Mon, 08 Oct 2018
A campaign raising awareness of the dangers of female genital mutilation (FGM) has been launched by the government as the practice remains "cloaked in secrecy".
Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation to the Supreme Court on Saturday is widely expected to swing America's highest court to the right for generation. It could affect abortion rights and access to contraception, with Kavanaugh's record suggesting he will side with religious groups on these issues.
A referendum to establish a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage in Romania has failed after only a fifth of voters bothered to turn out.
Asia Bibi, a Pakistani Christian woman accused of blasphemy in 2009, is scheduled for her final appeal against execution today.
Nobel peace prize winner Nadia Murad describes her extraordinary journey from suffering at the hands of Islamic State to human rights campaigner.
An abortion advocacy group in New Zealand has brought a discrimination complaint over the country's abortion laws before its human rights commission.
Fri, 05 Oct 2018
The UK's highest court is to rule next week on whether the Christian owners of a bakery discriminated against a customer by refusing to make a cake decorated with the words "Support Gay Marriage".
MSPs have raised objections to a Police Scotland document that said displaying the Vatican flag in a "provocative manner" could be a criminal offence.
Scottish Catholic Observer
An official Police Scotland list of flags which could be a criminal offence to display in a "provocative manner" includes the Irish tricolour, the Israeli and Palestinian flags and the Catalan and Basque flags.
Special protection orders could be introduced in Scotland in a bid to prevent women and girls at risk of female general mutilation from being taken abroad.
This weekend will see two new LGBT Pride events happening in the Hebrides and Inverness as the Highlands and Islands bring a record-breaking Pride year to a close in Scotland.
A transgender woman who grew up in the Charedi Jewish community has welcomed the government's proposal to outlaw conversion therapy.
One of the leaders of the Sweden Democrats party has submitted a non-binding draft motion to the Swedish parliament calling for a ban on non-medical circumcision of boys.
Parents will have to opt their children into religious instruction in state secondary schools under new directions to be issued shortly.
The Irish Times
Romanians are set to vote on a referendum that would outlaw same-sex marriage.
Evangelical Christians came out aggressively for Donald Trump in the 2016 US presidential election. As president, Trump has returned the favour, delivering for the Christian right — not just at home, but also overseas.
Thu, 04 Oct 2018
Dr John Hall, the chair of the Commission on Religious Education, outlines and explains the proposals it has made.
The Police Service of Northern Ireland is considering re-introducing quotas to encourage Catholic officers to join the force.
More than 50 victims of female genital mutilation were seen by NHS staff in hospitals across Northamptonshire in the last year.
Northampton Chronicle & Echo
The archbishop of Santiago, the most senior figure in Chile's Catholic Church, has exercised his right to silence after being summoned for questioning over allegations he helped cover up child abuse.
Canadian public employees may not be allowed to wear religious clothing under a law being proposed in Quebec.
Quebec's top court has ruled that a judge was wrong to deny a hearing to a woman wearing a hijab.
The Globe And Mail
A row over conscientious objection has broken out in Ireland as legislation to introduce abortion services is brought before parliament on Thursday.
A group called the Atheism Association in Turkey has been forced to shut down.
Indian police bussed seven Rohingya Muslims to the border on Wednesday to be deported to neighbouring Myanmar (Burma) in the first move against the group. Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist government has ordered state governments last year to identify and deport illegal Rohingya immigrants.
The US State Department has begun imposing a new policy that restricts visas for the same-sex partners of staff of US-based international organisations, such as the UN, the World Bank and the IMF. The US will now issue only issue partners with the visas they need to stay in the country if the couple is legally married.
A letter in which Albert Einstein explicitly rejected God and religion will be auctioned in December for the second time since the famous physicist wrote it a year before his death.
The Washington Post
Confidence in Pope Francis's handling of the sexual abuse scandal that has engulfed the Catholic church this year has fallen sharply among the faithful in the US, a new survey shows.
Wed, 03 Oct 2018
All couples in England and Wales will be able to choose to have a civil partnership rather than get married, Theresa May has announced.
Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has welcomed the move to legalise opposite-sex civil partnerships. James Mildred, from the Christian Action Research and Education group, has said there is "a real danger" the decision "will just further undermine marriage".
Victims of forced marriage will be able to block their abusers from entering Britain in an overhaul of immigration rules.
The Times (£)
The Irish government's ban on the use of religion in enrolment procedures could force hundreds of schools to amend policies for applications for entry next year. The education minister will sign an order bringing the restriction into effect this morning.
Shaun Bailey, the Conservative party's candidate for mayor of London, wrote of his concern at the removal of Christianity in Britain in a pamphlet in 2005. He also criticised accommodations being made for Muslims and Hindus.
A council is to take part in a gay pride march in the Highlands which was the subject of a petition seeking a ban.
This weekend Romania will vote on whether to narrow the constitutional definition of marriage from a union of spouses to one between a man and a woman. Human rights groups have warned the vote will embolden attempts to chip away at the rights of minority groups.
Anti-abortion campaigners in Ireland are lobbying to make it mandatory for a burial to be held after a pregnancy is terminated as parliamentarians prepare to legalise abortions.
The Times (£)
Campaigners who fought against marriage equality and abortion legalisation in Ireland have said they do not intend to oppose the removal of blasphemy from the constitution.
The Times (£)
French police raided a Shi'ite Muslim faith centre and arrested three of its leaders for illegal weapons possession in pre-dawn swoops on Tuesday that government officials said were prompted by suspicion of links to terrorist organisations.
The Trump administration is reviewing ways to clamp down on the export of US technology that China's government could use in its surveillance and internment of minority Muslims.
A man who says he was sexually abused decades ago by his parish priest has said he is suing all Catholic bishops in California and the archdiocese of Chicago, seeking to compel church officials to release records on clergy abuse.
Tue, 02 Oct 2018
The dean of Westminster has conducted this year's judges' service, an Anglican ceremony marking the beginning of the legal year.
The new head of a Catholic school has "absolutely promised" children are safe after a report found the school hid allegations of historical child abuse.
Two government-funded programmes for listed places of worship, totalling almost £3m, have been launched.
The Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu has announced his retirement.
Kenan Malik says 30 years after Muslims reacted furiously to Salman Rushdie's novel, we've yet to learn the right lessons.
Brendan O'Neill says the ayatollah Khomeini "has won", 30 years on from the publication of The Satanic Verses.
A new Islamic centre in Sheffield responsible for the care and education of children has appointed to a key position a convicted criminal who sold mobile phones stolen from teenagers.
The Sunday Telegraph
Peter Gunning says it "makes no sense" for one church to claim ownership of Irish schools' ethos and religious schools should "stop playing the pretend game".
The Irish Times
Victims' groups have said Chile's Catholic Church has "poor judgement" after a manual published on the website of Santiago's archbishop instructed priests and other church workers not to "touch the genitals of" or "sleep with" children.
Kathy Gannon says Imran Khan's concessions to religious hardliners have underscored the Ahmadis' fraught position in Pakistan.
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