Mon, 21 Oct 2019
Rick Snedeker criticises laws against blasphemy in some US states.
Grace McCleen says Unfollow, Megan Phelps-Roper's account of leaving the Westboro Baptist Church, is an exceptional book.
The Times (£)
The leader of Cardiff Council is seeking an "urgent meeting" with the Catholic archdiocese of Cardiff's education director over plans to close a city primary school.
A government policy adviser has been accused of 'Islamophobia' and may face investigation after sharing Facebook posts which mock the Islamic prophet Muhammad, from the cartoon 'Jesus & Mo'.
Fri, 18 Oct 2019
A typical Anglican congregation numbered just 27 worshippers last year and just 1.2% of the population across England attends church on Sundays regularly, figures revealed yesterday.
A former pupil at a Catholic boarding school has told the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry how he was raped by a monk who he suspects to be his father.
Andrew Moffat, the creator of the LGBT-inclusive No Outsiders programme, has said the government should "get off the fence" over inclusive education.
An alleged supporter of the Islamic State terror group has appeared in court accused of a plot to bomb St Paul's Cathedral and a hotel.
A poll has found that around 20% of people in the UK think being LGBT+ is immoral or goes against their beliefs, while one in 10 think LGBT people can be cured.
The Gay UK
The United States is becoming a less Christian country, and the decline in religious affiliation is particularly rapid among younger Americans, new figures show.
The head of a Maldivian activist group said Thursday police contacted her as part of an investigation into a report published by her organization that has been accused of slandering Islam.
Women living in states with more restrictive policies on abortion are turning to online sources for medications that can be used to induce the procedure, a study published Thursday found.
Malaysia's largest Islamic party is pushing for Oktoberfest events across the country to be banned, renewing a familiar culture war in the Muslim-majority country.
ABC News (Australia)
François Ozon, whose new film tells the story of a paedophile priest, says the victims' stories unlocked his own painful memory.
Thu, 17 Oct 2019
The head teacher of an unregistered school who was prosecuted for operating it illegally has said it has a "unique" approach and will remain open.
Labour MP Stella Creasy has accused the government of preparing to hand back control of abortion rights to Stormont to help curry favour with the DUP at a critical moment in the Brexit talks.
Anti-abortion campaigners are working to obstruct the liberalisation of Northern Ireland's abortion laws, which will go ahead from Monday if the Stormont assembly is not restored.
The Irish News
The lead protester in the row over LGBT-inclusive teaching has been accused of "inflaming tensions" by inviting a controversial imam who claimed anal sex, paedophilia and transgenderism were being taught in schools to a demonstration.
Increasingly popular vaginal cosmetic surgery and genital piercing should in most cases not be prosecuted as female genital mutilation, according to fresh guidance issued by the Crown Prosecution Service.
Shadow home secretary Diane Abbott has hit out at people who use religion as an "excuse" for homophobia in a speech at the PinkNews Awards.
The prime minister has said the government will "stand up for religious freedom in all our doings and in all our foreign policy" in response to a question in parliament.
Premier Christian Radio
A Moroccan journalist sentenced to a year in jail for premarital sex and having an abortion has been pardoned by King Mohammed VI, officials say.
Polish lawmakers have voted in favour of a bill to criminalise "the promotion of underage sexual activity". Liberals say the bill aims to ban sex education.
The French government has said it will not seek to ban Muslim women who wear headscarves from volunteering to help on school trips amid an escalating row.
Wed, 16 Oct 2019
The outgoing dean of Westminster Abbey has called for "a substantial number of state-funded Muslim schools" in a service attended by the queen.
More than 17,000 people have demanded the BBC take down a documentary about young Iraqi girls being sold for sex - calling it 'disrespectful' to law-abiding Shia Muslims.
Gay men prosecuted under outdated laws can apply to have their convictions erased as new legislation comes into force in Scotland.
A petition has been launched calling on a Lancaster school to end religious selection.
There has been a 10% rise in hate crimes recorded by police in England and Wales.
The headteacher at the centre of a row over inclusive teaching told a court there had been 333% rise in homophobic attacks in a part of Birmingham, blaming the surge on protests outside her school.
Scotland's communities secretary has laid out a plan to combat racism , sectarianism and bigotry.
Uganda will not impose the death penalty for gay sex, a presidential spokesman said on Monday, after major aid donors said they were monitoring a plan by the African nation to reintroduce a bill colloquially known as 'Kill the Gays'.
300 young men are freed from another Nigerian Islamic boarding school where they were chained up and raped
More than 300 young men have been freed from a second Nigerian Islamic boarding school where they were chained up and raped, following a similar raid last month.
Three people charged with FGM offences against two primary school-aged sisters could face further punishment after Australia's high court ruled a New South Wales court had erred in quashing their convictions.
ABC News (Australia)
US right reacts badly after Democratic presidential candidate proposes revoking anti-LGBT churches’ tax status
Republicans in the US have reacted badly after Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke proposed ending the tax-exempt status of anti-LGBTQ churches and nonprofits.
Tue, 15 Oct 2019
Protests were held outside the high court on Monday over a bid to permanently ban activists against equality lessons from demonstrating outside a Birmingham primary school.
A head teacher whose primary school has been targeted by protests over LGBT equality lessons had to cancel a parents' evening because she feared for teachers' safety, a court has heard.
The Times (£)
On the eve of a high court battle seeking to curb protests at the gates of Anderton Park School for good, Jane Haynes went inside to find out more about the school's ethos.
An atheist mother has won a rare court case to exhume the ashes of her two-year-old son after they were buried in consecrated land by mistake 15 years ago.
Schools in Northern Ireland need to adapt to meet the needs of an increasingly diverse population, it has been urged.
The Irish News
Eve Debbage of TeacherTapp says teachers are less religious today than they were 50 years ago.
Sinn Féin will tell a consultation on Northern Ireland's new abortion laws that it only supports terminations in certain circumstances and within a "limited gestational period".
The Irish News
A decade ago, Jesse Morton and Ivan Humble were on opposite sides of an ideological battle. Now, they are fighting extremism together, Lizzie Dearden writes.
Leicestershire's top civic and religious leaders converged on Melton Mowbray on Sunday to attend a special service to celebrate life in the county.
On Sunday, a Bangladeshi court indicted eight men, all part of a radical Islamic terrorist organisation, for the murder of Faisal Abedin Deepan, who published the works of a murdered atheist author.
The Friendly Atheist (Patheos)
Mon, 14 Oct 2019
A mother whose son was circumcised without her consent said she was "furious" the doctor has only been suspended for a month.
The government has published advice for primary school teachers on how to implement a new LGBT-inclusive curriculum next year, urging respect for "sensitivities" among some religious communities.
NSS president Keith Porteous Wood highlights the Vatican's failure to cooperate with the public inquiry on child abuse or the UN (scroll down to read).
The Tablet (£)
Sarah Champion, the MP for Rotherham in south Yorkshire, wants a change in the legal marriage age to stop teenagers being forced into it against their will.
Ofsted ‘considers’ approach to gender segregation after quashing ‘inadequate’ inspection of Jewish school
Ofsted is considering whether to change its approach to gender segregation after quashing the 'inadequate' rating of a Jewish school it accused of breaking equalities laws.
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