Wed, 22 Aug 2018
Beijing is using a law against extremism to hold an estimated one million Uighurs in camps as it attempts to "purify radical religious views".
The Times (£)
The Queensland government has introduced laws to decriminalise abortion in the state.
A Republican senator who backs abortion rights has said Brett Kavanaugh, the nominee for the vacancy on the US Supreme Court, believes the Roe v Wade ruling is "settled law". But some Democrats are concerned that Kavanaugh may still be keen to overturn the ruling.
An Indonesian court has sentenced a Buddhist woman to 18 months in prison for blasphemy after she was accused of insulting Islam. The woman had complained that the Muslim call to prayer was played too loudly near her home.
Tue, 21 Aug 2018
A woman forced to undergo an abortion after being raped by a notorious care home paedophile is suing the Church of Scotland in a joint action with her two brothers.
The pope has condemned the "atrocities" of child sex abuse and clerical cover-ups in a letter to the world's 1.2bn Roman Catholics.
The pope's letter has been criticised for not adequately addressing the issues of accountability for abuse or for the cover up of crimes.
The Irish Times
A profile of Baba Ramdev, a prominent billionaire with support from Hindu nationalists who may run to become prime minister of India.
The Times (£)
An advocacy group is protesting male circumcision on the streets of New York City in the hope that the common procedure will no longer be carried out on infants.
Jon O'Brien says the recent vote which prevented the legalisation of abortion in Argentina was "one step in an inevitable march for progress".
Philip Baldwin says LGBTQ people are allowed to live freely and openly in the Czech Republic, but their rights have come despite persistent resistance from the Catholic Church.
Operating out of a small room in an unknown country, a new internet radio station broadcasts a programme aimed at campaigning for greater women's rights in Saudi Arabia.
Far from the Middle East and any majority-Muslim country, Brazil tops the list of nations exporting food to the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation.
Mon, 20 Aug 2018
The former bishop of Liverpool knew about an abusive priest 20 years before he was brought to justice, it has emerged, as a judge criticised the church for threatening a complainant with prison unless he withdrew his allegation.
The number of girls being forced into marriage ahead of the summer holiday period has increased by more than a third in recent years, according to a leading charity which has accused the government of an abject failure to get to grips with the problem.
A Christian British Airways employee who took the airline to court over its uniform restrictions is returning to court to launch fresh legal action against BA. Nadia Eweida claims she has been mistreated since returning to work.
A new campaign has been launched to end the effective "ban" on non-religious state schools in Scotland.
A mosque where the Manchester Arena bomber worshipped has denied encouraging people to "fight in any military struggle" following a BBC report over calls for support for fighters in Syria. Some Muslim scholars have said a recording of a 2016 sermon "clearly" showed preachers calling for "armed jihad".
Dr Antony Lempert corrects the record on a previous article which misrepresented his views on circumcision in places.
East London & West Essex Guardian
A London couple appeared in court on Friday accused of carrying out FGM on a three-year-old girl. The court heard that the girl needed emergency surgery and the FGM allegedly left her severely wounded.
Ireland's former president Mary McAleese has accused Pope Francis of putting the defence of the Catholic Church as an institution ahead of the interests of victims of clerical child sexual abuse. Her words come as Ireland prepares for the pope's visit this weekend.
If the Trump administration aspires to truly advance religious freedom, it will need to embrace a far broader vision of human rights.
The New York Times
Two Muslims have been denied Swiss citizenship after they refused to shake hands with, and showed "great difficulty" answering questions posed by, members of the opposite sex.
The Washington Post
New York City education officials were denied entry into half of the ultra-orthodox Jewish schools under investigation over allegations of not providing state-mandated secular education, according to a letter sent to state authorities.
The Washington Post
Samantha Allen says transgender and gender non-conforming students at US religious colleges and universities live in hiding, afraid to come out for fear of discrimination or disciplinary action.
