Tue, 17 Sep 2019
A former senior police officer has urged politicians to address the causes of sectarianism by ending religious segregation in Scottish schools.
The Times (£)
The Accord Coalition is urging the government to ensure that faith schools aren't given free reign to discriminate on religious grounds.
Israelis are going to the polls in a general election for the second time in five months today. Secular politicians are warning of a theocracy, religious politicians are claiming anti-Orthodox persecution, and both sides say the soul of the country is at stake.
The Times of Israel
Demonstrators have staged a protest outside a court in Rabat to coincide with the latest hearing in the trial of a Moroccan journalist accused of undergoing an illegal abortion and having sex before marriage.
Hindi should become India's official language, according to a key lieutenant of Narendra Modi, the prime minister.
The Times (£)
Many parents are finding it "impossible" to opt out their children from religion classes despite their legal right to do so, campaigners say.
The Irish Times
‘Children in Ireland who opt out of religion in primary are denied teaching for 129 full school days’
Peter Gunning says religious teaching time in Ireland's schools should be addressed.
The Irish Times
The Supreme Court in the US state of Arizona has ruled that a calligraphy business run by two "devout Christians" can legally discriminate against same-sex couples.
Pakistani officials have arrested three Muslims for blasphemy after a Hindu temple was ransacked when rumours spread that a Hindu teacher had insulted Islam.
Mon, 16 Sep 2019
Tom Wood, a former deputy chief constable, calls for an examination of the root causes of Scotland's sectarian divide and questions whether religious segregation in schools is acceptable in the 21st century.
All loyalist and republican marches planned in Glasgow over the weekend were prohibited.
A Muslim online lifestyle platform targeting British teenagers is covertly funded by the Home Office's counter-extremism programme.
A head teacher and her father have been found guilty of running an unregistered school in a run-down building, in the second prosecution of its kind.
The government's chief adviser on extremism has called the language used by Boris Johnson to describe Muslim women who wear burkas "demeaning" and "dehumanising".
The NHS has announced the launch of clinics across England specifically to support, treat and help survivors of female genital mutilation.
James Barr tells the story of what happened when he signed up for simulated 'treatment' for his sexuality.
Israel's ultra-Orthodox parties see next week's election as a referendum on the role of religion in the state.
Footage has emerged showing a 10-year-old girl being forced to marry her 22-year-old cousin in Iran.
A crowd in Pakistan ransacked a school and Hindu temple after a Hindu principal was accused of blasphemy, police said on Monday. This is the latest case to raise concern about the fate of religious minorities in the predominantly Muslim country.
Ivana Bacik criticises comments from the leader of Ireland's Catholic Church, which suggested religion should influence public policy.
The Irish Times
A butcher in Adelaide has been forced to take down a sign on its front window declaring that its meat is 'non halal certified' after a complaint was upheld.
Daily Mail Australia
Fri, 13 Sep 2019
Public health officials have revealed how a staggering 300 cases of measles were reported in north London's Orthodox Jewish community in the first five months of 2019 alone.
Sophie Hemery and Nandini Archer say Christian right opposition to relationships and sex education is highly organised and has international links.
Two men accused of plotting the 'honour killing' of a 25-year-old relative who denounced Islam appeared in court today.
Argyll and Bute Council has decided to widen the catchment area of St Columba's Primary School in Oban after some parents complained that their children did not benefit from free transport to the school.
Scottish Catholic Observer
A man has denied causing at least £11,500 of damage to five mosques that had their doors and windows smashed on the same day.
A bishop has backed SNP MP Lisa Cameron, who is facing deselection and says it is linked to her opposition to abortion.
Allison Pearson says The Handmaid's Tale has striking parallels with the treatment of women in Iran.
The Spectator (£)
Members of the New York City Council plan to repeal a nearly two-year-old ban on LGBT 'conversion therapy' to avoid a lawsuit that could establish a legal precedent protecting the practice, according to reports.
The leader of Tasmania's Catholic Church said priests in his archdiocese will not comply with a law that would require them to report suspected child abuse, including if it is revealed in the confessional.
Thu, 12 Sep 2019
Andrew Penman says a boy's circumcision would still have been wrong if his parents had consented to it. He quotes a blog from the NSS's Megan Manson on the subject.
The organisers of anti-LGBT equality protests outside Anderton Park School in Birmingham say they will restart on Friday "to protect children".
The NHS is opening female genital mutilation support clinics across England that will allow survivors to access expert care and treatment earlier.
Jimmy Savile was allowed to "roam freely" in the boys' dormitories of a Catholic school in the Highlands, an inquiry heard yesterday.
Tom Wilson of the think tank Policy Exchange says the press regulator shouldn't be telling journalists how to write about Muslims.
British Sikh campaigners have been granted permission for a judicial review over whether it is unlawful not to include 'Sikh' as an ethnicity on the census.
The Times of India
A doctor who slipped a sedative in her patient's coffee before administering a lethal drug to her has been acquitted of breaking Dutch euthanasia laws in a landmark case.
A Moroccan journalist has been jailed for allegedly procuring an abortion and for fornication. The country's penal code bars abortion except in cases when the mother's life is endangered. Sunni Islam is the established religion of Morocco.
Catholic News Agency
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is facing a barrage of criticism after it announced that it would honour India's Hindu nationalist prime minister with an award later this month.
Meredith Shiner says a bill in the US House of Representatives would compound the misery of women who give birth prematurely.
The Daily Beast
Wed, 11 Sep 2019
Birmingham teacher Andrew Moffat, who spoke at the 2019 NSS Bradlaugh Lecture about teaching equality in primary schools, has been nominated for 'Hero of the Year' at the European Diversity Awards.
The crowdfunding website GoFundMe has removed a page launched by Shakeel Afsar, one of the leaders of the Birmingham protests against LGBT-inclusive education in schools.
The province's parents and teachers aren't waiting for politicians to desegregate education. They're doing it themselves, says Adam McGibbon.
An Isil supporter plotted a "lone wolf" attack on a military site by adapting drones to drop weapons, a court heard.
A care assistant has been jailed for 20 months after attacking two shoppers and ripping one's hijab off.
A white supremacist inspired by the mosque attacks in New Zealand has been jailed for 18 years for stabbing a teenager in a bid to 'murder a Muslim'.
The woman set herself alight in Tehran after her trial, for attempting to enter a football stadium disguised as a man, was postponed.
A body representing the Jehovah's Witnesses in Australia has written to all elders of the group ordering them to destroy confidential records, including notes taken by elders investigating child sexual abuse, in an instruction that has enraged survivors of abuse inside the secretive Christian sect.
Victoria's Parliament passed laws on Tuesday carrying sentences of up to three years for failing to report abuse.
Tue, 10 Sep 2019
A consultation has been launched into plans for a new Roman Catholic school in Peterborough.
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