Mon, 18 Nov 2019
The Christ Embassy, which has 90 branches in the UK, has faced a damning report from the charity watchdog which found "serious misconduct" following a six-year investigation.
The Times (£)
Seven local authorities in Scotland say they won’t change church reps’ role on education committees – NSS mentioned
The Scottish Catholic Education Service has revealed seven local authorities will not change the current role of Church representatives on education committees.
Scottish Catholic Observer
Church leader voluntarily steps down after concerns raised about what he knew about 'sexual abuse' of a teenager by a priest
A prominent member of a Catholic religious order in Salford has voluntarily stepped down from his duties after concerns about what he knew about a colleague's 'grooming and sexual abuse' of a young woman.
Manchester Evening News
Former altar boys have claimed they were molested by priests inside the Vatican, as a lingering scandal surrounding widespread abuse in the Catholic Church erupts at its headquarters once again.
Social services to monitor children of Muslim couple facing terror-related charges, says High Court judge
A Muslim couple facing allegations of "terror-related offences" can care for three children - but must be monitored by council social services staff, a High Court judge says.
Plaid Cymru suspends member in niqab over anti-semitism claims after she appeared in election broadcast
Plaid Cymru has suspended a party member included in its party election broadcast over allegations of anti-semitism. The party had earlier criticised "abusive Islamophobic responses" to the broadcast, in which the member wears a niqab.
A leaked 400-page document released by the New York Times reveals new details about how the Chinese have organised the mass detention of more than 1m people from its Muslim minorities, including the Uyghurs and Kazakhs.
ABC News (Australia)
Sukmawati Soekarnoputri, the daughter of Indonesia's first president Sukarno, has been accused of blasphemy after purportedly comparing her father to the Islamic prophet Muhammad.
The Jakarta Post
Fri, 15 Nov 2019
The number of children known to have been abused in England over beliefs in witchcraft and possession has risen by a third in two years, figures show.
The Liberal Democrats have said they provide more money for security for places of worship and tougher sentences for hate crime if they win the general election.
Campaigners for same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland are planning legal action over government delays in converting civil partnerships into marriages.
Andrew Copson says more people than ever live in countries with severely limited freedom of thought, expression and association, where criticising a religion, or simply being non-religious, can result in serious persecution.
This editorial highlights failings in safeguarding in the Catholic Church, backs mandatory reporting of abuse and says the Vatican's refusal to cooperate with the public child abuse inquiry is scandalous.
The Tablet (£)
A new bill sponsored by two Republican lawmakers in Ohio would completely end the practice of abortion in the US state – although judges have blocked similar laws.
The Washington Post
Facebook made almost 18,000 content restrictions globally between January and July 2019, with 31% of requests coming from Pakistan.
In 2015 Lecretia Seales fought in vain for the right to have a say in her death, but her husband Matt Vickers says she blazed a trail.
Thu, 14 Nov 2019
People without religious belief continue to be persecuted and in some cases executed in countries around the world, says a new study.
Sunny Hundal says a campaign for the hearts and minds of British Hindus is pushing them to the Tories – and it's dividing British Hindus, Sikhs and Muslims.
Saudi Arabia's state security agency has performed an apparent U-turn after it released a video which classified feminism, homosexuality and atheism as extremism and cautioned citizens in the kingdom to be on guard.
India's Supreme Court has agreed to review its landmark judgement allowing women of menstruating age to enter a Hindu shrine.
Police are reviewing allegations of fraud and other potential offences relating to an evangelical church that claims to turn around the lives of troubled young people, but which has been accused of pressing its young members to hand over thousands in donations.
Far-right extremists are becoming a clear and present danger to Scotland, according to two of the world's leading terrorism experts.
A man from Tower Hamlets in London who choked his sister to death while suffering paranoid delusions has been indefinitely committed to a mental health hospital.
New Zealand is to become the first country in the world to put euthanasia to a binding public vote after its lawmakers passed a bill laying out what the country's assisted dying regime would be.
