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Fri, 23 Apr 2021
The House of Commons approves a motion calling on the government to fulfil its obligations under international human rights law.
Keir Starmer cancelled the Ramadan event after the Jewish Chronicle highlighted how its chief executive officer, Omar Salha, had backed controversial groups such as Cage on Twitter. In 2015, Cage's research director hailed Isis terrorist known as Jihadi John as a "beautiful young man".
Authorities have reacted swiftly after 'inflammatory' graffiti was discovered at the site of a proposed mosque in Preston along with a piece of bacon draped over the entry gate.
In a vote held in the Northern Ireland assembly on Tuesday, politicians voted for a motion to ban so-called 'gay conversion therapy'. NSS chief executive Stephen Evans is quoted on the NI Charity Commission's decision not to challenge a charity that advocates 'change oriented therapy' for gay people.
The Freethinker (Patheos)
Tony Challis, the President of Nottingham Secular Society, and Amir X, a former Muslim, explain the challenges of leaving religion behind.
An Algerian court on Thursday convicted a high-profile university professor specialising in Islam of 'offending the Muslim religion', and sentenced him to three years in prison.
The Associated Press
There's no federal law that explicitly allows people, based on their personal beliefs, to turn away same-sex couples or other classes of people, but there's also no federal or Kentucky state law that protects LGBTQ people from discrimination in public accommodations, such as businesses.
Energised by the conservative tilt of the U.S. Supreme Court, legislators in Republican-led states have put forward hundreds of abortion restrictions, including near-total bans, eager to offer the vehicle to achieve a longstanding goal: the unwinding of Roe vs. Wade.
Los Angeles Times
Thu, 22 Apr 2021
Last month's ruling from Ofcom came after the station's founder, Pastor Chris Oyakhilome of the Christ Embassy church, suggested that vaccines contained nanochips to control people as part of a "New World Order" conspiracy.
All shortlists for senior Church of England posts must include at least one ethnic minority candidate, a report has said.
Security guards at synagogues and other Jewish venues should search the bags of all visitors in order to avoid racial profiling, says a report on racial inclusivity in the Jewish community.
Lockdown revolutionised women's access to home treatment – and strengthened the anti-abortion backlash.
The Oklahoma Senate voted Tuesday in favour of three anti-abortion bills, including ones that would criminalise the procedure in certain cases and cost providers their medical licenses for performing them, sending the measures to the governor for his expected approval.
The Associated Press
A Senate panel on Tuesday advanced a measure that would outlaw nearly all abortions in conservative Idaho by banning them once a foetal heartbeat can be detected.
The Associated Press
Federal authorities filed child exploitation and child abduction charges against leaders of an extremist Charedi Jewish sect that has been accused of forcing girls as young as 12 years old into marriages with much older men within the sect.
Jewish Telegraph Agency
A banned Pakistani Islamist group called an end to violent nationwide anti-France protests on Tuesday, after the government called a parliamentary vote on whether to expel the French ambassador and said it would halt criminal cases against the group's members.
The changes will allow for a dual system of both Islamic and non-Islamic banking, the Sovereign Transitional Council said in a statement.
The Nigerian atheist Mubarak Bala is still in detention after he was arrested by the police and taken to an unknown destination, according to his family and human rights organisations.
Wed, 21 Apr 2021
An Assembly motion tabled by the UUP calling on Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey to introduce a ban before the end of the current mandate passed by 59 votes to 24.
The Irish News*
The archbishop of Canterbury has called on the government to start a public inquiry into the handling of the Covid pandemic in the UK, saying it should call out "reckless error" and have the power to compel witnesses to attend.
Carrickfergus Central Primary School will transform to integrated status from September 2021 after 86 percent of parents voted in favour of the move.
It's time for everyone to get behind integrated education so that children will learn early on that they aren't that different from one another, writes Leona O'Neill.
The Irish News*
Leaders of the Canvey Island Jewish community have come under criticism from locals after submitting plans for small synagogue to be built in a garden.
The leader of the Irish Catholic Church has met with the Irish government to discuss what he calls a "draconian" ban on public Mass.
The Connecticut House of Representatives passed a bill early Tuesday that would end the state's long-standing religious exemption from immunisation requirements for schools, beginning with the 2022 school year.
The Associated Press
The Court has sometimes been willing to accommodate conscientious objectors, but its earlier decisions were nothing like what it has now done, says Andrew Koppelman.
A Canadian court has largely upheld a controversial Quebec law barring civil servants in positions of "authority" from wearing religious symbols at work.
Tue, 20 Apr 2021
In a televised address on Monday, Imran Khan urged other Muslim-majority countries to lobby Western governments over depictions of the prophet Muhammed.
Irish president Michael D Higgins has said that segregated education in Northern Ireland can no longer be justified in the wake of disorder involving young people across the region.
Catholic private school Ampleforth College fails Ofsted report after ministers intervened to save it
A top Catholic private school has failed its latest Ofsted report over pupil safeguarding concerns, just days after the government intervened to save it. Ampleforth College was previously banned from taking new pupils after a child sex abuse scandal.
Stormont politicians will debate a motion calling for a ban on gay conversion therapy "in all its forms".
Arlene Foster has said she is not standing in the way of changes to laws which still permit schools in Northern Ireland to appoint teaching staff based on their religious background.
Reverend Maria Jansson said that "screaming fundamentalists" have taken over some parishes in the Church of Ireland and Roman Catholic Church but they will "invariably fail" as followers will inevitably leave.
Activists in Poland are asking people to consider if they are truly Roman Catholic when filling out a national census, hoping a more accurate picture of the country's makeup will challenge a government narrative of near-universal Catholicism.
A new film documents the life and faith of the Turkish-German human rights lawyer and advocate of liberal Muslim worship.
Many Indians are pillorying Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his response to a scary surge in coronavirus cases, sickened by him addressing tens of thousands of people at state election rallies and letting Hindu devotees congregate for a festival.
El Salvador is among two dozen countries worldwide that enforce total bans on abortion, meaning no exceptions for rape victims or when a mother's life is in danger.
Los Angeles Times*
Mon, 19 Apr 2021
In a poll, 1,400 teachers reveal how their schools are in breach of DfE 'duty' to provide daily collective worship.
Protections against religious discrimination in employment would be extended to school teachers under a proposed private member's bill.
Irish Legal News
Some ethnic minority staff who made complaints of racism within the Church of England have been paid off to "buy their silence", BBC Panorama has been told.
An aide to the former Archbishop of Canterbury faces questions from the charity watchdog over allegations that proceeds from the sale of a £300,000 church property "disappeared".
Church of England bishops should be forced to declare extra earnings and outside interests, according to radical proposals submitted to the church's general assembly.
More than 1,000 vicars have indicated they will defy vaccine passport rules if they are implemented in churches, describing them as a "fundamental betrayal" of Christian belief.
Nicola Sturgeon has pledged to legislate against gay conversion therapy if the UK Government fails to act on the controversial practice.
The online event, co-staged by the controversial organisation Mend, featured all of Scotland's top political leaders
The university originally rejected SU proposals to fund free halal food during Ramadan because it is a 'secular' institution.
A guru who claimed he was God on Earth has been accused of raping four devotees, according to court documents.
The preliminary calculation by officials comes as the Irish government sets the ground for what are likely to be difficult and complex talks with Catholic Church and Church of Ireland leaders.
The Irish Times
The Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All-Ireland has accused the Republic's government of operating in a "clandestine manner" by introducing a ban on public Mass.
The Irish News
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