Tue, 11 Jun 2019
Since the US State Department began rejecting all embassy requests to hoist rainbow flags outside the mission buildings during LGBT+ Pride Month this year, some diplomats have been finding ways to defy, or at least get around, the new policy.
Bhutan's parliament parliament voted to repeal two laws which criminalised homosexual sex late on Friday.
Gay Star News
Mon, 10 Jun 2019
Russell Hobby says parents' rights do not trump all, and teachers need the support of the government on teaching about LGBT equality.
Paul Whiteman says the Department for Education needs to step up and make it clear to all that sex and relationships education will include LGBT+ content.
Kathie McInnes says events in Birmingham show that the government needs to be clearer in its guidance to schools.
Labour's Roger Godsiff will be "reminded of his responsibilities as an MP" after telling campaigners protesting against LGBT-inclusive teaching at a primary school: "You're right".
Wes Streeting, the Labour MP for Ilford North, has said parents and children should not be "forced to run the gauntlet against a barrage of homophobic barracking, placards or literature".
Sarah Hewitt-Clarkson, head of Anderton Park Primary School in Birmingham, speaks to Freddie Whittaker about her school's commitment to equality.
Ofsted chief inspector Amanda Spielman has said there are some faith schools, both "state and independent" of varying faiths, which segregate children "in a way which is setting girls up for a narrow and restricted adult life".
Amina Lone says Islamists should stop trying to return blasphemy culture to Britain.
The Times (£)
Iranian police have shut down 547 restaurants and cafes in Tehran for not observing "Islamic principles", the capital's police chief said on Saturday.
Tens of thousands of people marched through Warsaw with rainbow flags on Saturday, demanding equal rights for gays and lesbians amid government efforts to discredit the LGBT movement as a threat.
John Gallagher says American advocates of religious liberty are not looking for opt outs from current laws — they're looking to take control.
The state of Washington's top court has ruled for a second time that a Christian florist discriminated against a same-sex couple by refusing to sell them flowers for their wedding.
Premier Christian Radio
Fri, 07 Jun 2019
Protests both in favour of and against LGBT+ inclusive lessons will take place just a week after Birmingham City Council won an injunction preventing demonstrations outside a primary school.
The chief inspector of schools has warned parents cannot "pick and choose" whether their children go to lessons about LGBT relationships.
Muslim gang leaders are orchestrating violence in top-security jails, including administering beatings to force inmates to convert to Islam, a report has said.
The Times (£)
Teachers at a special needs school in the town of Slough have been told they are now allowed to take one day of paid leave for religious festivals per year, rather than three.
Slough & South Bucks Express
Bernard Trafford says schools must set a moral standard by embracing LGBT+ issues.
A senior government minister in Ireland has warned religious schools that their ethos should not be allowed to "trump" facts in sex education lessons.
The Times (£)
An estimated 115 million boys and men worldwide were married as children, Unicef research has found.
The first lady of Sierra Leone, who caused a furore this year when she said she did not think female genital mutilation was harmful, has said she will meet campaigners after being ambushed while addressing a major women's rights conference.
Tomer Persico says Israel's prime minister was right to say his country will not be governed by religious law.
The majority Catholic nation of Honduras has no intention of lifting its total ban on abortion though it may soften its stance on the morning-after pill, its government has said.
Thomson Reuters Foundation News
Thu, 06 Jun 2019
The governor of a Church of England school has branded LGBTQ-inclusive lessons as "child grooming" and they "open the door for sexual predators".
Schools minister Nick Gibb says it is bizarre and horrific that we allow protesters outside primary schools to target those who teach what is legal and wholly appropriate.
The Times (£)
Angry protests prove LGBT-inclusive education must start at primary school, says teacher Andrew Moffat
Anti-LGBT protests show that relationship education has "got to start" at primary school, the teacher at the centre of a fierce debate about equality in relationship education has said.
Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry: Boy raped after being plied with booze at children’s home run by religious order
A teenage boy was given alcohol and raped at a children's home run by a religious order, the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry has heard.
The Scottish Sun
A severely ill Dutch girl widely reported by international media as having been "legally euthanised" in a clinic in the Netherlands died at home, apparently after voluntarily refusing to eat or drink and with no evidence that her death was assisted.
The campaign against Birmingham schools teaching LGBT acceptance has been criticised after two leading figures joined forces with the activist Katie Hopkins.
The Trump administration has announced that the US government will sharply curtail federal spending on medical research that uses tissue from aborted foetuses.
The New York Times
Prosecutors in Australia have argued that child sex convictions against a Roman Catholic cardinal should not be overturned.
The cardinal leading the US Catholic Church's response to the sex abuse crisis has been accused of mishandling a case alleging that his then-deputy manipulated a woman into a sexual relationship.
Australian rugby international Israel Folau is seeking "substantial remedies" after being sacked for a social media post saying "hell awaits" gay people and others.
A new art exhibition in the US city of Philadelphia aims to raise awareness about infant circumcision.
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Research suggests most Hindus in India's Bihar state support the ideals of Indian secularism. But if the BJP continues to dominate Indian politics, the future of secularism could look bleak indeed.
The Washington Post
Wed, 05 Jun 2019
The most senior Catholic to be found guilty of child sex abuse has begun an appeal against his conviction.
An abuse survivor has told how he was hit with a golf club and beaten with a leather belt while resident at a children's home run by a religious order.
Two men will give evidence from behind bars to an inquiry into abuse at a children's home run by a religious order.
Yehudis Goldsobel says a report into victims' and survivors' experiences of sexual abuse carries valuable lessons for Jewish institutions.
The US Catholic Church spent $10.6m on lobbyists to prevent victims of clerical sex abuse from suing for damages.
Nine of the 14 local authorities in Kent have lord mayors, who can appoint a church representative to host a prayer in council meetings and community events.
Plans to create "buffer zones" around abortion clinics across Scotland have moved forward after meetings with police and council representatives.
The Times (£)
New plans to regulate the pre-paid funeral sector and bring it under the remit of the Financial Conduct Authority may not affect religious burial societies.
The Australian government is set to disappoint backbench MPs who have called for a law to protect "religious freedom", with the attorney general confirming it will present a "basic" bill to prevent discrimination.
The legislature in the US state of Maine has voted to legalise assisted suicide, passing a bill that would allow doctors to prescribe terminally ill people a fatal dose of medication.
PBS News Hour
A bill expected to be presented to Germany's parliament later this year would allow married lesbian couples to be automatically recognised as co-parents.
Tue, 04 Jun 2019
US president Donald Trump has said the UK and US are united by "reverence for the rights given to us by almighty God" during a speech on his state visit to the UK.
A group of parents who are against lessons which acknowledge LGBT rights have said they "will not be silenced" despite an injunction banning them from protesting outside a school in Birmingham.
Labour has accused the Conservative leadership hopeful Esther McVey of being unfit to be an MP after she repeated her view that parents should be allowed to take primary-aged children out of lessons on same-sex relationships.
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