Tue, 19 Feb 2019
The local council in Midlothian, near Edinburgh, is considering closing Catholic schools in an attempt to save money.
The Times (£)
Victims of sexual abuse by Catholic clergy have descended on Rome to protest the church's response to the crisis ahead of Pope Francis' summit on the issue this week.
Karen Liebreich says treating the Catholic Church's culture of abuse and cover-up as a historical aberration would be a mistake.
The Washington Post
DC Comics has given up rights to a series featuring Jesus Christ as a superhero's peace-loving sidekick after receiving heated backlash from conservative Christians, particularly in the US.
The council of ministers in Jersey has agreed to commission research into assisted dying.
Leading gay Christians have accused the Anglican Church of hypocrisy following its decision to ban same-sex spouses from attending the church's 2020 global conference.
This editorial says dialogue is necessary for progress and scrutiny.
The Telegraph (£)
More than a third of British people believe Islam is a threat to the British way of life, new figures have revealed.
Hindu cow vigilante groups in India are escaping punishment for lynchings because of police inertia and complicity by local officials, leaving the families of those affected without justice, according to a report by Human Rights Watch.
The Iranian regime is cracking down on social media in response to dissent, particularly protests from women who remove their hijabs in public.
The Times (£)
Iranian state broadcaster IRIB did not show a Bundesliga match between Bayern Munich and Augsburg on Friday because German referee Bibiana Steinhaus was officiating, according to reports.
A judge in France has refused to block the release in French cinemas of a film based on a Catholic sex scandal.
Mon, 18 Feb 2019
The BBC has said it will give viewers information about abortion after it was criticised following an episode of the popular drama Call the Midwife.
Kenan Malik says the BBC did viewers a disservice by refusing to offer information about abortion.
An extremist Muslim group that regards homosexuality as a perversion like bestiality and paedophilia is teaching children its beliefs in a national campaign against LGBT rights.
The Times (£)
As Catholic bishops prepare to gather for a Vatican summit on sexual abuse Emma Green speaks to Cardinal Seán O'Malley, who has spent decades cleaning up after paedophile priests.
Peter Stanford says only radical reform can solve the abuse crisis in the Catholic Church.
At the child sexual abuse inquiry Stephen Bleach sees the truth emerge about the school where he and other boys were harmed. He says the instinct to shield paedophiles was endemic.
The Sunday Times (£)
A man jailed for his support for terrorist group Islamic State has been banned from being involved in running schools.
A woman who wrote and performed antisemitic songs which mocked the Holocaust and claimed the gas chambers were a "proven hoax" has had her conviction upheld by the Crown Court.
A Saudi mobile application that lets men track and restrict the movements of women in the kingdom has come under increased scrutiny with an American senator and rights groups urging Apple and Google to remove it from their platforms.
The New York Times
A woman acquitted of blasphemy after eight years on death row in Pakistan has been barred from completing her asylum paperwork while the authorities put pressure on her not to speak ill of the country.
The Times (£)
Antisemitism is rising sharply across Europe, experts have said, as France reported a 74% increase in the number of offences against Jews last year and Germany said the number of violent antisemitic attacks had surged by more than 60%.
Germany plans to push ahead with a ban on gay cure therapy, the country's health minister has said.
Fri, 15 Feb 2019
Halal abattoirs are exploiting a legal loophole to kill 2,000 lambs a day without stunning them and then sending the meat overseas, a survey commissioned by the government has revealed.
The Times (£)
Muslim parents lead protest outside school gates against equality lessons on homosexuality and gender
More than 300 parents and children gathered outside of a primary school yesterday to protest against lessons on homosexuality and gender. It is the latest protest against the lessons at Parkfield Community School in Birmingham.
Soutiam Goodarzi says 'World Hijab Day' is an insult to those who grew up in Iran fearing the 'modesty police'.
David Marcus says we should redouble our efforts to support free speech and to recognise and call out those forces who believe some words are too harmful to be spoken.
Barry Duke says circumcisions carried out for religious reasons on children who are unable to consent to the procedure ought logically to be outlawed, given a ruling this week in the Court of Appeal.
The Freethinker (Patheos)
Instagram has denied it removed an account about a gay Muslim at the request of the Indonesian government.
Gay Star News
The US state of Arkansas could be the fifth state to immediately outlaw most abortions if the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade.
Candida Moss says the thing to worry about with Biblical literacy classes is not that they exist, but rather what politicians supporting them are trying to get back to.
The Daily Beast
Kathleen McPhillips says it is clear the sexual abuse of women, children and vulnerable adults has been normalised in Catholic clerical culture – and the answers to this catastrophic problem will not come from church leaders.
The leader of the Reason Party in Australia, Fiona Patten, has called for the Lord's Prayer to be scrapped from parliament.
3AW News Talk
Officials in the city of Mainz have witdrawn the licence of the only Muslim nursery in the state of Rhineland-Palatinate amid allegations that the facility was promoting Salafism.
An Australian TV presenter made "vilifying" remarks about links between Muslims and terrorism that may encourage hatred towards Australian Muslims, a tribunal has found.
Thu, 14 Feb 2019
Madrassa which told girls to have children rather than careers ousted from secondary school – NSS mentioned
A madrassa that gave a lesson suggesting Muslim girls should have children rather than careers has been ousted from a secondary school after the NSS raised concerns.
Orthodox Jewish nursery that sacked teacher for living with her boyfriend wins appeal against religious discrimination
A strictly Orthodox Jewish nursery in London that sacked a Jewish teacher who revealed she lived with her boyfriend has won its appeal against religious discrimination.
‘Radio 4’s Fatwa shows why the repercussions of the Salman Rushie Satanic Verses controversy are still felt 30 years on’
Jemima Lewis says a gripping and well-produced Radio 4 documentary on the Satanic Verses affair succumbs to moral relativism.
The Telegraph (£)
A government-backed bill to crack down on female genital mutilation could come before the Commons within days after the prime minister threw her weight behind the proposals.
A pregnant British schoolgirl who joined Islamic State in Syria says she does not regret fleeing the UK - but wants to come home so her baby can be looked after.
Anyone who views terrorist propaganda once online can be jailed for up to 15 years under new laws that have sparked human rights concerns.
The small Orthodox Jewish community in Canvey Island in Essex has expanded tenfold in two and a half years, with a new community centre planned for its 60 families.
Sean O'Conaill says the need for accountability and genuine dialogue between Irish Catholic lay people and their clergy is more urgent than ever.
The Irish News
An Instagram account that published comic strips depicting the struggles of gay Muslims in Indonesia has disappeared following a frenzy of outrage online in the world's biggest Muslim nation.
Five lesbian and eight male gay couples are seeking damages from the Japanese government for denying them same rights as heterosexual spouses.
A Hungarian government minister has accused a senior member of a British Jewish group of politically-motivated lying.
A group of representatives in the US state of Kansas has introduced legislation that seeks to stop the state from recognising gay marriage and establish an "elevated marriage" option for straight couples who seek "higher standards of commitment".
Wed, 13 Feb 2019
The charities regulator has opened an inquiry into the charity behind the Roman Catholic archdiocese of Birmingham because of safeguarding concerns. The Birmingham Diocesan Trust was selected as a case study by the Independent Inquiry on Child Sexual Abuse last year.
A school governor banned after an alleged plot to impose strict Muslim values on pupils is urging parents to pressure teachers into dropping lessons promoting gay equality.
The Times (£)
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