Mon, 27 Apr 2020
Police shut down an ultra-Orthodox Jewish wedding after officers were called twice to celebrations flouting the lockdown ban.
Scotland's Catholic bishops have criticised health secretary Jeane Freeman after the government lifted restrictions on allowing early medical abortions at home during the coronavirus.
An evangelical pastor from Luton is the voice on a recording which has spread around the world and claims the coronavirus pandemic is cover for a global plot to install 5G mobile phone masts and destroy human society as we know it.
Jeff Goldblum has come under fire on social media for asking if Islam was "anti-homosexuality" and "anti-woman" during Friday night's episode of RuPaul's Drag Race.
The Hollywood Reporter
Fri, 24 Apr 2020
Health secretary Matt Hancock has thanked Muslims across the UK for their "sacrifice" as they mark Ramadan amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The Belfast Telegraph
The Jewish Chronicle has been sold to a consortium fronted by Theresa May's former director of communications, saving the historic newspaper following a brief but messy takeover battle.
Some reactions to the pandemic are bringing out one of the oldest — and ugliest — human impulses: the desire to blame calamity on those who are different.
The Washington Post (£)
Campaigners and academics say the country's ruling party is using the current pandemic to restrict women's reproductive rights and continue chipping away at democracy.
The campaign group, which supports persecuted Christians, is concerned that legitimate restrictions on assembly will remain in place even once the pandemic has started to recede.
It is possible to attack Islam, the religion, the scripture, the culture surrounding it, and the actions of some Muslims without being bigoted and unfairly throwing the rest of them under the bus, argues Abdullah Sameer.
Thu, 23 Apr 2020
Sensible policy changes may leave women wondering: why wasn't it like this before?
The Catholic Church has asked lawmakers at Stormont to debate the liberalisation of abortion laws in Northern Ireland.
Counter-terrorism officials fear a rise in terrorist recruits after a collapse in referrals to the UK's main anti-radicalisation scheme during the lockdown, as extremists pump out propaganda urging British attacks.
Delhi police have been accused of slapping two Muslim student activists with "bogus" charges of conspiring to incite the recent riots, the worst religious violence in India's capital for decades, and in which the police were accused of being complicit.
With a fearful public eager for a scapegoat, Hindu zealots and an obedient right-wing press have fanned the flames, leading to a surge in hate crimes.
The Times (£)
The UK government is being urged to ban the import of cotton sourced from the Chinese province of Xinjiang, a region where Uighur Muslims are being put to work in factories in conditions that amount to forced labour.
Wed, 22 Apr 2020
Robert Buckland has told a parliamentary committee the government has no plans to change the law on assisted dying.
A former London rapper has been arrested on suspicion of joining Islamic State fighters in Syria.
An Islamist group terrorising northern Mozambique has killed 52 villagers after locals refused to be recruited to their ranks, according to police cited by local media.
London paramedic who told colleagues ‘I don’t like Muslims’ and accused one of ‘looking like Bin Laden’ is struck off
A paramedic was struck off after telling colleagues 'I don't like Muslims' and accusing another of 'dressing like a bomber'.
Community groups say almost half of Sikh deaths in the West Midlands over a fortnight have been victims of Covid-19.
Sir Andrew Parker has become the first head of the security service to express "regret and shame" for the way MI5 treated gay men and women in the past.
Village chiefs in Kenya will make house-to-house checks after reports some rural communities were taking advantage of school closures due to the coronavirus to perform FGM on girls, officials and campaigners said.
Thomson Reuters Foundation News
Doctors in the Netherlands are able to carry out euthanasia on patients with severe dementia without fear of prosecution even if the patient no longer expresses an explicit wish to die, the country's highest court has ruled.
Tue, 21 Apr 2020
A jihadist who wanted to carry out suicide missions for Islamic State was released early from prison, despite the government's objections to the "irrational" decision.
The Times (£)
A hairdresser has been awarded £20,000 in damages from her former boss after she was subjected to degrading treatment because she is Muslim.
