Thu, 17 Oct 2019
The head teacher of an unregistered school who was prosecuted for operating it illegally has said it has a "unique" approach and will remain open.
Labour MP Stella Creasy has accused the government of preparing to hand back control of abortion rights to Stormont to help curry favour with the DUP at a critical moment in the Brexit talks.
Anti-abortion campaigners are working to obstruct the liberalisation of Northern Ireland's abortion laws, which will go ahead from Monday if the Stormont assembly is not restored.
The Irish News
The lead protester in the row over LGBT-inclusive teaching has been accused of "inflaming tensions" by inviting a controversial imam who claimed anal sex, paedophilia and transgenderism were being taught in schools to a demonstration.
Increasingly popular vaginal cosmetic surgery and genital piercing should in most cases not be prosecuted as female genital mutilation, according to fresh guidance issued by the Crown Prosecution Service.
Shadow home secretary Diane Abbott has hit out at people who use religion as an "excuse" for homophobia in a speech at the PinkNews Awards.
The prime minister has said the government will "stand up for religious freedom in all our doings and in all our foreign policy" in response to a question in parliament.
Premier Christian Radio
A Moroccan journalist sentenced to a year in jail for premarital sex and having an abortion has been pardoned by King Mohammed VI, officials say.
Polish lawmakers have voted in favour of a bill to criminalise "the promotion of underage sexual activity". Liberals say the bill aims to ban sex education.
The French government has said it will not seek to ban Muslim women who wear headscarves from volunteering to help on school trips amid an escalating row.
Wed, 16 Oct 2019
The outgoing dean of Westminster Abbey has called for "a substantial number of state-funded Muslim schools" in a service attended by the queen.
More than 17,000 people have demanded the BBC take down a documentary about young Iraqi girls being sold for sex - calling it 'disrespectful' to law-abiding Shia Muslims.
Gay men prosecuted under outdated laws can apply to have their convictions erased as new legislation comes into force in Scotland.
A petition has been launched calling on a Lancaster school to end religious selection.
There has been a 10% rise in hate crimes recorded by police in England and Wales.
The headteacher at the centre of a row over inclusive teaching told a court there had been 333% rise in homophobic attacks in a part of Birmingham, blaming the surge on protests outside her school.
Scotland's communities secretary has laid out a plan to combat racism , sectarianism and bigotry.
Uganda will not impose the death penalty for gay sex, a presidential spokesman said on Monday, after major aid donors said they were monitoring a plan by the African nation to reintroduce a bill colloquially known as 'Kill the Gays'.
300 young men are freed from another Nigerian Islamic boarding school where they were chained up and raped
More than 300 young men have been freed from a second Nigerian Islamic boarding school where they were chained up and raped, following a similar raid last month.
Three people charged with FGM offences against two primary school-aged sisters could face further punishment after Australia's high court ruled a New South Wales court had erred in quashing their convictions.
ABC News (Australia)
US right reacts badly after Democratic presidential candidate proposes revoking anti-LGBT churches’ tax status
Republicans in the US have reacted badly after Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke proposed ending the tax-exempt status of anti-LGBTQ churches and nonprofits.
Tue, 15 Oct 2019
Protests were held outside the high court on Monday over a bid to permanently ban activists against equality lessons from demonstrating outside a Birmingham primary school.
A head teacher whose primary school has been targeted by protests over LGBT equality lessons had to cancel a parents' evening because she feared for teachers' safety, a court has heard.
The Times (£)
On the eve of a high court battle seeking to curb protests at the gates of Anderton Park School for good, Jane Haynes went inside to find out more about the school's ethos.
An atheist mother has won a rare court case to exhume the ashes of her two-year-old son after they were buried in consecrated land by mistake 15 years ago.
Schools in Northern Ireland need to adapt to meet the needs of an increasingly diverse population, it has been urged.
The Irish News
Eve Debbage of TeacherTapp says teachers are less religious today than they were 50 years ago.
Sinn Féin will tell a consultation on Northern Ireland's new abortion laws that it only supports terminations in certain circumstances and within a "limited gestational period".
The Irish News
A decade ago, Jesse Morton and Ivan Humble were on opposite sides of an ideological battle. Now, they are fighting extremism together, Lizzie Dearden writes.
Leicestershire's top civic and religious leaders converged on Melton Mowbray on Sunday to attend a special service to celebrate life in the county.
On Sunday, a Bangladeshi court indicted eight men, all part of a radical Islamic terrorist organisation, for the murder of Faisal Abedin Deepan, who published the works of a murdered atheist author.
The Friendly Atheist (Patheos)
Mon, 14 Oct 2019
A mother whose son was circumcised without her consent said she was "furious" the doctor has only been suspended for a month.
The government has published advice for primary school teachers on how to implement a new LGBT-inclusive curriculum next year, urging respect for "sensitivities" among some religious communities.
NSS president Keith Porteous Wood highlights the Vatican's failure to cooperate with the public inquiry on child abuse or the UN (scroll down to read).
The Tablet (£)
Sarah Champion, the MP for Rotherham in south Yorkshire, wants a change in the legal marriage age to stop teenagers being forced into it against their will.
Ofsted ‘considers’ approach to gender segregation after quashing ‘inadequate’ inspection of Jewish school
Ofsted is considering whether to change its approach to gender segregation after quashing the 'inadequate' rating of a Jewish school it accused of breaking equalities laws.
An academy trust struggling to open a new voluntary-aided Hindu school is offering "naming rights" to prospective parents who pledge large enough donations.
The wife of a former teacher who ended his life at a Swiss euthanasia clinic last month has said having to travel abroad made it much harder to bear.
A man caring for his terminally ill father was reported to police for discussing assisted suicide.
Poland's governing Law and Justice party, which has a strong relationship with the Catholic Church, has claimed victory in Sunday's general election.
Uganda has announced plans to impose the death penalty on homosexuals.
US attorney general William Barr has said declining religious values and the loss of the "traditional moral order" is causing many of society's ills.
The prince of Wales has attended a ceremony at the Vatican where the pope declared John Henry Newman a saint.
Fri, 11 Oct 2019
The government has said it is not planning to scrap its 50% cap on religious discrimination in pupil admissions to new academy faith schools.
The nephew of the Irish writer Brendan Behan has said that he was repeatedly raped by a member of staff at a Catholic boarding school in Scotland in the 1970s.
The Times (£)
Parents of children at St David's RC Primary School in Edinburgh say their children have been stopped from having a Halloween dress up party at school due to 'religious matters'.
Edinburgh Evening News
A Shropshire MP has called for assisted dying to be made legal, accusing fellow politicians of being 'out of step' with the public mood.
A group of feminists could be facing jail time and a hefty fine for parading a huge plastic vagina in the streets of a Spanish city during a procession.
Jenny Hill reports from Halle in the wake of this week's shooting which targeted a synagogue, and hears evidence of rising anti-semitism.
Oliver Brown says football's governing body must ensure Iranian women no longer have freedom in name only.
The Telegraph (£)
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