Thu, 13 Sep 2018
A Spanish actor accused of ridiculing God and the Christian virgin Mary has been detained for questioning by a judge, police have said, raising free speech fears.
A US appeals court has allowed a stringent state abortion law to move forward, raising the stakes of a coming vote on Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee.
Wed, 12 Sep 2018
The academic advantages of a faith school education are short-lived and can be mainly explained by a pupil's home background, according to research from the UCL Institute of Education.
Anjem Choudary, the notorious Islamist hate preacher, will be released from jail next month. The justice minister has warned that he is "genuinely dangerous".
Labour has pushed thousands of its core supporters to the far right because of its failure to take on Muslim extremism, a union boss has warned.
Hundreds of people have signed a petition opposing a planned parade in Inverness city centre to celebrate gay culture, describing it as unsavoury and deeply offensive. A home mission worker with the Free Church of Scotland (Continuing) has gathered about 600 names on a petition opposing the parade and written a letter to Highland Council.
A vicar accused of groping a student during a trans-Atlantic flight is to face a retrial.
FGM survivor Lucy Njomo reflects on her experience and a senior police officer discusses attempts to prevent FGM.
Romania's senate has overwhelmingly backed a citizens' initiative to change the definition of family in the constitution in a nationwide referendum. The move could make it impossible to legalise same-sex marriage. The initiative has backing from several religious groups.
The EU's top court has said a German Catholic hospital may have unlawfully discriminated against a senior doctor who was dismissed because he divorced and then remarried in a civil ceremony.
Chinese authorities have drafted sweeping new regulations that would severely restrict religious content online, including images or even descriptions of religious activities from praying and chanting to burning incense.
The US has expressed deep concern over China's "worsening crackdown" on minority Muslims in the Xinjiang region and is considering sanctions against senior Chinese officials.
Australia's senate has passed a motion brought by the Greens to tackle the rise in LGBT+ conversion therapy in the country.
Gay Star News
Relatively few Americans consider it crucial that a candidate be devoutly religious or share their religious beliefs, a poll has suggested in the run-up to the midterm elections.
Tue, 11 Sep 2018
Ministers have been urged to make reporting child abuse mandatory after a major cover-up at two leading Catholic schools.
South Yorkshire Police has been slated after telling people to report "non-crime hate incidents" in which people use "offensive or insulting words".
A campaigner from the Royal College of Midwives appealed to Sajid Javid for increased political support in a bid to end FGM.
Some viewers have criticised the popular BBC One drama Bodyguard, claiming it depicts Muslims as terrorists. The show's creator has rejected the criticism.
The Times (£)
Plans to update Guernsey's Marriage law has received huge support from islanders. A public consultation has shown that a majority of the public want how and where people get married to be simplified.
Britain's biggest Muslim organisation has called on the Home Office to refuse a UK visa to a prominent US evangelical preacher with links to Donald Trump.
This editorial says Australia's new prime minister Scott Morrison is whipping up fears among conservative Christian groups and would do better to spread a positive message about Australia's strong record of religious tolerance.
Sydney Morning Herald
Australia's largest Muslim school has had $19 million in taxpayer funding reinstated - two years after it was found to have been run for profit.
Daily Mail Australia
Annie Gowen looks at the activities of and fear caused by Sanatan Sanstha, a shadowy extremist religious sect that has been accused of inciting its followers to kill those they consider enemies of Hinduism.
The Washington Post
The Turkic mostly Muslim Uighur minority in China's Xinjiang region face arbitrary detentions, daily restrictions on religious practice and "forced political indoctrination" in a mass security crackdown, Human Rights Watch has said.
Thousands of Argentinians – most of them women – have started formal proceedings to abandon the Catholic Church, in protest against the church's campaign against efforts to legalise abortion in the country.
Kentucky's attorney general will seek the legislature's permission to form a statewide grand jury to investigate Kentucky's Catholic dioceses in line with last month's damning report on Pennsylvania Catholic churches.
