Mon, 02 Jul 2018
Ukip's former leader Lord Pearson of Rannoch has been accused of stigmatising Muslims in the House of Lords.
A man will go on trial accused of sending letters calling for a day of violence against Muslims.
Author and podcaster Sam Harris discusses a variety of topics, including religious fundamentalism, in the run-up to an event in London this month.
President Trump has acknowledged that his choice of successor for Anthony Kennedy as a US Supreme Court justice could have a profound effect on the legality of abortion across the country.
Australia has begun a compensation scheme for victims of institutional child sex abuse.
The wedding of a girl of 11 to a man of 41 has prompted outrage in Malaysia and calls for the minimum age for all marriages to be changed to 18.
Berlin's Humboldt University has voted to create an Islamic theology institute, which is to open by the end of 2019. Critics questioned why some groups with alleged links to extremists are on the institute's advisory board.
A Christian sect has been accused of being "deeply irresponsible" after its spokeswoman told the sick to seek help from God first rather than a doctor.
The Times (£)
Fri, 29 Jun 2018
This editorial says a new report on the Church of England's handling of sexual abuse ignores the voices of survivors and appears averse to the reality of past mistakes.
Attempts to make gay people straight could become illegal in Britain under a proposal to be revealed by the government next week.
A decision to allow women to take abortion pills at home in Wales has been welcomed as a "significant" move.
The government has published new guidance to remind mixed schools that segregating pupils by gender is "unlawful discrimination", following a legal battle between Ofsted and an Islamic school.
The government has published 26 new warning notices identifying failings at private schools around the country. The schools include several low-cost faith schools.
A court ruling could pave the way for the legal recognition of humanist marriages in Northern Ireland.
DUP leader Arlene Foster asked members of the LGBT community to respect her right to oppose same-sex marriage as she became the first DUP leader to attend one of their events.
Current and former members of the Mormon Church are calling for an end to the practice of asking children as young as eight intimate and sexual questions during annual interviews by church officials.
A religion tutor has been convicted of sexually assaulting an eight-year-old girl in her own home as he gave her a lesson in Islamic studies and jailed for five years.
Yorkshire Evening Post
A Europe-wide campaign for freedom of religion and belief has won the backing of both evangelical Christians and humanist groups.
Activists in US fear 'dire, immediate' rollback of abortion rights after Supreme Court judge retires
Activists fear Justice Anthony Kennedy's decision to retire from the US Supreme Court could signal a reversal of US abortion laws.
The Swiss government has opposed a grassroots campaign for a nationwide ban on facial coverings in public.
Thu, 28 Jun 2018
A heterosexual couple have won their legal bid for the right to have a civil partnership instead of a marriage.
Bille Esplen argues that yesterday's court decision has broader implications than merely giving straight couples the right to enter civil partnerships. NSS chief executive Stephen Evans is quoted calling for wide-ranging reform of the marriage laws.
Victims of alleged child abuse by Church of England clergy have been urged to come forward after calls for a fresh inquiry on the Isle of Man.
Historic convictions for abolished homosexual offences in Northern Ireland will be disregarded and pardoned through a new law that comes into effect today.
A call to implement buffer zones around abortion and other health care clinics will take a step forward when it is debated by Glasgow City Council for the first time today.
A man who said he wanted to "slit a Muslim's throat" in a string of violent tweets has been jailed for inciting racial hatred.
The Church of Scotland has banned a controversial sect for using its premises to promote fundamentalist doctrines.
The Times (£)
Anthony Kennedy, who often provided a crucial swing vote on the US Supreme Court, has retired. This gives President Trump the chance to nominate a judge who could roll back women's reproductive rights and same-sex marriage.
The Spanish Congress has agreed to consider a bill to make euthanasia a new personal right that would be available through Spain's public healthcare system.
In response to the Supreme Court upholding Donald Trump's travel ban on several Muslim-majority countries a number of secularist groups have spoken out against the decision, calling it a form of religious discrimination.
Poland's president has signed a legal amendment to decriminalise the false attribution to Poland and Poles of crimes committed by Nazi Germany during the Holocaust. The move signals a partial retreat on censorious legislation enacted this year.
Israeli national airline El Al has announced that it will no longer accommodate ultra-Orthodox Jewish men who refuse to sit next to women.
Wed, 27 Jun 2018
Ofsted has deemed a state-funded Chasidic girls' school in north London inadequate. Its report says the school censored textbooks, failed to teach about reproduction in science and did too little to encourage respect for other groups of people. The school has responded by accusing Ofsted of a "secularist plot".
The Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry has examined comments by a retired archbishop who claimed child abuse survivors were motivated by a "pot of gold" and referred to them as "the opposition".
The Court of Appeal is to rule on a challenge by a terminally ill man against a "blanket ban" on assisted dying.
The Isle of Man's Legislative Council has approved a bill to reform its abortion laws, despite opposition from a bishop. The bill will now return to the lower chamber, the House of Keys, for approval.
A British plumber has been convicted of planning a terror attack in Westminster and making bombs for the Taliban.
The US Supreme Court has ruled that President Trump has the authority to ban travellers from certain majority-Muslim countries if he thinks it is necessary to protect the United States.
The Washington Post
Kevin Crow explores ways in which US- or UN-funded Christian civil society organisations have used international law to further their goals internationally.
The leaders of a Muslim lobbying group have accused the Conservative chair Brandon Lewis of ignoring calls to set up an inquiry into 'Islamophobia' in the party.
The pope and France's president Emmanuel Macron held lengthy private talks at the Vatican. They discussed immigration and reflected on Europe's prospects. The meeting comes amid increasing reports that Macron is courting the Catholic Church.
Australia's Green party has initiated an attempt to scrap the Lord's prayer from Senate sittings. The prayer would be replaced with a statement that includes religious and non-religious belief.
Ed Husain says London's spirit of reform contains a lesson for Muslim allies.
Tue, 26 Jun 2018
Thousands of tickets for the papal visit in August have been snapped up by protesters aiming to ensure low attendance by not showing up to the event.
The Times (£)
Figures from NHS Digital show that in Slough, 55 victims of FGM were seen by doctors, nurses or midwives over the last year.
Slough & South Bucks Observer
There are calls for the Christian mayor of Ferryhill in County Durham to resign after he shared posts on Facebook criticising homosexuality, transgender people and Islam.
Police dispersed a group of Christian preachers who were telling people in Bath city centre they would burn in a great fire if they did not repent for their supposed sins.
Europe's first pop-up Shakespearean theatre is opening to the public in York this week with a bloody performance of Macbeth. John Sentamu will visit the site today to give the theatre a blessing.
Germany's family minister has defended the use of the burkini in schools, claiming they could help Muslim girls integrate.
Members of a group linked to France's radical far-right have been arrested on suspicion of planning an attack on Muslims.
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