Thu, 14 Nov 2019
Sunny Hundal says a campaign for the hearts and minds of British Hindus is pushing them to the Tories – and it's dividing British Hindus, Sikhs and Muslims.
Saudi Arabia's state security agency has performed an apparent U-turn after it released a video which classified feminism, homosexuality and atheism as extremism and cautioned citizens in the kingdom to be on guard.
India's Supreme Court has agreed to review its landmark judgement allowing women of menstruating age to enter a Hindu shrine.
Police are reviewing allegations of fraud and other potential offences relating to an evangelical church that claims to turn around the lives of troubled young people, but which has been accused of pressing its young members to hand over thousands in donations.
Far-right extremists are becoming a clear and present danger to Scotland, according to two of the world's leading terrorism experts.
A man from Tower Hamlets in London who choked his sister to death while suffering paranoid delusions has been indefinitely committed to a mental health hospital.
New Zealand is to become the first country in the world to put euthanasia to a binding public vote after its lawmakers passed a bill laying out what the country's assisted dying regime would be.
A Roman Catholic bishop named by Pope Francis to investigate the church's response to clergy sexual abuse in Buffalo, New York, has himself been accused of sexual abuse of a child, an attorney for the alleged victim notified the church this week.
One of the Vatican's most senior officials will get his day in the high court in Australia to argue against his conviction on historical child sexual abuse offences. Paul Karp looks at the ruling which enabled this.
The advent of gay marriage has cut suicide rates among lesbians and gay men in Sweden and Denmark - but, divorced, widowed or married, homosexuals are still more prone to suicide than their straight peers, according to a study released on Thursday.
A Lib Dem candidate who was due to stand in the upcoming election has been deselected reportedly after the party learnt about his views on gay marriage and abortion. He now claims this is "blatant discrimination on the grounds of my religious beliefs".
Premier Christian Radio
Wed, 13 Nov 2019
Ministers will today challenge a ruling that a couple's Islamic marriage came within the scope of English law in a case that could have wide implications for Muslims in Britain.
The Times (£)
A new primary school in Keynsham in Somerset will admit its first pupils in to reception class next September.
A consultation will be held next year on whether to close a North Yorkshire Church of England school which has only ten pupils.
A council has launched a major consultation on the future of Catholic education in the Inverclyde area.
Hackney Council has said that it has been "forced" to shut down an Orthodox Jewish faith school, citing a lack of planning permission or compliance with building regulations.
Catholic cardinal George Pell will have one last chance to overturn his conviction for sexually assaulting two teenaged choirboys after the Australian High Court on Wednesday agreed to hear the former Vatican treasurer's appeal.
The head of an Oxford college is facing a backlash after attempting to abolish the tradition of saying grace before meals.
The Telegraph (£)
The Conservatives have suspended a number of members over claims of anti-Muslim social media posts.
Kenya's president on Tuesday promised to end female genital mutilation by 2022, a goal women's rights campaigners said was unrealistic due to insecurity and high prevalence rates in some parts of the east African nation.
A chaplain of a top UK school created by the founder of the Methodist church has stepped down after saying that LGBT+ people should stay "single and celibate."
Greek officials on Tuesday scrapped plans to criminalise blasphemy as a law-and-order debate intensified between the country's new conservative government and the left-wing opposition.
The Washington Post
The United Nations Human Rights Council has commended Iran for its human rights record.
Tue, 12 Nov 2019
Lawyers acting for dozens of victims of child sexual abuse by Catholic priests have called for Vincent Nichols, the most senior Catholic cleric in England and Wales, to resign. Those making the call include Richard Scorer, an NSS vice-president, acting in his role as a lawyer.
The Labour Party is attempting to defuse a row that has seen British Hindus urged not to vote for it at the general election.
British Indians in one of the country's most diverse boroughs have warned against attempts to divide voters in the general election along ethnic or religious lines.
Some British Sikhs are taking the government to the high court on Tuesday over its decision not to treat them as an ethnic group in the 2021 census.
Leading anti-LGBT protester Shakeel Afsar has urged religious people across Birmingham's Hall Green constituency to back former MP Roger Godsiff, who was axed by Labour over his support for protesters.
Student convicted under terrorism laws after refusing to give border control officials access to his phone
A student from Afghanistan has been convicted under terrorism laws after refusing to give border control officials access to his phone at Edinburgh airport.
The Times (£)
Police are appealing for witnesses or information after a 'suspicious' incident of arson in Haverhill in Cambridgeshire.
Former religious 'court' head says Charedi Jews should 'give up' their lives rather than agree to school LGBT requirements
The former head of the Manchester Beth Din has said members of the strictly Orthodox Jewish community should rather "give up one's life" than comply with the government's demands on religious and sex education.
The Jewish Chronicle
The Greek government is seeking to reinstate the country's blasphemy law - with a possible punishment of up to 2 years in prison.
Fred Hiatt says in western China, the demolition of mosques and bulldozing of cemeteries is a continuing, relentless process.
The Washington Post
Aides to President Donald Trump are drafting plans to condition US aid to other countries on how well they treat their religious minorities, two White House officials have said.
Mon, 11 Nov 2019
The funding that faith schools contribute towards opening and maintaining their own buildings has fallen sharply over the past decade.
A pressure group claims Hindu and Sikh voters of British-Indian origin could play a decisive role in up to 40 constituencies at the upcoming general election. Meanwhile the Muslim group Mend is hoping to mobilise Muslim voters to canvass on behalf of candidates who endorse its manifesto.
The Sunday Times (£)
Health secretary Matt Hancock has been accused of "whitesplaining" by Tory peer Sayeeda Warsi after he said others in the party took a "more balanced approach" on 'Islamophobia' than her.
Fewer than half of students consistently support freedom of speech and two fifths favour censorship and no-platforming of controversial speakers, research from the think tank Policy Exchange has shown.
The Times (£)
A judge has hit out at a council after three children from a Muslim family were given bacon sandwiches while in foster care. The foster parents argued the children had all been westernised and were not following Islam anymore.
Phil Zuckerman says if secularism truly resulted in moral deterioration, then highly secular societies would be decaying. They're not.
The disputed holy site of Ayodhya in northern India should be given to Hindus who want a temple built there, the country's Supreme Court has ruled.
Dozens of people in India have been detained on suspicion of publishing 'inflammatory' social media posts and setting off celebratory firecrackers after the Supreme Court ruled to give a disputed religious site to Hindus.
Victims of sexual abuse within the Catholic Church in France are set to be financially compensated for their trauma.
Fri, 08 Nov 2019
Vincent Nichols, the leading Catholic cleric in England and Wales, has said the Catholic Church will oppose measures to require priests to reveal details of child abuse which they learn about in the confessional.
A former Labour MP has confirmed he will run as an independent in the general election after the party withdrew its support for him after he backed protesters who opposed LGBT-inclusive teaching.
Fewer people in Northern Ireland think relations between Protestants and Catholics are improving compared to two years ago, a new report has found.
Humberside Police has said an enhanced DBS check will show any accusations of 'hate incidents', including those based on religion.
Uncommon Ground Media
A 40-day and 40-night prayer initiative against the liberalisation of Northern Ireland's abortion laws will culminate next week with a special evening of 'repentance and reparation' at a Belfast church.
A Malaysian religious court sentenced five men on Thursday to jail, caning and fines for attempting gay sex, media and a rights group said.
Supporters of India's governing nationalist party the BJP will be actively campaigning for Conservative Party candidates against the Labour Party during the general election.
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