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Mon, 06 Sep 2021
The Taliban is a Deobandi regime, a sect that has a long history in Britain, says Hannah Baldock.
A man accused of preparing to commit acts of terrorism and suggesting online that he planned to attack the Fife Islamic Centre will stand trial next month.
Same-sex couples could have their marriage blessed by the Church in Wales following a vote on Monday.
In a recent poll, integrated education was supported by 71% of respondents in Northern Ireland. It continues to be a popular policy issue; yet, parties have split hairs over the issue for decades, says Jay Burbank.
There have been fierce clashes in Montenegro as the Serbian Orthodox church installed a new leader in a ceremony that exposed divisions in the Balkan country.
A gay teacher has won his lawsuit against the Catholic school that fired him after they learned he was planning to marry his same-sex partner.
Texas is the result of a decades-long effort to undermine the women's equality movement in the name of saving the US from God's judgment, says Matthew Avery Sutton.
Women must wear an abaya robe and niqab to cover their faces when attending classes at private colleges and universities, the Taliban have decreed.
Fri, 03 Sep 2021
Children involved in religious organisations, including Sunday schools and madrasas, are vulnerable to sexual abuse in cultures where victim blaming, abuse of power and mistrust of external authorities are common, a report says.
"Astonishingly, instead of going to the police, one survivor says the Jehovah's Witnesses made her give evidence to two elders, on her own, without either of her parents present."
A former pupil at a residential school said that the staff member at the former St Ninian's List D school in Stirlingshire tightened the vice, leaving him with a cut and crushed finger, most of which had to be amputated.
Andrew Graystone's book describes 'cult' of Christian Iwerne camps.
Police investigating a spate of unprovoked attacks on Jewish people in Hackney have made an arrest.
A British terrorist accused of beheading western hostages for Islamic State has pleaded guilty to multiple charges in a US federal court.
A 44-year-old man who told an undercover police officer he wanted to see London under the Islamic State flag has been jailed for sharing extremist videos on social media.
A Catholic priest based in the US has called for the crucifix to be removed from classrooms in Ireland as it is "merely cosmetic".
The Irish News*
Joe Biden condemned the US supreme court on Thursday, saying it had delivered "an unprecedented assault on a woman's constitutional right" in a rebuke of its decision not to consider a Texas law that effectively bans abortions after six weeks of pregnancy.
The supreme court's refusal to block the law marks a grave blow to the freedom and safety of women.
Afghans are still waiting to hear from their Taliban rulers what the new government will look like. The group has confirmed that no women would be included in the governing classes, but claimed that they would be able to return to low-level civil service jobs.
Unprovoked attacks on Muslims by Hindu mobs have become routine in India, but they seem to evoke little condemnation from the government, says Geeta Pandey.
Thu, 02 Sep 2021
More than a hundred children in Torbay were assigned to faith schools contrary to their families' top preferences this year, according to new research by the National Secular Society.
Ending denominational education would be a positive step for an increasingly diverse country, says Fiona Rintoul.
A preacher who subjected a gay man to a barrage of homophobic abuse during a debate at Speakers' Corner has been convicted of a hate crime.
Several abuse victims claim there is a culture within the Jehovah's Witnesses that fails those looking for help and puts others at risk.
A man told a court how he was subjected to painful electric shocks as a child by a brother from a religious order at a residential school.
The former head of the UK's largest private abortion provider has come to the defence of a Catholic university chaplain "cancelled" for expressing his anti-abortion opinions.
Online Safety Bill gives legal basis for censorship of LGBT people, Stephen Fry and campaigners warn
Stephen Fry has led warnings that a proposed law to tackle "harmful content" online could curb the free speech of LGBT people and other marginalised groups.
The so-called Heartbeat Act bans terminations after the detection of what anti-abortion campaigners call a foetal heartbeat - a point when many women do not know they are pregnant.
The Taliban have suddenly turned into freedom fighters, liberated educationists, and "legitimate stakeholders" for a section of Indian Muslims, says Abhijit Majumder.
Growing calls for a Hindu state underline popular dissatisfaction with Nepal's long stretch of political instability, says Kamal Dev Bhattarai.
Wed, 01 Sep 2021
Child abusers from a British religious community should not be reported to the police, one of its leaders has argued.
The first Catholic school in Northern Ireland to formally change its status to integrated is to open its doors for pupils.
Afghans who worked for the British military and UK government will be able to move to the UK permanently, the Home Office has announced.
Man harassed ex-wife with biblical messages after coming under influence of 'extreme Christian group'
A man bombarded his ex-wife with messages about marriage and adultery after falling under the influence of "extreme" American Christians, a court has heard.
A petition is being presented today at 10am to the Citizen Participation and Public Petitions Committee of the Scottish Parliament, seeking a pardon for all those convicted in Scotland under the infamous Witchcraft Act between 1563 and 1736.
The Famine Song is offensive — that is the point of it — but that does not make it criminal, says Alex Massie.
As a result of school closures in Ireland, specific educational recovery procedures will need to be implemented, and the removal of sacramental preparation from the school timetable would be a good place to start, a teacher writes.
The Irish Times*
The parliament of Finland will consider a total ban on conversion therapy, after an overwhelming number of Finns signed a citizens' initiative.
Saudi authorities have ordered mosques to remove "extremist" literature from libraries and end preaching to non-Muslims without permission, according to reports on Tuesday.
The New Arab
A new study has revealed how supportive Britons would be of a family member coming out as a member of the LGBTQ+ community.
Tue, 31 Aug 2021
A social media post by the manager of a city mosque which appears to praise the Taliban's leaders in prayer after taking Kabul is to be investigated by the Charity Commission.
A private Jewish school disregarded Covid-19 restrictions and took pupils for a barbecue on Hampstead Heath during the third national lockdown.
Scotland's Health Secretary Humza Yousaf has been accused of stoking up anti-Hindu tensions in the racism row over a nursery place for his daughter.
Police say they expect to make arrests after footage emerged appearing to show Rangers supporters singing a sectarian song before Sunday's Old Firm game.
When the government agreed to recognise get refusal as a form of domestic abuse, it was welcomed in the Jewish community as an important step that could help free 'chained wives' trapped in a dead marriage. But nothing is quite that simple, says Simon Rocker.
The Jewish Chronicle
The Taliban is planning to purge Afghanistan's education system of all elements that are "against Islam", according to an official, as activists and campaigners warn of a return to authoritarian rule in the country.
Hanan, a gay man terrified since the Taliban took control of the country, had been promised a safe way out of the country. He was deceived - two members of the Taliban met him and carried out their brutal attack.
Like other Afghans, the Uyghurs fear a worse existence under the Taliban. But they also fear something else: greater influence for China.
If extremists thought they could mobilise Muslim opinion through acts of clarifying violence, they have failed, says David Brooks.
The New York Times*
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