Tue, 02 Apr 2019
Liz Lightfoot says Andrew Moffatt, who drew up an award-winning lesson programme for equality and diversity, has been targeted and effectively silenced.
Yasmin Alibhai-Brown says it is hard to be a progressive Muslim in today's riven, regressive, fanatical and tribalised world.
Janice Turner says religious conservatives have been emboldened to reject gay rights by the stay-in-your-lane creed of identity politics.
The Times (£)
The advertising watchdog has asked companies to avoid causing "serious or widespread offence" to Christians at Easter.
The Times (£)
A Labour MP who opposed LGBTI-inclusive education because "there were concerns from the faith community" has said it was a "mistake".
Gay Star News
Google has bowed to pressure to remove an app accused of promoting gay conversion therapy.
The Irish News
Same-sex marriage has become legal in the Cayman Islands following a landmark court case brought by a lesbian couple which their lawyers said on Monday could have implications in the wider Caribbean region and beyond.
Masih Alinejad, who has spearheaded Iranian women's struggle against the head covering, said female dignitaries from Europe had left her fellow campaigners "on their own" by choosing to wear the hijab when they visited Iran.
Muslims in Britain "will get the protection that they deserve", the Home Secretary has said, in the wake of the Christchurch massacre and subsequent attacks on mosques in Birmingham.
Mon, 01 Apr 2019
A psychologist who has played a key role in opposing the introduction of relationship and sex education lessons in schools is being investigated by her profession's governing body over her fitness to practise.
The head at a Birmingham primary school has called for the government to reject attempts to dilute messages of equality around LGBT issues - or risk a "bleak future".
Two angry mums have challenged protesters waging a daily campaign to try to force a city primary school to suspend equality teaching.
Oliver Harvey says angry demonstrations over lessons about LGBT relationships have spread from Parkfield Community School to Anderton Park School in Birmingham.
Luke Tryl says children learning about same-sex relationships needn't be contentious.
Laura McAllister says publicly-funded, free and secular schools should reflect and champion shared values.
Pope Francis has defended his decision to reject the resignation of Philippe Barbarin, the French Roman Catholic cardinal convicted on charges of failing to report sexual abuse.
Senior politicians from across the political divide have joined together in an effort to legalise assisted suicide in Scotland.
BBC political show Question Time has been criticised for airing a debate over whether it is "morally right" to teach children about LGBTQ+ "issues".
Muslim groups have said a hard-hitting short film made to help tackle anti-Muslim hate crimes should be withdrawn, arguing that it promotes violence and fear.
The US state of Georgia's legislature has passed legislation outlawing abortions after a foetal heartbeat can be detected, sending the bill to the state's Republican, anti-choice governor Brian Kemp.
The World Congress of Families, a coalition of far-right politicians, conservative activists and religious leaders, was staged this weekend in the Italian city of Verona.
The Freethinker (Patheos)
Fri, 29 Mar 2019
Protests over lessons on same-sex relationships continued into their ninth day at a Birmingham primary school just hours after MPs voted in favour of a compulsory LGBT+ inclusive curriculum in schools.
Fewer than a quarter of all marriage ceremonies are held in places of worship, new figures reveal.
A Perthshire primary school has been shut after the casting votes at a meeting of a council education committee fell to unelected church representatives.
Yehudis Fletcher says an interfaith coalition protesting against new sex and relationship education guidance is trying to undermine vital education.
Douglas Robertson welcomes a vote to make LGBT-inclusive relationships and sex education compulsory.
Private Islamic school rated inadequate over gender segregation plans separate schools for boys and girls
A private religious school in south London which unlawfully segregated girls and boys has been rated inadequate by Ofsted. But the school has now been given approval from the Department of Education to register for a separate girls' school.
Sutton & Croydon Guardian
A Muslim charity has repaid £2,300 of taxpayers' money to a council after worshippers raised concerns about how the money had been spent.
The Royal College of Physicians has adopted a neutral position on assisted dying. The Church of England has responded by reaffirming its opposition to the legalisation of assisted dying.
Peter Tatchell says the one-size-fits-all model of relationship recognition epitomised by marriage and civil partnerships is no longer appropriate.
The Huffington Post
The Quebec government has tabled its long-awaited secularism bill, laying down proposed ground rules it says will ensure the religious neutrality of the state.
Measles cases have spread across the US this year, with the state of New York now facing its worst outbreak in decades. The vast majority of states affected allow families to opt out of getting vaccinated if they object on religious grounds.
The New York Times
US Supreme Court halts execution of Texas inmate seeking to allow Buddhist spiritual adviser in death chamber
The US Supreme Court has halted the execution of a Texas inmate after he argued the state was refusing to allow his Buddhist spiritual adviser to accompany him into the chamber.
Thu, 28 Mar 2019
The groups applying for government funding to create new faith schools that can select 100% of their pupils on the basis of religion have been unveiled. The NSS is among opponents of the plans.
A large majority of MPs have voted in favour of the government's new regulations for relationships and sex education.
Trump-linked US Christian ‘fundamentalists’ pour millions of ‘dark money’ into Europe, boosting the far right
Christian right 'fundamentalists' are among a dozen American groups that have poured at least $50m of 'dark money' into Europe over the last decade, according to an openDemocracy investigation.
Qanta Ahmed says the mayor of London Sadiq Khan is right about anti-Muslim sentiment but wrong about 'Islamophobia'.
A campaign calling for the repeal of Northern Ireland's blasphemy laws has been launched by the group Northern Ireland Humanists.
British Sikhs can continue to buy, possess and gift large kirpans (swords) after amendments in parliament's Offensive Weapons Bill were passed.
The Times of India
Brunei is to begin imposing death by stoning as a punishment for gay sex and adultery from next week, as part of the country's highly criticised implementation of sharia law.
Members of the Orange Order in Scotland will be allowed to enter Catholic churches for the first time after a ban on the practice was lifted by the organisation.
An appeals court in Chile has ruled that the Roman Catholic Church must pay compensation to three victims of the country's most notorious paedophile priest.
Los Angeles Times
The trial of the killers of a student in Pakistan has raised questions about whether legal punishments will help prevent future hate crimes.
Facebook has said it will block "praise, support and representation of white nationalism and separatism" on Facebook and Instagram from next week.
A decades-old law that banned women from having abortions after their 20th week of pregnancy in the US state of North Caroline is unconstitutional, a judge has ruled.
The Washington Post
Wed, 27 Mar 2019
The Department for Education has published details of 14 proposed new voluntary aided schools which will be able to select all their pupils on the basis of their families' faith.
Parents' right to withdraw their children from sex education lessons could be scrapped under reform plans being considered by the Welsh government.
A report from the Sutton Trust has revealed that faith schools under-represent the rates of disadvantage in their catchment areas.
The British Home Office has agreed to reconsider the asylum claim of an Iranian Christian, after it denied the application on the grounds that Christianity is not a peaceful religion.
Catholic News Agency
University hosting church summit where same-sex partners are banned to raise ‘ethical concerns’ with archbishop
A university which has come under fire for hosting an Anglican summit that will exclude same-sex partners is due to meet the archbishop of Canterbury to raise "significant ethical concerns".
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