A London priest has resumed Eucharists in person inside his historic church after the archbishop of Canterbury said that the Church of England's position on building closures was "guidance, not instruction".
'Abusive' vicar who continued to practice after ban keeps holy orders despite addition to infamous 'Lambeth list'
An 'abusive' vicar who was banned from preaching - yet continued to hold religious ceremonies – has been added to an unpublished Church of England list but will be allowed to keep his Holy Orders.
A federal judge in the US has blocked Kansas from limiting attendance at in-person religious worship services or activities to 10 people or fewer to check the spread of the coronavirus.
Christian persecution watchdog Open Doors has said Christians around the world are being put at risk due to a wave of conspiracy theories blaming believers for the spread of Covid-19.
Premier Christian News
Samaritan's Purse criticised for having New York hospital employees sign Christian 'Statement of Faith'
The humanitarian relief organisation behind a sprawling field hospital erected in New York's Central Park has been criticised for making employees sign a "Statement of Faith" that outlines their views on marriage.
Premier Christian News
Indonesia will ban its traditional annual exodus by people streaming out of cities at the end of the Muslim fasting month in May.
More than 180 rights groups on Monday asked the U.S. Congress to take steps to protect LGBT+ people from discrimination in the coronavirus pandemic.
Mon, 20 Apr 2020
A former adviser to Theresa May who is a vocal champion of faith schools has been given a role in the Department for Education. During his time in Downing Street Nick Timothy unsuccessfully attempted to abolish the cap which means free schools with a religious character can only select 50 per cent of their pupils on the basis of religion.
Police have fined men for using a mikveh (Jewish ritual bath) in Stamford Hill during Pesach in contravention of social distancing rules.
The Jewish Chronicle
Far-right extremists have been circulating old footage to claim that mosques are still open, causing police to be inundated with complaints by duped members of the public.
Ecclesiastical Insurance covers losses resulting from infectious diseases, but while the policy document's list of "acceptable" diseases includes smallpox and leprosy, it does not include Covid-19, according to a letter to The Times.
The Times (£)
MPs in Poland have voted not to kill a controversial bill that would criminalise sex education and denounce those who teach it as paedophiles and LGBT+ activists.
Tennessee must continue to allow abortions despite a temporary ban on non-essential medical procedures designed to help stop the spread of the coronavirus, the Associated Press reported Saturday.
New York Post
The spread of the novel coronavirus has helped anti-abortion activists in the US win victories—at least for now—that they have sought ever since the US Supreme Court ruled in 1973 that women have a constitutional right to terminate a pregnancy.
President Donald Trump held a call with faith leaders on Friday that included discussion about a phased-in return to broader in-person worship after weeks of religious services largely shifting online in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Facility run by Trump ally Franklin Graham's organisation requires staff to sign statement opposing gay marriage.
Indian officials have suspended a local magistrate and a police official for allowing large crowds to attend a chariot-pulling festival at a Hindu temple on Thursday morning.
Fri, 17 Apr 2020
Polish lawmakers on Thursday postponed a final decision on controversial proposals to impose a near-total ban on abortion and criminalize school sex education in the predominantly Catholic country.
Germany's Catholic bishops' have voiced disappointment at Chancellor Angela Merkel's decision not to lift the ban on public church services.
Today, about half of Americans (49%) say the Bible should have at least "some" influence on U.S. laws, including nearly a quarter (23%) who say it should have "a great deal" of influence.
Pew Research Center
New Turkish drama Love 101 unleashed a torrent of fury over unconfirmed rumours that it will feature a gay character.
The Kessler Foundation, owner of the Jewish Chronicle, has submitted an offer to the proposed liquidators of both the Jewish Chronicle and Jewish News for the assets of both titles.
Groups such as Isis plan to exploit pandemic, but even it has acknowledged danger posed by virus.
Politicians, faith leaders and other authority figures have been touting dubious remedies.
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