Mon, 28 Oct 2019
A priest has been jailed for attempting to meet a two-year-old boy he wanted to abuse, police have said.
This review gives a new film about the cover-up of child abuse in the Catholic Church four stars and describes it as "compassionate but forensic".
Eighteen police and crime commissioners have signed an open letter to the Ministry of Justice asking for the government to reassess the law on assisted dying.
A letter says it is so sad we have to flee to a foreign land to do what is logical.
The founding principal of two Christian colleges is facing historical child sex abuse allegations that date back to his time at the schools, in the 1970s and '80s.
Amnesty International has called on Jordan to end what it has described as an abusive system that jails women if they disobey their male "guardians" or have relationships deemed inappropriate.
Fri, 25 Oct 2019
'Inadequate' Islamic school secretly stayed open after telling government it had closed – NSS quoted
A private Islamic school which had been rated "inadequate" secretly stayed open after telling the Department for Education it had closed, and repeatedly blocked inspectors from carrying out checks, it has emerged.
The head teacher of an Islamic school set up next to a mosque in Wolverhampton "denied access" to an Ofsted inspector, claiming she had no right to enter.
A "sadistic and predatory" atmosphere and a culture of cover-up and denial in a Catholic school allowed sexual abusers to commit crimes against children for decades, an independent inquiry has found.
Paedophile priests acted ‘like mafia’ abusing schoolboys, as Vatican refused to give crucial evidence
Paedophile priests acted "like the mafia" while abusing boys at an abbey school, while the pope's representative stands accused of using diplomatic immunity to avoid giving evidence about a fugitive monk.
Accusations of abuse and homophobia have been made against a former Respect Party leader who is running as a Labour candidate in the West Midlands mayoral race.
Cleric accused of abusing boys at Catholic boarding school says he doesn’t respect complaints system
A cleric accused of abusing boys at a Catholic boarding school has said he has "no great respect for the system" when dealing with the evidence of alleged victims.
Steven Sheehan recommends a newly released film about sexual abuse in the Catholic Church, which is out in the UK today.
The Digital Fix
A man who criticised the Catholic Church during a radio interview in Italy has been convicted of blasphemy and fined.
The Friendly Atheist (Patheos)
Hardeep Singh says girls from religious minorities are under constant threat of forced marriage and conversion.
Gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has said religious leaders have "been the single greatest cause of LGBT+ oppression throughout the centuries" and the current Anglican leadership is "active or complicit" in its continuing.
Thu, 24 Oct 2019
Proportion of Brits saying abortion and gay relationships are morally wrong has fallen significantly in last 30 years
Britain has seen a liberalisation of attitudes on issues including abortion, gay relationships and euthanasia, a survey suggests.
Two far-right extremists who encouraged copycat terror attacks in the aftermath of the New Zealand mosque shootings have been jailed.
The management of the largest mosque in High Wycombe in Bucks has been called into question by MP Steve Baker amid "serious allegations of improper conduct".
Bucks Free Press
Nationalist parties in NI face criticism from bishops after not standing in the way of abortion liberalisation
Catholic bishops in Northern Ireland have criticised Sinn Fein and the SDLP for not preventing the liberalisation of the abortion laws this week.
The Irish Catholic
An anti-abortion campaigner has been handed a restraining order after protesting outside a south Manchester abortion clinic.
Manchester Evening News
Ron Hogg says the assisted dying laws are outdated, unsafe and downright cruel.
The Times (£)
16 sentenced to death over murder of woman who accused Islamic school head of sexual assault in Bangladesh
Sixteen people have been sentenced to death in Bangladesh for the murder of a schoolgirl who was burned alive after she accused the headmaster of her Islamic school of sexually abusing her.
Iranian TV has broadcast an interview with an Instagram star who was reportedly jailed for blasphemy in October.
Secretary of state Mike Pompeo listed promoting international religious freedom and fighting abortion as among US foreign policy priorities in a speech on diplomacy on Tuesday.
‘Argentina and Uruguay voters face surge of religious and conservative candidates in weekend elections’
Both countries head to the polls this Sunday, where unprecedented numbers of candidates oppose sexual and reproductive rights.
Wed, 23 Oct 2019
The DUP has announced it will be seeking legal protections for churches following the legalisation of same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland.
Stella Creasy says for too long it has been accepted wisdom that the basic rights of the people of Northern Ireland should come second to the needs of their political parties.
The Times (£)
An Irvine pupil says sexual abuse was "just part of life" at a North Ayrshire Catholic boarding school.
A monk at a Catholic boarding school has told the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry that failings allowed the sexual abuse of children to take place.
The Times (£)
A terminally ill man challenging the law on assisted dying has to wait to learn if his high court case can go ahead.
A church warden has been jailed for life after being found guilty of murdering a university lecturer following a sustained campaign of physical and mental abuse.
Child abuse linked to faith or belief has soared in Blackburn with Darwen, in Lancashire.
A three-judge panel has blocked the Trump administration from letting employers with moral or religious objections opt out of providing coverage that pays for birth control.
Louisiana could become the first US state not to have legal abortion access since the procedure was legalised in 1973, depending on the outcome of an upcoming court case.
New Zealand's justice committee has responded to two petitions, signed by over 20,000 people, that called for the discredited practice of gay 'conversion' therapy to be banned in the country.
Thousands of girls in Ireland are at risk of undergoing FGM and many families are pressured by relatives to subject their daughters to the practice, experts have warned.
Tue, 22 Oct 2019
Abortion has been decriminalised and same-sex marriage is to be legalised in Northern Ireland.
Anna Cafolla says decriminalisation puts an end to years of the persecution of women by a monstrous religious culture.
David Toube welcomes an official survey of the activities of the far left, far right and Islamists in Britain today, which puts 'hate' at the heart of its definition of extremism.
The Jewish Chronicle
Prominent liberal Catholics have warned the US attorney general's devout Catholic faith poses a threat to the separation of church and state.
A Muslim outfit in Bangladesh on Monday demanded the death penalty for a Hindu man over a Facebook post after describing it as blasphemous.
A Christian woman in Bogor, Indonesia, who suffers from schizophrenia, will be tried for blasphemy after bringing her dog to a mosque.
Rick Snedeker says children have the right to their own beliefs, separate from their parents'.
Mon, 21 Oct 2019
Campaigners who fought for decades to end Northern Ireland's same sex-marriage ban and restrictions on abortion prepare on Monday for a momentous change to the laws on both at the stroke of midnight.
Members of Northern Ireland's assembly are due to return to the mothballed chamber on Monday for the first time in almost three years to protest against the extension of abortion rights to Northern Ireland.
A government policy advisor has been accused of 'Islamophobia' and may face investigation after sharing Facebook posts which mock the Islamic prophet Muhammad, from the cartoon 'Jesus & Mo'.
Anti-LGBT protesters in Birmingham could face a widened exclusion zone, after the city council asked a judge to extend a pre-existing ban.
Protests outside primary schools over the teaching of LGBT equality have been condemned as "disgusting" by the education secretary in his first intervention on the row.
The Times (£)
A group of homeless people who bed down in a tube tunnel near parliament have accused the chaplain to the speaker of the House of Commons of driving them out of their only home.
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