Tue, 14 Jan 2020
The parliament of the Isle of Man, Tynwald, has announced that it will debate assisted dying at its January sitting, which begins next week.
The White House on Monday defended President Trump retweeting an image that showed two Democratic leaders edited into Muslim clothing with a backdrop of an Iranian flag.
Mon, 13 Jan 2020
British doctors are earning thousands of pounds a time performing 'revirginisation' surgery on young women forced to prove they are 'pure' to their families.
Same-sex marriage is now legally recognised in Northern Ireland. From Monday, same-sex couples will be able to register to marry, meaning the first ceremonies will take place in February.
NSS spokesperson Chris Sloggett says politicians in Scotland shouldn't pander to the Scottish Catholic Church's efforts to advance its ethical and moral positions through the ballot box.
The Sunday Times (£)
A defence minister has apologised after it emerged Catholic chaplains in the armed forces 'outed' gay personnel to military bosses in the 1990s.
Only pupils with a certificate of baptism into the Roman Catholic faith before entry to primary school will automatically be able to transfer from Inverclyde's village schools to their local Roman Catholic secondary, under a plan by education chiefs.
The UK government has committed to increase protections for Christians who are having their right to freedom of religion violated abroad.
Premier Christian Radio
An overwhelming majority of women who get an abortion do not regret the decision to undergo the procedure, according to a new study published in an academic journal. Researchers surveyed women across 21 US states.
Parents are wrongly being arrested and having their children taken into care due to the stigma around female genital mutilation, members of the UK Somali community have told the Victoria Derbyshire programme.
Gavin Mortimer says the pen has not proved mightier than the sword in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attack.
Labour leadership hopeful Rebecca Long-Bailey has promised to abolish the House of Lords if she is elected to be prime minister.
Labour leadership hopeful Clive Lewis's plans could potentially have implications for the ties between the monarchy and the Church of England and the seats granted to Church of England representatives in the Lords.
Former residents of a children's home in Argyll are suing the Christian charity which ran it over claims of physical and sexual abuse.
Fri, 10 Jan 2020
Brazil's Supreme Court has overturned a ruling that TV streaming service Netflix must remove a film depicting Jesus as gay.
Unelected members of Dundee's education committee, including its religious representatives, could be stripped of their right to vote if plans brought forward by a city councillor are successful.
A Sikh broadcasting charity is being investigated over "serious regulatory concerns".
A church-run charity has made an official planning bid to open a children's home in Dumbarton in western Scotland after previously trying to open it without permission.
India's Jawaharlal Nehru University is famous for its liberal environment and critical ethos. Debarati Guha says an attack by masked assailants on its students is an attempt to silence India's secular forces.
A discriminatory new citizenship law rammed through parliament last month has prompted huge protests by Muslims.
The Times (£)
The Church of England in Exeter has launched a new year recruitment drive to encourage more Christians to become school governors.
Premier Christian News
A Christian pastor and teacher who faced action after he referred to a transgender pupil as a girl has reached an "amicable resolution" with his former school.
A voluntary aided Catholic primary school in Yorkshire could be set to close at the end of the academic year due to plummeting numbers and "financial challenges".
There should be an inquiry into the law on assisted dying, according to a Shropshire MP who has backed changes to legalise it.
Inmate who planned to behead soldier suspected of attacking prison officer while wearing fake suicide vest
An inmate suspected of attacking an officer at a maximum security prison was jailed for planning to behead a soldier.
There have been calls for a councillor on Dudley Council who tweeted "domination not integration" in reference to Islam to resign.
Express & Star
Thu, 09 Jan 2020
Independent Islamic school is 'unlawfully' segregating boys and girls in separate buildings, reveals Ofsted – NSS quoted
An Islamic faith private school 'unlawfully' segregates its pupils according to their sex, an emergency Ofsted inspection has revealed.
Hate crime review judge challenges Northern Ireland Office over freedoms to criticise same sex marriage
The judge reviewing NI hate crime legislation has queried with government whether freedom of speech should be protected regarding criticism of same sex marriage.
A man who was cleared over a sword attack on police outside Buckingham Palace went on to plan a series of terror attacks, a court has heard.
A judge in Brazil has ruled that a film depicting Jesus as gay must be removed from the TV streaming service Netflix.
Trump ‘religious freedom’ commissioner praises decision to oust ambassador who criticised anti-gay law
Donald Trump's faith adviser Tony Perkins has praised the decision to oust a US ambassador who condemned an anti-gay law in Zambia.
A bill seeking to ban a common second-trimester abortion procedure was introduced by a Republican state senator in the US state of Nebraska on Wednesday, the first day of this year's legislative session.
The Catholic Church on Guam is now facing more than 280 child sex abuse lawsuits, as attempts to settle them get underway.
The Times of Israel
Wed, 08 Jan 2020
An independent faith school has been "unlawfully" segregating pupils by sex, an unannounced emergency school inspection has found.
A private Islamic school in Birmingham told girls university was "not for them", while boys were given first choice on work experience placements, an Ofsted report has found.
Police forces record thousands of hate incidents each year even though they accept they are not crimes
Police forces are recording thousands of 'hate incidents', including those perceived to be religiously motivated, every year – even though they accept that they are not crimes.
France has marked the fifth anniversary of a deadly attack on the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo with street ceremonies and social media tributes.
Governments must do more to protect freedom of expression against religious intolerance five years after the terror attack against French newspaper Charlie Hebdo, press liberties advocates have said.
The Brussels Times
Jonathan Ervine says France seems much less keen to embrace biting satirical humour than it initially appeared back in 2015.
Brendan O'Neill reflects on the fifth anniversary of the attack on Charlie Hebdo.
A company has removed legging carrying image of Hindu deity Lord Ganesha after a 'Hindu statesman' complained.
Attacks in Burkina Faso against Christians and other civilians are "war crimes" that the government must do more to stop, Human Rights Watch has said.
Tue, 07 Jan 2020
British Islamic charity is investigated after praising assassinated Iranian general Qassem Soleimani
A British charity is being investigated after it praised assassinated Iranian general Qassem Soleimani as a martyr.
Boys and girls 'unlawfully segregated' at Islamic school, as head says it's what parents of faith want
An Islamic school in Birmingham is unlawfully segregating boys and girls – with boys given privileges and treated more favourably than girls, according to a critical Ofsted report.
The General Medical Council is reviewing a decision not to investigate a Kent GP accused of raising religion during appointments after the NSS challenged it.
Five years ago to the day, the offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo were the target of a jihadist attack that claimed the lives of 12 people. Today a special issue of Charlie targets a new form of censorship imposed by the "gurus of political correctness".
A fresh wave of protests spread across India's biggest cities on Monday, hours after masked assailants invaded dormitories on an elite university campus in the capital New Delhi and beat up students and faculty.
Kapil Komireddi says Narendra Modi has bullied critics and suffocated the press into endorsing his Hindu nationalist version of modern India.
Meghan King Edmonds, a former star of the show Real Housewives of Orange County, revealed that she was 'really upset' that she and her husband decided to circumcise their twin sons.
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