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Tue, 17 Aug 2021
One third of religious education teachers do not think the subject should be compulsory in post-primary schools, a report has found.
A leading member of the Irish clergy has said that evidence of Christian belief in Ireland "has for all intents and purposes vanished".
The Irish News*
Mon, 16 Aug 2021
The Taliban has claimed victory in Afghanistan after taking over the capital Kabul, bringing to a swift end almost 20 years of a US-led coalition's presence in the country.
"There are a lot of restrictions now. When I go out, I have to wear a burka as the Taliban orders us, and a male has to accompany me."
A landmark judgment that could bring part of UK law into line with sharia law's position on "bride price" payments is to be announced this week in the central London county court, in a case backed by a women's charity.
Leading gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell said he can see "no justification" for the arrest of an NI evangelist while preaching on the street.
Anjem Choudary is secretly posting extremist messages to his followers on an encrypted smartphone app favoured by Islamic State terrorists.
Scots abused in institutions run by the Catholic church have urged the Pope to meet them when he visits Scotland later this year.
The Sunday Post
An evangelical Christian who was not allowed place notices in a supermarket falsely describing a prominent national politician as "a gay pervert" has lost his claim that he was discriminated against on grounds of his religious beliefs.
The Irish Times
Two months after being acquitted by a high court and surviving death threats, a Pakistani Catholic mother and her partially paralyzed husband, who were on death row for seven years on false blasphemy charges, have arrived in Europe.
The Christian Post
A young Chinese woman says she was held for eight days at a Chinese-run secret detention facility in Dubai along with at least two Uyghurs, in what may be the first evidence that China is operating a so-called "black site" beyond its borders.
The Associated Press
The Islamic police force in Kano, a Muslim-majority state in Nigeria, has raised eyebrows after it ordered shops to only use headless mannequins to advertise clothing.
The Central Bank of Egypt shared its initial designs for the new Egyptian banknotes, but was heavily criticized when many Egyptians took the reflective watermark for an LGBT pride flag.
Fri, 13 Aug 2021
The number of pupils taking GCSE Religious Studies in England and Wales has fallen slightly overall in 2021.
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The former church of a vicar who promoted a Holocaust denial website and supports conspiracy theories about Israel is funding and supporting his charity work, new research reveals.
The Jewish Chronicle
M B Foundation reportedly failed to submit documentation in relation to four loans totalling over £1.7 million
The Jewish Chronicle
A Muslim cab driver tried to sue a taxi company after he was banned from wearing traditional garments and had to wear 'smart western' clothing under its dress code.
The Archbishop of York has called for Wales to sing God Save the Queen before international sports games.
About 600 UK troops are to be sent to Afghanistan to assist British nationals to leave, the government has announced.
Police in Pakistan have dropped blasphemy charges against an eight-year-old Hindu boy after media and government pressure over his arrest.
Guyana's parliament has agreed to remove a law which makes it a criminal offence for a man or a woman to appear in a public place while dressed in clothing of the opposite sex for an "improper purpose".
A Ghana court has dismissed the case against 21 LGBT+ people who were arrested in May, ruling there is not enough evidence to prove they gathered unlawfully.
The debate about religious instruction in schools has emerged in court with a bid to have Satanism classes taught at some Queensland education institutions.
The New Daily
Inspired by Hungary's increasingly homophobic laws, an unholy alliance of nationalist and far-right politicians is trying to push anti-LGBTQ legislation in Romania too, says Keno Verseck.
The hashtag #TaxTheChurches began trending on Twitter in mid-July. But it wasn't the first time that "tax the churches" has circulated.
Thu, 12 Aug 2021
A Catholic boarding school in the Highlands was a "haven for paedophiles", a report from the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry has said.
A Sheffield radio station could face sanctions after it broadcast a chant containing "jihadi lyrics", according to the broadcast regulator Ofcom.
A convicted terrorist who created a UK "hub of communication" for like-minded extremists has been denied parole because of "behavioural concerns".
"Statistics show that one in three women in England and Wales will have an abortion in their lifetime. Remote consultation is unlikely to lessen the quality of care for some and there are substantial benefits for the majority."
Two women are in critical condition after an angry driver targeted them on a busy street in northwestern Iran because they were not wearing full hijab head coverings, according to Iran's Labor News Agency Ilna.
The Daily Beast
A federal appeals court has ruled that parole cannot be revoked for a Colorado felon who refused to participate in a rehabilitation program that has a religious component.
The Washington Times
Joe Kolman's 'An Unorthodox Education' airs complaints by former students who claim they weren't given the tools to succeed in non-Orthodox society.
The Times of Israel
The Scheduled Caste department of the Congress will hold a protest on Thursday over the alleged rise in "atrocities" against Dalits and non-implementation of measures to protect them by the BJP-led central government.
The first ever non-governmental global referendum will be held from October 31. It will involve Sikhs worldwide voting on whether they want an independent Sikh homeland to be located in the Punjab in India.
The insurgents have been capturing new territory on what seems like a daily basis as international troops have all but withdrawn. Caught in the middle is a terrified population.
Wed, 11 Aug 2021
Religious weddings hit a record low in England and Wales in 2018 amid a general fall in the number of couples getting married, new figures reveal today.
Mubarak Bala, president of the Humanist Association of Nigeria, faces an array of formal charges.
Islamists are using the country's sharia laws to persecute minorities.
PM under pressure to take a stand against human rights abuses in China with huge majority backing action
Most Britons, and a huge majority of Tory voters, have told pollsters they want the government to unite with the international community and take a stand to end human rights abuses in Xinjiang and Hong Kong.
A brewery has said it will "work with" a Hindu man who has taken offence to the artwork on a beer can, to ensure it's more "appropriate".
Bishops shouldn't influence sex education.
Two sisters who were sexually abused by disgraced former cleric Con Cunningham say the church focused on protecting the institution rather than victims.
Argentine bishop Gustavo Zanchetta, a veteran prelate who once boasted of his friendship with the pope, will be tried criminally in October in his former diocese on allegations of sexual abuse against seminarians.
Ex-Muslims are driven by a particular need to articulate their disentanglement from their religion and not simply turn atheist.
Religion News Service
A federal judge in the US on Tuesday struck down a number of Indiana's laws restricting abortion, ruling that they are unconstitutional, while keeping others in place.
Tue, 10 Aug 2021
An Ariana Grande fan who attended the Manchester Arena concert in 2017 has been found dead in her bedroom after experiencing depression and PTSD following the bombing.
A Christian preacher is set to sue the Metropolitan Police after being dragged through the courts despite officers acknowledging that her accuser had "goaded" her and she "refused to take the bait".
A beer company has said it will look at possible alternatives in the future after artwork depicting the Hindu goddess Kali featured on one of their branded cans.
The signatories include church leaders from the Church of England, FIEC, Presbyterian Church in Ireland, Baptist and Methodist churches, Free Church of Scotland and many independent congregations.
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