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Tue, 03 May 2022
Manx politicians could be able to opt out of attending prayers at the start of House of Keys sittings in future.
Canada: Anglican church leader apologises to residential school survivors at Saskatchewan First Nation
Archbishop of Canterbury Reverend Justin Welby visited James Smith Cree Nation along with Chakastaypasin Band of the Cree Nation and Peter Chapman Band. While there, he apologised to survivors.
Ireland: Religious order exits healthcare as part of deal paving way for National Maternity Hospital to proceed
The Religious Sisters of Charity have declared their departure from healthcare after more than two centuries, in a move to clear the way for the new National Maternity Hospital to be built in Dublin.
The Irish Times*
Boston violated group’s First Amendment rights by denying ‘Christian flag’ outside City Hall, SCOTUS rules
In a unanimous ruling, the US Supreme Court determined that the city of Boston violated the First Amendment rights of a conservative group by refusing to let its "Christian flag" briefly fly outside City Hall while allowing other groups to fly flags of their own.
While religious conflict may have been a significant part of America's past, it has by no means disappeared, says Fausto Rojas.
Brown Political Review
Prime Minister Narendra Modi's administration is weighing the political costs of replacing India's religion-based marriage and inheritance laws with a uniform civil code ahead of national elections in 2024.
Imran Khan to face blasphemy charges after new Pakistan PM called a ‘traitor’ and ‘thief’ in Saudi Arabia
Imran Khan has been booked under Pakistan's blasphemy law along with 150 others after the country's new prime minister Shehbaz Sharif was met with abusive language on his first foreign trip to Saudi Arabia.
Richard Scorer examines the relationship between religious freedom (or privilege) and the protection of children from abuse.
Fri, 29 Apr 2022
Teachers at a Catholic school have gone on strike over the cancellation of a talk by a children's author whose books feature gay characters.
In a pastoral reflection ahead of next Thursday's vote the church leaders focused on several themes including the 'rights of the unborn', and 'respect for religious freedom'.
The Irish News*
Maureen Martin, Christian People's Alliance candidate for the Lewisham mayoral election, declared her intent to "cut through political correctness" and "simply state the truth" about "natural marriage between a man and a woman" in election materials delivered to locals.
The government does not record the number of people prosecuted for terror offences after returning to the UK from Syria, an official report says.
A British terrorist convicted over his role in the torture and killings of Western hostages in Syria is expected to come face to face with his victims' families when he is sentenced in a US court today.
One of England's most prestigious Catholic boarding schools has fallen foul of government inspectors, and its future may be in doubt.
Ireland's abortion law makes anyone who aids or abets abortion outside the specific terms of the Act liable for criminal prosecution.
Oklahoma lawmakers on Thursday passed a bill that would ban abortions after six weeks of pregnancy, mimicking Texas' strict abortion law and adding to a slew of GOP-led statutes that aim to restrict abortion.
Dr. Shelly Tien is among an estimated 50 doctors who travel across state lines, according to the National Abortion Federation, to provide abortions in places with limited abortion access.
A Florida activist known for his tongue-in-cheek petitions to local government agencies has asked school districts in Florida to ban the Bible.
Tens of thousands of loudspeakers have been turned down or silenced at mosques and Hindu temples in India's most populous state after politicians decreed that the traditional sounds of worship had become too cacophonous.
There is a worrying rise in attacks on non-religious people around the world, says Andrew Copson.
Thu, 28 Apr 2022
Rules about how much "public service content" such as gardening or religious programmes must be shown on "linear" TV will be relaxed as part of a broadcasting shake-up planned by the government.
Teachers at Catholic school ‘threatened with sack’ over strike action after gay author visit scrapped
Governors appointed by the Catholic Church to a state school in London discussed the idea of sacking teachers who are going on strike over the decision to ban a gay author from visiting.
Scottish ministers are considering mediation with anti-abortion protesters in a bid to understand "the issues and perspective from all sides".
