Mon, 03 Jun 2019
Pakistan's prime minister Imran Khan has called upon the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation to make a coordinated effort to clamp down on 'blasphemy'.
Brexit party MEP Ann Widdecombe, who has previously been outspoken in defence of Catholic political positions, has suggested science might one day "produce an answer" to being gay.
A Pakistani Hindu man has been charged with blasphemy against Islam. Police said yesterday that six people had been arrested over rioting in response to the arrest but the situation had returned to normal.
The New York Times
Loyalist groups have failed to overturn a council ban preventing them marching past a Catholic church where a priest was spat on last year.
A 'conservative Christian big thinker' is playing an influential role on a new US government human rights panel.
Fri, 31 May 2019
Children who were sexually abused in religious institutions often did not disclose assaults and mistreatment because they felt ashamed and guilty, a report from the independent inquiry into child sexual abuse has said.
Esther McVey, the Conservative leadership candidate, has sparked condemnation after saying parents should be free to stop their children learning about LGBT+ relationships in schools.
Lawyer Nazir Afzal has pointed the finger of blame at 'cowardly' government ministers and outsiders with a 'malicious' agenda after his failed bid to broker peace over LGBTQ equality at Anderton Park School in Birmingham.
Paul Bracchi investigates the spreading protests against LGBT-inclusive education.
The UK's foreign policy should include "expertise and engagement with" religion, the bishop of Winchester has told the House of Lords.
An independent school has been ordered by the government to stop segregating male and female pupils.
Councillors in Edinburgh have delayed a decision on whether to strip religious representatives of voting rights on education issues.
Edinburgh Evening News
New measures to protect women and girls against female genital mutilation are to go before MSPs.
A student group that is opposed to abortion has successfully legally challenged a ban on affiliation to a campus student union.
Some of the Netherlands' most frequently used circumcisers of Jewish infant boys are breaking the law, the Dutch health ministry has said.
The Jerusalem Post
A man who has protested against Pakistan's blasphemy laws has told of how he still doesn't feel free despite being given leave to remain in the UK.
The Democratic governor in the US state of Louisiana has signed a highly restrictive new abortion law that bans the procedure after a foetal heartbeat is detected.
Thu, 30 May 2019
Mediation between parents and staff over the issue of relationships education at a Birmingham primary school has stalled.
Damian Hinds has said 'tolerance and respect' has broken down amid ongoing protests outside schools in Birmingham.
Asifa Lahore says people should not expect the education system to be compromised for the benefit of religious groups at the detriment of other groups within society.
Religious representatives could lose their voting rights at Edinburgh City Council under proposals to be discussed today.
Edinburgh Evening News
The Sikh Federation UK is challenging the government over the 2021 census, particularly the decision not to include a Sikh ethnic group on the list of tick-box options.
Louisiana lawmakers on Wednesday passed a strict new abortion ban that would prohibit the procedure before some women even know they are pregnant, joining half a dozen conservative US states with similar measures.
Jill Filipovic says US anti-abortion activists know that you don't need to outlaw abortion outright if you can make getting a safe, legal one nearly impossible.
Israeli lawmakers have voted to dissolve parliament after prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu failed to form a coalition government. At the heart of the impasse was a military conscription bill governing exemptions for ultra-Orthodox Jewish seminary students.
Conservative coalition MPs in Australia have called for changes to the country's religious freedom laws after the rugby player Israel Folau was sacked over comments on gay people, atheists and others going to hell.
Kapil Komireddi says the BJP's shady "social media unit" administers a drip-feed of hate against minorities and dissenters.
The UN has adopted an international day commemorating the victims of violence that occurred because of their religion or belief.
Premier Christian Radio
Tim Lindsey says riots in Jakarta are the product of tensions over the place of Islam in Indonesian life and what is now a deep cleavage in Indonesian politics.
Wed, 29 May 2019
Conservative leadership hopeful Rory Stewart has said he wants to set up a citizens' assembly to thrash out a Brexit compromise, with the archbishop of Canterbury as mediator.
A year after being ordered to carry out a fresh inspection into child abuse, the Church of England's Rochester diocese is yet to receive guidance on exactly what to include.
Talks have opened between the Catholic Church and Perth and Kinross Council over a decision to withdraw religious representatives' voting rights on education issues.
Tehmina Kazi says the government must support schools which have faced anti-LGBT protests from Muslims.
Yasmin Alibhai-Brown says too many Muslims are hysterically homophobic and fair-minded Muslims need to denounce them.
A teacher is behind a national campaign to challenge sex education in schools, which he claims can expose children to adultery.
The Times (£)
The Equality and Human Rights Commission has launched a formal investigation into the Labour Party over allegations of antisemitism.
Some girls may be at greater risk of female genital mutilation over the next few months, a charity has warned.
A proposed ban on smacking children has been overwhelmingly backed in principle by the Scottish parliament, despite opposition from some religious groups such as the Christian Institute.
The routes of four Loyalist parades through Glasgow have been changed after police raised "significant" concerns.
By Friday Missouri may be the first state in the United States to no longer offer abortions since the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision in 1973.
The idea that those who do not believe in God lack morality has been disputed by new research.
Tue, 28 May 2019
NSS chief executive Stephen Evans says the adoption of a proposed definition of 'Islamophobia' would drive important debates underground and accelerate the normalisation of blasphemy taboos.
The Sunday Times (£)
A teacher whose lessons on LGBT relationships have been met with protests has led Birmingham Pride this weekend.
Veteran human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has criticised the government's lack of guidance to schools amid protests over LGBT-inclusive lessons in Birmingham.
The school head caught in the crossfire between demonstrators and the law amid protests in Birmingham tells Donna Ferguson of the stress endured as a result of her desire to promote equality.
A proposed definition of Islamophobia has been rejected in a debate at Lancashire County Council.
A petition to save the career of a doctor who asked a Muslim patient to remove her veil so that he could better hear the details of her daughter's medical condition has reached more than 74,000 signatures.
People in the Republic of Ireland have voted overwhelmingly in favour of liberalising divorce laws, in a referendum held on Friday. Catholic pressure groups were the main source of opposition to the measure.
Pope Francis compared having an abortion to hiring a "hitman" and called the procedure always unacceptable on Saturday.
Prominent figures on the Christian right in the US ranging from religious magazines to authors to elected politicians have warned that the fight over abortion rights could lead to a new civil war.
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