Mon, 14 Sep 2020
Police launched a search Friday afternoon for a couple and their baby, after they fled a hospital in northern Israel with their son who had been seriously injured during his brit milah circumcision ceremony.
The Times of Israel
The Taliban's political leader reiterated his group's demand for Afghanistan to adopt an "Islamic system" as peace talks with the Afghan government began in Doha on Saturday.
The actions of Islamists and Hindu nationalists underline why there must be no free speech exception for religion, says Kunwar Khuldune Shahid.
Iran's census claims that 99.5% of the population are Muslim, a figure that hides the state's active hostility toward irreligiosity, conversion and unrecognised religious minorities.
Fri, 11 Sep 2020
EU judges should strike down a Belgian law requiring all animals be stunned prior to their death, an EU court adviser said on Thursday.
The Bishop of Oxford has apologised for "shortcomings" identified by an independent review of his diocese's handling of a case of clerical abuse. These failings "contributed to the distress of the survivors", he said.
The Tories have vowed to "consider all avenues going forward" in their bid to scrap the Scottish Government's Hate Crime Bill.
World Health Organisation-recommended campaigns to circumcise millions of African boys and men to reduce HIV transmission are based more on systemic racism and 'neocolonialism' than sound scientific research, according to a critical appraisal.
This week the Manchester Arena inquiry heard that the bomber was seen "praying" before his attack which claimed 22 innocent lives. Reporting of this detail caused a stir on social media, and some headlines were changed as a result.
The sheer notion that being gay is some form of curable pathology is absurd, says Alicia Kearns MP.
The coronavirus pandemic has made a "difficult situation even worse" for women trying to access contraception, a group of MPs and peers has warned.
A Labour councillor has written to the Home Secretary urging her to deport a "homophobic" Pastor who said there is "no such thing as a gay Christian."
William Gladstone Church of England Primary Academy has changed its name to The King's Church of England Primary Academy. The school said it belonged to Christ the King.
In China's western region of Xinjiang, a modern-day Holocaust may be unfolding, says Iain Duncan Smith MP.
A Church of Ireland cleric says he should be given the choice to officiate marriages for same-sex couples, saying he believes the Church's current stance is "homophobic".
President Donald Trump made what appeared to be a targeted appeal to his conservative religious base on Wednesday afternoon, announcing a slate of potential Supreme Court candidates who he suggested would protect religious liberty, oppose abortion and keep "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Religion News Service
Thu, 10 Sep 2020
This week Communities Minister Carál Ni Chuilin agreed to lead the push to outlaw the practice, which seeks to "cure" people of their homosexuality.
MSPs have rejected a bid by the Scottish Conservatives to bring down the government's controversial hate crime legislation.
The Scottish Government's Hate Crime Bill contains some measures that are worthy of support, but others that need to be reconsidered to safeguard free speech, writes Murdo Fraser MSP.
Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic women up to 10 weeks gestation could access abortion services through telemedicine. The case to retain this change is overwhelming, says Diana Johnson MP.
Churches, mosques, synagogues, temples, gurdwaras, and other places of worship throughout the UK face crime daily, according to a new study.
London Loves Business
The Manchester Arena bomber was spotted "praying" at the venue 50 minutes before he carried out the attack and asked what he had in his rucksack, an inquiry into the terror attack was told.
Australia: Queensland passes law to jail priests for not reporting confessions of child sexual abuse
Priests in Queensland will now be compelled to break the seal of confession to report child sexual abuse or face three years in jail.
The current director of France's Charlie Hebdo satirical weekly, the target of a massacre by Islamist gunmen in January 2015, on Wednesday said the magazine had "nothing to regret" for publishing cartoons of the Islamic prophet Mohammed.
International Business Times
The soldiers' video testimony, recorded by a rebel militia, is the first time that members of Myanmar's military have openly confessed to taking part in what United Nations officials say was a genocidal campaign against the country's Rohingya Muslim minority.
The New York Times
One study showed that of all religion/belief groups examined, atheists and agnostics were the most likely to extend rights to the groups they least liked.
Wed, 09 Sep 2020
The Scottish Conservatives will attempt to scrap the Scottish Government's controversial hate crime bill when it is debated in parliament.
It's hard to think of a policy proposal in recent years that has been met with more criticism than the hate crime bill, says Jamie Gillies.
The Press and Journal
Aberdeen City Council calls for ‘strengthening’ of definitions within controversial hate crime bill - NSS mentioned
Aberdeen City Council is among the organisations to have waded into the debate around Scotland's new hate crime bill by suggesting the language is "strengthened" to allow a balance between respecting freedom of speech and tackling hate crime.
Selecting school governors on the basis of their affiliation with a church rather than their management skills reinforces community division, a new report suggests.
A letter signed by more than 120 MPs and peers, including senior Tories and Liberal Democrat leader Sir Ed Davey, has accused China of a "systematic and calculated programme of ethnic cleansing" against the country's Uighur Muslim minority.
Councillor Colin Elcock will answer claims he wrote tweets saying Islam was 'domination not integration', and asking whether people in Iran were 'all on the dole'.
Express and Star
British female Islamic State (IS) suspects have been smuggled out of detention camps in northeast Syria, with some raising funds online to pay for further escapes, according to jihadist social media activity.
A Christian man has been sentenced to death in Pakistan for sending 'blasphemous' texts to a former supervisor at work.
Instagram has apologised for temporarily disabling the accounts of two Charlie Hebdo journalists, who had shared the front page of the magazine with the reproduction of cartoons of the Islamic prophet Mohammad.
Pope Francis on Monday accepted the resignation of a priest whom he had chosen to become the bishop of the Roman Catholic diocese in Duluth, Minnesota, after a nearly 40-year-old allegation of sexual abuse of a minor emerged against the clergyman, church officials said.
The New York Times
Tue, 08 Sep 2020
The bishop of Manchester, the Rt Rev David Walker, has taken his seat in the House of Lords.
MSPs have called for evidence on proposals to incorporate the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child into Scots Law.
The details of submissions made by several groups with concerns over the Scottish government's proposed hate crime bill have been made public.
Scottish Legal News
The pandemic's impact is long-term: the UN warns that it could lead to 13 million more child marriages over a decade.
The Indonesian government has been urged to urgently investigate a police raid on a so-called "gay party" that resulted in the arrests of nine men.
Ireland's Labour Party has thrown its support behind a bill which seeks to allow terminally ill people to access services to help them die.
The Catholic Church has protested against the Australian government's decision to support Oxford University's coronavirus vaccine development. Governments mustn't capitulate to these demands, says Dana Forrest.
Uncommon Ground Media
A Ukrainian church leader who blamed the emergence of coronavirus on same-sex marriage has now contracted the disease.
Mon, 07 Sep 2020
Sudan's transitional government agreed to separate religion from the state, ending 30 years of Islamic rule in the North African nation.
The Danish parliament is scheduled to consider a bill proposing a ban on non-medical circumcisions.
The Times of Israel
Three Rivers District Council has agreed a recommendation to pass the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of antisemitism and the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) definition of Islamophobia.
A researcher who convinced Islamic State sympathisers to reject extremism has suggested the "cure" for radicalisation is scrapping the taboo of engaging with jihadists.
Louise Palmer was raped and repeatedly indecently assaulted as a young child by Richard Davenport. But she claimed when she later told her devoutly religious parents and church elders, she was told not to alert police - to avoid bringing shame on the religion.
Pakistan's white-ball cricket captain Babar Azam has said that he would not display the logo of any alcohol beverage company on his shirt during the ongoing T20 Blast event in England.
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