Thu, 11 Jul 2019
Acceptance of same-sex relationships in Britain has dropped for the first time since the height of the AIDS epidemic amid a 'marked divide' between religious and non-religious people.
We must ensure that children raised by same-sex couples are in a safe and supportive environment in state institutions, says Rachel Wolf.
The archbishop of York has admitted the Church of England's treatment of a vicar who was raped as a teenager by another cleric was "shabby and shambolic" but denied he had made personal mistakes in the case.
A Hindu faith organisation has beaten a bid from the Herts and Essex High School to run the new secondary school and two new primaries at Bishop's Stortford North.
Bishop's Stortford Independent
Senior Labour figures have interfered in the disciplinary process of dealing with accusations of anti-Semitism, ex-party officials have told the BBC's Panorama.
A UKIP official has strongly criticised Pendle Council for considering a resolution condemning Nike over its production of trainers that many Muslims have condemned as blasphemous.
MPs have finally voted to extend abortion rights to women in Northern Ireland. That it has taken so long is shameful, says Zoe Williams.
A protest by an anti-abortion group in which three small baby-sized coffins were placed on the ground outside the National Maternity Hospital in Holles St has been condemned as "grossly insensitive" by Health Minister Simon Harris.
In many parts of India, Hindus often invoke the popular god Ram's name as a greeting. But in recent years, Hindu lynch mobs have turned Ram's name into a murder cry, writes the BBC's Geeta Pandey in Delhi.
Wed, 10 Jul 2019
MPs have backed amendments which require the government to liberalise abortion and extend same-sex marriage to Northern Ireland if devolution is not restored.
The two contenders to become the next prime minister have revealed whether they back legal marriage equality for same-sex couples and extending abortion rights in Northern Ireland in a TV interview.
Protests have started up again at the gates of Parkfield School in Birmingham following a decision to reintroduce inclusion lessons.
The next prime minister will be spared any temptation to interfere in senior church appointments after a change in the rules passed by the C of E's general synod.
The Times (£)
The Church of England's diocesan bishops should not be involved in deciding the outcome of individual safeguarding cases, the independent chair of the national safeguarding panel has said.
All heterosexual couples in England and Wales will be offered the chance to "convert" their marriages to civil partnerships, or vice versa, under plans being considered by ministers.
A doctor is taking the government to court claiming he was sacked for refusing to call transgender patients by their preferred gender.
Twitter is updating its rules against religious hate speech by banning posts that contain dehumanising language.
An independent strictly Orthodox Jewish school has been downgraded to 'inadequate' after inspectors found that it will not talk about same-sex orientation.
A council in north-west London has unanimously adopted the definition of Islamophobia proposed by the all-party parliamentary group on British Muslims.
Two Pakistani Christian teenagers have been arrested on charges of blasphemy.
A Tunisian politician vying to become his country's first openly gay president has said he will push to decriminalise gay sex. The law against gay sex is regularly enforced in the overwhelmingly Muslim country.
Tue, 09 Jul 2019
Divinity students at a private Christian institution receive one third more government money than attendees of state-funded colleges, the Scottish government has revealed. The NSS has described this as poor value for money for the taxpayer.
The Times (£)
Over 50 MPs have written to the education secretary, urging the government to give stronger backing to schools on teaching about same-sex relationships.
Foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt and his rival for the Conservative party leadership Boris Johnson have signalled their support for a report calling for the UK to adopt a definition of anti-Christian discrimination.
Muslim Council of Britain calls for ‘fairer’ media coverage of Muslims and Islam at event in parliament
The Muslim Council of Britain has claimed there is "a serious problem" with the way the UK media reports on Islam and Muslims as it prepares to launch a report in parliament.
Amy Woodyatt looks at the rise of anti-abortion protests in the UK, and the 'Sister Supporter' movement which has formed to resist them.
The Vatican has reportedly waived immunity for its envoy to France, who is under investigation for sexual assault.
A charity has been given an official warning by regulators over its financial management including diverting cash to help pay for the building of a new £1.3m mosque.
The supermarket chain Asda has sacked a man for sharing a sketch of the comedian Billy Connolly mocking religions including Christianity and Islam on social media.
An interview with Phil Newby, who has launched an attempt to change the law on assisted dying.
Ryan Jayne says the current US administration pandering to an ultraconservative evangelical political agenda and it should learn from the more secular approach of the Canadian government.
This editorial says freedom of speech means nothing if it is not also the freedom to be egregiously wrong.
China's ambassador to the UK has denied that Muslim children in western Xinjiang are being systematically separated from their parents.
Mon, 08 Jul 2019
The UK government should be prepared to impose sanctions against countries that persecute Christians, a report commissioned by the Foreign Office has recommended. The report has also said the government should adopt a definition of anti-Christian discrimination and persecution.
C of E schools mustn’t “undermine” staff and students with Christian views on same-sex relationships, says bishop
Staff and students are "not to be undermined" at Church of England schools for their views on gender and sexuality, the chair of the church's educational body said on Friday.
A High Court judge has ruled that a "gravely ill" baby should have a blood transfusion, even though his mother does not consent on religious grounds.
MPs will try to change the laws on abortion and same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland today. The Catholic Church has voiced its opposition to to change on abortion.
A vicar has stepped down from his role as a school governor after he said school lessons on same-sex relationships and transgender issues "could open the door to sexual predators".
Another church school could open up on the site of a Church of England school in south London if it closes completely in 2020.
Sutton & Croydon Guardian
The Royal College of GPs has said GP practices can hire chaplains to provide 'religious support' for patients.
A banned school governor who was found to have undermined British values has relaunched a Muslim parents' group and is holding seminars on sex education.
The Times (£)
Eight people were arrested during a planned Orange Walk in Glasgow, the biggest of the year.
About 30,000 people from more than 600 groups took part in the official parade through central London, which was attended by an estimated 1.5m people.
A far-right extremist who laughed as he was engulfed by a fireball while trying to torch an historic synagogue has been locked up in hospital indefinitely.
Crossbench peer David Alton has challenged the UK government to put more pressure on Pakistan to stop the persecution of religious minorities.
Fri, 05 Jul 2019
Ecclesiastical lawyer & abuse survivor asks parliament to render seal of confession obsolete at IICSA inquiry
Parliament "must intervene" in the debate on the future of the seal of confession in the Church of England by changing civil law to introduce mandatory reporting, a former diocesan chancellor has said.
The Church of England's General Synod has been "lazy and incurious" despite a wave of safeguarding scandals, a lay member said this week.
China is deliberately separating Muslim children from their families, faith and language in its far western region of Xinjiang, according to new research.
Some faith schools have been awarded money from the school nurseries capital fund, which creates school-based nursery places for disadvantaged children.
A paralysed man who wants the right to an assisted death has applied to the High Court to try to change UK law. The application comes in the week Parliament debated assisted dying for the first time in four years.
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