Mon, 04 Nov 2019
Backlash against Spectator column which said elections should be held on days when Muslims wouldn’t vote
The chancellor Sajid Javid is among those who have condemned a column by Rod Liddle, in The Spectator, that appeared to call for elections to be held on days when Muslims would not vote. Liddle and the magazine have said the comments were a joke.
Andrew Anthony says one victim's powerful response to the 2015 massacre favours philosophy and wit over anger and polemic.
A new resource, Assemblies for All, provides secular materials focused on respect and social justice.
A group of faith leaders, including a number of Christian and evangelical pastors, have held a meeting with US president Donald Trump at the White House in which they prayed for him and the nation.
A proposed rule by the Trump administration would allow foster care and adoption agencies to deny their services to LGBT families on faith-based grounds.
The New York Times
Women and girls who attach themselves to Islamic State are driven by a complex combination of factors beyond just love or marriage, according to research by a counter-extremism thinktank. The study identified motivating factors including an apparent desire to live a "true and pure Islamic life".
Fri, 01 Nov 2019
Anti-choice groups in Northern Ireland are targeting the SDLP for the party's refusal to prevent the legalisation of abortion in NI.
The Irish Catholic
A vicar had 400 indecent images of children in a hidden gallery on his mobile phone, a court heard.
The country's first arrest and prosecution for praying in public has collapsed.
Rabbi Jonathan Romain has intervened in the general election campaign.
The Jewish Chronicle
Sectarian and racist chanting at football matches in Scotland could lead to games being abandoned if the game's world governing body gets its way.
Olutimehin Adegbeye says religious groups are limiting access to sexual and reproductive services – and this needs to end.
Religion is once again at the forefront of public debate in France.
Judges in northwest Colombia suspended the pending publication of a book about clerical child abuse in the country and threatened to take legal action against the journalist.
A Christian association is trying to prevent a Brussels opera house La Monnaie from staging a production in which the heroine appears dressed in men's clothes and, at one point, naked.
New York Post
Amsterdam has rejected a plan by a prominent mosque to become the first in the city to broadcast its call to prayer over loudspeakers, on the grounds that it's unnecessary in a world of mobile apps.
The Irish Times
Thu, 31 Oct 2019
Almost 400 years after the last execution of a woman accused of witchcraft in Scotland, calls are growing for a national memorial to the thousands who were tortured and killed for their supposed black magic.
A number of Rotherham children who were at risk of forced marriage have been granted a protection order after a 42 year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of forced marriage offences.
The refusal of the Vatican to provide evidence requested by the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse is "very disappointing", a lawyer for the inquiry has said.
The law banning terminally ill people from being helped to end their lives must be reviewed because it may not be working, a cross party group of MPs has said.
A cross-party group of more than 20 MPs calls on the Ministry of Justice to examine the effects of the ban on assisted suicide.
Marks & Spencer is to become the first mainstream food giant to sell own-label halal ready meals in stores with a large number of Muslim shoppers. The supermarket has said meat used in the meals will be from animals stunned before slaughter.
The airline is investigating ways of offering kosher food in flight.
The Jewish Chronicle
Victoria's commission for children fears many cases of abuse are still being kept secret, despite religious groups reporting 88 cases of sexual and physical abuse in the past financial year.
Shortly after a unanimous vote in the UN Security Council to pass a resolution on women, peace and security, the US mission to the UN released a press statement criticising references to "sexual and reproductive health". The mission said the references promoted abortion.
Near-total bans on abortion have swept the US this year, with state after state banning the procedure six weeks into pregnancy or even earlier. These laws have been blocked by the courts, but anti-abortion groups now appear to be backing incremental laws that restrict clinic operations or introduce new requirements for getting an abortion.
Leaders of Christianity, Judaism, and Islam presented a signed declaration to Pope Francis on Monday expressing their total opposition to euthanasia and any form of physician-assisted suicide.
The Irish Catholic
The head of Ireland's health service executive has said conscientious objections are delaying the expansion of abortion services.
The Irish Times
Wed, 30 Oct 2019
Inspectors said the practice, which offers faith and non-faith based cultural circumcision services for all age groups, did not have a "robust system" for checking the identity of patients.
The UK government has announced it will extend a grant scheme for listed churches in need of repairs.
Parma's Matteo Scozzarella and Sassuolo's Francesco Magnanelli were picked up by TV cameras 'using God's name in vain' during their weekend fixtures.
The state could become the first without an abortion clinic since Roe v. Wade.
Rabbinical court removes children from mother after she 'signs them up for mixed-gender swimming classes'
The court in the city of Haifa, Israel has granted the father custody despite the fact he has formerly been convicted of violent crimes.
China's UN envoy has sounded a warning note over trade talks with Washington after the US joined 22 other countries at the UN in criticising Beijing over the detention of ethnic Uighurs and other Muslims.
Tue, 29 Oct 2019
The pope has been criticised by the government-ordered child sex abuse inquiry after the Vatican refused to provide crucial evidence.
The league table performance of grammar and faith schools drops substantially once "fairer" measures of pupil background are added to progress measures, a new study demonstrates.
A Christian group is objecting to the mandatory LGBT-inclusive curriculum that will be rolled out to students across England next year.
Premier Christian Radio
DUP MLA Jim Wells has been slammed as "highly insensitive" after calling for referenda to be held on the two significant changes to the law on social issues in Northern Ireland.
An elderly man suspected of firing shots outside a mosque in the south-western city of Bayonne has been arrested, French police say.
Seven Italian doctors who refused to perform a potentially life-saving abortion are fighting accusations of manslaughter in a trial that is expected to set a precedent for Italy's medical attitude towards the procedure.
Financial Times (£)
A three-year-old boy's penis has been cut off during a circumcision in Brazil.
Carolina Landsmann says it would be a relief for many Jews if circumcision became a metaphorical ritual rather than a literal one.
Qanta Ahmed says the reaction to an event at the recent Conservative party conference shows why so few moderate Muslims are heard in public debate.
A Kirkcaldy man who admitted behaving in a threatening manner by repeatedly uttering 'religious offending' phrases and comments has been banned from attending football matches for 12 months.
US food chain Chick-fil-A, which funds several Christian anti-LGBT organisations and causes, has opened a branch in the Highlands, shortly after opening one in Berkshire.
Mon, 28 Oct 2019
A campaign has been launched to abolish an old law which means abortion is still technically illegal in England, Scotland and Wales.
The fugitive leader of the Islamic State group killed himself during a US military operation in north-west Syria, President Donald Trump has said.
A woman acquitted of buying abortion pills for her daughter after a landmark law change said she is relieved to move on with her life.
A bid to have evolution taught in primary schools in Scotland has been launched amid concerns that pupils with no religious beliefs are "not represented" in the classroom.
Justin Welby has spoken out about the use of language in the Brexit debate.
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