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Mon, 19 Jul 2021
A collapse of the western-backed government in Afghanistan could prove an inspiration for young extremists from countries such as Britain to commit acts of terror, the security services fear.
The Sunday Times*
For Afghans old enough to recall the brutal Taliban regime of the 1990s, there is a grim familiarity to the restrictions imposed by the insurgents as they sweep back across Afghanistan.
A disgraced vicar who was suspended from duties after police swooped on his home has admitted to possessing thousands of child abuse images.
Race and religious related hate offences hit a new high in 2020, with more than a quarter of investigations closed and unsolved.
Even if we're no longer part of the EU, we should all, Muslims and non-Muslims, still take a close interest in the European court's judgement, says Paigham Mustafa.
Turkey on Sunday slammed a ruling by a top European Union court allowing the banning of headscarves under certain conditions as a "clear violation of religious freedoms".
Westergaard became world famous in 2005 for his controversial depiction of Islam's prophet Muhammad in the Jyllands-Posten newspaper.
An LGBT-inclusive church in Tbilisi, Georgia, has been forced to close its doors following threats of homophobic violence.
The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba announced it would amend the rule, saying: "The standard will not infringe on any human or religious rights and freedoms whatsoever".
Apple has been accused of enabling the widespread censorship of LGBT+ apps in 152 different countries in a damning new report.
Fri, 16 Jul 2021
The Church of England could face a wave of compensation claims from former members of a cult-like movement which collapsed due to a sex scandal 25 years ago.
Virginity testing is to be criminalised in England and Wales as charities warn that the abusive procedure is leaving women and girls at risk of so-called honour killings.
Asked as to why they were choosing to go against tradition, over two fifths (41 per cent) said because they don't belong to a religion.
Parliamentarians and rabbis are attempting to solve the crisis over Jewish divorce following accusations that rabbinical courts have been siding with domestic abusers and enabling the "backmail" of chained wives.
The Jewish Chronicle
The recent chaotic by-election campaign in the UK parliamentary constituency of Batley and Spen has laid bare the current fault lines in British society, which is divided by identity politics and religious intolerance, says Khadija Khan.
The States of Guernsey has voted to increase the time limits on legal abortions from 12 to 24 weeks in a move which has been welcomed by pro-choice campaigners.
Ireland: Residents question why public barred from Dublin city park maintained by Council and owned by religious order
Residents in Dublin have questioned why a religious order which uses public resources to maintain a park in Dublin city centre is refusing to open the grounds to the public.
Companies may ban Muslim employees from wearing a headscarf under certain conditions, the European Union's top court said on Thursday, in two cases brought by Muslim women in Germany who were suspended from their jobs after they started wearing the Islamic garment.
The frequently-misunderstood concept of laïcité - secularism - is set to be reinforced with the creation of a new office designed to oversee the application of one of the fundamental principles of the French republic.
The European Commission has started legal steps against Hungary's law banning LGBTQ content for minors and Poland's "LGBTQ-free" zones.
A top Canadian Jewish group spoke out on Thursday against new restrictions on circumcision by medical professionals being weighed in the Manitoba province.
Minnesota's governor Tim Walz has announced that he will sign an executive order ending the "discredited, barbaric practice" of conversion therapy in the state.
Thu, 15 Jul 2021
An Oldham man is facing a prison sentence after being convicted of multiple sexual offences against three children in the 1990s while he was a teacher at a mosque.
The Oldham Times
The first female Muslim leader of Oldham Council's car has been firebombed as local MP reveals 'community activists' have started campaign claiming the town is becoming a 'Muslim enclave'.
The arrest followed an investigation by counter-terror officers and local police relating to Islamist terrorism.
The States of Guernsey has voted against delaying reforms to the island's abortion law. Last year, deputies agreed to update Guernsey's abortion rules, including voting to extend the time limit for abortions from 12 to 24 weeks.
The health minister Stephen Donnelly has come under pressure to reveal how many abortions have been carried out at St Vincent's Hospital in Dublin.
It would make a lot of sense to hold a referendum to finally decide whether religious organisations should deliver public services, says Sheila Cannon.
The Irish Times*
The head of Germany's foreign intelligence agency has warned that the Islamic State is just as strong as it ever was — even without its caliphate.
India's Supreme Court has questioned the government over its decision to allow a key Hindu pilgrimage even as experts warn that a third COVID-19 wave was inevitable in the country.
Sharia police in Kano state, Nigeria, have arrested five men for suspected homosexuality.
For some time, atheists have found themselves the subjects of numerous negative stereotypes. Importantly, these stereotypes seem to involve a distrust of non-religious people to the extent that they are unconsciously seen as dangerous.
Wed, 14 Jul 2021
An application to build an Islamic faith primary school in Crawley has been recommended for refusal by planning officers.
Crawley and Horley Observer
Freedom of speech fears have been raised after senior MSPs demanded all journalists in Scotland undergo compulsory training "on the role that the media play in fostering Islamophobia".
Izzy Montague, a Christian mother, is taking her child's primary school to court over a parade held to celebrate kids being themselves.
Europe's top court has ruled that Russia's ban on same-sex unions is a human rights violation and compelled the country to create a "legal framework" to acknowledge same-sex couples.
A gay editor of children's books is planning to flee Hungary after a chilling new law banning "LGBT+ propaganda" in schools came into force last week.
The Vatican is using a 1929 law enacted by Mussolini to try to block a bill that would criminalize homophobic acts in Italy and make Catholic schools subject to prosecution, says Barbie Latza Nadeau.
Washington, Colorado and Oregon are now among the US states that have legalised the process of converting bodies into soil, a procedure the Catholic Church said fails to show 'respect for the body of the deceased.'
Religion News Service
Some bishops think America's second Catholic president should be denied the Eucharist. Are Biden's faith and job title an unworkable mix?
Israeli same-sex couples can have children via surrogates within the country, the Supreme Court ruled Sunday, a step advocates hailed as strengthening equality.
Iran has unveiled a state-sanctioned Islamic dating app aimed at facilitating "lasting and informed marriage" for its youth, state television reported. While dating apps are popular in the country, Iran's cyberspace police chief said that all other platforms were illegal.
Tue, 13 Jul 2021
A retired judge who was tasked with reviewing Northern Ireland's "hate crime" laws has indicated that people should not be at liberty to "abuse" religion.
The family of a seriously ill toddler in Manchester has lost its High Court bid to keep her on life support. The family argued that the judge had failed to "appreciate the overwhelming importance to this child of her religion and culture".
The Jewish Chronicle
The Church of England has been accused of stifling dissent on crucial issues – including debates on racial justice, sexuality and gender – with warnings its elected assembly is in danger of becoming a "rubber-stamping body"
Labour has accused the Conservatives of enabling extremists to sue universities and students' unions with upcoming laws the Government says are designed to protect freedom of speech.
Tony Blair opposed the Scottish Parliament having control over abortion after being told it was "the number one issue on the doorstep".
Catholic bishops have warned that ending church involvement in running some primary schools must result in children baptised Catholic being guaranteed places in other schools that remain under church patronage.
Veteran film provocateur Paul Verhoeven hit back Saturday at Catholics who have condemned his lesbian nun movie "Benedetta" as blasphemous over scenes in which a statue of the Virgin Mary is used as a sex toy.
The District has agreed to pay $220,000 in legal fees to a Capitol Hill church that had sued over coronavirus meeting restrictions, one of a slew of successful legal challenges by religious groups during the pandemic.
The Washington Post*
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