Tue, 01 Sep 2020
An atheist has pledged to use hate crime legislation being proposed for Scotland to close down organised religion and silence "Holy Willies".
The Times (£)
Fourteen suspected accomplices to the French Islamist militants behind the 2015 attacks on the Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine and a Jewish supermarket in Paris will go on trial on Wednesday.
A deep-rooted tradition of unapologetically poking fun at men and gods alike may be in peril five years after the deadly jihadist attacks on satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, observers say.
A riot broke out on Friday in the southern Swedish town of Malmo, where at least 300 people had gathered to protest against anti-Islam activities, police said.
Tensions in the Norwegian capital came to a head when an anti-Islam protester ripped pages from the Quran.
A German court ruled that a ban on teachers wearing headscarves in schools in Berlin is unconstitutional.
Lebanon's President Michel Aoun called Sunday for the proclamation of a "secular state" during a televised address to mark the upcoming centenary of the Lebanese state.
A long-running court battle over Bible studies being allowed in state schools has been dropped after a "opt-in" clause was added to the Education and Training Act 2020.
The Governor of Kano State has accepted the death penalty on singer Yahaya Sharif. Sharif was convicted by a sharia court for insulting the Islamic prophet Muhammed in a song he shared on WhatsApp.
International Centre for Investigative Reporting
We should salute and support those brave women who refuse to accept the outdated prejudices within their own faiths, says Libby Purves.
The Times (£)
Fri, 28 Aug 2020
The Charity Commission has opened a statutory inquiry into a charity that promoted fake coronavirus protection kits. In April, the regulator said it had opened a compliance case into The Kingdom Church GB, which runs a church in south London, after the National Secular Society said the charity had been advertising false coronavirus cleansing products made of oil and string.
Relatives of people who have brought legal cases on assisted dying are for the first time making a joint appeal for an inquiry into the current law in England and Wales, saying there is an overwhelming case for change.
Bob Blackman MP has lent his support to plans for a crematorium attached to a Hindu temple, despite concerns around the impact it will have on green belt land.
This Is Local London
The Vatican has concluded that Fr Cuthbert Madden, who stepped aside as Abbot in 2016 during an investigation into alleged sexual misconduct, should not return to Ampleforth Abbey.
Hundreds of monks, nuns, and other members of Catholic religious orders in Germany have been accused of sexually abusing children and teenagers.
The law bans anyone from attempting a 'treatment' or practice to change another person's sexuality or gender identity.
Gay Star News
Jewish parents in New Zealand decided to circumcise their newborn son five months after his birth, as coronavirus regulations made finding a professional circumciser impossible.
The Jerusalem Post
"My husband and I are both proud Jews, but we didn't circumcise our son. We refused to subject him to what we believe is a traumatic and hurtful practice."
China has secretly constructed new prisons and internment camps over the past several years as the Communist Party-ruled country ramps up its mass detention campaign against Muslim minorities, according to a report on Thursday.
New York Post
Anyone who believes in universal human rights has a moral duty to defend the Uyghur Muslims, says Khadija Khan.
A popular priest is being investigated by prosecutors over accusations he diverted donations at Brazil's third largest pilgrimage site into real estate investments, including a ranch and a luxury beach house, authorities said.
The Islamic State terror group is reorganising and ramping up its guerrilla-style attacks in Syria and Iraq, the United Nations' counter-terrorism chief has warned, adding that the crisis unleashed by coronavirus could make it easier to recruit a new generation of jihadists.
Thu, 27 Aug 2020
A New Zealand court has sentenced a man who killed 51 people at two mosques to life in prison without parole, the first person in the country's history to receive this sentence.
There have been more than 600 attacks on places of worship in Northern Ireland in the last five years, prompting renewed calls for action to protect churches and other religious buildings.
A US trial of two members of Islamic State accused of taking part in the beheading of hostages appears likely to go ahead, following a legal ruling that allows the UK to share evidence with US prosecutors.
