Mon, 05 Oct 2020
President Emmanuel Macron on Friday outlined new legislation aimed at groups considered hostile to France and French values.
Child-protection policies adopted by Roman Catholic leaders to curb clergy sex abuse in the United States are inconsistent and often worryingly incomplete, according to a think tank's two-year investigation encompassing all 32 of the country's archdioceses.
The Freedom From Religion Foundation has filed a federal lawsuit challenging Alabama's mandatory religious oath for voter registration.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's centre-left government vowed on Monday to ban conversion therapy, which aims to change a person's sexual orientation.
There are speculations that the president of the Humanist Association of Nigeria, Mubarak Bala, has been murdered in prison in Kano, Northern Nigeria. He was arrested after criticising Islam.
We must stand up for our brothers and sisters' rights and privileges, no matter what class-system they are in, says Peony Hirwani.
Fri, 02 Oct 2020
The National Secular Society report, which marks the 10th anniversary of Equality Act, says religious exceptions within the Act means discrimination against the non-religious and members of religious minorities remains lawful across key areas of public life.
A leading professor with incurable cancer has called for a review of assisted dying laws saying "I want some control in my final days".
Christian street preacher loses appeal against conviction for ranting ‘all Muslims are going to hell’
A Christian street preacher, once awarded £2,500 for 'wrongful arrest' and the confiscation of his Bible, has lost his appeal against conviction for ranting: 'All Muslims are going to hell.'
A 14-year-old boy developed extreme views influenced by Islamic State and attempted to make homemade bombs during the coronavirus lockdown, a court has heard.
The Evening Standard
The chair of Atheist Ireland Michael Nugent has written to the Historical Society at Trinity College Dublin asking it to reconsider its recent decision to drop Professor Richard Dawkins from its 2021 list of speakers.
The Freethinker (Patheos)
The UN has called on Nigeria to scrap the death sentence handed to a musician by a Sharia court for sharing a 'blasphemous' song on WhatsApp.
A Roman Catholic diocese in New York City's suburbs has become the largest in the US to declare bankruptcy to protect itself from a wave of lawsuits filed over past sexual abuse by clergy members.
A conservative legal group has filed lawsuits challenging a new Virginia law that bars discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
Amy Coney Barrett, the Trump administration's supreme court nominee, publicly supported an organization in 2006 that has said life begins at fertilization.
Canada has reintroduced a bill on Thursday that will criminalize LGBT conversion therapy, a federal minister said after an earlier effort to ban the practice failed as the parliament was discontinued due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Religious leaders in the mainly Christian country strongly oppose widening access to abortion and are threatening to protest if the new bill is tabled.
A woman has filed a suit against the Roman Catholic Church in Japan alleging that a priest raped her four decades ago, as the church's unfolding worldwide sexual abuse crisis gradually reaches Japan.
The Japan Times
Thu, 01 Oct 2020
Restrictions on abortions at home could soon be lifted permanently, with the Scottish Government looking to keep emergency changes made as a result of the coronavirus beyond the pandemic.
Anti-abortion protesters have deterred women seeking abortions from going into clinics as well as entering healthcare services to hunt down staff, frontline service providers warned.
Comedian John Cleese has spoken out over a "disastrous" attack on free speech during a debate on Scotland's hate crime bill.
Former Vatican treasurer George Pell is traveling to Rome this week for the first time since he was acquitted of child sex abuse charges in Australia, a Catholic church spokeswoman has confirmed.
An analyst said the decision was politically motivated to please the Buddhist majority and would harm dairy farmers.
Ex-Muslims of North America says it is tracking "accounts of hate and violence motivated by Islamic intolerance."
Patheos (Friendly Atheist)
The brutal gang-rape and death of a woman from India's Dalit community, formerly known as the untouchables, has again put a spotlight on the country's rigid system of Hindu hierarchy.
Afghanistan's dwindling community of Sikhs and Hindus is shrinking to its lowest levels ever.
