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Fri, 28 May 2021
Applicants for a chaplain's job at a Maryland county jail had to sign a statement affirming that they are Christians, a Muslim man claims Thursday in a federal lawsuit accusing the county and a contractor of religious discrimination.
There has been a serious escalation in violence against Christians in Nigeria with thousands kidnapped and hundreds killed in just the last few months.
Suspected Islamist militants killed at least 22 civilians with knives and machetes in an overnight raid on villages near the town of Beni in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, a local official said on Wednesday.
Anti-Muslim policies harm not just Muslims, but the poor and marginalized, says Sunita Viswanath.
Thu, 27 May 2021
Batley Grammar: Teacher at centre of row over Muhammad image allowed to return to class – NSS quoted
A teacher who was suspended after showing children at Batley Grammar School a caricature of Muhammad can return to the classroom. NSS chief executive Stephen Evans is quoted.
The Batley Multi Academy Trust said it was "not necessary" to use pictures of Muhammad in RS lessons or any other lessons out of "respect" for the views of the school community.
Teacher who showed Muhammad cartoon to pupils during RE lesson can return to school because he did not mean to cause offence, probe concludes – NSS quoted
A teacher who was suspended after showing a cartoon of Muhammad to pupils during an RE lesson is to be allowed to return to his job because he did not mean to cause any offence, a report into the controversial incident has concluded.
The UK government's furlough scheme has been condemned as "reckless and irresponsible", for handing tens of thousands of pounds to "homophobic" churches.
Abdul Sattar invited speakers including one who claimed the Bible tells Christians to 'throw homosexuals off mountains' and described being gay as an 'abominable action which goes against humanity'.
Former Ulster and Ireland rugby star Andrew Trimble says he cannot understand why the vast majority of children in Northern Ireland go to separate schools where they rarely spend time with pupils from other religious or cultural backgrounds.
Jasvinder Sanghera echoes growing calls to make caste-based discrimination an offence enshrined in British law - just as it is with race or religious hate crimes.
A doctor in the UK is under investigation by the national regulator following an investigation into the worldwide spread of an unproven and potentially dangerous treatment, invented by the US Christian Right, that claims to 'reverse' abortions.
The Police Service of Northern Ireland is investigating complaints that comments made by evangelical preachers in Banbridge amounted to hate crimes.
The Irish News*
An evangelical Christian independent school which temporarily set up in Reading two years ago is seeking another three years in the town due to difficulty getting planning permission in a village near High Wycombe.
The Reading Chronicle
Wed, 26 May 2021
A Northern Irish woman told to travel to England for an abortion during the pandemic lockdown will have her case against the Northern Ireland secretary, the Northern Ireland Executive and its health department heard at Belfast high court today.
Northern Irish women from the Protestant community have described the election of Edwin Poots as the de facto leader of unionism, as "very worrying" and "depressing".
The Irish Times*
Sajid Javid has urged the Conservatives to get their "house in order" on anti-Muslim sentiment as he reveals that he was blocked from standing in a safe Tory seat on the basis that its constituents wouldn't vote for a Muslim MP.
Upholding both a ban and religious exemption is proving to be inherently contradictory, says Megan Todd.
In 2018, it was estimated that 200 million females around the world underwent genital mutilation, with 20 million women and girls being mutilated in Nigeria – 10% of the worldwide total.
Conor Sheehan said that groups have been gathering outside the Limerick maternity hospital and "intimidating" women on an almost daily basis for several months.
Called a "trigger" law, House Bill 1280 would take effect 30 days after the Supreme Court overturned the Roe decision or after a court ruling or constitutional amendment gave states the authority to prohibit abortions.
The Texas Tribune
Prime Minister Imran Khan's administration is preparing to implement a uniform education system in the country with a strong focus on an Islamized syllabus and teaching the Quran.
Rights groups have condemned the arrest of 21 people by Ghanaian police for "unlawful assembly" and promoting an LGBTQ+ agenda, in the latest move against sexual minorities in the country.
