Tue, 24 Sep 2019
A letter from Neil Barber of Edinburgh Secular Society responds to a defence of Catholic schools from the columnist Kevin McKenna (scroll down to read).
A man who shared photos of himself holding a shotgun alongside anti-Muslim messages has been jailed for four years.
A former Catholic priest will tonight admit his part in two of the IRA's bloodiest atrocities in a BBC documentary.
Footage which appears to show blindfolded and shackled Muslim prisoners held in Xinjiang, China, has prompted widespread condemnation after it was posted anonymously online.
In a speech to the UN yesterday, President Trump urged "all nations" to join him in trying to end "religious persecution". Critics say this is inconsistent with his approach to religious freedom at home.
Protesters in Australia have demanded a radio host's sacking after he made a joke about the virgin Mary.
Mon, 23 Sep 2019
The NSS's No More Faith Schools campaign has called for plans for a new faith school in Peterborough to be scrapped.
The chief rabbi has criticised humanists and secularists for their campaigns against faith schools.
US president Donald Trump and Indian prime minister Narendra Modi exchanged warm words of friendship in Texas at a rare mass rally for a foreign leader.
Indonesia's president, Joko Widodo, has ordered his government to postpone the ratification of a criminal code that would outlaw living together outside marriage, extramarital sex and insulting the president.
Neil Barber says it's naïve to dismiss the impact of segregated schooling on Scotland's sectarian divide in a letter.
The Scotsman (via PressReader)
Jawad Iqbal says democracy, free speech and basic rights are under assault in Indonesia, home to the world's largest Muslim majority population, as its rulers pander to rising religious conservatism, extremism and identity politics.
The Times (£)
The US is understood to have written to UN member states urging them to join a "growing coalition" of countries rallying against abortion, in what seems to be the latest attempt by the Trump administration to roll back women's rights.
Ex-Muslims in Preston are petitioning the city council to revoke a taxi driver's licence because they fear for the safety of his customers.
A young woman says she was left "humiliated" after a pharmacist in Edinburgh refused to supply her with emergency contraception, without explaining why. Religion has been a factor in some recent similar cases.
An Italian Roman Catholic priest has been accused of sexually abusing an altar boy in the sacristy at St Peter's Basilica in the Vatican.
The Times (£)
Since 2006, 19 infants in the US have contracted herpes after orthodox rabbis sucked their penises after circumcising them. At least two have died. New York City's Department of Health now reports a new case.
The Friendly Atheist (Patheos)
Fri, 20 Sep 2019
A former government official has accused ministers of "radio silence" over protests near a school against its teaching of LGBT relationships.
The BBC highlighted over 20 new cases to the party, who said all those found to be members who shared or supported anti-Muslim posts on Twitter and Facebook were suspended immediately.
Parents have complained to the Irish education authorities that a Roman Catholic national school discriminated against their son because he did not attend a holy-communion choir class.
Joe Fergus, 24, and boyfriend Robert Brookes, 21, kissed outside a showing of the Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Stoneyhouse Arts centre in Chester where people holding placards had gathered.
Plans have been unveiled for a national memorial to all those condemned as witches in Scotland during the 16th to 18th Centuries.
Hayden Kennedy, who attends St Anne's Catholic Primary School in Rock Ferry, was left feeling isolated and rejected following the decision by the local Parish Priest.
Britain's top counter-terrorism officer, the Met assistant commissioner, Neil Basu, said the most likely attempts would come from "lone actors" and, as with Islamist terrorism, the authorities could not guarantee to foil every plot.
A 13-year-old boy from Yorkshire was caught drawing Daesh logos on his hands and told a social worker he wanted to go and fight for the Islamic State.
The Yorkshire Post
Man who threatened to blow up a hostel in Belfast after shouting 'kill all Muslims' has avoided jail
Sanjay Chanda was given a two-month suspended sentence for an outburst in which he also called others at the shelter "jihadis" and declared an intention to burn down all mosques.
The real issue with denominational schools is that in a public sector institution which in theory should be accessible to all taxpayers, there is clear evidence of discrimination, says a letter to Herald Scotland
'In Israel's secular heartland, religion played a central role in this week's deadlocked election. For many, a vote for the opposition was driven by a desire to keep rabbis out of their schools, businesses and love lives.'
Thu, 19 Sep 2019
The chief rabbi has criticised secularists and Humanists in Britain for their criticisms of faith schools and circumcision, and has criticised the NSS by name. The NSS's Stephen Evans has responded.
The Jewish Chronicle
Chief rabbi Ephraim Mirvis has claimed secularists and humanists are becoming "ever-more combative" towards faith communities. The NSS's Stephen Evans has responded.
Will Hayward calls on the Welsh govenment to ban the teaching of creationism.
A private investigator who was caught on camera in an anti-Muslim rant has been found guilty of six counts of possessing terrorist material.
An 80-year-old woman who gave her terminally ill husband a fatal dose of medicine so he could end his life has been cleared of murder, triggering calls for a change in the law on assisted dying.
Councillors have rejected a last-ditch attempt to build a new replacement Roman Catholic school in Aberdeen.
Perth and Kinross Council spent more than £60,000 on new lights at a city centre kirk.
Indonesia, the country with the largest number of Muslims in the world, is set to pass a new criminal code. It could outlaw living together outside marriage, extramarital sex and insulting the president.
An insight into the Vatican's own investigations into the case against Cardinal George Pell, who was recently convicted on historic sexual abuse charges.
ABC News (Australia)
The documentary I, Pastafari, about the world's fastest-growing faith, premieres in the US in October.
Wed, 18 Sep 2019
NI's Human Rights Commission has hit back at criticism from the Evangelical Alliance over pending abortion legislation.
Lawyers for Cardinal George Pell have lodged a special leave application with Australia's high court to try to appeal his historical sex abuse convictions.
Catholic Church says police chief’s call to ditch religious segregation in Scotland’s schools is ‘offensive’
The Catholic Church has criticised an ex-police chief who says Scotland should not segregate children by religious background if it is serious about tackling sectarianism.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appeared to suffer a setback in national elections Tuesday, with his religious and nationalist allies failing to secure a parliamentary majority, early exit polls showed.
Rami Hod and Yonatan Levi say the religious right is successfully dominating Israel's public discourse – with the help of funding and tactics used in the US.
A Hindu principal in Pakistan may face the death penalty after a student accused him of making illegal comments about the Islamic prophet Muhammad, an act that spurred riots and led to dozens of arrests.
The Friendly Atheist (Patheos)
A terminally ill former teacher has died at the Dignitas clinic in Switzerland amid calls for a change in the law on assisted dying in the UK.
East Lothian Courier
Two men who lived in a home for unmarried Protestant mothers and their children have called for an apology from the Irish state and the Church of Ireland for their treatment while living there.
The law in the US state of Kentucky now requires the words to appear in schools as conservative Christian groups seek to inject religion into public life.
Abortion in the United States has decreased to record low levels. New research suggests the decline may be driven more by increased access to contraception and fewer women becoming pregnant than by the proliferation of laws restricting abortion in some states.
The New York Times (£)
Greece's government has announced it's agreed to remove all references to school children's religious faith and nationality from school records and certificates.
Greek City Times
Tue, 17 Sep 2019
Carl Austin-Behan, LGBT adviser to the mayor of Greater Manchester, says inclusive teaching leads to equality, acceptance and inclusion for all young people.
Manchester Evening News
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