Wed, 16 Jan 2019
Democrats in the US House of Representatives have vowed to repeal a ban on the use of federal funds for abortions.
Amid threats to the safety of Saudi teenager Rahaf Mohammed, who was granted asylum in Canada, an agency helping her has hired a security guard to ensure "she is never alone" as she starts a normal life.
A Frenchman accused of killing four people at a Jewish museum in Brussels refused to answer questions in court on Tuesday, his lawyer said. His trial is regarded by prosecutors as the first over an attack by a European former fighter in Syria.
An Indian woman who made history by entering an ancient Hindu temple has allegedly been beaten with a wooden plank by relatives in response.
Some Catholics in the Spanish town of Segovia have claimed a smiling statue of the devil "exalts evil" and should have no place in the city.
Tue, 15 Jan 2019
A TV station founded by an Islamic preacher banned from the UK is under investigation after a guest claimed fathers should 'push' their daughters into marriage.
Julie Bindel says cultural sensitivity has no place in the fight against honour-based violence.
A London mosque is to host an exhibition on Muslim heroes of the Holocaust after another mosque cancelled it amid security threats and a boycott campaign.
The Catholic Church has called for a ban on "sectarian" numberplates following the sale of a registration based on a derogatory reference to the pope.
The Times (£)
The Board of Deputies of British Jews was reportedly on the verge of backing a proposed working definition of 'Islamophobia' which has been influenced by the Muslim advocacy group Mend.
Hundreds of Christians have called for the removal of an art exhibit in Israel featuring a crucified Ronald McDonald, with some reacting by throwing firebombs and stones.
Activists in Russia say there has been a new crackdown against LGBT people in Chechnya. The Russian LGBT network has been monitoring alleged abuses in the mainly Muslim Russian republic since 2017.
Amazon has reportedly removed products showing "offensive" images after Sikh groups complained.
A Saudi teenager who fled her family and claimed asylum in Canada has said the journey was "worth the risk" so she could live a more independent life.
In Hotan, a town in the Xinjiang province of China, documents show officials are expanding detention camps and increasing surveillance.
A man has been charged with endangerment of life and impersonating a doctor in connection with a circumcision carried out on a 10-month old baby boy.
The Independent (Ireland)
An evangelical non-profit group that opposes gay rights in the US is taking issue with an anti-lynching bill's inclusion of LGBTQ people.
Mon, 14 Jan 2019
The Royal College of Physicians will ask doctors if they would help a terminally ill patient to die and whether the law on assisted dying should be changed.
The Yorkshire Post
Neonatal circumcision could increase the risk of sudden infant death syndrome in babies, research finds
Eran Elhaik's research shows a strong correlation between early circumcision and cot death.
Brian Earp says a recent US ruling on genital cutting was disturbing but not surprising.
Amina Lone says the case of 18-year-old Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun is just part of a larger problem.
The Times (£)
Ultra-Orthodox Haredi Jewish children are suffering a dental crisis that threatens the wellbeing of one of the least understood groups in Britain, according to Public Health England.
The Sunday Times (£)
The Oxford Union has been accused of "no platforming" the head of a prominent right-wing Catholic organisation.
The Charity Commission has opened an inquiry into an Islamic charity that has failed to submit any accounts for four consecutive years.
The departure of American forces from Syria has prompted fears of religious persecution.
Republicans in the third-most-populous county in Texas have voted overwhelmingly against the removal of one of their party leaders from his post on the grounds that he is a Muslim.
The New York Times
A federal judge has blocked Trump administration rules that would allow most businesses to opt out of covering contraception for their employees if they have moral or religious objections.
Two women who made history by becoming the first in centuries to enter a hill temple in southern India are in hiding after threats by hardline Hindu groups.
A top academic has been blasted by Ireland's health minister Simon Harris for a Twitter message about a woman believed to be undergoing Ireland's first legal abortion.
Fri, 11 Jan 2019
‘There should be no religious exemption to the law on non-stun slaughter’ – by NSS communications officer
Chris Sloggett says maintaining one law for all is the only sustainable way to beat bigots in light of Belgian measures restricting non-stun slaughter.
Leading Orthodox Jewish rabbis have set up a working group which they claim will scrutinise Ofsted's school inspections for conduct and legality.
Simon Rocker puts the latest developments in the row between Charedi Jewish leaders and Ofsted education inspectors in context.
A Christian activist group founded in the United States which says it aims to challenge consumerist values is to come to the UK this year.
Sales of Buckfast, a caffeine-infused tonic wine which is backed by a registered religious charity, have hit a record high.
The Scottish Sun
The archbishop of Canterbury has used his position in the House of Lords to give his opinion on Brexit.
Inquiry opened after charitable funds were held in bank account of person under terror investigation
The Charity Commission has opened a statutory inquiry into a charity that supports refugees from the Middle East. The charity's funds were held in the personal bank account of an individual who had been under police investigation for alleged terrorist financing offences.
France's most important church sexual abuse trial to date is likely to end in acquittal for a cardinal and other senior Catholic officials accused of protecting a paedophile priest, despite years of efforts by his victims to seek justice.
Police in the Swiss city of Schaffhausen have defended their decision to fine a man who used the words "Allahu akbar" in public.
Frederick Clarkson says a proposed resolution intended to commemorate perhaps one of the most radical, liberatory, and revolutionary pieces of legislation in the history of the world misses the point – and it's not a mistake.
Some survivors of clerical abuse say bureaucratic distinctions have turned them into second-class victims who frequently fall between the cracks.
The New York Times
Anna Carnegie of the Abortion Rights Campaign says there's still a lot to do to secure abortion rights in Ireland.
Thu, 10 Jan 2019
Amnesty International is among the groups which have urged the Westminster parliament to legislate to allow same sex marriage in Northern Ireland.
More than 100 clerics in the Church of England's diocese of Oxford have signed a letter criticising their bishops' approach to LGBTI+ people, saying they are "disturbed" by its "apparent ambiguity".
South Yorkshire Christians are set to get a £5.56m boost over the next six years to help 'evangelise and transform society'.
The Star (Sheffield)
A new religious curriculum is set to be given to all schools in Southend in Essex in a bid to give children a more "multicultural" education.
Basildon, Canvey & Southend Echo
The BBC Asian Network has apologised after asking listeners if they 'respected' a teenagers' decision to flee Saudi Arabia amid fears her life was in danger.
Jeremy Rodell identifies three core principles of secularism: institutional separation, freedom of belief and no discrimination on grounds of religion.
Rick Snedeker says the term 'religious freedom' has morphed in America, without consensus, to effectively mean for many "the authority to force others to comply with your own personal religious beliefs".
More Turks are turning to atheism. Observers say that may be related to President Erdogan's increasingly theocratic politics.
Nayantara Sahgal, an Indian writer who defends human rights, had her invite to a literary event cancelled amid threats from Hindu nationalist mobs this week. Here is the text of the speech she planned to deliver.
The Indian Express
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