Mon, 08 Jul 2019
About 30,000 people from more than 600 groups took part in the official parade through central London, which was attended by an estimated 1.5m people.
A far-right extremist who laughed as he was engulfed by a fireball while trying to torch an historic synagogue has been locked up in hospital indefinitely.
Crossbench peer David Alton has challenged the UK government to put more pressure on Pakistan to stop the persecution of religious minorities.
Fri, 05 Jul 2019
Ecclesiastical lawyer & abuse survivor asks parliament to render seal of confession obsolete at IICSA inquiry
Parliament "must intervene" in the debate on the future of the seal of confession in the Church of England by changing civil law to introduce mandatory reporting, a former diocesan chancellor has said.
The Church of England's General Synod has been "lazy and incurious" despite a wave of safeguarding scandals, a lay member said this week.
China is deliberately separating Muslim children from their families, faith and language in its far western region of Xinjiang, according to new research.
Some faith schools have been awarded money from the school nurseries capital fund, which creates school-based nursery places for disadvantaged children.
A paralysed man who wants the right to an assisted death has applied to the High Court to try to change UK law. The application comes in the week Parliament debated assisted dying for the first time in four years.
The leader of the Liberal Democrats, Vince Cable MP, says it is time to update the law on assisted dying, with great care to ensure that there are safeguards to prevent abuse.
A dying man from Perth has said he will spend his remaining weeks campaigning to make assisted dying legal in Scotland. Local politicians have not backed his campaign.
The Church of England is to tell husbands and wives they are free to change gender and stay married. But the established church still does not allow same-sex marriage.
Equalities chief says anti-abortion and Christian societies mustn’t be blocked on campus due to 'hypersensitivity'
Universities must not allow students to block anti-abortion or Christian societies due to "hypersensitivity", equalities chief David Isaac has said.
LGBT rights advocates are urging people to resist the Australian government's plan to change laws in the name of 'religious freedom'.
Gay Star News
Bergen Cooper and Beirne Roose-Snyder say Andrew Bremberg is proud of his work expanding the US 'gag rule' that hurts women across the world.
Thu, 04 Jul 2019
A primary school in Birmingham that suspended lessons about LGBT equality following protests by parents is to resume a modified version of the programme in September. Its new version of 'No outsiders' will be called 'No outsiders for a faith community'.
Bishop accepts he failed to pass on vicar's abuse confession letter to safeguarding adviser or police
The bishop of Chester has admitted that he allowed a vicar to continue working despite having read a letter from him alluding to child abuse.
The government will attempt to pass a Northern Ireland devolution bill in a single day on Monday – a move that could frustrate a cross-party amendment to legalise equal marriage.
The bishop of Buckingham has criticised the "unhealthy and excessive" centralisation of power in bishops in the Church of England and called for an independent safeguarding body to hold bishops and dioceses to account.
A devout Christian thrown off a university social work course after being accused of posting derogatory comments about gay and bisexual people on Facebook has won the latest round of a legal battle.
The majority of people approve of schoolchildren being educated about gay relationships, despite some public protests, according to a survey.
Buckingham Palace has confirmed that the duke and duchess of Sussex's son Archie will be christened on Saturday. The archbishop of Canterbury will perform the ceremony.
Parents at a primary school due to be turned into an academy are planning launch legal proceedings against the Catholic body in charge of the school.
East London & West Essex Guardian
Rahila Gupta says religious fundamentalists and anti-Muslim bigots alike eroded vital breathing space for secular feminists in Pakistan.
Government plans to regulate social media pose a danger to press freedom, the newspaper industry has warned.
The Times (£)
A woman in Indonesia faces up to five years in jail after she was accused of blasphemy for taking a dog into a mosque.
Wed, 03 Jul 2019
Pro-choice campaigners in Northern Ireland have accused Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt of pandering to religious fundamentalists in the Democratic Unionist party by ruling out any abortion reform for the country.
