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Tue, 21 Sep 2021
More than £240 million invested by the Church of England to arrest the decline in worshippers has "not so far" succeeded in turning the situation around, the Archbishop of Canterbury has said.
Defence Secretary Ben Wallace has launched an investigation into a data breach involving the email addresses of dozens of Afghan interpreters who worked for British forces.
A hospital anaesthetist who nearly killed his partner by injecting her with drugs during exorcism ceremonies has been jailed for more than 14 years.
Chief executive Colin Everett said although the council was not aware of any specific issues in Flintshire, it wanted to demonstrate its inclusivity.
A Glasgow councillor has called for "anti Catholic" marches to be banned as thousands attended Orange parades in the city at the weekend.
The teaching of Fundamental British Values is a controversial political policy – and new research looks into its impact.
A Texas doctor who admitted to breaking the state's new abortion legislation has been sued, in what could be a test of how lawful the mandate is.
"I have daughters, granddaughters and nieces. I believe abortion is an essential part of health care."
The Washington Post*
Fetching drinking water from a mosque in Pakistan's Punjab province landed a family of poor farmers from the minority Hindu community in trouble as some people "tortured and held them hostage" for "violating the sanctity" of their place of worship, a media report said.
Thousands of people including soldiers and diplomats marched peacefully through the Ukrainian capital on Sunday in an annual gay pride parade despite some opposition to an event called off last year because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Mon, 20 Sep 2021
The Taliban have effectively banned girls from secondary education in Afghanistan, by ordering high schools to re-open only for boys.
Nadine Dorries has been accused of 'Islamophobia' over her views on Muslim women and description of the burqa as a "medieval" dress code.
A man who was subjected to two years of exorcisms after being accused of witchcraft believes victims are going undetected in the UK during the coronavirus pandemic.
A series of letters, one of which blames the coronavirus pandemic and natural disasters on Satan, have been landing on doormats around Sutton Coldfield causing surprise and concern for some. They were written by a Jehovah's Witness.
Kerem Shloime school operates six days a week, only closing during the Sabbath. The Orthodox Jewish boys' school is also allowed to operate on Bank Holidays.
Manchester Evening News
A major change to Northern Ireland's organ donation rules in Northern Ireland will be debated at Stormont.
Shamima Begum says she will never name the British people who have joined Islamic State, it's been reported.
Police have made several arrests after "racist and sectarian singing" took place during Orange walks which shut streets across Glasgow and led to condemnation of anti-Catholic bigotry.
Previous generations of Muslims would not have recognised the violent, antisemitic version of Islam as their own religion, says Fiyaz Mughal.
The Jewish Chronicle
The battles over "virginity testing" and "virginity-restoration surgery" reveal the persistence of dangerous pseudoscience, says Helen Lewis.
Fri, 17 Sep 2021
The National Secular Society found 81.4 per cent of borough families live in areas with "high" or "extreme" restrictions on their ability to access non-faith schooling at primary level.
Roman Catholic schools converting to academy status are dominating a list of the fastest-growing trusts over recent months, fresh analysis of official data reveals.
Dundee Foodbank accused of discrimination for job advert asking for ‘live connection with the church’
A Dundee foodbank has been accused of breaching equality law by advertising for a job saying the successful candidate must have "Christian values" and "evidence a live connection with the church".
Afghan employees who worked as contractors on UK aid projects fear for their lives after not being granted resettlement in Britain.
Religious schools in Victoria will be banned from discriminating against staff on the basis of their sexuality, gender identity or marital status, under legislation to be introduced by the state government later this year.
More than 100,000 LGBT+ allies are backing New Zealand's plan to ban conversion therapy, granting it more support than any other legislation in the country's history.
Cuba published a long-awaited draft of a new family code on Wednesday that would open the door to gay marriage if approved, in a move that LGBT rights activists applauded cautiously as they remained wary of whether it would actually be implemented.
A Muslim doctor on trial for allegedly performing genital mutilation on nine girls, all seven years-old, was also part of a secret network of physicians who travelled across the country performing the brutal procedure, according to federal prosecutors.
The basic foundation of democracy is secularism and freedom of expression, observed the Punjab and Haryana high court while hearing the plea filed by Punjabi singer Gurdas Maan in connection with a case of 'hurting religious sentiments'.
The Times of India
Conservative Supreme Court Justices are making unaccountable and undemocratic decisions, much like the Vatican Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith, says Terri Langston.
Thu, 16 Sep 2021
New guidance on recognising religious divorce refusal as a form of domestic abuse should explicitly recommend parties to liaise with the religious courts to avoid a conflict between Jewish and civil law, the government has been told.
The Jewish Chronicle
Plans for the school have been mired in controversy, with the council giving the go-ahead for construction in June after more than 135 objections to Peterborough Council's planning committee.
Campaigners have accused the Scottish Government of a climbdown over abortion clinic buffer zones, after a bid for new legislation to protect women from harassment was rejected as a 'disproportionate'.
Edinburgh Evening News
Shamima Begum has said she wants to face the British courts to try to refute claims that she was engaged in terrorist acts during the time she spent living under Islamic State in Syria in an extraordinary TV interview.
Anti-sectarian campaigners Call it Out made a rallying cry on their social media accounts for demonstrators to take part in the protests.
The Church of England has announced a "radical" overhaul of its governance, amid criticism from parishioners that the plans are "a coup by Archbishops to take control of everything".
The small state of 33,000 inhabitants will decide on September 26 whether to allow terminations up to twelve weeks of pregnancy.
Public schools are jeopardsing the separation of church and state by push religion on students, says Rachel Laser.
‘A 9-year-old girl was raped and murdered in India. Her death is part of a bigger problem facing Dalit women’
A group of Dalit women activists in India are dedicating their lives to the dangerous task of supporting members of their community who have survived sexual abuse.
Since Australia's royal commission exposed the cruel treatment of victims of child abuse within the Jehovah's Witnesses, little has changed. But in a landmark civil case, former member Amy Whitby is taking on the secretive religious group in court.
Wed, 15 Sep 2021
The Chinese ambassador to Britain has been banned from attending an event in the British parliament because Beijing imposed sanctions on lawmakers who highlighted alleged human right abuses in Xinjiang.
'The pharmacist said it would give the wrong message': The young women denied the morning-after pill
It is legal for pharmacists to refuse to provide the morning-after pill for religious reasons, but these women say they were refused for no reason, with no alternative given.
There's no reason why Irish abortion legislation cannot be reversed if public opinion changes, says Seána Glennon.
The Irish Times*
"Teachers need a Catholic Certificate in Religious Education to teach in almost 90 per cent of schools or a Church of Ireland Certificate for just under six per cent of schools. This means that, unless migrant teachers are Catholic or Protestant – or willing to pretend to be – they are excluded from teaching at primary level."
The Irish Times*
Afghan women should not be allowed to work alongside men, a senior figure in the ruling Taliban said, a position which, if formally implemented, would effectively bar them from employment in government offices, banks, media companies and beyond.
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