Thu, 05 Mar 2020
Alyn Smith MP explains why he asked the UK government about the terrible sectarian situation that has erupted in India over the last two weeks.
Mary McAleese has written to Pope Francis saying she will leave the Catholic Church if it emerges the Holy See did not protect the members of an organisation for people with disabilities.
The Irish News
The UK government is being urged to ban a neo-Nazi Satanist group which backs murder and sexual violence.
Wed, 04 Mar 2020
A Religious Education certificate needed to get a job in Catholic schools in Northern Ireland "disproportionately affects" the job prospects of women teachers.
Faith groups in London will be asked to relax requirements for funerals and burials if a coronavirus pandemic leads to a steep increase in deaths.
Three days of fire and fury in north-east Delhi last week consumed more than 40 lives, leaving hundreds wounded and many missing.
If identity documents are lost – including in attacks such as those seen in Delhi – it is not difficult to envisage a scenario in which a proportion of the country's Muslims are moved to detention centres.
Russian President Vladimir Putin wants marriage to be defined as the union of a man and woman in a revised constitution, ruling out gay marriage.
A Madrid court has acquitted Spanish actor Willy Toledo in a blasphemy case after he was accused of making comments offensive to religious sentiment, according to court documents.
The Local (Spain)
A remade conservative majority on the US supreme court will hear oral arguments in a case this week that could result in grave new restrictions on abortion access.
A Christian labourer, who was brutally tortured by local landowners in Kasur three days ago on accusations that he had 'polluted' their tube-well water by bathing in it, succumbed to his injuries on Friday.
A Pakistani court on Tuesday gave the go-ahead to the country's largest women's rights event but told organizers to ensure participants adhere to "decency and moral values".
The New York Times
Colombia's Constitutional Court has voted in favour of upholding the nation's restrictive abortion law in a ruling that had been closely watched around Latin America.
The new head of the Anglican Church in Uganda, Stephen Kazimba Mugalu, has spoken out against same-sex couples at his enthronement.
Gay Star News
The Democratic governor of the US state of Virginia has signed a bill banning conversion therapy for minors, the first LGBT rights measure to reach his desk this year.
The Washington Post
Tue, 03 Mar 2020
Indian lawmakers pushed and shoved each other in parliament on Monday after opposition parties demanded the resignation of interior minister Amit Shah over the handling of violence triggered by a citizenship law that excludes Muslims.
Blame the poisonous ideology of the Hindu nationalist BJP for the blood on India's streets, says Kenan Malik.
New guidance will leave many children in England ignorant about consent, forced marriage and LGBTQ+ issues, say young activists.
Akeela Ahmed says British Muslims want to help counter and prevent Islamist extremism but also want to be treated as equal citizens.
The Times (£)
Councillors in Stoke-on-Trent are calling for a rethink on plans to turn council-owned open space into a mosque car park.
Plans have been submitted to erect an eruv - a symbolic Jewish boundary - in parts of Stockport.
Manchester Evening News
Andrew Copson says NHS managers should ensure that public services, including pastoral, spiritual, and religious services, are inclusive for all.
Health Service Journal
Yisrael Beytenu head Avigdor Liberman remains kingmaker of the next government by a very slim margin, exit polls suggest, despite not making a major breakthrough during the latest Israeli election.
The Jerusalem Post
A pair of Christians who are on death row for blasphemy in Pakistan are soon to receive a verdict on their appeal.
Premier Christian News
The Vatican has opened the Holy See's archives to shed light on the papacy of Pius XII, whose files were kept secret for decades due to accusations he failed to help save Jews during the Holocaust.
Mon, 02 Mar 2020
Some parents who oppose the plans say the school should be about local children and not what faith they follow.
The principles behind the anti-extremism scheme Prevent may not be as controversial among British Muslims as thought, a survey suggests.
The number of Anglicans who believe that gay couples have a right to marry "are now clearly in the majority", according to a new YouGov poll.
Proposals to regulate unregistered yeshivot for young teenagers could leave some of them no better off, the government has acknowledged.
NHS staff have been asked to shave their beards to allow masks to fit more securely in a bid to limit the spread of coronavirus. However, the advice suggest those who "do not have a strong cultural or religious reason for a beard" are exempt.
The plans to build a burial ground on the outskirts of Solihull where ceremonies could be conducted under Sharia law - a religious law forming part of the Islamic tradition - were first thrown out back in 2015.
"Reading her story this week made me think about Scotland's own chequered history on questions of religious freedom, and the unfinished work of freeing this country from the kind of restrictive laws which dragged Asia Bibi before the courts and exposed her life to legal jeopardy."
Dr Miriam Stoppard explores the tensions between various religious beliefs and medical science and touches on the issue of withdrawing life-support.
Its president, Alberto Fernández, said on Sunday that he intends to send a legal abortion bill to congress in the next 10 days.
Violence in India's capital has left more than 40 dead and hundreds injured after a Hindu nationalist rampage, stoked by the rhetoric of Narendra Modi's populist government.
Fri, 28 Feb 2020
The Church of England has criticised a new report suggesting that the pastoral and spiritual needs of patients who identify as having no religion are not being met because almost all health-care chaplains in the UK are Christian.
St Mary's High in Brollagh Co Fermanagh wants to `transform' this year, but education officials disagree with the plan.
An HM Revenue and Customs investigation into Ezer V'Hatzalah is at "an early stage". According to its 2018 accounts, the trustees became aware of "weaknesses in their accounting and internal control procedures and the potential for the misallocation of funds".
The diocese of Lincoln — the wealthiest in the Church of England, with the lowest level of giving — has warned that it cannot continue to sell its assets to balance the books.
A former religious teacher is set to stand trial later this year accused of sexually assaulting two boys, aged eight and 11.
Called chancel repair liability, it's an ancient law that means homeowners living within the parishes of churches built before 1536 can be held liable for costs - and although claims are rare they can be devastating.
Creating LGBT-inclusive environments in the classroom can help students feel included and accepted.
''But this engagement is frustrated when popular schools are oversubscribed and it is schools that choose pupils – often by proximity, sometimes by faith criteria – rather than the other way around.'
'Supported by the Indian government and its far-right ruling party, the BJP, the Conservatives have exploited a sharp rise in Hindu nationalism within the British Indian community to play Hindu, Sikh, Jain and Muslim communities off against one another.'
The Legion of Christ religious order is promising accountability and transparency following damaging new revelations of sex abuse and cover-up that have undermined its credibility, a decade after revelations of its pedophile founder disgraced the order.
Thu, 27 Feb 2020
A sex education policy which appeared on an academy trust's website has been criticised as "explicitly homophobic".
The Office for National Statistics has published data linking religion and health in a bid "to understand the circumstances of people of different religious identities". The NSS has cautioned against oversimplifying "a much more complex and nuanced picture".
The Telegraph (£)
A report from the Sutton Trust has considered 'simplifying' faith school admissions in order to tackle socio-economic segregation.
The Times (£)
The DUP has declared current plans for protecting people from being coerced into participating in gay weddings "do not go far enough".
An anti-abortion Anglican priest who said LGBT-inclusive education is "state-sponsored abuse" and comparable to Nazism has been invited to speak in UK parliament.
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