Fri, 13 Dec 2019
A Canadian atheist has won a legal battle over mandatory attendance at Alcoholics Anonymous.
Rita Nketiah reflects on an undercover trip to a summit organised by the World Congress of Families, an international network led by US and Russian ultra-conservatives which has strong religious links.
A Netflix Christmas comedy special portraying Jesus as gay has outraged more than a million conservative Christians in Brazil who want it removed.
The charity Release International, which supports persecuted Christians, has called for the repeal of Pakistan's blasphemy law.
Thu, 12 Dec 2019
A paedophile vicar who downloaded thousands of sick child abuse images which showed babies being raped has been jailed for 20 months.
A group made up of figures from across the political spectrum has accused Westminster politicians of treating Northern Ireland with "contempt" over abortion reform.
An MP has labelled an opposing party 'hate mongers' after leaflets targeting her over abortion were posted around her constituency.
East London & West Essex Guardian
A church praised by politicians for its work to tackle knife crime has been accused of "sickening" allegations that some of its pastors pressured young people from the congregation to sell their own blood for money to donate to the church.
Orthodox Jews in north London protested against a school inspection this week, arguing that the national inspectorate was conducting "an inquisition".
Forty-seven men went on trial in Nigeria on Wednesday for public displays of affection with members of the same sex, an offence that carries a 10-year jail term in the country.
A Pakistani court will hear final arguments on Thursday in the blasphemy trial of a liberal scholar and former university lecturer a week after a US religious freedom commission placed his name on its list of global victims, his lawyer said.
Indian lawmakers have approved legislation granting citizenship to migrants from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan – but not if they are Muslim.
Harald Maass says the crackdown on a religious minority is unparalleled even in the history of communist China, and it's happening in plain sight.
The Spectator USA
A film based on the life of Bangladesh's first popular female surfer is facing calls to be banned, accused of "hurting" religious sentiments in the conservative Muslim nation.
A review of Ireland's sex education programme has said that teaching about LGBTQ+ relationships and consent should be included in any new curriculum.
Wed, 11 Dec 2019
Sunny Hundal says this election is turning Britain's minority religious communities against each other – and the tensions could reverberate for years.
Action will not be taken against a GP who was investigated over his use of prayer with patients.
A new study by the Sex Education Forum has revealed that many 16 to 17 year olds do not get a proper sex education from their parents or at school.
The prime minister visited a Hindu temple in Hertfordshire on Sunday.
Borehamwood & Elstree Times
India's upper house of parliament is debating a controversial citizenship bill that offers amnesty to non-Muslim illegal immigrants from three neighbouring countries.
US state can continue to force abortion patients to listen to foetal heartbeat and look at ultrasound scan
US Supreme Court justices say the state of Kentucky can continue to force abortion patients to listen to the foetal heartbeat and look at ultrasound scans.
The chief executive of an anti-choice and anti-contraception organisation that has been awarded millions of dollars in grants by the Trump administration once said Christianity was dying out thanks to contraception and abortion, leading Europeans to be "replaced" by immigrant Muslims.
Tue, 10 Dec 2019
It has emerged that friends and relatives will be able to override presumed or express consent of Jews who opted in to organ donation after a new law takes effect in the spring.
Maddy Power and Katie Pybus say a failure to discuss the religious identity of Trussell Trust food banks and the religious affiliation of clients disregards a key element of food banking in the UK.
Charlotte Littlewood says Britain needs to confront the question of blasphemy, and fast.
Protestants and men are being encouraged to apply for 300 Civil Service jobs in Northern Ireland.
India's lower house of parliament has passed a bill which offers amnesty to non-Muslim illegal immigrants from three neighbouring countries.
Canada's Federal Court of Appeal has dismissed the case of an atheist organisation seeking the same status (and tax breaks) churches receive as charitable organizations.
The Friendly Atheist (Patheos)
US president Donald Trump said there are some Jewish people in America who don't love Israel enough during a speech on Saturday.
Israel's health ministry will reportedly investigate four psychiatrists after a television report said they had prescribed drugs to ultra-Orthodox students, including minors, to inhibit their sexual desires.
The Times of Israel
Six months since Christian Asia Bibi fled Pakistan, after being imprisoned for 10 years on blasphemy charges, reports highlight the plight of others accused of blasphemy in the country.
Premier Christian Radio
Saudi Arabia will no longer require restaurants to have separate entrances segregated by sex, the government says.
Mon, 09 Dec 2019
Protests have been staged outside a Birmingham mosque after a former trustee who still volunteers there was convicted of physically assaulting an eight-year-old child.
Dozens of new victims of female genital mutilation have been seen by NHS services in Bradford so far this year.
Telegraph & Argus
At least three new victims of female genital mutilation have been seen by NHS services in Lancashire so far this year.
At least one new victim of female genital mutilation has been seen by NHS services in Buckinghamshire so far this year.
Bucks Free Press
More than 3,000 people gathered in Parliament Square on Sunday to stand against antisemitism.
Conservative chairman James Cleverly has apologised over instances when Tory members and candidates "do or say things that are wrong".
Shami Chakrabarti says there's no room in UK politics for the hatred being promoted by a group tied to the BJP, India's ruling party.
Some Christians on social media have branded a new range of "humorous" Christmas cards featuring Mary, Joseph and Jesus "deeply offensive".
The Western Australian government is set to end the year with legislative victory after its euthanasia laws passed the upper house.
An Iranian-American activist famous for her campaign against the Islamic Republic's mandatory headscarf for women has sued Iran in US federal court, alleging a government-led harassment campaign targets her and her family.
A woman on an American Airlines flight has been told she had to either change her shirt or get kicked off the plane — all because the one she was wearing said "Hail Satan".
Fri, 06 Dec 2019
Three Catholic families have been prevented from moving into properties in north Belfast because of sectarian attacks.
Editorial highlights the ongoing sectarian divisions in Northern Ireland.
Belfast Telegraph (£)
An extremist network once led by the hate preacher Anjem Choudary has begun to remobilise as waves of former members leave prison or are released from monitoring measures.
The Times (£)
Only by challenging Islamism with a rigorous and proactive approach to safeguarding, and a renewed focus on real integration, can we guarantee a safer future for all of us, says Alan Mendoza.
The Jewish Leadership Council's schools network says Lib Dem plans would affect uniform policies requiring girls to wear long skirts and boys to wear kippah.
Louis Duxbury, 22, went on a 17-minute 'call to arms' in which he said that members of the faith 'should be wiped off the face of the earth'.
A man accused of preparing to commit acts of terrorism and suggesting online that he planned to attack the Fife Islamic Centre will stand trial next year.
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