Mon, 25 Jun 2018
Saudi women are officially allowed to get behind the wheel, after a decades-old driving ban was lifted. However, the move comes amid an intensified crackdown on activists who campaigned for the right to drive.
US President Trump has said his decision to move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in May is "appreciated" more by American evangelicals than many Jewish people.
In an all-too-familiar scene, four Haredi men who boarded an El Al flight from New York to Israel refused to sit next to women, delaying the entire flight until female passengers were moved for them.
Hundreds of women have marched in Rio de Janeiro to demand the legalisation of abortion in Brazil.
Fri, 22 Jun 2018
A report outlining how the Church of England recorded cases of sexual abuse is due to be published next month. It says a C of E review of 2010 looked at over 40,000 case files but concluded that just 13 cases of alleged child sexual abuse needed formal action.
Theresa May will come under renewed pressure today to legislate for same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland. A backbench bill by a Labour MP is waiting to return to the Commons, having previously been blocked by a single objection.
The Times (£)
The prime minister has told Shrewsbury's MP of plans for a grant to support new voluntary aided schools, which are not subject to the 50% cap on faith-based admissions.
The Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry has been extended to ensure more survivors' voices are heard.
Councillors are resisting a request for prayers to be said in the chamber prior to Barry Town Council meetings in south Wales.
Barry and District News
Iran's female football supporters have made history in Tehran – for the first time in 37 years they were able to attend a sporting event in the city's Azadi stadium. But women are still not allowed in to stadiums to watch live events.
Restrictions on religion continue to increase around the world, a major new report warns today. The study by the Washington-based Pew Research Centre said nationalist parties or tendencies play an increasing role in harassment of minority faith groups.
In China's Muslim-majority Xinjiang region, there have been reports of "re-education" camps where over 200,000 "suspects" are being held. This interview with researcher Adrian Zenz studies the veracity of the reports.
Kevin Davis says an example of anti-atheist prejudice from the Boy Scouts of America reflects a type of open bigotry which is often applauded and celebrated.
Thu, 21 Jun 2018
David Pannick QC says the recent Supreme Court judgment on abortion rights in Northern Ireland provides a compelling argument for law reform.
The Times (£)
Karen Galway and Sharon Mallon say research suggests we should be concerned about the impact of NI's abortion ban on women's mental health.
Prince Louis, the third child of the duke and duchess of Cambridge, is to be baptised on 9 July.
A high-profile anti-choice Sinn Féin politician in the Republic of Ireland has quit the party over its stance on abortion. Last weekend SF members backed a motion saying women should have access to abortions for a limited gestational period.
Families in the Charedi community accounted for 47 per cent of Jewish babies born in 2015.
President Erdogan will seek re-election in Turkey on Sunday. The steps he has taken to deepen religion's role in education have become a major campaign issue.
The New York Times
A group of nine fans have travelled to the World Cup to protest against the rules banning women from stadiums back home during each of Iran's matches.
Ugandan bishops will boycott a major conference being organised by the archbishop of Canterbury in 2020. The decision highlights deep divides within global Anglicanism, especially over how the church approaches same-sex relationships.
The Philippines' top court has heard arguments for the legalisation of gay marriage, a historic first in the overwhelmingly Catholic nation.
Groups including Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International have criticised the US for withdrawing from the UN Human Rights Council. The US ambassador to the UN has in turn criticised them.
David Zyngier says Australia should either remake school chaplaincy as a proper welfare programme or scrap it.
A court is hearing a challenge to an Alberta law which bars schools from telling parents if their children join a gay-straight alliance. The alliances are peer support networks organised by students intended to help gay children feel welcome and to prevent bullying or abuse. Faith-based schools object to the ban.
Wed, 20 Jun 2018
The prime minister has encouraged believers attending a Christian prayer meeting in parliament to engage in public life. She described the national prayer breakfast as "an excellent opportunity both to celebrate Christians' ongoing contribution to this country and to reflect on the role Christianity can play in contemporary public life."
