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Thu, 31 Mar 2022
Government failures to stop jihadists could be exposed as trial of Islamic State ‘Beatles’ member begins
El Shafee Elsheikh, a member of a four-man cell of British IS fighters, is accused of torturing and beheading hostages in Syria.
British taxpayers are funding thousands of schools – Catholic, Jewish and otherwise – with a religious "ethos". They deserve much greater scrutiny.
A teacher has been suspended from a top state grammar school after allegedly using a mug with a cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad on it.
A federal judge in Texas is barring the Navy from taking action for now against sailors who have objected to being vaccinated against COVID-19 on religious grounds.
According to data released by Guttmacher earlier this year, abortion pills – not surgical procedures – accounted for 54 percent of abortions in 2020. That makes medication abortion the dominant choice in the United States for the first time since the Food and Drug Administration approved an abortion pill, mifepristone, more than 20 years ago.
A Muslim journalist and fierce critic of India's prime minister, Narendra Modi, has been barred from leaving the country over alleged money-laundering charges that her supporters claim are politically motivated.
An acclaimed classical Indian dancer says that she was denied permission to perform at an ancient Hindu temple because she was raised as a Muslim and is now an atheist.
Progressive activists in Libya have been detained by security forces on accusations of promoting atheism and forced to sign 'confessions', triggering fears of a return to Gaddafi's repressive era.
The New Arab
Two attacks, in a short space of time, both carried out by Arab or Bedouin Israelis with allegiances to the Islamic State. This is why Israeli prime minister Naftali Bennett, announcing measures in response, spoke on Monday of 'a new situation', says Stephen Daisley.
Actor and comedian Ardal O'Hanlon recalled his own physical encounter with someone who was displeased with him on account of his work in Father Ted.
Wed, 30 Mar 2022
Teachers at a Catholic state school are being balloted for strike action after the diocese cancelled a visit by a gay author and sacked a number of governors.
Patrick Smythe is accused of committing indecent assault against teenage boys in the 1970s and 1980s in Leeds.
A retired vicar accused of sadism repeatedly beat a woman with a bamboo stick for nearly a decade, a crown court jury has found.
A mosque has denied accusations of promoting violence and radicalisation by a lawyer representing victims of the 2017 Manchester Arena bombing.
MPs will vote on whether people can continue to have abortions at home. The religious Right – and the government – have tried to stop it, says Nandini Archer.
Offering telemedicine is well-established as recommended best practice in abortion care, say Caroline Nokes MP, Sir Peter Bottomley MP and Crispin Blunt MP.
The first pro-choice activist to be charged in Poland for breaking the country's strict abortion law by providing miscarriage-inducing tablets to a pregnant woman is due to face trial next week.
Disney has vowed to help overturn a controversial Florida law which forbids discussion of gender identity and sexual orientation in the classroom.
The latest target of Iran's compulsory hijab law: a statue recently installed on a street in Gorgan, in the northeast of the country. On March 25, city officials removed the sculpture because of a woman whose veil and dress was deemed inappropriate.
The World Bank has suspended four projects in Afghanistan worth $600m (£458m), after the Taliban banned girls from returning to secondary schools.
Tue, 29 Mar 2022
The National Union of Students has voted for a new president who only last week had to apologise for a historic tweet in which she posted the words of an infamous Islamic chant threatening "Jews" with an attack by "the army of Muhammed."
A Dudley councillor has been suspended after posting anti-Semitic tweets after claiming a 'witch-hunt' was taking place by against Labour politicians who criticised Israel.
Philip Bialick had been hired by his long-time friend Ali Nazokkar to work at his firm NNE Law, but he fired him after he did not work during the Jewish religious holiday of Passover
Religious privilege in the workplace can manifest itself in various ways. It is not exclusive to believers but can occur in organisations with a majority of agnostic or atheist workers.
The number of people in the Netherlands describing themselves as atheist or agnostic has outstripped those who are religious for the first time, the government's socio-cultural think-tank SCP said on Thursday.
