Tue, 14 May 2019
A retired academic is facing a huge legal bill after attempting to publicise the membership, activities and rules of the Exclusive Brethren.
The Sunday Post
Five US men who say they were sexually abused by Catholic priests plan to sue the Vatican in an effort to get the Holy See to release the names of thousands of priests involved in abuse cases.
Last week, as Asia Bibi began to settle into her new life in Canada, her lawyer turned his focus to his next court battle against Pakistan's blasphemy laws.
A Glasgow politician has said loyalist organisations being allowed to march past Catholic churches has "gone on too long".
The TV Choice awards will take place at The Hilton in London after organisers boycotted The Dorchester Hotel over Brunei's anti-LGBT laws.
At least one person has died after anti-Muslim rioting in Sri Lanka continued for a second day.
An American preacher with extreme anti-gay and anti-semitic views has become the first person ever banned from Ireland by exclusion powers dating from 1999.
The Irish Times
There is a mainstream party consensus in favour of proposals to liberalise Ireland's abortion laws, which the country is due to vote on later this month.
The Polish civil rights activist who put up images of the Christian virgin Mary with a rainbow halo said she did so to protest against what she calls the "exclusion of LGBT people from society" by the country's Catholic Church.
Mon, 13 May 2019
A Catholic primary school looking for a headteacher has widened its search to non-Catholics - but will only give the full job title to those baptised in the faith.
A child protection campaigner has said the pope's announcement of internally reporting child abuse in the Catholic Church will not help to prevent the crimes.
Gunmen have killed six people including a priest as Mass was being celebrated in a church in Dablo in northern Burkina Faso, officials say. Jihadist violence has flared in Burkina Faso since 2016, and this is the third attack on a church in five weeks.
Researchers from Ulster University have found that integrated and Catholic schools are over-subscribed in south Belfast.
The Irish News
Bangladesh police have charged eight members of an extremist group with the brutal murders of two LGBT activists. The eight men were reportedly members of banned extremist group Ansar al Islam.
Gay Star News
David Smith says on abortion, the supreme court and more, the president keeps delivering what evangelicals want.
Men in Iran have been ordered not to look at women during Ramadan as part of a round of draconian restrictions imposed by the increasingly isolated regime.
An interview with Lucetta Scaraffia, who exposed rape and secret abortions in the Catholic Church before quitting.
A report from the Human Rights Watch has detailed the torture that four men, who were detained between December 2018 and February 2019, went through in Chechnya.
When the sultan of Brunei last week announced a moratorium on the much-condemned death penalty for gay sex, some hailed the move as a major advance. But inside the tiny South-East Asian nation, LGBT people say there is little reason to celebrate - and much still to fear.
Sri Lanka on Monday temporarily blocked some social media networks and messaging apps, including Facebook and WhatsApp, after attacks on mosques and Muslim-owned businesses in the worst unrest since Easter bombings by Islamist militants.
A number of gay rights activists have been arrested after clashing with police at an unauthorised pride march in Cuba's capital, Havana.
Fri, 10 May 2019
The Church of England put its own reputation above the needs of victims of sexual abuse in its handling of the case of a bishop who eventually went to prison, an official inquiry has concluded.
Tom Kelly says predatory paedophile bishop Peter Ball enjoyed the patronage and protection of the establishment for decades.
Pope Francis has issued new global rules on reporting sexual abuse in the Catholic Church. The rules cover internal Catholic Church procedure, but do not refer to the need to report abuse or cover-up to civil authorities.
Downing Street has confirmed the appointments of three new bishops in the Church of England after the queen accepted their nominations.
Premier Christian Radio
Video of man mocking Muslim prayer room in Bolton Hospital being investigated as hate crime – with man now arrested
Two videos being shared on Facebook of a man pretending to pray to 'Aladdin' in a Muslim prayer room are being investigated as a hate crime. According to separate reports a man has now been arrested on suspicion of inciting racial hatred.
The Bolton News
Foreign secretary says persecution of Christians is 'close to our hearts' after meeting with faith leaders
The foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt has affirmed the UK's commitment to addressing the persecution of Christians following a meeting of faith leaders at the official residence of the archbishop of Canterbury on Wednesday.
The Labour party and its former deputy leader in Scotland have condemned a social media post from the Argyll and Bute Labour Facebook account which said "there is no such thing as Islamophobia".
A Christian facing deportation to Pakistan where his family says he could be sentenced to the death penalty may have been offered a lifeline after a bail hearing was reportedly granted.
A prominent DUP councillor has written to the party's officers to say its founder, Ian Paisley, "must be turning in his grave" at the DUP's first openly gay councillor.
An investigation finds more than two dozen Islamic religious sites have been partly or completely demolished since 2016.
Victoria's voluntary assisted dying laws come into effect next month, allowing terminally ill patients the right to request a lethal drug to end their lives.
Daily Mail Australia
The Australian Christian Lobby is gearing up to bolster its influence on Australian politics, using next week's election to road test new campaign tactics targeting gender fluidity, abortion and education.
Thu, 09 May 2019
C of E won't require priests to report child abuse to the police when they hear about it in the confessional
The Church of England is ignoring abuse victims, survivors say, after it rejected a report saying that clergy should report sex abuse confessions to police.
David Aaronovitch says if religious zealots and the Chinese communist party really believed their teachings they wouldn't need to be ruthless.
The Times (£)
Paul Kaufman says the non-religious are the largest growing group in England according to new government statistics – and it's time the government caught up with this social revolution.
Barking and Dagenham Post
Hackney Council says it has held a "constructive" meeting with representatives of the local Strictly Orthodox community to improve safeguarding within unregistered Jewish educational institutions. But the council added that legislation was necessary to tackle the schools.
Hertsmere MP Oliver Dowden has offered his support to a project which could see a new Jewish primary school built in the Hertfordshire town of Borehamwood.
Borehamwood & Elstree Times
The partner of the murdered journalist Lyra McKee urged Theresa May to legalise same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland when she met her at the funeral in Belfast last month.
A woman in Poland could face two years in prison for putting up posters with the LGBT+ rainbow on the halos of the Christian virgin Mary and baby Jesus.
Iran's intelligence minister has said some converts to Christianity have been "summoned" to explain why they have converted from Islam.
A Christian woman acquitted of blasphemy after spending eight years on death row in Pakistan has landed in Canada to be reunited with her daughters, her lawyer has said.
A Trump administration agency has been tracking migrant teenage girls who want an abortion after facing fierce criticism and a court order not to interfere with their access to abortions.
Taiwan's parliament will vote on a same-sex marriage bill next Friday.
Gay Star News
Wed, 08 May 2019
Asia Bibi, a Pakistani Christian woman who spent years on death row after being convicted of blasphemy, has left the country, officials have confirmed.
A new strictly Orthodox secondary school for girls in north-west London which refuses to talk about LGBT people has been rated inadequate in its first inspection.
A man who was paralysed from the neck down almost 30 years ago is bringing a fresh challenge to the law on assisted dying.
The Times (£)
UK government has pledged to pass NI same-sex marriage legislation if Stormont doesn’t, claims Sinn Fein
A Sinn Fein MLA has claimed the government has promised his party that if a restored Northern Ireland assembly fails to approve legislation on same sex marriage, it will be passed by Westminster. Amnesty International has said it is unaware of any such assurances.
The Church of Scotland's membership is expected to halve in two decades if the present rate of decline continues.
The Times (£)
A book has been pulled by its independent publisher after "Twitteridiots" castigated the publication's "Islamophobia" and "racism".
The Freethinker (Patheos)
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