Fri, 31 Jan 2020
A terminally ill dad wants parliament to change the law as figures revealed one Briton a week travels to Switzerland for an assisted death.
An American preacher who described homosexuality as "repulsive" and compared it to incest has been banned from speaking at one of Edinburgh's most prestigious venues.
The Times (£)
A suspected Hindu nationalist went live on Facebook to warn he was taking his "final journey", minutes before opening fire on university students protesting against India's new citizenship law.
Thu, 30 Jan 2020
Two girls from Sheffield who risked being subjected to female genital mutilation have been protected following a court order against the "barbaric and horrendous" practice.
The Star (Sheffield)
Bury Council has adopted a new definition of Islamophobia – one which the government rejected it last year.
Police investigated councillor’s social media posts which said Islam was “domination not integration”
West Midlands Police launched an investigation into a councillor's social media posts which said Islam was "domination not integration" and asked whether people in Iran were "all on the dole". The force then said the posts did not "meet the threshold for criminal prosecution".
Express & Star
The Department for Education and teaching unions are meeting today to discuss supporting teachers' wellbeing over a feared parental backlash against new relationships and sex education lessons.
Child protection experts have called for a national review of home schooling following an inquiry into a case in which a violent stepfather and his partner subjected their young son to extreme neglect and abuse.
A total of 641 of the 643 MPs who sit in the Commons have personally signed up to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of antisemitism.
The Jewish Chronicle
A US evangelist's event in Glasgow has been cancelled following pressure from the council and religious groups.
Scottish ministers have announced half a million pounds of security funding for places of religious worship during a visit to a Glasgow synagogue.
The Conservative Party's head office is investigating Stamford Hill councillor Aron Klein over homophobic comments.
The Indian police are investigating a primary school for sedition over a student play which voiced opposition to the prime minister and his discriminatory new citizenship law.
Recounting the hellish conditions of eight years spent on death row on blasphemy charges but also the pain of exile, Pakistani Christian Asia Bibi has broken her silence to give her first personal insight into an ordeal that caused international outrage.
Wed, 29 Jan 2020
An appeal has been brought against a plan to open what is thought to be the first new Catholic state school in England for more than a decade as critics argue that its supporters are not local.
The Times (£)
The bishop of Blackburn will take up his seat as one of the 'lords spiritual' on 6 February.
Dick Taverne says the separation of church and state is far from complete and the House of Lords sets a bad example for democracy.
The final version of the new curriculum for Wales has been published. Religion, values and ethics and relationships and sex education are among the mandatory subjects.
An investigation has been re-opened into the conduct of a judge who oversaw the employment tribunal of a Christian nurse dismissed following complaints that she pushed her faith on patients.
Police took down a huge grooming gang in Glasgow - but kept it secret. The perpetrators were all asylum seekers from predominantly Muslim countries.
The Scottish Sun
A number of Church of England bishops have broken ranks to distance themselves from guidance issued last week which said only married heterosexual people may have sex and those in civil partnerships should be celibate.
A petition has been launched against a visit by evangelical preacher Franklin Graham to the UK. The NSS is quoted regarding the Church of England's position on sex, which Graham recently praised.
The Freethinker (Patheos)
Child abuse victim launches nation's first think tank to tackle extremism in Judaism and "isolation" within strictly Orthodox communities
A Jewish child abuse victim has warned that some strictly orthodox communities are so isolated, it feels like "being a refugee in your own country", as she launched the UK's first think tank to tackle extremism in Judaism.
The Sunday Telegraph (£)
New Zealanders will be asked to vote on whether to legalise euthanasia for those with incurable or terminal illnesses in a ballot on 19 September.
Asia Bibi, the Christian woman who spent eight years on death row in Pakistan for blasphemy, has released two photographs taken in exile, as she prepares for the launch of her autobiography on Wednesday.
Tue, 28 Jan 2020
Ahead of the introduction of his private member's bill, which aims to abolish the 26 Anglican bishops who sit in the House of Lords, Lib Dem peer and NSS honorary associate Dick Taverne says their presence gives the Church of England special access to power.
An appeal has been launched over a decision to open a new Roman Catholic school in Peterborough.
NSS president Keith Porteous Wood says an organisation claiming that so many have no right to a sexual life should have no official ties to the state, no automatic right to seats in our legislature and no role in running state-funded schools.
Almost 3,000 people, including nearly 800 members of the clergy, have signed an open letter to the archbishops of Canterbury and York, saying guidance issued by bishops last week saying sex is only for married heterosexuals has made the Church of England a "laughing stock".
MP campaigns for law change to protect young people from grooming and sexual abuse in religious settings
Rotherham MP Sarah Champion is campaigning for a change in the law to protect young people from grooming and sexual abuse in religious settings and similar environments such as sports clubs.
The Yorkshire Post
A boys' school run by a Chasidic Jewish group in north London has been rated inadequate for a third successive time after inspectors criticised poor standards of English and its insular curriculum.
The Jewish Chronicle
Genocide survivors, religious leaders and members of the royal family have attended a commemorative event to mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. The NSS was represented at the event.
A married couple have been sentenced at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court over the female genital mutilation of their then 21-month-old daughter.
Democratic US presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren has unveiled a new religion-related campaign initiative, announcing an interfaith advisory council and forthcoming endorsements from more than 100 religious leaders from across the country.
Religion News Service
President Trump is set to propose full sovereignty for Israel over Jerusalem's holiest site as part of a peace plan.
The Times (£)
US president Donald Trump's travel ban on travellers from predominantly Muslim countries is going back before a federal appeals court.
Mon, 27 Jan 2020
Church of England is a 'laughing stock' following civil partnership guidelines, senior religious figures warn
The Church of England has become a "laughing stock", senior religious figures have warned bishops, after they issued a decree that people in civil partnerships should not have intercourse.
Campaigners are urging the government to outlaw "virginity repair" surgery.
The queen has appointed Prince William as Lord High Commissioner to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, according to a tweet from Kensington Palace.
An independent faith school was rated 'inadequate' by Ofsted after a 25 year old leaflet promoting an Islamic caliphate was found in its library. The school has mounted a legal challenge.
Ofsted has criticised a Charedi school which it says "airbrushed" Queen Elizabeth I from history, by redacting information about the former monarch from textbooks.
The justice secretary has opened the door to a law for assisted dying by saying he will consider a review of the evidence.
Christine Jardine MP calls for a review of the law on assisted dying.
The Times (£)
The parents of a young girl who is deemed to have undergone female genital mutilation are due to be sentenced later today.
Muslims across India are living in fear of a new citizenship law they say is designed to render millions stateless, writes Hugh Tomlinson in Delhi.
The Times (£)
Iran's only female Olympic medallist, Kimia Alizadeh, wants to compete for Germany as soon as the next Games in Tokyo, but regardless of whether she achieves that ambition, she never expects to return to her home country.
The Church of England has angered progressive Christians by stating that sexual intercourse should only take place between heterosexual married couples. Religion is a significant factor in the criminalisation of homosexuality worldwide.
Fri, 24 Jan 2020
The Church of England has stated that sex belongs only within heterosexual marriage, and that sex in gay or straight civil partnerships "falls short of God's purpose for human beings".
Hackney councillors last night voted unanimously to adopt the APPG on British Muslims's definition of Islamophobia, despite the NSS urging them not to do so.
Oliver Kamm says those who want to introduce inhumane and reactionary doctrine born of religious obscurantism into public debate shouldn't squeal about purported unfairness when they get called out for it.
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