Tue, 29 Oct 2019
A Christian group is objecting to the mandatory LGBT-inclusive curriculum that will be rolled out to students across England next year.
Premier Christian Radio
DUP MLA Jim Wells has been slammed as "highly insensitive" after calling for referenda to be held on the two significant changes to the law on social issues in Northern Ireland.
An elderly man suspected of firing shots outside a mosque in the south-western city of Bayonne has been arrested, French police say.
Seven Italian doctors who refused to perform a potentially life-saving abortion are fighting accusations of manslaughter in a trial that is expected to set a precedent for Italy's medical attitude towards the procedure.
Financial Times (£)
A three-year-old boy's penis has been cut off during a circumcision in Brazil.
Carolina Landsmann says it would be a relief for many Jews if circumcision became a metaphorical ritual rather than a literal one.
Qanta Ahmed says the reaction to an event at the recent Conservative party conference shows why so few moderate Muslims are heard in public debate.
A Kirkcaldy man who admitted behaving in a threatening manner by repeatedly uttering 'religious offending' phrases and comments has been banned from attending football matches for 12 months.
US food chain Chick-fil-A, which funds several Christian anti-LGBT organisations and causes, has opened a branch in the Highlands, shortly after opening one in Berkshire.
Mon, 28 Oct 2019
A campaign has been launched to abolish an old law which means abortion is still technically illegal in England, Scotland and Wales.
The fugitive leader of the Islamic State group killed himself during a US military operation in north-west Syria, President Donald Trump has said.
A woman acquitted of buying abortion pills for her daughter after a landmark law change said she is relieved to move on with her life.
A bid to have evolution taught in primary schools in Scotland has been launched amid concerns that pupils with no religious beliefs are "not represented" in the classroom.
Justin Welby has spoken out about the use of language in the Brexit debate.
A priest has been jailed for attempting to meet a two-year-old boy he wanted to abuse, police have said.
This review gives a new film about the cover-up of child abuse in the Catholic Church four stars and describes it as "compassionate but forensic".
Eighteen police and crime commissioners have signed an open letter to the Ministry of Justice asking for the government to reassess the law on assisted dying.
A letter says it is so sad we have to flee to a foreign land to do what is logical.
The founding principal of two Christian colleges is facing historical child sex abuse allegations that date back to his time at the schools, in the 1970s and '80s.
Amnesty International has called on Jordan to end what it has described as an abusive system that jails women if they disobey their male "guardians" or have relationships deemed inappropriate.
Fri, 25 Oct 2019
'Inadequate' Islamic school secretly stayed open after telling government it had closed – NSS quoted
A private Islamic school which had been rated "inadequate" secretly stayed open after telling the Department for Education it had closed, and repeatedly blocked inspectors from carrying out checks, it has emerged.
The head teacher of an Islamic school set up next to a mosque in Wolverhampton "denied access" to an Ofsted inspector, claiming she had no right to enter.
A "sadistic and predatory" atmosphere and a culture of cover-up and denial in a Catholic school allowed sexual abusers to commit crimes against children for decades, an independent inquiry has found.
Paedophile priests acted ‘like mafia’ abusing schoolboys, as Vatican refused to give crucial evidence
Paedophile priests acted "like the mafia" while abusing boys at an abbey school, while the pope's representative stands accused of using diplomatic immunity to avoid giving evidence about a fugitive monk.
Accusations of abuse and homophobia have been made against a former Respect Party leader who is running as a Labour candidate in the West Midlands mayoral race.
Cleric accused of abusing boys at Catholic boarding school says he doesn’t respect complaints system
A cleric accused of abusing boys at a Catholic boarding school has said he has "no great respect for the system" when dealing with the evidence of alleged victims.
Steven Sheehan recommends a newly released film about sexual abuse in the Catholic Church, which is out in the UK today.
The Digital Fix
A man who criticised the Catholic Church during a radio interview in Italy has been convicted of blasphemy and fined.
The Friendly Atheist (Patheos)
Hardeep Singh says girls from religious minorities are under constant threat of forced marriage and conversion.
Gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has said religious leaders have "been the single greatest cause of LGBT+ oppression throughout the centuries" and the current Anglican leadership is "active or complicit" in its continuing.
Thu, 24 Oct 2019
Proportion of Brits saying abortion and gay relationships are morally wrong has fallen significantly in last 30 years
Britain has seen a liberalisation of attitudes on issues including abortion, gay relationships and euthanasia, a survey suggests.
Two far-right extremists who encouraged copycat terror attacks in the aftermath of the New Zealand mosque shootings have been jailed.
The management of the largest mosque in High Wycombe in Bucks has been called into question by MP Steve Baker amid "serious allegations of improper conduct".
Bucks Free Press
Nationalist parties in NI face criticism from bishops after not standing in the way of abortion liberalisation
Catholic bishops in Northern Ireland have criticised Sinn Fein and the SDLP for not preventing the liberalisation of the abortion laws this week.
The Irish Catholic
An anti-abortion campaigner has been handed a restraining order after protesting outside a south Manchester abortion clinic.
Manchester Evening News
Ron Hogg says the assisted dying laws are outdated, unsafe and downright cruel.
The Times (£)
16 sentenced to death over murder of woman who accused Islamic school head of sexual assault in Bangladesh
Sixteen people have been sentenced to death in Bangladesh for the murder of a schoolgirl who was burned alive after she accused the headmaster of her Islamic school of sexually abusing her.
Iranian TV has broadcast an interview with an Instagram star who was reportedly jailed for blasphemy in October.
Secretary of state Mike Pompeo listed promoting international religious freedom and fighting abortion as among US foreign policy priorities in a speech on diplomacy on Tuesday.
‘Argentina and Uruguay voters face surge of religious and conservative candidates in weekend elections’
Both countries head to the polls this Sunday, where unprecedented numbers of candidates oppose sexual and reproductive rights.
Wed, 23 Oct 2019
The DUP has announced it will be seeking legal protections for churches following the legalisation of same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland.
Stella Creasy says for too long it has been accepted wisdom that the basic rights of the people of Northern Ireland should come second to the needs of their political parties.
The Times (£)
An Irvine pupil says sexual abuse was "just part of life" at a North Ayrshire Catholic boarding school.
A monk at a Catholic boarding school has told the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry that failings allowed the sexual abuse of children to take place.
The Times (£)
A terminally ill man challenging the law on assisted dying has to wait to learn if his high court case can go ahead.
A church warden has been jailed for life after being found guilty of murdering a university lecturer following a sustained campaign of physical and mental abuse.
Child abuse linked to faith or belief has soared in Blackburn with Darwen, in Lancashire.
A three-judge panel has blocked the Trump administration from letting employers with moral or religious objections opt out of providing coverage that pays for birth control.
Louisiana could become the first US state not to have legal abortion access since the procedure was legalised in 1973, depending on the outcome of an upcoming court case.
New Zealand's justice committee has responded to two petitions, signed by over 20,000 people, that called for the discredited practice of gay 'conversion' therapy to be banned in the country.
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