Fri, 03 Jul 2020
Schools are to avoid large gatherings including collective worship with more than one group when children return for the autumn term, the government has said.
Videos of the event showed a large gathering of strictly-Orthodox Jews disobeying social distancing guidelines.
Durham County Council has worked closely with St Bede's RC Comprehensive on its financial difficulties due to the "risks of provision of suitable faith school places in the area".
East Durham News & Business
Russell Sandberg looks at the forthcoming litigation over the non-recognition of "belief" wedding ceremonies.
Law & Religion UK
US federal authorities have seized a shipment of products made from human hair believed to have been taken from Muslims in labour camps in China's western Xinjiang province.
Sudan's transitional authorities are expected to outlaw FGM and set punishments of up to three years in prison and fines for those who carry out the procedure.
Thousands of people have signed a petition calling for a ban on an upcoming film featuring Michael Jackson's daughter Paris Jackson as a female Jesus Christ.
Turkey defended an anti-gay tweet by the head of the Turkish Red Crescent, describing him as a victim of "LGBT propaganda" after his comments were condemned by an international body.
LGB emerging adults more likely to disaffiliate from organized religion than their heterosexual peers
In a new study, sociologists found that emerging adults with same-sex attraction are twice as likely to disaffiliate from organised religion than their heterosexual peers.
Thu, 02 Jul 2020
Scotland's Justice Secretary has been accused of "undermining" free speech after he misspoke when setting out the legal threshold for new hate crime law proposals. The NSS pointed out the misrepresentation and said it highlights the need for the Scottish government to rethink its plans.
The country's highest court has been asked to decide whether a Charedi Jewish housing group in Stamford Hill has the right to cater only for strictly observant Jews.
Two local representatives have condemned recent literature posted through doors in Magherafelt by Mid Ulster Christian Helpline and Publications.
Jewish burials in the UK between March and May were more than double the number recorded in the same period last year, revealing the disproportionate impact of Covid-19 on the community.
Extensive property holdings in Church's £8.7bn investment fund have taken a hit from the pandemic.
Lois McLatchie says although the Scottish hate crime bill purports to abolish Scotland's defunct "blasphemy law", it will silence legitimate discussions on other issues.
The Times (£)
The US state of California on Tuesday filed a lawsuit against Cisco System Inc for alleged caste-based workplace discrimination against an Indian American employee, who was described as a "Dalit" in the filing.
America´s nightclubs are largely closed because of the coronavirus pandemic, but that isn't stopping an interfaith coalition from launching a campaign to stop what organisers call the "disrespectful" use of sacred Buddhist and Hindu statues as decor.
Mail Online / Associated Press
Politicians around the world have called for a United Nations probe into a Chinese government birth control campaign targeting largely Muslim minorities in the far western region of Xinjiang.
The London Economic
Unlike face masks worn to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, the niqab and burqa are far from safeguarding women say Marieme Helie Lucas and Maryam Namazie.
Wed, 01 Jul 2020
Six couples are taking a landmark challenge to the High Court next week in a bid to get legal recognition for humanist weddings in England and Wales.
Education Minister Peter Weir announced £156 in capital funding for nine schools last week – eight of which are from the Catholic Maintained schools sector, with only one from the controlled schools sector.
The Prime Minister has thanked Christians who prayed for him while he was hospitalised with coronavirus earlier this year. Boris Johnson was speaking at the National Parliamentary Prayer Breakfast, which was broadcast live from the Houses of Parliament on Tuesday.
Premier Christian News
Phil Johnson, who exposed sexual abuse in the Church of England, has been awarded by the church for 'outstanding services' to improving safeguarding.
'The older I got, the more I felt like I was being forced to believe and often found myself defending morals that I didn't really believe in.'
A letter calls morning prayers in the Dáil "incongruous" and "embarrassing".
The Irish Times
Former president Mary McAleese has described the Catholic Church's teachings around homosexuality as "intrinsically evil" and amounting to homophobia, suggesting it "empowers the homophobic bully".
The Supreme Court elated religious freedom advocates and alarmed secular groups with its Tuesday ruling on public funding for religious education, a decision whose long-term effect on the separation of church and state remains to be seen.
Mail Online / Associated Press
"The Supreme Court has, as expected, poked another hole in the wall between church and state; it will weaken public education and open the door to making taxpayers foot the bill for religious discrimination."
Tue, 30 Jun 2020
A mandatory declaration of religion on Greek birth certificates is being challenged by the National Secular Society as a breach of human rights. NSS CEO Stephen Evans is quoted.
The next Archbishop of York has apologised for not properly reporting allegations of domestic abuse made against a parish priest a decade ago.
The US supreme court has upheld a woman's constitutional right to obtain an abortion in the most-watched abortion case in decades.
Experts from The University of Manchester and The University of Bristol are calling for permanent laws allowing so-called 'pills by post' abortion services to be enacted in Great Britain and the USA, in order to address barriers to care highlighted by the coronavirus crisis.
The University of Manchester
The former chair of the Community Relations Council calls for integrated education in Northern Ireland.
A federal judge on Friday blocked New York state from enforcing coronavirus restrictions limiting indoor religious gatherings to 25% capacity when other types of gatherings are limited to 50%.
Yahoo! News/Associated Press
A Muslim man who says he was terminated from his job in Indianapolis last year after asking his employer to allow him to pray five times a day is accusing two companies of religious discrimination.
"Religious groups are getting special treatment from the government's pandemic-relief efforts."
Gabon's Senate voted on Monday to decriminalise homosexuality, a landmark result that makes the country one of the few in Africa to reverse a ban on same-sex relationships.
Throughout history, Dalits have been subject to violence from higher-caste Hindus but the coronavirus pandemic and lockdown has seen the number of attacks surge.
Mon, 29 Jun 2020
A row has broken out between Catholic schools and secularist groups in Wales about the future of Religious Education.
The national body representing Catholic schools is lobbying the government for help with school transport, warning that charges could rise by more than £20 a day.
The Catholic Church has been told to act swiftly to shut down groups across Scotland accused of promoting gay conversion therapy after local community, school and university priests were linked to an international anti-LGBT organisation.
Knowing about sexual orientation is part of being prepared for life in modern Britain, Ofsted says.
Holy Fight Ministries has launched a religious discrimination lawsuit after its leader was arrested for cockfighting. NSS CEO Stephen Evans is quoted.
The Freethinker (Patheos)
The rise of Islamic fundamentalism has led to the killing of more than 7000 Christians in Nigeria by religious militants since 2015, according to a new report.
Laboratory tests found that the infant likely contracted the Type 1 herpes virus during a circumcision, directly from the mohel, who performed the ceremony using the controversial Orthodox method of blood cleaning known as "Metzitzah B'Peh," or oral suction.
The Jerusalem Post
While individual women have spoken out before about forced birth control, the practice is far more widespread and systematic than previously known, according to an AP investigation.
Mail Online/Associated Press
The teacher at the centre of the Parkfield Community School row reveals how the local community healed – and his curriculum became more popular than ever.
A Lincolnshire man who grew up when schools were prohibited from promoting homosexuality by law, has spoken about how it affected his life and stopped him from coming out for decades.
Fri, 26 Jun 2020
The SNP justice secretary's understanding of his hate crime bill has been questioned after he repeatedly misquoted a core part of the legislation. NSS head of communications Chris Sloggett is quoted.
The Times (£)
Significant number of halal meat-eaters might be persuaded to switch to 'stunned' meat, survey suggests
A significant number of British halal meat-eaters might be persuaded to switch to meat from stunned animals, if they were reassured that some forms of stunning are compatible with halal rules, suggest the results.
University of Bristol
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