Thu, 04 Jun 2020
President Donald Trump has signed an executive order allocating $50 million to the State Department for causes related to 'the advancement of international religious freedom'.
Premier Christian News
Conservative Switzerland lags many countries in Western Europe on gay rights and is slowly catching up.
Police dispersed peaceful protesters outside the White House with tear gas on Monday so the president could have his photograph taken with a Bible in front of a church.
Wed, 03 Jun 2020
The Welsh government's plans to reform RE risk being a missed opportunity for more radical reform of the way we approach religion in schools, argues NSS chief executive Stephen Evans.
The NI Assembly has voted to pass a motion to reject recent changes to abortion laws in Northern Ireland.
Bishop of Chichester Martin Warner has written to all Members of Parliament whose constituencies are in his Diocese about the continued closure of churches.
A church minister has won a religious discrimination claim after stating that people who said homosexuals were born that way were making the same argument as paedophiles.
The Church of England is moribund and it is the greatest arrogance on the behalf of Church leaders to believe anything other, says NSS honorary associate GP Taylor.
The Yorkshire Post
Half a century on from being denounced in the pulpits and pilloried for being a "blasphemous buffoon", Billy Connolly remains unrepentant over his routines lampooning religion.
Religious leaders have accused Donald Trump of using the church as "prop" after he posed for photos with a bible, moments after police used tear gas to disperse peaceful protesters from near the White House.
The Evening Standard
An updated curriculum featuring gay sex and prostitutes has put monks and nationalists up in arms, but women's groups and young people support it
The Times (£)
Somali atheists in the diaspora are running a Facebook group to challenge their community's Islamic beliefs, but they often receive death threats, writes journalist Layla Mahmood.
Tue, 02 Jun 2020
The Church of England has reinstated a Rwandan bishop who left his role as a parish priest in Worcestershire after he was accused of complicity in the 1994 genocide of hundreds of thousands of Tutsis.
The assembly will debate a motion later that seeks to reject recent changes to Northern Ireland's abortion laws.
Police fired tear gas canisters and flash grenades on Monday to clear out protesters so President Trump could visit St. John's Church and pose with a bible.
The New York Times
A top UN expert urged global governments on Monday to ban the "degrading" practise known as conversion therapy, which aims to change a person's sexual orientation or gender identity.
Scotland's Hate Crime Bill is well-intentioned. But history shows us that censorship is no way to fight hate, say Jacob Mchangama and Nadine Strossen.
To locate Bala's alleged Facebook posts beyond the limits of religious freedom shows poor judgement and understanding of religious diversity and the constitutional provision on freedom of religion or belief, says Leo Igwe.
The Lahore High Court will hear the appeal of a Christian couple convicted for blasphemy who have been languishing in prison for the last six years.
The Express Tribune
Mon, 01 Jun 2020
A coalition of Christian bishops and reverends has urged the government to prioritise churches in its exit strategy from the coronavirus lockdown.
Clergy criticise Church of England using faith school admissions to 'artificially boost church attendance'
A group of senior Anglicans have written to the Church of England urging it "to abandon admission policies that discriminate against people by faith" in its schools.
Two fundraisers who appeared on the channel British Muslim TV have apologised for sexist comments they made live on the channel.
Singing in religious buildings should not yet be allowed, the communities secretary has said.
A man jailed over the 'barbaric' circumcision, without any anaesthetic, of a baby boy is under investigation for 12 other illegal circumcisions.
The Supreme Court on Friday turned away a request from a church in California to block enforcement of state restrictions on attendance at religious services.
The New York Times
Some 70 people say they were abused by 41 priests in cases that date back to the 1950s.
"Take any crime, add a false Muslim angle to show Muslims as perpetrators. This is exactly what Christians did to Jews in Europe for centuries."
Fri, 29 May 2020
A gathering of worshippers on a street to observe prayers during Eid was a "serious breach" of lockdown measures, a council has said.
The archbishop-designate of York, the Rt Revd Stephen Cottrell, has dismissed a Sunday-newspaper report that he was to lead a review involving "massive shrinkage" in the number of cathedrals, dioceses, and parish churches.
Barry Duke nearly underwent 'gay conversion therapy'. He now calls for the practice to end; we're quoted.
Euro Weekly News
The abortion (cleft lip, cleft palate and clubfoot) bill, which is led by the Conservative MP Fiona Bruce and supported by 13 MPs, will be presented in parliament on 3 June.
Antisemitism within some small sections of Muslims and which remains stubbornly entrenched needs to be taken on and called out repeatedly, says Fiyaz Mughal.
A senior Catholic bishop in Ireland has urged churches to continuing applying lockdown restrictions after it emerged that a church reopened for public Mass in Co Dublin.
The House voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday to pass a measure that would punish top Chinese officials for detaining more than one million Muslims in internment camps, sending President Trump a bill intended to force him to take a more aggressive stand on human rights abuses in China.
The New York Times
A man in Malaysia has won the right to challenge a religious state law banning gay sex.
To One Million Moms, a wing of the Christian fundamentalist group American Family Association, Out is "promoting sin to children" and are petitioning Disney leaders to drop the film entirely.
Quebec's ban on public-sector employees in positions of authority wearing religious symbols is neither exceptional nor unreasonable, says David Rand.
Thu, 28 May 2020
A 31-year-old Derby man has appeared in court after following a stabbing in Normanton which police are treating as a hate crime. He has also been charged with burglary in connection with an earlier incident which saw a Sikh temple attacked.
A mosque that wants to play the 'call to prayer' during the Covid-19 pandemic said it has "no intention of disturbing the community". It applied for permission for an initial three months, but representatives said they could look to extend this if measures in response to the coronavirus pandemic continued.
This Is Local London
Police have attended the Normandie Hotel in Bournemouth for the third time in two weekends following reports of an alleged minyan (Jewish prayer gathering) being held on the site.
A gin bar and distillery has been given a licence despite concerns from members of a neighbouring mosque that worshippers will 'experience increased Islamophobia'.
Over 100 mosques sign letter demanding UK watchdog investigate Conservative Party for 'Islamophobia'
Over a hundred mosques and 40 Islamic organisations have signed a letter demanding that the UK's equalities watchdog investigate the Conservative Party over allegations of 'Islamophobia'.
"If the pandemic arrived prior to 2019, women would have been unable to travel for abortions, resulting in an increase in the number seeking abortion pills online. The island of Malta, which prohibits abortion, is currently in that situation."
"Since the founding of America, religion has been at the center of many of the most contentious conflicts our nation has encountered. We should have known it would be only a matter of time before the church was inserted into the coronavirus pandemic."
Wed, 27 May 2020
Several British bishops have received death threats after they criticised the government on Twitter for its handling of the Dominic Cummings debacle.
A church treasurer calls for a review of the Church of England's status in light of bishops' interventions in the Dominic Cummings saga (scroll down to read).
The Times (£)
Harrow's main mosque wants to broadcast the Muslim call to prayer across town from loudspeakers on its roof, but the plan is already dividing opinions.
A Muslim campaign group that describes coronavirus as a punishment from god has been banned from running its advertisements on Facebook.
The Times (£)
Justice is not served when the Nigerian police hold Mubarak Bala – who faces possible punishment for blasphemy – incommunicado, says Leo Igwe.
The brother-in-law of Asia Bibi, a Pakistani Christian woman who spent years in jail on blasphemy charges, was killed in Sheikhupura city of Punjab province in Pakistan on Monday.
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