Mon, 18 Mar 2019
The possible election of Scotland's first openly gay bishop has been put on hold after church members "felt unable" to elect a candidate.
Fri, 15 Mar 2019
Forty nine people have been shot dead and 20 injured in attacks at two mosques during Friday afternoon prayers in Christchurch in what is the worst mass shooting in New Zealand's history.
The mass mosque shootings in New Zealand marked one of the country's "darkest days", the nation's Prime Minister said. In an emotionally charged press conference Jacinda Ardern confirmed 40 people had been killed in the massacres at two mosques in Christchurch with one of the attacks live-streamed online.
Ezra Stripe, 27, is a transgender lesbian Muslim living in England. They are one of six volunteers at Hidayah, a UK organisation for LGBTQI+ Muslims which campaigns against stigma, taboo and discrimination within the community.
Watchdog says it's 'engaging with the trustees of Beth Hamdedrash Knesset Yehezkel' after the synagogue agreed to host controversial Israeli figure.
The Minister for Implementation for the Cabinet Office, Oliver Dowden, has pledged to increase the representation of religious groups on public bodies.
Discrimination: An employer does not directly discriminate by treating an employee less favourably because of the employer's rather than the employee's religion or belief
The dismissal of a nursery teacher for co-habiting with her boyfriend, contrary to her employer's religious beliefs, and refusing to lie about it, had not suffered direct discrimination on the grounds of her religion.
Female Genital Mutilation has been illegal in the UK for 34 years, so why has it taken until 2019 for the first conviction to take place, and what can the Government do to stop it? Dods Monitoring's Sophie-Rose Feary explains.
When asked whether they supported actions including suicide bombings and terror attacks as a "form of political protest" or to "fight injustices", 15 per cent of white Britons were classed as sympathisers, compared with 8 per cent of Pakistani-origin respondents.
China is "in a league of its own when it comes to human rights violations" and is trying to "erase" Islamic culture and religion, the US government has said. The treatment of Muslim minorities in Xinjiang province is worse than anything seen "since the 1930s," said a Trump administration official at the launch of a State Department report on global abuses.
The Irish prime minister, Leo Varadkar, who is gay, brought his partner to a meeting on Thursday with the US vice-president, Mike Pence, a conservative Christian once dubbed "the face of anti-LGBTQ hate in America".
The Tylko Polska, or "Only Poland", ran a list of "names, anthropological features, expressions, appearances, character traits, methods of operation" and "disinformation activities" which it said could be used to identify Jewish people
Thu, 14 Mar 2019
The longest-serving bishop in the Church of England is facing calls to resign after it emerged he knew about a paedophile priest in his diocese and did nothing.
Parents of children who have missed out on places at a new secondary school in Glossop in Derbyshire say they have been let down by the admissions process. The children will be sent to one of two schools, one of which is a Catholic school, after their town was left without its non-denominational high school.
Manchester Evening News
A judgement is due soon in the case of a Christian thrown off a University of Sheffield course after being accused of posting derogatory comments about homosexuals and bisexuals online.
The Star (Sheffield)
A study has found that well-educated Jewish people in the UK have weaker attachment to Jewish identity, religious behaviour, marriage choices and perceptions of Israel than the less well educated.
Parents at a Catholic primary school have written to the pope in protest against a plan to make their school an academy within a Catholic diocese.
East London & West Essex Guardian
A panel of students from Leeds University Union has voted down a motion to combat anti-semitism.
LGBT+ advocates and leaders of the Democratic party have launched a campaign to add sexual orientation and gender identity protections to US federal non-discrimination laws. Some religious leaders have claimed the plans will infringe 'religious freedom'.
More than 10,000 people are meeting at an annual UN gathering to discuss women's access to social security, social services and infrastructure. Religious fundamentalism is one of the key barriers to efforts to extend social protections to women.
George Will speaks to Josh Shapiro, the attorney general of the US state of Pennsylvania, about the Catholic Church's handling of sexual abuse.