The Daily Beast
Fri, 17 Aug 2018
The Vatican has expressed "shame and sorrow" over revelations that Roman Catholic priests in Pennsylvania sexually abused about 1,000 people over seven decades.
The former Irish President Mary McAleese has called on Pope Francis to use his presence at the World Meeting of Families to change the Roman Catholic Church's teaching on homosexuality and include LGBT families at the meeting.
A Muslim woman in Sweden who said she was discriminated against in a job interview for refusing to shake hands on religious grounds has been awarded financial compensation by a labor court.
New York Times
A recording that has been found purporting to be of an imam at a Manchester mosque calling for jihad 10 days before the Manchester Arena bomber bought his ticket.
Footage has emerged of the moment a Muslim woman appears to challenge a cleric who ordered her to dress more modestly despite the fact already she's wearing a veil.
Guardian readers respond to recent articles on burqa bans and Boris Johnson.
‘Successive policy decisions’ blamed for significant drop in students taking A-levels in religious studies
Religious education bodies have expressed deep concern over a 20 per cent drop in the number of students taking A-levels in religious studies in the UK.
British parents want RE removed from curriculum to be replaced by lessons in finance and healthy living
A new poll suggests that parents think financial literacy is more important to their children than religious literacy.
The Dutch council of state has ruled that Pastafarianism is not a religion, denying a follower of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster the right to wear a colander on her head in her passport and driving licence photo.
A Christian university in Canada has abandoned a rule forcing all law students to agree not to have gay sex after the Supreme Court ruled against the school.
Churches in China have said that they are "willing to attach any price to the Christian faith", in a joint declaration following a recent crackdown on Christianity in Communist China.
Thu, 16 Aug 2018
Scottish women will still be allowed to take abortion pills at home after a legal challenge against the move was thrown out.
Charles will take defender of the faith and supreme governor titles, suggests former royal spokesperson
The queen's former spokesperson Dickie Arbiter has suggested Prince Charles may not take the title 'King Charles' when he ascends to the throne. Arbiter appeared to suggest Charles would take the titles 'defender of the faith' and 'supreme governor of the Church of England'.
One of Britain's top authors has suggested "political motivations" are fuelling the debate over the burka and said "the courts and the state should take no views on the existence of God".
The Whittington Hospital in north London has apologised for selling non-halal chicken in its canteen.
Camden New Journal
A Scottish scholar has set up a new think tank in an attempt to reverse "Muslim social self-exclusion" and ensure greater integration for the community in the UK.
Bishops and other leaders of the Roman Catholic Church in Pennsylvania covered up child sexual abuse by more than 300 priests over a period of 70 years, persuading victims not to report the abuse and law enforcement not to investigate it, according to a grand jury in the US.
The New York Times
The Vatican has declined to respond to an explosive grand jury report detailing decades of sexual abuse and cover-ups by priests and bishops in Pennsylvania, refusing even to say whether church officials in Rome have read the damaging documents.
A UN committee scrutinising Ireland's record on torture is unlikely to accept the state's refusal of a fresh inquiry into abuse at Catholic-run Magdalene laundries.
The Times (£)
As Ireland prepares for a papal visit, Arthur Beesley reports on a Catholic Church in crisis.
Human rights activists have called on Malaysian authorities to review a religious court decision sentencing two women to six strokes for having sex.
A teenager who was raped by her brother received a six-month prison sentence in Indonesia. In response teachers say they prefer to turn to Islam for guidance than to introduce sex education.
Wed, 15 Aug 2018
Survivors of abuse perpetrated by the former Christian charity leader John Smyth have criticised Christian group the Titus Trust for failing to help bring him to justice.
The man being held on suspicion of terrorism after the Westminster car crash has been named as Salih Khater by government sources.
A photo has emerged of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn apparently making a salute popularised by the Muslim Brotherhood. Corbyn's spokesperson said the salute was a gesture of solidarity with victims of a 2013 massacre in Egypt.
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