Fri, 20 Jul 2018
Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan has published legislation to repeal the offence of publication or utterance of blasphemous matter from Article 40 of the Constitution.
Jack Coulson, 19, who dressed in Nazi uniform and filled his home in Mexborough with Nazi memorabilia, boasted he wanted to murder Labour MP Lucian Berger, who is Jewish, by shooting her in the head.
The European Union has led a chorus of criticism after Israel passed a controversial law declaring that only Jews have the right of self-determination in the country.
The Ministry of Health has threatened to take action against medical officers that are allegedly involved in forced circumcision of babies in Uganda.
The prime minister of Australia has called on the Pope to sack the archbishop of Adelaide, who has refused to resign after concealing the sexual abuse of children.
Hindu campaigners are urging one of the world's largest natural history museum, The Field Museum in Chicago, to immediately withdraw Lord Shiva stuffed plush doll from sale, calling it highly inappropriate.
Thu, 19 Jul 2018
Church leaders urged to phase out religious selection of pupils in schools, in a report from former education secretary
Labour senator Aodhán Ó Ríordáin began a petition to support this approach on Tuesday, saying a referendum could "end the influence of religion over education in Ireland."
The Irish Times
A university has said a Catholic Chaplin won't be returning to his role in September after holding a service to atone for the "gross offence" of Pride Glasgow.
Charity Commission launches inquiry into independent boarding school after two arrests were made.
Researchers said the regional variations were down to "religious differences" between different areas of the country and Londoners' social conservatism was "largely driven by religious factors".
Naa'imur Zakariyah Rahman told undercover officers he wanted to "do a suicide bomb on parliament", but was given dummy explosives.
Israel's parliament has passed into law a controversial bill that defines the country as an exclusively Jewish state.
The state's environment minister said he wanted to curb animal slaughter without the use of stunning.
In a rare move, the case is being transferred from the Human Rights Tribunal to the High Court.
"It will also strip the Bishops of their right to set the curriculum – it's incredibly misguided", said a CES spokesperson.
A man has been found guilty of committing a hate crime after burning down a mosque in Texas.
An increase in secularisation by one unit corresponded to an average £800 increase in GDP per capita within a decade, a £2,000 increase within 20 years and a £4,000 increase within 30.
The Times (£)
Wed, 18 Jul 2018
The report argues that assemblies should no longer be expected to have a "broadly Christian" character.
Parents should not be allowed to opt children out of RE classes, former Education Secretary says – NSS quoted
In a new policy pamphlet, Mr Clarke, alongside Lancaster University professor Linda Woodhead, calls for RE to be treated as a "normal academic subject" like History and English.
Religious education in schools is outdated and should be replaced with a new subject: religion, belief and values, and the right of parents to withdraw their children from classes should be scrapped, according to the former Labour education secretary Charles Clark.
Religious Education teachers are trying to force schools to teach the subject by complaining to the education secretary about those that flout the law by not doing so.
The Times (£)
Apart from religious studies, teaching was weak and in year eight, boys were taught only in Yiddish and Hebrew, Ofsted found.
The case brought by Ms Falconer contested the minister's approval for the religious re-designation which was said to be legally flawed.
Catholics bishops have called on the Minister for Education to withdraw a directive which allows students who opt out of religious instruction in State-run secondary schools to be timetabled for other subjects.
It has emerged that religious orders have still not paid all of the money owed to a fund for survivors of institutional abuse at Catholic schools, even though the fund is due to be wound down.
The Times (£)
Ephraim Mirvis said Labour's anti-Semitism definition sent "an unprecedented message of contempt to the Jewish community".
Sikh leaders in India have threatened to protest over the title of a biopic because it uses the name Kaur.
A Roman Catholic order has agreed to pay $1 million to eight people who say they were sexually abused by two priests in Massachusetts.
Glenda Pinkett, a seasonal city employee in the city of Wilmington, says she was following 'well-known guidance' that cotton clogs pool filters, even though there may not be an explicit no-cotton policy.
Tue, 17 Jul 2018
A druid is calling on BBC bosses to give pagans the chance to contribute to Thought for the Day on Radio 4's Today programme.
Students from The Thomas Hardye School were among 80 students from across England who attended Parliament for the second Youth Debate - which discusses the role of religious education (RE) in schools.
More than 43,000 people have signed a petition calling on the Home Office not to deport two teenage brothers from Scotland. Areeb Umeed Bakhsh, 13, and his brother Somer, 15, fear Islamist extremists will kill them if they return to Pakistan.
MPs are calling on the new health and social care secretary to allow women in England to take the second pill required for an abortion at home.
Arrests and prosecutions alone will not end the problem of FGM, said a police inspector speaking at the National FGM Centre's annual conference, this week.
To play politics with the rights of LGBT people in Northern Ireland is disgraceful. A British government survey of 108,000 LGBT individuals has affirmed that discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity is still alive and kicking across the UK.
Priest claims Ireland is 'least Christian' part of English-speaking world and slams colleagues for 'duplicity' on abortion and homosexuality
Church of Ireland rector Rev Trevor Johnson accused "at least one" unnamed Church of Ireland bishop in the Republic of "duplicity" on same-sex issues and claimed "several Irish bishops have not spoken unambiguously" on abortion.
Parents are worried their children may not be able to attend the same school after the Church of England is forcing a village school to close rather than lose any religious control.
Police are reportedly cutting too-long dresses off ethnic minority women in the middle of streets in China
Women in China's Xinjiang province have reportedly had their long tops and dresses cut by police in a continued campaign targeting ethnic Uighurs. In an attempt to crack down on religious extremism, authorities in Xinjiang have targeted almost any form of religious expression by Uighur Muslims.
Business Insider UK
Struggling against segregation is not just about one law. It is about the larger struggle for coexistence and having more contact between Israel's numerous diverse communities.
Dr Shashi Tharoor was recently in the UK to promote his new book Why I am a Hindu. With a general election coming up in India, the battle between Tharoor's Congress Party and the current government, the Bharatiya Janata Party, provides an interesting backdrop for the release of Tharoor's new book. Anishka Gheewala Lohiya had the opportunity to talk to Dr Tharoor at LSE about the relationship between politics and religion in India.
Protest has been threatened if "Kaur" is not removed from the title.
New laws that will force priests to break the seal of confession to report child abuse are not in breach of the ACT's human right laws, despite concerns about the impact on religious freedoms, the ACT's Human Rights Commissioner says.
Sydney Morning Herald
Mon, 16 Jul 2018
George Carey, the former archbishop of Canterbury who was heavily criticised in an independent report for his part in the cover-up of sexual abuse carried out by a bishop, has been allowed to resume an official role in the Church of England.
The leader of Glasgow City Council has said Orange Order parades will be re-routed away from the site of a sectarian attack on a priest
A former Tory Party consultant has been fined £6,000 for protesting against male circumcision after he blocked traffic in Parliament Square.
Metal hidden in underwear will be detected by airport scanners – and stop children being flown abroad
The Church is examining ways to analyse the personalities of new priests to in an effort to understand the types of people it is attracting.
Religious groups must comply with data protection laws, the European Court has warned, as it rules that Jehovah's Witnesses must ask permission before collecting personal data on the doorstep.
Patients in Butaleja and other neighbouring districts are distressed after health workers subjected them to forced circumcision in exchange for medical care.
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