Premier Christian Radio
The speaker of the House of Commons has praised both politicians and church leaders for their role in protecting freedom of religion in the UK. He was addressing the national prayer breakfast, the same event the prime minister attended.
Premier Christian Radio
The UK's first Christian law charity has been set up to provide official legal advice specifically for Christian organisations. Edward Connor Solicitors is linked to the Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches and describes its lawyers as "Christians first, solicitors second".
The Catholic Education Service has suggested it is not a problem for its schools to discriminate against children from non-religious families because secular schools exist. The Church of England has also refused to take on board criticism that some of its schools discriminate against the non-religious.
A poll has shown that the recent royal wedding sermon by American bishop Michael Curry did not leave a lasting impression on Brits, despite the initial praise it received.
Premier Christian Radio
Figures from NHS Digital suggest the number of new FGM victims identified by health professionals is increasing.
Victims of female genital mutilation can now get help at a walk-in clinic at Whipps Cross Hospital in the London borough of Waltham Forest. The clinic has been described as the first of its kind in the country.
East London & West Essex Guardian
A male victim of forced marriage has become the first man to be issued with a protection order for the crime.
Britain's Jewish community is growing three times as fast as the population as a whole and has "turned a corner" following a period of population decline, new research has revealed.
Almost 7,000 Orthodox Jews in north London gathered for a communal prayer on education on Tuesday morning. The event featured criticism of Ofsted's efforts to ensure schools promote British values and praise of the prime minister for promoting faith in society.
Dennis Lennox says the divide in the world's largest Protestant denomination has widened beyond issues related to gay marriage.
Ireland's government has apologised to thousands of gay men criminalised by the state for their sexuality and for the hurt and stigma inflicted on them and their families.
The Irish Times
Tue, 19 Jun 2018
Faith schools admission policies are discriminating against non-religious families by restricting their access to 240,000 school places, campaigners have claimed.
A minute's silence will be held to mark today's first anniversary of the Finsbury Park terrorist attack.
Pope Francis has described abortion as a "white gloves" equivalent of the eugenics programmes of the Nazi regime in the last century. He has also praised the "holiness" of women who forgive their unfaithful husbands.
The Southern Poverty Law Centre has apologised and agreed to pay $3.375 million to Maajid Nawaz's Quilliam Foundation after admitting to falsely labelling his advocacy organization as "extremist".
Vodafone UK has accused the C of E of charging telecom companies extortionate prices to use their steeples to improve broadband and mobile connectivity in rural areas.
Premier Christian Radio
The Allchurches Trust, a registered charity which responds to requests for financial assistance from churches, has made a £750,000 grant available to help Anglican bishops from developing countries take part in an upcoming conference.
A charity that supports Sikh communities across the UK is being investigated amid concerns about how it is being managed.
Headstones vandalised at Jewish cemetery as figures suggest rise in hate crimes across Greater Manchester
Yobs have vandalised nearly 70 headstones at a Jewish cemetery in Manchester as new figures suggest a significant rise in hate crime across the city.
Manchester Evening News
Muriel Porter says the Anglican Church has ramped up its discrimination against gay people to new heights in the aftermath of the legalising of same-sex marriage in Australia.
The Conversation (Australia)
Abortion rates in New Zealand have been steadily decreasing since 2003, according to the country's official data agency. Experts say women in developed countries are having fewer abortions as contraceptive methods become more reliable.
Mon, 18 Jun 2018
The Charity Commission has opened a statutory inquiry into a Jewish Orthodox charity, Combined Funds Limited, and frozen its bank accounts after finding concerns about potential conflicts of interest.
A national service of thanksgiving will take place at Westminster Abbey in London on Friday to mark the 70th anniversary of the arrival of the SS Windrush.
The South Australian Catholic Church will not adhere to a change in law requiring priests to report confessions of child sex abuse, the acting Archbishop of Adelaide has said.
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