A man from Maine and two teenagers planned an ISIS-inspired attack on a Shia Muslim mosque near Chicago, newly unsealed court documents revealed on Friday.
More than two dozen Indigenous Canadians will meet with Pope Francis March 28-April 1 to give firsthand testimonials about the abuses perpetrated in Canada's residential schools, many of them operated by the Catholic Church.
National Catholic Reporter
Afghanistan's Taliban has instructed all government employees to wear a beard and adhere to a dress code or risk being fired, three sources told Reuters, the latest of several new restrictions imposed by the hardline Islamist administration.
The ancient Buddha statues sit in serene meditation in the caves carved into the russet cliffs of rural Afghanistan. Hundreds of meters below lies what is believed to be the world's largest deposit of copper.
The city-state offers a good example of how Islam can flourish in the context of a secular state.
Mon, 28 Mar 2022
A primary in County Down has formally applied to become the second Catholic school to change to integrated status.
Presbyterian Church in Ireland says Brandon Lewis ‘power grab’ may soon overrule schools on sex education
The Presbyterian Church says that a "power grab" by Secretary of State Brandon Lewis could soon take away the rights of schools to choose their own ethos on sex education.
A Bar Standards Board panel applied too low a threshold in sanctioning a barrister for a tweet about Muslims that it said would cause offence, a tribunal has ruled.
Proposals for a Northern Ireland style parades commission in Scotland have been criticised by both the Orange Order and campaigners against anti-Catholic bigotry.
The benefactor of a London Jewish school that bears his name is on the latest list of Russian oligarchs to be sanctioned by the UK government.
The Jewish Chronicle
MPs will soon take a vote on whether or not to scrap 'pills by post' abortions. But why is it up for debate, asks Jennifer Savin.
BBC TV programming has been taken off air in Afghanistan, after the Taliban ordered local channels not to broadcast content from international partners.
The United States abruptly cancelled meetings with the Taliban in Doha that were set to address key economic issues, officials said on Friday, after Afghanistan's Islamist rulers reversed a decision to allow all girls to return to high school classes.
The former bishop of the Roman Catholic diocese of Albany, New York, has acknowledged covering up allegations of sexual abuse against children by priests in part to avoid scandal and protect the reputation of the diocese.
American Jews say they were blindsided by the U.S. Senate's lightning-fast passage of a bill to make daylight saving time year-round and intend to fight it.
Religion News Service
The Arizona Legislature on Thursday joined the growing list of Republican-led states to pass aggressive anti-abortion legislation as the conservative US Supreme Court is considering ratcheting back abortion rights that have been in place for nearly 50 years.
The Associated Press
Police say two terrorists were shot dead after they began firing at police in city of Hadera, as Israel hosts envoys from four Arab states.
Fri, 25 Mar 2022
The UK Government has announced its intention to prepare work on further regulations to ensure abortion services are available for women and girls in Northern Ireland.
Schools will no longer be allowed to discriminate on religious grounds when appointing new teachers after MLAs unanimously passed new legislation.
A plan by an evangelical church to open a voluntary grammar school has been rejected by the education minister.
A vicar branded a woman with a cross-shaped mark and beat her with a cane over nearly a decade of abuse, a trial has heard.
Nazir Azfal, the chair of the Church's safeguarding agency, has asked survivors of clerical abuse to contact him directly.
German cardinal Reinhard Marx has conceded that confronting the legacy of clerical sexual abuse and its cover-up in the Catholic Church can only happen when "systemic questions" are asked of the institution and its hierarchy.
The Irish Times*
Three Muslim Americans have filed a lawsuit alleging that U.S. border officers questioned them about their religious beliefs in violation of their constitutional rights when they returned from international travel
On the first day of real questioning at this week's Supreme Court confirmation hearing, Sen. Lindsey Graham asked the nominee, Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, "On a scale of 1 to 10, how faithful would you say you are?"
Religion News Service
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