Fri, 25 May 2018
Gaby Hinsliff hopes for a Yes vote in today's referendum on repealing the eighth amendment in Ireland, and says a debate on changing the law in Britain could be healthy.
As the US Supreme Court considers the case of a same-sex couple who were turned away by a cake shop, Ria Tabacco Mar of the ACLU writes that businesses should not be allowed to refuse to serve minority groups and gay couples.
Thu, 24 May 2018
It's 30 years to the day since the Thatcher government introduced the intensely contentious Section 28. Three decades on, the history of the homophobic legislation and its "very long shadow" still looms over schools and local authorities in the UK today.
Jeremy Corbyn will not appoint any Labour peers that do not support abolishing the House of Lords, his spokesman has said. The move will have implications for the bishops' bench.
A spiritual leader has been found guilty of three counts of indecently assaulting a boy in a mosque's attic.
Surrey Police has defended a decision to accept 1,000 Bibles for its workers following criticism from the NSS.
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Louise Ridley reflects on the inequality facing those who want humanist weddings.
Daniel Kawczynski, MP for Shrewsbury and Atcham, has claimed schools which can practice 50% religious discrimination in admissions are "not really faith schools at all".
Concerns have been raised over how a Catholic diocese handled a "historic safeguarding allegation" made against one of its senior clerics.
An attempt to convert a building into a Muslim school in Derby is set to be rejected by council planning officials.
The Catholic archbishop of Delhi has warned India's secular constitution was under threat, sparking an angry rebuke from the ruling Hindu nationalist party.
More than two-thirds of Americans say they support same-sex marriage, according to a new Gallup poll published on Wednesday.
Wed, 23 May 2018
A report by University College London's Constitution Unit has said Prince Charles should make an 'oath to the people', as opposed to making three oaths to uphold Christianity, when he becomes King. It also suggests holding a civil ceremony alongside the traditional Anglican one.
A mother who forced her daughter to marry a relative almost twice her age has been convicted in the first successful prosecution in England.
A memorial service marking the first anniversary of the Manchester Arena attack has been held at Manchester Cathedral.
Religious schools in Wales will continue to be allowed to deliver RSE classes consistent with their ethos, ministers have said, despite a broader overhaul in the teaching of the subject.
Ethnic diversity at secondary schools helps pupils develop positive feelings towards other races, according to new research with implications for the segregation caused by faith-based schooling.
A merger between a Christian school and a non-religious one has been given the go-ahead. The move effectively closes the non-religious Trafalgar College and expands the Christian Great Yarmouth Charter Academy.
Great Yarmouth Mercury
An attempt to block education chiefs' plan to operate two Isle of Man schools separately at the same site has failed. The plan would mean a faith school sharing the site with a non-faith school while retaining a faith ethos.
A BBC investigation has uncovered allegations of 'illegal' cross-border adoptions at a home run by Catholic nuns in Northern Ireland.
Belarus has criticised the UK embassy in Minsk for flying a rainbow flag on the International Day Against Homophobia, calling LGBT relationships "fake".
President Trump hailed a proposal which would impose new abortion restrictions on federally funded family planning programmes last night. The move would bar doctors from advising women considering abortions about where they could receive them.
The New York Times
Catholic Church authorities in the Chilean city of Rancagua on Tuesday suspended 14 priests while they are investigated for "improper conduct", a development that could deepen the crisis the church is facing over sexual abuse charges.
Galen Watts says any revival of the once harmonious relationship between the labels 'progressive' and 'Christian' will require serious work on the part of liberal Christians in Canada.
Tue, 22 May 2018
Today's first anniversary of the Manchester Arena bombing will be marked with events around the country. The prime minister and Prince William will attend a service at Manchester Cathedral.
An Australian court has found a Catholic archbishop guilty of concealing child sexual abuse in the 1970s.
Campaigners are calling on the government to reveal whether it assessed if its plans for new voluntary-aided schools will discriminate against certain pupils.
Wales could soon be "leading the way" in relationship and sex education in schools, according to its government, which has announced an overhaul of its curriculum.
Two orthodox Jewish boys' schools in Stamford Hill have received highly critical Ofsted inspections.
The workplace arbitrator Acas has published new guidance on religion and belief for businesses and employees.
Facilities Management Journal
A former Church of England priest has been jailed after pleading guilty to sex offences against a young girl.
A study suggests Muslims are no more likely than the rest of the population to be stopped on suspicion of committing a crime. Jawad Iqbal criticises campaigners who "push a culture of victimhood and accuse forces of having an anti-Muslim agenda".
The Times (£)
Lizzie O'Shea says the campaign to repeal the eighth amendment, which effectively bans abortion in Ireland, has been inspiring.
Denmark's minister of integration has suggested those fasting for Ramadan should take time off work "to avoid negative consequences for the rest of Danish society".
Sydney Morning Herald
A Swedish city is advising girls who fear being taken abroad for forced marriage or female genital mutilation to tuck a spoon in their underwear to set off airport metal detectors.
Mon, 21 May 2018
The archbishop of Canterbury has said disestablishment of the Church of England would not be a disaster, and removal of the church's privileges should be "a decision for parliament and people". Justin Welby was speaking as he prepared to preside over the royal wedding which took place on Saturday.
Britain is one of the only countries in Europe where nobody has been convicted of female genital mutilation, a report from the think tank Quilliam reveals today.
The Sunday Times (£)
Guernsey's parliament has voted against a proposal to legalise assisted dying for some terminally ill people.
Surrey Police and its crime commissioner have defended distributing 1,000 bibles among its workforce after the NSS criticised the move. A Surrey Police spokesman said the force has recently launched a multi-faith chaplaincy business plan.
A secular multi-academy trust has been blocked by a local diocese from taking over two Church of England primary schools in Surrey, one of which is now set to close.
Catriona Stewart says Glasgow City Council should create enforceable buffer zones around abortion clinics in the city.
The Church of Scotland has moved a step closer to allowing same-sex marriage after it voted in favour of drafting new protocols.
SDLP members have been allowed the freedom to vote as they see fit on abortion matters - even if it goes against the party's stated anti-choice position.
Polls for this Friday's referendum on legalising abortion in Ireland show support for the No campaign gaining ground, with the one in five voters still undecided holding the key to which side will win out.
US secretary of education Betsy DeVos wants to lift constitutional restrictions on taxpayer money being used for religious education.
Fri, 18 May 2018
The Church of England is lobbying the government not to scrap civil partnerships. The church is concerned that the move would throw its stance on sexuality into disarray.
John Swinney, Scotland's cabinet secretary for education and deputy first minister, has praised Catholic schools in a speech to the Catholic Headteachers Association Scotland conference.
Scottish Catholic Observer
Justin Welby has presided over a service where a memorial to British victims of terrorism overseas was unveiled. Politicians including Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn were in attendance.
Birmingham's shadow education chief has called for an Islamic faith school to be shut down following a catalogue of failure and negative headlines.
Prominent British Muslims have published an open letter in a full-page advert in The Telegraph urging other Muslims to call out anti-Semitism when they see it.
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