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Tue, 12 Apr 2022
The National Union of Students has been referred to the Charity Commission by a senior Jewish MP who has accused the organisation of fostering a "culture of discrimination" against Jewish students.
The Jewish Chronicle
The Church of England's procedures for addressing issues of racial injustice and contested heritage are "inadequate" and "not fit for purpose", according to the head of Jesus College at the University of Cambridge.
How can such stuff still be broadcast to the educated audience of a news programme, asks Catherine Bennett.
Paddy Monahan of Education Equality says it's time to separate religion and education, once and for all.
Jefferson County Schools have agreed to stop opening high school football games with prayers broadcast over the public address loudspeakers, according to the Freedom From Religion Foundation which complained about the practice.
Analysts say IS has morphed into a borderless terrorist group, one of the deadliest in a region that has spawned many violent, radical organisations.
The Associated Press
Mon, 11 Apr 2022
Education watchdog Ofsted is set to be given powers that will allow inspectors to enter and close illegal schools after it warned that children are being educated in garages and being exposed to extremist materials.
Nearly half of LGBTQ+ psychiatrists have experienced hostility at work because of their identity, according to a survey.
A teenage neo-Nazi who glorified and encouraged far-right terrorism against Jews and Muslims has been locked up for two years.
The BBC has agreed to hand over footage to police of an IRA suspect confessing to his role in the Hyde Park and Brighton bomb attacks.
Lizelle Herrera has been released after being thrown in jail last week, while district attorney says this is 'not a criminal matter'.
Just as states may be on the verge of regaining expansive authority to outlaw abortion, eliminating rape and incest exceptions has moved from the fringe to the centre of the antiabortion movement, says Jennifer Haberkorn.
Los Angeles Times*
There are more than 100,000 LGBTQ students at U.S. religious schools.
The Jewish community is not served by depriving people of the right to their own history, says Naftuli Moster.
Religion News Service
Australia: Schools chaplaincy provider bans cohabitation and ‘sexually intrusive’ behaviour in staff’s private life
Australia's second biggest schools chaplaincy provider imposes a code that discriminates against staff based on relationship status and sexual conduct, a whistleblower has alleged.
This erasure and denial has been happening under the radar for years, says Jaya Pathak.
Amina, wife of the Nigerian atheist, Mubarak Bala, jailed for 24 years for blasphemy has said she has not been able to eat or sleep since her husband was sent to prison.
All around the world, critics of Islam are facing severe punishment, says Wasiq Wasiq.
Fri, 08 Apr 2022
The man accused of murdering Conservative MP Sir David Amess has told a court he did not have "any shame" as he admitted to killing the Conservative MP because he had voted seven years ago in support of a military campaign in Syria.
Catholic priest who preyed on schoolboys branded a 'beast' as he is jailed for historic sex offences in Leeds
A Catholic priest has been locked up after being found guilty of sexually abusing six boys in his care.
Yorkshire Evening Post*
A city councillor who claimed a "Muslim plot" ousted her leader has been suspended by the Labour party.
Parish ministry will thrive once again only if the Church faces up to issues of class and wealth, argues David Ford.
French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen vowed Thursday to issue fines to Muslims who wear headscarves in public, as candidates made a final push for votes three days ahead of an election seen as increasingly close.
Police are investigating an allegation against a school teacher in Narayanganj of 'defaming' the prophet Muhammad and the Quran during a class.
Experts call it social apartheid to instil mob fear among Muslims.
Religion News Service
Fears of a thriving underground female genital cutting ring are rife in Central Kenya following the arrest of seven suspects.
The Anglican Church is using tens of millions of dollars it receives from taxpayers for aged care services to instead cover the church's historic child sexual abuse claims.
An Australian man has been sentenced to five and a half years in prison for killing an elderly Singaporean man and hurting his wife with a thrown wine bottle, in what a judge called an act of religious hostility toward Muslims.
Several years of scandals and a culture of secrecy has led to calls for an overhaul of the global Pentecostal megachurch.
Thu, 07 Apr 2022
Isn't it right and fair that our national broadcaster becomes truly secular and impartial, asks GP Taylor.
The Yorkshire Post*
Catholic Church ‘acted unlawfully’ in trying to impose executive team on school where gay author was banned
The Catholic Church acted unlawfully when it tried to impose a new management team on a school at the centre of a controversy over the banning of a gay author.
Boris Johnson has said he's "sad" his LGBT+ conference was boycotted over plans to drop a ban on trans conversion therapy, but defended his decision to exempt transgender people from new legislation.
Boris Johnson should refuse to recognise the National Union of Students as the "legitimate voice of students" unless it ceases its "poor treatment of Jewish students", the government's antisemitism adviser has said.
Spain has criminalised the harassment or intimidation of women going for an abortion under new legislation approved by the Senate on Wednesday.
In the wake of Idaho's recent ban on nearly all abortions, Oregon is investing millions in its abortion infrastructure as it prepares to receive an influx of patients seeking the procedure.
What will the future of abortion in America look like, asks Jessica Bruder.
A lawmaker quit Israel's ruling coalition on Wednesday after a dispute over religious observance during the Passover holiday, throwing the fragile alliance into disarray without a majority in parliament and raising the prospect of a new round of elections.
The Associated Press
Police on Wednesday registered a first issue report against an Aligarh Muslim University professor who referred to examples of "rape" in Hindu mythology during a forensic science class, provoking accusations of hurting religious sentiments.
Suspected Islamist militants killed at least 21 civilians in an overnight attack on a village in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, a local human rights group and a witness said on Monday.
Wed, 06 Apr 2022
Stephen Evans, chief executive of the National Secular Society, argues for the vital importance of free speech in a liberal democracy, and considers the place of this fundamental right in the secularist tradition from the nineteenth century to the present.
A Nigerian atheist has been sentenced to 24 years in prison by a high court in the northern state of Kano after being convicted of 'blaspheming Islam'.
A Catholic priest accused of sexually abusing boys told a jury he had carried out an exorcism for one of his alleged victims.
Yorkshire Evening Post*
The UK has cancelled its first-ever international LGBT+ conference after a boycott by more than 100 organisations.
The bill would criminalise performing an abortion in almost all cases, except where it could "save the life of a pregnant woman in a medical emergency".
Colorado joins 15 other states and the District of Columbia that have recently codified abortion in law.
Conservatives are increasingly embracing a version of religious freedom that's designed to sow unnecessary divisions in society, says Charles McCrary.
The New Republic
The Parramatta Catholic diocese is under investigation by the New South Wales government over allegations it used school funds to buy parish properties, a parliamentary hearing has been told.
The Sydney Morning Herald*
The Russian commander suspected of committing "utterly inhuman" war crimes in Bucha has been named as a veteran soldier who was recently blessed by the Orthodox Church.
A new study published in Proceedings of the Royal Society suggests that men are less religious in countries with higher levels of gender equality.
Tue, 05 Apr 2022
Religious influence on our publicly funded schools and hospitals is often defended because of the high numbers who declare they are Catholics in our population survey, says Colm O'Connor.
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