Mon, 20 May 2019
Protestors 'pelted with eggs' as they put up 'love is the answer' signs at school affected by protests in Birmingham
A group of mostly female LGBT activists putting up messages and banners in support of under-fire staff at a school in Birmingham last night were confronted and some were allegedly egged.
Thousands of people marched through Belfast on Saturday to demand the recognition of same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland, the only region of the UK where it does not have legal status.
Matthew Parris says politicians are in danger of creating a new era of blasphemy laws while rightly trying to protect Muslims from hatred.
The Times (£)
Ofsted has declined to endorse the expansion of an independent Charedi Jewish girls' school in the London borough of Hackney, which is proposing to omit the study of evolution.
A GP in the Midlands is being investigated by the General Medical Council after asking a Muslim mum to take off her niqab during an appointment.
A headteacher banned a six-year-old girl found carrying a ceremonial religious sword from bringing it to school after complaints from parents.
Courts are operating in a "vacuum" of legal guidance over assisted dying and the law needs to be clarified, a legal expert who advised the Scottish parliament on the issue has said.
The Times (£)
Muslim groups have objected to a scheme to promote better understanding of Islam in Germany by using beer mats to provide information.
Ed Kilgore says President Trump represents a threat to America's great tradition of religious pluralism.
New York Magazine
Hundreds of demonstrators marched to the Alabama Capitol on Sunday to protest the US state's newly approved abortion ban, chanting "my body, my choice!" and "vote them out!"
Amy Mackinnon says Romania under Ceausescu created a dystopian horror of overcrowded, filthy orphanages, and thousands died from back-alley abortions.
Fri, 17 May 2019
Schools across England have received letters opposing the teaching of relationships and sex education and LGBT equality.
NSS CEO Stephen Evans says the government and civil society have a role to play in challenging hatred directed at Muslims and others because of their faith. But efforts to silence criticism of Islam will only be counterproductive.
England's first Muslim MP was among those who yesterday said the government was right to refuse to enshrine a definition of Islamophobia in law.
School inspectors have heavily criticised an independent faith school in the Tooting area of south London for keeping boys and girls illegally segregated.
The bishop of Lincoln, Christopher Lowson, has been suspended in relation to an inquiry over safeguarding children.
Clergy have been drafted in to teach religious literacy to Home Office case workers tasked with deciding on asylum claims that involve religious conversion and persecution.
Pupils at Jewish school still not being ‘fully prepared for life in modern Britain’ several months after issue highlighted, says Ofsted
Pupils at a Jewish school in Greater Manchester are still not being 'fully prepared for life in modern Britain', several months after it was first identified as an issue, Ofsted has said.
Manchester Evening News
A leaked report has revealed a plan to boost the religious lobby in the European Parliament.
Rugby Australia sacks player for social media post warning “hell awaits” gay people, atheists and others
Israel Folau's contract has been terminated by Rugby Australia after he said "hell awaits" gay people, atheists and others in a social media post.
Taiwan's parliament has become the first in Asia to legalise same-sex marriage following a vote on Friday.
The Austrian parliament has approved a new law that prohibits any "ideologically or religiously influenced clothing which is associated with the covering of the head" in the nation's primary schools.
Ed Husain says to surrender to the grievances and victimhood collectivism of Muslim activists is to do a disservice to Britain, liberty and ordinary Muslims.
Thu, 16 May 2019
The government is set to reject calls to adopt a proposed definition of 'Islamophobia'.
Government rejects official definition of Islamophobia after experts warned it could be a 'backdoor blasphemy law'
Proposals for an official definition of Islamophobia were rejected by the government yesterday. More than 40 campaigners and public figures, including the NSS, wrote to the home secretary yesterday to say the definition could be a 'backdoor blasphemy law' and limit free speech.
The government has again said no to a new Modern Orthodox Jewish school in south Hertfordshire because the area already has good schooling options.
Pro-choice campaigners in Northern Ireland say anti-abortion laws are stricter than the legislation Republican senators have introduced in the southern US state of Alabama.
Parents have been demonstrating for weeks outside their children's primary schools in Birmingham because they're unhappy that children are being taught that it is okay to be gay. Becky Johnson meets people on either side of the debate.
David Aaronovitch says campaigns against vaccinations and abortion are linked by a toxic blend of misplaced religious faith and rejection of modern science and medicine.
The Times (£)
Brendan O'Neill says a proposed new definition of 'Islamophobia' would severely curtail public debate.
Heman Mehta says anti-choice advocates are "drunk on God".
The Friendly Atheist (Patheos)
Alabama doctors who perform abortions could face up to 99 years in prison – the same as rapists and murderers
Under an Alabama bill that was just sent to the governor's desk, doctors who perform abortions will be the same in the eyes of the law as rapists and murderers.
B Jessie Hill says America is facing a full-frontal attack on Roe v Wade, and there is no guarantee that the supreme court will protect the right to terminate a pregnancy.
A rally near New York City on Monday vividly illustrated how the anti-vaccine fervour is not only enduring, but may be growing.
The New York Times
The release of an award-winning Indonesian film about a male dancer exploring his sexuality has led to a backlash from religious groups in the south-east Asian country.
Wed, 15 May 2019
Police chief warns adopting official definition of Islamophobia 'could hit terror investigations' – NSS quoted
Adopting an official definition of Islamophobia could hinder British counter-terror efforts, a police chief has said.
This leading article says there are grave free-speech implications in allowing the scholarly or even casual critique of a religion to be defined as bigotry.
The Times (£)
The education watchdog Ofsted has recommended that a large Charedi Jewish girls' school in London be allowed to expand despite its refusal to teach about LGBT issues.
Local politicians in Flintshire have backed the launch of a consultation over proposals for Lixwm Community Primary School to become a voluntary aided school.
A former magistrate who rejected an application from a same-sex couple to adopt a child has appealed against a decision to remove him from the bench.
TV personality Patrick Kielty has called for an end to segregation of education along religious lines in Northern Ireland.
The Irish News
The case of a Christian couple on death row in Pakistan after being convicted of blasphemy has reportedly been taken up by the lawyer who defended Asia Bibi.
Lawmakers in the US state of Alabama have passed a bill to outlaw abortion in almost all cases, the strictest such US law.
Elan Carr, the US envoy against antisemitism, has called legislation in some European countries limiting the ritual slaughter of animals and circumcision of boys a "disgraceful forced expulsion" of Jews.
The Jerusalem Post
A Pakistani court has granted bail to the leader of a ultra-right Islamist group arrested last year after his supporters shut down cities and threatened judges following the acquittal of a Christian woman accused of blasphemy.
A mosque was set on fire in the US state of Connecticut in what police are investigating as an act of arson.
A Pakistani man who renounced Islam and became a Humanist has been granted asylum in the UK more than a year after he was turned down by officials for knowing too little about ancient Greek philosophers.
The Times (£)
Tue, 14 May 2019
Four cathedrals have received cash injections from the National Lottery Heritage Fund.
Irena Barker says the proliferation of exclusive faith schools undermines parental choice.
The Family Court has ordered a man to hand over £1.6m to his wife and pay her £1,850 per month in maintenance payments until he grants her a 'get' – a document that officially ends a marriage under Jewish law.
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