Mon, 09 Sep 2019
A female imam has claimed that "reasonable" criticism of Islam would be banned under MPs' proposals for a new definition of Islamophobia.
DUP leader Arlene Foster was among thousands of people who took part in a silent protest outside the North's Parliament Buildings at Stormont to show their opposition to the planned legalisation of abortion in Northern Ireland.
The Irish Times
Hundreds of clergy are in financial hardship, with some resorting to credit cards or even a high-interest payday lender, despite the Church of England sitting on a multibillion-pound investment fund.
A state-aided Charedi girls' high school whose entry requirements were the subject of a complaint to the admissions regulator is dropping a reference to mothers wearing sheitels (wigs).
The UK's Chief Rabbi, Ephraim Mirvis, has published a guide for orthodox Jewish schools on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender pupils.
A proposal to open a city centre mosque for early morning prayers has been recommended for refusal. Findings by the council's planning committee said it was not "appropriate" for the centre to open 24-hour a day, for five daily prayers, as it is "located in a residential area."
A Muslim cemetery has finally asked for planning permission 14 years after opening before asking for a major 785-plot extension.
A man who built a homemade taser and planned to attack and kill Muslims has been jailed.
"In 2017, Martina Obi-Uzom and her husband took their 11-month-old son to be circumcised. Except she wasn't his mother; she was his babysitter. His 70-year-old babysitter."
Several thousand people marched in Bosnia's first Gay Pride on Sunday, protected by a major security operation including anti-sniper units after some conservative Muslim groups organized counter-rallies.
Fri, 06 Sep 2019
Daniel James Sharp encourages readers to join the National Secular Society in support of secular democracy in Britain.
The trustees of a mosque where children were groomed for terrorism failed to properly monitor an Islamic State sympathiser then attempted to cover up what happened, the Charity Commission has found.
Two men accused of plotting to kill a female relative who left Britain and renounced Islam have been arrested by armed law enforcers.
An NHS trust has been criticised for arguing that the family of a seriously ill five-year-old girl are incapable of acting in her best interests because of their Islamic religious beliefs.
Athletes at this month's World Championships in Doha could have their preparation disrupted by gender-segregated gyms in their official hotels.
The Times (£)
Dame Caroline Spelman has said she is ready to support the Archbishop of Canterbury at the citizen's forum.
The rise – to 33 from 28 the previous year – coincides with another decrease in the number of Islamist extremists held, which dropped for the second year running.
A former teacher who will travel to a Swiss clinic today to end his life has recorded a video calling for politicians to legalise assisted dying.
Yorkshire Coast Radio
A report on anti-Muslim abuse doesn't tell the whole story, says Tom Chivers.
The northern Afghan city of Kunduz is not the kind of place you'd expect to find a radio station run by women, promoting women's rights. But this is precisely what Radio Roshani is, and it's broadcasting today despite several attempts by the Taliban to kill its founder and editor, Sediqa Sherzai.
France's National Assembly (lower house) began hearings this week on a draft law that would prohibit any practice aimed at "curing" homosexuality. The two MPs behind the project hope to submit a final bill by early 2020.
Australia: Religious schools should be required to admit a certain percentage of teachers and students from other religions so children can learn about other faiths, the peak body representing Hindus has told the Morrison government.
The Sydney Morning Herald
Thu, 05 Sep 2019
Will Heaven says the free press is facing a new threat from Ipso.
Trevor Phillips says Ipso's new guidelines on Islam will hurt, not help, Muslims.
The teaching of creationism could "creep in" to schools under Wales' new curriculum, scientists have said.
Sixty per cent of the British public support primary schools teaching about LGBT families, according to a new poll from Stonewall.
Pharmacist is spared jail after posing as mother of 11-month-old boy so he could be circumcised without parents' consent
A pharmacist who posed as the mother of an 11-month-old boy so he could be circumcised without his parents' consent has been spared jail.
A Labour MP has received an unusual round of applause after calling for Boris Johnson to apologise for suggesting Muslim women who wear the veil look like "bank robbers" and "letterboxes".
Tim Farron spoke about his career in politics and his Christian faith at the launch of his book, A Better Ambition, in Westminster on Tuesday night.
The Accord Coalition is urging the government to be vigilant regarding campaigners against inclusive education on relationships and sex.
Gay men around the world receive less paid parental leave than lesbian or heterosexual couples, researchers said on Thursday.
Wed, 04 Sep 2019
The prime minister has delayed the proposed date of his snap election by a day because the original 14 October date clashes with a Jewish holiday.
The archbishop of Canterbury has apologised for telling Remainers to "stop whingeing" about the EU referendum result and further outlined his views on Brexit.
The Times (£)
Sharp drops in vaccination against measles, mumps and rubella in five-year olds have been recorded in London boroughs with large Orthodox Jewish populations.
The suspension of parliament could threaten legislation designed to allow divorce without fault and heterosexual couples to enter civil partnerships, a senior family law judge has warned.
The Times (£)
The Deanery Church of England Academy, a secondary school in the Wichelstowe area of Swindon, opens its doors to children today.
A white supremacist behind the "Punish a Muslim Day" campaign has been jailed for 12 and a half years.
An investigation has been launched after residents in Birmingham claimed a mosque has been operating from their local pharmacy.
Harry Potter books banned at US Catholic school after pastor claims they contain ‘real’ curses and spells
A school in Tennessee has banned the Harry Potter books after its pastor claimed they contain real curses and spells.
Tue, 03 Sep 2019
A self-styled 'Muslim Slayer' prompted a chemical alert by sending fake poison to the queen with a note saying 'The Clowns R Coming 4 You', a court heard yesterday.
The Trump justice department is pushing to make it legal to fire people for being gay or transgender.
Muslim woman’s niqab is ripped off as she’s ‘beaten in London street in front of her horrified children’
A Muslim woman had her niqab ripped off and was repeatedly punched in the face by a female thug in front of her children on Sunday.
The newly discovered 'Reasons for tolerateing Papists equally with others' shows Enlightenment thinker John Locke expressing unexpected social liberalism.
Four years after the US state of Tennessee enacted a law requiring women who want an abortion to undergo a 48-hour "waiting period," a legal challenge to its constitutionality is poised to move forward.
Tennessean (USA Today)
Mon, 02 Sep 2019
Every school will receive backing from the government on teaching pupils about same-sex relationships, the education secretary has said. But Gavin Williamson appears to have stopped short of saying that primaries have to cover same-sex relationships.
The archbishop of Canterbury, who has been approached by some MPs to chair a 'citizens' forum' on Brexit, has urged Remainers to "stop whingeing" and accept the result of the 2016 referendum.
NSS honorary associate Maajid Nawaz questions the Church of England's place in the constitution after Justin Welby's comments on Brexit.
Moves to ban loyalist and republican marches after disorder in the Govan area of Glasgow would erode human rights, an expert on sectarianism has claimed.
The Times (£)
At least 17 people die in pain every day in Britain despite the best efforts of medical staff. The findings have led to campaigners stepping up calls for assisted dying to be legalised.
Asia Bibi pleads for justice for victims of Pakistan's harsh blasphemy laws as she plans to settle in Europe
Asia Bibi, who spent eight years on death row in Pakistan on a blasphemy charge, has spoken about some of the damage done by Pakistan's blasphemy laws.
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