Wed, 25 Nov 2020
The decree for the state of Uttar Pradesh was passed Tuesday and follows a campaign by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu-nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party against interfaith marriages.
The National Secretary of the youth wing of India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party has demanded an apology and the removal of "objectionable scenes" showing a man and a woman kissing inside in a temple.
Authorities carried out the raids today and made arrests as part of a new criminal case against the group, the Investigative Committee said.
Tue, 24 Nov 2020
The founder of a hardline Islamic lobbying group that has been accused of sowing division and hate has been invited to address civil servants, an investigation by The Times has discovered.
The Times (£)
Earlier this month the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse concluded that Cardinal Vincent Nichols, who acts as the Pope's representative in England and Wales, failed to show "personal responsibility and compassion" for victims, and instead prioritised Church reputation.
An independent inquiry has criticised the Catholic leader's handling of sexual allegations. Those who have suffered for years say he must go.
The Times (£)
Places of worship are to reopen for public worship when the lockdown ends on 2 December, the Prime Minister has confirmed.
According to church leaders, an increasing number of congregations are breaking the law in order to worship together, an activity banned under current restrictions.
Campaigners are calling for a ban on pro-life groups protesting outside all abortion clinics in Scotland, after setting up a petition to prevent women in Edinburgh being targeted.
Edinburgh Evening News
The French foreign ministry has demanded the withdrawal of comments made by Pakistan's Federal Minister for Human Rights Shireen Mazari on Saturday in which she accused President Emmanuel Macon of treating Muslims the way Nazis had treated Jews in the Second World War.
A sixteen-year-old Muslim youth opened fire on Friday and killed a member of Pakistan's minority Ahmadi Muslim community in eastern Punjab province, police and the community's spokesman said.
Hindu cleric Rajan Zed demanded that clothes maker Jon Cotre offer an apology for "deeply trivializing" a Hindu deity.
Australia: Christian couple who thought they could make an LGBT+ child ‘overcome’ their sexuality sue foster agency that rejected them
A couple are suing a foster agency in Australia after they were turned away because of their belief that they could change an LGBT+ child's identity.
Mon, 23 Nov 2020
Faith schools are amending requirements for prospective pupils to have attended places of worship in the wake of Covid-19 disruption. NSS head of education Alastair Lichten is quoted.
Catholic bishops of England and Wales have admitted that their safeguarding work must change and have outlined how this will happen.
A mandatory reporting law would be a way of protecting children within religious settings, says NSS chief executive Stephen Evans (letter is towards the bottom of the page).
The Times (£)
Humza Yousaf is expected to perform a second U-turn on the controversial Hate Crime Bill when he appears before the Justice Committee on Tuesday.
Pre-schools in Northern Ireland are "highly segregated" despite perceptions they are generally mixed, according to a new study.
The Irish News
Some Muslim families say they are unsure whether to let their children get the latest flu vaccine due to its gelatine contents.
A teenage Jehovah's Witness should be allowed to refuse lifesaving blood transfusions, the High Court has been told in the latest medical clash over law and religion.
The Times (£)
Trustees of charity founded by disgraced Buddhist guru failed to act on abuse claims, watchdog rules
Students were put at risk of harm as a result of serious safeguarding failures.
An evangelical pastor in Belfast has vowed to keep his church doors open despite the coronavirus lockdown.
Poland won't allow women-led street protests to trigger a "revolution," a senior government official said, after police cracked down on a demonstration for abortion rights.
Judges appointed by Donald Trump have ruled to overturn Florida laws banning "conversion therapy" for LGBTQ minors.
Pakistan is all set to roll out new internet rules that critics say will give the government wide powers of censorship after rejecting requests from social media companies for consultation.
Fri, 20 Nov 2020
NSS quoted: Ministers urged to act over private Christian school teaching creationism in science classes
The Vine Christian School declares on its website that "science is taught from the Biblical perspective of creation". The National Secular Society has expressed its concerns in a letter to the education minister Baroness Berridge.
