Thu, 25 Jul 2019
The former defence secretary and chief whip Gavin Williamson has been announced as education secretary in Boris Johnson's new cabinet. He is expected to take on Damian Hinds's role in managing the ongoing debate surrounding LGBT-inclusive education in schools.
State faith school criticised for encouraging parents to ‘withdraw’ pupils from sex education lessons
A Jewish state school has encouraged parents to 'withdraw' their daughters from relationship and sex education so it can nurture "good religious girls".
Revealed: Charedi anti-LGBT activist Jeremy Corbyn met is biggest donor to anti-LGBT Birmingham protesters
Shraga Stern, the anti-LGBT education activist Jeremy Corbyn met last week, is the biggest donor to a campaign to overturn an injunction preventing protests outside the gates of a Birmingham primary school against inclusive education.
Experts in religious education and councillors are set to try and combat the reluctance of some parents in Swindon in Wiltshire to allow their children to visit other places of worship.
This is Wiltshire
The head of Ofsted has issued a warning over Steiner schools, which base their curriculum on a 'spiritual' philosophy, after more than three quarters failed inspections.
New abortion guidance will be issued to medical staff if terminations are made legal later this year.
The Irish News
China issued a defence of its policies in the Xinjiang region where its detention of ethnic Uighurs has drawn criticism from the U.S. and other western nations.
A new law in the US state of South Dakota requires all public schools to paint, stencil or otherwise prominently display the motto 'In God We Trust'.
The Washington Post
André Gagné says the Christian right's efforts to impose its agenda in the US may soon have parallels in Canada.
Wed, 24 Jul 2019
The Government has appointed an independent expert to lead the process towards a formal definition of Islamophobia after faith leaders, academics and politicians warned that free speech could be at risk. The letter of opposition to Home Secretary Sajid Javid co-signed by NSS is referenced.
Premier highlights statements made by Boris Johnson, who will become Prime Minister today, regarding Christianity. They include his opposition to the NSS campaign to end parliamentary prayers.
Contentious plans to create a Muslim cemetery in Coventry have been brought forward.
Matt Mahmood-Ogston said some gay people were still being forced into straight marriages by relatives in religious communities.
A bill bringing laws more in line with the rest of the UK, where access to abortion is easier and same-sex marriage is legal, has passed its final stage in Westminster.
Solicitors for the deceased wrote to Cameron Butland in 2011, when he was rector of St Oswald's, and asked for the church's charity number, but he instead provided the charity number for the Grasmere Church of England School Trust, of which he was a trustee.
Far-right extremism to be included in official terror warnings alongside Islamist threat for first time
The growing threat from "extreme right-wing" terrorism will be included in official threat-level warnings for the first time, the home secretary has announced.
Almost half of Muslim consumers have never used 'Shariah-compliant' products, research from shariah-compliant bank Gatehouse has revealed.
Villagers are said to be "in uproar" over an outline planning application to build on almost three and a half acres of undeveloped land in Mullion, Cornwall.
Lebanese alternative rock band Mashrou' Leila are being pressured to cancel an appearance in their home country by conservative Christian groups.
Tue, 23 Jul 2019
Prayers will continue to be said before full Norfolk County Council meetings, after a bid to scrap them was defeated.
Harrow Council in north-west London has adopted a working definition of Islamophobia, despite opposition concerns that the wording is not "widely accepted".
Southwark Council's assembly has adopted the all-party parliamentary group working definition of Islamophobia.
Protesters who don't want children taught about same-sex relationships have clashed with parents outside a primary school in Nottingham.
An Islamic television station faces being stripped of its British broadcast licence after relaying extremely anti-gay sentiments and advocating the execution of magicians and 'apostates'.
The Times (£)
Abortions up to 24 weeks are due to be made legal within months in the biggest social change in Northern Ireland for decades.
The Irish News
Almost two weeks after Westminster's momentous vote to decriminalise abortion in Northern Ireland, Sinn Fein has come out in support of the move.
The 10th anniversary of the first Sunday ferries to the Sabbatarian bastion of the Isle of Lewis has been both celebrated and lamented.
The Press and Journal
Dennis Lennox says the time has come to disestablish the Church of England.
Andrew Brown says the British Social Attitudes survey made dismal reading for the Church of England, but few journalists were interested.
A Jewish man who was circumcised as a baby has admitted the lifelong trauma it's caused him has led to him contemplating suicide.
An Indonesian city of nearly two million people is planning an anti-LGBT law.
Gay Star News
Mon, 22 Jul 2019
Stephen Evans says non-therapeutic male circumcision is a violation of the rights of boys.
Man who was sacked by Asda after sharing sketch mocking religion on Facebook wins his job back – NSS quoted
A man who was fired by Asda and feared for his life after sharing a Billy Connolly sketch about religion on his Facebook page has been given his job back.
Leaders of the first academy trust targeted by protests about LGBT school lessons open up about a tumultuous year – and offer advice to others.
The chief executive of the academy trust that runs Parkfield primary has said its decision to suspend its equalities programme was a mistake that empowered anti-LGBT protesters.
Convictions for so-called honour crimes perpetrated against women have plummeted in the past five years.
The government has said it will accept all of the recommendations in a major review calling for more action to be taken in response to Christian persecution.
Justice secretary David Gauke has authorised a 'call for evidence' on changing the law on assisted dying – just days before he is expected to leave office.
Mail on Sunday
A school is taking steps to 'enhance the Christian element' in its day-to-day activities.
The smallest school in England will be closing its doors this week because one of its two pupils is heading off to secondary school.
Gary Nunn says a growing chorus is pushing back against a common custom.
NSS honorary associate Nick Cohen criticises Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn for meeting Jewish anti-LGBT activist Shraga Stern.
Seventeen humanists from around the world call for a review into the persecution of the non-religious.
Fri, 19 Jul 2019
The NSS has backed a bid to remove prayers from the council chamber in Norfolk.
Eastern Daily Press
A protest against relationships and sex education lessons is planned outside a Nottingham primary school next Monday.
A former resident of Fort Augustus Abbey School, which was run by the Order of Benedictines in the Highlands, has described being beaten by a priest.
A Catholic priest sexually abused two boys "regularly, systematically and horrifically", a jury was told.
Private Islamic school that had library book on how to help the Taliban is rated 'inadequate' by Ofsted
A private Islamic school that had an extremist library book on how to help the Taliban with "Don't make the Jews and the Christians your friends" on page one has been rated 'inadequate' by Ofsted.
Home secretary Sajid Javid is to tell public figures they must "moderate their language" as part of a greater effort to tackle extremism.
Prison bosses have launched a crackdown on a scam by cons pretending to be Jewish to get better food.
The Scottish Sun
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