The Counter Extremism Group catalogued 33 known plots in Europe over 15 months since the Islamic State collapsed.
The Telegraph (£)
"I still can't help feeling like less of an important member of the church than the male members because of rules that place them on a blatant pedestal."
Wed, 30 Sep 2020
Gaps in equality law are leading to "undesirable and unnecessary religious discrimination" in schools and the workplace and fuelling segregation, a new report from the National Secular Society has found.
Concerns around the safeguarding of pupils at the independent Al Jamiatul Islamiyah school in Deane were raised by regulator Ofsted in a report published in June 2020.
Manchester Evening News
Government issues clarification after Humanist ceremonies were excluded from same rules as religious weddings
Couples having humanist weddings can have up to 15 guests, the Government has confirmed, after confusion over whether the ceremonies would be included under the same rules as religious events.
Uighurs and other Muslim minorities would be given the right to petition a UK high court judge to declare that genocide is taking place in China, requiring the UK government to curtail trade ties with Beijing, under proposals brought by MPs and peers.
Manchester Arena bomber's brother found with ISIS propaganda almost two years before attack, inquiry hears
The Manchester Arena bomber's brother posted extremist images and Islamic State propaganda on social media before the attack, the inquiry into the bombing has heard.
Liam Fenn came onto the radar of the Prevent scheme after they became aware of his 'fascination' with Islamic extremism.
Manchester Evening News
Almost half of Conservative Party members believe Islam is 'a threat' to the British way of life, poll finds
The survey of rank-and-file activists showed 47 per cent thought the religion was incompatible with British values.
Benjamin Thomas committed many of the assaults at Christian camps and conferences dating back to 1990, Mold Crown Court was told on Tuesday.
The Republican party has cannily repackaged valid scrutiny as religious bigotry. But liberals are right to ask hard questions of Trump's pick, says Jill Filipovic.
Women charged police lines and threw Molotov cocktails at officers in Mexico City on Monday during protests demanding the legalization of abortion in the majority Roman Catholic country.
Tue, 29 Sep 2020
Humanist ceremonies limited to ‘rule of six’ despite 15 guests allowed for civil and religious weddings
The 'rule of six', rather than the 15-person limit for legally-binding weddings, is being applied to humanist ceremonies.
A minister who launched legal action against a Belfast hotel after claiming he was told by staff to stop a religious event promoting marriage has been refunded the cost of his booking, campaigners have said.
It is a "moral imperative" that some NI institutions and religious orders contribute to compensation for historical abuse victims, First Minister Arlene Foster has said.
There is a problem online and it is causing real harm, but banning language rather than engaging in education sounds like a political fix rather than an actual solution, says Index on Censorship's Ruth Smeeth.
A man suspected of injuring two people with a meat cleaver in Paris has admitted to deliberately targeting the former offices of the satirical Charlie Hebdo magazine, French media report.
An open letter in Charlie Hebdo says "the enemies of freedom must understand that we stand together as their resolute adversaries, whatever our differences of opinion or belief."
The College Historical Society (the Hist) has rescinded its invitation to Richard Dawkins to address the society next year.
UN rights experts asked Nigeria on Monday to release a 22-year-old singer who was condemned to death over an allegedly blasphemous song, and said the sentence broke international law.
The head of Poland's Auschwitz Memorial has written to Nigeria's president offering to serve part of a 10-year jail term handed to a 13-year-old boy for blasphemy.
If the controversy over blasphemy allegations has revealed anything, it is the entrenched unequal relationship between believers and non-believers in the region, says Leo Igwe.
Mon, 28 Sep 2020
The Christian advocacy group pursued action against the Department for Health and Social Care over its change to the regulations due to the pandemic, allowing women to have medical abortions at home following a phone or video consultation.
Supporters of the SNP and independence have criticised the SNP for the controversial Hate Crime Bill, a freedom of information request by the Scottish Conservatives has shown.
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