Tue, 15 May 2018
Scotland's most prestigious universities have begun appointing pagan representatives in recent years, with the University of Edinburgh the latest to do so.
The Times (£)
Michele Chabin studies the views of evangelical Christians and orthodox Jews who see the relocation of the US embassy in Israel as part of a divine plan.
Religion News Service
Robert Jeffress, the pastor who spoke at the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem yesterday, is a case study in the Christian apocalyptic theology which has partly motivated the decision to move it.
This editorial says the alliance between fundamentalist Protestants and Roman Catholics cannot survive the humiliations of evangelical support for President Trump.
India's governing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is heading towards an outright majority in the southern state of Karnataka, early results show. The polls are seen as a bellwether ahead of 2019 general elections.
Peter Harrison argues that if people in New Zealand want their schools to be tolerant and welcoming, they should avoid giving fundamentalists open access to children.
Mon, 14 May 2018
An Islamic school in Birmingham has been criticised after advising its schoolgirls not to use tampons. NSS education and schools officer Alastair Lichten described the guidance as "concerning".
The Sutton Trust, which focuses on social mobility, has welcomed the Department for Education's decision not to lift the 50% cap on faith-based admissions to new faith schools.
Coroners across the country are to be formally instructed to take into account the religious requirements of families when deciding whether to prioritise work, in the wake of a High Court ruling.
Firms that tell employees to remove religious symbols could face fines or be forced to pay compensation, according to new guidance.
Campaigners will go to court today in an attempt to overturn Scottish government policy on allowing women to take an abortion pill at home.
Fiyaz Mughal says hate attacks against Muslims are having a serious impact on many people and argues that obfuscation through the use of the term 'Islamophobia' should not take away from the real-world problems facing Muslims.
The Times (£)
The government could scrap civil partnerships as the number of people taking them up has fallen. The news comes ahead of a Supreme Court case beginning today which aims to open the partnerships up to heterosexual couples.
Women from Northern Ireland could cross the border to access abortion services if the Irish referendum produces a 'yes' vote, it has been claimed.
An objection from a backbench Conservative MP has shot down a cross-party push to bring equal marriage to Northern Ireland.
‘If the church can't look after this prized part of Exeter, it should give it to the council’ – NSS research cited
John Twyford says the owners of the area around Exeter Cathedral should be able to keep it free of litter.
A group of humanists in east London has invited Dr Antony Lempert, chair of the NSS's secular medical forum, to lead a discussion on the non-therapeutic genital cutting of males. Dr Lempert's talk will take place tonight.
The head of MI5 is warning that the Islamic State group aspires to commit "devastating" and "more complex" attacks in Europe after losing territory in the Middle East. His words come after apparent terror attacks in Paris and Indonesia over the weekend.
Fri, 11 May 2018
Local councils will have funds to open new faith schools, Education Secretary Damian Hinds has announced.
The faith cap on new state schools has been retained in name alone as the government has backed the creation of a new wave of schools that can select all their pupils on the basis of religion.
The Catholic Church lamented the move as a "broken promise".
NSS CEO Stephen Evans challenges the continued privilege afforded to faith groups in the education sector, and suggests that only a fully secular education system can truly promote tolerance and inclusivity.
LSE Religion & Global Society blog
The NSS has urged the legal regulatory authorities to investigate the conduct of a Christian campaign group in the case of the toddler Alfie Evans.
Campaigners are calling for new legislation to 're-empower' parents, but we have moved a long way from the concept of children as chattel, says Carolyne Willow.
A mother and her two daughters formed Britain's first all-female terrorist group to plot attacks at the British Museum and Palace of Westminster, a court was told yesterday.
The Times (£)
But after a legal challenge, the Welsh Government has said non-religious groups have the same right as religious ones.
A faith school criticised for the way it handled an appeal from a pupil to whom it refused a place has been ordered to replace its admissions panel.
Advice for judges and magistrates recommends harsh punishments for those found guilty of stirring up hatred against racial, religious or sexual minority groups.
At a full council meeting on Thursday, an attempt by council leader Councillor Peter Fox to elect one of his cabinet as the chair of the Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education (SACRE) was met with contention.
South Wales Argus
A woman accused of having 11 husbands was stoned to death in Somalia by members of the Islamic militant group Al-Shabab.
Thu, 10 May 2018
A girl was sexually abused by a priest after she went to confession, an inquiry has heard. The Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry is currently examining children's homes, no longer operating, which were run by the Catholic congregation the Sisters of Nazareth in Scotland.
A father tricked his teenage daughter into travelling abroad for an arranged marriage and threatened to "chop her up in 18 seconds" if she refused, Leeds crown court has heard.
The Times (£)
A mother from Birmingham duped her teenage daughter into travelling to Pakistan before forcing her to marry a man 16 years her senior, Birmingham crown court has heard.
Councillors in Cheshire have approved plans to turn Hartford Manor, a former country house, into either homes or a religious school.
Jewish and Muslim groups have criticised the journalist Melanie Phillips after she said the concept of 'Islamophobia' was "a fiction to shut down debate".
The Daily Telegraph has paid "substantial" undisclosed libel damages to the chairman of Finsbury Park Mosque over a claim he was a supporter of violent Islamist extremism.
A Muslim primary school teacher has lost her bid to overturn a law banning the wearing of religious clothing by public servants in Berlin. The Berlin labour court judge ruled that the city-state's neutrality law for teachers, police and court officials was constitutional.
Google has banned all adverts relating to the Irish abortion referendum from its platform, amid fears of overseas organisations taking advantage of loopholes in campaign funding laws to target voters before polling day.
A recent exhibition in the Indian city of Mumbai documented Dalit (formerly known as "untouchable") families that have lost a loved one because of discrimination and violence.
India's top court has moved the trial in the rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl from a Muslim background out of the state of Jammu and Kashmir. The BBC spoke to people there about the divisions that led to the court's decision.
Wed, 09 May 2018
A council could take legal action against a local Jewish organisation over a bonfire that "exploded" in the middle of a packed street during a festival.
The government has made public 27 warning notices issued to private schools that failed to meet its independent school standards. These include a number of independent schools with a religious character.
Dr Antony Lempert of the NSS will give a talk on male circumcision at an event hosted by the East London Humanists on Monday.
East London & West Essex Guardian
The Government has suffered an unexpected Brexit defeat in the Lords. During the process the bishop of Leeds proposed a cross-party amendment to allow Britain's continued participation in EU agencies.
An Islamic faith school in Leicester has been slammed by Ofsted after it found "inappropriate" reading material in the boys' library.
Jodie Ginsberg says the House of Commons should reject amendments to the Data Protection Bill. These would force any publisher who refuses to join a state-backed press regulator to pay all the legal costs of any case brought against them.
The Times (£)
Gibraltar has the harshest anti-abortion laws anywhere in Europe. But with Brexit looming and the Irish abortion referendum just weeks away, campaigners are hoping for change.
Ireland's minister for education has announced that new rules banning discrimination against children who are not baptised should come into force this year.
The Journal (Ireland)
Carl O'Brien assesses the implications of likely changes to admissions policies in Ireland's schools.
The Irish Times
This editorial says the administration of Donald Trump is promoting abstinence with a zeal perhaps never before seen from the US government.
The New York Times
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