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Fri, 22 Jan 2021
Recent research published by the NSS illustrates the way a lack of government leadership has left RE vulnerable to vested interests.
Parliament rejects trade bill amendment aimed at protecting persecuted religious minorities from genocide
The UK parliament has rejected an amendment which would have required the government to reconsider trade deals with countries deemed by British High Court judges to be committing genocide.
Premier Christian News
A judge has refused to make an order barring five children from formally becoming Catholics.
Premier Christian News
A 13-year-old boy who was handed a decade-long jail sentence for blasphemy last year will now walk free.
A US citizen whose brother is facing the possibility of being sentenced to death in Pakistan on trumped-up blasphemy charges is asking the Biden administration to put pressure on Pakistan to release his brother.
Christians around the world have faced increased persecution as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, including the refusal of access to emergency aid and increased surveillance and violence, a watchdog has reported.
The inauguration of the new US president was "a faith-infused day" and Joe Biden's term of office is shaping up to be "unapologetically religious".
Religion News Service
The Jesuit order in Spain has admitted that 81 children and 21 adults have been sexually abused by 96 of its members since 1927, and has apologised for the "painful, shameful and sorrowful" crimes.
Margaret Court, the former Australian tennis player and now a Pentecostal minister, will be recognised with Australia's highest honour. The decision has sparked a backlash from critics of her views on LGBTQ+ issues.
Thu, 21 Jan 2021
President Biden, in one of his first moves in office, reversed the immigration restriction put in place by the Trump administration covering five Muslim-majority nations.
Los Angeles Times
President Joe Biden became just the second Catholic to take the oath of office on Wednesday, but the nation's top bishop is warning that his pro-choice policies will 'advance moral evils and threaten human life and dignity.'
The post-election expressions of right wing Christian protest suggest that Christian militancy on occasion can lead to political extremism, says Tom Gjelten.
The government has warned that it may intervene directly if abortions are not made more freely available in Northern Ireland soon.
Religious institutions have been willing to come forward to discuss compensating abuse victims, Stormont officials said.
A specialist clinic in Poland said Tuesday it is ready to admit and treat a Pole who is at the centre of a life-support dispute in Britain.
The Associated Press
Britain's prisons, perhaps as never before, are well evidenced incubators and accelerators of violent extremism, says former prison governor Ian Acheson.
An Indian political drama on Amazon Prime has been forced to edit out scenes that were accused of being an "insult to Hindu gods", the first time that streaming platforms have been subjected to Indian government censorship.
Hungary's government ordered a publisher on Tuesday to print disclaimers identifying books containing "behaviour inconsistent with traditional gender roles".
A new documentary "Women Leaving Islam", by the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain, tells the story of six women escaping the violence of Islam's modesty culture.
Wed, 20 Jan 2021
China has committed genocide in its repression of the Uighurs and other mainly Muslim peoples, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Tuesday.
The government has narrowly defeated a move requiring the government to reconsider any trade deal with a country found by the high court to be committing genocide.
The US has accused China of genocide against the Uighurs, while British MPs are pressing the government to take a tougher stand.
Police say they found evidence of "a large party" after visiting a place of worship in Stamford Hill twice on Saturday.
‘My mum was born into one of Ireland’s mother and baby homes – this is why everyone should know her story’
"Now that the mother and baby homes report has been published, I want everyone to know what happened to thousands of Irish women and children, in dark, patriarchal Ireland."
The Swiss government recommended on Tuesday that voters reject a proposal in a planned March 7 referendum to ban full facial coverings such as burqas and niqabs worn by some Muslim women, saying the move would hurt tourism.
A woman in Egypt was briefly detained after being accused of baking "indecent" cakes, local media say. A religious body warned that such baked goods were forbidden by Islam.
An American woman is being deported from Bali over suspected immigration violations after her tweets that celebrated the Indonesian resort island as a low-cost, LGBT-friendly place for foreigners to live went viral.
