Tue, 02 Oct 2018
A federal judge in the US has struck down a Kentucky law that had put the state's last abortion clinic at risk of closing.
A jury in Montana has ruled the Jehovah's Witnesses organisation must pay $34m to a woman who says the church covered up her sexual abuse as a child at the hands of a congregation member.
US News & World Report
Mon, 01 Oct 2018
The outgoing head of the Church of England's buildings division has called on the government to provide unconditional financial support amounting to at least £30m a year to maintain church buildings.
Following a judge's remarks about the peaceful nature of Islam, the NSS has asked the justice secretary to ensure judges keep theology out of their courtrooms.
So-called cutters are being flown into the UK to perform female genital mutilation (FGM) on young girls, a campaigner has warned.
Campaigner Hoda Ali has described what happened to her when she underwent FGM as a child and explained why she fights to end the practice.
Tim Wyatt looks at the arguments behind church schools' purpose and admissions criteria.
An independent Jewish boys' school in Golders Green has been rated inadequate in all areas in its first inspection as a registered institution.
Hundreds of British Sikhs have gathered outside the Conservative Party conference to protest against anti-terror police raids on activists campaigning for a Sikh homeland in India.
Atheist Ireland has urged voters to remove the "medieval" offence of blasphemy from the Irish constitution in next month's referendum as it launched its campaign.
The Irish Times
The annual International Blasphemy Day was marked yesterday. Multiple countries continue to dole out convictions for free speech on religious issues.
India's Supreme Court has ruled that one of the country's holiest Hindu temples must open its doors to women.
Katherine Franke says the Trump administration is not defending a neutral constitutional principle — religious liberty — for all people, but rather only for those who share its political perspective.
The Washington Post
One of Australia's former top judges says there must be no laws that pave the way for discrimination of minorities on the grounds of religious freedom.
The Sydney Morning Herald
Fri, 28 Sep 2018
The scale of female genital mutilation in England and Wales is not being properly investigated due to a lack of consistent high-quality data, according to new research.
Plans for eruvs – areas which symbolically extend the boundaries of Jewish homes into public spaces – have been given the green light by a council in north London.
Three Conservative MPs who back abortion reform in Northern Ireland will be in Belfast later to hear experiences of women impacted by the region's restrictive laws.
Aberdeen Evening Express
Jewish school leaders have suggested the Labour Party's new policy of bringing free schools and academies back under local authority control will change little.
Claims that the UK's counterterrorism strategy targets Muslims and harms free speech are 'nonsense', says Prevent coordinator Chris Sybenga.
Times Higher Education
A Madrid judge has decided to press ahead with a court case involving Spanish actor and activist Willy Toledo, in which he is accused of offending religious sentiments by insulting God and the Christian virgin Mary on Facebook.
El Pais (in English)
Politicians in Nova Scotia have unanimously passed a bill which makes the province the third in Canada to introduce a ban on conversion therapy.
Intact Danmark, a lobby group opposed to circumcision of healthy children, has said it expects the Danish parliament to vote on whether to ban the circumcision of children under 18 in October.
The Local (Denmark)
Police in the Netherlands have arrested seven men over an alleged plot to carry out what they describe as a major terrorist attack involving guns and explosives.
The Dutch government is facing criticism over plans to register the race and religion of people seeking a firearms licence. The plans would also require the state to compile information on an applicant's political and philosophical views.
A Malaysian woman has been sentenced to be caned and jailed for six months for prostitution in violation of Islamic laws, weeks after the flogging of two lesbians sparked outrage.
Benjamin Haas says China is cracking down on unofficial churches just as the Vatican and Beijing sign a deal on appointment of bishops.
Thu, 27 Sep 2018
The Charity Commission has appointed an interim manager to Fazal Ellahi Charitable Trust, a mosque charity which is under investigation after an imam was convicted of six counts of encouraging terrorism in sermons and classes to children.
The number of heterosexual couples getting divorced in England and Wales is at its lowest since 1973.
Pope Francis has claimed the Catholic Church is being singled out for special treatment on sexual abuse.
The Catholic Church has said a hate crime campaign in Scotland has "glaringly missed an opportunity to highlight anti-Catholicism".
The Times (£)
Jewish groups have accused Jeremy Corbyn of failing to tackle anti-semitism in Labour adequately in his keynote party conference address. In his speech Corbyn said he wanted to "draw a line under" the issue.
A UKIP MEP has quit the party, accusing leader Gerard Batten of "hijacking" the party to "campaign against Islam as a religion" and associating himself with "outlandish people and extreme right-wing groups". Lord Dartmouth also said UKIP was "widely perceived" as homophobic.
Germany's AfD party is introducing a group known as 'Jews in the AfD'.
Three Christians in western Kenya have been stoned to death by a Muslim mob, according to International Christian Concern.
Former Indian prime minister Manmohan Singh has said the country's judiciary should never lose sight of its "primary duty to protect the secular spirit of the Constitution".
The Indian Express
Wed, 26 Sep 2018
Campaigners are urging the government not to let "another generation of LGBT students slip through the cracks" by failing to include relevant information to them in an updated Relationships and Sex Education curriculum.
A year on from the jailing of 18 people as part of Operation Sanctuary in Newcastle, an abuse survivor tells her story. She says she believes the authorities missed "warning signs".
A religious group accused of distributing homophobic leaflets has been told it may not be allowed to use Aberdeen City Council's premises in the future.
Aberdeen Evening Express
A gay pride march through the centre of Inverness has been given the go-ahead.
The Inverness Courier
Jeremy Corbyn has backed a campaign by Christians on the Left, a group with a presence at the Labour party conference.
Premier Christian Radio
London bus company Metroline has resolved a case involving a Rastafarian driver who it asked not to wear a colourful headscarf at work. The driver objected to the request. The union Unite says Metroline has backed down, which the company disputes.
A Christian couple are on trial accused of flouting planning rules by running their Devon farm as a campsite. The court heard that they told their local council the only authority they recognised was God.
Members of a religious community who collected personal information about people they contacted when engaged in door-to-door preaching were subject to European Union data protection laws.
The Times (£)
A sculpture of a Bolton-born teenager has been destroyed by police in the Maldives armed with axes, concrete saws and ropes.
This is Lancashire
The head of the German Bishops' Conference apologised on Tuesday for the "pain and suffering" caused by the Catholic Church's decades-long failure to take abuse of children at the hands of clergy members seriously enough.
The New York Times
Tue, 25 Sep 2018
Labour would "immediately" end the government's academy and free schools programme in England, the shadow education secretary has said. Religious groups are among those who have set up state-funded free schools.
The historic Admiralty House and four other Whitehall buildings are now operating in accordance with some sharia rules – including a ban on alcohol – after they were used as part of an Islamic bond scheme.
The DUP has expressed reservations about a Westminster inquiry into Northern Ireland's abortion ban.
The Times (£)
Marriage rates have halved in 50 years and the institution is now only for the rich, a former High Court judge said last night. Sir Paul Coleridge, chairman of the Marriage Foundation, called for marriage to be made modern and relevant at an event hosted by The Times.
The Times (£)
A Belfast boxer has settled his discrimination case against the Ulster Boxing Council over his claim that he wasn't selected for Northern Ireland at the Commonwealth Games in 2015 because he is Protestant.
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