Fri, 16 Oct 2020
A security worker told a police officer about a praying "crank" at the Manchester Arena about 30 minutes before the blast that killed 22 people and injured hundreds more, an inquiry has heard.
An Islamist extremist shared a home-made video of London's Royal Festival Hall with the message "attack, attack", a court has heard.
East London & West Essex Guardian
Firm says sorry after pharmacist would not dispense product 'for religious reasons'.
Why should any student be forced to attend a mandatory mass a couple of times a year, an event that has nothing to do with their education or the beliefs of a considerable chunk of the people who attend the school, or those who work there, asks Jade Hayden.
The conversation on slaughter without stunning is bouncing around Europe for different reasons: animal welfare, religion, economy.
In Poland's 'LGBT-free zones,' existing is an act of defiance.
A coalition of more than 60 state prosecutors and attorneys general from across the country declared Wednesday that they would not enforce laws that criminalise abortion, even if the Supreme Court overturned the 1973 decision that legalised it nationwide.
The Washington Post
US: Gov Cuomo says 'religious practices' in Orthodox Jewish communities has caused renewed spread of Covid-19
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has said 'religious practices' within Orthodox Jewish communities has caused the renewed spread of Covid-19 in New York City and other hot spot zones within the state.
Canada's Catholic bishops have criticised the "potential overreach" of a proposed government ban on conversion therapy, arguing that the legislation's "very disconcerting ambiguity" poses a threat to freedom of religion.
Sexual minority groups and human rights activists launched a petition on Thursday calling for an LGBT equality law in Japan in hopes that it can be enacted next year, when the country is to host the Olympics and will be the focus of international attention.
The arrest of Mubarak Bala has foregrounded the dangerous situation of humanists and the vicious threat of Islamic extremism in Nigeria, says Leo Igwe.
Today News Africa
The End of Life Choice Act 2019 would allow those with a terminal illness to apply to terminate their life. Although the act has passed through parliament it will only come into force if more than 50% of voters tick "yes".
Thu, 15 Oct 2020
The Catholic Church has admitted it was to blame for the death of a 94-year-old man who died after falling from a Dundee care home window in 2017.
Schools and colleges need to give better support to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students, the schools inspectorate has urged.
Nine out of 10 EU citizens want their governments to ban the slaughter of animals that have not been stunned, according to a poll published last week.
The Polish Senate voted Wednesday to postpone provisions in an animal rights bill that would ban exporting meat from animals slaughtered without stunning until 2025.
The Jerusalem Post
Two Catholic priests have gone on trial in the Vatican, marking the first time the city state has prosecuted a case of alleged sexual abuse.
A 39-year-old Italian woman with links to a deposed Roman Catholic cardinal was arrested on Tuesday in connection with the Vatican's latest financial scandal, Italian police and the Vatican said.
If passed, this bill would grant children born with atypical sex characteristics freedom from non-consensual and medically unnecessary surgery on their genitalia. People's Party MP Guðmundur Ingi Kristinsson criticised the bill for not including a ban on penile circumcision.
A student at Moody Bible Institute, a Christian college in Chicago, has revealed that she was placed on "warning status" after she tweeted about being a lesbian.
Wed, 14 Oct 2020
BBC Radio 4's Sunday show features an interview with Leo Igwe on the imprisonment of humanist Mubarak Bala in Nigeria (from 01:30), and the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse's report on the Church of England (from 13:30).
French Education Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer has promised to back teachers, pupils and parents who expose breaches of the country's law on secularism in schools, as he reported figures on infringements in the past year.
George Pell has met Pope Francis in Rome for the first time since the Australian cardinal's conviction for child sexual abuse was overturned.
Mennel Ibtissem is a French-Syrian singer who has become an internet sensation. However, she faced a lot of criticism following her decision to no longer wear a hijab.
While Trump-supporting Republicans are usually assumed to be staunchly anti-LGBT+, the poll found that across the board participants were in favour of marriage equality, adoption rights and trans people serving in the US military.