Tue, 25 May 2021
Anti-abortion campaigners have formally lodged proceedings in Belfast against regulations giving the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland powers to direct the commissioning of abortion services.
Irish Legal News
Cross-community action on culture, sport and schools shows that historical divisions are slowly eroding, says Brian Coney.
To reverse the 'pills by post' policy now would not only lose the accessibility benefits, and other bonuses like reduced waiting times, but experts also fear reversing the provision could have the dangerous unintended side effect of diverting more women to illegal methods of abortion, says Sophie Gallagher.
‘Crackdowns on child abuse in the Catholic Church have been toothless – this time we’ll root it out for good’
Nazir Afzal says he will help the Catholic Church bring in some of the toughest safeguarding measures in the country – failure to protect children will not be tolerated.
Haldun Gülalp explains why critiques of secularism, especially in France, fundamentally misunderstand the principles of equality and human rights on which it is based.
Doctors in India have hit out against yoga guru Baba Ramdev over his controversial statements against modern medicine.
Health workers and officials have raised concerns about low turnout at some vaccination sites, saying jabs are going to waste. They blame fake news campaigns that have included leaflets saying vaccines contain "satanic" material.
The trial of defrocked priest Richard Daschbach, charged with sexual abuse of 14 girls, is dividing the small, deeply Catholic country.
Women who gave up everything to follow Mother Teresa and devote their lives to her Missionaries of Charity are now sharing shocking insights into the closed Catholic congregation in a new podcast that sees them comparing the religious group to a cult.
Mon, 24 May 2021
An Oldham group is campaigning for an end to "religious selection" and "discrimination" in the borough's schools, including the new Brian Clarke Church of England Academy.
The Oldham Times
The Church of Scotland is set to consider legislation allowing ministers and deacons to conduct same-sex marriages.
Tutor who lackedsupport after suspension for showing picture of Mohammed finds unlikely allies in the Bury branch of Unite.
An Isle of Wight councillor is trying once again to end prayers being said at the start of full Isle of Wight Council meetings.
On The Wight
The government has been accused of "unacceptable" delays to its crackdown on illegal schools, as new figures show tip-offs to Ofsted now average 12 a month.
Priti Patel has ordered an inquiry into a prominent Muslim cleric paid by the Government to combat extremism after he told an angry crowd that Israel is a 'terrorist state'.
A woman who gave birth at a mother and baby home has brought a High Court challenge over a finding by the commission that investigated the homes that there was no evidence that births at those facilities had been illegally registered.
The Irish Times*
In March the Vatican released a stern pronouncement, calling same-sex unions "sinful" and reiterating a ban on priests giving blessings to same-sex unions. This is something individual, liberally minded priests sometimes do - but until now rarely in public.
More than four in ten millennials in the United States do not know, believe or care if God exists, according to Arizona Christian University research.
For the first time in three decades, yoga can be taught, but the law will still bar teachers from using Sanskrit names for poses.
The New York Times*
The founders of Hindus for Human Rights are being sued by one of the largest, and wealthiest, Hindu organisations in the United States: the Hindu American Foundation.
Religion News Service
Fri, 21 May 2021
The archbishop of Canterbury has issued a "full personal apology" to survivors of sadistic abuse perpetrated by a QC in the 1970s and 80s against public schoolboys who attended Christian holiday camps.
Collective worship in Church of England schools must have a clear and authentic Christian message, the C of E Education Office's new guidance document says.
Grants of more than £9 million have been awarded to expand the Church of England's ministry among "Generation Z", 11- to 25-year-olds — many of whom have never set foot inside a church.
Radical Birmingham cleric Shaykh Asrar Rashid has called on Muslim states to wage holy war and launch air strikes to drive "cowardly" Jews out of Israel.
The Jewish Chronicle
If Boris Johnson's government avoids tackling the ideological infrastructure of Islamism, the UK will be forced not only to deal with spasmodic eruptions of violence, but with a fracturing of society, says Ayaan Hirsi Ali.
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