Mon, 11 Jun 2018
Helen Lewis says the parliamentary debate on Northern Ireland's abortion law was a triumph of cross-party collaboration.
As parliament prepares to debate the updated counter-terrorism strategy, Sajid Javid defends the government's approach.
One in five young Scots say the legal limit for abortions should be extended beyond 24 weeks, according to a poll which exposes a generational divide over the issue.
The Times (£)
The Catholic Church has opened a "pro-life office" in Scotland to co-ordinate a campaign against abortion.
Neil Barber says it is "naïve and arrogant" of some Christians to assume hospital patients will want Bibles at their bedsides in this letter.
The Scotsman (via Press Reader)
New statistics show 84 Manx women travelled to the UK for an abortion at their own expense last year.
Thousands of people in cities across Europe marched in pride parades to support LGBT rights on Saturday.
Pennsylvania's state attorney general is expected to release a report detailing decades of sexual abuse and cover-ups by the Catholic Church.
The US network ABC and the actress Priyanka Chopra have apologised after some Hindus moaned about the plot of a TV show. In the show Chopra thwarted a terrorist attack planned by Hindu nationalists.
Fri, 08 Jun 2018
Pressure is growing on the government to reform Northern Ireland's restrictive abortion laws after the Supreme Court concluded they are incompatible with human rights legislation. Meanwhile one woman has pledged to continue the legal battle by bringing her own case, in a bid to overcome a technicality which made yesterday's ruling non-binding.
Campaigners have welcomed the call from judges yesterday for a radical reconsideration of NI's abortion law.
The support Prince Charles is said to have given a senior bishop while he defended himself against allegations of sexual abuse has raised serious questions.
Further details from a speech given by Scotland's first minister on Saturday, when she praised Catholic education.
Scottish Catholic Observer
The High Court is hearing a challenge to Ealing Council's decision to implement a 'buffer zone' around an abortion clinic. Judgement is expected to be reserved.
Spain’s new PM says he wants to “incorporate Islamic communities” while ending public funding for the Catholic Church
The new Spanish prime minister Pedro Sánchez has promised to remove religious symbolism from institutions, end public funding for the Catholic Church and remove religion from the school curriculum.
Norwegian lawmakers have overwhelmingly voted to ban clothing that covers the face in nurseries, schools and universities.
Hugh Tomlinson assesses a turn in fortunes for India's prime minister and his Hindu nationalist party.
The Times (£)
A bill to liberalise Argentina's restrictive law may fail, but the next attempt looks likely to succeed.
The Open Future blog says a combination of colonialism, culture wars and Islamic fundamentalism have restricted sexual freedom, but grassroots campaigns and pressure from Western institutions can help to change this.
Thu, 07 Jun 2018
The prince of Wales has been asked to give a witness statement to a public inquiry about a paedophile bishop convicted and jailed for abusing young men.
The Supreme Court will rule today on whether or not Northern Ireland's abortion law amounts to a violation of human rights.
For centuries in Scotland, it was illegal for gay or bisexual men to act on same-sex attractions. Yesterday the Scottish parliament unanimously passed the Historical Sexual Offences (Pardons and Disregards) Bill, which automatically pardons past convictions for homosexuality.
The European Union's top court has ruled in favour of a Romanian gay man's right to have his US husband live with him in Romania.
Joe McElroy says teachers need to help protect children.
An interview with NSS honorary associate and equality campaigner Peter Tatchell, covering topics including free speech and same-sex marriage.
The bishop of Maidstone has appeared to suggest clergy should deny communion to people in gay relationships.
Annie Brown laments the DUP leader's forthcoming trip to the mining town of Cowdenbeath, where she will lead an Orange Order march.
The Presbyterian Church has voted to loosen its affiliation with the Church of Scotland over its relatively liberal stance on the issue of same-sex relationships.
Bermuda's Supreme Court on Wednesday legalised same-sex marriage in the British island territory again — overturning a ban that was signed into law just four months ago.
Donna Abu-Nasr and Cagan Koc say secularists are on the defensive in Turkey as an election looms.
An interview with the head of a family-planning organisation in Texas on how President Trump's change to a federal birth-control programme will affect women.
Wed, 06 Jun 2018
The equalities minister has urged Northern Ireland's politicians to take action to liberalise abortion law or risk Westminster stepping in. Her words came after an impassioned Commons debate on the subject. During the debate the Northern Ireland secretary cautioned against Westminster taking the matter into its own hands but added it would be subject to a free vote if it returned to parliament.
Suzanne Breen says the abortion debate still rages fiercely in Northern Ireland – but in terms of some change, the writing's on the wall for all who want to read it.
A report from the group British Future has called for the 50 per cent faith cap on new free schools – which allows them to select up to half their intake on the basis of families' religion – to be applied to all state schools. The report's other recommendations include forcing faith schools to twin with those from other faiths.
A Home Office study has found significant failures in the approach to deradicalisation in schools, youth centres, sports clubs and English-language classes. The problems it identifies include that teachers are afraid to bring up religious issues with their students without appearing discriminatory.
The Times (£)
The Scottish parliament will pass a law that will automatically pardon gay and bisexual men who were convicted of sexual offences that are no longer illegal.
Ministers are to introduce a "three strikes" law for people caught streaming terrorist content in a counterterrorism bill to be published within days.
The Times (£)
A major brewery is removing the Saudi Arabia flag from World Cup bunting from hundreds of its pubs after complaints about displaying the Muslim profession of faith where alcohol is sold.
The chairman of the Conservative Muslim Forum has accused his party of a failure to take action on bigotry against Muslims and joined calls for an independent inquiry.
Arson attacks on two places of worship in Leeds are being treated as associated hate crimes by police.
An interview with Masih Alinejad of the My Stealthy Freedom campaign. She says all she wants is to give women the choice to wear the hijab or not.
The Erasmus blog says events in America are making it harder to agree about persecution and whom it afflicts.
Tue, 05 Jun 2018
Theresa May is under mounting pressure to lift Northern Ireland's abortion ban after MPs were granted an emergency debate on the issue.
The prime minister is unwilling to act to change restrictive abortion rules in Northern Ireland. She's understood to have told a private meeting of Conservative MPs that the political climate makes change impossible.
A teenager has been found guilty of plotting a terror attack on the British Museum in London with Britain's first all-woman cell.
NHS bosses have halted plans to place Bibles beside every bed in a new hospital after they ruled that Christianity should not be given preferential treatment.
Scotland's first minister has announced a cash injection of almost £100,000 for a teaching programme for Catholic schools.
The US Supreme Court has ruled 7-2 in favour of a Colorado baker who refused to create a wedding cake for a gay couple. Its narrow ruling leaves open the larger question of whether a business can discriminate against gay men and lesbians based on rights protected by the First Amendment.
The New York Times
David Mislin says the narrow scope of the Masterpiece Cakeshop decision ensures America's divisive debate over religious freedom, which has raged for nearly two centuries, will continue for the foreseeable future.
The Conversation (US)
Some parents have criticised a school in the Oxfordshire town of Didcot where all the meat served in the canteen is halal and packed lunches are not allowed.
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