Wed, 08 May 2019
Brendan O'Neill says the Saatchi Gallery's covering up of two paintings after complaints from Muslim visitors is an outrage.
The US state of Connecticut is to pursue legislation that would prevent parents from exempting their children from vaccinations for religious reasons, a move that several states are considering amid a significant measles outbreak.
Margaret Renkl says Americans have a right to practice their beliefs, but they don't have the right to discriminate against others or endanger their lives.
The New York Times
Hundreds of Polish gay rights activists staged a protest rally on Tuesday evening over the brief detention of a woman who posted images near a church of the Christian virgin Mary with a halo resembling a rainbow flag.
The US state of California is close to overhauling its guidance for teaching sex education in public schools.
The Washington Post
The Cuban government announced on Tuesday that it has cancelled this year's edition of a parade widely seen as a sign of progress on gay rights on the island.
Los Angeles Times
Tue, 07 May 2019
Head teachers have challenged ministers to deliver better support for schools facing criticism from parents over lessons on same-sex relationships.
Ofsted chief inspector Amanda Spielman has said it would be a "huge step backwards" if schools become reluctant to teach relationships lessons because of opposition from parents of faith.
A former leading prosecutor has been drafted in to mediate in a dispute over teaching which mentions LGBT people in Birmingham schools.
Church representatives have lost their right to make decisions on education at Perth and Kinross Council amid a row over a school closure.
The Times (£)
A leading contemporary art gallery covered up works featuring an Islamic declaration of faith after complaints from Muslim visitors who said the artworks were blasphemous.
Brunei has backtracked on enforcing laws introduced last month that would have made sex between men and adultery punishable by stoning to death.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's new baby is likely to be christened to reflect the close ties between the royal family and the Church of England.
A charity running a Stoke-on-Trent mosque has been dissolved - for 'facilitating terrorism'.
Secret government report warns over 48 British Islamic schools are teaching intolerance and misogyny to future imams
Young imams are being trained in a network of Islamic schools across the UK that have been accused of promoting intolerance and misogyny, a secret government report has warned.
The Mail on Sunday
Isle of Wight Council intends to close one Church of England school and expand and move another.
Isle of Wight County Press
Indian prosecutors have charged Islamic preacher Zakir Naik with money laundering. The NSS has previously written to the Charity Commission to question why Naik, who is banned from the UK, is the trustee of a registered charity.
A woman has been arrested on suspicion of offending religious sentiment, after posters bearing an image of the Christian virgin Mary with her halo painted in the colours of the rainbow flag appeared in the city of Płock in central Poland.
Fri, 03 May 2019
Child sexual abuse in a wide range of religious organisations and settings, including Jehovah's Witnesses and Buddhists, is to be scrutinised in an official inquiry.
Survivors of historical child abuse will not be prevented from seeking further damages should they apply to a national redress scheme, the Scottish government has said.
Pervasive persecution of Christians, sometimes amounting to genocide, is ongoing in parts of the Middle East, and has prompted an exodus in the past two decades, according to a report commissioned by the British foreign secretary, Jeremy Hunt.
Israeli researchers have reported that violent attacks against Jews spiked significantly last year, with the largest reported number of Jews killed in anti-Semitic acts in decades.
The BBC is placing more religious characters in EastEnders and primetime drama series as part of a drive to present belief in a more "subtle and pleasurable" way.
The Times (£)
Discrimination against Catholics in Scotland is a scourge on society and must be eradicated, Nicola Sturgeon has said.
The US president has announced the finalisation of a rule that would allow doctors, nurses, insurance providers, and employers to refuse service if it violates their religious beliefs.
A bill which would outlaw anti-LGBT discrimination across the US has been signed off by a US congressional committee, with all Democratic members voting in favour and all Republicans voting against.
Andrew Restuccia analyses the apparent belief among the US president's aides and supporters that he is literally a godsend.
Poland's Law and Justice party hopes to gin up its base by dividing society.
The Economist (£)
Thu, 02 May 2019
Home-grown extremists inspired by the "startling pull" of Islamic State propaganda online were behind four out of five terror plots in Britain and the West last year and continue to be the most potent threat the country faces, the head of MI5 has warned.
Racist and religious hate crimes in London hit their highest levels in a year following the Christchurch mosque shootings, according to police data.
The Co-Op has revealed that there are no hymns in this year's top 10 most popular list of songs at its funerals for the first time. It comes as religious funeral services are declining, with more people choosing non-religious services for their loved ones.
SNP MP Pete Wishart has said he is standing as House of Commons speaker to pursue a "reforming" agenda and has mentioned the place of Church of England bishops in the Lords as an issue to be addressed.
A 33-year-old man has been jailed for 15 months after he helped organise an anti-Muslim demonstration in a town centre.
A right-wing Hindu group allied to the ruling party of India's prime minister, Narendra Modi, has called for the country to outlaw the face veil worn by some Muslim women.
The Times (£)
Using too much electricity or having acquaintances abroad are among a list of reasons that prompt authorities in China's western Xinjiang region to investigate Uighurs and other Muslims who might be deemed "untrustworthy" and sent to internment camps, according to a report.
Michael Auslin says Beijing has been ruthlessly willing to use technology and force against the Uighurs.
The House of Representatives in the US state of Alabama has passed a bill that would make it a crime for doctors to perform abortions at any stage of a pregnancy, unless a woman's life is threatened.
Brazil's president has said LGBTQ+ tourists should keep out of the South American country.
Pensacola Christian College in Florida, which offers courses in the arts, covered old nude portraits using black permanent marker.
North Yorkshire County Council has agreed a recovery plan for a Church of England school amid plans to close it as pupils numbers dwindle.
The Yorkshire Post
Wed, 01 May 2019
Strictly Orthodox Jewish independent schools may escape sanctions if their only failing is not explicitly teaching respect for LGBT people, as a result of new advice issued on Tuesday by the Department for Education.
All of Scotland's political parties have agreed to adopt a formal definition of Islamophobia from the all-party parliamentary group on British Muslims.
Religious Studies and Relationships and Sexuality Education will remain statutory subjects in a new curriculum for schools in Wales. The curriculum will scrap the boundaries between traditional subjects and replace them with six areas of learning and experience.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn heaped praise on a book which suggested banks and the media were controlled by Jews, it has emerged.
A report from the US Commission on International Religious Freedom has identified 16 countries that engaged in or tolerated egregious violations.
James Bloodworth says the attacks on Nora Mulready, the European elections candidate accused of 'Islamophobia', stink of whataboutery.
An inspection has found that a circumcision clinic did not follow all the rules when it came to aftercare.
Northampton Chronicle & Echo
Taslima Nasreen says a country that had been built upon the promise of secularism has now closely and fatally embraced religion.
A report has revealed that 37 US states shared $90m in federal funding for abstinence only education in 2017.
Association Shams, a notable LGBTI rights group in Tunisia, is facing closure after a legal challenge by the government which invokes sharia law.
Gay Star News
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