Wed, 25 Jul 2018
A service is due to be held at Westminster Abbey on 11 November to mark the 100th anniversary of the armistice which ended the first world war.
The Times (£)
A report has called for Britain's ancient treason laws to be revived to allow terrorists to be jailed for life.
The Times (£)
Ireland to end ‘baptism barrier’ but continue to allow minority faith schools to discriminate on religious grounds
Minority faith schools will continue to be permitted to give priority enrolment to children on the basis of religion under new admission laws in Ireland. But these schools will not be allowed to rank students "on the basis of the extent to which the child or his or her family are involved in local religious activities".
The Irish Times
Polish lawmakers will withdraw a draft bill to ban non-stun slaughter from the country's parliament in its current version.
Global Meat News
Austria's vice chancellor has called for a ban on non-stun slaughter in the country.
A Muslim man has been beaten to death by a mob in western India over allegations of smuggling cows, police have said, despite calls by the country's highest court for immediate steps to stop deadly mob violence across the country.
A lawsuit filed on Monday argues that New York is illegally looking the other way when it comes to ultra-Orthodox Jewish schools, loosening restrictions that will ultimately leave students without a basic knowledge of English, maths and science.
The New York Times
Jim Davies says whether you're religious or not, morality comes from the same place.
The Conversation (US)
Tue, 24 Jul 2018
The heir to the throne, the then archbishop of Canterbury and a senior member of the judiciary were among those who rallied to the support of a Church of England bishop accused of sexual abuse, an independent inquiry has heard.
A lawyer who represents victims of clerical child sexual abuse has voiced concern that the prince of Wales is being treated differently from other witnesses.
The British government has decided that it will not recognise caste as an aspect of race in anti-discrimination legislation. NSS president Keith Porteous Wood is among those to condemn the move.
Campaigners are celebrating after winning a High Court battle to stop Southall Town Hall in west London being rented out to a Hindu temple next door for 250 years.
Get West London
British and Irish parliamentarians have called for "urgent" reform to Northern Ireland's highly restrictive abortion law after a surge in the number of women going abroad for abortions.
Crematoria have been warned that they could breach equality laws if they do not respect requests to remove or cover up crosses in Scotland.
The Times (£)
Experts have warned of the growing threat of women and minors linked to Islamic State, suggesting that the number returning to Britain from Syria and Iraq has been significantly underestimated.
British Sikhs are "very close" to being considered a separate ethnic group in the UK's 2021 census.
The Times of India
Merthyr Tydfil could have one Catholic school for children aged 3-16 from September 2019 if plans to go out to consultation are given the green light this week.
In the past week three of Jibran Nasir's public meetings in Karachi, Pakistan's largest city, have been disrupted by religious hardliners who have shouted out and shoved his supporters.
Chile has investigated 158 members of the country's Roman Catholic Church for committing or covering up sexual abuse against minors and adults, the national prosecutor's office said on Monday.
The Cuban government has approved changes to the constitution that would allow gay couples to be married.
El Pais (in English)
Mon, 23 Jul 2018
'A Babel-like array of introverted faith groups and a secular majority struggle to co-exist, without knowing or even wanting to know much about one another.'
The Economist (£)
"Up until Monday were those in charge of the university – who it's safe to assume are a clever and thoughtful bunch – naive enough to imagine the views of this priest aligned with those of the university? And if not, where should the line be drawn when it comes to educational institutions promoting religious views?"
Scotland must move more swiftly to deliver justice to victims of historic abuse, a leading lawyer argues.
Tauheedul Education Trust has changed its name to Star Academies from this month, almost six years since its first school opened in September 2012.
"All these earnings are enough to make the CofE by far the UK's biggest charity, with an income more than three times that of Oxfam. So, how is it that the underlying finances of the Church of England are ringing alarm bells?"
Jewish Labour MPs will urge the rest of the Parliamentary Labour Party to accept a more thorough definition of anti-Semitism.
An educational programme tackling Islamic extremism in the North-East has been officially launched.
Theresa May has described how her faith in God makes her convinced she is "doing the right thing" as Prime Minister.
Campaigners condemn FGM as 'human lives issue' after young girl Deeqa Dahir Nuur passes away after suffering severe bleeding following botched operation
Individuals who have left the Orthodox Jewish community are more than four times as likely to have been molested as children than the general population, a new study has found.
Jewish Telegraph Agency
Complaints that schools run by New York's strictly observant Hasidic Jews barely teach English, math, science or social studies have fueled a movement to demand stricter oversight by state and local educational authorities.
An NGO in Kenya has been criticised for circumcising boys without their parents' consent.
Fri, 20 Jul 2018
Ed Moore asks what the 26 bishops in the House of Lords vote for, and why.
Prince Charles said that he maintained contact with Peter Ball for more than 20 years until his conviction in 2015 for sexually abusing more than a dozen victims.
The Department of Education has confirmed that LGBT education will be 'mandatory' – with no opt-out for faith schools.
Gay Star News
'In a diverse and multi-faith country, schools need to become places where values are both lived and examined.'
The government is ready to amend proposals to tighten the inspection of independent schools which have 'alarmed' the Charedi community, strictly Orthodox sources have said.
The Clarke Woodhead report calls on the Church of England to remove all faith-based criteria from its schools, and suggests many Anglicans would support this.
Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan has published legislation to repeal the offence of publication or utterance of blasphemous matter from Article 40 of the Constitution.
Jack Coulson, 19, who dressed in Nazi uniform and filled his home in Mexborough with Nazi memorabilia, boasted he wanted to murder Labour MP Lucian Berger, who is Jewish, by shooting her in the head.
The European Union has led a chorus of criticism after Israel passed a controversial law declaring that only Jews have the right of self-determination in the country.
The Ministry of Health has threatened to take action against medical officers that are allegedly involved in forced circumcision of babies in Uganda.
The prime minister of Australia has called on the Pope to sack the archbishop of Adelaide, who has refused to resign after concealing the sexual abuse of children.
Hindu campaigners are urging one of the world's largest natural history museum, The Field Museum in Chicago, to immediately withdraw Lord Shiva stuffed plush doll from sale, calling it highly inappropriate.
Thu, 19 Jul 2018
Church leaders urged to phase out religious selection of pupils in schools, in a report from former education secretary
Labour senator Aodhán Ó Ríordáin began a petition to support this approach on Tuesday, saying a referendum could "end the influence of religion over education in Ireland."
The Irish Times
A university has said a Catholic Chaplin won't be returning to his role in September after holding a service to atone for the "gross offence" of Pride Glasgow.
Charity Commission launches inquiry into independent boarding school after two arrests were made.
Researchers said the regional variations were down to "religious differences" between different areas of the country and Londoners' social conservatism was "largely driven by religious factors".
Naa'imur Zakariyah Rahman told undercover officers he wanted to "do a suicide bomb on parliament", but was given dummy explosives.
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