The Washington Post
LGBT+ teachers who were working at the time of Section 28 are still feeling the repercussions of the climate of homophobia, new research indicates.
The US State Department has slammed human rights violations in China, saying the sort of abuses it had inflicted on its Muslim minorities had not been seen "since the 1930s."
A man and a woman have been arrested in Iran after a video clip of their public marriage proposal went viral. Local authorities said the display went against the country's religious and cultural values.
Wed, 13 Mar 2019
A Birmingham primary school at the centre of a dispute with parents over lessons about LGBT rights has been cleared of any wrongdoing by education inspectors.
George Pell, the former Vatican treasurer, has been jailed for six years after being convicted of sexually abusing two boys in Australia.
David Marr says Pell's sentencing showed he was accountable to the law, and the bravery of his accuser must be acknowledged.
A hardline rabbi faces being banned from entering Britain today over his rhetoric against disabled people, Holocaust victims and homosexuals.
The Times (£)
A bill designed to protect girls from female genital mutilation now just needs the Queen to sign it into law.
A religious nursery school in Gateshead in Tyneside which split children by sex has been criticised by Ofsted for "reinforcing gender stereotypes".
A prominent Iranian lawyer who defended women arrested for protesting the country's mandatory head scarf law has been sentenced to a total of 38 years in prison and 148 lashes, according to her husband.
Los Angeles Times
Alice Thomson says a primary school head teacher deserves our support in his clash with religious prejudice that harms all children.
The Times (£)
Leaders of a Presbyterian congregation have cited Bible passages as they spelt out their opposition to a proposed Holyrood bill that will outlaw smacking children.
A non-stun halal meat firm has been fined after an employee was spotted cutting and packing meat without a 'beard snood'.
Catholic officials are demanding an apology from US sketch show Saturday Night Live after a comedian compared the church's sex abuse scandals to the allegations against the singer R. Kelly.
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has accused a women's march in central Istanbul of disrespecting Islam by booing the Islamic call to prayer.
Tue, 12 Mar 2019
An independent Islamic girls' school has been judged "inadequate" after inspectors found books in its library that could expose pupils to "sexist and racist ideas".
The British government should end Northern Ireland's ban on abortion because it violates the UK's obligations on human rights, a United Nations report has said.
The Times (£)
Muslim parents and children chant along with hate-filled rant during protest against lessons on diversity
Children from Muslim families were encouraged to chant "shame, shame, shame" towards their headteacher who told them it was okay to be gay during a protest last week.
The prime minister has delivered a Bible reading at a service to mark Commonwealth Day at Westminster Abbey.
West Midlands Police has reviewed viral footage of an officer beating a Muslim man over the head.
Former Vatican treasurer George Pell will be sentenced on Wednesday after his conviction for sexually abusing two choir boys in Melbourne in the 1990s, with the judge expected to impose a prison term on the Catholic cardinal.
Some of George Pell's most prominent supporters have reacted by criticising Australia's legal system. Critics of the backlash have raised concerns about its broader impact on abuse victims.
Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been criticised by the head of state after saying that Israel is "not a country of all its citizens," but rather "the nation-state of the Jewish people".
A French citizen who fought with Islamist factions in Syria has been jailed for killing four people in a Jewish museum in Brussels.
The US education secretary has said she will no longer enforce a rule that bars religious institutions from providing certain taxpayer-funded services in private schools.
The Washington Post
Georgia and Tennessee joined a string of US states moving to enact tough abortion restrictions when Republican House lawmakers passed bans on most abortions after a foetal heartbeat can be detected.
Thousands of ultra-Orthodox Jews have attempted to prevent a liberal Jewish women's group from praying at a major holy site in Jerusalem, leading to a tense confrontation between protesters and police.
Mon, 11 Mar 2019
The education secretary Damian Hinds has backed headteachers who teach pupils about LGBT relationships following protests by parents against the curriculum of a Birmingham school.
Protesters branding school lessons about LGBT rights as "toxic" and "disgusting" have been accused of using "appalling" and "incendiary" language.
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