Tue, 21 Jul 2020
A Lancashire mosque where more than 250 mourners attended a funeral last week despite coronavirus restrictions has been forced to close.
The school will open with 60 children across two reception classes in autumn 2020.
The Vatican has indicated its support for a campaign to provide a 'Christian burial' for hundreds of babies and toddlers by first exhuming their bodies from the grounds of a Catholic-run Irish home for unwed mothers.
Mail Online / Associated Press
"Religious instruction in New Zealand means teaching the beliefs of Christianity with an endorsement – either implicitly or explicitly – to practice that faith."
Beijing claims its re-education camps in Xinjiang are needed to combat Islamic terrorism, but Dilara's experiences tell a different story.
Mon, 20 Jul 2020
The National Secular Society has warned that plans to open 19 new faith schools in England aren't being properly scrutinised because of a lack of transparency. NSS head of education Alastair Lichten is quoted.
Stephen Evans, chief executive of the NSS has said the new 'stirring up hatred' offences within the Hate Crime Bill include "dangerously low thresholds for prosecution".
The Press and Journal
Some on the left have lost sight of the fact that censorship only ever aids the powerful, says Kenan Malik.
Core Issues Trust's Mike Davidson responds to calls for gay 'conversion therapy' to be banned. The NSS's campaign work to remove the charitable status of charities promoting 'conversion therapy' is referenced.
The Freethinker (Patheos)
Government's decision to ban parents from withdrawing children from relationships education faces judicial review
A campaigning group wants relationships education classes to be made optional to avoid children being exposed to ideas which may not correlate with the "religious and philosophical convictions" of their family.
The police are looking at dropping the terms "Islamist terrorism" and "jihadis" when describing attacks by those who claim Islam as their motive.
The Times (£)
Hundreds of people abused by Catholic clergy could be in line for larger compensation payouts after a landmark decision by the Archbishop of Birmingham.
Florists, bakers and designers who disagree with same-sex marriage will not be able to refuse service to people for religious reasons in Northern Ireland under the country's new marriage laws.
Premier Christian News
Residential school trips should 'not be taking place', the Department for Education says.
Leaders at a mosque in Blackburn say they are being investigated by police and health officials after "around 250 people" attended a funeral service.
UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has accused China of "gross and egregious" human rights abuses against its Uighur population and said sanctions against those responsible cannot be ruled out.
The secretive world of Vatican finances will be laid bare in a legal dispute examining the alleged use of charitable donations from churchgoers around the world to buy prime London property.
The Times (£)
Fri, 17 Jul 2020
A new law designed to combat hate crime in Scotland poses a significant risk to free speech and could lead to playwrights, academics and newspaper columnists being prosecuted, a new coalition set up to fight the proposals has claimed. NSS chief executive Stephen Evans is quoted.
Scottish hate crime bill threatens free speech, Free to Disagree campaign group warns - NSS mentioned
The new Free to Disagree campaign, supported by the former SNP deputy leader Jim Sillars, the National Secular Society and the Christian Institute pressure group, insists that expanding hate crime legislation risks criminalising speech "merely because it is deemed offensive".
The Times (£)
Measures allowing same-sex marriages in churches in Northern Ireland if priests and ministers enjoy support from their governing bodies have become law.
Express and Star
Conservative councillors in Salford have been accused of racism for voting down an anti-Islamophobia motion over concerns it would undermine efforts to stop terrorism and threaten free speech.
Manchester Evening News
Ms Begum, now 20, was one of three schoolgirls who left London to join the Islamic State group in Syria in 2015.
Charities are warning that there could be a spike in the number of cases of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) as lockdown restrictions ease.
The Sikh Federation had threatened legal action unless ministers included a separate Sikh box in the ethnicity section of the next census, despite the fact Sikhism is a religion.
Scottish Legal News
Her father, Denis Eccleston, had been in agony for a long time with terminal bowel cancer and had asked his wife Mavis to help him to die.
The Vatican has released guidelines for bishops on how to handle clerical child abuse claims after Pope Francis called for a 'practical handbook' for cases.
Two officials have been removed in India after a Dalit couple attempted suicide by consuming pesticide while being evicted from government land. Opposition parties say it is typical of the treatment of Dalits, who are at the bottom of the Hindu caste system.
An interfaith coalition is pressing the world's largest brewer to remove the name of a Hindu god from a popular beer that dates to the late 1800s.
The Hindu god was onscreen for seconds, but the glimpse of Ganesha in the video was enough for many fans, especially in India, to express their discomfort.
Thu, 16 Jul 2020
62% of those surveyed by YouGov on behalf of the Ozanne Foundation, which campaigns to end conversion therapy, said that they support a ban.
Religious venues across Scotland can host a maximum of 50 people at any one time, regardless of venue size.
Ian Paisley has revealed that his admires the fact that 'pro-life' Catholics are not "embarrassed" to stand up for their views.
The French Cour de Cassation has ruled that employers can only prevent employees from wearing visible signs of their political, philosophical or religious affiliation in the workplace if they have contact with the public, or for health and safety reasons.
A Tunisian court has sentenced blogger Emna Chargui to six months in prison and a $700 fine for reposting a Facebook joke about the coronavirus written as if it was a Koranic verse.
China's government has warned it will protect Chinese companies after Washington said enterprises may face legal trouble if they help carry out abuses in the Muslim northwestern region of Xinjiang.
Putin, who has aligned himself with the Russian Orthodox Church and sought to distance Russia from liberal Western values, has said he will not legalise gay marriage as long as he is in the Kremlin.
Free, government-funded schools were rarely built on reservations—meaning that for many Native families, Catholic mission schools were the only option.
In These Times
"Those who can't sit with their discomfort may experience a certain cognitive dissonance, but that changes nothing for a woman who finds herself lying beneath a man she doesn't know and to whom she cannot say no."
Wed, 15 Jul 2020
A member of a religious cult known as the Children of God has admitted repeatedly raping two schoolgirls almost 30 years ago.
A Protestant man who was taking his son shopping in north Belfast on the Twelfth feels "lucky to be alive" after being attacked by a gang of youths in what he believes was an act of sectarian "hatefulness".
The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has handed over its draft report into anti-semitism within Labour to the party.
The Home Secretary has been urged to ban a far-right group that has advocated rape and murder as a tactic to destabilise society and overthrow alleged 'Jewish influence'.
Bishop Mark Davies of the Diocese of Shrewsbury wants the UK government to bail out the Catholic church amid losses caused by COVID-19.
The Freethinker (Patheos)
"Those who throw around this term are enforcing a new blasphemy law."
Church insurer Ecclesiastical has come under fire in the recent past for its handling of child sex abuse claims.
Ankara's decision to convert Hagia Sophia into a mosque has been met with disapproval across the bloc.
Federal judges blocked controversial abortion restrictions out of Georgia and Tennessee on Monday, a pair of key victories for abortion rights advocates after a flurry of so-called "heartbeat bans" swept state legislatures last year.
Polish President Andrzej Duda is a loyal ally of the ruling nationalist Law and Justice party (PiS) and his re-election means the party's socially conservative programme can continue unhindered for another three years.
Tue, 14 Jul 2020
Former Lib Dem leader Tim Farron has accepted donations worth nearly £75,000 from an organisation whose director tweeted an article protesting against plans to outlaw gay conversion therapy.
Extremists are using a BBC theme tune to avoid security measures on social media and post clips of beheadings and suicide bombings.
The Times (£)
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