Wed, 14 Aug 2019
US Republican politician Matt Shea connected close allies with a group offering training to young men in "biblical warfare" that includes how to use knives, pistols and rifles, with lessons based in part on the teachings of a Georgia-based neo-Confederate pastor.
The Catholic Church is set to defy new laws that would punish priests with jail time if they refuse to report sexual abuse revealed during confession in the Australian state of Victoria.
Khushbu Shah says in a poor, rural corner of Louisiana, getting an abortion is not only logistically and emotionally difficult, but a battle against poverty.
A Liberal Democrat peer described a protester as "a Nazi" during a council meeting, leading demonstrators angry over a local mosque to disrupt the session.
A new campaign video by the Noam party, which went viral on Tuesday evening among Hebrew-speaking social media users, compares Reform Jews, left-wing activists and gay rights advocates to Nazis and Palestinian suicide bombers, saying all of them "want to destroy us".
The Times of Israel
Circumcision left comedian Tom Rosenthal with sexual anxiety – and a tell-all show at the Edinburgh festival.
Almost 200 years on from the Peterloo massacre in which peaceful protesters were cut down by sabre-wielding cavalry, a hastily scribbled note has been unearthed to reveal what could be the first account of the bloodshed.
Tue, 13 Aug 2019
The newly-elected leader of Ukip has been criticised after footage emerged of him arguing it should be illegal to publicly distribute the Qur'an in the UK and that some British towns are no-go areas for non-Muslims.
The man suspected of shooting at people inside a Norwegian mosque on Saturday, and of killing his stepsister, has appeared in court with black eyes and wounds on his face and neck.
A growing number of female genital mutilation victims in Wigan in Greater Manchester have been seen by doctors, shock new figures reveal.
Twenty-one per cent of Scots have told a pollster that they are either not at all or are not completely open-minded and accepting of LGBT people.
The Times (£)
The Australian rugby player Israel Folau's unfair dismissal case against Rugby Australia and the New South Wales Waratahs will head to trial in February 2020 if no settlement is reached beforehand.
Many Pandit Hindus are now mobilising for their perceived 'rightful' return home after Narendra Modi revoked Kashmir's special status.
The Sunday Telegraph
A group of civil society organisations based in Brussels has written to Pakistan's prime minister Imran Khan to express concern over the country's blasphemy laws.
The new docuseries The Family looks at the role of The Fellowship Foundation, the Evangelical group behind the US's national prayer breakfast, and its ability to broker power.
More than 220 former altar boys, students and Boy Scouts are suing the US territory of Guam's Catholic archdiocese over sexual assaults by 35 clergy, teachers and scoutmasters, hoping to finally see justice.
Mon, 12 Aug 2019
Church leaders and sports coaches must be subject to the same laws as teachers to protect those who have been abused, victims have said. MPs are preparing a review which could lead to religious figures being considered 'positions of trust'.
The Telegraph (£)
A reverend is urging the government to change the law that obligates schools to provide an act of daily Christian worship to its pupils.
Premier Christian Radio
Religious worship is the least appropriate activity for school assemblies in a ranking of 13 possible topics or activities, according to a poll commissioned by Humanists UK.
The prime minister has praised Muslims for "making Britain a success" in a message marking one of Islam's holiest festivals.
A shooting at a mosque in Norway is being investigated as a possible act of terrorism, police say.
Neo-Nazis at the National Trust: How far-right religious groups are trying to 'take back' ancient sites
A far-right group which promises its followers reward in the afterlife if they die in the "struggle for the freedom" has vowed to "take back" ancient locations across England.
Reports of homophobic hate crimes have more than doubled around Birmingham, as the city continues to face protests over LGBT+ education.
A primary school in Dorset has been branded 'Inadequate' following an Ofsted inspection.
More than two new victims of female genital mutilation are being identified each week in the north east.
There have been at least 2,079 Orange marches in Scotland in the last three years, with a decline year on year since 2017, research has revealed.
Scottish Catholic Observer
Rohit Kachroo can still remember flinging open his backdoor and playing on the banks of the vast River Jhelum dissecting the city of Srinagar, the capital of Indian-controlled Kashmir.
Israeli liberals have said the country's education ministry has changed guidelines to favour Orthodox religious outreach over pluralistic Jewish studies and is hiding the activities from parents.
The Times of Israel
Large congregations have been banned for the major Islamic festival of Eid in Indian-administered Kashmir.
Fri, 09 Aug 2019
Dozens of women suffering from female genital mutilation were seen for the first time by Newham doctors last year, new NHS figures show.
A video purporting to show a Sikh man being detained by a police officer for openly carrying a ceremonial dagger in public has been circulated on social media. Sikhs are currently legally allowed to carry daggers for religious reasons.
Parents from St Albans in Hertfordshire debate whether collective worship is appropriate in modern Britain.
Amrit Dillon says Narendra Modi's vision of a Hindu India has leaped forward with his government's decision to eliminate the special status of Muslim-majority Kashmir.
The Japan Times
A festival in Lebanon has cancelled a concert by an indie rock band "to prevent bloodshed" after calls from church leaders accusing the band of blasphemy and death threats on social media.
Kim Ghattas says a decision to cancel a concert by Mashrou' Leila is jolting the Lebanese out of their complacency about the withering of their country's freedoms.
The New York Times
Thu, 08 Aug 2019
Daniel Sugarman says anti-LGBT protests from Orthodox Jews will only make already hidden LGBT people feel more helpless.
A Sikh charity has called on journalists to stop using the term "Asian" in their coverage of sexual grooming gang cases.
Boris Johnson’s comments on the burka would rule him out of joining police, UK counterterror chief says
Boris Johnson would be barred from joining the police because of his remarks describing black people as "piccaninnies" and comparing Muslim women to "letterboxes", the UK's most senior counterterror officer has said.
Parents have been forced to drop their legal action against a Catholic body over the "forced" academisation of a primary school.
East London & West Essex Guardian
More victims of FGM in north Derbyshire were seen for the first time by health services last year, figures show.
A religious activist who burned four LGBTQ children's books that he borrowed from a library in the US state of Iowa has been convicted of criminal mischief.
A case has been filed against Hindu nationalists by Christians in south India to prevent further religious discrimination.
Premier Christian Radio
Tottenham Hotspur Football Cliub has launched its fans' consultation on the use of the word 'Yid'.
A trial is underway for a Catholic priest accused of sexually abusing two children in his Washington, DC parish.
Wed, 07 Aug 2019
Britain's most senior counter-terrorism officer has said British Muslims should not be forced to "assimilate" and called for a more 'community led' counter-terrorism strategy.
Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has said LGBT people "don't feel safe to come out" in "conservative religious communities" as he spoke on the campaign for LGBT equality and his attendance of Brighton Pride.
Prosecutors have decided not to pursue a case against three people investigated over a video of sectarian singing in a Belfast bar.
The Irish News
A growing number of women reporting female genital mutilation is the reason behind a rise in cases, according to a children's charity.
Dozens of victims of female genital mutilation in Leeds were seen for the first time by health services last year.
Yorkshire Evening Post
Haringey Council has said it will take a tough line against any anti-LGTBQ+ education protests outside of its schools.
Ham & High
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