Fri, 19 Jul 2019
A former resident of Fort Augustus Abbey School, which was run by the Order of Benedictines in the Highlands, has described being beaten by a priest.
A Catholic priest sexually abused two boys "regularly, systematically and horrifically", a jury was told.
Private Islamic school that had library book on how to help the Taliban is rated 'inadequate' by Ofsted
A private Islamic school that had an extremist library book on how to help the Taliban with "Don't make the Jews and the Christians your friends" on page one has been rated 'inadequate' by Ofsted.
Home secretary Sajid Javid is to tell public figures they must "moderate their language" as part of a greater effort to tackle extremism.
Prison bosses have launched a crackdown on a scam by cons pretending to be Jewish to get better food.
The Scottish Sun
Liberal Democrat leader Vince Cable says parliament should act to empower individuals, ensuring that nobody with a rational desire to end their suffering is forced to suffer.
A court in the Canadian province of Quebec on Thursday rejected a bid to suspend parts of a new provincial law that bans public sector employees from wearing religious symbols to work.
Abdullah Yusuf says Pakistan's Islamist party Tehreek-e-Labbaik appears to have been neutralised, and the rule of law and equal rights are the only way forward if Pakistan is to become a prosperous and progressive country.
Thu, 18 Jul 2019
Ali May says that for men who are unhappy with the way their penis looks and feels as a result of being cut in infancy, there is no way back. Dr Antony Lempert of the NSS's Secular Medical Forum is quoted.
The NSS has urged Harrow Council in London to reject a popular definition of Islamophobia because of the risk it could act as a "back door blasphemy law".
David Aaronovitch says protests outside schools in Birmingham are part of a faith-led backlash against liberal values that is gaining traction on the left and right.
The Times (£)
Peers have backed moves to introduce same-sex marriage and abortion reform in Northern Ireland.
Pressure groups have warned against lengthy delays to extending abortion rights to Northern Ireland following a landmark legal amendment last week.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has been criticised for meeting with a Charedi Jewish activist who opposes LGBT-inclusive education.
A Christian campaigner has defended parents protesting at the school gates over LGBT-inclusive lessons. Meanwhile the National Association of Head Teachers says it has been contacted by at least 70 schools across England in relation to parents trying to stop the lessons.
NSS honorary associate Pragna Patel explains why she opposes an all party parliamentary group's definition of 'Islamophobia'.
A Christian family who refused to pay income tax because it went "against God's will" have been ordered to pay more than A$2m (£1.1m) to Australia's tax office.
Joe Hyman describes the attempt to change his sexual orientation and how it has changed him.
Wed, 17 Jul 2019
More prescriptive guidance forcing primary heads to teach about LGBT relationships would not have prevented protests outside schools in Birmingham, the schools minister has said. Nick Gibb was speaking as some MPs criticised the government's response to protests.
Leaders of the multi-academy trust that runs a Birmingham primary school at the centre of the anti-LGBT backlash have hit out at the Department for Education over its lack of clarity on LGBT-inclusive teaching.
A call has been made for Norfolk County Council to "turn the page" on beginning meetings with Christian prayer.
Eastern Daily Press
A religious order that ran a childcare home in Fife has admitted the institution had a "framework" which allowed abuse to take place.
Evening Express (Aberdeen)
The government has been accused by councils of watering down plans to improve oversight of the growing number of school-aged children who are educated at home in England. Religion is often a significant reason behind parents' decision to home school their children.
Ritu Mahendru says sex education helps to protect girls, particularly from south Asian backgrounds, and their interests need to be considered.
Anti-abortion campaigners have told judges a "buffer zone" outside a London clinic defies their right to protest.
A ruling that amateur fighters in Wales must be clean shaven will be overturned, Welsh Boxing has announced, amid claims that it discriminated against Sikhs.
Tue, 16 Jul 2019
Education secretary Damian Hinds has said Charedi Jewish schools reluctant to teach LGBT equality will be unlikely to be able to put it off until the sixth form.
Protests by conservative Muslim parents, angrily claiming that school lessons which include information about LGBT relationships 'promote' homosexuality or 'indoctrinate' children, have spread nationwide.
A faith school leader was among those to defend restricting children's knowledge about sex and relationships in a BBC Panorama documentary last night.
Head teachers have been left alone to confront people resisting "hard-won equalities" at the school gates, according to human rights lawyer Nazir Afzal.
Matt Bagwell says schools have a duty to reflect what is enshrined in law and the government must back them up.
A challenge against a ban on demonstrations outside an abortion clinic in west London has reached the Court of Appeal.
A Hindu faith organisation will run a new secondary school and two new primaries in Hertfordshire.
Bishop's Stortford Independent
A Christian charity is the subject of a terrorism funding investigation by the police and is being looked into by the Charity Commission amid allegations that the charity paid money to free hostages held by Islamic State.
Theodore Johnson says the US president is pushing a divisive ethnoreligious nationalism.
A one-month-old baby had to have his penis amputated after a nurse allegedly pretending to be a doctor circumcised him in Egypt.
Mon, 15 Jul 2019
NSS chief executive Stephen Evans says compulsory education on relationships, sex and health is a positive development - but the government has been reluctant to confront religious interests. (Scroll down)
The Sunday Times (£)
The government was "too slow to respond" to "mob" protests over LGBT teaching outside Birmingham schools, according to the lead counter-extremism commissioner Sara Khan.
The chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission calls on the government to end the ambiguity on teaching of LGBT rights.
Matthew Ineson, a former vicar who was raped by a Bradford priest when he was a teenager, has told an inquiry that senior Church of England clerics ignored his claims.
A letter criticising a move by MPs to liberalise the abortion laws in Northern Ireland, addressed to Theresa May, was handed out at Catholic church services yesterday.
Qanta Ahmed says the MCB's Centre for Media Monitoring would be better named the Centre for Controlling the Narrative of Islam.
LGBT activists in Israel are calling for the resignation of education minister Rafi Peretz after he claimed gay conversion therapy could work.
China has been urged to stop its mass detention of Uighur Muslims by 22 members of the United Nations Human Rights Council in the first such joint move on the issue.
Neil Barber welcomes an NSS report calling for the end of 'the advancement of religion' as a charitable purpose. (Scroll down)
A Baltimore-based Catholic religious order that sponsors schools across the US has released a list of dozens of members accused of sexually abusing children.
Fri, 12 Jul 2019
Archbishop of Canterbury banned abuse victim from cathedral grounds after treating his case with “casual indifference”, IICSA hears
The archbishop of Canterbury banned a "vulnerable" abuse victim from cathedral grounds after treating his case with "casual indifference", an independent inquiry has heard.
The archbishop of Canterbury has accepted that the government should make the reporting of sexual abuse of children and vulnerable adults mandatory.
NSS honorary associate Polly Toynbee says the decline in belief shown by the latest British Attitudes Survey is not reflected in diminished religious influence.
New government figures show that there are still seven times more Orthodox Jewish girls studying in registered state-funded or independent schools in Hackney than there are boys. The numbers highlight how little ministers have done to get on top of the problem of unregistered schools.
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