Mon, 12 Oct 2020
A poll of members of the British Medical Association, which has officially opposed assisted dying since 2006, revealed 50% support a law change with just 39% opposed and 11% undecided.
The government's policy on relationships and sex education (RSE) has put schools in an "unnecessary and unforgivable" position, as it allows room for prejudices to "take root and be legitimised", the head who faced down protests against LGBT-inclusive teaching has said.
Keir Starmer vows to end 'totally inappropriate' use of 'Catholic data' for Scottish poll predictions
Keir Starmer has vowed to stop using data on voter religion in Scotland to estimate the success of his party in elections.
A 15-year-old boy has been cleared of planning Isis-inspired terror attacks after being radicalised in a matter of months.
Julie Macfarlane's decision to pursue justice after sexual abuse by a church minister exposed hypocrisy, she writes.
Change is needed to ensure that victims of clerical abuse are taken seriously, says Sarah Lothian
The Italian feminist organization Differenza Donna has filed a formal complaint with the public prosecutor of Rome on behalf of dozens of women who were named on small crosses in an area of the graveyard referred to as the Garden of Angels.
Hungary's nationalist government on Thursday condemned a book of modern fairy tales for children published by a lesbian group as "homosexual propaganda" and said it should be banned.
The Supreme Court ruled on a temporary basis Thursday night that women seeking to end their pregnancies with medication do not need to visit a health care provider, given the COVID-19 pandemic.
Amy Coney Barrett, the supreme court nominee, was a member of a "right to life" organization in 2016 that promoted a clinic that has been criticised for misleading vulnerable women who were seeking abortions and pressuring them to keep their pregnancies.
A student who claimed an elite school forced him to undergo conversion therapy after he was caught watching gay porn has been ordered to pay $800 of the school's legal fees.
A day after a Jehovah's Witness became the first to be acquitted in Russia since a 2017 ruling declared his faith group "extremist," six Russian members received suspended sentences for gathering for worship.
Religion News Service
Fri, 09 Oct 2020
Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has refused calls to resign over a damning Church of England child sex assault inquiry's 'shameful and disgraceful' findings.
40 Days for Life, an American-based anti-abortion group, started demonstrations outside a dozen abortion clinics across England in September.
Experts hope the relaxation of at-home abortion services amid the coronavirus pandemic will continue in England once the outbreak has passed.
Wrexham Council has outlined proposed changes to the constitution of the county borough's Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education (SACRE) after it was described as being "not fit for purpose". Currently the panel is only made up of figures from Christian denominations.
China plans to establish its biggest diplomatic mission in the world at a site by the residential streets of Tower Hamlets, where four in 10 residents are Muslim. It is already facing opposition from some local councillors and residents.
The investigation into Vatican finances that led to the abrupt ousting of a cardinal last month has also uncovered payments to a Sardinian woman who is alleged to have used money intended for the rescue of Catholic hostages to buy luxury handbags and clothing.
The Times (£)
Irate Orthodox Jewish demonstrators stopped traffic, torched face masks and assaulted a reporter as they continued protests against coronavirus restrictions on Brooklyn streets.
If the court expands its new "religious freedom" exception, local leaders will be forced to choose between funding discrimination against their residents and taking these services back from faith-based organisations at tremendous tax payer expense, says Michael Vargas.
San Jose Spotlight
Our founding fathers knew what they were doing in erecting a wall between church and state, says Ed Palm.
A proposed amendment to Sri Lanka's Constitution that would consolidate power in the president's hands has raised concerns about the impact on ethnic minorities who fear their rights could be undermined by a nationalistic Sinhala Buddhist parliamentary majority.
South Korea on Wednesday proposed allowing abortion up until the fourteenth week of pregnancy as part of a new law designed to comply with a landmark ruling by the constitutional court that struck down a decades-long ban.
Critics say the procedure is unnecessary and unethical and lowers sexual pleasure.
South China Morning Post
Thu, 08 Oct 2020
A Christian school worker dismissed for comments criticising LGBT lessons was not sacked unlawfully, an employment tribunal has ruled.
Two ex-British alleged Islamic State militants have been charged in the United States over the killing of four American hostages.
The findings of the independent inquiry into child sexual abuse (IICSA) were "shameful and disgraceful" but "didn't come as a surprise", Justin Welby has said.
Two letters in the Independent criticise the Church of England following IICSA's findings.
A row over sex education in the Outer Hebrides has prompted church leaders to warn that pupils may be withdrawn from classes.
The Times (£)
A school in the West Midlands has apologised and removed a school workbook from its website following protests over a reference to terrorism and "vexatious" misinformation within a section on Hinduism.
Dominic Raab has not ruled out boycotting the Beijing Winter Olympic Games over the treatment of the Uighur Muslims by the Chinese government.
Liberal Judaism will allow the pioneering mixed-faith ceremonies following unanimous support from its rabbis.
A Government attempt to buy time on assisted suicide has been dramatically voted down in the Dail, bringing its legality closer.
Israeli police clashed with hundreds of ultra-Orthodox Jews overnight as they sought to enforce restrictions on public gatherings during a nationwide coronavirus lockdown, the police said Wednesday.
Wed, 07 Oct 2020
A damning report from the independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA), published on Tuesday, said the C of E's culture of deference and "clericalism" meant it was a place where abusers could hide.
Ferrier attended a public mass at a Catholic church in Glasgow the day after she took a Covid test.
Plans to ban anti-abortion protests outside a clinic in Fallowfield have moved a step closer after the city council agreed to introduce a 'buffer zone' around the premises.
Manchester Evening News
A street preacher is banned from saying 'murderer' within 80 yards of abortion clinics.
The French government plans to introduce jail terms and fines for doctors who provide controversial so-called "virginity certificates" for traditional religious marriages.
An Australian man who accused Cardinal George Pell of sexually abusing him denied Monday he was bribed for his testimony, shooting down the latest conspiracy theory to roil the Vatican amid a corruption investigation into its shady finances.
A Christian man who was sentenced to death on charges of blasphemy has been acquitted by a court in Pakistan.
Premier Christian News
Singer Rihanna has apologised to the Muslim community after a hadith was featured during part of her Savage X Fenty lingerie fashion show.
Traditional methods of circumcision will be outlawed if parliament enacts Kandara MP Alice Wahome's Bill on male genital cutting.
These women, who comprise about 16% of India's female population, face a "triple burden" of gender bias, caste discrimination and economic deprivation.
Tue, 06 Oct 2020
A Leytonstone GP who performed an illegal circumcision has been fined £4,000 after a four-week-old baby was admitted to hospital following the procedure.
East London & West Essex Guardian
A DUP councillor has been criticised by his own party after he supported a murdered Ulster Volunteer Force member who described Catholics as "fenian scum" and said they should be incinerated.
Avon and Somerset Police have applied to the High Court for an injunction against a Christian preacher, arguing his behaviour could cause "significant risk or harm to others".
Premier Christian News
Mike Haines, brother of aid worker David who was beheaded by Islamic State in 2014, has said online grooming is getting worse since the start of lockdown.
Recent games distributed across UK include ones that show Muslims being stabbed and decapitated, Jews being gunned down in a synagogue and black people being shot.
The General Assembly of the Church of Scotland has approved a growth plan in Edinburgh, amid fears the Kirk's annual income could fall by an estimated £20 million this year.
Edinburgh Evening News
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