Mon, 16 Jul 2018
Government decision to leave ruling to supreme court judges boosts campaigners
The Communist Party has banned minors under 16 from religious activity or study in Linxia, a deeply Islamic region in western China that had offered a haven of comparative religious freedom for the ethnic Hui Muslims there.
'The scripture says God does not show favouritism, but that rule clearly doesn't apply to schools funding'
Israel is in the throes of political upheaval as the country's ruling party seeks to pass legislation that could allow for Jewish-only communities, which critics have condemned as the end of a democratic state.
Two men flogged 80 times were among 15 people lashed outside a mosque for crimes including drinking alcohol and showing affection in public
The Times of Israel
Fri, 13 Jul 2018
Lancashire county council voted on Thursday to stop providing halal meat to council establishments unless animals are stunned before they are slaughtered.
One of the London Bridge terrorist attackers taught primary school children that non-Muslims were the "worst creatures" and told them it was OK to lie to their parents "in a state of war".
Ofsted Chief Inspector Amanda Spielman says it's essential to stop 'conservative religious groups' dominating schools.
A Nigerian couple living in England unlawfully have claimed asylum after telling immigration officials that their two daughters will be subjected to female genital mutilation if they return to Nigeria.
A British woman who spent 40 years searching for her son after he was allegedly illegally adopted through a Catholic agency in Ireland in the 1960s has settled a court action.
Police have fired plastic baton rounds during one of the worst nights of violence in Londonderry for years.
Just over half of members of Generation Z (18-24-year-olds) responding to the ComRes survey said they had a positive experience of Christians and Christianity, although two-thirds said they never went to church.
Stavanger University Hospital in the country's west and Haukeland University Hospital in Bergen are not cooperating on the non-medical circumcision of boys younger than three years
The Times of Israel
The Centre for Islamic Studies in Sri Lanka criticised the government after the health ministry denounced female genital mutilation (FGM) and prohibited doctors from any involvement in the tradition.
Rajveer Upadhyay argued that he has been suffering from the caste-based system, so he wants to describe his religion as 'secular' or as a nationalist, which according to him is the core value of the country.
The Times of India
Thu, 12 Jul 2018
Counter-extremism commissioner Sara Khan admits she has received death threats in the course of her work.
The UVF has threatened to "orchestrate and participate in serious disorder", police have said, following a day of tensions where two bonfire sites in east Belfast were cleared.
A meeting of the General Synod, the church's parliament, this week set in train the passing of a new law which would prevent creditors from seeking the sale of a cathedral's land or buildings in the event that it falls insolvent.
Naz Shah lost the parliamentary whip and was barred from party activity for three months in 2016 while an investigation was carried out.
Labour's official Jewish affiliate has threatened formal dispute proceedings against the party unless it accepts an international antisemitism definition in full.
The Catholic Church has been challenged to condemn so-called "gay conversion therapy" after the Prime Minister, Theresa May, announced that her Government was banning the controversial practice.
"There are those who say faith should not be mixed with politics but I say that should absolutely not be the case," says Reverend Rose Hudson-Wilkin
Demonstrator says she was jailed for 'opposing the compulsory hijab' and 'waving a white flag of peace in the street'
Wed, 11 Jul 2018
The Church of England will create more than 100 new churches to "revive the Christian faith in coastal areas, market towns and outer urban housing estates" in the face of a record low number of people identifying as Anglicans.
Abortions will be available free of charge under laws agreed by ministers who have also approved a proposal for exclusion zones around clinics that carry out terminations.
The Times (£)
The city council will review its stance on the parades after Canon Tom White was said to have been spat on, abused and threatened with a baton outside St Alphonsus Church on Saturday.
The Times (£)
'The law that requires women to take the necessary pills in a clinic is a moral hangup based on anti-abortion hysteria'
A 'jolly Friar Tuck'-style former bishop abused his position to sexually assault two women, a jury was told.
The Express & Star
The farming industry and the halal sector should forge better relationships, according to speakers at the AHDB halal event held in West Yorkshire.
The Supreme Court today questioned the practice of female genital mutilation of minor girls in the Dawoodi Bohra Muslim community, saying it violates the bodily "integrity" of a girl child.
Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump's choice for the Supreme Court, has defended the use of taxpayer money for religious schools and backed student-led prayers at high school football games, siding with religious interests in the debate over government entanglement with religion.
The Washington Post
A Pennsylvania judge has ruled that a government agency had every right to reject an atheist advertisement, despite adverts for churches being accepted.
Tue, 10 Jul 2018
In a speech on Monday evening, Amanda Spielman urged school leaders to resist pressure on issues such as what children should wear or what is taught to pupils.
British values such as tolerance and democracy should not be taken for granted, Amanda Spielman has said.
A Christian doctor was turned down for a job as a disability assessor with the Department for Work and Pensions after refusing to refer to transgender people using their preferred pronoun of "she" or "he".
The Times (£)
It is a waste of NHS money to keep people alive for too long, a Church of England bishop has said, suggesting that doctors could let some patients die a "good death" and save resources.
The Times (£)
Glasgow City Council said its officers are set to meet this week "as it's perhaps time to review our procedures" after a hate crime attack on a Catholic priest during the Orange Walk.
'After years of contemplating suicide and being estranged from my family, I finally left conversion therapy. And I became committed to advocacy to ensure other LGBTQ+ youth never had to go through what I experienced'
A cannabis church has lost a legal battle which claimed that the drug was a part of its religion and its members should therefore be allowed to use it legally.
PTI leader accused of using blasphemy issue to win backing of religious right
Two members of an Oregon church that shuns traditional medicine in favour of prayer and anointing the sick with oils pleaded guilty Monday to negligent homicide and criminal mistreatment in the death of their newborn daughter, who struggled to breathe for hours as family and friends prayed over her but did not seek medical care.
India's top court began reviewing Tuesday petitions against a colonial-era ban on homosexuality, in the latest chapter of a legal tussle between social and religious conservatives and more liberal-minded Indians.
Mon, 09 Jul 2018
A man has been arrested on suspicion of physical assaults against boys in relation to circumcision procedures.
The Church of England is to establish an independent ombudsman to deal with complaints over its handling of sexual abuse cases, and will seek other ways of strengthening independent scrutiny of its processes.
Protestant churches in Ireland push to keep religious education as a core subject in primary schools
Representatives of Protestant churches in Ireland have told the taoiseach Leo Varadkar that religious education must be retained as a core subject in the primary curriculum.
The Times (£)
One of three petrol bombs thrown into the mainly Protestant estate ignited, and more than 30 were thrown when police came under attack shortly before 10pm on Saturday.
More than half a million children were given up for adoption at a time when unmarried mothers were often rejected by their families and ostracised by society. Adoptions were generally handled through agencies run by the Church of England, the Roman Catholic church and the Salvation Army.
'...the vital, secular, legal kernel — the contract — needs to be lifted clear of all the hoopla about God'
The Spectator (£)
The Archdiocese of Glasgow claims the incident happened as Canon Tom White spoke to parishioners outside St Alphonsus Church in Glasgow on Saturday afternoon.
Former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams urges Church to sell off its oil investments to take a stand over climate change
Former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams is demanding the Church of England withdraws hundreds of millions of pounds invested in oil giants – accusing them of dragging their feet over climate change.
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