Wed, 07 Oct 2020
The French government plans to introduce jail terms and fines for doctors who provide controversial so-called "virginity certificates" for traditional religious marriages.
An Australian man who accused Cardinal George Pell of sexually abusing him denied Monday he was bribed for his testimony, shooting down the latest conspiracy theory to roil the Vatican amid a corruption investigation into its shady finances.
A Christian man who was sentenced to death on charges of blasphemy has been acquitted by a court in Pakistan.
Premier Christian News
Singer Rihanna has apologised to the Muslim community after a hadith was featured during part of her Savage X Fenty lingerie fashion show.
Traditional methods of circumcision will be outlawed if parliament enacts Kandara MP Alice Wahome's Bill on male genital cutting.
These women, who comprise about 16% of India's female population, face a "triple burden" of gender bias, caste discrimination and economic deprivation.
Tue, 06 Oct 2020
A Leytonstone GP who performed an illegal circumcision has been fined £4,000 after a four-week-old baby was admitted to hospital following the procedure.
East London & West Essex Guardian
A DUP councillor has been criticised by his own party after he supported a murdered Ulster Volunteer Force member who described Catholics as "fenian scum" and said they should be incinerated.
Avon and Somerset Police have applied to the High Court for an injunction against a Christian preacher, arguing his behaviour could cause "significant risk or harm to others".
Premier Christian News
Mike Haines, brother of aid worker David who was beheaded by Islamic State in 2014, has said online grooming is getting worse since the start of lockdown.
Recent games distributed across UK include ones that show Muslims being stabbed and decapitated, Jews being gunned down in a synagogue and black people being shot.
The General Assembly of the Church of Scotland has approved a growth plan in Edinburgh, amid fears the Kirk's annual income could fall by an estimated £20 million this year.
Edinburgh Evening News
The lawyer who defended Cardinal George Pell against charges of molesting choirboys has demanded a full investigation into allegations that Vatican money was used to secure his conviction in an effort to stop him exposing its corrupt finances.
The Times (£)
A Muslim professor shot and killed another professor from the Ahmadi Muslim community in the northwestern city of Peshawar, Pakistan on Monday.
In this era of increasing diversity and the breaking of long-rigid political-demographic barriers, there is no self-identifying atheist in national politics.
Nearly thirty years after the destruction of the mosque by Hindu fanatics, the court judgment confirms fears for India's future.
Mon, 05 Oct 2020
Stockport council says it has taken the 'difficult decision' to withdraw free bus passes for faith school pupils in the face of huge financial pressures. But angry parents say it is tantamount to 'discrimination' and shows an 'utter disrespect' of their Catholic faith.
Manchester Evening News
Muslim Iranians who have converted to Christianity have won a landmark fight with home secretary Priti Patel to remain in Scotland in UK test case that is understood to impact on hundreds of potential asylum seeker claims.
The Bishop of Carlisle is being investigated by the Church of England after he provided a character reference for paedophile priest Robert Bailey.
Thousands of children, generally between the age of three and 14, were sent overseas to countries such as Australia and New Zealand in an attempt to give them a better life. Instead, however, many children were abused.
The hate crime bill is a law which if introduced could change comedy – and free speech – forever, says Hardeep Singh.
Two NI GPs speak about their trauma as a result of what they say was LGBT 'conversion therapy', as the Prime Minister commits to pushing forward with legislation to ban the practice.
President Emmanuel Macron on Friday outlined new legislation aimed at groups considered hostile to France and French values.
Child-protection policies adopted by Roman Catholic leaders to curb clergy sex abuse in the United States are inconsistent and often worryingly incomplete, according to a think tank's two-year investigation encompassing all 32 of the country's archdioceses.
The Freedom From Religion Foundation has filed a federal lawsuit challenging Alabama's mandatory religious oath for voter registration.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's centre-left government vowed on Monday to ban conversion therapy, which aims to change a person's sexual orientation.
There are speculations that the president of the Humanist Association of Nigeria, Mubarak Bala, has been murdered in prison in Kano, Northern Nigeria. He was arrested after criticising Islam.
We must stand up for our brothers and sisters' rights and privileges, no matter what class-system they are in, says Peony Hirwani.
Fri, 02 Oct 2020
The National Secular Society report, which marks the 10th anniversary of Equality Act, says religious exceptions within the Act means discrimination against the non-religious and members of religious minorities remains lawful across key areas of public life.
A leading professor with incurable cancer has called for a review of assisted dying laws saying "I want some control in my final days".
Christian street preacher loses appeal against conviction for ranting ‘all Muslims are going to hell’
A Christian street preacher, once awarded £2,500 for 'wrongful arrest' and the confiscation of his Bible, has lost his appeal against conviction for ranting: 'All Muslims are going to hell.'
A 14-year-old boy developed extreme views influenced by Islamic State and attempted to make homemade bombs during the coronavirus lockdown, a court has heard.
The Evening Standard
The chair of Atheist Ireland Michael Nugent has written to the Historical Society at Trinity College Dublin asking it to reconsider its recent decision to drop Professor Richard Dawkins from its 2021 list of speakers.
The Freethinker (Patheos)
The UN has called on Nigeria to scrap the death sentence handed to a musician by a Sharia court for sharing a 'blasphemous' song on WhatsApp.
A Roman Catholic diocese in New York City's suburbs has become the largest in the US to declare bankruptcy to protect itself from a wave of lawsuits filed over past sexual abuse by clergy members.
A conservative legal group has filed lawsuits challenging a new Virginia law that bars discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
Amy Coney Barrett, the Trump administration's supreme court nominee, publicly supported an organization in 2006 that has said life begins at fertilization.
Canada has reintroduced a bill on Thursday that will criminalize LGBT conversion therapy, a federal minister said after an earlier effort to ban the practice failed as the parliament was discontinued due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Religious leaders in the mainly Christian country strongly oppose widening access to abortion and are threatening to protest if the new bill is tabled.
A woman has filed a suit against the Roman Catholic Church in Japan alleging that a priest raped her four decades ago, as the church's unfolding worldwide sexual abuse crisis gradually reaches Japan.
The Japan Times
Thu, 01 Oct 2020
Restrictions on abortions at home could soon be lifted permanently, with the Scottish Government looking to keep emergency changes made as a result of the coronavirus beyond the pandemic.
Anti-abortion protesters have deterred women seeking abortions from going into clinics as well as entering healthcare services to hunt down staff, frontline service providers warned.
Comedian John Cleese has spoken out over a "disastrous" attack on free speech during a debate on Scotland's hate crime bill.
Former Vatican treasurer George Pell is traveling to Rome this week for the first time since he was acquitted of child sex abuse charges in Australia, a Catholic church spokeswoman has confirmed.
An analyst said the decision was politically motivated to please the Buddhist majority and would harm dairy farmers.
Ex-Muslims of North America says it is tracking "accounts of hate and violence motivated by Islamic intolerance."
Patheos (Friendly Atheist)
The brutal gang-rape and death of a woman from India's Dalit community, formerly known as the untouchables, has again put a spotlight on the country's rigid system of Hindu hierarchy.
Afghanistan's dwindling community of Sikhs and Hindus is shrinking to its lowest levels ever.
The Counter Extremism Group catalogued 33 known plots in Europe over 15 months since the Islamic State collapsed.
The Telegraph (£)
"I still can't help feeling like less of an important member of the church than the male members because of rules that place them on a blatant pedestal."
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