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.
‘Religious festivals have taken a backseat in Europe during Covid-19. Now leaders are prioritising Christmas’
2020 has been far from festive, but as the year comes to an end, many of Europe's governments are scrambling to avoid stringent lockdowns over the Christmas holidays.
If you were to do a survey amongst those nominally considered Catholics, how many of them could be really classified as Catholics?
Almost three years on from same-sex marriage becoming legal in Australia, the issue is threatening to break up the Anglican Church there.
Wed, 25 Nov 2020
Controversial hate crime legislation will be further watered down to address widespread concerns over its impact, the Justice Secretary has confirmed.
Home Office officials declared "public sentiment is overwhelmingly hostile" to Shamima Begum and argued removing her British citizenship would not affect community relations when they advised Sajid Javid to act against her last year.
A man who downloaded instructions on how to carry out terror attacks, and images of beheadings, has been jailed for 32 months.
Experts have seen a huge increase in Islamist and far-right propaganda on social media as extremists try to exploit a captive audience during lockdown.
A Yorkshire MP has spoken about the attacks levelled at him and his family due to being members of a particular sect of Islam.
The Yorkshire Post
The law currently punishes homosexuality with up to 10 years in prison.
Gay Star News
Government says legislation being introduced on Wednesday sends clear message that no one is 'broken' because of their sexuality or gender identity.
The decree for the state of Uttar Pradesh was passed Tuesday and follows a campaign by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu-nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party against interfaith marriages.
The National Secretary of the youth wing of India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party has demanded an apology and the removal of "objectionable scenes" showing a man and a woman kissing inside in a temple.
Authorities carried out the raids today and made arrests as part of a new criminal case against the group, the Investigative Committee said.
Tue, 24 Nov 2020
The founder of a hardline Islamic lobbying group that has been accused of sowing division and hate has been invited to address civil servants, an investigation by The Times has discovered.
The Times (£)
Earlier this month the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse concluded that Cardinal Vincent Nichols, who acts as the Pope's representative in England and Wales, failed to show "personal responsibility and compassion" for victims, and instead prioritised Church reputation.
An independent inquiry has criticised the Catholic leader's handling of sexual allegations. Those who have suffered for years say he must go.
The Times (£)
Places of worship are to reopen for public worship when the lockdown ends on 2 December, the Prime Minister has confirmed.
According to church leaders, an increasing number of congregations are breaking the law in order to worship together, an activity banned under current restrictions.
Campaigners are calling for a ban on pro-life groups protesting outside all abortion clinics in Scotland, after setting up a petition to prevent women in Edinburgh being targeted.
Edinburgh Evening News
The French foreign ministry has demanded the withdrawal of comments made by Pakistan's Federal Minister for Human Rights Shireen Mazari on Saturday in which she accused President Emmanuel Macon of treating Muslims the way Nazis had treated Jews in the Second World War.
A sixteen-year-old Muslim youth opened fire on Friday and killed a member of Pakistan's minority Ahmadi Muslim community in eastern Punjab province, police and the community's spokesman said.
Hindu cleric Rajan Zed demanded that clothes maker Jon Cotre offer an apology for "deeply trivializing" a Hindu deity.
Australia: Christian couple who thought they could make an LGBT+ child ‘overcome’ their sexuality sue foster agency that rejected them
A couple are suing a foster agency in Australia after they were turned away because of their belief that they could change an LGBT+ child's identity.
Mon, 23 Nov 2020
Faith schools are amending requirements for prospective pupils to have attended places of worship in the wake of Covid-19 disruption. NSS head of education Alastair Lichten is quoted.
Catholic bishops of England and Wales have admitted that their safeguarding work must change and have outlined how this will happen.
A mandatory reporting law would be a way of protecting children within religious settings, says NSS chief executive Stephen Evans (letter is towards the bottom of the page).
The Times (£)
Humza Yousaf is expected to perform a second U-turn on the controversial Hate Crime Bill when he appears before the Justice Committee on Tuesday.
Pre-schools in Northern Ireland are "highly segregated" despite perceptions they are generally mixed, according to a new study.
The Irish News
Some Muslim families say they are unsure whether to let their children get the latest flu vaccine due to its gelatine contents.
A teenage Jehovah's Witness should be allowed to refuse lifesaving blood transfusions, the High Court has been told in the latest medical clash over law and religion.
The Times (£)
Trustees of charity founded by disgraced Buddhist guru failed to act on abuse claims, watchdog rules
Students were put at risk of harm as a result of serious safeguarding failures.
An evangelical pastor in Belfast has vowed to keep his church doors open despite the coronavirus lockdown.
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