Looking back over Manchester Arena bomber Salman Abedi's history the warning signs were clear, says Richard Scorer.
A Russian court has effectively shut down the country's largest LGBTQ rights organisation after a failed attempt by the government to liquidate the Russian LGBT Network and its parent organisation, the Charitable Sphere Foundation, in February.
Homophobia is at the heart of Patriarch Kirill's endorsement, says Janine di Giovanni.
In his new book, Separating Church and State: A History, legal scholar Steven K. Green provides a comprehensive backstory to the fraught and turbulent historical relationship between religion and government in the United States.
Religion & Politics
As religious tensions rise, the ruling BJP party orders demolitions in largely Muslim neighbourhoods.
The Washington Post*
India's constitution and courts have long recognised lower castes and Dalits as historically disadvantaged groups and offered protections in the form of quotas and anti-discriminatory laws. Now Dalit activists and academics are trying to bring in similar recognition in the West.
Wed, 27 Apr 2022
Campaigners have warned that increasing communal religious division is eroding the inclusivity of Bengali identity at an event organised by the National Secular Society. The same story is available in Bengali here.
The prison service has failed to recognise the dangers Islamist gangs and convicted terrorists pose inside jail, a report warns.
The new law also applies to religious or cultural marriages not registered with a council but only pertains to England and Wales, not Northern Ireland and Scotland where the minimum age remains 16.
The majority of Church of Scotland presbyteries are in favour of allowing parish ministers and deacons to marry same-sex couples if they wish, a new report shows.
A group of parents of children attending a Co Wicklow primary school have expressed anger at the school's decision to exclude teaching about "same-sex friendships" and contraception from relationships and sexuality education (RSE).
The Irish Times*
France's highest administrative court dismissed on Tuesday an appeal from the Interior Ministry that aimed to close a mosque in the southwestern town of Pessac for six months.
A new law in Arizona empowers faith-based foster care and adoption agencies to reject prospective parents based on their religious views without fear of a lawsuit.
Phoenix New Times
The court may privilege a coach's Christian practice over the U.S. Constitution itself, says Caroline Mala Corbin.
A US panel has urged the Joe Biden administration to impose targeted sanctions on India over what it called the erosion of religious freedom under the leadership of prime minister Narendra Modi.
India: ‘Desire for pan-Hindu identity, hatred for Bangladeshis – Why teens joined Jahangirpuri riots’
For one poor, lower-caste community in Jahangirpuri, 'Hindutva cause' represents a path to social mobility, including for the younger generation, says Tanushree Pandey.
Tue, 26 Apr 2022
The Prevent anti-terror programme is at risk of 'dying the death of a thousand cuts' because of failure to defend it from critics, claims a think-tank.
Just as we need to counter the Islamist extremist narrative we also need to counter the anti-Prevent narrative, says David Cameron
Parents are taking legal action against the Welsh Government over plans for compulsory relationship and sex education in schools.
The US Supreme Court on Monday heard arguments in the case of an American football coach suing for the right to pray at mid-field after his high school team's games. The court's conservative majority could use the lawsuit to expand the boundaries limiting religious expression in public schools.
The Satanic Temple has filed a lawsuit against a Pennsylvanian elementary school after the school board voted to deny the establishment of the After School Satan club.
The US Commission on International Religious Freedom also recommended the State Department designate Syria as a "country of particular concern" and place Egypt, Iraq and Turkey on a special watchlist for religious freedom offenders.
Islamists promote the notion that to prevent Muslims from engaging in violence, the government must prevent anything that offends them from taking place, says Wasiq Wasiq.
Focus On Western Islamism
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's stand on recent religious violence in India's capital and the subsequent police crackdown on Muslims may be politically expedient, but critics question whether it's moral, writes Geeta Pandey.
Mon, 25 Apr 2022
A Ramsgate school has removed its support for a charity campaign after a couple with a child at the school complained about the connection with American Evangelist Franklin Graham, who is known for his views and comments against same-sex relationships and Islam.
The Isle of Thanet News
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