Wed, 19 Jun 2019
A mum was told she couldn't have emergency contraception because it went against the beliefs of the only pharmacist working that Sunday.
Sajid Javid last night appeared to bounce all the Tory leadership candidates into signing up to an investigation into Islamophobia in the party.
Stephen Daisley highlights concerns over the anti-Semitic tweets of BBC Islamophobia questioner.
The number of pupils in the county taking religious studies GCSE has dropped by more than three quarters in just two years.
Northampton Chronicle & Echo
Pope Francis' visit to Ireland for the World Meeting of Families last August saw a spike in allegations of clerical abuse, the Catholic Church's safeguarding watchdog has revealed.
"A row of boys lying on newsprint-covered tables howl in pain and grit their teeth as part of "circumcision season" in the Philippines, when thousands of youngsters suffer through the procedure en masse."
Perkins, an evangelical pastor who has close ties with the Trump administration, was named as chair of the federal government body, which makes policy recommendations and polices 'religious freedom' internationally.
Saudi Arabia has rendered toothless the once-feared religious police amid a liberalisation drive, but a planned "public decency" law is stoking controversy with some fearing a revival of morality policing.
A man who had to wait for 23 years for a kidney transplant has won changes to Islamic guidance to allow organ donation in the UK.
Tue, 18 Jun 2019
Llanelli MP Nia Griffith told BBC Wales she did not "want to see any child excluded from those lessons".
Plans for a new state-aided Jewish primary in Borehamwood have stalled after the government turned down its application for capital funding.
Steiner Academy Bristol has been taken over by a Hindu trust.
"A couple of weeks ago Twitter was alight with rightful disgust and despair as the US rolled back reproductive rights in several states."
They are Holy Cross Girls, Holy Cross Boys, Mercy, Sacred Heart and Our Lady's, and serve close to 1,400 pupils.
Cambridge Union has been criticised for hosting an event which saw an audience laugh at comments about "Jewish people" made by Malaysia's prime minister, Mahathir Mohamad.
A Canadian province has passed legislation that would bar civil servants in positions of "authority" from wearing religious symbols at work.
Six people who have been vocal about Bill 21 and its impact spoke to the BBC.
The Supreme Court announced Monday it would not decide, for now, whether a Christian couple from Oregon had a constitutional right to defy that state's civil rights law and refuse to make a wedding cake for the marriage of two women.
Los Angeles Times
The preparatory document for the Amazon Synod, which takes place in Rome next October, contains proposals linking the ordination of older married men with fulfilling the pastoral needs of communities in remote regions of South America.
Mon, 17 Jun 2019
Church delegates could be stripped of their right to take decisions on education in Scotland's capital in a row over religious influence in schools.
The Times (£)
The Government has given the go-ahead for a new Roman Catholic school in Peterborough.
Two independent faith schools which segregate children by sex and one which encourages girls to enter "caring professions" have been warned by the government.
Patrick Strudwick examines the life of Terry Sanderson, former NSS president and long-time LGBT rights campaigner.
A Jewish school has been downgraded from the top to bottom Ofsted grade over concerns that it segregates some of its pupils based on faith and gender.
The Catholic Church must do more to protect children from abuse in Scotland, a review group has recommended.
The Sunday Post
Men with historical prosecutions for same-sex sexual activity will be able to apply to have their convictions erased from October.
A father is on trial for controlling his entire family because two of his eight daughters would not marry the men he had chosen for them.
The chairman of the Conservative Muslim Forum has made a comparison between Boris Johnson and Adolf Hitler.
The real extremists are those who want to protect Islam and its beliefs from public debate and ridicule, says Brendan O'Neill.
Fri, 14 Jun 2019
An application to open Hampton Waters Roman Catholic School, a voluntary aided faith school in Peterborough, has been given the green light.
The number of Northern Irish women seeking abortions in England and Wales has increased by 22%.
An online network has been set up for specialist midwives, nurses and health visitors to help tackle female genital mutilation and to support survivors.
Michael Gove has said that as prime minister he would make it clear that primary schools teaching children about LGBT relationships is a government requirement.
Downing Street has denied that Sajid Javid was not invited to a state banquet for Donald Trump because he is a Muslim.
In an unprecedented series of meetings beginning on Thursday afternoon, children who say they have been "silenced" and "humiliated" by the Church will have the opportunity to share their experiences.
Fr Tom Forde also said 'the only way to deal with zombies is to shoot them' during address.
The Irish Times
Ecuador's decision to allow same-sex marriage has topped a landmark week for LGBT+ rights after Botswana decriminalised gay sex and Bhutan took the first steps to do so, said campaigners marking the 50th anniversary of the gay equality movement.
Confronted with both serious measles outbreaks and a growing anti-vaccine movement, New York lawmakers voted Thursday to ban religious exemptions that would allow parents to circumvent school-mandated vaccination.
The unanimous vote prohibits abortion within Waskom's city limits, leaving exceptions in the case of rape, incest or serious risk to the mother's life.
Scientists have looked for the first time at the brain patterns of Islamist radicals, showing that the part of the brain associated with deliberative reasoning is deactivated when a person is willing to fight and die for a "sacred cause".
Thu, 13 Jun 2019
Ministers have been accused of leaving "loopholes" in new relationships and sex education guidance after it emerged some Jewish schools were advised by lawyers to show a "united front" to prevent the teaching of LGBT issues.
The National Secular Society's exposure of a school governor who called LGBT-inclusive education "child abuse" is covered in The Freethinker.
Inserted in a magazine distributed by the Archdiocese of Liverpool handed out to pupils, the leaflets claimed that "sophisticated activists" were trying to impose their "anti-God" views on children.
A former teacher and chaplain at a top private school has been jailed for 12 years for abusing nine pupils.
Faith Matters will no longer advise Redbridge Prevent after a member of the organisation Mend was voted in.
An interview with Saif-ul Malook, the lawyer who defended a Christian woman from execution for 'blasphemy' and winner of the NSS's Secularist of the Year 2019 award.
The Quebec government is offering a first concession to critics of its proposed law restricting religious symbols worn by some civil servants.
The history of the National Secular Society is mentioned in this account of Fruits of Philosophy, the Victorian guidebook on sex and contraception published by Charles Bradlaugh and Annie Besant.
Wed, 12 Jun 2019
A vicar who is also a school governor sparked outrage by describing classes teaching children about LGBT relationships as "state-sponsored child abuse".
Charedi schools which have attained good Ofsted reports show it is possible to comply with requirements to tell pupils about same-sex relations, the School Standards Minister Nick Gibb has said.
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