Mon, 06 Jan 2020
Education authorities in Ireland are spending almost €10m of taxpayers' money on hiring religious chaplains for State-run multidenominational secondary schools.
The Irish Times
There have been reports of masked men attacking students at one of India's most prestigious universities. The university recently saw protests over a discriminatory citizenship law. The student union at the university blamed the latest violence on a right-wing student body linked to India's governing Hindu nationalist BJP party.
Anti-abortion campaigners are increasingly targeting students at UK universities, where there has been a rise in the number of anti-abortion societies on campus and demonstrations by outside groups displaying graphic imagery.
A rally on Friday highlighted President Trump's need to retain the loyalty of the evangelical voting bloc that propelled him to victory in 2016.
A town council has declared Bridport to be the first 'rights-respecting town' in England with its own Rights Charter.
Bridport & Lyme Regis News
Cats are 'very godlike' which make them more likely to be owned by atheists than churchgoers as a substitute for religion, a study has claimed.
Fri, 03 Jan 2020
Newly-elected MP Kenny MacAskill questions the practice of holding Christian prayers as sitting days open in the House of Commons.
A Christian campaign group says the government has committed to measures that will protect critics of same sex marriage from prosecution.
Across Britain, 34% of people agree that "all morals are grounded in religious teachings", with 32% disagreeing and the rest undecided, according to a survey by the publisher UnHerd and pollster FocalData.
A key proposal in talks over power-sharing at Stormont is to reform the petition of concern so its use would have to be approved on each occasion by the Human Rights Commission, it has been claimed. The petition has previously been used to block measures including the legalisation of same-sex marriage.
Proposals in Leeds would create a demarcated area for orthodox Jews to use during the Jewish Sabbath.
The psychologist behind the UK's main deradicalisation programme for terror offenders says it can never be certain that attackers have been "cured".
More than 200 members of the US Congress are urging the country's Supreme Court to reconsider – if not overrule – the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, which legalised abortion nationwide.
Police in Uttar Pradesh state in India have embarked on a 'reign of terror' against Muslims in the wake of a discriminatory new citizenship law.
Minibuses that run on Friday evenings and Saturdays buck Israel's religious restrictions.
Two more cases of clerical sexual abuse have added new twists to the series of accusations that gnaw away at the image of the Catholic Church in France.
Thu, 02 Jan 2020
The secretary and chief executive of the Church Commissioners, Andrew Brown, and the former chief legal adviser for the C of E, Stephen Slack, were among the people recognised in the new year honours list. They were appointed OBE and CBE respectively.
One of the first mixed-sex couples to become civil partners hailed it as a "unique, special and personal moment".
A landmark legal hearing begins today in Norwich, with a panel to decide if veganism is a "philosophical or religious belief" and thus protected in law.
The portrayal of Islam and Muslims in the British press has been "the most difficult issue" facing the press watchdog in the past five years, according to its outgoing chief.
The Church of England is to use 'unconscious bias training' to help ensure half of its leaders are female by 2030.
The pope has apologised for angrily striking the hand of a woman who reached out and yanked him towards her.
Anti-Islamic slogans have been painted on a building close to a mosque and cultural centre in south London, the Metropolitan Police has said. The incident comes shortly after antisemitic graffiti was sprayed across a synagogue and shops in north London.
A teacher who lost his job after making homophobic comments is back in the classroom giving advice to teachers.
The Times (£)
A Chinese court has sentenced the pastor Wang Yi to nine years in prison on charges of inciting subversion of state power and illegally operating a business.
A senior police officer in an Indian state which has seen 19 deaths in protests over a discriminatory citizenship law has been filmed telling demonstrators to "go to Pakistan".
The Royal Film Commission of Jordan has called on Netflix to ban a US drama series due to stream in the country this week.
A far-right group is claiming responsibility for a Christmas Eve attack on the headquarters of Porta dos Fundos, the comedy group behind the portrayal of a gay Jesus in Netflix's "The First Temptation of Christ."
Tue, 24 Dec 2019
Boris Johnson vows to defend persecuted Christians around the world in first Christmas message as PM
Boris Johnson has vowed to defend persecuted Christians around the world and their "right to practise their faith".
This editorial says the persecution of religious minorities has intensified across the globe over the past decade. Free societies must insist upon and defend the exercise of private conscience.
The Times (£)
More than 3,000 people have signed a petition calling for a new Netflix show to be banned or face a boycott amid claims it will be disrespectful to Islamic and Christian beliefs.
The Catholic Church's dominance of education in Ireland is continuing to slide in the face of rapid growth for the multi-denominational sector.
The Independent (Ireland)
Indian prime minister's Hindu nationalist party has lost a key state election, a setback for Narendra Modi's party as it faces massive anti-government protests against a contentious new citizenship law.
A disturbing policy implemented in the northwest Chinese region of Xinjiang is a forced-living arrangement between Han Chinese men and Uighur women that's been likened to "mass rape".
Christian Concern is unhappy over the appointment of Stephen Cottrell as the new archbishop of York.
The Freethinker (Patheos)
It appears that the Christian-nationalist Project Blitz movement's momentum has been slowed in America.
Mon, 23 Dec 2019
This round-up of news includes a bill drafted with NSS assistance which would end the automatic right of bishops to sit in the House of Lords.
Law and Religion UK
Islamist extremists in Britain's prisons are holding makeshift Sharia trials, circulating banned books and openly grooming young Muslim inmates, The Times has been told.
The Times (£)
Following the UK government's rejection of the APPG on British Muslims' definition of Islamophobia, Mairi Hughes looks at whether Wales could adopt it.
There were arguments at a Peterborough City Council meeting over the consultation process being used to determine if a new Catholic school will be built.
The number of girls being forced into marriage spikes during the Christmas holidays due to authorities failing to properly protect girls ahead of the festive period, frontline service providers have warned.
The peer Alex Carlile has been stood down by the government as independent reviewer of the Prevent programme following a legal challenge over his appointment.
A university lecturer in Pakistan has been sentenced to death for blasphemy.
Indian prime minister Narendra Modi has defended the government's new citizenship law, despite the major ongoing protests against it.
A campaigner who claims he was sacked for his ethical beliefs is demanding judges to recognise veganism as a protected category similar to faith.
Fri, 20 Dec 2019
Minutes of a meeting in January have been revealed that show multiple complaints from patients at Bethesda Medical Centre that religion was 'pushed upon' them. Dr Richard Scott was cleared last month of any wrongdoing by the General Medical Council after the NSS reported that he was preaching to patients.
The European court of human rights has instructed the government to reimburse the women for the cost of travel and the termination at a private English clinic seven years ago.
New protection orders aimed at halting female genital mutilation can be an "effective and proven approach" to dealing with the problem, MSPs have been told.
An independent faith school in Solihull which was repeatedly warned by Ofsted over its failings closed its doors on the day of a recent inspection.
Paul Lamb has failed to overturn the ban on assisted dying after arguing it was discriminatory against people with disabilities.
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