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Wed, 07 Apr 2021
The percentage of churchgoing Americans is steadily falling, and the swirl of rightwing politics and Christianity is playing a key role.
A new lawsuit backs up what scholars have been saying: LGBTQ students at Christian schools experience higher rates of bullying and harassment as well as clinical depression, anxiety and suicidal ideation in comparison with students at non-religious schools.
Religion News Service
New research reveals the harms of religion-based LGBTQA+ conversion practices are more severe than previously thought.
Australia's charity regulator has been called on to investigate Scientology amid concerns it is abusing its not-for-profit status.
The Sydney Morning Herald
Mozambique's military says it has regained full control of the coastal town of Palma, more than a week after it was raided by militant Islamists.
Delhi Police are investigating the removal of a statue depicting the spiritual leader Sai Baba from a temple in the city's south, after several videos emerged online showing a group of men demolishing the idol and declaring him a "Muslim".
The Art Newspaper
Decades of persecution has left the Shia minority with little space left in its graveyards but prime minister Imran Khan is in no hurry to listen.
Tue, 06 Apr 2021
Laws that allow schools to discriminate on the grounds of religion when appointing teachers must be scrapped, a conference will hear.
The Irish Times
A council breached human rights when it banned adverts for an evangelical Christian event, a court has ruled.
Dr Patrick Roach, general secretary of NASUWT, added that teachers should not be subject to threats for doing their jobs.
The PM's new adviser is a Muslim determined to fight intolerance.
The Labour leader visited Jesus House in London on Good Friday and later shared a video from his visit online.
The Charity Commission told the NSS of its decision in a letter back in January.
The Freethinker (Patheos)
An adolescence of shame about being LGBTQ+ can have lingering effects on our behaviour that stretch well into adulthood, says Antoun Issa.
Footage uploaded on YouTube showed Metropolitan police officers addressing worshippers at the Christ the King Polish Catholic church in Balham, south London, late on Friday afternoon.
Her childhood had no birthdays, no parties, no Easter, but Jodie Chapman didn't want her children to have that life. The decision meant she risked being cut off by everyone she loved.
The Supreme Court has become far more likely to rule in favour of religious rights in recent years, according to a new study that considered 70 years of data.
The New York Times*
Thu, 01 Apr 2021
Northern Ireland's charity regulator has said it will not take action against an organisation that claims to help people "change" their "sexual preference", in response to a letter from the NSS.
Transgender and non-binary people who are subjected to conversion therapy experience an increase in suicidal ideation, a first-of-its-kind report has warned. The vast majority of those subjected to the conversion therapy grew up in religious households, while religious leaders were those most likely to direct people to the practice.
Ofcom has fined a Christian broadcaster £125,000 after it breached the rules by airing "inaccurate and potentially harmful claims about coronavirus".
The Northern Ireland Abortion and Contraception Taskgroup has published a report containing 38 recommendations centring on a "new approach to relationships and sex education (RSE), contraception and abortion care".
The Irish News
The Kirklees branch of the National Education Union (NEU) gave £3,000 to Purpose of Life, a charity based in west Yorkshire, which has been accused of leaving the teacher, who showed a cartoon of Muhammad to his class last week, in danger of "physical harm" by publishing his name online.
Courageous educators are being left at the mercy of religious fanatics, says Khadija Khan.
Justin Welby's service will be broadcast across BBC television and local and national radio.
The Irish News
In a letter, Edinburgh Secular Society's Neil Barber criticises the judicial review that ruled in favour of some Scottish churches' demand uniquely to be allowed to open for communal worship.
Edinburgh Evening News
A parish priest in Co Cavan has accused police of harassing him and churchgoers on Sunday as he went to celebrate Mass in breach of pandemic restrictions which do not allow public worship.
The Irish Times
North Dakota's Republican-led House overwhelmingly endorsed legislation Tuesday that's aimed at shielding schools and teachers from lawsuits arising from posting the Ten Commandments in classrooms.
The Associated Press
Wed, 31 Mar 2021
Batley Grammar School have released another statement after a teacher was suspended last week for showing students a caricature of Muhammad.
LGBT people should leave the Church of England for their own "safety and wellbeing", a former government advisor has said.
There are calls for changes to rules on home abortions in Wales to be made a permanent. At the start of the coronavirus pandemic, temporary measures were introduced allowing women to take early medical abortion tablets at home.
Hollywood star Liam Neeson has praised a Catholic primary school in Glenarm that has been approved for integrated status.
The Conservatives have officially pledged to repeal parts of the SNP's controversial Hate Crime Act.
The BBC has relegated religion to the "God slot" and should be including it in dramas and documentaries, according to the Bishop of Ripon.
The proportion of Americans who consider themselves members of a church, synagogue or mosque has dropped below 50 percent, according to a poll from Gallup released Monday. It is the first time that has happened since Gallup first asked the question in 1937, when church membership was 73 percent.
The Washington Post*
China is committing genocide and crimes against humanity against Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang, the US State Department declared in its annual human rights report to Congress, raising the stakes in the superpowers' fraught relationship.
Tue, 30 Mar 2021
A woman claims she was subjected to a campaign of discrimination and sexual harassment by mosque members while she regulated prayer entry during the coronavirus pandemic - and is suing them for £27,000 in compensation.
Edinburgh Evening News
A teacher who showed pupils a cartoon of Muhammad in a religious studies class is in fear of his life, his father has said.
The Batley demonstrators risk giving an impression to many that British Muslims are somehow intolerant, cannot bear critique, that they go berserk at the sight of a cartoon and want blasphemy laws introduced into the heart of our schools, says Fiyaz Mughal.
The Battle of Batley Grammar is about many things — the right to give or take offence, parents versus teachers, sharia law versus English common law. But on the central issue of freedom versus faith, the school has chosen the path of least resistance, says Daniel Johnson.
The Church of England has acknowledged that bishops cannot be trusted to investigate their own priests and will bring back "defrocking" to kick out paedophiles, in an overhaul of how sexual abuse cases are handled.
A Vatican official allegedly offered a businessman the services of a call girl as they negotiated the Holy See's £300 million purchase of a landmark London property, according to a High Court ruling.
Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Friday signed into law legislation allowing doctors to refuse to treat someone because of religious or moral objections, a move opponents have said will give providers broad powers to turn away LGBTQ patients and others.
The Associated Press
Hundreds of demonstrators gathered in Istanbul on Saturday for anti-government protests, demanding amid a heavy police presence the reversal of recent decisions by Turkey's president that affect students, women and the LGBT community.
A judge in the Pakistani city of Peshawar ordered police on Friday to open an investigation into the organisers of a march marking International Women's Day over allegations they committed blasphemy.
Gulf state's male guardian rules deny women right to wed, travel, work or to make decisions about their children, report says.
Mon, 29 Mar 2021
A petition in support of a teacher suspended for allegedly showing a cartoon of the Islamic prophet Muhammad to pupils has garnered more than 50,000 signatures.
A Cabinet minister has attacked curbs on teaching amid the controversy over children being shown a cartoon of Muhammad, saying "issues should not be censored".
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