Mon, 19 Feb 2018
Iceland is poised to become the first European country to ban ritual cutting of boys' genitals. Some Jewish and Muslim leaders claim the ban will be an attack on 'religious freedom'.
Five women have been killed after a gunman opened fire on people leaving a church service in Russia's Dagestan region.
Fri, 16 Feb 2018
Applications for RE teacher training have dropped by almost 40% since last year. The Religious Education Council of England and Wales has responded by calling for higher bursaries for RE trainees.
Lord Trees, a crossbench peer and professor of veterinary parasitology, has said it is "highly probable" that meat from unstunned animals is entering the non-halal and kosher food chain.
Religious groups responding to the government's plans on sex education are campaigning against the idea of teaching same-sex marriage. Some are also calling for lessons in how marriage can prevent the spread of sexually transmitted infections.
Paul Handley speaks to the archbishop of Canterbury as he marks five years in the post. The discussion includes several questions on abuse and safeguarding within the Church of England.
Police are investigating allegations of abuse at a Christian charity after a 16-year-old boy who went there as a child was found dead.
The Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund dealt with abuse cases in 2012 and 2016. Its boss has said it can be trusted by the public.
A Muslim man is mounting a legal challenge over a prohibition on edging, or borders, around individual graves in his local cemetery. He claims the ban breaches his right to freedom of religion.
A woman jailed for murder under El Salvador's strict abortion laws has had her 30-year sentence commuted. The laws were created partly because of lobbying from the Catholic Church.
President Trump's latest travel ban on travellers from six predominantly Muslim countries is unconstitutional because it discriminates against people based on their religion, a federal appeals court in the US ruled on Thursday.
Civil rights groups are calling on President Trump to withdraw the nomination of Gordon Giampetro for a federal judgeship over numerous anti-LGBT+ and anti-contraception statements.
Thu, 15 Feb 2018
The Government is too politically correct to enforce rules on hijabs in schools, leaving teachers "alone, isolated and vulnerable", Sir Michael Wilshaw has warned.
As new figures show how many people die while on the organ donor waiting list, The Mirror urges readers to tell their MPs to vote for opt-out donation.
Labour has outlined a plan to require all meat to be labelled to reveal whether the animal was stunned or not before it was killed.
Opponents of laws which criminalise offensive behaviour at football matches in Scotland have criticised former first minister Alex Salmond for linking the debate to sectarianism.
NSS honorary associate Richard Dawkins's book The God Delusion is being adapted into a stage production. The 90-minute show has been described as a cross between an "atheist support group and watching a great stand-up".
Bermuda's tourism authority, which lobbied against the ban on same-sex marriage, predicts visitor losses in the wake of the decision.
The New York Times
More details have emerged of the French president's effort to "fight fundamentalism" and "preserve national cohesion" by 'reorganising' Islam in France.
Breaking Israel News
Bulgaria's ruling GERB party is withdrawing a European treaty designed to combat violence against women from ratification in parliament over strong opposition expressed by religious and political groups.
Conservative Muslims in Indonesia have banned Valentine's Day, with police rounding up couples caught celebrating it in major cities.
The justice minister in New Zealand intends to ask the Law Commission to update the archaic law on abortion, including looking at decriminalising it.
Religious groups in Taiwan have lodged an appeal against a court ruling ordering the government to legalise same-sex marriage.
Gay Star News
Wed, 14 Feb 2018
A sacked magistrate is suing the Lord Chief Justice for religious discrimination. Richard Page was found to have been influenced by his personal religious beliefs and not the evidence in front of him when considering an application by a same-sex couple to adopt a child.
A small Christian primary school which teaches the Bible's creation story in science lessons has been slammed by Ofsted inspectors.
Anti-abortion activists have begun a 40-day 'vigil' next to a Nottingham hospital - despite the trust asking them to stay away. The group 40 Days for Life is planning a series of protests to coincide with Lent.
Catholics are being encouraged to oppose government proposals to increase the amount of organs available for transplant surgery by presuming donors' consent unless they opt out.
President Trump's new budget proposal would send $1bn in taxpayer funds to support private religious schools.
Clinics providing abortion services are facing growing threats from anti-abortion extremists.
The Catholic Church in Kenya has vowed to colour towns and villages purple to counter the red that is normally associated with Valentine's Day. The Church also said it would also oppose efforts to celebrate World Condoms Day.
Campaigners who called for marriage equality in Australia have told a religious freedom review that exemptions in discrimination law for religious institutions "go too far".
Rodney Croome says Australia's religious freedom movement is "a redoubt for prejudice", and too many human rights advocates are nonchalant about the threat it poses.
The #WhiteWednesdays campaign encourages Iran's women to wear white veils or headscarves to show their opposition to the country's misogynist religious dress codes.
Some Muslim women are using #MosqueMeToo to share experiences of sexual harassment in religious settings.
Tue, 13 Feb 2018
The UK Government has unveiled a tool it says can accurately detect jihadist content and block it from being viewed. The home secretary said she would not rule out forcing technology companies to use it by law.
Chris Greenough says the idea that gay people are sick and in need of a cure lives on among a few fundamentalist Christian groups.
A bill proposing the relaxation of the Isle of Man's strict laws on abortion will come under discussion today.
A senior scout leader who was expelled for criticising a Muslim colleague for wearing a niqab has launched a law suit against the Scout Association.
Poland's Government has proposed a new law that would limit kosher slaughter. The move comes shortly after the passage of a law which criminalises attributing blame for the Holocaust to Poland.
There is growing evidence that a strain of anti-semitism lies behind Poland's law denying complicity in Nazi atrocities.
The Maldives has entered a political crisis after the president ordered a state of emergency. Andreas Johansson says "the Maldives' very particular religious politics" are a significant cause of tension, and events there could be a preview of similar problems across South Asia.
Trinity College Dublin has distanced itself from one of its Muslim lecturers who has advocated female genital mutilation (FGM).
The Independent (Ireland)
An imminent agreement would involve the Vatican recognising seven bishops appointed by China's Communist party.
Lawmakers in Tennessee's House of Representatives have approved a version of an abortion bill that would require doctors to provide an ultrasound before the procedure can begin.
A Catholic school teacher in Miami says she was sacked after marrying her same-sex partner. The Archdiocese of Miami confirmed she was sacked because she broke her contract under the church's rules of conduct, but refused to explain specifically how she had done so.
Mon, 12 Feb 2018
Asma Jahangir, one of Pakistan's most prominent human rights activists and an NSS honorary associate, has died of a heart attack aged 66.
This profile of Asma Jahangir says that nothing could stop her "from being what she has always been".
Clergy still believe some complainants are 'simply out for the money', abuse expert tells church leaders
An expert has told the Church of England's general synod some priests are "unable or unwilling to accept the need for sensible, proportionate measures" to prevent abuse.
The Church of England is facing two years of revelations about sexual abuse and attempts to cover it up, its ruling general synod has been told.
The archbishop of Canterbury has defended the slow pace of change in the Church of England.
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