Fri, 19 Jun 2020
An American evangelical Christian group is threatening to sue Newcastle City Council over a cancelled visit from a controversial preacher who called being gay "an abomination".
The government has been accused of "cultural and moral insensitivity" for sending pork sausages and bacon to clinically vulnerable Muslim families who are shielding during the coronavirus pandemic.
Just under 60% of Catholics in Northern Ireland now categorise themselves as nationalist compared with 50% two years ago. At the same time, the researchers from Queen's University Belfast's Ark project found 67% of Protestants now classified themselves as unionist compared with 55% in 2018.
Guernsey's debate on abortion law changes will not be delayed, after a motion was defeated by just one vote.
Catholic bishops in Costa Rica, with the backing of the Evangelical Alliance, are against a proposed reform of the constitution removing Catholicism as the official state religion.
Staff at Canadian human rights museum say they were forced to censor LGBT+ displays for religious visitors
Staff at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights have claimed they were forced to censor LGBT+ content when giving tours to certain groups.
Women in Malta, where abortion is banned, have been unable to travel abroad for terminations.
"The Catholic Church has an asset base estimated to be worth more than $30 billion in Australia alone. Even if it's legal for them to access JobKeeper, how is it ethical?"
A Russian monk who has denied the coronavirus' existence and urged believers to ignore the Kremlin's lockdown orders has taken control of a monastery in the Ural Mountains.
Thu, 18 Jun 2020
Charities that offer "gay conversion therapy" should be investigated and stripped of their charity status if they do not cease the practice, campaigners and politicians have said. We're quoted.
The Church of England said new evidence linking George Carey to a review into allegations of abuse against the late John Smyth had emerged.
Abortion regulations which came into effect in Northern Ireland in March have passed their final legislative hurdle in Westminster.
The teenager, from Hampshire, has been charged with one count of preparation of terrorist acts connected to Islamist terrorism.
Cllr Judith Clementson has been suspended from the Conservative Party after the tweets were exposed by the Hope not Hate group.
At least 3,000 children have been abused by members of French Catholic Church since 1950, commission finds
Jean-Marc Sauve, the president of the task force, said 1,500 clergy and church officials are thought to have carried out sexual abuse on minors over the last 70 years.
A landmark Supreme Court ruling in favour of LGBT workers Monday injected fresh uncertainty into President Trump's aggressive efforts to maintain the support of evangelical voters for his reelection campaign.
The Wall Street Journal (£)
A death row inmate has been given a temporary reprieve after arguing his religious rights were being violated as a chaplain could not be in the execution chamber.
Premier Christian News
The death of an Egyptian gay rights activist who spent three months in jail after raising a Pride flag at a concert has prompted a rare outbreak of sympathy in a country noted for its hostility to "alternative lifestyles".
The Times (£)
A new report into online extremism has warned that thousands of pieces of violent antisemitic material are being disseminated on social media.
Wed, 17 Jun 2020
The men allege they are victims of religious persecution by the Indian government, which is led by the rightwing Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata party (BJP), known for its anti-Muslim agenda.
A Christian charity is calling for MP's to reject new abortion regulations for Northern Ireland that "discriminate against people with disabilities" after Members of the House of Lords at Westminster voted to approve them.
Premier Christian News
A Sheffield beer company has apologised following backlash from the Hindu community over the "highly inappropriate" and "very disrespectful" title of one of its drinks.
Harrow Central Mosque withdrew its application to modify a planning condition that could have allowed it to play the adhan once a week – on Fridays at 6pm – for a period of three months.
This Is Local London
The Church of England has become embroiled in a racism row for turning down a black trainee vicar because a "monochrome white working class" area might make him feel "uncomfortable".
A number of victims' groups called for Brendan McAllister to stand down, or be removed from his post, after it became apparent he has been officiating at Catholic church services at St Peter's in Warrenpoint.
The landmark June 15 Supreme Court ruling protecting gay and transgender people from employment discrimination based on sex has raised concern among religious organisations.
After being freed from prison, Hegazy was granted asylum in Canada, but continued to suffer from PTSD and depression caused by her traumatic imprisonment.
The Education and Workforce Committee's report to the House of Parliament last week on the Education and Training Bill shows that they have failed to listen to much of the feedback they received from the public about the discriminatory practice of allowing religious instruction in schools.
Muslim zealots are using police action as a pretext to severely punish Bala for making blasphemous posts on Facebook, says Leo Igwe.
Tue, 16 Jun 2020
The House of Lords has overwhelmingly backed abortion regulations for Northern Ireland despite opposition by the Stormont Assembly.
Survivors of institutional abuse in Northern Ireland have called for the resignation of their Stormont appointed advocate over his "leadership role" within the Catholic church.
The top court in the US has ruled that employers who fire workers for being gay or transgender are breaking the country's civil rights laws.
The U.S. Supreme Court's ruling protecting LGBT rights in the workplace sets the stage for another major legal fight over the scope of religious-rights exemptions to certain federal laws that could dilute the landmark decision's impact.
Much progress has been made in attitudes towards sexual equality and gender identity – but in many places a dramatic backlash by conservative forces has followed.
The Bishop of Dover has condemned the all-white leadership of the Church of England, calling for bishops to "examine ourselves" and make reforms.
Iran is scaling back access to vasectomies, contraceptives and other family planning services as the regime's leadership launches a campaign to boost the country's population size.
The Nepalese government has formed a high-level independent committee to investigate alleged caste-based killings over an arranged marriage dispute.
As lockdowns linger and economies falter, girls who are out of school are at increased risk of being cut.
Despite initial fears, an overwhelming majority of the returnees appear to be shunning extremist causes so far, and many avowedly reject the Islamic State and its violent tactics.
The Washington Post
Mon, 15 Jun 2020
Women seeking abortions in Northern Ireland are still struggling to access services.
A senior figure in Stamford Hill has acknowledged that weddings have been taking place within London's Charedi community.
A petition calling on the UK government to make LGBT conversion therapy in the UK illegal has, at the last count, been signed by almost 116,000 people – more than enough to trigger a debate in parliament. Our recent campaigning on this issue is referenced.
NSS research into the role of charities in 'conversion therapy' is referenced in this essay outlining the practice.
Brighton and Hove will encourage primary schools to teach LGBT-inclusive sex education above and beyond what will be required by the government from September 2020.
Dozens of soldiers and civilians are reported to have been killed in twin attacks by Islamist militants in north-eastern Nigeria's Borno state.
Australia's first trans-led legal service hit with wave of concern over religious discrimination bill
The first Australian trans-led legal service for trans and gender diverse people has already had an influx of clients seeking advice over the government's proposed religious discrimination legislation, even before the legislation has reached parliament.
The recipient of this year's Richard Dawkins Award, Javed Akhtar has been an avowed atheist and an untiring critic of fundamentalism, communalism, and superstition.
'Angels, Muslim saints, and soldiers disappearing into fluffy white clouds. The tour guides are rewriting history and the secularists are none too happy.'
The Independent (£)
Fri, 12 Jun 2020
Faith Minister Stephen Greenhalgh said communal prayer could take place from 4th July at the earliest.
The Catholic Universe
A State Department has official singled out China as one of the world's worst offenders of religious freedom, saying it backslid the most last year as thousands more people of faith were subjected to imprisonment and forced labour.
The Washington Post
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