Fri, 14 Feb 2020
Privacy campaigners have labelled the government's planned online harms regulation a threat to free speech.
Youth services in Woodley in Reading could be overhauled for the first time in almost 20 years, with one councillor urging the town council to stop using a Christian faith-based organisation to provide services.
The number of extremists known to the security forces is only "the tip of the iceberg", Birmingham MP Khalid Mahmood has warned.
Transport on the Jewish sabbath could have implications for Israel's election.
Thu, 13 Feb 2020
Cultures that are not governed by religion and are tolerant to all beliefs are more wealthy and have better education, study shows
Positive changes in culture relating to acceptance and tolerance generally come before improvements in these three measures of affluence, not the other way round.
Synod hears apologies must be followed by concrete action as it backs compensating survivors
A former monk at a Catholic boarding school who sexually abused three boys aged under 13 has been jailed for more than 20 years.
Emmanuel Macron has waded into a row over a schoolgirl whose attack on Islam has divided France, insisting that blasphemy is "no crime".
Relatives of detainees worry that conditions in the camps could spell disaster if the virus takes hold.
Incidents of white supremacist material being spread across the US rose by 120% in 2019, according to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL).
Pope Francis has ruled against ordaining married men in the Amazon region as a means of addressing the shortage of Catholic priests.
The attackers told her a woman could not own a dog. But Sabha fears this may have been something more - that it may have been to do with her teaching girls sport.
Wed, 12 Feb 2020
A couple who tied the knot in Northern Ireland's first same sex marriage have said they are living the dream.
The Church of England is "still deeply institutionally racist", the archbishop of Canterbury has said.
The Church of Ireland and Catholic Church have failed to explain why plans to merge two of their primary schools, announced in 2016, have apparently come to nothing – with one of the schools facing closure instead.
UN officials are calling for an end to FGM by the end of the decade.
A court in Pakistan has ruled against the family of a kidnapped Christian girl who was forced into an Islamic marriage, saying in its decision that no law was broken if the girl had already had her first period.
Spain's parliament has endorsed an effort by the new Socialist-led government to legalize euthanasia and doctor-assisted suicide.
The New York Times
Canada's government is planning to introduce changes to medically-assisted dying laws within the next two-and-a-half weeks, a spokesperson for the minister who is likely to introduce it confirmed on Tuesday.
Tolerance, openness and secularism are the first steps towards economic prosperity, according to new research.
Sixty per cent of Americans would be prepared to vote for an atheist as president, a poll has found.
The Friendly Atheist (Patheos)
Tue, 11 Feb 2020
A Belfast couple are set to make history as they become the first same-sex pair to get married in Northern Ireland.
A Birmingham primary school at the centre of a year-long probe has been shut down under government orders.
The head of a County Londonderry school has said staff and pupils have been "let down" by NI's four main churches.
Emergency legislation designed to end the release of people convicted of terrorism offences halfway through their sentence will be presented to parliament later.
A man acquitted of terrorism in 2018 after he was arrested with a metre-long samurai sword outside Buckingham Palace has been convicted of planning an attack at tourist hotspots in London.
Pupil sent home over afro hairstyle wins £8,500 payout from C of E school in race discrimination case
A pupil has won an £8,500 payout after she was repeatedly sent home from a Church of England school over her afro hair.
The potential closure of a C of E school which has lost more than 60% of its pupils since the start of the academic year is currently being consulted on.
The Westmorland Gazette
Trump-linked religious ‘extremists’ target women with disinformation over abortion and contraception worldwide
A global network of 'crisis pregnancy centres', backed by US anti-abortion groups linked to the Trump White House, has been condemned by lawmakers, doctors and rights advocates for targeting vulnerable women with "disinformation, emotional manipulation and outright deceit".
A French teenager who criticised Islam on Instagram has moved to a new school after receiving death threats.
A minister has confirmed Argentina's government is preparing a "project to legalise abortion—and not just decriminalisation".
Buenos Aires Times
Mon, 10 Feb 2020
Nicola Day, deputy leader of the Green group on Peterborough City Council, explains why she and two other councillors are challenging a decision to open a selective Catholic school in the city. The NSS's No More Faith Schools campaign is mentioned.
Making all pupils take part in religious education classes could see the Welsh government taken to court for breaching human rights, a legal expert has warned.
A leading provider of abortion care has criticised the Home Office for refusing to introduce exclusion zones after a group of anti-abortion activists protested outside a north London clinic on Saturday morning.
A survivor of clerical abuse had his settlement reduced by more than one third by the Church of England's insurer, Ecclesiastical, based on the evidence of a psychiatrist who had never met the claimant, his lawyer has confirmed.
Northern Ireland will finally see its first same-sex weddings this week after a historic change - six years after gay marriage became legal in the UK.
Hundreds of sermons preached by the Islamist cleric who inspired the men who carried out the terrorist attacks in Streatham and on London Bridge in November are available on a website that allows his followers to communicate in private chatrooms.
A leading imam appointed by Theresa May to conduct a government inquiry into Islamophobia faced calls to stand down last night after he was accused of questioning free speech.
The Sunday Times (£)
The Church of England has quietly conceded that it is "natural justice" for heterosexual couples to be allowed to convert a marriage to a civil partnership.
The Sunday Times (£)
Swiss voters have given their backing in a referendum to extending anti-racism legislation to cover sexual orientation.
Four hundred years after they were burned at the stake, modern-day witches say they are still facing persecution.
Fri, 07 Feb 2020
Plan to close Surrey school and relaunch it as Church of England faith school criticised – NSS quoted
The NSS's No More Faith Schools campaign has criticised a plan to close a non-faith school and open a new Church of England school on the site in Surrey.
‘Why does the government like faith schools, and why do religious groups like the free schools programme?’
Will Hazell says organised religion has been one of the major beneficiaries of the government's flagship free schools policy.
Ben Bradshaw MP has said the C of E's position on sex could raise questions over the legitimacy of its established status during church commissioners' questions.
Premier Christian News
A High Court judge has heard that ministers in a congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses waited more than two and a half years before telling police that a girl had made sex abuse allegations against her father.
Solicitors discouraged Islamist extremist prisoners from taking part in a deradicalisation programme, according to a Ministry of Justice report.
The Times (£)
Solihull council's planning committee is considering plans to double the capacity of a Catholic primary school.
An Ofsted inspection of a Muslim girls school was cut short after an inspector walked into a prayer room wearing shoes, according to the school.
Express & Star
The education secretary has given universities a final warning to guard free speech or face legislation.
The Times (£)
Brazil's government is running a campaign called 'Adolescence first, pregnancy after', with Evangelical Christian support.
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