Thu, 18 Apr 2019
A former senior leader at a prestigious independent Catholic school has been banned for life from teaching for inappropriate relationships with three male pupils.
A Jewish LGBT charity based in West Hampstead has joined voices criticising a "harmful" open letter signed by a number of north London rabbis and community figures.
Ham & High
There are 40,300 church buildings compared to just 39,000 boozers in Britain, according to new figures.
An anti-genital mutilation campaigner has claimed there is "no legal basis" for carrying out male circumcision.
"I'm on board with the bodily harm view – it is sickening to cut off a piece of a child's body"
Neneh Bojang, a survivor of FGM, wants to speak out to help protect girls in Scotland from suffering as she has
"These faith schools are big business in the UK. And I mean that in the truest sense of the word."
The Church of England and the Catholic Church have demanded extra training for diplomats and asylum for Christian refugees.
Wed, 17 Apr 2019
A Loyalist parade on Easter Sunday has been re-routed as it would pass the spot where a Catholic priest was spat on last year.
A Penzance man, who told police he hated Catholics, has been jailed after twice trying to set fire to a church is his hometown.
Kristie Higgs was dismissed from Farmor's School in Gloucestershire on the grounds of illegal discrimination.
Teachers are calling for same-sex relationships education to be made compulsory in UK primary schools.
Ministers are ducking responsibility as schools are enveloped in protests over LGBT-inclusive education, says Sian Griffiths
The Sunday Times
A 23 year old man committed suicide after being circumcised, which he regarded as a 'catastrophe'.
The battle for Tripoli could lead to hundreds of Islamic State fighters escaping from jails and joining a wave of migrants fleeing the Libyan capital in boats across the Mediterranean, the country's internationally recognised government has warned.
When women make the news because of terrorism, the focus has often been on their role as victims or as potential allies in countering the threat.
On Thursday, Arizona lawmakers repealed a law that restricted how public school teachers could talk about LGBTQ relationships in health classes.
New York City closed a preschool program at a yeshiva (Jewish faith school) in Brooklyn on Monday for violating a Health Department order that required it to provide medical and attendance records amid a measles outbreak.
The New York Times
The National Secular Lobby is launching a campaign aimed at jolting a complacent secular majority to consider the impact of religious exemptions and privileges that are flying under the radar.
Tue, 16 Apr 2019
Brunei is defending its new anti-gay sharia laws, which make sodomy and adultery punishable by death by stoning, claiming there was an international "misconception".
"Ex-Pope Benedict's apparent prioritising of church authority over justice for abused children is a worrying step back"
"A symbol of Paris, a triumph of Gothic architecture and one of the most visited monuments in the world, the Cathedral of Notre Dame is a beloved icon for millions across the globe."
The Washington Post
"It's more than a Catholic institution; it's a landmark of engineering that has survived for hundreds of years, through wars and restorations, through the French Revolution, through natural disasters, and now through a fire."
A UK-based TV station has been fined £75,000 by Ofcom after broadcasting hate speech about the Ahmadi community, amid growing fears that the religious group is facing persecution.
One says the 'tone of the campaign... and the extreme views held by a number of the signatories' led him to remove his signature from open letter.
The leader of a Peterborough mosques association has defended inviting psychologist Dr Kate Godfrey-Faussett, who is under investigation by her professional body to address parents on sex education.
A new campaign has launched, calling on the Church of England to end its ban on same-sex weddings.
The new rector of St Mary's Parish Church says he would not hesitate to marry couples from the LGBT community if same-sex marriage was permitted by Canon law.
Jersey Evening Post
Fewer couples are choosing to marry in a church, synagogue or other religious venue in the Towns, new figures reveal.
Shamima Begum - who joined the Islamic State group aged 15 - is set to be granted legal aid to fight the decision to revoke her UK citizenship.
Diocese of York wanted to redevelop vicarage and build six new homes
Mon, 15 Apr 2019
Muslim charities have been promoting links to websites that endorse marital rape and support the death penalty for gay people and apostates. IslamBradford is one of three charities cited in a dossier submitted to the Charity Commission by the NSS.
The Sunday Times (£)
Calls have been made for plans for a new Christian school in Cornwall to be rejected as there is no need for it. NSS education and schools officer Alastair Lichten has been contacted by some councillors who are opposed to the school.
Celebrities, politicians, prominent thinkers and campaigners have united to fight a plan for a new wave of single-faith schools, which they say "fundamentally threatens social cohesion".
One hundred and eighty signatories to a letter agree that, whatever their character, state schools should be inclusive, diverse and integrated, not exclusive, monocultural or segregated.
The Sunday Times (£)
Leaflets accusing a school in Birmingham of having a "gay ethos" have been branded "inflammatory" by a parent.
A group of Muslim parents have objected to a four-year-old child coming home from school with a book which tells the story of the lives of a gay couple and their son.
Janeen Hayat says public perceptions of relationships education are plagued by exaggeration and myth, and we need to reframe this debate.
The archbishop of Canterbury has defended his decision to ban the spouses of gay bishops from attending a major conference next year.
A psychologist who claimed lessons on LGBT+ relationships can "corrupt" children has has a talk cancelled by Cardiff University.
The Rugby Football Union says it does not support Billy Vunipola's views after the England player defended a social media post from Australia's Israel Folau claiming "hell awaits" gay people.
A decision by the US Department of Justice not to fight to defend a federal law banning female genital mutilation sends a "damaging message" to those working to end the practice, advocates said on Friday.
Thomson Reuters Foundation
New Jersey is now the eighth US state to allow terminally ill residents to end their lives with medical help under a bill Democratic governor Phil Murphy signed into law on Friday.
Fri, 12 Apr 2019
Local authorities are paying for places for children in settings that are not even registered, education inspectors are warning. A report from Ofsted also says one in five unregistered schools are linked to religious groups.
Ofsted has raised concerns about an independent Jewish girls' school that refused to let inspectors speak to pupils during a monitoring visit.
Brunei's foreign ministry has said implementing sharia is about prevention rather than punishment, after intense criticism of new laws introduced under its strict Islamic code.
Ohio has passed one of the US's most restrictive abortion laws, banning the procedure after the first detectable heartbeat in a foetus, as similarly restrictive measures move forward in other states.
Jeffrey Gettleman, Kai Schultz, Suhasini Raj and Hari Kumar say the Hindu right has never been more enfranchised at every level of government in India.
The New York Times
The retired pope Benedict XVI has published a letter which blames clerical sex abuse on the "all-out sexual freedom" of the 1960s.
Scottish ministers have said intimate piercings will remain legal and not be recorded as FGM amid concerns voiced by some tattoo parlours.
The Times (£)
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