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Mon, 22 Nov 2021
Churches and faith groups have, often innocently, aided some asylum seekers who falsely claim to be Christian converts in order to remain in the UK, says Sian Boyle.
‘We cannot pretend that religion has nothing to do with conflict which has caused so much suffering’
Participants in wars across the world are often convinced their purpose is holy so God is with them, yet the brutality they justify seems far from the sacred respect for life they should hold, says Denzil McDaniel.
The Impartial Reporter
The Humanist Association of Nigeria has criticised the United States government for removing Nigeria from the list of countries violating religious freedom even as its president, Mubarak Bala, has remained in detention for the last 19 months without trial for blasphemy.
Humanists Barbados has called for removal of all references to God in the local law books, the elimination of 'blasphemy' as an offence, and the scrapping of all forms of prayer in public schools as the country prepares to transition from a constitutional monarchy to a parliamentary republic.
The ultra-conservative Taliban authorities issued a series of "religious guidelines" on Sunday which, among other things, called on Afghanistan's television networks to not broadcast soap operas or dramas featuring women actors.
Ever since the 1964 Civil Rights Act threatened the tax-exempt status of Christian schools who refused to racially integrate, religious schools in the US have tangled with social justice activists seeking equal protections for minority students and employees.
Fri, 19 Nov 2021
Supporters of Hamas could face up to 10 years in jail under plans to be announced on Friday by Priti Patel.
More people are being referred to Prevent for far-right views than Islamist ones for the first time, new figures showed today.
A campaigner who praised Hezbollah and Isis killer Jihadi John has had his book promoted by a group that received more than £500,000 in public money, angering MPs.
The Jewish Chronicle
There are fears that children as young as seven are at risk of child marriage, including religious marriage ceremonies, according to a leading charity.
An anti-abortion organisation which promoted a lie that terminations cause cancer has had a new Scottish branch approved as a charity.
Third Force News
Trend towards early termination without surgery is good news for everyone bar religious hardliners, says Emma Duncan.
Dedicating a month to challenging negative stereotypes of Islam and Muslims may seem a well-intentioned idea, but not when it is co-founded by an organisation that attacks fellow Muslims, says Wasiq Wasiq.
Around ten years ago a campaign by the Union of Rationalist Atheists and Agnostics made it possible for Italians to get 'de-baptised'. The National Secular Society's former de-baptism initiative is mentioned.
The Freethinker (Patheos)
The Catholic Archdiocese of New Orleans made false claims regarding damage allegedly done to its properties by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005.
The Freethinker (Patheos)
The University of California, Davis has added caste to its anti-discrimination policy after students said they have seen discrimination take place at the university based on the South Asian practice of assigning people their social status at birth.
In just five years the Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan party has seen its reach explode in Pakistan, opening a new chapter in the country's deadly confrontation with extremism.
Thu, 18 Nov 2021
The Church of England is "not on the way out", the Archbishop of Canterbury has declared, but conceded that next year will mark 70 unbroken years of annual decline in the number of churchgoers.
The Archbishop of Canterbury has apologised for saying a "significant cloud" hung over the name of the late Bishop of Chichester George Bell.
A senior Jewish policeman who has deep connections to Manchester's Charedi community has said child sex crimes and domestic abuse are "rife" within the Orthodox Jewish world.
The Jewish Chronicle
Ofsted warns parents and councils are paying thousands for 'woeful' education in 'squalid' conditions at unregistered schools.
No evidence to suggest widespread correlation between conversion to Christianity and abuse of asylum system, says Church of England.
Baroness May Blood, the campaign chair of the Integrated Education Fund, hit out at Northern Ireland's church leaders in an open letter following recent comments at Stormont's Education Committee by Bishop of Derry, Donal McKeown, that Catholic schools were being blamed for preventing progress on integration.
The Irish News*
The son of late preacher Billy Graham sees marriage equality as a sin and has previously blamed gay people for a "moral 9/11".