A plan to convert a former church school in the Yorkshire dales into affordable housing has been scuppered by a legal requirement to accept the highest bid for the property in a row that has drawn in the chancellor of the exchequer and the archbishop of Canterbury.
The Labour party has defended its use of Catholic data in determining its likelihood of election success in Scotland.
The United States on Wednesday hit back at a UN women's rights panel that said some US states limited access to abortions during the COVID-19 pandemic, rejecting its interference and the notion of "an assumed right to abortion".
Biden campaign calls China's treatment of Uighur Muslims 'genocide' and pressures Trump to 'take action'
The campaign of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is labelling China's treatment of the Uighurs "genocide" and calling on Donald Trump to take action.
Heavily supervised visits to indoctrination centres present reporters with smiling inmates and tales of cultural acceptance.
Evelyne Opondo of the Centre for Reproductive Rights said widespread conservative attitudes stigmatising abortion had driven women and girls to unregulated clinics run by untrained medical practitioners.
'Blasphemy' laws make a mockery of the justice system in Nigeria because laws are there to protect individuals, and not to protect ideologies, beliefs or dogma, says Leo Igwe.
Wed, 26 Aug 2020
The Labour party has refused to explain why it used data on Catholics in Scotland to predict whether they would win seats in the General Election.
A British-Israeli citizen claims she was asked to change seats on two separate flights because ultra-Orthodox Haredi Jewish men wouldn't sit next to her.
A Hindu temple with designs for a new crematorium is challenging the impact it will have on the Green Belt by addressing the lack of capacity for funerals currently available to its community.
Bucks Free Press
The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission has told the UN that Ireland has not done enough to discharge its human rights obligations in relation to the situation of women and children who were institutionalised in Magdalene laundries and those subjected to symphysiotomy.
Irish Legal News
Mubarak Bala, head of the Humanist Association of Nigeria, was seized by the police and has disappeared in custody. Other Nigerian nonbelievers fear more detentions are coming.
The New York Times
Rights groups are urging Bangladeshi authorities to withdraw all charges against blogger Asad Noor, restore his passport and end harassment of his family members.
Opponents of "conversion therapy" presented their case Tuesday to shield Kentucky youngsters from a practice that attempts to change a person's sexual orientation or gender identity.
According to Iran's Islamic penal code, singing and dancing are not illegal but a person can be prosecuted if authorities deem their acts "indecent" or "immoral".
All books published in the country had to receive prior approval before they could be released, with offences ranging from insulting Islam to "inciting unrest" and committing "immoral" acts.
'Why freedom of religion will likely not trump public health interests with a future COVID-19 vaccine'
Freedom of religion is a fundamental human right, provided for under the UN International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. However, this freedom is not unlimited, says Renae Barker.
Tue, 25 Aug 2020
Andrew Mitchell believes there is growing support among MPs for a change in the law that would give choice to people who are nearing the end of their lives.
Yorkshire Coast Radio
A woman from Manchester who joined Islamic State as a teenager alongside her twin sister is alive and being held with her young son in a controversial camp run by Syrian Kurdish forces, sources in north-east Syria have confirmed.
The Boulevard Community has lodged an appeal after expansion plans were knocked back because of the impact they could have on local residents due to noise and parking issues.
The census will ask "What is your religion?" This is clearly open to misinterpretation, says Paul Kaufman.
Barking and Dagenham Post
Australia: New push to scrap scripture lessons from public schools because they 'interrupt learning'
The New South Wales Teachers Federation is leading a campaign to scrap the weekly 30 to 60 minute studies, particularly throughout the coronavirus pandemic.
Rasheed is among at least a dozen Myanmar citizens from the Rohingya Muslim minority who have applied to be candidates in the Nov. 8 general election. Six of them have been rejected after officials said they failed to prove their parents were citizens at the time of their birth, a requirement under the election law.
Social media users have called them 'insulting' and demanded an apology.
'While Biden's faith mentions were uncharacteristically minimal, the convention itself was unusually spiritual.'
Religion News Service
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