Fri, 30 Oct 2020
Turkey has threatened "legal and diplomatic" action against the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo after it published a caricature of president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on its latest front page.
The former prime minister of Malaysia has sparked fury after saying Muslims 'have a right to kill millions of French people' in the wake of three knife attacks.
Campaigners against female genital mutilation say the coronavirus pandemic has had a negative impact on efforts to curb the practice.
Protests over a court ruling last week are morphing into wider anger against the government as the coronavirus pandemic escalates.
More time spent locked down and online is allowing people to seek out chilling ideas—and act violently on them.
Labour has suspended Jeremy Corbyn from the party over his reaction to a highly critical report on antisemitism.
Canon Andrew White has been disqualified from being a charity trustee for 12 years.
Thu, 29 Oct 2020
Britain's Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab called on NATO allies to stand shoulder-to-shoulder on values of tolerance and free speech, in a veiled rebuke to NATO member Turkey which has been calling for a boycott of French goods.
Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi said on Wednesday freedom of expression should stop if it offends more than 1.5 billion people.
Malaysia's foreign ministry said it had summoned France's charges d'affaires in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday to express concern over alleged 'defamation of Islam'.
"Erdoğan is Imran Khan's closest buddy among global leaders. Both leaders should perhaps take a harder look at what's happening at home before targeting Macron."
Times Now News
As the old saying goes, the road to hell is paved with good intentions and it's never been better illustrated than the Hate Crime Bill now making its way through the Scottish Parliament, says John McLellan.
Edinburgh Evening News
The encouraged method of "abstinence until marriage," stands at the focal point of any teaching done on the topic, giving students very little resources for safe sex practices or contraception.
This Is Local London
A strike is under way in Poland by women opposed to a court ruling that introduced a near-total ban on abortion.
Kaczyński's populist move aims to keep the Catholic church on side, but mass protests suggest he's gone too far, say Karolina Wigura and Jarosław Kuisz.
The Sindh High Court in Karachi, Pakistan, has validated the marriage of a 13-year-old Catholic girl to a Muslim man who abducted her.
The U.S. envoy for women's issues says the United Nations is not doing enough to investigate reported abuses in China's Xinjiang region against members of Muslim minority groups.
Wed, 28 Oct 2020
Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf has revealed he is open to extending the "breadth and depth" of freedom of expression clauses contained in Scotland's draft hate crime laws.
The Press and Journal
Action comes after appearances by Franklin Graham were cancelled amid protests from LGBT rights campaigners.
A security guard had a "bad feeling" about suicide bomber Salman Abedi but did not approach him for fear of being branded a racist, an inquiry has heard.
France warned its citizens living or travelling in several Muslim-majority countries to take extra security precautions on Tuesday as anger surged over cartoons of the Islamic prophet Mohammad.
Tens of thousands of people have marched through the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka, demanding a boycott of French goods amid a row over France's tougher stance on radical Islam.
A young priest is charged with sexually abusing an altar boy over a five-year period inside Vatican City walls. An older priest is charged with covering up the abuse.
The Pope's statements on same-sex civil unions has distracted from the extension of a mysterious deal with the Chinese government, says James Somerville-Meikle.
Garret Martin and Carolyn Gallaher argue that Orbán's embrace of religion has served to consolidate his power, "other" his opponents and shield Hungary from EU criticism of its attacks on the rule of law.
US Christian right groups, many with close links to the Trump administration, have spent at least $280m in 'dark money' fuelling campaigns against the rights of women and LGBTIQ people across five continents, researchers say.
The Justices of the Supreme Court have a view that, in reality, privileges religion above virtually any other Constitutional right, says Eric Lewis.
Tue, 27 Oct 2020
A Brondesbury Park faith school has been told by education chiefs to revise its admission requirements which "discriminates" against large families.
Brent & Kilburn Times
Police were called to a church holding a religious service on Sunday evening despite them being not permitted in Wales under coronavirus restrictions.
A huge row involving up to 300 worshippers at a Luton mosque had to be broken up by police.
Qari Asim, the deputy chair of a government taskforce on anti-Muslim hatred, said the health secretary's claim on Twitter added to "hateful narratives" and "gave the impression that Muslim communities were not social distancing and were ignoring the government guidelines".
LSJS says it is "very disappointed" by cuts removing bursaries to train religious studies teachers under school direct employment, which provides a salary while training.
Ibrahim Anderson has been charged with 10 counts of disseminating terrorist publications.
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan called on Facebook FB.O to ban Islamophobic content on its platform, warning of a spike in radicalisation amongst Muslims, hours after he hit out at the French president for "attacking Islam".
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday joined calls for a boycott of French goods, ramping up a standoff between France and Muslim countries over Islam and freedom of speech.
International Business Times
Muslims are "not persecuted" in France, the French Council of the Muslim Faith said Monday.
Europe has lost almost 60% of its Jewish population over the past 50 years, mainly as a result of the collapse of the Soviet Union after which many Jews left eastern Europe as borders opened, a study shows.
Mon, 26 Oct 2020
Meat that comes from animals which are not stunned before they are killed must be labelled, the British Veterinary Association (BVA) has said.
Christian leaders have urged the Welsh Government to not close churches during the firebreak lockdown.
Largs & Milport Weekly News
Proposed new laws to introduce assisted dying in Scotland will come before MSPs in the next Scottish Parliament after May's election, campaigners have said.
Women forced to risk health and confidentiality when getting emergency contraception amid coronavirus crisis
Women are being pushed into putting their health and confidentiality at risk when seeking emergency contraception due to being forced to answer highly personal questions in front of other customers in the wake of the pandemic.
A gay retired teacher who was abused and murdered by a churchwarden was "vulnerable to exploitation" because of the church's anti-gay policies, an independent investigation found.
'Pope Francis’ blessing of same-sex couples won’t change the treatment of LGBTQ+ people by the church'
Same-sex relationships are still considered 'deviant behaviour' under the current Catholic doctrine, says Grace Walsh.
A Mexican broadcast company says Francis made the comments to its correspondent more than a year ago, and people close to the company say the Vatican then edited them out.
The New York Times
France recalled its ambassador on Saturday after Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said his counterpart Emmanuel Macron needed mental help over his attitude towards Muslims.
France has urged Middle Eastern countries to end calls for a boycott of its goods in protest at President Emmanuel Macron's defence of the right to show cartoons of the Islamic prophet Muhammad.
In a secular society, no faith can or should be immunised from criticism, satire or mockery, says a letter to the editor
Thousands of activists disrupted church services across Poland on Sunday, chanting during mass and spraying slogans on walls to protest against a court ruling that amounts to a near-total ban on abortion.
Ten of world's 20 worst countries for women sign declaration organised by Trump administration.
Fri, 23 Oct 2020
Scotland's justice secretary Humza Yousaf has confirmed his U-turn on the controversial Hate Crime Bill by outlining changes he wants to make to the proposed legislation.
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