Mon, 24 Aug 2020
It's time to make abortion free, safe and legal in every single situation, says Suzanne McLaughlin.
Oxford University coronavirus vaccine has 'ethical concerns', Sydney Catholic Archbishop warns followers
Australia's most powerful Archbishop has warned Catholics will have "ethical concerns" about the coronavirus vaccine.
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan reconverted the historic Chora church, one of Istanbul's most celebrated Byzantine buildings, into a mosque on Friday, a month after opening the famed Hagia Sophia to Muslim worship.
A teenage girl was beaten and had her 2ft long hair shaved off by her Muslim parents for "being in love with a Christian boy."
The two boys aged 7 and 5 were circumcised on Wednesday night with reports saying they bled profusely without any help.
Dalits (those perceived to be 'low caste') who converted to Islam and Christianity continue to be outside the fold of affirmative action benefits. This needs to change, says Tehmina Arora.
22 August has been established as the first Apostasy Day by an international coalition of ex-Muslim organisations.
The Freethinker (Patheos)
Fri, 21 Aug 2020
Anas Sarwar, the Labour MSP, said that the level of criticism about the proposed law was undermining attempts to bring communities together to tackle bigotry.
The Times (£)
A planned housing estate, which would be exclusively for Orthodox Jewish families, is set to be built despite some objections that the homes should be available for everyone to live in.
The brother of Manchester Arena bomber Salman Abedi has been sentenced to at least 55 years in prison for his part in the atrocity.
Free-range yogurt brand, Lancashire Farm Dairies, invited yoga enthusiasts to their first ever cow yoga session at Paradise Farm in Leyland last week but has now said they will no longer hold the sessions following criticism from the Hindu community.
Abuse of children based on faith or belief — which includes witchcraft, spirit possession and black magic — increased from eight in 2017/18 to 38 in 2018/19.
The Bolton News
Plans have been launched to open Burton's first independent Muslim girls school.
Central European nations should unite to preserve their 'Christian roots' as western Europe 'experiments' with same-sex families, immigration and atheism, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said on Thursday.
The head of a Mexico-based evangelical church that claims more than 1 million followers worldwide was ordered on Tuesday to remain in jail and stand trial on charges of rape, human trafficking and child pornography.
The head of a Catholic publishing house has launched a fundraiser for Cardinal George Pell. Pell was convicted on charges of sexual offences but his conviction was overturned by the High Court of Australia earlier this year.
The Freethinker (Patheos)
Jihadists in the restive north-east of Nigeria have taken hundreds of people hostage who had only recently returned home from refugee camps, after local government officials claimed their town was safe.
On July 29, Mashal Naseem's father, 57-year-old Tahir Ahmad Naseem, was killed in cold blood — in the very courtroom where he was being tried for claiming to be a prophet.
Religion News Service
'S. Korea's latest church-linked coronavirus outbreak is turning into a battle over religious freedom'
A South Korean religious group at the center of a new coronavirus outbreak has been accused by the government of withholding key information and obstructing public health authorities in their fight against the pandemic.
Thu, 20 Aug 2020
In this podcast The Critic's Deputy Political Editor discusses the new hate crime legislation with Jamie Gillies of the Free to Disagree Campaign, and political campaigner Brian Monteith.
"Mr Yousaf insists his legislation will not harm freedom of expression. I wish I believed him."
The Times (£)
Criticism of failed practices in religious communities should be regarded as both healthy and necessary to protect children, says Yehudis Fletcher.
Safeguarding standards need to be externally regulated to ensure we don't prioritise an institution over its members, says Yehudis Goldsobel.
The Church of England's governing body, the Archbishops' Council, has been reported to the head of the Charity Commission for its failure 'to devise a safe, consistent and fair system of redress for victims of abuse.' Donna Birrell reports on the letter and hears from two of the signatories. (From 31:17)
BBC Radio 4
The CofE's lead safeguarding bishop has acknowledged that the Church has failed victims and survivors of abuse in the past and needs to take responsibility for that.
A series of crashes caused by a 30-year-old Iraqi man on a major road in Berlin was an Islamist extremist attack, German prosecutors have said.
In this interview the wife of Mubarak Bala tells of how the police in Kano State have detained her husband for four months without revealing his location.
Millions of women and girls around the world have been left unable to access contraception and abortions amid the coronavirus crisis, a new report has found.
Dozens of celebrities including Pedro Almodovar, Margaret Atwood and Isabelle Huppert have signed an open letter expressing outrage at the Polish government's "repressions" against the LGBT+ community.
Wed, 19 Aug 2020
Andrew Mckie says Scotland's "carelessly worded" hate crime bill should prompt serious discussion about the degree to which we can and should "modernise".
A powerful motor of social class segregation is the extraordinary dominance of faith schools, says NSS honorary associate Polly Toynbee.
Jewish groups call for more oversight of religious organisations at Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse.
As the government considers a ban on conversion therapy, Fiyaz Mughal, founder of Faith Matters and Muslims Against Antisemitism, urges the prime minister to consider the harm of Muslim therapies in any measures.
Donald Trump admitted his decision to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem was made largely for Evangelical Christians, a community staunchly supportive of his presidency.
Abortion rights advocates are pinning their hopes on presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden to help end a longstanding ban on the use of federal funds for abortion — a policy he supported for more than 40 years.
A Polish town that lost European Union funding after it set up a zone free of "LGBT ideology" will receive government financial support, Poland's justice minister said on Tuesday.
At least seven buildings belonging to the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God (UCKG) have been seized in the capital, Luanda.
An Upper Sharia Court in Kano state has sentenced a 13-year-old boy, Umar Farouq to 10 years in prison labour for blasphemy.
As the head of Timbuktu's religious police goes on trial for war crimes, Kim Sengupta retraces his own steps in the west African nation, where a new Islamist resurgence is beginning to take hold.
Tue, 18 Aug 2020
Scores of Brazilian women have taken to the streets to protect a 10-year-old child who was being persecuted by religious extremists for trying to legally undergo an abortion after allegedly being raped by her uncle.
Faith leaders from across the country have called on the government to bring forward legislation to hold internet giants to account over abusive speech online.
Glasgow Evening Times
J. K. Rowling would not be prosecuted under the new hate crime bill for her comments about biological sex, justice secretary Humza Yousaf has said in an interview.
The lead bishop on safeguarding, Dr Jonathan Gibbs, has agreed that the C of E's system needs "root-and-branch change" in order to improve its response to survivors.
Police have arrested a 54-year-old man on suspicion of arson after an attack on Norwich mosque.
Schools in Ireland have no legal basis to compel students to attend religious instruction classes, according to a report to be published this week.
The Irish Times
A Uighur fashion model who filmed himself handcuffed to a bed in an epidemic prevention centre in Xinjiang was lawfully detained, Chinese officials have said.
Churches in California and Minnesota, backed by a conservative legal group, have filed lawsuits against the governors of their states challenging restrictions imposed due to the coronavirus outbreak that they contend are violations of religious liberty.
Protests were held in parts of Kashmir on Monday after a video featuring a person making supposedly blasphemous remarks went viral.
The Times of India
Mon, 17 Aug 2020
A proposed SNP bill on hate crime represents a sinister threat to free speech — and everything it means to be Scottish, says Neil Oliver.
The Times (£)
The Scottish Government's proposed laws to curb hate crime have come under sustained scrutiny in recent weeks, suggesting the legislation which attempts to define hateful language is ill-considered, unnecessary and counter-productive.
The Sunday Post
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