Mon, 10 Sep 2018
Religious education in England's schools should be renamed Religion and Worldviews, according to a report from the Commission on Religious Education. NSS chief executive Stephen Evans said the results represented "significant progress" but were "an inevitable fudge".
Religious Education (RE) should be rebranded as "Religion and Worldviews" in schools to ensure its survival as a subject, a new report has said. The NSS has said the report has the potential to be a game-changer for the way we teach about religion if the government is prepared to listen.
The number of people who describe themselves as belonging to the Church of England is at a record low, a survey has found. NSS chief executive Stephen Evans said the UK's constitutional settlement is "embarrassingly out of step with the nation's secular outlook".
Premier Christian Radio
A letter writer calls for the C of E to lose its privileges in response to the latest British Social Attitudes survey.
Karren Brady says the archbishop of Canterbury should not get involved in politics and his calls for higher taxes are hypocritical considering the Church of England's assets.
The Sun on Sunday
Mark Littlewood criticises Justin Welby's intervention on the economy last week and notes that the Church of England benefits from considerable tax relief.
The Times (£)
A scout leader who was expelled from the movement for comparing a colleague canoeing in a niqab to Darth Vader has accepted an out-of-court settlement.
People from across the US have mailed about 3,000 coat hangers to the office of a pro-choice Republican whose vote could determine the fate of Brett Kavanaugh, Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee. Activists fear Kavanaugh's appointment will place in jeopardy Roe v Wade, the 1973 ruling that guarantees abortion rights.
Australia's prime minister Scott Morrison has claimed new 'religious freedom' laws are needed to safeguard personal liberty in a changing society. His explanation appeared to suggest the new laws would give special privileges to the religious without protecting the non-religious.
A top official from the Vatican Secretariat of State acknowledged allegations made by a New York priest in 2000 concerning archbishop Theodore McCarrick, according to a letter obtained by Catholic News Service. McCarrick was elevated to the position of cardinal in 2001 and only resigned this year.
A number of Sri Lankan Muslim groups have called on the government to withdraw a recent circular prohibiting medical professionals from performing female genital mutilation.
Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka)
Harriet Sherwood says Haredi men have not traditionally joined Israel's labour force – but that is starting to change.
Fri, 07 Sep 2018
The number of people who describe themselves as belonging to the Church of England is at a record low, according to the British Social Attitudes (BSA) survey. NSS CEO Stephen Evans has said the figures call into question the UK's constitutional settlement.
NatCen's researchers, who carried out the BSA survey, have said people will no longer become religious in old age. Stephen Evans said the C of E's teaching and attitudes have diverged from those of ordinary Britons for some time.
British schoolgirls have been pressured by their fellow students into having female genital mutilation, a campaigner against the practice has said. Leyla Hussein's warning came as British and US agencies signed an agreement to step up co-operation in tackling FGM.
The Scottish Liberal Democrats will discuss adopting a policy to end Catholic education in Scotland at their conference this Saturday—though some in the party will seek to defeat the proposal.
Scottish Catholic Observer
Sarah Champion says the failure to raise the legal marriage age to 18 is allowing forced marriage to exist.
The Times (£)
A Protestant group has scrapped plans to hold a parade due to pass a church where a priest was allegedly attacked during an Orange Order march.
During the third day of his confirmation hearings for the US Supreme Court, Judge Brett Kavanaugh referred to contraception as "abortion-inducing drugs". Kavanaugh was describing his decision to side with a religious organisation that objected to providing contraception for employees with health insurance.
Donald Trump has defended Pope Francis's handling of the abuse crisis, claiming that the pontiff is handling the situation "the best anyone can handle it".
New York and New Jersey launched new investigations into the Roman Catholic Church's handling of clergy sex abuse allegations on Thursday as the number of similar inquiries around the country continues to grow.
Figures reveal an increase in the time given to Jewish studies and a cut in the number of hours allocated to English, maths and science under Israel's current education minister.
Indian media has hailed a Supreme Court ruling to decriminalise gay sex whilst highlighting a "deafening" silence from Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist government.
Australia's new prime minister is "not planning to get engaged" in the issue of gay 'conversion' therapy.
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