Thu, 05 Apr 2018
A bill to prevent schools from using their religious ethos to avoid providing objective and factual sex education is to be debated in the lower house of the Irish legislature.
Israeli authorities block adverts urging female airline passengers not to move seats for ultra-Orthodox Jewish men
Israeli authorities have refused to display adverts informing female airline passengers they are not obliged to change seats at the request of ultra-Orthodox Jewish men who do not want to sit next to them.
Una Mullally, the author of a new book about the campaign for reproductive rights in Ireland, shares some of the stories she has heard during her research. She asks what women are really worth if they do not have bodily autonomy.
The Bible appears to have been removed from online marketplaces in China, as Beijing clamps down on how its citizens practice religion.
A referee urged two women in Japan to stay out of a sumo ring as they tried to assist an official who was unconscious.
The Japan Times
Wed, 04 Apr 2018
The Christian Legal Centre claimed a teacher was dismissed after telling a lesbian pupil "God loves you". A tribunal has shown there is more to the case.
An alleged victim of a brutal spanking by a barrister linked to a Christian charity has urged the Archbishop of Canterbury to be "brave" in reforming the church after receiving a personal apology for his suffering.
The Times (£)
A former teacher has admitted charges of sexually abusing six young boys.
A church leader who lied about charity donations to fraudulently claim £155,840 in Gift Aid repayments has been jailed for four years.
A Derby taxi firm lost 70% of its drivers yesterday because they were too scared to work due to a 'Punish a Muslim' hate campaign.
Ohio lawmakers have proposed legislation to ban all abortions, with no exceptions for victims of rape or incest or to save a woman's life. This editorial says that, even if the bill doesn't become law, it could pave the way for other, somewhat less extreme measures to pass, seeming reasonable by comparison.
The New York Times
Khaled Ahmed says poor minorities are usually the target of Pakistan's blasphemy laws.
Madiha Afzal says textbooks in Pakistan assert that religion defines the country's role in the world and permeates politics, policy, and society.
As Egypt's president is re-elected, a charity is calling on him to do more to protect Christians in his country.
Premier Christian Radio
Carnival Cruise Line is hoping to help Bermuda become the first country in the world to re-legalise same-sex marriage.
The Daily Beast
Tue, 03 Apr 2018
The archbishop of York and four other bishops are reportedly facing a police investigation for allegedly failing to report allegations of child sexual abuse.
Listed places of worship are to get a share of £1.8m for minor repairs under a government pilot scheme.
NSS president Keith Porteous Wood says the C of E should use its own realisable assets, well in excess of £8bn even above parish level, to pay for church maintenance (second letter down). His letter comes in response to a Simon Jenkins column which argued for higher taxes for church maintenance.
Ofsted has defended itself against a backlash from teachers today after speakers at the NUT section of the NEU conference blasted inspectors' attempts to clamp down on the hijab in the classroom as "racism dressed up as liberalism".
The prince of Wales and future supreme governor of the Church of England has released an Easter message for the first time. He spoke of solidarity with Christians being attacked and killed around the world.
Women are being urged to hide their hijabs on a day when thugs have apparently threatened to reward violence against Muslims.
The SDLP is to hold a special conference to review the party's position on abortion. The party currently has an anti-choice stance but some party members have suggested being allowed to vote with their conscience on the issue.
A third of Scots believe Islam receives too much respect, while a quarter think too little is shown to Christianity, according to an Easter Sunday poll for The Sunday Times.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has attended a Passover event with a left-wing Jewish group highly critical of better-known Jewish communal bodies. There has been a mixed response to his decision.
Two key moves to reduce the Catholic Church's control of education in Ireland will be made within weeks. Plans to remove the so-called baptism barrier for admission to Catholic schools are at an advanced stage, as are moves to ask parents to decide who should run Catholic primary schools.
The resounding victory of a pro-gay marriage candidate in Costa Rica's presidential run-off vote on Sunday staved off a resurgent Christian evangelical movement that proved unable to translate social conservatism into a win.
Moves to overturn El Salvador's ban on abortion could be thwarted unless lawmakers work quickly to push through changes before a more conservative group assumes office in May.
Thu, 29 Mar 2018
Bill aiming to legalise same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland passes first hurdle in House of Commons
Same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland is a step closer after a bill calling for its legalisation passed the first hurdle in the House of Commons yesterday.
The abolition of Scotland's centuries-old blasphemy law has become a policy of the SNP after the party passed a resolution that the law would never be used to prosecute anyone.
Scottish Legal News
The Women's Equality Party has launched a campaign calling for women to be allowed to take abortion medication at home.
A Burnley vicar who has campaigned to expose sexual abuse and its cover-up in the Church of England has been named Secularist of the Year.
Martin Belam says far-right groups are again stoking a row over whether Easter is being erased from Britain.
Parents at a school on the Isle of Man have voiced their concerns after their petition with 401 signatures was dismissed by education bosses. The petitioners opposed plans to move a Church of England school to the same site as theirs.
A referendum on Ireland's strict constitutional position on abortion will be held on Friday May 25, the Irish government has confirmed.
George Suchett-Kaye says anonymous atheists shouldn't be intimidated into silently remaining in religious circles that they do not feel part of.
Tommy Robinson, ex-leader of the EDL, has been permanently banned from Twitter.
The pope met several times in private with the late Cardinal Keith O'Brien, and expressed sympathy over the anonymous accusations which ended his career, a close friend and colleague has claimed.
Raif Badawi, serving a prison sentence in Saudi Arabia for "insulting Islam", is to be recognised by the Los Angeles Press Club.
Uri Regev says the chief rabbis of Israel's country and cities are funded by the state and granted monopolistic powers, which should end.
Wed, 28 Mar 2018
A coroner faced an unprecedented High Court challenge yesterday over her decision not to prioritise work based on religious sensitivities. The NSS has written to the chief coroner, the lord chief justice and a justice minister to urge that the independence of the judiciary be upheld in the case.
The Times (£)
In the first day of the judicial review into Mary Hassell's policy, her critics' representatives said she had caused "distress" to "faith communities". But she said her policy was "flexible" and did take families' wishes into account.
East London Advertiser
A Labour MP, born in County Armagh, is to introduce a bill at Westminster later calling for same-sex marriage to be made legal in Northern Ireland.
A man who trained children as young as 11 for terrorist attacks has been sentenced to life in prison with a minimum term of 25 years.
As the Labour leader faces protests over his response to anti-Jewish sentiment in the party, Benjamin Kentish looks at what has happened and how supporters and critics have responded.
An MSP has reported plans for a violent "Smash a Fenian Day" to the police.
Police Scotland are to step up patrols around mosques and other religious buildings amidst an anti-Muslim hate campaign.
The archbishop of Canterbury asked Prince Harry's fiancée a series of probing questions about her first marriage in advance of the royal wedding, in accordance with Church of England guidelines.
Michael Safi reports from India, where hundreds of thousands of people still make their living as scavengers, emptying dry toilets by hand or cleaning septic tanks without protection. Those who defend the practice do so on the basis of 'caste'.
Clashes in India between supporters of the prime minister and those of an opposition party snowballed into Hindu-Muslim rioting. Three people have been killed and dozens injured over two days of violence, police said on Tuesday.
Christian and Muslim leaders in India have expressed concern over an initiative to "revise" the country's history in an apparent effort to assert the dominance of Hindus.
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