More than 20 companies with links to an evangelical Christian sect have been awarded central and local government contracts for the supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) worth up to £1.1 billion since March, an investigation by Byline Times and The Citizens has found.
Fresh figures from NI's universities paint a picture of extreme segregation in Belfast's Holylands district – showing a colossal 95% of the students living there are Catholic.
Almost half (46 per cent) of LGBT+ school students in England do not feel safe to be themselves at school, a study has revealed.
Instead of elevating liberal voices in Islam, we see regression, says Seyran Ates.
The authoritarianism of Scotland's Hate Crime Bill is a direct threat to the values which it seeks to defend, says Cllr Andy Doig.
Ireland: Trust quiet on safeguarding measures following failed circumcision procedure on twin babies
The General Medical Council has confirmed they are aware of an alleged incident involving a doctor employed by the Western Health and Social Care Trust, and assured action will be taken to restrict practice in the event a risk to patient safety is identified.
The Irish News
French President Emmanuel Macron has asked Muslim leaders to accept a "charter of Republican values" as part of a broad clampdown on radical Islam.
Following the horrific events in France and Austria, Muslim communities around the world have engaged in debates surrounding freedom of speech and the challenges minorities face in multicultural societies, writes Dr. MJ Khan.
The Parliament Magazine
People living in disadvantaged areas, people with populist views and people who are more religious are more likely to be hesitant or resistant to being vaccinated against Covid-19, the first nationally representative survey of attitudes towards a virus vaccine has found.
Thu, 19 Nov 2020
The Edinburgh author Irvine Welsh has said he believes the Scottish government's contentious hate crime bill is open to being abused.
The Charity Commission is investigating an educational charity in Luton for the second time after it allegedly breached conditions imposed by the Department for Education.
The Mustard Seed Bookshop in Gedling, Nottingham, remained open after the lockdown came into force, resulting in the arrest of two men over the weekend.
One of the report's authors says that family pressures may lead to some British Muslims leading "double lives", where they feel compelled to hide things such as relationships, their sexualities or their ways of life from their families.
Telegraph & Argus
The clause – an amendment to the Local Government Act 1988 – banned local authorities and schools from promoting homosexuality and was brought forward by Thatcher's government.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has said that French President Emmanuel Macron is encouraging violence by defending cartoons of the Islamic prophet Mohammed.
The Washington Newsday
Emmanuel Macron claims children from conservative Muslim families are being taken out of school and are at risk of radicalisation.
Since October 22nd, hundreds of thousands across Poland have been protesting—in five hundred and eighty cities and towns, by one organiser's count.
The New Yorker
New research finds that the wage gap is 8 percentage points wider in the five most religious states than in the five most secular, with women making 18% less than men in the least religious states and 26% less in the most religious.
The recurring puzzle as to whether Indonesia's most divisive Muslim cleric, Habib Rizieq Shihab, leader of vigilante group Islam Defenders Front (FPI), would return to the country was solved on Tuesday last week when he finally set foot at home from Saudi Arabia.
Wed, 18 Nov 2020
An abuse survivor is to sue the Diocese of Westminster, including its archbishop, Cardinal Vincent Nichols, for personal injury because of the way she was treated when she asked to have access to her own safeguarding files.
The Charity Commission has issued an official warning against a Jewish charity in Manchester after it paid £250,000 for private medical care for someone linked to a trustee and loaned a business run by another trustee £1 million.
Edinburgh University students have launched a new campaign to ban protesters gathering outside city abortion clinics.
Edinburgh Evening News
An intersex churchgoer was told they were "possessed by Satan" and subjected to unwanted prayers to be "healed" by parishioners, MSPs have been told.
The Times (£)
An Islamist group in Pakistan has called off its anti-France protests, saying the Pakistani government has endorsed a boycott of French goods.
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