Tue, 13 Mar 2018
Pupils should be taught that abstinence and celibacy can be 'positive life choices', says Church of England
Schools should teach pupils that abstinence and celibacy can be "positive life choices", the Church of England has said.
Senior members of the royal family, politicians and religious representatives were among those who gathered at Westminster Abbey to mark Commonwealth Day yesterday. The prime minister read from the Bible during the service.
Douglas Murray asks why the BBC has relegated coverage of a sex abuse scandal in Telford, and why euphemistic terms are being used to describe the fact the perpetrators are men from Muslim backgrounds.
The Church of Scotland has offered to facilitate key talks between the Scottish government and rural communities as Brexit talks continue.
A suspicious package in Parliament has been linked to letters inciting a "Punish a Muslim day". Meanwhile one MP has responded by calling for a "proper legal definition of Islamophobia".
The mayor of London has said social media firms should do more to tackle 'hate speech' or face further regulation.
A solicitor has gone on trial accused of beating his children and organising for his nine-year-old daughter to undergo female genital mutilation to punish her.
A clergyman who was convicted of filming men using a public toilet in a shopping centre has been barred from ministry as a priest in the Church of England for seven years.
Amnesty International has warned that an "exponential increase" in prosecutions under a Spanish anti-terrorism law is having a chilling effect on satire and dissent and pushing social media users, musicians and journalists towards self-censorship.
Adam Lee responds to an article which defended forced genital cutting.
Mon, 12 Mar 2018
Amanda Spielman, the chief inspector of Ofsted, has rejected suggestions the inspectorate has disproportionately targeted Jewish schools.
A state-funded Orthodox Jewish girls' school in north London has admitted censoring sections of GCSE textbooks to remove mentions of homosexuals and examples of women socialising with men.
Clare Foges says Theresa May wants children to be taught the essence of Britishness, but at the same time is encouraging segregation.
The Times (£)
Etan Smallman assesses the reality behind the government's regular claims that it is clamping down on illegal schools.
The "prevailing culture" with regard to women in the diocese of Chichester might have had "a significant influence" on safeguarding practice, the Inquiry Independent Inquiry into Child Sex Abuse (IICSA) has been told.
A bishop had a habit of 'filleting' key information about potential abusing priests from their files, making it harder to trace previous offending, an inquiry heard.
An investigation into child migration, carried out by the Independent Inquiry into Child Sex Abuse (IICSA), has criticised church and Christian organisations along with government departments, public authorities and charities.
Letters encouraging recipients to take part in "Punish a Muslim Day" have reportedly been sent to addresses across the country.
A Church of England vicar who "spiritually abused" a boy has been banned from ministry for two years.
Joseph Webster says Scotland's Offensive Behaviour at Football Act is unenforceable, counterproductive and unjustified on free speech grounds.
A Catholic bishop in Iceland has criticised a proposed ban on non-consensual, non-therapeutic circumcision.
The Catholic Church has failed to fully accept the horrific impact of child sexual abuse and its own role in a tragedy of "epic proportions", a member of a royal commission in Australia has said.
Sydney Morning Herald
Fri, 09 Mar 2018
Ofsted's chief inspector Amanda Spielman has reiterated her concerns about religious extremism in English schools, particularly privately-run schools. The NSS's education and schools officer Alastair Lichten has called for schools to be given more support on the issue.
National Catholic Reporter
The archbishop of Canterbury has met Saudi Arabia's crown prince on the second day of his visit to the UK.
As the Saudi crown prince visits the UK, Nick Cohen says the world is "dominated by leaders who do not give a damn for human rights" – and Britain is "no exception".
Conservative MPs have criticised Rowan Williams, Richard Dawkins and dozens of other public figures who joined forces to argue a cap on admissions to faith schools must not be lifted.
The national public inquiry into child sexual abuse is considering whether to conduct a separate investigation into The Jehovah's Witnesses UK after it received a large number of reports about the organisation.
Labour has suspended several party members who posted in a closed Facebook group which featured a number of antisemitic messages.
Two Church of England primary schools that were ordered to become academies are set to close because no academy trust is willing to take them on.
A suicide bomber has blown himself up in the Afghan capital Kabul, killing at least seven people, according to officials.
India's highest court has upheld the marriage of a Muslim man and a woman who converted to Islam against the wishes of her Hindu parents. The case fuelled claims that Muslims were forcibly converting Hindu women, though no evidence has emerged to support these claims.
Los Angeles Times
An Iranian woman who publicly removed her veil to protest against a mandatory hijab law has been sentenced to two years in prison, prosecutors say.
Ireland's government will today publish a paper committing to 21 policy principles which will apply if the country votes to repeal the eighth amendment. The amendment currently gives equal rights to the life of mothers and the unborn.
The Irish Times
Dan Arnold and Alicia Turner say history suggests it is naïve to be surprised that Buddhists are as capable of inhuman cruelty as anyone else, but such astonishment is nevertheless widespread.
The New York Times
Thu, 08 Mar 2018
The Government must step in to set policies on hijabs in schools, the head of Ofsted has suggested.
Ofsted is to receive a further £1m for its "illegal schools taskforce", as it comes under increasing pressure to root out extremism in unregistered schools.
Mark Woods refutes claims that the former archbishop of Canterbury is being 'attacked' because of his Christianity. Police and prosecutors are currently considering a prosecution against George Carey over an alleged cover-up of sexual abuse.
The former Bishop of Chichester has apologised for not giving safeguarding officers full access to files containing safeguarding concerns about individual clerics in the diocese at an earlier time in his tenure.
A report by a group of London-based lawyers has disputed the British government's claim that the terms of the EU Withdrawal Bill would not result in a loss of rights.
The Irish Times
There has been a 14% rise in women from Northern Ireland having free NHS abortions in England since charges were abolished by the government last June. A cross-party group of politicians is now calling for the government to provide the same level of access in Northern Ireland as there is across the rest of the UK.
Suzanne Moore says women have paid a terrible price for a law that gives the unborn the same rights as mothers.
Meghan Markle has been baptised by the archbishop of Canterbury before her marriage to Prince Harry, in a ceremony kept secret from all but the most senior royals.
The leaders of the far-right group Britain First have been jailed for a series of hate crimes against Muslims.
Former Irish president Mary McAleese has described the Catholic Church as "an empire of misogyny", ahead of a conference calling for women to be included in Church decision-making.
Sam Dunkovich says ritual genital cutting can only be done morally when an individual is fully able to consent to a permanent body modification.
Joe Wallen tells the story of women in Gibraltar who cross the border into Spain for a termination, and those who are fighting for reproductive rights back on the Rock. Some say the Catholic Church's influence explains the restrictive policies.
Wed, 07 Mar 2018
Harrowing details of child sex abuse carried out by Church of England clerics were described at a public hearing conducted by the Independent Inquiry into Child Sex Abuse on Tuesday.
The Archbishop of York could face a police investigation for his failure to report allegations of sexual abuse, according to the lawyer of one victim.
The Church of England's historic opposition to homosexuality and women bishops may have fuelled sex abuse, the IICSA inquiry has heard.
A new government strategy will reiterate the requirement to teach "pluralistic" British values in schools that are dominated by pupils from a single cultural, racial or religious background. The move comes after the Government promised to come up with a plan to tackle "racially divided" communities.
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