Fri, 23 Aug 2019
Advocates for reproductive rights say President Trump's rhetoric is helping fuel a spike in threats against abortion clinics across the US.
Campaigners have warned that Saudi Arabia's reforms on women's rights are radically less extensive than they initially appeared.
A study from the US shows that higher rates of religious practice by residents of a state decreased the likelihood of that state adopting legislation that protected LGBT+ employees from discrimination.
Thu, 22 Aug 2019
A proposed definition of Islamophobia risks curtailing freedom of speech and work to expose extremism, a new collection of essays has warned.
Anti-abortion protesters have lost their legal challenge against the UK's first buffer zone around an abortion clinic.
A councillor is calling for the end of the practice of holding prayers before council meetings in Denbighshire.
North Wales Live
The number of young people taking Religious Studies has fallen, a report has found.
The Irish News
St Malachy's College in north Belfast will be without a full-time clergyman among its teaching staff for the first time in September.
Extra space has been allocated within a cemetery in Burnley to accommodate Muslim burials for the foreseeable future.
An Australian appeals court has upheld the conviction of Cardinal George Pell, who was found guilty earlier this year of molesting two 13-year-old choir boys in the 1990s. And yet Pell still retains his title in the Catholic Church.
US president Donald Trump has criticised Jewish Americans who vote for Democrats, saying "it shows either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty", sparking criticism.
Subsidised family planning is at risk in the US after the group Planned Parenthood withdrew from a programme which distributes grants to clinics. The withdrawal came after a new Trump administration rule banned clinics from referring patients for abortions.
The organisation that oversees the Jehovah's Witnesses is currently embroiled in a major legal battle in the US that involves child molestation, religious secrecy, and (possibly) the Supreme Court.
The Friendly Atheist (Patheos)
Wed, 21 Aug 2019
Victims of sexual abuse by clergy in the Church of England's Diocese of Chichester have welcomed a "powerful report" that exposes the "devious" methods used by offenders.
Cardinal George Pell, the most senior Catholic cleric to be convicted of sexual abuse, has failed in a legal bid to quash his convictions in Australia.
Hardeep Singh says a decision to disqualify a GCSE student who criticised halal slaughter was absurd.
A man has been charged with religiously aggravated criminal damage after five mosques were vandalised in Birmingham.
It is thought that more than 3,000 women in Croydon in south London have been affected by FGM.
Dozens of victims of FGM in the London borough of Redbridge were seen for the first time by health services last year, figures show.
A letter from Neil Barber says religious representatives' role on council education committees in Scotland is an affront to democracy.
Almost 450 churches and religious buildings in Northern Ireland have been attacked over the past three years, new figures reveal.
The Irish News
Homophobia has risen in European countries that do not legally recognize same-sex relationships, while acceptance of gay and lesbian people has jumped in states where they can marry, research released on Wednesday showed.
With a flurry of recent actions, the Trump administration is now winning conservative religious leaders' praise for aggressively fulfilling many of their goals.
The Washington Post
Tue, 20 Aug 2019
Edinburgh education chief criticises claims of plot against Catholic Church ahead of voting rights debate
Edinburgh City Council's education committee convener has hit back at misinformation and claims of a "secret plot" against the Catholic Church. His comments come as the council prepares to decide whether to strip religious representatives of their voting rights on the committee.
Edinburgh Evening News
Compulsory Christian worship is divisive and excludes many children, says Laura McInerney. Why not teach them all to think about religions and philosophies instead?
This editorial says the gross evil of child sexual abuse by Catholic clergy would have gone unexposed had it not been for three principal agencies, all secular.
The Tablet (£)
More victims of female genital mutilation in Morecambe Bay were seen for the first time by health services last year, figures show.
Brendan O'Neill says we have to distinguish between genuine anti-Muslim bigotry and perfectly legitimate questioning or ridicule of Islam.
One in seven five-year-olds may not be up to date with their MMR immunisation, Public Health England has warned, rising to one in four in London.
A young rape victim who was suspected of having an abortion and charged with homicide after having a stillborn child has been acquitted by a judge at a retrial in El Salvador.
From 1 September the French-speaking region of Wallonia will be the second Belgian authority to prohibit killing animals without prior stunning.
Khalid Mahmood MP says proposals to sell land which has been held for generations by Kashmiri Muslim farmers, in order to settle Hindu nationalists loyal to the current Indian government, is ethnic cleansing.
The German Catholic Church's income has risen as questions are being asked over the country's compulsory church tax.
The Tablet (£)
Mon, 19 Aug 2019
The number of students sitting A-levels in religious studies in the UK has dropped again.
Monty Python's Life of Brian, which was released 40 years ago, would have offended even more people if the original version of the script had been filmed.
The Mail on Sunday
A vegetarian GCSE pupil was disqualified after criticising halal meat in a Religious Studies exam, it has today emerged.
Conservatives on Edinburgh City Council are set to vote against a motion to remove voting rights for church representatives on education committees.
Scottish Catholic Observer
David Toube says a spectacular level of disinformation has been disseminated about the government's counter-terrorism programme.
The Jewish Chronicle
Earlier this month a bus driver in Norwich was suspended for refusing to drive a bus that 'promotes homosexuality' by having its service number displayed in rainbow colours. Now the chief executive of the Christian Legal Centre has defended him.
The Freethinker (Patheos)
Two men were sentenced to between four and 12 years in prison on Friday after threatening to bomb a Muslim community area in the United States.
An avowed anti-semite who attended a deadly white nationalist rally has been arrested for making threats toward a Jewish community centre in Ohio.
A doctor is being sued by a mother who claims her newborn baby's penis was severed by an intern in a circumcision.
Poland must resist the "travelling theatre" of gay pride marches, the leader of its conservative ruling party has said, as the staunchly Roman Catholic country gears up for a parliamentary election on 13 October.
A Google policy designed to rein in deceptive advertising by 'crisis pregnancy centres' has a loophole which allows the centres to keep posting misleading ads in the US, UK and Ireland.
The English Catholic Church continues to be unrepentant in its scathing criticism of the messengers who exposed sexual abuse in the archdiocese of Birmingham in a BBC documentary 15 years ago. Now one of the original journalists has made public their side of the story behind the scenes.
The Tablet (£)
Fri, 16 Aug 2019
Nearly a third of councils are considering stripping church leaders of their right to vote on education boards.
The Times (£)
Author and a former parish priest GP Taylor says religion has no place in running a modern school.
The Telegraph (£)
A cricket club claims it has been discriminated against for not playing a match during a religious festival.
A Christian organisation is calling on China to grant freedom of religion to Christians in the mainland who are experiencing increasing persecution.
Israel barred two American Muslim congresswomen from a planned visit yesterday within an hour of President Trump tweeting that "it would show great weakness" to let them in.
The Times (£)
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