Mon, 17 Sep 2018
Schools should take pupils on trips to mosques in an attempt to tackle anti-Muslim sentiment among parents, the faith minister has said. Lord Bourne added that all churches, mosques, synagogues and temples should be twinned with places of worship from other faiths.
The Times (£)
MPs will vote on whether to decriminalise abortion in Northern Ireland next month. Labour MP Diana Johnson will introduce a 10-minute rule bill that will seek to decriminalise abortion and pave the way to allow women here to have a termination.
A large minority of people in the UK believe multiculturalism has undermined British culture and migrants do not properly integrate, according to research. In particular panel discussions regularly revealed negative views about Islam.
Decades of physical cruelty and child sexual abuse allegations at a children's home in Argyll have been uncovered by a BBC investigation.
An academy trust is applying to create a Sikh secondary school in Leicester under the government's free schools programme.
Council chiefs in Aberdeen paid a Roman Catholic holy order more than £12 million to buy a school and the bishop's residence in the leafy west end of the city.
Press and Journal
A former top spymaster has called for improved religious education in schools to protect children from becoming radicalised.
Twitter has come under fire for allowing a tweet that activists have said is pro–female genital mutilation to be promoted on its site, meaning it showed up on the timelines of users who didn't follow the poster's account.
The Tibetan spiritual leader told Dutch TV he has known about the sex crimes in Europe since the 1990s. He was presented with written accounts from 12 alleged victims from Belgium and the Netherlands.
More than half of the Netherlands' senior clerics were involved in covering up sexual assault of children between 1945 and 2010, a press report claimed on Saturday, further engulfing the Catholic Church in a global abuse scandal.
Fri, 14 Sep 2018
Church of England holds multi-million pound stake in Amazon despite Welby criticism of its tax practices
The annual report of the Church Commissioners, the investment arm of the Church of England, shows that Amazon is among its 20 most valuable equity holdings. The revelation follows the archbishop of Canterbury's criticism of the company.
The archbishop of Canterbury has been criticised after it emerged the Church of England uses zero-hours contracts and invests in Amazon, despite his attacks on both during a speech earlier this week.
The Tory minister for faith has called for imams and rabbis to get automatic places in the House of Lords alongside Church of England bishops.
Simon Jenkins says even if you agree with the archbishop of Canterbury's criticism of the gig economy, he has inappropriate power in a secular country.
Calls for buffer zones to be introduced outside abortion clinics to stop patients being harassed have been rejected by the home secretary.
Women from Northern Ireland who travel to Britain to terminate a pregnancy may not have access to abortion pills following new plans.
Human rights and equality protections in Northern Ireland will be "weakened" by Brexit, according to a study at Queen's University Belfast.
The Irish News
Maintaining the ban on same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland should not be used as a "veil for homophobia", the Court of Appeal has been told. Two couples are seeking to overturn a ruling that the prohibition does not breach their human rights under European law.
A Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP has said his party will not secularise the education system after he fought to defer a motion calling for the end of Catholic schools at the party's conference last weekend.
The Scottish Catholic Observer
A "historic" gay pride parade will be held in the Western Isles for the first time on 6 October.
On Thursday an American bishop in West Virginia was brought down by allegations of sexual misconduct, even as a delegation of American church leaders met urgently with the pope over whether the Vatican had ignored past warnings of abuse by a prominent cardinal.
The New York Times
Two sisters have died in Somalia from complications that arose after undergoing female genital mutilation, according to a campaigner against the procedure.
Thu, 13 Sep 2018
Nearly a third of middle-class, professional parents personally know someone who has used "ethically dubious" tactics to get their children into a good school, a new report has found. Common practices cited by parents include attending church services to get a place in a faith school.
Zoe Williams says getting into state-funded church schools encourages hypocrisy all round, and we should end faith schooling.
Tony Blair has accused pressure groups such as Cage and Mend of trying to drive a wedge between Muslim communities and the government by portraying the British state as a "hostile" force.
The Times (£)
A cross-party group of MPs has proposed a bill to make moderators and administrators responsible for content on their forums and ban large secret Facebook groups. Jamie Bartlett says the bill would undermine groups which have a reason to stay hidden.
Doctors think Britain's "outdated" abortion law hampers their ability to provide the best care for women, a new study has found.
Schools may no longer ban pupils from having dreadlocks, after a Rastafarian boy had his hair ban overturned. The Equality and Human Rights Commission, which backed the boy's case, said the dreadlocks were a 'fundamental tenet' of his Rastafarian beliefs.
Strictly orthodox Jewish leaders have distanced themselves from recently-issued guidance for schools from the chief rabbi on including LGBT+ pupils.
The archbishop of Canterbury has spoken about the economy at the TUC conference, in which he criticised companies such as Amazon for paying too little tax.
Two church workers have been convicted of assaulting young children.
The Scottish Sun
More than 3,600 children in Germany were assaulted by Roman Catholic priests between 1946 and 2014, a leaked report has revealed.
A Spanish actor accused of ridiculing God and the Christian virgin Mary has been detained for questioning by a judge, police have said, raising free speech fears.
A US appeals court has allowed a stringent state abortion law to move forward, raising the stakes of a coming vote on Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee.
Wed, 12 Sep 2018
The academic advantages of a faith school education are short-lived and can be mainly explained by a pupil's home background, according to research from the UCL Institute of Education.
Anjem Choudary, the notorious Islamist hate preacher, will be released from jail next month. The justice minister has warned that he is "genuinely dangerous".
Labour has pushed thousands of its core supporters to the far right because of its failure to take on Muslim extremism, a union boss has warned.
Hundreds of people have signed a petition opposing a planned parade in Inverness city centre to celebrate gay culture, describing it as unsavoury and deeply offensive. A home mission worker with the Free Church of Scotland (Continuing) has gathered about 600 names on a petition opposing the parade and written a letter to Highland Council.
A vicar accused of groping a student during a trans-Atlantic flight is to face a retrial.
FGM survivor Lucy Njomo reflects on her experience and a senior police officer discusses attempts to prevent FGM.
Romania's senate has overwhelmingly backed a citizens' initiative to change the definition of family in the constitution in a nationwide referendum. The move could make it impossible to legalise same-sex marriage. The initiative has backing from several religious groups.
The EU's top court has said a German Catholic hospital may have unlawfully discriminated against a senior doctor who was dismissed because he divorced and then remarried in a civil ceremony.
Chinese authorities have drafted sweeping new regulations that would severely restrict religious content online, including images or even descriptions of religious activities from praying and chanting to burning incense.
The US has expressed deep concern over China's "worsening crackdown" on minority Muslims in the Xinjiang region and is considering sanctions against senior Chinese officials.
Australia's senate has passed a motion brought by the Greens to tackle the rise in LGBT+ conversion therapy in the country.
Gay Star News
Relatively few Americans consider it crucial that a candidate be devoutly religious or share their religious beliefs, a poll has suggested in the run-up to the midterm elections.
Tue, 11 Sep 2018
Ministers have been urged to make reporting child abuse mandatory after a major cover-up at two leading Catholic schools.
South Yorkshire Police has been slated after telling people to report "non-crime hate incidents" in which people use "offensive or insulting words".
A campaigner from the Royal College of Midwives appealed to Sajid Javid for increased political support in a bid to end FGM.
Some viewers have criticised the popular BBC One drama Bodyguard, claiming it depicts Muslims as terrorists. The show's creator has rejected the criticism.
The Times (£)
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