Thu, 04 Apr 2019
Catholic schools in Ireland erroneously claim Christmas will be cancelled if the schools change hands
Ireland's education minister has said he is open to the idea of writing to schools who claimed this week that Christmas would be cancelled if their school was removed from Catholic control.
A Roman Catholic diocese near Madrid is being investigated after a newspaper reported that it was running courses to "cure" gay men of homosexuality.
Pope Francis has said the Catholic Church has to acknowledge a history of male domination and sexual abuse of women and children, but added that the church "could not agree with everything some feminist groups propose".
ABC News (Australia)
Emily Shugerman says the idea of 'heartbeat' abortion bans used to be viewed as ridiculous, but is now mainstream among US Republicans.
The Daily Beast
Texas prisons will no longer allow clergy in the death chamber after the US Supreme Court blocked the scheduled execution of a man who argued his religious freedom would be violated if his Buddhist spiritual adviser couldn't accompany him.
US News & World Report
Wed, 03 Apr 2019
Home secretary orders 'urgent investigation' into asylum rejection letter with theological justification
The home secretary Sajid Javid has ordered an "urgent investigation" into a letter sent to an Iranian Christian asylum seeker explaining that his application had been turned down because Christianity was not the peaceful religion he claimed it to be.
Brunei's strict new Islamic laws that make gay sex an offence punishable by stoning to death come into force today.
The University of Oxford, King's College London and the University of Aberdeen have all awarded the sultan with nominal degrees. Only Aberdeen is considering rescinding the degree over Brunei's decision to introduce the death penalty for gay sex.
Gay Star News
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is to attend a meeting organised by a Charedi activist who has strongly opposed the government's plans to make teaching about LGBT people compulsory.
An Islamic State fighter held in Syria has told the BBC he was one of at least seven students and ex-students from University of Westminster to join IS.
The largest poll ever conducted on assisted dying has found that 84 per cent of people in Great Britain support a change in the law.
Nearly nine in 10 people in Scotland support legalising assisted dying, according to a new poll.
Ofsted has found homophobic and misogynistic books at an independent primary school in east London.
A charity tasked with making LGBT issues "visible" in Scottish classrooms is facing collapse.
The Times (£)
Justin Lehmiller says contentious arguments that circumcision brings 'health benefits' may not be a good basis for deciding to alter children's genitals.
A case of female genital mutilation is either discovered or treated at a medical appointment in England every hour, a charity has said.
Jefferson Business Journal
President Trump has reportedly told confidants he is "saving" Amy Coney Barrett, a Catholic judge seen as open to overturning the landmark Roe v Wade decision, for the next vacancy on the US Supreme Court.
Tue, 02 Apr 2019
A home education register will enable councils to identify children receiving a "solely religious education" at unregistered faith schools such as Jewish Orthdox yeshivas or Islamic madrasas.
The head of Ofsted has called on campaigners to halt protests outside the gates of schools that teach pupils about LGBT issues, claiming it "serves no one well to intimidate teachers".
Head teachers involved in a row over primary school diversity classes say they "feel alone" and unsupported.
Liz Lightfoot says Andrew Moffatt, who drew up an award-winning lesson programme for equality and diversity, has been targeted and effectively silenced.
Yasmin Alibhai-Brown says it is hard to be a progressive Muslim in today's riven, regressive, fanatical and tribalised world.
Janice Turner says religious conservatives have been emboldened to reject gay rights by the stay-in-your-lane creed of identity politics.
The Times (£)
The advertising watchdog has asked companies to avoid causing "serious or widespread offence" to Christians at Easter.
The Times (£)
A Labour MP who opposed LGBTI-inclusive education because "there were concerns from the faith community" has said it was a "mistake".
Gay Star News
Google has bowed to pressure to remove an app accused of promoting gay conversion therapy.
The Irish News
Same-sex marriage has become legal in the Cayman Islands following a landmark court case brought by a lesbian couple which their lawyers said on Monday could have implications in the wider Caribbean region and beyond.
Masih Alinejad, who has spearheaded Iranian women's struggle against the head covering, said female dignitaries from Europe had left her fellow campaigners "on their own" by choosing to wear the hijab when they visited Iran.
Muslims in Britain "will get the protection that they deserve", the Home Secretary has said, in the wake of the Christchurch massacre and subsequent attacks on mosques in Birmingham.
Mon, 01 Apr 2019
A psychologist who has played a key role in opposing the introduction of relationship and sex education lessons in schools is being investigated by her profession's governing body over her fitness to practise.
The head at a Birmingham primary school has called for the government to reject attempts to dilute messages of equality around LGBT issues - or risk a "bleak future".
Two angry mums have challenged protesters waging a daily campaign to try to force a city primary school to suspend equality teaching.
Oliver Harvey says angry demonstrations over lessons about LGBT relationships have spread from Parkfield Community School to Anderton Park School in Birmingham.
Luke Tryl says children learning about same-sex relationships needn't be contentious.
Laura McAllister says publicly-funded, free and secular schools should reflect and champion shared values.
Pope Francis has defended his decision to reject the resignation of Philippe Barbarin, the French Roman Catholic cardinal convicted on charges of failing to report sexual abuse.
Senior politicians from across the political divide have joined together in an effort to legalise assisted suicide in Scotland.
BBC political show Question Time has been criticised for airing a debate over whether it is "morally right" to teach children about LGBTQ+ "issues".
Muslim groups have said a hard-hitting short film made to help tackle anti-Muslim hate crimes should be withdrawn, arguing that it promotes violence and fear.
The US state of Georgia's legislature has passed legislation outlawing abortions after a foetal heartbeat can be detected, sending the bill to the state's Republican, anti-choice governor Brian Kemp.
The World Congress of Families, a coalition of far-right politicians, conservative activists and religious leaders, was staged this weekend in the Italian city of Verona.
The Freethinker (Patheos)
Fri, 29 Mar 2019
Protests over lessons on same-sex relationships continued into their ninth day at a Birmingham primary school just hours after MPs voted in favour of a compulsory LGBT+ inclusive curriculum in schools.
Fewer than a quarter of all marriage ceremonies are held in places of worship, new figures reveal.
A Perthshire primary school has been shut after the casting votes at a meeting of a council education committee fell to unelected church representatives.
Yehudis Fletcher says an interfaith coalition protesting against new sex and relationship education guidance is trying to undermine vital education.
Douglas Robertson welcomes a vote to make LGBT-inclusive relationships and sex education compulsory.
Private Islamic school rated inadequate over gender segregation plans separate schools for boys and girls
A private religious school in south London which unlawfully segregated girls and boys has been rated inadequate by Ofsted. But the school has now been given approval from the Department of Education to register for a separate girls' school.
Sutton & Croydon Guardian
A Muslim charity has repaid £2,300 of taxpayers' money to a council after worshippers raised concerns about how the money had been spent.
The Royal College of Physicians has adopted a neutral position on assisted dying. The Church of England has responded by reaffirming its opposition to the legalisation of assisted dying.
Peter Tatchell says the one-size-fits-all model of relationship recognition epitomised by marriage and civil partnerships is no longer appropriate.
The Huffington Post
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