Mon, 11 May 2020
Two Sikh doctor brothers in Canada have made an "extremely difficult decision" to shave off their beards so they can wear the masks necessary to treat patients suffering from coronavirus.
Thu, 07 May 2020
Cardinal George Pell knew of child sexual abuse by priests in Australia as early as the 1970s but failed to take action, a landmark inquiry has found.
An anti-abortion campaigner who is banned from displaying a poster featuring an image of a dead foetus alongside a picture of the Labour MP Stella Creasy has failed to overturn a council order against him.
A far-right extremist who called police support for LGBT Pride events the "death of European culture" has admitted terror and explosives offences.
Two alleged abusers from Iwerne Christian camps are currently being investigated, including one by the police, according to a spokesperson for the victims.
‘Abortion rules in chaos as Northern Ireland struggles to cope with new rules imposed by travel restrictions’
In a cruel twist, women were faced with the worst access to abortion services in more than 50 years in early April.
A 14-year-old Christian girl has been abducted by an Islamic gang in Pakistan. Her mother has said she is terrified her daughter will be raped, forcefully converted to Islam or even executed.
Premier Christian News
The US Supreme Court justices seemed concerned Wednesday about the scope of Trump administration rules that would allow more employers who cite a religious or moral objection to opt out of providing no-cost birth control to women.
Texas was one of a handful of states to deem abortions non-essential procedures during the pandemic. But what impact has that decision had?
As the misinformation has exploded, so too has real-world violence and anger against Muslims.
Wed, 06 May 2020
There's been a remarkable show of support for endangered Nigerian Humanist Mubarak Bala online, with people asking where they can make donations and how they can help.
The Friendly Atheist (Patheos)
Next year's census unnecessarily entails a "ridiculous" headcount of Protestants and Catholics, Alliance has said, as it objected to proposals set out yesterday.
Ofsted chief inspector Amanda Spielman has written to the Jewish Chronicle to deny that she publicly humiliated a strictly Orthodox school.
The Jewish Chronicle
Hate crime laws being proposed in Scotland would trigger a "full-frontal assault on free speech", a senior politician has claimed.
The Times (£)
A woman who was driven out of a Chasidic Jewish community for going against its rules reflects on the Netfix series Unorthodox.
After complaints that a pro-life event held by the Aberdeen Life Ethics Society violated a 'safe space policy', an investigation has resulted in no action being taken against the 'pro-life' group.
Catholic News Agency
Representatives of an international group that calls itself a "healing church" and promotes industrial bleach as a cure for coronavirus say they should be allowed to continue selling the potentially toxic "miracle" solution in Australia on religious freedom grounds.
A new study has found that nonreligious people in the US face discrimination and stigma, conceal their nonreligious identities, and largely see themselves as atheists and humanists.
Religion News Service
Who knows how many Jews could have been saved had the pope made a public intervention?
A man who threatened to behead Christians on his front lawn in retaliation for the Christchurch massacre has walked free from court with a suspended sentence.
ABC News Australia
Tue, 05 May 2020
A government consultation on the definition of schools could lead to more settings, including some religious educational institutions, being classed as 'independent schools' and subject to inspection.
A Sikh doctors' group and the Sikh Council have complained after a doctor who refused to shave his beard was moved to a different role because his mask would not fit. In response the national medical director has said "reasonable adjustments should be made by providers in this area".
The former pope has vented about subjects including gay marriage and society's treatment of homophobes.
A group of Tory MPs are calling on the Church of England to ease restrictions during the coronavirus outbreak to allow small-scale funerals in churches.
An annual human rights report released this week gives Pakistan a failing grade. It cites failings including unabated honour killings, forced conversions of minority Hindu under-age girls and continued use of a blasphemy law that carries the death penalty.
The New York Times (£)
The two countries have very different national attitudes about individual and collective responsibility for public health – and very different histories of using religious freedom as a rallying cry.
France's prime minister has said the country might allow religious services to resume before the end of May, depending on the impact of a gradual easing of lockdown rules.
Andrew Brown says the religious contribution to the news was not something to be proud of this week.
Marriages are at an all-time low in New Zealand, new data shows.
Mon, 04 May 2020
Barbara Smoker, who has died aged 96, was president of the National Secular Society for a quarter of a century and a humanist activist for 70 years.
A prominent Nigerian humanist accused of blasphemy has been arrested and taken to the northern city of Kano, according to figures close to him.
Christian fostering agency takes Ofsted to the High Court over policy of only working with evangelical married heterosexual carers
A court battle is set to take place between Ofsted and a Christian fostering agency over the company's policy of only working with straight married couples.
Witchcraft accusations against children and vulnerable people could rise in Britain because of the coronavirus outbreak, police have warned.
Sunday trading laws could be scrapped under plans to kick start Britain's economic recovery.
A quarter of adults in the UK have watched or listened to a religious service since the coronavirus lockdown began, according to a survey commissioned by a Christian aid agency.
The Catholic Church in Scotland is to approach the Scottish government with plans for the phased reopening of parishes, according to a senior bishop.
Indian police are arresting high-profile Muslim activists and ordinary civilians under the cover of the coronavirus pandemic in a crackdown that follows anti-government protests and communal riots this year.
Eight US states have worked to try and halt abortions entirely during the pandemic as clinics report a rise in demand.
White supremacist groups in the United States are encouraging supporters who contract coronavirus to spread the virus on to Jews and police officers, an FBI intelligence report has claimed.
The Jewish Chronicle
Even as Israel closed down its public sphere to stem the spread of the coronavirus, the government deemed that some 700 of these ritual baths were essential and permitted them to remain open along with supermarkets and pharmacies.
The Washington Post (£)
Fri, 01 May 2020
A church in south London has continued selling a fake Covid-19 cure, despite being under investigation by the charity watchdog.
An obituary for Barbara Smoker, the NSS's president from 1972 to 1996.
London News Online
The victims and the public deserve to know the truth, says Hardeep Singh.
Sudan has criminalised female genital mutilation, making it punishable by three years in jail, a move campaigners said ushered in a "new era" for women's rights in the African nation.
The long-awaited opening of Pope Pius XII's wartime records only lasted a week before the coronavirus shut the Vatican archives down again, but that was long enough for documents to emerge that reflect badly on the pontiff accused of silence during the Holocaust, according to published reports.
Religion News Service
The 1970s singer-songwriter formerly known as Cat Stevens, who converted to Islam and renounced his life as a musician, is to lead a series of spiritual reflections for the BBC during Ramadan.
Catholic schools that reward pupils who attend religious ceremonies are discriminating against non-Catholic pupils, an Irish commission has found.
The Irish Times
Tensions between police and members of New York City's Hasidic Jewish community flared again on Thursday as officers interrupted a crowded funeral procession to crack down on social distancing violators.
NBC New York
'A phantom plague': America's Bible Belt played down the pandemic and even cashed in. Now dozens of pastors are dead
Dozens of pastors across the Bible Belt have succumbed to coronavirus after churches and televangelists played down the pandemic and actively encouraged churchgoers to flout self-distancing guidelines.
The Canadian city of Ottawa is exempting mosques from local noise bylaws during Ramadan to allow them to play a five-minute call to prayer at sundown, as the pandemic prevents people from gathering and hearing it inside.
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