abortions are currently legal in Latin America are Uruguay, Cuba, Guyana and parts of Mexico. And now, of course, Argentina.
Wed, 03 Mar 2021
A Polish court on Tuesday acquitted three activists who had been accused of 'desecration' and 'offending religious feelings' for producing and distributing images of a Roman Catholic icon altered to include the LGBT rainbow.
The Integrated Education Fund (IEF) said the system should bring children, parents, staff and governors from Catholic and Protestant traditions, as well as those of other faiths or none and of other cultures, together.
The Irish News
A government equalities minister said higher rates of Covid deaths in the Charedi community are due to "cultural factors".
Aldi has removed a sticker from a meat dish in all its stores after the label caused offence amongst the Hindu community.
LGBT+ Conservatives are being urged to use their weight in parliament to demand that Boris Johnson deliver on his long-awaited pledge to ban conversion therapy.
Employers and workers should be aware that handshakes, direct eye contact and socialising in the pub may be awkward for Muslim colleagues, says a report on Islamophobia produced by the Muslim Council of Britain.
The Politics Live show aired a segment which debated the issue after MP Angela Rayner declared Scottish Labour's newly-elected leader Anas Sarwar as 'the first ever ethnic minority leader of a political party anywhere in the UK'.
The head of an independent inquiry investigating clerical child abuse in France said that there might have been up to 10,000 victims since 1950.
An American Catholic church body on Tuesday urged its followers to avoid the coronavirus vaccine developed by Johnson & Johnson, alleging that it was "developed, tested and produced using abortion-derived cell lines."
One of the country's largest adoption and foster care agencies, Bethany Christian Services, announced on Monday that it would begin providing services to LGBT+ parents nationwide effective immediately, a major inflection point in the fraught battle over many faith-based agencies' longstanding opposition to working with same-sex couples.
The New York Times*
Tue, 02 Mar 2021
The Catholic sex and relationship resource A Fertile Heart, which has the approval of the Archdiocese of Cardiff, says contraception is wrong and that gay and lesbian people cannot marry and must abstain from sex.
A former family court magistrate who claimed children were better off with straight parents has been told by the Court of Appeal that his firing was "lawful and inevitable".
The Catholic Church in Scotland has called for the Scottish Government's 20-person cap on worshippers for when churches reopen to be scrapped.
Scotland should introduce new laws that would make any form of conversion therapy for gay people a criminal offence, the Liberal Democrats have said.
Republicans are launching a rival to the Equality Act which will allow them to discriminate against LGBT+ people on the basis of religious freedom.
A Pakistani court on Monday granted bail to a Christian man convicted in 2018 while still a teenager of 'insulting Islam' by posting a picture of the Kaaba in Mecca on social media, a defence lawyer said.
The Washington Post*
Militant attacks are on the rise in Pakistan amid a growing religiosity that has brought greater intolerance, prompting one expert to voice concern the country could be overwhelmed by religious extremism.
Israel's Supreme Court on Monday ruled that people who convert to Judaism through the Reform and Conservative movements in Israel are also Jewish and entitled to become citizens.
The Washington Post*
Grieving relatives of Covid-19 victims, health experts and opposition politicians in Tanzania have accused President John Magufuli of causing thousands of deaths in the east African country and undermining the fight against the pandemic across the continent.
A year after the city was engulfed by violence, victims are harassed into silence by police and find the law has turned against them, say Hannah Ellis-Petersen and Shaikh Azizur Rahman.
Mon, 01 Mar 2021
The Church of England should be more involved in politics, the Archbishop of York has said.
The Northern Ireland Assembly's Communities committee is examining new legislation on liquor licensing including pub opening times and restrictions.
Shamima Begum, who left the UK for Syria to join the Islamic State group as a teenager, will not be allowed to return and fight her citizenship case, the Supreme Court has ruled.
The council has agreed to the closure of St Pius X Catholic Primary School in south Bristol, and St George's and St Michael's Church of England primary schools in the city centre, because of falling pupil numbers.
The number of new female genital mutilation cases referred to NHS services in England has fallen by a quarter, prompting charities and campaigners to warn that the drop may be down to difficulties in accessing services during the coronavirus pandemic.
The trend of people jokingly identifying as Jedi is leading to an under-counting of non-religious people, campaigners say.
When the Scottish government published its Hate Crime and Public Order Bill last April, a major backlash followed.
Nora Redmond shares her experiences of sex education in a Christian girls' school in Ireland.
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