US: Christian adoption agency that only placed children with married straight couples won’t be shut down, court rules
A federal judge has temporarily blocked the shut down of a Christian adoption agency which refused to place children with LGBT+ families.
Following the suicide of a young bisexual woman in India, an LGBT+ rights group has filed a petition to the Kerala High Court seeking to ban the practice of conversion therapy.
China has ordered Muslim citizens to prove that they are patriotic and law-abiding before they are allowed to undertake the haj pilgrimage, under a new law that it says will safeguard national security.
The Times (£)
Gunmen riding on a motorcycle shot and killed a religious scholar who belongs to a little-known branch of Islam in Pakistan's bustling city of Karachi, police said.
Police say three girls from the Dalit (formerly known as 'Untouchable') community have been targeted in a possible acid attack while they were sleeping in the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.
Tue, 13 Oct 2020
State secondary schools in Ireland are to phase out a range of Catholic influences such as mandatory graduation masses, the display of Catholic symbols only and visits from diocesan inspectors.
The Irish Times
Survivors claim the helpline was 'rushed' into service so archbishops could refer to it in their response to the child sex abuse report.
In the decade since 2009, most key measures of attendance have fallen by between 15 and 20 per cent, and by three per cent since 2014, according to a Church of England report.
The regulator published an inquiry report into the Revelation Foundation, a Christian broadcaster, on Friday. It uncovered flaws in its structure and serious governance failings that amount to mismanagement by its trustees.
The first major tranche of grants from the Government's £1.57bn fund include the Catholic Bishops' Conference, which is to receive £3m.
More than sixty Members of the European Parliament have signed a letter to three European Commissioners, demanding a Europe-wide ban on so-called "conversion therapy" practices.
The Parliament Magazine
Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan has recruited a barred teacher who showed support for the Charlie Hebdo massacre to work in his new school. Mr Ramadan is launching a centre in France to teach ethics and feminism this month, despite being suspended from his Oxford University post over rape allegations.
An Algerian activist has been sentenced to 10 years in prison and fined over $77,000 for "inciting atheism", "offending or denigrating the dogma and precepts of Islam", and "undermining national unity".
Middle East Eye
Popular Indian jewellery brand Tanishq has withdrawn an advertisement featuring an interfaith couple after a right-wing backlash on social media.
In parts of Nigeria, it is common to attribute mental illness to supernatural factors such as witchcraft or repercussion for sins against God, according to a report in the Integrative Journal of Global Health.
Mon, 12 Oct 2020
A poll of members of the British Medical Association, which has officially opposed assisted dying since 2006, revealed 50% support a law change with just 39% opposed and 11% undecided.
The government's policy on relationships and sex education (RSE) has put schools in an "unnecessary and unforgivable" position, as it allows room for prejudices to "take root and be legitimised", the head who faced down protests against LGBT-inclusive teaching has said.
Keir Starmer vows to end 'totally inappropriate' use of 'Catholic data' for Scottish poll predictions
Keir Starmer has vowed to stop using data on voter religion in Scotland to estimate the success of his party in elections.
A 15-year-old boy has been cleared of planning Isis-inspired terror attacks after being radicalised in a matter of months.
Julie Macfarlane's decision to pursue justice after sexual abuse by a church minister exposed hypocrisy, she writes.
Change is needed to ensure that victims of clerical abuse are taken seriously, says Sarah Lothian
The Italian feminist organization Differenza Donna has filed a formal complaint with the public prosecutor of Rome on behalf of dozens of women who were named on small crosses in an area of the graveyard referred to as the Garden of Angels.
Hungary's nationalist government on Thursday condemned a book of modern fairy tales for children published by a lesbian group as "homosexual propaganda" and said it should be banned.
The Supreme Court ruled on a temporary basis Thursday night that women seeking to end their pregnancies with medication do not need to visit a health care provider, given the COVID-19 pandemic.
Amy Coney Barrett, the supreme court nominee, was a member of a "right to life" organization in 2016 that promoted a clinic that has been criticised for misleading vulnerable women who were seeking abortions and pressuring them to keep their pregnancies.
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