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Tue, 02 Mar 2021
Israel's Supreme Court on Monday ruled that people who convert to Judaism through the Reform and Conservative movements in Israel are also Jewish and entitled to become citizens.
The Washington Post*
Grieving relatives of Covid-19 victims, health experts and opposition politicians in Tanzania have accused President John Magufuli of causing thousands of deaths in the east African country and undermining the fight against the pandemic across the continent.
A year after the city was engulfed by violence, victims are harassed into silence by police and find the law has turned against them, say Hannah Ellis-Petersen and Shaikh Azizur Rahman.
Mon, 01 Mar 2021
The Church of England should be more involved in politics, the Archbishop of York has said.
The Northern Ireland Assembly's Communities committee is examining new legislation on liquor licensing including pub opening times and restrictions.
Shamima Begum, who left the UK for Syria to join the Islamic State group as a teenager, will not be allowed to return and fight her citizenship case, the Supreme Court has ruled.
The council has agreed to the closure of St Pius X Catholic Primary School in south Bristol, and St George's and St Michael's Church of England primary schools in the city centre, because of falling pupil numbers.
The number of new female genital mutilation cases referred to NHS services in England has fallen by a quarter, prompting charities and campaigners to warn that the drop may be down to difficulties in accessing services during the coronavirus pandemic.
The trend of people jokingly identifying as Jedi is leading to an under-counting of non-religious people, campaigners say.
When the Scottish government published its Hate Crime and Public Order Bill last April, a major backlash followed.
Nora Redmond shares her experiences of sex education in a Christian girls' school in Ireland.
US: ‘Conservatives opposing the Equality Act don't speak for most people of faith, and they know it’
Most Americans, including religious ones, support LGBTQ people's right to nondiscriminatory treatment. So conservative fearmongers switched tactics, says Guthrie Graves-Fitzsimmons.
A Peruvian court on Thursday ordered the government to respect the wishes of a polio-stricken woman to be allowed to die, a rare allowance for euthanasia in largely Catholic Latin America.
The Indian government has told the Delhi High Court it believes same-sex couples "cannot claim a fundamental right for same-sex marriage".
In 2020, an international survey spanning six continents found 45 percent of people think it's necessary to believe in a god to be moral and have good values. But a new study suggests there's little truth to that stereotype, however firmly it's believed.
Fri, 26 Feb 2021
Police have handed out a £10,000 fine after dispersing a large gathering at Hitchin Yeshiva in Hertfordshire last Saturday.
The attack on BBC presenter Emma Barnett is designed to ensure no one can challenge it.
French President Emmanuel Macron is under sustained attack for allegedly courting far-right votes with his government's policies and pronouncements on radical Islam. But Macron's approach is far more balanced than many critics claim.
Jews from a strictly Orthodox background aren’t ‘forced’ but can be ‘coerced’ into marriage, Jewish group says
Jewish Marriage Council defends arranged marriages, saying they are 'done with consent from both parties'.
A Malaysian man has won a landmark court challenge against an Islamic ban on sex "against the order of nature", raising hopes for greater acceptance of gay rights in a country where Islamic laws have been used to target country's gay community.
Guardian / Reuters
Vatican officials are lobbying for religious worship exceptions from Covid-19 lockdown restrictions at the UN Human Rights Council.
Sri Lanka has reversed an order to cremate the bodies of all those who died of Covid-19 after critics said the order did not respect religions.
Since 2001 local governments in Indonesia have passed at least 60 bylaws ruling that women should cover their heads. And many non-Muslim schoolgirls resent being forced to wear a hijab.
Religion Media Centre zoom briefing explores how evangelical theology around sex and the purity culture enables sex abusers to be active and escape censure in a church.
YouTube / Religion Media Centre
A heavy metal singer who is appealing against a conviction over a photo of him stepping on an image of the virgin Mary has launched a legal defence fund.
Thu, 25 Feb 2021
The BBC could be allowed to cut its arts, religious and documentary programming under proposals to revise the corporation's operating licence.
A mother with Covid-19 should be allowed to die against her family's wishes, a judge has ruled. Her family, who are Muslim, asked for more time for treatment and said they believed "only God could end life".
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is locked in a battle with parliament over the country's approach to trade with China, fuelled by criticism that his government is lagging its peers in its condemnation of the treatment of Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang.
Anthony Garcia, who was convicted in 2007 for his role in a cell planning to bomb the Bluewater shopping centre in Kent, is alleged to have persuaded scores of prisoners to adopt his extremist brand of Islam and jihad.
Leicestershire Police have given the hi-tech headwear to a Muslim officer with a view to rolling them out to female cops on the frontline.
A record 5.6 per cent of US adults now identify as LGBT+, an increase of more than 1 per cent from polling in 2017.
The House of Representatives is set to vote on the Equality Act, a bill that would ban discrimination against people based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
In the episode an Orthodox Jewish patient refuses a bone graft from a potentially 'Arab' or female donor.
Shagufta Kausar and Shafqat Emmanuel have been on death row since 2014 over 'blasphemous texts' they deny sending.
A community centre for LGBTQ+ people in Ghana has been closed, following a wave of protest against the rights of sexual minorities in the country.
Wed, 24 Feb 2021
Edinburgh City Council has agreed to support the introduction of 'buffer zones' around abortion clinics in Scotland - to prevent women being harassed by pro-life campaigners.
Edinburgh Evening News*
Sir Mark Rowley and the Commission for Countering Extremism found hateful groups of all kinds are "operating with impunity" by exploiting gaps between existing hate crime and terrorism legislation.
A terminally-ill Islander has spoken out to support changes to the law in Jersey to permit assisted dying as he tells of his plans to travel to Switzerland to end his life.
Jersey Evening Post
Yehudis Fletcher discusses marriage within the Haredi Jewish community.
The government is currently consulting on whether to continue allowing women and pregnant people to have abortions at home via telemedicine once the pandemic ends.
The National Crime Agency are currently involved in the ongoing case of child cruelty against two parents relating to alleged botched circumcisions.
The Impartial Reporter
The Arkansas Senate on Monday approved a measure banning nearly all abortions in the state, despite objections to the ban not including exceptions for rape or incest.
The Associated Press
China said on Tuesday that it condemned and rejected Canada's parliament passing a non-binding motion saying China's treatment of Uighurs is genocide.
Monday marked 300 days since Nigerian humanist Mubarak Bala has been in detention without trial.
The Hindu nationalist government postponed plans for a national student exam on cows that critics said used specious claims and substituted religion for science.
The New York Times*
Tue, 23 Feb 2021
Scotland's justice secretary Humza Yousaf has moved to address concerns over his controversial Hate Crime Bill by suggesting the Scottish Government would print "detailed explanatory notes" on freedom of expression provisions when the final Bill is published.
The maintained voluntary aided school run by the Diocese of East Anglia school will be the first state-funded Catholic school in England for more than 10 years, but its admissions policy has angered local residents who fear their child will miss out on a place.
Officers were called to a building and found more than 75 people inside who claimed they were attending a religious ceremony.
Under current government guidelines churches in England and Wales can hold in-person services, however, many places of worship decided to close given the very high infections rates across the UK. But Conservative MP Sir Desmond Swayne says churches should have not closed in the first place.
Premier Christian News
The Foreign Secretary has placed diplomatic pressure on the United Nations to respond to China's "appalling treatment" of the Uighur Muslims and people in Hong Kong.
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