Thu, 23 Jan 2020
Tory councillor slammed for saying Jewish faith schools don't need Ofsted 'giving children ideas of homosexuality'
Hackney Conservatives are investigating after a councillor said unregistered Jewish faith schools don't need Ofsted "giving children ideas" about homosexuality or atheism.
A letter from the CEO of the Independent Schools Association says state education should be secularised. (Today's page also features a letter from Tim Farron MP criticising efforts to abolish parliamentary prayers.)
The Times (£)
Fifteen new cases of female genital mutilation have been identified in Staffordshire, according to newly-released figures from NHS Digital.
A five-hour debate has taken place in the Isle of Man parliament on assisted dying.
The first in-person presidential appearance at an annual anti-abortion event is President Trump's latest gesture of support for a cause dear to his evangelical base.
The New York Times
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Wednesday for a case that may put to rest decades of debate over government funding for private, religious schools.
Religion News Service
Pakistan has suspended the release of an award-winning film, after an Islamist political party objected to its portrayal of a struggling cleric.
A sexual abuse crisis within a Catholic order has highlighted failings which reach up to the Vatican.
Wed, 22 Jan 2020
Ofsted's chief inspector has criticised the government for a lack of action over protests against LGBT+ equality lessons in primary schools, warning that tensions remain "unresolved".
Children attending unregistered Jewish faith schools will continue to be exposed to an "unacceptable" lack of safeguarding until the government changes the definition of a school, say council bosses in the London borough of Hackney.
The government is seeking public opinions on same-sex religious marriage and conversion entitlements in Northern Ireland.
Arbroath Town Mission unfairly dismissed a former centre manager who blew the whistle on it to the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator, a tribunal judge has ruled.
An unofficial visit by nationalist European leaders to Kashmir highlights the solidarity of far-right movements across the globe.
India's Supreme Court declined calls to suspend the implementation of a new citizenship law which discriminates against Muslims on Wednesday.
President Trump wants Roe v. Wade overturned, while many of the candidates vying for the Democratic nomination would seek to codify abortion rights into law. A new poll shines a light on the American public's more complex views.
The Washington Post
Three Sri Lankans who worked as security guards at a local five-star resort in Dubai have been fined and are set to be deported after they insulted Islam online.
Aussie Sikhs and Muslims no longer have to wear a helmet on bikes - while other riders still face fines for cycling without one
Police in Canberra will no longer issue fines to riders who wear a headdress for religious reasons caught riding without a helmet.
Daily Mail Australia
Tue, 21 Jan 2020
If Boris Johnson wants to unite Britain he should be wary of backing a policy that allows discrimination by religion, says Rachel Sylvester in response to council officials' recommendation that a new Roman Catholic primary school in Peterborough be opened.
The Times (£)
Parents will no longer have the right to withdraw children from lessons about relationships, sexuality and religion, the Welsh Government has confirmed.
A Co Antrim church has criticised the new same-sex marriage arrangements, as couples who wish to marry in a religious ceremony are currently "being denied the right to do so".
Representatives from CofE churches have requested a dedicated repair fund from the government to help maintain buildings.
An ultra-Orthodox Jew who left her community to transition from male to female has abandoned a family court fight to see her five children.
Ofsted said Gateshead Jewish Primary School, now known as Keser Torah Boys' School, did not meet independent school standards because its leadership confirmed that "pupils would not be taught about different sexual orientations or gender identity".
Andrew Moffat faced protests from hundreds of Muslim parents over inclusive education
Labour leadership candidate Jess Phillips says "for every step forward - from the earliest birth control clinics in the 1920s to the referendum result in Ireland in 2018 - there have been people wanting to pull us backwards."
Islamists jailed for three times as long as far-right extremists for online offences, report finds
Last year, according to statistics released under Freedom of Information legislation, there were 1205 crimes recorded by Police Scotland where sexual orientation was an aggravator.
Mon, 20 Jan 2020
A new Roman Catholic school in Peterborough is set to be approved by the city council, despite vocal opposition.
Secular groups 'hugely disappointed' after first state-funded Catholic school in England for 10 years gets go-ahead – NSS quoted
The first state-funded Catholic school in England for over 10 years is set to get the green light.
NSS chief executive Stephen Evans notes that Catholic clergy were willing to break the seal of confession to 'out' gay and lesbian military personnel, and yet reject the idea of the mandatory reporting of child abuse applying to priests in the confessional.
The Sunday Times (£)
A man who downloaded guides on how to make explosives has been jailed for more than four years for terrorism offences.
Edinburgh West Lib Dem MP Christine Jardine is to lead a debate at Westminster on assisted dying in a bid to keep the issue on the agenda.
Edinburgh Evening News
Existing law on assisted dying does not offer enough protection to potentially vulnerable people, Gwent's Police and Crime Commissioner has warned.
South Wales Argus
The Catholic Church has called on its congregation to oppose proposed reforms to gender recognition laws in Scotland, which it called "troubling".
Major concerns have been raised over whether the land at a cemetery is suitable to bury people in, with fears coffins could leak into the city's water.
The offence of blasphemy has been official removed from the Irish constitution.
The Irish Post
‘Trump’s ‘religious freedom’ initiative is mostly a rehash of current law — yet still finds a way to be troubling’
This editorial says President Trump is again trying to score political points with his evangelical supporters by unveiling a "religious freedom" initiative that suggests, cynically, that Christianity in America is under sustained attack and that the federal government must come to its rescue.
Los Angeles Times
The US Supreme Court has taken up an appeal by the Trump administration seeking to enforce new federal rules allowing employers to obtain religious exemptions from an Obamacare requirement that health insurance that they provide to employees pays for women's birth control.
Cult ‘anointed by God’ killed pregnant woman and five of her children in Panama by forcing them to walk through fire, locals say
A religious sect whose members professed to be "anointed by God" forced a pregnant woman and five of her children to walk through fire as part of a cult ritual, according to local residents.
Fri, 17 Jan 2020
Labour leadership candidate told Catholic priests she would ensure their "views are heard".
A woman in London has obtained a get (Jewish 'divorce' document) after launching a private prosecution against her husband, in what lawyers say is a landmark case.
Education inspectorate finds 'parables talked about how to manage women'
If voted through, the motion would commit the Town Hall to endorsing and adopting the definition, as well as speaking out against the rise in recent years of racism targeting "Muslimness or perceived Muslimness".
A retired Scottish priest accused of offences against boys at Fort Augustus Abbey School has failed in his bid to block an extradition order.
In so many ways, Ireland's new abortion law is a progressive one. But major limitations have been built into the law.
The United Nations' top court announced Wednesday that it will issue a decision next week on a request to order Myanmar to halt what has been cast as a genocidal campaign against the southeast Asian country's Rohingya Muslim minority.
The Trump administration is proposing new rules that will boost faith-based organisations at the expense of their secular counterparts under the guise of protecting the organisations' religious freedom.
As the 2020 election approaches in the United States, President Donald Trump is adding school prayer to the list of contentious issues up for debate.
At least five people have been forcefully circumcised in Mbale town since the beginning of the year.
A Christian school in the US has reportedly kicked out a pupil after she celebrated her birthday with a rainbow cake while wearing a rainbow jumper.
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