The prime minister has said "teaching all children about respect for difference is a core British value" which every government should support.
The requirement for schools to provide a daily act of collective worship was not raised at a recent meeting of groups which oversee religious education around the country, according to a representative from Lancashire.
England's most prestigious Catholic school, Ampleforth college, is facing a new leadership crisis after an inspection found it was failing to meet child protection standards.
Former Defra minister George Eustice MP writes on a debate on the religious slaughter of farm animals which he led in Westminster Hall yesterday.
Nick Boles, the MP for Grantham and Stamford in Lincolnshire, is leading a push to change the law on assisted dying.
The Australian government announced its intention to amend existing marriage, charities and discrimination laws for 'religious freedom' reasons, sparking concerns from LGBT activists.
Gay Star News
A man who has been imprisoned in Pakistan since July 2012 over sending 'blasphemous' text messages has had his hearing adjourned for the seventh time.
The American Medical Association has filed a lawsuit against the state of North Dakota, attempting to block two laws that it says would be harmful to patients seeking abortion care.
The US Department of Health and Human Services and its opponents in a California lawsuit have agreed to delay implementing a rule that would allow medical workers to decline performing abortions or other treatments on moral or religious grounds, according to a federal court filing.
An investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct at a group of schools associated with the Washington National Cathedral in the US has found that 16 adults formerly connected to the schools or the cathedral had committed sexual misconduct against students.
Tue, 02 Jul 2019
Damian Hinds has been accused of leaving headteachers "hung out to dry" after repeatedly avoiding saying that primary schools must cover same-sex relationships.
The Vatican on Monday reaffirmed Catholic teaching that priests cannot reveal what they learn in confession, in an apparent response to moves in Australia and elsewhere to force them to do so in cases of sexual abuse.
Almost 400 people in 'positions of trust' with the C of E have been convicted of child sex offences, inquiry hears
Almost 400 clergy and volunteers from the Church of England have been convicted of child sex offences in recent years, it was revealed yesterday.
A survivor of clerical abuse has described a "vacuum of leadership" at the top of the Church of England, which, he said, had repeatedly allowed survivors to be "re-abused" in the process of disclosing and seeking remediation.
Dozens of Church of England primaries have fallen from 'outstanding' to the bottom two Ofsted grades, while 16 schools also downgraded had not been inspected for a decade or more.
Vicar who described LGBT-inclusive education as “child abuse” steps down as school governor – NSS quoted
A vicar who caused outrage by describing classes on LGBT relationships as "state-sponsored child abuse" has resigned from his role as a school governor.
In light of Asda's sacking of a man who shared a Billy Connolly clip on social media, Jodie Ginsberg says employers should stop policing employees' opinions.
A Christian youth charity has won a multimillion pound government contract to run the UK's first secure school from late 2020.
Children & Young People Now
Craig Byers says a BBC One News at Ten report highlighted the anniversary of the Satanic Verses affair without mentioning the fatwa against Salman Rushdie or the deaths that followed it.
The Conservative Woman
Details have emerged of the allegations against the Revd Jonathan Fletcher, who was previously minister of Emmanuel Ridgway Proprietary Chapel in Wimbledon and an influential figure among evangelicals in the Church of England.
Police have detained a woman who entered a mosque in Indonesia on Sunday with a dog and her shoes on, and charged her with blasphemy.
The Jakarta Post
One of the candidates competing to be the Democrats' US presidential candidate, Pete Buttigieg, is increasingly trying to embrace the 'religious left'.
Mon, 01 Jul 2019
Couples in England and Wales may be given the option of tying the knot at sea, in the woods or even at home after a review of outdated marriage laws was kicked off by the prime minister. The NSS suggested allowing couples to marry anywhere when it wrote to the government on this subject in 2018.
A vicar in Rotherham in South Yorkshire has resigned as a primary school's 'anti-bullying' governor after describing classes teaching children about LGBTI relationships as "state-sponsored child abuse".
The Yorkshire Post
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