Tue, 28 May 2019
A German government watchdog has issued a warning to Jews not to wear skullcaps for their own safety, amid growing concern over a rise in antisemitic attacks.
Mary Fitzgerald says American religious conservatives are fuelling Europe's far-right surge.
A Hindu veterinary doctor was arrested on Monday after a local cleric filed a police complaint accusing him of committing 'blasphemy' in Pakistan's southern Sindh province.
The Week (India)
Fri, 24 May 2019
A school at the heart of a row about LGBT-inclusive education will close early for half-term amid escalating protests.
The education secretary has been accused of "passing the buck" by leaving head teachers to fend for themselves in dealing with protests against lessons which mention same-sex relationships.
The Times (£)
This editorial says LGBT relationships have equality in law and religious minorities must not be allowed to prevent schools from educating pupils about them.
The Times (£)
The sultan of Brunei has handed back an honorary degree after Oxford University raised concerns about his country's strict new anti-LGBT laws. The NSS wrote to the university last month to urge it to revoke the degree.
The editor-in-chief of gay magazine Attitude says religions' endless, contradictory interpretations should not be allowed to harm the mental health and well-being of young people.
The bishop of Bristol has said she was "silenced and marginalised" while she was a deacon in the Church of England in the 1990s by the same "tribalism and clericalism" identified by the official abuse inquiry in its latest report.
Nicola Sturgeon has said the Church of Scotland is "at the centre of Scottish public life" in an address to the church's general assembly.
Orthodox Jewish women to ‘take action’ against plans to open north London pond to transgender swimmers
Strictly Orthodox Jewish women are reportedly preparing to "take action" against the decision to open the Hampstead Heath women's pond to transgender swimmers.
‘Modi’s election win is a victory for far right Hindu nationalism – India’s secular democracy is under threat’
Dibyesh Anand says the BJP and Modi have won the Indian election not in spite of the divisive politics they espouse but precisely because of it. The result will be terrifying for religious minorities, particularly Muslims.
Shashank Bengali and Ashish Malhotra say Narendra Modi has edged India closer to the BJP's long-standing vision of a Hindu nation as religious nationalism has risen across the globe.
Los Angeles Times
Christian churches in Edinburgh have united in opposition to Sunday parking charges being introduced in the city centre.
Scottish Catholic Observer
The number of students doing theology and religious studies courses at university has halved in six years, figures show.
Thu, 23 May 2019
An anti-abortion group has lost its legal challenge against the Scottish government's decision to allow women to take abortion pills at home.
Police efforts to combat terrorism and extremism would be undermined by a proposed new definition of Islamophobia, Britain's most senior counter-terrorism officer has warned.
The Telegraph (£)
Indian prime minister Narendra Modi's governing party has taken a decisive lead as votes are counted after the country's marathon general election.
An inquiry into reports of sexual abuse by a former Chester bishop will begin imminently – two years after it was first promised.
The Standard (Chester)
A Labour MP who criticised LGBT lessons in primary schools as not "age-appropriate" admitted he has not read the teaching materials.
Man leading protests against inclusive lessons claims LGBT people are intolerant of parents’ religious beliefs
A man who has protested against LGBTQ-inclusive lessons at primary schools in Birmingham has claimed the LGBTQ community are "intolerant" of parents' religious beliefs.
Religious ministers in Western Australia will be compelled to reveal knowledge of child sexual abuse – even if it is gained through the confessional – but the Catholic church is resisting.
A family court judge has refused to reopen the case of a man accused of subjecting a three-year-old girl to female genital mutilation after he was cleared by a jury.
Campaigning in Poland for the European elections has descended into a war of words over religion, sex and morality.
Saif ul Malook – the lawyer who defended Asia Bibi, who spent eight years on death row for blasphemy in Pakistan – was named at the weekend as the NSS's Secularist of the Year.
The Freethinker (Patheos)
A public TV station in the conservative US state of Alabama has refused to broadcast an episode of the cartoon Arthur that depicted a marriage between two same-sex characters.
The US House of Representatives has passed a bipartisan resolution denouncing the practice of female genital mutilation and recognising it as a human rights violation against women and girls.
Wed, 22 May 2019
The lawyer who defended Asia Bibi, who spent eight years on death row for blasphemy in Pakistan, has been named as the NSS's Secularist of the Year for 2019.
Premier Christian Radio
A nurse who offered a bible to a cancer patient and encouraged him to sing a hymn was fairly dismissed, a court has ruled.
A police chief has said lawful or unlawful protests have no place outside primary schools after recent clashes over the teaching of LGBT-inclusive lessons.
The MP whose constituency includes a primary school facing demonstrations over LGBT equality teaching has said such lessons were not always age appropriate.
Yasmin Alibhai-Brown says making 'Muslimness' a protected characteristic would deter fair and proper scrutiny.
Nikita Malik says the term Islamophobia has a broad meaning that can easily be used to restrict free and fair discussion about the Islamic religion and Islamist extremism.
An NHS watchdog has said a GP who asked a Muslim mum to remove her veil has no 'restrictions on his record'.
Pupils at Catholic school 'not as tolerant as they should be' and lack knowledge of other faiths, says Ofsted
Pupils at a Catholic primary school in West Yorkshire are lacking knowledge about other faiths and cultures and are "not always as tolerant as they should be".
Posters put up in Essex bearing the phrase "Islamists not welcome" and showing a crusader chasing a woman in a burqa with an AK-47 are being treated as a hate crime, police have said.
A mosque in Moray has been targeted by graffiti vandals who painted swastikas and "Allah is a paedo" on the walls.
A Brexit Party candidate referred to "so-called victims" of female genital mutilation and said that she might not report the crime if she was still a teacher.
The Times (£)
This editorial says a measles outbreak has made it vital for New York lawmakers to end religious exemptions for vaccinations.
The New York Times
Tue, 21 May 2019
A head teacher at a primary school giving lessons on LGBT equality has received threatening emails and phone calls. Meanwhile a local MP has called for an exclusion zone at the school to limit where people can demonstrate.
Police have been called out to anti-LGBT protests outside a Birmingham primary school amid claims that 600 children were taken out of lessons yesterday.
Liberal Democrat leader Vince Cable has said school curriculums must include "recognition of gay people" and should not change "because a few religious hardliners demand it".
A widow questioned for accompanying her terminally ill husband to Dignitas has told MPs "compassion is not a crime" as she bids to change laws on assisted dying. In a letter to her the justice minister David Gauke has expressed his personal support for reform.
There are surprising levels of agreement among many Christians and secularists that the proposed adoption by the government of a new definition of Islamophobia will do nothing to eradicate anti-Muslim prejudice.
The Freethinker (Patheos)
Irene Lancaster says Islam is not more worthy of protection than other religions.
A Jewish burial society has criticised the senior coroner of inner north London, Mary Hassell, for ordering the invasive post-mortem of a Jewish man last week.
The man accused of killing 51 people in the Christchurch mosques attack has been charged with terrorism, New Zealand police have said.
Campaigners will challenge a restrictive law in the US state of Mississippi which bans abortions from six weeks of pregnancy.
Tris Mamone says secularism is the only way the US can heal from the damage inflicted upon it by President Trump's administration.
Mon, 20 May 2019
Daily demonstrations have been taking place outside Anderton Park Primary School in Birmingham but Friday's was the largest - and angriest - so far.
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