Fri, 16 Nov 2018
The NSS, and other groups, have criticised the serving of non-stunned halal meat in schools run by Bradford's local council.
Telegraph & Argus
The Department for Education is backing the creation of new VA schools, which can select all pupils on the basis of faith, with money diverted from the free-schools budget.
The Charity Commission is looking into two charitable organisations, exposed by ITV News this week, which claim people can change their sexuality.
The government is consulting over plans to create a mandatory reporting duty for teachers, doctors, nurses and social workers in relation to forced marriage.
Three in ten teachers deliver relationships and sex education classes with no training, a survey has found. It also found that 21% lacked confidence in making the curriculum LGBT inclusive.
A man with "issues" with God and religion who started fires at two places of worship in Edinburgh within minutes of each other has been jailed for four years.
The Greek prime minister has made a lucrative offer to separate church from state after almost 200 years. Anthee Carassava asks whether the clergy will take the bait.
The Times (£)
A candidate backed by ultra-Orthodox Jewish groups has been elected mayor of Jerusalem by a narrow margin.
Malaysia's deputy prime minister Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, who is also the country's women's minister, has said female genital mutilation is part of the country's culture.
Matthew Whitaker, now the most powerful law enforcement official in the US, has a public record spanning more than a decade. A number of LGBT+ advocates have expressed concern.
Thu, 15 Nov 2018
The NSS has said a "rapid rise" in the number of children being taken to Church of England school services should prompt "a separation of church and school".
Non-stunned halal meat is being served to schoolchildren in Kirklees, the council has confirmed. The council's cabinet member for schools has attempted to justify its position. NSS campaigns officer Megan Manson rejected his explanation.
The number of people attending the Church of England's Sunday services fell again last year, continuing a trend seen over recent decades.
Theresa May has expressed "concern" over the safety of Asia Bibi, who faces death threats after being acquitted of blasphemy in Pakistan, but stopped short of offering her sanctuary in the Commons yesterday.
The archbishop of Canterbury has praised the prince of Wales's "prophetic instincts" in a House of Lords debate to mark the heir to the throne's 70th birthday.
A woman who says she was left traumatised after months of religious grooming by her doctor has launched a High Court bid for damages.
Blackburn Cathedral will this week launch a cathedral-branded gin.
Police officers are the most common victims of religiously aggravated crimes in Scotland while Roman Catholics are the most targeted faith group, according to a report.
The Times (£)
To appease its Hindu nationalist base, Narendra Modi's ruling BJP appears to have embarked on a new renaming frenzy. The sites which have changed their names include railway stations and cities.
Tim Wilson says Australians should celebrate 12 months on from its postal survey on marriage equality.
Sydney Morning Herald
Two groups of victims of sexual abuse by Catholic clergy members have launched simultaneous lawsuits against the US conference of Catholic bishops, with one class-action suit also naming the Holy See as a defendant.
The Washington Post
Elizabeth Bruenig says US Catholic bishops and the Vatican have failed to deal with the sexual abuse crisis.
The Washington Post
Wed, 14 Nov 2018
Britain's most senior Catholic has missed a scheduled appearance at the inquiry into historic child sex abuse in his former archdiocese of Birmingham.
Harrowing details of violent and sexual abuse at the hands of Roman Catholic priests in the Midlands have been revealed at the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse.
The Foreign Office has been accused of allowing government asylum policy to be dictated to by a mob in Pakistan. The criticism comes after it was confirmed the Foreign Office urged the Home Office not to grant Asia Bibi political asylum in the UK out of fear for the safety of UK consular staff.
The Vatican has told the US Conference of Catholic Bishops to delay voting on measures to hold bishops accountable for failing to protect children from sexual abuse, the president of the conference has said.
This editorial calls for the repeal of blasphemy laws where they still exist.
The New York Times
Samira Shackle says Imran Khan's words on the Asia Bibi case will be empty if he cedes ground to the mob demanding her punishment.
Rahila Gupta says the religious right's ability to rouse a rabble has given it a disproportionate and vicious grip on what's left of democracy in Pakistan.
India's top court has agreed to review a ruling that removed a ban on women of menstruating age from entering a prominent Hindu temple, following widespread protests against the decision.
A woman who lived away from the Maldives for several years has been arrested on her return. Aishath Velezinee is accused of "mocking Islam and leaving the principles of Islam".
Barry O'Rourke says many Irish educators are obliged to promote faith because 90% of the country's primary schools are Catholic.
The Irish Times
Ross Gittins says when Catholics put the frighteners on, politicians on both sides of Australia's divide get weak-kneed.
Singer Zayn Malik, a former member of the band One Direction, has officially broken up with Islam, according to an interview published in the December issue of Vogue.
Tue, 13 Nov 2018
A Roman Catholic archdiocese was apparently aware of a priest's sexual abuse but did not report it for decades. A week-long series of hearings at the IICSA inquiry is examining the archdiocese of Birmingham's response to allegations made against four priests. Richard Scorer, a lawyer at the hearings who is also an NSS vice-president, is quoted.
Winners' Chapel, a large Pentecostal church in London, has been accused of offering so-called "gay cure" therapy, allegedly telling homosexual worshippers that they are "under the control of Satan". In 2014 the church was set to open a school until the NSS intervened and the Department for Education blocked the application.
The National Trust has warned against ditching the traditional terms "before Christ" and "anno domini" after one of its flagship properties started using alternative terms.
The Christian Institute has reacted angrily to the news that Scotland has embedded LGBTI inclusion in its curriculum. Meanwhile NSS chief executive Stephen Evans warned that religious groups could try to sabotage the policy.
Primary school pupils should be taught what it means to be LGBT, Royal College of Paediatricians says
Primary school children should be taught what it means to be lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, leading doctors say.
Former foreign secretary Boris Johnson has become the latest MP to call on the UK to grant Asia Bibi, who has faced death threats from Islamist mobs in Pakistan, asylum.
More than 30 prominent humanists who are making a fresh appeal to the BBC to open up Radio 4's Thought for the Day to non-religious voices.
A religious centre in Bexhill-on-Sea in Sussex is asking the local authority to lift a restriction on the hours it can open for worship. Some residents have said the change will exacerbate parking problems in the area.
Stealing lead from a church's roof should be treated as an anti-Christian hate crime, according to the head of National Churchwatch, an independent business that advises parishes.
The Times (£)
Two Pakistani rights activists said on Monday they had been warned by Twitter about objectionable content on the social media network.
Timothy Grose calls for a united voice of disapproval in the face of appalling abuses of the Uighur people.
At least 120 people are planning to file a lawsuit to stop the Japanese government from using taxpayers' money for rituals to mark the enthronement of a new emperor next year.
Mon, 12 Nov 2018
The NSS has called for children to be taught about safe homosexual sex in Scotland regardless of the religious affiliation of schools. The call comes after the Scottish government made a commitment to LGBTI inclusion.
The Times (£)
Remembrance services have taken place across the UK to mark yesterday's 100th anniversary of the armistice. The Church of England led the annual service at the Cenotaph. Prince Charles and Theresa May gave religious readings in a service at Westminster Abbey.
A Ugandan MP who has used religion to justify her push for virulently anti-gay measures was welcomed to Downing Street and spoke in the Commons chamber last week.
Britain has not offered asylum to a Pakistani Christian woman freed after eight years on death row for blasphemy because of fear it would prompt "unrest" in the UK and attacks on embassies, her supporters say.
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