Mon, 02 Mar 2020
The number of Anglicans who believe that gay couples have a right to marry "are now clearly in the majority", according to a new YouGov poll.
Proposals to regulate unregistered yeshivot for young teenagers could leave some of them no better off, the government has acknowledged.
NHS staff have been asked to shave their beards to allow masks to fit more securely in a bid to limit the spread of coronavirus. However, the advice suggest those who "do not have a strong cultural or religious reason for a beard" are exempt.
The plans to build a burial ground on the outskirts of Solihull where ceremonies could be conducted under Sharia law - a religious law forming part of the Islamic tradition - were first thrown out back in 2015.
"Reading her story this week made me think about Scotland's own chequered history on questions of religious freedom, and the unfinished work of freeing this country from the kind of restrictive laws which dragged Asia Bibi before the courts and exposed her life to legal jeopardy."
Dr Miriam Stoppard explores the tensions between various religious beliefs and medical science and touches on the issue of withdrawing life-support.
Its president, Alberto Fernández, said on Sunday that he intends to send a legal abortion bill to congress in the next 10 days.
Violence in India's capital has left more than 40 dead and hundreds injured after a Hindu nationalist rampage, stoked by the rhetoric of Narendra Modi's populist government.
Fri, 28 Feb 2020
The Church of England has criticised a new report suggesting that the pastoral and spiritual needs of patients who identify as having no religion are not being met because almost all health-care chaplains in the UK are Christian.
St Mary's High in Brollagh Co Fermanagh wants to `transform' this year, but education officials disagree with the plan.
An HM Revenue and Customs investigation into Ezer V'Hatzalah is at "an early stage". According to its 2018 accounts, the trustees became aware of "weaknesses in their accounting and internal control procedures and the potential for the misallocation of funds".
The diocese of Lincoln — the wealthiest in the Church of England, with the lowest level of giving — has warned that it cannot continue to sell its assets to balance the books.
A former religious teacher is set to stand trial later this year accused of sexually assaulting two boys, aged eight and 11.
Called chancel repair liability, it's an ancient law that means homeowners living within the parishes of churches built before 1536 can be held liable for costs - and although claims are rare they can be devastating.
Creating LGBT-inclusive environments in the classroom can help students feel included and accepted.
''But this engagement is frustrated when popular schools are oversubscribed and it is schools that choose pupils – often by proximity, sometimes by faith criteria – rather than the other way around.'
'Supported by the Indian government and its far-right ruling party, the BJP, the Conservatives have exploited a sharp rise in Hindu nationalism within the British Indian community to play Hindu, Sikh, Jain and Muslim communities off against one another.'
The Legion of Christ religious order is promising accountability and transparency following damaging new revelations of sex abuse and cover-up that have undermined its credibility, a decade after revelations of its pedophile founder disgraced the order.
Thu, 27 Feb 2020
A sex education policy which appeared on an academy trust's website has been criticised as "explicitly homophobic".
The Office for National Statistics has published data linking religion and health in a bid "to understand the circumstances of people of different religious identities". The NSS has cautioned against oversimplifying "a much more complex and nuanced picture".
The Telegraph (£)
A report from the Sutton Trust has considered 'simplifying' faith school admissions in order to tackle socio-economic segregation.
The Times (£)
The DUP has declared current plans for protecting people from being coerced into participating in gay weddings "do not go far enough".
An anti-abortion Anglican priest who said LGBT-inclusive education is "state-sponsored abuse" and comparable to Nazism has been invited to speak in UK parliament.
From electric shocks to 'praying away the gay', global momentum is growing to ban so-called "conversion therapy", with bills drawn up in nine countries, a rights group said on Wednesday.
Delhi remains on edge after three nights of rioting, with reports of Muslim homes and shops being targeted by violent mobs.
Fifth of the 16,000 respondents to poll revealed by Action and Protection League think 'Jews exploit Holocaust victim-hood for their own needs'
The communities most at threat from abuses of the blasphemy law are religious minorities, including the Ahmadi sect whose belief in a prophet after Mohammed is viewed as heresy by most mainstream Muslims in Pakistan.
Wed, 26 Feb 2020
The death toll from the worst religious violence in Delhi in decades has risen to 20, as Muslims fled from their homes and several mosques in the capital smouldered after being attacked by Hindu mobs.
The Rev Canon Susanna Gunner, a diocesan adviser in spirituality and discipleship, has been announced as one of the monarch's chaplains.
Eastern Daily Press
Four out of five Muslims in Scotland have faced race hate incidents, according to a nationwide probe led by MSP Anas Sarwar.
Local diocese responds to NSS’s criticism of change to entry policy for Catholic schools in Renfrewshire
The NSS has said plans to change the admissions policy for Catholic schools in Renfrewshire could lead to discrimination. The local Catholic diocese and the council have now responded.
Aneez Esmail says the Royal College of GPs' blatant ignoring of its members and the public is both arrogant and regressive.
Asia Bibi, the Pakistani Christian who spent eight years on death row on blasphemy charges, has described trying to make a new life in Canada and her dreams of returning home.
Michael Kirby says Australia can do without the rise of the religious right.
Sydney Morning Herald
Belgian MP Michael Freilich intends to submit legislation to parliament that would protect religious circumcision in the country, following concerns that efforts to enact certain restrictions may be advanced.
The Jerusalem Post
Tue, 25 Feb 2020
The government has responded to news that yeshivas in Hackney sought a "quid pro quo" on the curriculum in return for safeguarding Jewish boys by calling the yeshivas "illegal and unsafe".
Campaigners and medical campaigners urge BMA members to vote in support of reform this Thursday.
Boris Johnson's Conservative government must be seen to be tackling all forms of hatred equally - including that against Jews and Muslims - or risk giving a boost to Islamists, the director of the leading inter-faith organisation Faith Matters has warned.
The Jewish Chronicle
Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary has been criticised for saying Muslim men should be profiled at airports.
German cardinal Reinhard Marx said on Saturday that documents that could have contained proof of clergy sexual abuse in the Catholic Church were destroyed or never drawn up.
At least four infants have contracted herpes in New York City in the past six months after undergoing a circumcision rite in which the ritual circumciser cleans the circumcision wound by oral suction.
Times of Israel
Iran celebrates the 41st anniversary of the Islamic revolution by continuing its ongoing war against religious minorities.
The Canadian government has put forward a bill to make medically-assisted death available to people who are not terminally ill.
The House of Lords seats 26 Church of England bishops - and politicians from the all-party parliamentary humanist group are calling for reform.
Mon, 24 Feb 2020
The Church of England's automatic right to appoint 26 bishops to the House of Lords should be repealed, a report by a group representing more than 100 parliamentarians will recommend this week.
A key figure in the Church of England has said that it should lose the power to hold legally binding weddings as long as it refuses to conduct gay weddings. Couples who married in church would have to undergo a separate civil ceremony in a register office for their marriage to be legally recognised.
The Times (£)
The Royal College of General Practitioners is set to remain opposed to a change in the law on assisted dying despite a significant rise in support among members for a new stance.
A leading evangelical minister banned from preaching after administering naked beatings and ice baths to vulnerable men is continuing to hold religious ceremonies.
The Telegraph (£)
A religious leader who founded a celebrated organisation to support people with learning disabilities has been found to have sexually abused at least six women.
A statement from religious education body Chinuch UK last week, described as "in response to the Department for Education" (DfE), said its member schools should "not describe to pupils lifestyles forbidden by the Torah". It is signed by nine rabbis.
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