Mon, 25 Nov 2019
British women ‘being forced into polygamous relationships’ because law lets them down, campaigners say
British women are increasingly being pressured into polygamous relationships or left without child support when relationships break up because UK law does not offer adequate protection to spouses in religious marriages, campaigners have warned.
A man has been arrested after antisemitic abuse was directed towards Jewish children on the London Underground.
Nimco Ali says this International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women we need to make sure that life will be better for a new generation.
Brazil's far-right President Jair Bolsonaro on Thursday launched a new political party called the Alliance for Brazil, which will put an emphasis on God, family and homeland, as he tries to win back evangelical voters.
Fri, 22 Nov 2019
More than 22,000 FGM survivors have been identified by UK public health providers since 2015 – though newly-recorded cases are declining. Most cases involve women and girls born outside the UK.
Will Hayward says the state shouldn't fund religious schools – and as long as it does, religious institutions shouldn't be able to select who has the right to benefit from taxpayers' money.
Catholic bishops in Scotland are to tell their parishioners to elect the individuals who reflect their beliefs in the upcoming general election.
A landmark challenge to police guidance on "hate incidents" was heard by the High Court on Wednesday, after a man was placed under criminal investigation for comments he made on social media.
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Blood found on the carpet in the Dublin home of a couple accused of carrying out FGM on their daughter matched the DNA of the child, a court has been told.
Campaigners have condemned an attempt, backed by South Korea's powerful Christian lobby, to remove protection for 'sexual orientation' from new legislation.
A lawyer who represented a Christian woman given a death sentence in Pakistan after being convicted of blasphemy says he aims to keep working despite risks to his life.
Premier Christian Radio
The US physicians' group the American Medical Association has announced that it will begin supporting a ban on so-called conversion therapy.
US sexual assault victims say they were pressured into unfair settlement by Catholic Church, says report
Two men are reportedly alleging in a New York court that Catholic officials pressured them to sign unfair settlements after they were sexually assaulted.
The traditions of a church wedding with bells, choristers and relatives packed into pews are fading in Italy, where civil ceremonies have overtaken religious marriages for the first time.
The Times (£)
Thu, 21 Nov 2019
A couple who threatened to take a school to the High Court over its religious assemblies have won their fight for alternative activities for their children.
A submission has formally been made to open a new Roman Catholic school in Peterborough in Cambridgeshire. The NSS's No More Faith Schools campaign is opposing the plans.
Northern Ireland Office will consult on religious protections over same-sex marriage after threat by Ashers campaigners
The Northern Ireland Office has promised to consult the public on religious protections in relation to same sex marriage in Northern Ireland.
A non-Christian couple are taking legal action over their five-year-old daughter receiving religious teaching at her school in Northern Ireland.
Andrew Penman says a promotional video for the Operation Christmas Child scheme, run by the evangelical charity Samaritan's Purse, is creepy. He also highlights NSS research on the unpopularity of collective worship.
The Liberal Democrats' election manifesto includes proposals to enable the Church of England and Church in Wales to conduct same-sex marriages and legal recognition of Humanist marriages. Elsewhere it would make all hate crimes aggravated offences.
The shadow home secretary has been criticised for meeting an anti-LGBT education activist who joined 'homophobic' protests outside a school in Birmingham.
Rahila Gupta says the conflation of anti-racism and respect for religious rights has hampered the fight to keep religion out of the public square.
The Church of England has said Christians must repent for centuries of antisemitism which ultimately led to the Holocaust in a new document. But the document has been criticised by the chief rabbi, who says it does not mention the continued "specific targeting" of Jews for conversion to Christianity.
A student who posted a video on Facebook saying Muslims should be "wiped off the face of the earth" is facing being jailed.
Hardliners in India are pushing to rename the city of Agra, home to the Taj Mahal, on the grounds that it had an ancient Hindu name that predated its better-known Muslim heritage.
The Times (£)
Wed, 20 Nov 2019
The NSS's No More Faith Schools campaign has organised a public meeting to rally opposition to a proposed Roman Catholic school in the Hampton Water area of Peterborough.
Hardeep Singh asks who is more annoying: politicians who think people from minority religious groups are all stupid or the smug 'community leaders' who host them.
Proposals to remove the right of parents in Wales to withdraw their children from religious education lessons have been backed in principle by an advisory committee in Blaenau Gwent.
South Wales Argus
Between 1979 and 2019 167,096 people have been killed by Islamist attacks, according to a new study by a Paris-based think tank.
Right-to-die campaigners are planning to appeal after a father of two suffering from motor neurone disease was denied a full hearing of his application for help to end his life.
Brendan O'Neill asks why Plaid Cymru chose to feature a woman in a niqab in its election broadcast.
Police have released CCTV as part of an ongoing investigation into a hate crime arson attack in Skegness.
The DUP has called for action to fill what it calls a "dangerous vacuum" in the law around abortion in Northern Ireland.
The idea that some transgressions cannot be atoned for unites "Grâce à Dieu" and "The Two Popes".
Having an abortion does not make women more likely to try to kill themselves, a study has found.
Justin Welby urges parties to make reassuring Jews and Muslims who are 'living in fear' an 'absolute priority' during election
The archbishop of Canterbury has said major parties must "avoid anything that increases the perception of fear" for Jews and Muslims at the general election.
Tue, 19 Nov 2019
Pupils are asked questions about their periods if they don't attend daily prayers at an independent east London Islamic girls' school, the schools watchdog Ofsted has found.
Barking and Dagenham Post
New figures released today by YouGov reveal that more than seven in ten people with an advanced or terminal illness would support a change in the law on assisted dying.
A man who was arrested at Heathrow airport has been charged with the preparation of terrorist acts.
Some Conservative parliamentary candidates have come out strongly in favour of India's actions in Kashmir, in an apparent attempt to win over Hindu voters.
Backlash after Tory election candidate said British Jews return from Israel trips as ‘brainwashed extremists’
Leaders of some Jewish groups have called on Conservatives to dump a general election candidate who said that British Jews return from trips to Israel as "brainwashed extremists".
Haldun Gülalp says polarisation based on a politics of religious identity is dangerous for democracies.
The US fast-food chain Chick-fil-A said it has stopped funding two Christian organisations that have come under fire from LGBT campaigners for opposing marriage equality.
Reading Pride has rejected accusations of anti-Christianity over its criticism of the fast food chain Chick-fil-A.
Elective abortion has a good chance of becoming legal in Argentina, supporters said on Monday, as a new centre-left president is about to take office and feminist and abortion rights movements are growing in the South American country.
A union federation representing 45,000 teachers in Quebec is suing the Canadian province over its ban on the wearing of religious symbols by many public employees.
Sumit Ganguly says building a Hindu temple on the site of the destroyed Ayodhya mosque in India will bolster the Hindu nationalist BJP's following among the most fervid Hindus.
Pakistani man sentenced to 10 years in jail for plotting terror attack to kill Dutch anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders
A Pakistani man has been sentenced to ten years behind bars for plotting a terror attack on anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders.
Mon, 18 Nov 2019
Most schools plan to consult parents over how to teach relationships and sex education, in line with government guidance, a survey has revealed.
More than a third of Catholic schoolboys in Scotland have sectarian views, according to a study thought to be one of the first to look at the views of students at some of Scotland's 357 Catholic secondary schools.
The Times (£)
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