Wed, 19 Sep 2018
Brian Morris says Australia has already been described as a 'soft theocracy', and the initial signs suggest new prime minister Scott Morrison is trying to subvert the country's secular values.
Romania will hold a referendum to change the constitutional definition of marriage to a union between a man and a woman on 6-7 October. The vote is aimed at preventing same sex partnerships from ever being legal in one of the few EU states to still ban them.
A spate of deaths of young girls from female genital mutilation has renewed calls for Somalia to outlaw the tradition. Somalia is one of six FGM-practising nations in Africa yet to criminalise it.
A claim of sexual assault has put the confirmation of US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in doubt, but abortion rights activists say they laid the groundwork.
Tue, 18 Sep 2018
The Church of England has appointed a former government minister as its first independent chair of safeguarding.
Mary Hassell, the senior coroner in inner north London, has revealed the new policy that will dictate how her office decides which deaths to deal with first. Hassell was at the centre of a legal case earlier this year after she refused to prioritise her work on religious grounds.
Theresa May has said reports that 40% of British Jews would consider leaving the country if Jeremy Corbyn became prime minister "sicken" her.
The All Party-Parliamentary Group on British Muslims will hold a 'community consultation' in east London tonight as it works to find a definition of 'Islamophobia'.
East London & West Essex Guardian
A Democratic Football Lads Alliance protest in Sunderland against Muslim grooming gangs has turned violent.
Labour is calling for a ban on parents-to-be being told the sex of their baby after early blood tests, amid fears it may lead to abortions of girls.
Joan Bakewell says humanist marriages should be recognised in England and Wales.
A book about last year's general election will suggest senior Liberal Democrats became exasperated with their leader Tim Farron over his handling of questions about homosexuality and abortion.
Warwick Students' Union has refused to let an anti-abortion charity have a stand at its freshers fair.
Around 50 girls are being treated in hospital in Burkina Faso after their genitals were mutilated, a minister says.
People claiming they were sexually abused by priests filed a class action lawsuit on Monday against eight dioceses in Pennsylvania seeking to compel them to divulge the names of priests accused of such actions over the past 70 years.
US News & World Report
The government of Trinidad and Tobago will begin a legal case in the UK this week in an attempt to keep laws against gay sex.
Mon, 17 Sep 2018
Meat taken from animals that are slaughtered without pre-stunning "should be labelled in shops", a Lib Dem peer has said as the party's conference opened in Brighton.
The Church of England has defended its investment in tech companies. It has said it has no plans to sell its shares in Amazon, despite the archbishop of Canterbury's criticism of the company.
Schools should take pupils on trips to mosques in an attempt to tackle anti-Muslim sentiment among parents, the faith minister has said. Lord Bourne added that all churches, mosques, synagogues and temples should be twinned with places of worship from other faiths.
The Times (£)
MPs will vote on whether to decriminalise abortion in Northern Ireland next month. Labour MP Diana Johnson will introduce a 10-minute rule bill that will seek to decriminalise abortion and pave the way to allow women here to have a termination.
A large minority of people in the UK believe multiculturalism has undermined British culture and migrants do not properly integrate, according to research. In particular panel discussions regularly revealed negative views about Islam.
Decades of physical cruelty and child sexual abuse allegations at a children's home in Argyll have been uncovered by a BBC investigation.
An academy trust is applying to create a Sikh secondary school in Leicester under the government's free schools programme.
Council chiefs in Aberdeen paid a Roman Catholic holy order more than £12 million to buy a school and the bishop's residence in the leafy west end of the city.
Press and Journal
A former top spymaster has called for improved religious education in schools to protect children from becoming radicalised.
Twitter has come under fire for allowing a tweet that activists have said is pro–female genital mutilation to be promoted on its site, meaning it showed up on the timelines of users who didn't follow the poster's account.
The Tibetan spiritual leader told Dutch TV he has known about the sex crimes in Europe since the 1990s. He was presented with written accounts from 12 alleged victims from Belgium and the Netherlands.
More than half of the Netherlands' senior clerics were involved in covering up sexual assault of children between 1945 and 2010, a press report claimed on Saturday, further engulfing the Catholic Church in a global abuse scandal.
Fri, 14 Sep 2018
Church of England holds multi-million pound stake in Amazon despite Welby criticism of its tax practices
The annual report of the Church Commissioners, the investment arm of the Church of England, shows that Amazon is among its 20 most valuable equity holdings. The revelation follows the archbishop of Canterbury's criticism of the company.
The archbishop of Canterbury has been criticised after it emerged the Church of England uses zero-hours contracts and invests in Amazon, despite his attacks on both during a speech earlier this week.
The Tory minister for faith has called for imams and rabbis to get automatic places in the House of Lords alongside Church of England bishops.
Simon Jenkins says even if you agree with the archbishop of Canterbury's criticism of the gig economy, he has inappropriate power in a secular country.
Calls for buffer zones to be introduced outside abortion clinics to stop patients being harassed have been rejected by the home secretary.
Women from Northern Ireland who travel to Britain to terminate a pregnancy may not have access to abortion pills following new plans.
Human rights and equality protections in Northern Ireland will be "weakened" by Brexit, according to a study at Queen's University Belfast.
The Irish News
Maintaining the ban on same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland should not be used as a "veil for homophobia", the Court of Appeal has been told. Two couples are seeking to overturn a ruling that the prohibition does not breach their human rights under European law.
A Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP has said his party will not secularise the education system after he fought to defer a motion calling for the end of Catholic schools at the party's conference last weekend.
The Scottish Catholic Observer
A "historic" gay pride parade will be held in the Western Isles for the first time on 6 October.
On Thursday an American bishop in West Virginia was brought down by allegations of sexual misconduct, even as a delegation of American church leaders met urgently with the pope over whether the Vatican had ignored past warnings of abuse by a prominent cardinal.
The New York Times
Two sisters have died in Somalia from complications that arose after undergoing female genital mutilation, according to a campaigner against the procedure.
Thu, 13 Sep 2018
Nearly a third of middle-class, professional parents personally know someone who has used "ethically dubious" tactics to get their children into a good school, a new report has found. Common practices cited by parents include attending church services to get a place in a faith school.
Zoe Williams says getting into state-funded church schools encourages hypocrisy all round, and we should end faith schooling.
Tony Blair has accused pressure groups such as Cage and Mend of trying to drive a wedge between Muslim communities and the government by portraying the British state as a "hostile" force.
The Times (£)
A cross-party group of MPs has proposed a bill to make moderators and administrators responsible for content on their forums and ban large secret Facebook groups. Jamie Bartlett says the bill would undermine groups which have a reason to stay hidden.
Doctors think Britain's "outdated" abortion law hampers their ability to provide the best care for women, a new study has found.
Schools may no longer ban pupils from having dreadlocks, after a Rastafarian boy had his hair ban overturned. The Equality and Human Rights Commission, which backed the boy's case, said the dreadlocks were a 'fundamental tenet' of his Rastafarian beliefs.
Strictly orthodox Jewish leaders have distanced themselves from recently-issued guidance for schools from the chief rabbi on including LGBT+ pupils.
The archbishop of Canterbury has spoken about the economy at the TUC conference, in which he criticised companies such as Amazon for paying too little tax.
Two church workers have been convicted of assaulting young children.
The Scottish Sun
More than 3,600 children in Germany were assaulted by Roman Catholic priests between 1946 and 2014, a leaked report has revealed.
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