Thu, 05 Dec 2019
Will Hayward and Lauren Brown say many are sceptical about the methods of evangelical Christian organisation Samaritan's Purse.
The C of E's diocese of Rochester has been ordered to look again at cases of concern about the behaviour of clergy and church officers towards children and vulnerable adults.
A survey by King's College London has found that 22% of students think free expression is under threat at their university. That compares with half of students who think freedom of expression is being threatened in the UK overall.
A Holyrood committee has said the Scottish government should ensure FGM protection orders "are not something that is 'done to' a woman or community" by better engaging with those affected.
The prince of Wales will host a reception at Buckingham Palace tonight to celebrate the role of the Jewish community in British life. The event has been organised without any publicity.
The Times (£)
Lectures by an Islamist preacher whose teachings helped to radicalise the London Bridge terrorist Usman Khan have been found on YouTube years after experts warned of the dangers they present.
The Times (£)
The Vatican has announced the resignation of a US bishop who faced widespread criticism for his handling of sexual abuse claims.
Confirmation and communion preparation is to take place outside schools in Ireland's largest Catholic diocese.
The Irish News
Refugees who have faced religious persecution will be given Indian citizenship under a bill backed by Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist government — but only if they are not Muslims.
The Times (£)
A sobbing boy has pleaded for his foreskin to be "glued back on" after being circumcised in Malaysia.
The parliament in Western Australia looks set to legalise voluntary euthanasia within days, with MPs expected to strongly back the bill.
ABC News (Australia)
A bill banning all forms of female genital mutilation passed its first reading in New Zealand's parliament last night.
Wed, 04 Dec 2019
More mergers between small Catholic and controlled schools in Northern Ireland would save money and benefit pupils and communities, according to newly published research.
Hilary Freeman says manifesto promises by Labour and the Liberal Democrats to decriminalise abortion are welcome news for women.
Rakib Ehsan says faith-based bloc-voting is a threat to our shared values and interests.
A second convicted terrorist has been returned to police custody after dozens of criminals were vetted in the wake of Friday's London Bridge terror attack.
These 'Pagan community notes' highlight the fact the NSS has reported 10 religious charities to a regulator over their promotion of intolerance.
The Wild Hunt
Woman accused of funding terrorism married foreign fighter and 'supported Islamic State', jury hears
A Liverpool woman married a foreign Islamist fighter and spoke in support of "violent jihad" and Islamic State terrorists, a jury heard.
The US House of Representatives has passed a bill to counter what it calls the "arbitrary detention, torture, and harassment" of Uighur Muslims in China.
Rugby player Israel Folau has reached a settlement with Rugby Australia over his controversial sacking for writing anti-gay posts on social media.
A bill to completely decriminalise abortion was discussed in Belgium's parliament last week.
The Brussels Times
A police report has been filed for blasphemy against a man in Indonesia who claims to be the final prophet.
The Jakarta Post
Tue, 03 Dec 2019
Two Orthodox Jewish secondary schools in London have been accused of pressurising parents into taking their children out of sex education lessons.
Ann Mroz says the government shouldn't fudge the issue of LGBT-inclusive education in an attempt to avoid religious groups' disapproval.
A rabbi was badly beaten by two men who shouted "kill the Jews" in an anti-semitic attack.
An appeal by druids against a conviction for trespassing at the historic landmark Stonehenge has been thrown out by judges.
A bill to ban abortion introduced in the legislature of the US state of Ohio requires doctors to "reimplant an ectopic pregnancy" into a woman's uterus – a procedure that does not exist in medical science – or face charges of "abortion murder".
Some jihadis are carrying out robbery, theft, fraud and drug dealing as part of their efforts to "wage war" on Western societies, a report has said.
China might ban all US diplomatic passport-holders from entering the country's western Xinjiang autonomous region, according to the editor of an English-language Chinese newspaper.
Hindu worshippers have begun killing thousands of buffalo in what is reputed to be the world's biggest animal sacrifice, held every five years in a remote corner of Nepal, despite efforts to end the bloodshed.
A coalition of US anti-abortion and Christian conservative groups have targeted the re-election of a Uruguayan diplomat, Luis Almagro, as the leader of the Organisation of American States, partly because of his position on abortion.
Several major medical groups and the American Bar Association are weighing in against a Louisiana abortion law set to go before the US Supreme Court next year.
Mon, 02 Dec 2019
The London Bridge killer, Usman Khan, was a convicted Islamist terrorist who was released from prison less than 12 months ago.
A growing number of terrorist prisoners are refusing to engage with efforts to deradicalise them, raising questions about the effectiveness of programmes intended to protect the public.
The Times (£)
The headteacher of a school at the centre of fierce protests over LGBT-inclusive lessons hopes her landmark court victory will protect other schools from abuse.
From Monday mixed-sex couples in England and Wales can choose to enter into civil partnerships.
A man who stabbed two commuters and a police officer in a lone wolf terror attack on New Year's Eve last year has been sentenced to life in prison. The judge ruled that the attacker's mental illness probably exacerbated "the seeds of Islamic radicalisation".
The prime minister has responded to criticism of comments about Islam from a column in 2005 by saying that "people are always going to drag out bits and pieces that I have written over the years".
A Sikh Labour candidate has reported his Tory opponent to the police after he told him he was "talking through his turban" at an election hustings this week.
Well-wishers should be discouraged from taking part in an annual Christmas shoebox gift appeal over environmental concerns, it has been argued.
Women should be allowed to carry out early abortions at home, medical leaders have said.
The divorce rate for opposite sex couples in England and Wales has plunged to its lowest level for almost half a century.
Abortion rates continue fall in the US, decreasing by nearly a quarter in less than a decade, new data has revealed.
Almost 4,000 women living in Ireland have undergone female genital mutilation since 2011, a charity has said.
Fri, 29 Nov 2019
A group of Catholic bishops in the Church of England has pledged to oppose attempts to further liberalise abortion.
The prime minister has said it is "unequivocally right" that children should be taught about LGBT issues.
MSPs have condemned "unacceptable" attacks on Catholic schools and rejected claims that faith-based education could fuel sectarianism during a debate at Holyrood.
The Church of England has published a new charter and resources for C of E schools teaching relationships, sex and health education.
Premier Christian Radio
A Manchester woman who had Islamic State instructions on how to plan a terrorist attack on her phone has been jailed.
Manchester Evening News
The parents of a young girl who is deemed to have undergone female genital mutilation have been found guilty of allowing the act to take place.
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