Mon, 23 Apr 2018
The Church of England has warned Anglicans in the US that there could be "stringent consequences" if proposed plans for gender neutral wedding services receive the go-ahead.
Premier Christian Radio
A fresh bid to introduce assisted suicide in Scotland is under way, with one MSP backing the prospect of cross-party legislation to give dying Scots the right to end their lives.
Waiting lists for state-aided Jewish secondary schools in London are almost a third lower than they were this time last year. The supply of new places appears to be the main reason for the trend.
A police investigation into former bishop of Chichester George Bell has been dropped amid criticism of the Archbishop of Canterbury for smearing his name.
Jeremy Corbyn's roundtable discussion with Jewish 'community leaders' has been postponed. Labour sources indicated that a series of meetings would be held in the coming weeks – with the first on Tuesday being with the "most representative groups".
An application to build a Sikh temple in the Northamptonshire town of Kettering has been turned down by planners.
Jewish and Muslim leaders from Britain met Icelandic MPs and officials in Reykjavik this week to lobby the island's government to oppose a ban on cutting infants' genitals for non-medical reasons.
The Times (£)
The US State Department published its first human-rights report under the Trump administration on Friday. The rights deemed worthy of promotion and protection, however, appear trimmed – particularly regarding the rights of women.
A French appeals court has upheld a ruling denying an Algerian woman citizenship after she refused to shake the hand of a senior official. The woman said her "religious beliefs" prevented her from shaking the hand of the male official in the citizenship ceremony.
More than 300 political leaders, intellectuals and celebrities have signed a manifesto claiming that French Jews have fallen victim to a form of ethnic cleansing perpetrated by Islamist radicals, amid official indifference.
The Times (£)
In rejecting the citizenship application of a woman who refused a handshake, Gavin Mortimer says, the French have demonstrated that they won't tolerate the intolerance of extremists.
Legislation passed three months ago has confirmed some growing fears about anti-Semitism in Poland.
Fri, 20 Apr 2018
Faith schools should not be exempted from the requirement to teach "shared values of British citizenship", a House of Lords committee has said.
Exeter Mosque denies links to extremism after receiving donations from radical al-Qaeda-supporting cleric
Exeter Mosque is being asked to reveal details of donations from a radical cleric, with fears it has benefited from terrorism-related activity.
The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission has partnered with the Evangelical Alliance to produce a video on the importance of freedom of conscience, thought and religion.
A survey conducted by the Scottish government has revealed that Catholics and Muslims are among those who tend to live in the most deprived parts of the country.
Scottish Catholic Observer
The health spokesperson for the Socialist People's Party in Denmark has said it will vote in favour of a minimum age for male circumcision if the issue is put to a vote.
The Local (Denmark)
An interview with Ajoy Roy, the father of the murdered blogger Avijit. For three years he has been waiting for answers on his son's murder – but no lawsuit has been concluded.
The Southern Poverty Law Centre has removed a 'Field Guide to Anti-Muslim Extremists' from its website after attorneys for Maajid Nawaz, a practicing Muslim and prominent Islamic reformer, threatened legal action over his inclusion on the list.
Shocking video footage of a young woman being wrestled to the floor by Iranian "morality police" because her hijab was loose has sparked outrage after it was posted online.
Saudi Arabia has unveiled its first cinema in over 35 years with a private screening of the blockbuster Black Panther.
A journalist in India has been charged with blasphemy and is the target of a campaign of violent online harassment and death threats over a cartoon she drew of two Hindu gods. Reporters Without Borders has urged the Indian authorities to protect her.
Protests and shifting public opinion have led Argentina's conservative president to call for its Congress to debate a broader legalisation of abortion in Argentina, which currently allows the procedure only in cases of rape or risks to the mother's health.
Ukraine's Orthodox church could become independent of Moscow under the terms of a presidential initiative lawmakers approved on Thursday.
Thu, 19 Apr 2018
A report by a committee of peers has said there should be no exemption for faith schools on teaching British values.
Crowds of demonstrators have rallied in central London to protest a visit by the Indian prime minister. The protesters said India is becoming a "Hindu supremacist place" under the leadership of Narendra Modi.
Jawad Iqbal says the government needs to use Narendra Modi's visit this week to the Commonwealth summit to call him out on extremism.
The Times (£)
A self-confessed Nazi from Lancashire who called for the genocide of Jewish people has been jailed for causing racial hatred.
Preet Gill MP says confronting the demons of religious intolerance may not seem appealing – but it will strengthen the Commonwealth and society at large.
A farmer has won a long-running dispute with the Church of England about the ownership of his land.
The most senior member of the Irish Catholic Church has said the church will not row back on its opposition to gay marriage before the Pope's visit in August.
The Times (£)
The Yazidis, who were recently the target of massacre, rape and sex slavery by Isis, are now facing forcible conversion to Islam under the threat of death.
An interview with ex-Muslim author Ali Rizvi. Rizvi argues that the left's reluctance to confront problematic parts of Islamic ideology has allowed the far-right to hijack the narrative about Muslims.
Christian groups have edged closer to a national referendum on same-sex marriage in Taiwan. The latest development is a setback for marriage equality campaigners.
Gay Star News
Three men from Kansas were convicted yesterday of plotting to bomb an apartment complex where Somali immigrants lived and worshipped, following a four-week trial.
German chancellor Angela Merkel has sharply condemned a street assault in Berlin on two young men wearing Jewish skullcaps. The attack has stoked a debate about anti-Semitism in the country.
Los Angeles Times
Wed, 18 Apr 2018
A bishop who has resisted the legalisation of homosexuality in Trinidad and Tobago appeared to defend jailing gay people in an interview on the BBC's Today programme. The NSS responded by saying his comments highlighted the importance of secular law.
The prime minister has said she "deeply regrets" Britain's historical legacy of anti-gay laws across the Commonwealth as its 53 leaders gathered in London for their annual summit.
An independent faith school's Ofsted rating has plummeted from 'outstanding' to 'inadequate' in the space of six years.
An official report has said engaging with Catholic schools on sex education has been "very difficult" in St Helens.
St Helens Star
Christian leaders from all of Guernsey's churches have united in opposition to a proposed bill to legalise assisted dying on the island. A proposal is due to be voted on in Guernsey's parliament on 16 May, with the backing of the island's chief minister.
A new YouGov survey has found that a majority of the public think it is 'unacceptable' for families to attend church to get their child into a religiously affiliated school.
Protests are set to be held today and later in the week as India's prime minister embarks on his second bilateral visit to the UK in three years. The treatment of religious minorities is one of the issues the protesters hope to raise.
Anuradha Roy reflects on the reaction to the abduction, rape and murder of a girl from a Muslim family in India. She says "the slow sectarian poison released into the country's bloodstream by its Hindu nationalists has reached full toxicity".
A church elder who carried out numerous sex attacks on elderly parishioners has been banned from being alone with women.
The Catholic Church in Iceland has spoken out against a proposal to enforce prison terms for those who cut infant boys' genitals.
The Vatican has opened its doors for its annual exorcism course amid increasing demand among some of the world's Catholic communities.
Tue, 17 Apr 2018
Fifty-six per cent of the public thinks it is 'unacceptable' for Christian schools to admit pupils based on a family's church attendance, according to a YouGov poll.
Premier Christian Radio
British church leaders are branded Assad's 'useful idiots' after hailing “fascinating” talks with regime
Church of England leaders have been slammed for meeting Syrian officials and casting doubt on the Assad regime's atrocities there.
Petitioners on the isle of Lewis are gathering opposition to an arts centre's decision to open its doors seven days a week as soon as "operationally possible", according to reports.
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