The stars and makers of a new Amazon Prime TV series in India have had to issue an "unconditional" apology after politicians called for the show to be banned following an uproar over alleged insults to Hindu gods.
Gandhi's vision of a secular India with equal rights for all religions has been eroded and subjugated since the BJP came to power in 2014, says Hannah Ellis-Petersen.
Tue, 19 Jan 2021
The amendment has been devised specifically in relation to allegations that China is committing genocide against Uighur people in Xinjiang province.
Almost half of British Jews avoid showing visible signs of their Judaism in public, such as a Star of David or a kippah (skullcap), because of antisemitism, a new survey has found.
A local Jewish leader in Canvey Island has suggested that 'herd immunity' may now apply to the 250-strong strictly Orthodox community there because almost all its members have already had Covid-19.
Paul McKenna says seeing 'immense cruelty' while attending a Catholic school gave him a 'taste for compassion'
The hypnotist described his stint at the Catholic voluntary aided secondary school - for boys aged 11–18 - as a 'very unhappy experience', calling it 'a relentless, brainwashing process' which instilled 'guilt'.
Britain has not yet woken up to the magnitude of Islamic radicalisation in our universities, says Rohan Gupta.
A court in Bangladesh has banned women from registering nikahs, or Islamic weddings, because of their menstruation cycles.
Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni has said gay people are "deviants" and the movement for LGBT+ rights is a form of "social imperialism".
Up to 700,000 Hindu devotees gathered along the banks of the River Ganges at Haridwar in India, marking the beginning of world's largest religious congregation – the Kumbh Mela – amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
With the Middle Eastern Islamic State's 'defeat' in 2019, the world has largely ignored the precipitous rise of West Africa as the new epicentre of jihadist terror, says Kunwar Khuldune Shahid.
New Zealand is a secular society, but "advancement of religion" is still one of the main things that define a charity. That charitable status means that churches don't have to pay any tax. Alice Snedden questions this arrangement.
Mon, 18 Jan 2021
Bnois Jerusalem Girls School in Stamford Hill, north London, was rated "inadequate" by Ofsted last year after it was discovered to be teaching creationism in geography and science and not letting students take GCSEs. NSS chief executive Stephen Evans is quoted.
More than half of the Church of England's 14,000 parishes did not open for Sunday services. NSS's opposition to religious exemptions from lockdown rules is quoted.
‘Who are the people trying to stop relationships and sex education in our schools?’ – NSS referenced
Psychologist David Morrison references NSS's work drawing attention to Dr. Kate Godfrey-Faussett's anti-LGBT+ 'Stop RSE' campaign, which aims to undermine the teaching of inclusive relationships and sex education in schools.
Leeds-based Imam Qari Asim is running a campaign to encourage Muslim communities to take the coronavirus vaccine and dispel some of the myths around the procedure.
Central Fife Times
Women in mother and baby homes in Northern Ireland experienced the same treatment as those in the Republic, deputy First Minister Michelle O'Neill has said.
The Irish News*
The leader of the Irish Catholic Church has said he would be disappointed if religious congregations were to carry all the blame for the country's mother-and-baby homes.
The Mother and Baby homes report has highlighted the need to end the dominance of the Catholic Church over Ireland's education system, according to the Labour Party.
For decades a deeply conservative Ireland put unmarried mothers in the care of the Catholic Church, a brutal 'shadow state' in which thousands of children died or were forcibly adopted. It claims to be sorry — so why won't it open up its archives, asks Colm Tóibín.
The Sunday Times*
An Post has issued a €1 stamp to mark the 150th anniversary of the disestablishment of the Church of Ireland.
The Irish News*
French Muslim leaders have approved a charter rejecting radicalism and accepting equality between the sexes as part of President Macron's plan to promote an "enlightened Islam".
The Republic of Latvia has voted to define family solely as "a union of a male and female person", excluding the country's countless LGBT+ families.
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