Tue, 06 Nov 2018
Concerns have been raised over an application to convert nine apartments in the Manningham area of Bradford into a mosque.
Telegraph & Argus
A huge Facebook page for atheists has been shut down and it is unclear why.
Presidents of two football clubs in Argentina have asked that a cup final be rescheduled "to respect our Jewish fans".
Samantha Maiden says Australia's Turnbull government was unprepared for the war that ensued when it announced its new school funding system earlier this year.
Mon, 05 Nov 2018
The husband of Asia Bibi who was acquitted of blasphemy after eight years on death row in Pakistan has begged Britain to give the family asylum after Imran Khan's government moved to stop her leaving.
The Times (£)
Fr Alexander Lucie-Smith praises those who have advocated for Asia Bibi, including the National Secular Society.
BBC Radio 4 Sunday morning show Something Understood, covering religious and ethical topics, is being dropped.
The suspect in the Pittsburgh synagogue killings was in touch with right-wing extremists in Britain.
The Times (£)
Thousands more teachers will be trained in tackling anti-gay bullying as part of a government bid to eradicate homophobia in schools.
'Although it was many years ago—and long before I came out—I can still clearly recall being sat in a classroom for a sex education lesson and thinking something was wrong with me.'
"One stated rationale for blasphemy offences in the past, and for hate speech laws now, is to limit incitement and to keep the peace. A seminar with 30 self-selecting attendees does not seem a potential mob."
New institute faced pressure from Hindu nationalists after appointing Ramachandra Guha
Scotland Yard has launched a criminal investigation into allegations of antisemitic hate crimes within the Labour Party.
Bar Refaeli has come under fire for an advert in which she removes a niqab before a voiceover says: "Freedom is basic".
A mother claims that her newborn son's penis was partially amputated and then thrown away during a circumcision gone terribly wrong. It is the doctor's second time to allegedly botch the procedure.
New York Post
Fri, 02 Nov 2018
Ofsted's inspections of unregistered schools have uncovered material that says women must not refuse sex to their husbands and literature calling for the death of gay people.
Express & Star
The Catholic Church must provide a statement to the national inquiry into child sexual abuse as to whether it is sufficiently organised to provide safeguarding for children, abuse lawyers have told a hearing.
Four members of a Huddersfield grooming gang have been jailed for a harrowing campaign of violence and sexual abuse against three vulnerable girls.
Neil Lennon, the manager of Hibernian FC who was hit by a coin during a match in Edinburgh on Wednesday, is targeted for abuse and violence partly because he is a Catholic, his agent has said.
The Scottish Sun
Richard Seymour examines the DUP's motivation for taking a hardline stance on issues including abortion and same-sex marriage.
The New York Times
Pakistan's ultra-Islamist party blocked roads in major cities for a third day on Friday in protest against the acquittal of Asia Bibi, who was on death row on a blasphemy charge.
Asif Shahzad and Kay Johnson say the Asia Bibi case highlights the frequent discrimination and violence suffered by religious minorities in Pakistan.
South Korea's top court has ruled that South Korean men can legally reject their mandatory military service on conscientious or religious grounds without punishment.
Stars and Stripes
US president Donald Trump is supremely confident that evangelical Christians will continue to show up for him during the upcoming midterm elections.
Women would face prosecution for not having a "burial" after terminating a pregnancy under a proposal backed by nine anti-abortion TDs.
The Times (£)
Pro-LGBT+ rights lawmakers in Australia this week have criticised Christian groups for lobbying to "legalise bullying against LGBTIQ students".
Gay Star News
A documentary on Ireland's marriage equality referendum is being shown on Netflix.
Thu, 01 Nov 2018
Just under 750 cases of female genital mutilation were referred to the Met Police over the last five years, though prosecutors are still yet to make a conviction.
Matthew Scott says the ECHR has given respectability and encouragement to Islamist bigots, and blasphemy laws should have no place in the 21st century.
The Times (£)
A Protestant group is contesting moves to re-route a Remembrance Day parade away from a Glasgow Catholic church amid fears of public disorder.
British diplomats who visited Xinjiang have confirmed that reports of mass internment camps for Uighur Muslims were "broadly true", Jeremy Hunt has told parliament.
Harriet Sherwood says the Pakistani woman who spent eight years in solitary confinement on blasphemy charges faces death threats from fundamentalists upon her release. Those who have helped or defended her are also under threat.
Pakistan's prime minister Imran Khan has called for calm after club-wielding mobs blocked roads in Pakistan's major cities demanding the public execution of Asia Bibi.
A ban on anti-abortion groups at a Scottish university has been lifted after a long-running row over freedom of speech on campus.
More than 3,000 secondary school places will be available next year at four new Educate Together schools in Ireland. Educate Together, which promotes schools where children from different backgrounds are taught together regardless of religion, won the NSS's Secularist of the Year prize in 2016.
The Times (£)
This editorial responds to the Pittsburgh synagogue shootings. It says President Trump has fed the hatred that is now the undercurrent of US politics and Jew hatred feeds a climate in which violent anti-semites act.
Dylan Scott says Evangelicals view the Trump presidency as a fundamental realignment of US politics, with the Christian right reasserting itself, and they will turn out heavily for Republican candidates in next week's midterms.
After setbacks in court, the Trump administration is revising rules that allow employers to deny women insurance coverage for contraceptives based on religious or moral objections. Administration officials hope the changes will overcome judges' objections without fundamentally altering the purpose or the effects of the rules.
The New York Times
Wed, 31 Oct 2018
Pakistan's Supreme Court has struck down the death sentence for blasphemy handed down to Christian woman Asia Bibi. The decision has seen the judiciary praised for its bravery in the face of threats of violence and protest from the country's Islamist groups.
The British government has again rejected the idea of creating public holidays for Hindu and Muslim festivals on the grounds of cost, despite calls from MPs for change. The NSS had warned against the idea.
Peers have been left divided over moves by MPs to extend abortion rights and same-sex marriage equality to Northern Ireland in the absence of a devolved administration.
Helen Raleigh says if Europe believes enforcing blasphemy laws in order to suppress offensive speech is necessary to maintain 'religious peace,' it's wrong.
Graeme Wood says Europe could learn from the US's constitutional commitment to free speech in light of the ECHR's ruling on a woman who criticised the Islamic prophet Muhammad.
The Catholic Church is about to be inundated with Supreme Court writs from Victorian survivors of clerical abuse who previously received modest ex gratia payments and will now attempt to sue the church for further compensation.
Australia's government has responded to demands from principals of dozens of Anglican schools not to change anti-discrimination laws to protect LGBT teachers from being excluded by religious schools. The education minister has said his government will "get the balance right" on the issue.
A play that portrays Jesus as a transgender woman is to be performed in Edinburgh next month after facing criticism from Jair Bolsonaro, the new president of Brazil.
Seventeen Filipina expats were arrested after they took part in a Halloween party in Saudi Arabia, the Philippines foreign ministry said.
US vice-president Mike Pence faces a backlash after appearing on stage with a "rabbi" who called Jesus the "messiah" as he prayed for the victims of the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre.
Asma Jahangir, who was an NSS honorary associate until her death earlier this year, has been named as one of the winners of the 2018 UN human rights prize. This editorial says she will always be a role model for human rights defenders and democrats.
Tue, 30 Oct 2018
Amendments which would legalise abortion and same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland have been added to a bill currently making its way through parliament.
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