Wed, 18 Apr 2018
Christian leaders from all of Guernsey's churches have united in opposition to a proposed bill to legalise assisted dying on the island. A proposal is due to be voted on in Guernsey's parliament on 16 May, with the backing of the island's chief minister.
A new YouGov survey has found that a majority of the public think it is 'unacceptable' for families to attend church to get their child into a religiously affiliated school.
Protests are set to be held today and later in the week as India's prime minister embarks on his second bilateral visit to the UK in three years. The treatment of religious minorities is one of the issues the protesters hope to raise.
Anuradha Roy reflects on the reaction to the abduction, rape and murder of a girl from a Muslim family in India. She says "the slow sectarian poison released into the country's bloodstream by its Hindu nationalists has reached full toxicity".
A church elder who carried out numerous sex attacks on elderly parishioners has been banned from being alone with women.
The Catholic Church in Iceland has spoken out against a proposal to enforce prison terms for those who cut infant boys' genitals.
The Vatican has opened its doors for its annual exorcism course amid increasing demand among some of the world's Catholic communities.
Tue, 17 Apr 2018
Fifty-six per cent of the public thinks it is 'unacceptable' for Christian schools to admit pupils based on a family's church attendance, according to a YouGov poll.
Premier Christian Radio
British church leaders are branded Assad's 'useful idiots' after hailing “fascinating” talks with regime
Church of England leaders have been slammed for meeting Syrian officials and casting doubt on the Assad regime's atrocities there.
Petitioners on the isle of Lewis are gathering opposition to an arts centre's decision to open its doors seven days a week as soon as "operationally possible", according to reports.
A woman from Nottingham is suing the doctor who carried out a circumcision on her infant son without her permission. A much-needed precedent would boost the cause against all forms of child genital cutting.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is to host a round table meeting with Jewish organisations.
School children from Angus, in eastern Scotland, have set up a petition calling for the school to break ties with its chaplain over his views on gay marriage.
Christian nationalism has played a central role in the popular rise of Donald Trump and will continue to do so, according to a new report by three US sociologists.
A new national poll finds a growing divide between younger and older Americans on abortion and reproductive health care — a shift that may be driven in large part by changing attitudes toward religion.
Two members of the veteran Greek extreme metal band Rotting Christ were detained on terrorism charges ahead of show in Georgia last Thursday. Authorities accused them of practising satanism, their record label has said. The charges reportedly related to their band name.
A Swiss woman has filed a criminal complaint in Geneva for rape against the Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan – who is already being held in custody in France on similar allegations – according to her lawyer.
Mon, 16 Apr 2018
The Catholic Church in Scotland has apologised to two victims of a priest jailed for sexual abuse but is yet to contact them.
Government ministers have hit out at claims from bishops that repealing the Eighth Amendment would lead to euthanasia, eugenics and an "abortion culture".
"Protest, by all means, when you feel strongly about something, but if you are intimidating women at such a vulnerable time, the law is quite right to say jog on."
Kollegah and Farid Bang win music award for album referring to Auschwitz, which comes amid growing concern about antisemitism.
More than seven out of ten young people still dream of marrying, despite declining marriage rates and amount of white weddings in church.
Loved ones paying their respects in a North Baddesley cemetery say they are being made to feel 'unwelcome' after photographs and other items left on graves have been removed.
The federal and several state governments have stopped counting complaints against the school chaplains program and no states keep records of the faith of those providing pastoral care.
Based on data from more than 21,000 US college students, researchers found that greater religious feeling and engagement was tied to increased risk of suicidal thoughts and actions for participants who identified as LGBQ.
"For days she did not know that she was free from the Isis man who owned and regularly abused her, from his wife, who insulted her, and from the shelling and fighting that engulfed the town where she had been held captive."
"There is perhaps no other LGBT-related issue in the U.S. that has garnered such bipartisan levels of support. There's a broad consensus that conversion therapy is bad."
The Daily Beast
The government of Burma is reporting the return of the first Rohingya Muslims displaced by its armed forces — a total of five people out of a refugee population of 700,000.
"Under France's constitutional system, secularism allows for the harmonious coexistence of different faiths, because it prevents any belief system from encroaching on others' individual liberties. But now this system is being challenged by a campaign to silence critics of radical interpretations of Islam."
Acclaimed writer Taslima Nasrin speaks about her views on feminism, secularism, free speech and democracy—subjects she continues to address in her writings.
Sunday Guardian Live
Fri, 13 Apr 2018
A neo-Nazi convicted of planning terror attacks against Muslims and mosques in Aberdeen has been jailed for life.
Nearly a quarter of top-performing students entering Turkish upper schools are expected to be placed in religious Imam Hatip schools, the country's education minister said on Thursday. President Erdogan has said one of his goals is to forge a "pious generation".
The leading Republican and Democrat on the US House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee have joined forces to urge Iceland to stand down from a proposed bill to ban forced genital cutting.
The Times of Israel
Ann Furedi, the CEO of the British Pregnancy Advisory Service, says bringing in a 150m buffer zone around an abortion clinic is a reasonable way of allowing women to access healthcare and allowing anti-abortion activists to protest.
The International Criminal Court in The Hague has launched a potentially groundbreaking new prosecution for the crime of persecution on the grounds of gender, seeking a lengthy jail sentence for an Islamist militant accused of forcing hundreds of women into sexual slavery.
Mike Pompeo, President Trump's nominee for secretary of state, faced a string of questions on minority rights during a confirmation hearing yesterday. Topics included his views on LGBT+ rights and his closeness to anti-Muslim conspiracists.
More protests have been planned to bring attention to brutal crimes against women in India after a religiously-charged rape and murder.
An interview with Camille Beredjick, whose new book calls for an alliance between those who do not believe in God and LGBT+ people based on their mutual goals of respect and acceptance.
Religion News Service
Bert Bigelow deconstructs arguments that secular governments are as bad as those dominated by religious influence.
A teacher who lost her job at a Christian school in Tenneessee after getting pregnant while unwed is testing the bounds of a landmark US Supreme Court decision that said employment autonomy by religious employers trumps employment discrimination protections for employees.
Thu, 12 Apr 2018
A buffer zone which prevents protests outside an abortion clinic in west London has "blazed a trail" for other councils, with at least six authorities considering a similar step.
The Times (£)
Anoosh Chakelian says a historic local vote curbing pro-life protesters may be tough for other councils to pursue, but there is pressure for the government to look for a national solution.
The New Statesman
Pupils should be given information about abortion in the classroom because many do not discuss it at home, the National Education Union's (ATL section) annual conference in Liverpool has heard.
The government should take steps to prevent prejudiced parents from selectively withdrawing youngsters from RE classes, according to the ATL section of the National Education Union.
The SDLP has confirmed that a conference to review abortion policy next month will be held behind closed doors.
The Irish News
A Catholic priest has been jailed for nine years for sexually abusing three children and a student priest in crimes spanning more than 20 years.
Almost 20 years after going to the police over child sexual abuse in the Salvation Army, a woman has seen her abusers convicted of indecent assault, gross indecency and attempted rape.
Pope Francis has admitted he made "grave errors" in judgment when he defended a bishop accused of witnessing and ignoring clerical sexual abuse.
The gang rape, torture and death of a girl from a Muslim family in Indian-controlled Kashmir has seen thousands of members of a radical Hindu group with links to the ruling party march to demand the release of the men accused of it.
The Washington Post
Paddy Monahan says legislation that moves the teaching of faith formation outside school hours must be passed in Ireland.
The Irish Times
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