Thu, 15 Mar 2018
Jewish student and communal representatives have told new Universities Minister Sam Gyimah how Jewish and Israel-related events "are targeted" on campus.
Atheists who want the equal right to deliver an invocation at a Sedgwick County, Kansas Commission meeting can "go to hell," a county commissioner said Tuesday.
A bizarre rant from a US senator about "political correctness" and why a qualified non-religious chaplain should be excluded from the Navy.
A 34-year-old El Salvador woman was released yesterday after spending 15 years in jail on charges of inducing an abortion.
USA: He wanted to build Trump’s border wall. He was just charged in the bombing of a Minnesota mosque.
Three men — including the owner of a company that submitted a bid to build President Trump's border wall — bombed a Minnesota mosque in an attempt to drive Muslims out of the United States, according to a federal complaint.
Wed, 14 Mar 2018
Religious leaders to be trained in 'British values' and reform of marriage laws to be considered in government integration strategy
Faith leaders will be asked to help promote "British values" and laws on religious marriages could be reformed as part of a new government strategy to boost integration within the UK's communities.
Five English councils have been told they must adopt new integration plans to deal with problems of segregation as the government launches its strategy.
A survivor of clerical abuse who brought a civil suit against the diocese in which she was abused has said an article she wrote "galvanised" the church's insurers into meeting to discuss settlement and change its civil-claims policy.
Four Muslim Labour MPs have been sent suspicious packages and letters calling for a "Punish a Muslim" day.
The Times (£)
The archbishop of Canterbury has called for tuition fees to be scrapped, saying the cost of university education should be covered through taxation. He was speaking during an interview with students at Canterbury Christ Church University.
Nearly three in four Scots believe those who post sectarian comments on social media are harming Scotland's reputation - but there remains a "high level of uncertainty" over what registers as a crime, according to new research.
The Irish government has decided not to allow people in Northern Ireland a vote in the upcoming abortion referendum, despite a legal challenge.
Sweden's governing Social Democrat party has proposed bringing an end to religious 'free' schools in the country as part of its manifesto for the autumn general election.
The Local (Sweden)
A 34-year-old woman in El Salvador has been freed after spending 15 years in jail for having an abortion.
Rights activists in Pakistan have expressed concern over a court ruling that would require people to declare their religion on all official documents, saying it could lead to the persecution of minorities.
Amid a review into religious freedom in Australia, Hugh Harris says the idea that religious belief provides a licence to discriminate is not just wrong – it is antithetical to the meaning of religious freedom.
The Sydney Morning Herald
Tue, 13 Mar 2018
The former bishop of Lewes, Rt Revd Wallace Benn, has denied responsibility for a series of safeguarding failures in the diocese of Chichester during his tenure.
"Toothless" monitoring of convicted paedophile priests meant they were able to continue leading Anglican Church services even after being banned from doing so, the IICSA inquiry has heard.
Premier Christian Radio
Pupils should be taught that abstinence and celibacy can be 'positive life choices', says Church of England
Schools should teach pupils that abstinence and celibacy can be "positive life choices", the Church of England has said.
Senior members of the royal family, politicians and religious representatives were among those who gathered at Westminster Abbey to mark Commonwealth Day yesterday. The prime minister read from the Bible during the service.
Douglas Murray asks why the BBC has relegated coverage of a sex abuse scandal in Telford, and why euphemistic terms are being used to describe the fact the perpetrators are men from Muslim backgrounds.
The Church of Scotland has offered to facilitate key talks between the Scottish government and rural communities as Brexit talks continue.
A suspicious package in Parliament has been linked to letters inciting a "Punish a Muslim day". Meanwhile one MP has responded by calling for a "proper legal definition of Islamophobia".
The mayor of London has said social media firms should do more to tackle 'hate speech' or face further regulation.
A solicitor has gone on trial accused of beating his children and organising for his nine-year-old daughter to undergo female genital mutilation to punish her.
A clergyman who was convicted of filming men using a public toilet in a shopping centre has been barred from ministry as a priest in the Church of England for seven years.
Amnesty International has warned that an "exponential increase" in prosecutions under a Spanish anti-terrorism law is having a chilling effect on satire and dissent and pushing social media users, musicians and journalists towards self-censorship.
Adam Lee responds to an article which defended forced genital cutting.
Mon, 12 Mar 2018
Amanda Spielman, the chief inspector of Ofsted, has rejected suggestions the inspectorate has disproportionately targeted Jewish schools.
A state-funded Orthodox Jewish girls' school in north London has admitted censoring sections of GCSE textbooks to remove mentions of homosexuals and examples of women socialising with men.
Clare Foges says Theresa May wants children to be taught the essence of Britishness, but at the same time is encouraging segregation.
The Times (£)
Etan Smallman assesses the reality behind the government's regular claims that it is clamping down on illegal schools.
The "prevailing culture" with regard to women in the diocese of Chichester might have had "a significant influence" on safeguarding practice, the Inquiry Independent Inquiry into Child Sex Abuse (IICSA) has been told.
A bishop had a habit of 'filleting' key information about potential abusing priests from their files, making it harder to trace previous offending, an inquiry heard.
An investigation into child migration, carried out by the Independent Inquiry into Child Sex Abuse (IICSA), has criticised church and Christian organisations along with government departments, public authorities and charities.
Letters encouraging recipients to take part in "Punish a Muslim Day" have reportedly been sent to addresses across the country.
A Church of England vicar who "spiritually abused" a boy has been banned from ministry for two years.
Joseph Webster says Scotland's Offensive Behaviour at Football Act is unenforceable, counterproductive and unjustified on free speech grounds.
A Catholic bishop in Iceland has criticised a proposed ban on non-consensual, non-therapeutic circumcision.
The Catholic Church has failed to fully accept the horrific impact of child sexual abuse and its own role in a tragedy of "epic proportions", a member of a royal commission in Australia has said.
Sydney Morning Herald
Fri, 09 Mar 2018
Ofsted's chief inspector Amanda Spielman has reiterated her concerns about religious extremism in English schools, particularly privately-run schools. The NSS's education and schools officer Alastair Lichten has called for schools to be given more support on the issue.
National Catholic Reporter
The archbishop of Canterbury has met Saudi Arabia's crown prince on the second day of his visit to the UK.
As the Saudi crown prince visits the UK, Nick Cohen says the world is "dominated by leaders who do not give a damn for human rights" – and Britain is "no exception".
Conservative MPs have criticised Rowan Williams, Richard Dawkins and dozens of other public figures who joined forces to argue a cap on admissions to faith schools must not be lifted.
The national public inquiry into child sexual abuse is considering whether to conduct a separate investigation into The Jehovah's Witnesses UK after it received a large number of reports about the organisation.
Labour has suspended several party members who posted in a closed Facebook group which featured a number of antisemitic messages.
Two Church of England primary schools that were ordered to become academies are set to close because no academy trust is willing to take them on.
A suicide bomber has blown himself up in the Afghan capital Kabul, killing at least seven people, according to officials.
India's highest court has upheld the marriage of a Muslim man and a woman who converted to Islam against the wishes of her Hindu parents. The case fuelled claims that Muslims were forcibly converting Hindu women, though no evidence has emerged to support these claims.
Los Angeles Times
An Iranian woman who publicly removed her veil to protest against a mandatory hijab law has been sentenced to two years in prison, prosecutors say.
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