Wed, 11 Mar 2020
Appearing on ITV's Good Morning Britain, the Wigan MP has become the first of the three Labour leadership candidates to comment publically on the row over Trevor Phillips's suspension.
Seventy-seven per cent of Jewish women feel the community has not reached gender equality, according to a study.
The Jewish Chronicle
Belief in witchcraft is hampering efforts to eradicate female genital mutilation in Guinea where almost all girls are cut, campaigners said on Tuesday.
Demonstrators belonging to Islamist groups attacked an International Women's Day rally in the Pakistani capital Islamabad on Sunday, hurling rocks, chunks of mud and even their shoes.
There is a tendency to see the Christchurch attacks, which killed 51 people, as a one-off or an aberration – rather than something we still need to guard against.
The Canadian federal government introduced new legislation on Monday to criminalise LGBTQ conversion therapy, as Justin Trudeau's Liberal government moves to fulfil one of its 2019 election promises.
Campaigners including the NSS have criticised the fact the first new Roman Catholic state school in England for more than a decade is to be established in Peterborough without the church contributing a penny to its costs.
The Freethinker (Patheos)
Veronica Lee says stand-up comic Tom Rosenthal's new show is frank about the effects circumcision had on him as an awkward teenager.
The Arts Desk
A member of the Finnish Parliament and former minister of the interior, Päivi Räsänen, faces four police investigations after expressing anti-gay sentiments.
Premier Christian News
Tue, 10 Mar 2020
NSS chief executive Stephen Evans responds to the Labour party's decision to suspend Trevor Phillips.
The Times (£)
Jewish school rapped for issuing own-brand qualifications instead of ‘uncensored’ GCSEs – NSS quoted
An Orthodox Jewish independent school has been rapped for making pupils sit qualifications of "no value" which result in the school issuing its own certificate – because leaders would have to break exam rules and "censor" GCSEs.
The government is being urged to implement a buffer zone to protect staff and patients at abortion clinics in Birmingham from being targeted by protesters.
Trevor Phillips has called on the three Labour leadership candidates to pick a side as senior party figures on Monday condemned the decision to suspend him over alleged Islamophobia.
James Bloodworth says Labour MP Khalid Mahmood is right to call Trevor Phillips' suspension "outlandish".
Hardeep Singh says the suspension of Phillips shows that those who criticised the APPG definition of 'Islamophobia' were right.
With a proper understanding of the history behind FGM, it need not take another century to finally eradicate this global problem.
Yagi Morris, a secular Israeli Jew, reflects on her and her husband's decision not to circumcise their second son.
The newly released UN report of the special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran has condemned Iran's lethal homophobia.
The Jerusalem Post
Ministers are preparing a new law on freedom of speech in universities.
Mon, 09 Mar 2020
The first new Roman Catholic state school in England for more than a decade is to go ahead without the church contributing anything to its costs.
The former UK equality watchdog chief, Trevor Phillips, has been suspended from the Labour Party over allegations of 'Islamophobia'.
Trevor Phillips says the party's investigation of him for alleged Islamophobia shows it's becoming an authoritarian cult.
The Times (£)
Anti-abortion activists ramp up 'intimidating' and 'distressing' protests outside clinics during Lent
Anti-abortion activists have ramped up "distressing" and "intimidating" protests outside clinics during the Christian period of Lent.
Religious leaders in Gibraltar have grouped together to compare the act of terminating pregnancies to the Holocaust.
Langlands Park in Inverclyde, which was run by the Church of Scotland until 1985, is among the premises set to be investigated by the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry.
Managers of a private primary school have been found guilty of operating an illegal secondary school for 66 children on the floor above.
A Christian group is mulling legal action over a decision to ban an American preacher who described homosexuality as "repulsive" from speaking at one of Scotland's most prestigious venues.
The Times (£)
Hundreds of thousands of women across Latin America's biggest cities flocked to the streets for International Women's Day on Sunday, with many demanding legalised access to abortion.
This editorial says a proposed 'religious freedom' bill in Australia will entrench divisions based on belief.
The Sydney Morning Herald
Ian Acheson argues that the Prevent strategy is a hugely effective exercise in safeguarding people who are vulnerable.
Fri, 06 Mar 2020
An independent Orthodox Jewish school in Stamford Hill in north London has failed its fifth Ofsted inspection in a row.
Muslim families are being encouraged to air their views with a Stoke-on-Trent school over relationships and sex education.
The Muslim Council of Britain has renewed its call for an independent inquiry into accusations of 'Islamophobia' in the Conservative Party.
Scores of youth demanded the state act against a singer for alleged 'blasphemy' in Nigeria on Wednesday – and in response police said they were making efforts to arrest the singer.
A court case in the US state of Arizona has prompted a judge to ask what a religion is.
Robert Biedron has made a string of secularist pledges as he tries to become president of Poland.
Los Angeles Times
Thu, 05 Mar 2020
Andrew Penman laments recent religious incursions into state schools in Britain.
The UK is urging international cooperation to tackle persecution on the grounds of religion or belief.
The dean of Christ Church – who is also the head of its cathedral – has been accused of failing to disclose an allegation of sexual assault of a minor to police or safeguarding officials.
Three bishops will visit secondary schools as part of Joy2020, a festival organised by the Church of England in Devon over the next few days.
Abortion rates have hit a record high in England and Wales.
The Citizenship Amendment Act is only part of President Modi's assault on the secular underpinnings of the Indian constitution, says Rahila Gupta.
Alyn Smith MP explains why he asked the UK government about the terrible sectarian situation that has erupted in India over the last two weeks.
Mary McAleese has written to Pope Francis saying she will leave the Catholic Church if it emerges the Holy See did not protect the members of an organisation for people with disabilities.
The Irish News
The UK government is being urged to ban a neo-Nazi Satanist group which backs murder and sexual violence.
Wed, 04 Mar 2020
A Religious Education certificate needed to get a job in Catholic schools in Northern Ireland "disproportionately affects" the job prospects of women teachers.
Faith groups in London will be asked to relax requirements for funerals and burials if a coronavirus pandemic leads to a steep increase in deaths.
Three days of fire and fury in north-east Delhi last week consumed more than 40 lives, leaving hundreds wounded and many missing.
If identity documents are lost – including in attacks such as those seen in Delhi – it is not difficult to envisage a scenario in which a proportion of the country's Muslims are moved to detention centres.
Russian President Vladimir Putin wants marriage to be defined as the union of a man and woman in a revised constitution, ruling out gay marriage.
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