Fri, 25 Jan 2019
The House of Commons women and equalities committee visited Northern Ireland on Thursday to speak to campaigners on both sides of the abortion debate.
The Church of England has said it should not have made public an allegation of abuse against a bishop and has apologised for the hurt caused by its actions.
Jeremy Morris says arguments that things were done differently in the past can be pushed too far in debates over historical child abuse.
An inquiry has heard that two groups who propose to build a new crematorium in South Staffordshire have different approaches to the accommodation of requests from Sikh and Hindu groups.
Express & Star
A Christian woman cleared of blasphemy in Pakistan is still living like a prisoner two and a half months after her acquittal, friends say.
Amnesty International says Iran arrested 7,000 people last year in a "shameless campaign of repression".
Hindu nationalist groups have mounted a fierce campaign against Jawaharlal Nehru University in India.
Joerg Friedrichs says European liberals should reconsider their coalition building with illiberal minority brokers.
Proposals from lawmakers in at least six US states would require or encourage public schools to offer elective classes on the Bible's literary and historical significance.
Thu, 24 Jan 2019
Girls from Muslim backgrounds should not be forced to wear headscarves in schools just because they are facing pressures from their families, the head of Ofsted has suggested.
Twelve abortions were carried out in Northern Ireland last year, official statistics show.
The Irish News
A Christian former magistrate who was sacked from an NHS role for speaking to the press about a row over gay adoption is waiting to hear the judgement of an appeal tribunal.
The former governor of the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, has been released early from his jail term for blasphemy.
A superhero comic featuring Jesus Christ as a main character has been branded "'outrageous and blasphemous" in an online petition calling on DC Comics to halt its publication.
The Irish Post
A US government department has issued an exemption that allows all foster care agencies in the state of South Carolina to discriminate on religious grounds when providing federally funded foster care programmes.
Religion News Service
Saudi Arabia is trying to ban child marriage through new regulations but loopholes are leaving young girls in the deeply conservative kingdom unprotected, campaigners have said.
South China Morning Post
Barry Duke reflects on the release of a memoir from former NSS president Barbara Smoker.
Euro Weekly News
Wed, 23 Jan 2019
The government's anti-radicalisation Prevent strategy is to be independently reviewed after ministers gave into longstanding pressure to address concerns about its impact.
A Muslim man has lost a High Court battle to build a raised marble edge at a Walsall cemetery to stop people walking on his father's grave.
Express & Star
Education inspectors have said a state-aided Charedi girls school which was ranked inadequate last summer has an action plan to improve which is "fit for purpose".
Some Muslims are calling for people to boycott Marks & Spencer toilet tissue because it is allegedly embossed with the Arabic word for God. M&S has denied the claims, saying the pattern is "categorically of an aloe vera leaf".
Three men and a teenage boy have been arrested and charged over an alleged plot against a small Islamic community in New York state.
The former governor of Indonesia's capital will be released from prison on Thursday, nearly two years after being jailed for blasphemy against Islam. One expert says it's a reminder that the law has been used to target the Indonesian regime's political opponents.
The Sydney Morning Herald
A judge has ruled that an abortion law in the US state of Iowa which would have forced a ban on nearly all abortions as soon as a heartbeat was detected is unconstitutional.
A Jerusalem court has convicted an Israeli "gay conversion" therapist of repeatedly molesting boys he was treating over several years.
The Times of Israel
A Christian woman who was sacked from her job at a hotel in Miami for skipping Sunday shifts to attend church has been awarded $21m by a jury. She is likely to receive a small fraction of this in reality.
Tue, 22 Jan 2019
MPs have moved a motion that says institutional prayers in parliament are incompatible with a society which respects the principle of freedom of and from religion.
The Freethinker (Patheos)
A Muslim who says his human rights have been breached because he cannot install a raised marble edge around his father's grave is waiting to find out whether he has won a legal battle.
Fiyaz Mughal says many ex-Muslims feel isolated when they openly come out as atheists.
A mosque in Essex has held an exhibition on Muslim heroes of the Holocaust which was at the centre of calls for a boycott.
Council leader dismisses opposition to non-stun halal in school meals as ‘racial hatred’ – NSS quoted
The leader of a Yorkshire council that provides non-stunned halal meat products in its schools has slammed efforts to stop the practice.
The Freethinker (Patheos)
The chief rabbi has accused the Labour Party of still failing to take antisemitism among its members seriously enough.
The Times (£)
Lucy Anna Gray speaks to Nice Nailantei Leng'ete, who was shunned from her village for avoiding FGM and now campaigns to end the practice.
An Egyptian TV presenter has been sentenced to one year of hard labour for interviewing a gay man last year.
US Senate passes ‘religious test’ resolution after questioning of judicial nominee’s membership of Catholic order
The US Senate has passed a resolution saying it would be "unconstitutional" to consider membership in the Knights of Columbus order a disqualifying criterion for public office.
A Christian man and woman appealing against jail sentences for "spreading propaganda against the regime" have refused during a court appearance to renounce their faith.
Premier Christian Radio
Through executive orders and state legislatures, five states across the US have increased discrimination protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people.
A judge has rejected complaints that a proposed statue of the devil was an affront to religious sensibilities that could make the Spanish city of Segovia a focus of satanic worship.
Mon, 21 Jan 2019
A group of MPs has moved a motion to stop the practice of starting the day in parliament with Anglican prayers on the grounds that they are incompatible with the principle of freedom of and from religion.
A cross-party group of MPs has called for an end to the 460-year-old practice of reading prayers in parliament in a motion which the NSS has backed.
The Times (£)
New NHS guidance says the contraceptive pill can be taken every day of the month after scientists dismissed a seven-day break which was introduced so "the pope would accept it" as natural.
Ultra-Orthodox Jewish parents and teachers have said schools may go underground and children be educated at home if the government presses ahead with guidance on teaching about same-sex relationships and gender reassignment.
Universities and student societies organised at least 200 events with extremist speakers last year, according to the Henry Jackson Society.
The Sunday Times (£)
David Green says there is a looming risk the government will soon subscribe to a definition of 'Islamophobia' that will function as a backdoor blasphemy law.
The government's forced marriage unit saw 1,200 forced marriage cases in 2017. Yasmin Alibhai-Brown speaks to some of the men affected.
The Mail on Sunday
An Aberdeenshire church has voted to quit the Scottish Episcopal Church over its acceptance of gay marriage.
The Press and Journal
Asia Bibi, a Pakistani Christian acquitted of blasphemy, still lives the life of a prisoner, nearly three months after her release from death row, awaiting a final ruling on her fate.
The US vice-president has defended his wife's decision to take on a new job teaching art classes at a Christian school that bans LGBT+ employees and students, as well as the children of gay parents.
A French court sentenced far-right author Alain Soral to one year in prison for insulting a judge and making antisemitic comments.
A new rulebook is reportedly coming into force at Facebook to govern the way workers at the company can discuss religion and politics.
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