A Roman Catholic bishop named by Pope Francis to investigate the church's response to clergy sexual abuse in Buffalo, New York, has himself been accused of sexual abuse of a child, an attorney for the alleged victim notified the church this week.
One of the Vatican's most senior officials will get his day in the high court in Australia to argue against his conviction on historical child sexual abuse offences. Paul Karp looks at the ruling which enabled this.
The advent of gay marriage has cut suicide rates among lesbians and gay men in Sweden and Denmark - but, divorced, widowed or married, homosexuals are still more prone to suicide than their straight peers, according to a study released on Thursday.
A Lib Dem candidate who was due to stand in the upcoming election has been deselected reportedly after the party learnt about his views on gay marriage and abortion. He now claims this is "blatant discrimination on the grounds of my religious beliefs".
Premier Christian Radio
Wed, 13 Nov 2019
Ministers will today challenge a ruling that a couple's Islamic marriage came within the scope of English law in a case that could have wide implications for Muslims in Britain.
The Times (£)
A new primary school in Keynsham in Somerset will admit its first pupils in to reception class next September.
A consultation will be held next year on whether to close a North Yorkshire Church of England school which has only ten pupils.
A council has launched a major consultation on the future of Catholic education in the Inverclyde area.
Hackney Council has said that it has been "forced" to shut down an Orthodox Jewish faith school, citing a lack of planning permission or compliance with building regulations.
Catholic cardinal George Pell will have one last chance to overturn his conviction for sexually assaulting two teenaged choirboys after the Australian High Court on Wednesday agreed to hear the former Vatican treasurer's appeal.
The head of an Oxford college is facing a backlash after attempting to abolish the tradition of saying grace before meals.
The Telegraph (£)
The Conservatives have suspended a number of members over claims of anti-Muslim social media posts.
Kenya's president on Tuesday promised to end female genital mutilation by 2022, a goal women's rights campaigners said was unrealistic due to insecurity and high prevalence rates in some parts of the east African nation.
A chaplain of a top UK school created by the founder of the Methodist church has stepped down after saying that LGBT+ people should stay "single and celibate."
Greek officials on Tuesday scrapped plans to criminalise blasphemy as a law-and-order debate intensified between the country's new conservative government and the left-wing opposition.
The Washington Post
The United Nations Human Rights Council has commended Iran for its human rights record.
Tue, 12 Nov 2019
Lawyers acting for dozens of victims of child sexual abuse by Catholic priests have called for Vincent Nichols, the most senior Catholic cleric in England and Wales, to resign. Those making the call include Richard Scorer, an NSS vice-president, acting in his role as a lawyer.
The Labour Party is attempting to defuse a row that has seen British Hindus urged not to vote for it at the general election.
British Indians in one of the country's most diverse boroughs have warned against attempts to divide voters in the general election along ethnic or religious lines.
Some British Sikhs are taking the government to the high court on Tuesday over its decision not to treat them as an ethnic group in the 2021 census.
Leading anti-LGBT protester Shakeel Afsar has urged religious people across Birmingham's Hall Green constituency to back former MP Roger Godsiff, who was axed by Labour over his support for protesters.
Student convicted under terrorism laws after refusing to give border control officials access to his phone
A student from Afghanistan has been convicted under terrorism laws after refusing to give border control officials access to his phone at Edinburgh airport.
The Times (£)
Police are appealing for witnesses or information after a 'suspicious' incident of arson in Haverhill in Cambridgeshire.
Former religious 'court' head says Charedi Jews should 'give up' their lives rather than agree to school LGBT requirements
The former head of the Manchester Beth Din has said members of the strictly Orthodox Jewish community should rather "give up one's life" than comply with the government's demands on religious and sex education.
The Jewish Chronicle
The Greek government is seeking to reinstate the country's blasphemy law - with a possible punishment of up to 2 years in prison.
Fred Hiatt says in western China, the demolition of mosques and bulldozing of cemeteries is a continuing, relentless process.
The Washington Post
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