Wed, 02 Dec 2020
A Catholic priest has been charged with sexual offences against boys dating back more than 40 years.
Aaminah Amatullah, who used to be called Alison Clare Beech, pleaded not guilty to both charges she faced.
An attack on a Sikh schoolboy which was filmed by witnesses is being treated as a hate crime, police have said.
Keir Starmer has been urged to return donations to Labour made by a property developer whose tweets have been condemned by Muslim groups as 'Islamophobic'.
It's been clear throughout that insufficient preparation has gone into the bill before it was published, says Jenni Davidson
An MEP from Hungary's ruling party, which is hostile to LGBT rights, has quit after he was caught attending what Belgian media describe as a gay sex party in Brussels on Friday.
Anti-government demonstrators attempted to block the path of a rally supporting Shiite Muslim leader Moqtada al-Sadr.
Express and Star
We are combating radicalisation in our country — never a religion or a community, says the ambassador of France to the United States.
The Washington Post
The irreconcilable differences between Orthodoxy and secularism increasingly end up in court, says Larissa MacFarquhar.
The New Yorker
Several out of more than 20 Latin American nations ban abortion outright, including El Salvador, which has sentenced some women to up to 40 years in prison.
Tue, 01 Dec 2020
A man and woman have denied two charges of child cruelty following an alleged botched circumcision procedure in Co Fermanagh.
NI: Hate crime judge recommends abolishing free speech protections in private dwellings on issues including religion
The judge leading Northern Ireland's hate crime review has recommended abolishing 'protected speech' in private houses on issues such as race, sexual orientation, transgenderism and religion.
Campaigners are demanding that two streets named after a popular former councillor be renamed because they are said to be offensive to Catholics.
The Times (£)
Transgender CofE minister reports conservative Christian to police for branding his marriage 'evil and wicked'
A transgender Christian minister who appeared in a film promoting more LGBTQ tolerance in the church has reported an evangelical Christian over an alleged hate crime.
Rabbi councillor Alan Plancey is taking legal action against Christian Gray and Chris Myers after they opposed his appointment as mayor, calling him "prejudiced".
A moderate imam has been forced into hiding after receiving a deluge of death threats for advocating religious tolerance and denouncing Islamist terrorism in France.
The Times (£)
France's State Council, the country's highest court, has ordered the government to review a rule limiting the number of people in churches during religious services to 30.
At least 110 people have been killed in an attack on a village in north-east Nigeria blamed on the Boko Haram jihadist group, according to the UN humanitarian coordinator in the country.
Thousands of anti-abortion protesters, many of them mobilised by Catholic or evangelical groups, demonstrated on Saturday across Argentina against a government-backed new bill to legalise abortion.
In Pakistan, more than 20 girls from minority communities are kidnapped and converted every month on the pretext of marriage, according to civil rights groups.
Mon, 30 Nov 2020
Scandal has surrounded the private school in recent years and an independent inquiry into child sexual abuse published a highly critical report in August 2018 that said "appalling sexual abuse [was] inflicted over decades on children as young as seven".
All schools in Northern Ireland should be integrated, according to a DUP member of Stormont's Education Committee.
An all-girls school could form part of a huge new development set to feature a mosque described as a potential 'tourist attraction', it has been revealed.
The Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Vincent Nichols, has apologised to victims and survivors of abuse inflicted over 50 years in the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales.
400 Rabbits Tequila and Mezcal Cocktail Bar has registered to become 'The Church of The Four Hundred Rabbits'.
A man was remanded in custody after being charged with threatening to kill Muslims, burn down a mosque and blow up council buildings.
South Wales Argus
In the year to March, almost 1,500 people were considered by the Prevent programme over concerns linked to Islamist extremism, up 6 per cent on the previous year.
President Macron is right – this is an intellectual battle to confront a grotesque form of separatism in our midst, says Sajid Javid.
The Telegraph (£)
Some are claiming that secularism is against religion, and even tantamount to atheism. They are wrong, says Ed Husain.
The National News
The treatment of those facing deportation to countries where they are at risk of FGM exposes a gaping flaw at the heart of policies to tackle gender-based violence, says Sian Norris.
Sudanese authorities have announced they will end child marriage and enforce the country's ban on female genital mutilation (FGM), in a major step forward for the rights of women and girls.
Churches have started lobbying for a parliamentary seat to have issues affecting their constituency debated.
The Zimbabwe Daily
Fri, 27 Nov 2020
The Church of England's new Anti-Racism Taskforce has been advised that religious selection of pupils by some Church schools is dividing and privileging families on the grounds of race.
Women are being offered controversial "virginity tests" at British medical clinics, an investigation has found. The intrusive tests are considered a violation of human rights by the World Health Organization (WHO) and United Nations.
Paul Lamb said he was 'devastated' the Court of Appeal has refused him permission to bring a legal challenge over assisted dying laws.
Work has started to build three new schools in Leicester and Derby, two of which are faith schools.
Rabbi Alan Plancey told the BBC there was 'nothing controversial' about remarks made in 2014 that homosexuality was 'against Jewish law'.
An interfaith campaign against domestic abuse launched this week is sounding the alarm over "spiritual abuse" within religious communities.
The Scottish Government continues to amend its controversial Hate Crime Bill. But the fearful prospect of a court case may still limit artistic expression, says Edinburgh Secular Society' Neil Barber in a letter to The Courier (scroll down).
The European Parliament on Thursday accused Poland's nationalist government of improperly influencing a court that imposed a near total ban on abortion, which it said showed that the rule of law had collapsed in Poland.
Fashion model Halima Aden has revealed on her Instagram that she is quitting runway shows due to her religious beliefs.
The hearing of an appeal against the death sentence passed on Sheriff Yahaya, 30, a popular entertainer by Kano Sharia court has began.
Three international human rights groups on Thursday denounced recent attacks on Pakistan's minority Ahmadi community and asked Islamabad to "urgently and impartially investigate a surge" in violence.
Foreign religious groups and worshipers could be the latest targets of a growing crackdown on organised religion in China under President Xi Jinping.
Thu, 26 Nov 2020
Theatre critic and theologian cannot be used as expert evidence in Christian actress's discrimination case
A judge's decision on expert evidence in the case of a Christian actress sacked over her views on homosexuality has been upheld by the Employment Appeal Tribunal in London.
A family who faced a "very real threat of violence" over a "false blasphemy charge" and attitudes to epilepsy and learning difficulties have won a fight to stay in the UK, an MP has said.
The Christian Institute is asking the government for assurance that it will never again force churches to close.
The Church of England's General Synod has voted unanimously to accept all six recommendations made by the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse to the Church of England in October.
A £4bn cut to foreign aid spending to help pay for the cost of coronavirus was denounced on Wednesday as "shameful and wrong" by the archbishop of Canterbury.
The US Supreme Court issued an injunction late yesterday blocking New York's governor from enforcing 10- and 25-person occupancy limits on religious institutions.
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