Tue, 22 Jan 2019
Fiyaz Mughal says many ex-Muslims feel isolated when they openly come out as atheists.
A mosque in Essex has held an exhibition on Muslim heroes of the Holocaust which was at the centre of calls for a boycott.
Council leader dismisses opposition to non-stun halal in school meals as ‘racial hatred’ – NSS quoted
The leader of a Yorkshire council that provides non-stunned halal meat products in its schools has slammed efforts to stop the practice.
The Freethinker (Patheos)
The chief rabbi has accused the Labour Party of still failing to take antisemitism among its members seriously enough.
The Times (£)
Lucy Anna Gray speaks to Nice Nailantei Leng'ete, who was shunned from her village for avoiding FGM and now campaigns to end the practice.
An Egyptian TV presenter has been sentenced to one year of hard labour for interviewing a gay man last year.
US Senate passes ‘religious test’ resolution after questioning of judicial nominee’s membership of Catholic order
The US Senate has passed a resolution saying it would be "unconstitutional" to consider membership in the Knights of Columbus order a disqualifying criterion for public office.
A Christian man and woman appealing against jail sentences for "spreading propaganda against the regime" have refused during a court appearance to renounce their faith.
Premier Christian Radio
Through executive orders and state legislatures, five states across the US have increased discrimination protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people.
A judge has rejected complaints that a proposed statue of the devil was an affront to religious sensibilities that could make the Spanish city of Segovia a focus of satanic worship.
Mon, 21 Jan 2019
A group of MPs has moved a motion to stop the practice of starting the day in parliament with Anglican prayers on the grounds that they are incompatible with the principle of freedom of and from religion.
A cross-party group of MPs has called for an end to the 460-year-old practice of reading prayers in parliament in a motion which the NSS has backed.
The Times (£)
New NHS guidance says the contraceptive pill can be taken every day of the month after scientists dismissed a seven-day break which was introduced so "the pope would accept it" as natural.
Ultra-Orthodox Jewish parents and teachers have said schools may go underground and children be educated at home if the government presses ahead with guidance on teaching about same-sex relationships and gender reassignment.
Universities and student societies organised at least 200 events with extremist speakers last year, according to the Henry Jackson Society.
The Sunday Times (£)
David Green says there is a looming risk the government will soon subscribe to a definition of 'Islamophobia' that will function as a backdoor blasphemy law.
The government's forced marriage unit saw 1,200 forced marriage cases in 2017. Yasmin Alibhai-Brown speaks to some of the men affected.
The Mail on Sunday
An Aberdeenshire church has voted to quit the Scottish Episcopal Church over its acceptance of gay marriage.
The Press and Journal
Asia Bibi, a Pakistani Christian acquitted of blasphemy, still lives the life of a prisoner, nearly three months after her release from death row, awaiting a final ruling on her fate.
The US vice-president has defended his wife's decision to take on a new job teaching art classes at a Christian school that bans LGBT+ employees and students, as well as the children of gay parents.
A French court sentenced far-right author Alain Soral to one year in prison for insulting a judge and making antisemitic comments.
A new rulebook is reportedly coming into force at Facebook to govern the way workers at the company can discuss religion and politics.
Fri, 18 Jan 2019
Kirklees Council in West Yorkshire has rejected calls for a review of its policy of supplying non-stun halal meat to schools. Its leader has accused those campaigning for the policy to be reversed of using animal welfare as a tool to stir up racial hatred.
The number of Jewish children in Jewish schools in the UK has soared by nearly 12% over the past three years, rising both in the Charedi and mainstream sectors.
The Old Bailey has heard details of the injuries caused by two parents who allegedly cut their daughter's genitals, and of attempts by the girl's mother to silence the police using witchcraft.
Foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt has promised to use the Commonwealth and Britain's ties with Europe and the US to tackle the persecution of Christians around the world. In a speech on the subject he also described Britain as a "Christian country".
The government's lead commissioner for countering extremism has said young children are being targeted by far-right and Islamist extremists.
A Labour councillor has accused Conservatives in East Renfrewshire of anti-Muslim bias over its handling of the building of an education centre.
Child abuse connected with religious beliefs such as witchcraft and demonic possession is on the rise in Plymouth, figures reveal.
A ruling member of Hamas has stood down as a trustee of one of Britain's most prominent mosques after an inquiry by the charity regulator.
The Times (£)
Activists are resisting President Trump's embrace of Christian nationalism.
An Israeli museum plans to withdraw a sculpture depicting the McDonald's mascot as the crucified Jesus following protests.
Thousands of people have fled into Cameroon from north-east Nigeria following violent attacks by a faction of the Islamist militant group Boko Haram.
Malaysia has said it will revise a national school textbook after a section suggested girls should cover up to avoid sexual assault.
Thu, 17 Jan 2019
Crispin Blunt MP explains why he's backing early day motion 1967, which calls for the end of the practice of starting the parliamentary day with prayers. The NSS has backed the motion.
The Times (£)
At least 21 people were killed when Somali militants stormed a luxury hotel compound in Nairobi, Kenya's government has confirmed.
Google has come under fire for featuring an app that encourages gay people to seek 'conversion therapy' in its online store.
Khadija Khan says Rahaf Mohammed's epic escape from Saudi Arabia has demonstrated the pressing need for humanity to join together to protect human rights irrespective of caste, color or creed.
Russell Sandberg says concerns about unregistered religious marriages are a reminder of the need for comprehensive reform.
The US president has issued a statement to mark the US's Religious Freedom Day.
Kelsey Dallas says polls show Americans' commitment to religious freedom depends on how warmly they feel to the religious group affected.
The president of the Catholic League has continued to attack the Oxford Union after his invitation to speak at an event was withdrawn.
Planned Parenthood, a group which defends reproductive rights in the US, has asked a judge to repeal state laws that make it more difficult for women, particularly in rural areas, to receive abortions.
The Washington Post
Ex-Muslim activist Zara Kay says renouncing her religion invited "constant" targeting and sexual harassment and she fears for other women.
Wed, 16 Jan 2019
A group of MPs are calling for the practice of saying prayers at the beginning of parliamentary business to be abolished. The NSS has backed their decision to sign an early day motion.
Premier Christian Radio
The Isle of Man has become the first place in the British Isles to decriminalise abortion.
A primary school in the Ilford area of east London has "been in trouble" since joining a Catholic academy, according to a local councillor.
Izzy Posen, a Hasidic ultra-Orthodox Jew, tells the BBC World Service how his life has changed as a result of leaving his isolated religious community.
The state of New York has passed bills banning gay 'conversion therapy' and adding gender identity to its anti-discrimination legislation.
The crackdown on religion in China is part of a pattern of increasing Christian persecution across Asia over the past five years, according to the charity Open Doors.
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