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Mon, 23 May 2022
NSS mentioned: Children’s author banned from reading his new book at school because it features a witch
Andy Sagar's novel Yesterday Crumb and the Storm in a Teacup is about a young girl who joins a flamboyant witch in a travelling tea shop. But the London-based faith school where he was due to read from it on Friday cancelled because it did not want to be seen "promoting witchcraft".
The Church of Scotland could make history by approving religious same-sex marriage.
A man who possessed "extremely harmful" ISIS manuals has been jailed, the Met Counter Terrorism Command has said.
A teaching union is calling for more action to tackle Islamophobia in Scottish schools, saying understanding the issue should be integrated into the curriculum.
MPs have launched an all-party group on get refusal in the wake of a high-profile case in which a recalcitrant husband was jailed for refusing his wife a Jewish religious divorce.
Nicola Sturgeon has been accused of "sending a negative message to women in Scotland" after she held a meeting with a congressman during her US tour who campaigned to repeal abortion rights.
Russell Sandberg explains how the UK government's proposed Bill of Rights might affect freedom of religion or belief.
The quality of relationships and sexuality education (RSE) has been the subject of criticism on the basis that many students say they either do not receive it or find that it is outdated.
The Irish Times*
Female presenters on Afghanistan's leading TV channels have appeared on air without covering their faces, defying a Taliban order that they conceal their appearance to comply with the group's austere brand of Islam.
Leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention, America's largest Protestant denomination, stonewalled and denigrated survivors of clergy sex abuse over almost two decades while seeking to protect their own reputations, according to a scathing 288-page investigative report issued Sunday.
The study found no evidence that religious engagement in prison was associated with reduced recidivism among a group of inmates with substance abuse problems.
Local Muslim leaders say their goal is "understanding and harmony" amid pushback against the depiction of two women in hijabs about to kiss on a Western University poster promoting gay rights.
The London Free Press*
Fri, 20 May 2022
Just six per cent of adults in the UK are practising Christians — down one per cent from seven years ago, a new survey suggests.
Stormont's Department of Health must start setting up a fully-funded abortion service for Northern Ireland "within days to weeks", Brandon Lewis has said.
Healthcare staff and campaigners call for action in face of growing anti-abortion activity across Scotland.
The church is pulling together comments from congregations all over the country who have been asked to reflect on whether same-sex couples should be allowed to marry in church.
Marriage rates for opposite-sex couples in England and Wales fell to a new record low before the Covid-19 pandemic, figures show.
Allegations of antisemitism in the National Union of Students are to be investigated by an independent inquiry.
According to a new report, four out of every ten UK Jews are projected to be Charedi by 2040.
The Jewish Chronicle
Oklahoma legislators have passed a law banning abortion after conception, which critics say is the most restrictive such measure in the US.
The Taliban have ordered female Afghan TV presenters and other women on screen to cover their faces while on air.
Francesco Zanardi has spent the past 12 years documenting sexual abuse of minors by Catholic priests in Italy, filling a vacuum he says is caused by the refusal of the country's Church thus far to launch a major investigation.
Following the arrest of pro-democracy Cardinal Joseph Zen, some Catholic community members in Hong Kong worry the government may now shift the focus of its crackdown to the religious community.
Mob lynchings of Muslims who look visibly Muslim have arisen in the past, say Akanksha Singh and Roshan Abbas.
Thu, 19 May 2022
A new relationship and sex education (RSE) programme, 'Flourish' has been provided to Catholic Primary schools in Northern Ireland. Topics covered do not include contraception.
A schoolboy aged just 13 has been arrested in west London on suspicion of being Britain's youngest jihadi.
The Church of England is creating a new website to help "change the narrative about Christianity in the English speaking world". The initial four year project will cost more than £1 million.
Religion Media Centre
Survivors of female genital mutilation (FGM) in West Yorkshire have spoken out about the pain and suffering they have endured in a bid to encourage other women to get help.
Current and former students of Mount St. Mary Catholic High School in Oklahoma City and six parents or guardians are suing the private school, alleging it fostered "a rape culture" for more than 10 years.
Organisations that support and promote atheism in India are being attacked by Hindutva activists.
Religion News Service
In Varanasi, one of the world's oldest living cities, Hindus and Muslims have prayed close to each other in a temple and a mosque that sit cheek by jowl. Now the place is in the throes of a dispute which could stoke fresh tensions in Hindu-majority India, where Muslims are the largest religious minority.
Lawmakers in Mexico's southwestern state of Guerrero voted on Tuesday to allow abortions, making it the ninth of the country's 32 federal entities where women can legally end pregnancies amid a recent wave of loosening restrictions around the procedure.
When Romania's communist dictator outlawed termination and contraception he condemned thousands of women to death and set his regime on the road to ruin, says Poppy Koronka.
"Extremist mobs share the same motivation with terrorist groups. Both are bent on forcing their interpretation of their faith on everyone."
Wed, 18 May 2022
A London school has banned the niqab from being worn on their premises, following a look at their dress-code policy.
‘Hostile’ Home Office officials blamed for leaking report calling for more scrutiny of Islamist extremism
Allies of William Shawcross, the author of the report, claimed it was a political leak to undermine a key recommendation that Prevent should be refocused on Islamic rather than Right-wing extremism as the biggest threat to public safety.
Is the government effectively addressing the challenge posed by extremist ideologies in the UK, asks Paul Stott.
Mark Drakeford said he "regrets" that a US evangelist will appear at a conference centre which is partly owned by the Welsh government.
Last year, hundreds of human remains were found at former church-run schools. From the 19th century until the 1970s, more than 150,000 indigenous children were forced to attend such schools.
Checks on kosher meats entering Northern Ireland from Britain are "insane", Boris Johnson has told members of Belfast's Jewish community. The Reverend David Kale, minister for Belfast's Jewish community, last year called for an exemption to be made on religious grounds.
The Irish News*
The probable demise of abortion as a federal right in the US will be a "catastrophe" for women in low and middle-income countries, with an emboldened anti-choice movement likely to raise renewed pressure on hard-won gains, doctors and activists have warned.
What had been a slow, deliberate erosion of abortion rights over the 50 years since the court's ruling in Roe now seemed to be a flash flood of increasingly severe restrictions and proposals cropping up at the state level, abortion rights advocates say, as antiabortion Republicans envision a post-Roe world.
The Washington Post*
New Mexico Catholic diocese forks out $121.5million to settle bankruptcy case caused by sex abuse scandal
One of the oldest Catholic dioceses in the United States announced a settlement agreement on Tuesday to resolve a bankruptcy case in New Mexico that resulted from a clergy sex abuse scandal.
Hidden away in a residential neighbourhood is one of Afghanistan's new "secret" schools - a small but powerful act of defiance against the Taliban.
Tue, 17 May 2022
The government's counter-terrorism programme has been too focused on rightwing extremism and should now crack down on Islamist extremism, according to leaked draft extracts from a landmark review of the Prevent strategy.
The case against an open air preacher from Loughbrickland has come before the courts for the first time since he was arrested.
Many children in NI are segregated by academic performance and even gender, but the main criterion for division is that of religion, says David Bell.
The French city of Grenoble has formally allowed Muslim women to wear burkinis, or swimming costumes covering the whole body, in public pools.
A new Interior Department report on the legacy of boarding schools for Native Americans underscores how closely the U.S. government collaborated with churches to Christianise them as part of a project to sever them from their culture, their identities and ultimately their land.
The Associated Press
In many US states, BBC News has seen misleading websites advertising anti-abortion 'clinics' appearing high up in Google search results, while genuine abortion providers are having their ads rejected and accounts restricted.
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