Wed, 24 Apr 2019
An honorary degree awarded by the University of Aberdeen to the sultan of Brunei has been revoked after his country made gay sex an offence punishable by death.
The London Evening Standard is facing calls to move an awards ceremony to be held at the Brunei-owned Dorchester after the country imposed new laws punishing gay sex and adultery with death by stoning.
MPs from 14 countries call for inquiry into ‘dark money’ millions spent by US Christian right in Europe
Dozens of members of parliament from 14 European countries have called for an urgent investigation into who is bankrolling US Christian right groups that have spent at least $50m in Europe.
Jeffrey Gettleman and Kai Schultz say the mood in Sri Lanka is jittery in the aftermath of Sunday's terrorist attacks.
The New York Times
The Football Association is to end the tradition of awarding a case of champagne to the FA Cup winners, partly out of respect for players' religious beliefs.
A federal appeals court in the US state of Philadelphia has ruled that city contractors must abide by non-discrimination policies in the placement of foster children with same-sex couples.
A university lecturer at the centre of controversy last year over television comments he made about female genital mutilation has won his unfair dismissal case against Trinity College Dublin.
The Irish Times
Tue, 23 Apr 2019
The death toll from attacks on churches and hotels in Sri Lanka on Sunday has increased to 310. Sri Lanka's government has blamed the blasts on local Islamist group National Thowheed Jamath and some reports suggest ISIS was involved, though nobody has yet claimed responsibility.
Attacks by suicide bombers on Sunday in Sri Lanka killed more than 300 people and wounded about 500.
The New York Times
Theresa May has used her Easter message to offer support to Christians around the world who face "huge danger" because of their faith.
Premier Christian Radio
Bishop leading government review into persecution claims UK response hindered by “post-colonial guilt”
A feeling of "post-colonial guilt" has hampered the UK in helping persecuted Christians, according to the bishop leading a government review on the subject.
A DUP woman has become the party's first openly gay politician. The party has been known for years of hostility towards LGBT people.
The Irish News
A trustee had £12,100 of charitable funds raised at Regent's Park mosque in London seized by police at Heathrow Airport, a Charity Commission inquiry found.
Bristol student union to investigate officer who told Jewish student 'be like Israel and cease to exist'
The black and ethnic minorities officer at Bristol university is facing an investigation by the student union after telling a Jewish student on social media that he should "be like Israel and cease to exist".
The US Supreme Court has agreed to hear three cases that ask if existing US job discrimination laws should extend to sexual orientation and gender identity.
A proposal that would effectively outlaw most abortions in Tennessee if the US Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade is heading to the desk of a governor who is expected to support it. Tennessee's effort is part of a national push to enact sweeping abortion bans across the US in the event Roe v. Wade is overturned by the nation's highest court.
The Washington Post
Around half of Americans favour religion playing a greater role in US society, while 18% oppose that idea, according to a Pew Research Center study published on Monday.
Last week's election in Indonesia has revealed a hardening bloc of conservative Muslims who voted for a challenger to Joko Widodo.
A Bangladeshi actress has been forced to apologise after remarks construed as admitting atheism in a country where people have been murdered for renouncing religion.
Thu, 18 Apr 2019
A father and son laundered more than £10 million from the illegal sale of Viagra and slimming pills through charities they set up to 'tackle Jewish poverty', a court heard.
A Liberal Democrat candidate has been suspended from the party over comments such as: 'There is no such thing as Islamophobia.'
A former senior leader at a prestigious independent Catholic school has been banned for life from teaching for inappropriate relationships with three male pupils.
A Jewish LGBT charity based in West Hampstead has joined voices criticising a "harmful" open letter signed by a number of north London rabbis and community figures.
Ham & High
There are 40,300 church buildings compared to just 39,000 boozers in Britain, according to new figures.
An anti-genital mutilation campaigner has claimed there is "no legal basis" for carrying out male circumcision.
"I'm on board with the bodily harm view – it is sickening to cut off a piece of a child's body"
Neneh Bojang, a survivor of FGM, wants to speak out to help protect girls in Scotland from suffering as she has
"These faith schools are big business in the UK. And I mean that in the truest sense of the word."
The Church of England and the Catholic Church have demanded extra training for diplomats and asylum for Christian refugees.
Wed, 17 Apr 2019
A Loyalist parade on Easter Sunday has been re-routed as it would pass the spot where a Catholic priest was spat on last year.
A Penzance man, who told police he hated Catholics, has been jailed after twice trying to set fire to a church is his hometown.
Kristie Higgs was dismissed from Farmor's School in Gloucestershire on the grounds of illegal discrimination.
Teachers are calling for same-sex relationships education to be made compulsory in UK primary schools.
Ministers are ducking responsibility as schools are enveloped in protests over LGBT-inclusive education, says Sian Griffiths
The Sunday Times
A 23 year old man committed suicide after being circumcised, which he regarded as a 'catastrophe'.
The battle for Tripoli could lead to hundreds of Islamic State fighters escaping from jails and joining a wave of migrants fleeing the Libyan capital in boats across the Mediterranean, the country's internationally recognised government has warned.
When women make the news because of terrorism, the focus has often been on their role as victims or as potential allies in countering the threat.
On Thursday, Arizona lawmakers repealed a law that restricted how public school teachers could talk about LGBTQ relationships in health classes.
New York City closed a preschool program at a yeshiva (Jewish faith school) in Brooklyn on Monday for violating a Health Department order that required it to provide medical and attendance records amid a measles outbreak.
The New York Times
The National Secular Lobby is launching a campaign aimed at jolting a complacent secular majority to consider the impact of religious exemptions and privileges that are flying under the radar.
Tue, 16 Apr 2019
Brunei is defending its new anti-gay sharia laws, which make sodomy and adultery punishable by death by stoning, claiming there was an international "misconception".
"Ex-Pope Benedict's apparent prioritising of church authority over justice for abused children is a worrying step back"
"A symbol of Paris, a triumph of Gothic architecture and one of the most visited monuments in the world, the Cathedral of Notre Dame is a beloved icon for millions across the globe."
The Washington Post
"It's more than a Catholic institution; it's a landmark of engineering that has survived for hundreds of years, through wars and restorations, through the French Revolution, through natural disasters, and now through a fire."
A UK-based TV station has been fined £75,000 by Ofcom after broadcasting hate speech about the Ahmadi community, amid growing fears that the religious group is facing persecution.
One says the 'tone of the campaign... and the extreme views held by a number of the signatories' led him to remove his signature from open letter.
The leader of a Peterborough mosques association has defended inviting psychologist Dr Kate Godfrey-Faussett, who is under investigation by her professional body to address parents on sex education.
A new campaign has launched, calling on the Church of England to end its ban on same-sex weddings.
The new rector of St Mary's Parish Church says he would not hesitate to marry couples from the LGBT community if same-sex marriage was permitted by Canon law.
Jersey Evening Post
Fewer couples are choosing to marry in a church, synagogue or other religious venue in the Towns, new figures reveal.
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