Fri, 04 Oct 2019
Wells Cathedral School in Somerset failed to recognise "all the hallmarks of grooming" among music staff who were later convicted of child sexual abuse, the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse has heard.
The parents of a brain-damaged girl will be allowed to take her abroad to continue her treatment, the High Court has ruled. Her parents argued in court that argued that the girl was from a Muslim family and Islamic law said only God could take the decision to end her life.
A doctor who refused to use transgender pronouns as people's chosen sex as it went against his Christian faith has lost his tribunal.
Abortion laws in Northern Ireland breach the UK's human rights commitments, the High Court has ruled. So what are the laws on abortion in the UK?
Peer quits Thought for the Day and blasts BBC for trying to censor his address in case it offended Muslims
Sikh peer Indarjit Singh has quit BBC Radio Four's Thought for the Day after more than three decades and criticised the over-sensitivity of the corporation's bosses.
An American man faces a federal murder charge for allegedly holding his six-year-old son's face under hot water for several minutes to cast out a "demon".
'Morality police' are engaged in a violent bid to impose Isis control over a camp of 68,000 mostly women and children, remnants of the collapsed caliphate. Anthony Loyd reports.
The Times (£)
India's Supreme Court has reversed one of its previous judgements that was criticised for "diluting" protections for lower castes.
Thu, 03 Oct 2019
More than 20,000 children have started this new academic year at state faith schools against their parents' preferences, NSS research has found.
The Welsh government plans to remove parents' right to withdraw children from sex and relationship classes and religious education.
Former presenter John Humphrys has said the BBC's Today programme should scrap its Thought for the Day feature because it is discriminatory against people without a religion.
Belfast's High Court is due to rule on a woman's challenge against Northern Ireland's abortion laws.
The leader of Sweden's Centre party has said she "regrets" a party vote to work for a ban on non-medical circumcision.
The Local (Sweden)
Scotland is to become the first country in the UK to make it a criminal offence for parents to smack their children. Some religious groups opposed the ban, while others supported it.
Wed, 02 Oct 2019
The bishop of London has addressed the annual religious judges' service in Westminster Abbey. Sarah Mullally spoke about subjects including the current political climate and the government's justice policy.
In this letter Peter Tatchell says he defended Muslims and made concrete proposals to protect them against discrimination in an address to a Conservative party conference fringe meeting, despite claims to the contrary.
Will Heaven describes what happened at an event on 'Challenging Islamophobia' at the Conservative party conference on Sunday, and how it has been misrepresented since.
Chancellor says there’ll be an inquiry into defining ‘Islamophobia’, but he doesn’t use the word – NSS mentioned
Sajid Javid has told BBC Radio 4 there will be an inquiry into defining Islamophobia – but added "I call it 'anti-Muslim hate crime', rather than Islamophobia".
The comic book writer Mark Millar has claimed that high-profile politicians have informed him of a cross-party push to close Catholic schools in Scotland.
The Times (£)
It should be illegal not to report child abuse, victims have told the child abuse inquiry at the start of its investigation into boarding schools.
Pupils at schools linked to a religious order were "robbed of their childhoods" by the physical and sexual abuse which took place there, an inquiry has heard.
Religious school risks losing Ofsted recognition for refusing to teach pupils about the existence of LGBT people
A Jewish girls' primary school in Manchester has fallen short of Ofsted standards as it is refusing to teach its pupils about the existence of LGBT+ people.
The Trump administration is backing a Roman Catholic archbishop in Indiana who pushed a Catholic school to fire a gay teacher.
The Washington Post
Tue, 01 Oct 2019
A new Christian secondary school for 600 students could be built in the Cambridgeshire village of Soham, despite the local county council opposing it in favour of "expanding existing schools".
Ofsted has criticised a Muslim school in Birmingham that failed to prove its head teacher was being kept away from the classroom after she was temporarily banned from teaching. The head was given an interim ban amid concerns that she might promote "views that undermine fundamental British values".
Campaigners protesting Stella Creasy MP's stance on abortion took to her constituency with pictures of her alongside a graphic image of what they claim was an aborted 24-week-old foetus.
Will Hazell talks to Andrew Moffat, whose 'No Outsiders' lessons were the subject of a vicious backlash from mainly Muslim protesters.
A feature on people who underwent electrical aversion therapy at Queen's University Belfast in the 1960s.
Australian radio host makes eight-minute apology for virgin Mary joke after Christian and Muslim protests
Australian radio host Kyle Sandilands has issued a lengthy on-air apology on radio for a joke he recently made after vociferous protests from Christians and Muslims.
Downing Street has pushed back against the health secretary's suggestion that the government could make vaccinations mandatory for state school pupils, saying it was not currently a plan.
Amnesty International has said Pakistan's government must immediately and unconditionally release a university lecturer being held in solitary confinement for blasphemy over some Facebook posts.
A brother and sister have been charged by counter-terror police over the alleged misuse of money donated to a Sikh campaign group.
A Moroccan journalist has been sentenced to a year in prison on charges of having an illegal abortion and premarital sex, in a trial observers say was concocted to crack down on criticism of the government.
Mon, 30 Sep 2019
More than 20,000 children started at faith schools in England this month, despite choosing secular schools as their first preference, the NSS has found.
Leaders of several churches with significant influence in Northern Ireland have called for the restoration of the Stormont Assembly to prevent the introduction of abortion in Northern Ireland next month.
The Irish Times
Nearly 500 men and boys have been rescued from a building where detainees were allegedly sexually abused and tortured, Nigerian police said. The building is thought to have been an Islamic school.
Iranian intelligence officials detained three of women's rights activist Masih Alinejad's family members in a move criticised by rights groups as an attempt to intimidate the US-based activist and journalist into silence.
Former football commentator Archie Macpherson has called for an "open and bold" debate on Catholic schools in Scotland after saying he does not like separating children at the age of five.
John Mason, Shettleston SNP MSP, has lodged a motion calling on fellow MSPs to reduce the time limit at which abortion is permitted in Scotland.
The brother of Pakistani social media star Qandeel Baloch has been jailed for life, three years after her murder.
Dozens of furious protesters gathered at a radio station's Sydney office earlier to demonstrate against a radio presenter who made a joke about the Christian virgin Mary.
Daily Mail Australia
The Catholic Church will pay more than $1m to a victim of Gerald Ridsdale, one of the country's most notorious paedophile priests, in a landmark settlement reached on Friday.
A Christian actress removed from a lead role over a "homophobic" Facebook post is to take the theatre and her agency to court for breach of contract and religious discrimination.
The Times (£)
Fri, 27 Sep 2019
The number of schools flouting RE laws has risen, research by the National Association of Teachers of RE suggests.
Glasgow City Council has said it cannot go ahead with a temporary ban on loyalist and republican marches because there is currently "no legal basis".
Almost two-thirds of teachers polled say that they have no religion, and only 15 per cent identify as Anglican, findings from a survey of teachers suggest.
A plan to close a Catholic school in August 2020 has been delayed to enable its attempt to transform into an integrated school.
Experts have expressed alarm at a drop in take-up of all routine childhood vaccinations across England which leaves many thousands of children under-protected.
A primary school in Portsmouth has seen its Ofsted judgement fall from good to inadequate in less than a year with concerns over children's safety highlighted in the report.
The News (Portsmouth)
Women's rights activists in Mexico are celebrating after the southern state of Oaxaca decriminalised abortion. Activists hope the move signals broader reforms to ensure reproductive rights in what is still a conservative and deeply Catholic country.
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