An expert group will be set up to advise the Scottish government on how to ban conversion therapy.
A three-month supply of the progestogen-only pill, known as the mini pill, will be given out for free by community pharmacies.
Philip Ogbewe was already alleged to have created a risk of death or serious harm to seven young boys in unlawful procedures over a 21-month period.
Wed, 17 Nov 2021
An anti-abortion charity which promoted the falsehood that terminations cause cancer has had a new Scottish branch registered as a charity, raising "serious questions".
Belief marriages overseen by humanist celebrants would have equal legal status with religious marriage under plans put out to consultation in Northern Ireland.
Irish Legal News
Liverpool attack: Christian who took in bomber expressed concerns about asylum seekers ‘pretending to convert’
Malcolm Hitchcott, who hosted Emad Al Swealmeen for eight months, had previously said he believed some asylum seekers might pretend to become Christian, and he was experienced at spotting such cases.
LGBT+ campaigners criticise religious groups who claim conversion therapy ban breaches their human rights
LGBT+ campaigners have criticised suggestions a ban on conversion therapy could be a breach of people's rights to religious freedom.
In spite of Londonderry's aspirations, the churches ensured that the structure of the educational system would be segregated along the national-political-religious axis between Protestants and Catholics, says Dr Matthew Milliken.
A knife attack on a train in Bavaria on Nov. 6 which left several people injured is being investigated as terrorism related, prosecutors in Munich said on Tuesday.
Americans broadly support Supreme Court upholding Roe v. Wade and oppose Texas abortion law, poll finds
Americans say by a roughly 2-to-1 margin that the Supreme Court should uphold its landmark abortion decision in Roe v. Wade, and by a similar margin the public opposes a Texas law banning most abortions after six weeks of pregnancy, according to a poll.
The Washington Post*
‘If you’re a patient who needs an abortion, a hospital’s chaplain might help decide whether you can get one’
Many Protestant and secular hospitals in the south of the USA impose harsh restrictions on abortion care, according to a new study.
Doctors have called for a halt to draft federal laws to enshrine religious freedom out of concern the changes would curb access to health services for women and compound discrimination against gay and lesbian Australians.
The Sydney Morning Herald*
Hindu hardliners have attacked and set fire to the home of a former Indian foreign minister, police say, in the latest incident of religious violence that critics say has been inflamed under Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Tue, 16 Nov 2021
Emad al-Swealmeen is said to have converted from Islam to Christianity after moving to the UK from the Middle East.
The Stormont executive has agreed to set up a public inquiry into institutions for unmarried mothers in Northern Ireland.
A ballet accused of 'trivialising the Hindu religion and traditions' has been pulled from a council-run venue.
A transgender teenager claims he was shunned at his Christian church after being 'outed' against his will.
A number of teenage Pagans in Scotland have reported being bullied over their religion by teachers as well as by classmates.
Lucía Giménez and 41 other women have filed a complaint against conservative Catholic group Opus Dei to the Vatican for alleged labour exploitation, as well as abuse of power and of conscience.
The Associated Press
The Coalition has radically revised its proposed religious discrimination bill, scrapping the so-called Folau clause and removing the ability for health providers to refuse treatment on the basis of "conscientious objection".
Mon, 15 Nov 2021
"Benign indifference" is the commonest attitude that the general public has towards the Church of England, the Church's national lead on evangelism suggests in a new book published this month.
The Archbishop of Canterbury has apologised for not speaking directly to the Ghanaian bishops before issuing his statement last month expressing "grave concern" about their reported support of a bill that proposes to criminalise LGBTQ+ people.
Father Lee and his partner Fabiano Da Silva Duarte have become what is thought to be the first same-sex couple to be officially blessed by the Church in Wales.
The Scottish Government has previously said local authorities would be best placed to bring in measures to prevent anti-abortion campaigners from gathering outside clinics.
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