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Fri, 25 Jun 2021
The Conservative MP leading the campaign to ban conversion therapy has vowed the proposed legislation will protect LGBT people from those "perverting religious scripture" to try to "cure" them — despite calls from religious groups to be exempt from the ban.
Eve Sacks says although forced marriage can be under physical threat, it can also be forced by social coercion.
A British man has been jailed for terrorism offences after sharing explosives manuals and extremist videos, including one apparently celebrating the New Zealand mosque massacres, on rightwing chat groups.
A Burton mosque leader has been arrested as part of a fraud investigation - and he "strongly denies" any wrongdoing.
JFS was downgraded by Ofsted after inspectors found leaders did "not ensure all pupils are safe from harm" and that "many pupils report sexual bullying, including via social media".
Brent & Kilburn Times
Lord Taverne argues that Church of England bishops do not deserve a special place in Parliament.
Gibraltar voted to relax its tough anti-abortion laws in a referendum on Thursday.
A Malaysian government taskforce on Friday proposed amendments to sharia law that would allow action to be taken against social media users for insulting Islam and "promoting the LGBT+ lifestyle".
Australia: Anglican school asked boys to use rating system on girls, female students taught to keep virginity
Boys at a northern beaches Anglican school were told to choose the qualities they looked for in a girl from a list that allocated more points for virginity, looks, and strong Christian values than for generosity and adventurousness.
The Sydney Morning Herald
The Catholic Church's blasé reaction to the discovery of 215 unmarked children's graves at the former site of a residential school in Kamloops earlier this month has prompted many to take a hard look at where Canada's tax dollars go — chiefly, whether the country and its provinces should continue to fund religion-specific schools and hospitals.
Thu, 24 Jun 2021
About 23,000 Gibraltarians are called to vote in a referendum to ease one of the strictest abortion bans in the region.
Government advice on forced marriage will be translated in Yiddish to help at-risk Charedi women and men following a campaign by activists.
The papal nuncio to Great Britain has met survivors of child sexual abuse and promised to raise their treatment by the Catholic Church directly with Pope Francis.
Residents in Batley and Spen have said "lesbianism" and the "Zionist lobby" are reasons why they will abandon Labour at the constituency's upcoming by-election.
The Jewish Chronicle
The author reflects on his journey across Muslim Britain.
The New Statesman
In a letter, Alf Dubs recommends bringing Northern Ireland's young people together in integrated education.
The European Commission will take action against Hungary over planned new restrictions on LGBT rights, the head of the bloc's executive announced on Wednesday, saying they violated fundamental EU values.
Politicians and activists condemned the intrusion as unjustified 'interference' into another country's internal affairs.
Canada's House of Commons on Tuesday passed a bill criminalising LGBT conversion therapy 263 to 63, handing a win to the minority ruling Liberal party which promised to ban the practice during an unveiling of its election platform in 2019.
Atheist and humanist groups are suing Mississippi over the state's "In God We Trust" license plate, calling it unconstitutional and seeking alternatives that don't require additional fees for Mississippi drivers.
Religion News Service
Wed, 23 Jun 2021
Emma Park says that with our tradition of liberty under threat, modern Britain has much to learn from the legacy of Charles Bradlaugh, the "bellowing blasphemer" and founder of the National Secular Society.
Early medical abortions look set to be axed in Northern Ireland, meaning women will have to travel to England, pay for the service, or access the treatment over the internet.
Thirty faith leaders said in a letter to environment minister Lord Zac Goldsmith that restrictions on the fur trade as endorsed by campaigners would include exemptions for the traditional hats worn by Charedi Jews.
The Jewish Chronicle
Britain needs to act to make sure taxpayer money does not fund anti-Jewish hatred in Palestinian textbooks, MPs and communal figures have said.
The Vatican has made an unprecedented intervention urging the Italian government to change a proposed law that would criminalise homophobia over concerns it will infringe upon the Catholic church's "freedom of thought".
A landmark cyberbullying trial in Paris – over thousands of threats against a teenager who strongly criticised Islam in online posts – is blazing a trail in efforts to punish and prevent online abuse.
Police in Canada say they are treating fires that destroyed two Catholic churches on indigenous community land in British Columbia as suspicious.
South Carolina lawmakers are considering a bill to let mental health professionals refuse to provide care that violates their religious beliefs in response to an ordinance banning conversion therapy for minors in the state's capital city.
The Associated Press
Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan refused to condemn the Chinese government's alleged human rights abuses against the Muslim-majority Uyghur people in Xinjiang in an interview on Sunday.
A rise in religious conservatism in Indonesia is drawing talent away from what some view as un-Islamic jobs in banking, industry professionals say, creating hiring woes for conventional banks but a boon for the country's fledgling sharia finance sector.
Tue, 22 Jun 2021
Independent human rights experts working with the United Nations have urged the Vatican to do more to stop and prevent violence and sexual abuse against children, citing "persistent allegations of obstruction and lack of cooperation" from the Catholic Church, the UN human rights office said.
A man abused for years by a paedophile priest at a County Down school is to receive a six-figure sum in damages, the High Court has been told.
A classmate of girls who travelled to Syria to join Islamic State said they tried to convince pupils that it was the perfect society.
The UK will join Australia, Canada, Israel and the US in not attending the United Nations conference, which purports to focus on tackling racism across the globe.
The Jewish Chronicle
Ireland: Former National Maternity Hospital master raises concern over clinical independence at new Catholic hospital
The Sisters of Charity transferred land ownership of the site to a new charity that will operate the hospital and lease it to the state. The religious order's accounts last year stated directors at this charity would be obliged to uphold the values of the Sisters - meaning the hospital would be run with a Catholic ethos.
The Taliban said Sunday they remain committed to peace talks but insisted a "genuine Islamic system" in Afghanistan was the only way to end the war and ensure rights -- including for women.
Nigeria's Department of State Services has released an Islamic singer, Ahmad Abdul, arrested for releasing a 'blasphemous' song.
Australia: Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster loses bid for legal recognition as incorporated entity
The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster will remain in the realms of satire, after an attempt to have its Australian wing formally recognised was rejected by a South Australian legal authority on the grounds that the purported religion is nothing more than a "hoax".
The role of religion in Saudi Arabia faces the biggest reset in modern times as Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, spurred by the need to diversify the oil-reliant economy, pursues a liberalisation drive in parallel with a vigorous crackdown on dissent.
Mon, 21 Jun 2021
The Church's proposals have little to do with education and more to do with reversing its declining numbers among young people, write Chris Higgins and Keith Sharpe of the National Secular Society's Secular Education Forum.
Batley Grammar teacher who showed Muhammad picture refuses to return to work over fears for his life
A teacher who was suspended after showing a cartoon of Islam's prophet Muhammad to pupils during an RE lesson has refused to return to work over fears for his life - despite being cleared of causing deliberate offence and told that he could have his job back.
Civil weddings will be permitted to take place outdoors for the first time in England and Wales from next month.
A new Catholic school in Peterborough has been unanimously approved by members of Peterborough City Council's Planning and Environmental Protection Committee.
Brandon Lewis has warned Stormont he is running out patience over its failure to implement abortion services in Northern Ireland and will not wait much longer to intervene.
Robert Buckland says he believes the move would prevent misuse of parental consent and crack down on forced marriages.
The owners of a showground have apologised over reports of anti-social behaviour from attendees of a Christian festival being held on its site.
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