Wed, 24 Oct 2018
The remains of hundreds of children feared buried in a mass grave at a former home run by a Catholic religious order are to be exhumed as part of a major forensic investigation.
The Independent (Ireland)
Kathleen Sebelius says this is the wrong time for the US to undermine proven successes on reproductive rights.
The Washington Post
An ancient tribe that knows little of the world outside its rainforest home is close to being wiped out by Christian missionaries.
The UN Human Rights Committee has said France's ban on face coverings "violated" the rights of two women who were fined for wearing full-face veils in public.
Tue, 23 Oct 2018
MPs will be given a chance to vote on legalising abortion in Northern Ireland, after a cross party coalition of politicians launched a 10-minute rule bill to decriminalise women who end their own pregnancies.
Councillors in Broxtowe in Nottinghamshire have voted to sell Beeston Town Hall to the evangelical church Cornerstone, which is based in Nottingham.
West Bridgford Wire
Anti-choice protesters could be prevented from demonstrating outside an abortion clinic in Twickenham.
Richmond and Twickenham Times
Free speech is being threatened at British universities by a culture of offence among certain students, according to critics. BBC Reality Check investigates.
Amnesty and the Irish Council for Civil Liberties have issued a joint appeal for a 'Yes' vote in the blasphemy referendum.
The Irish Times
On Friday voters in Ireland are being asked to remove a reference to blasphemy from the constitution.
Women who say they had their childhood stolen in Ireland's Magdalene laundries have said that they are losing hope they will ever be compensated by the state.
The Times (£)
US federal prosecutors have opened an investigation of child sexual abuse by Roman Catholic priests in Pennsylvania.
The Trump administration is considering a request from a faith-based foster care agency to continue denying non-Christian parents the opportunity to foster children.
A new report has said the US's 2018 midterm elections have seen a dramatic rise in anti-Muslim rhetoric.
The Human Rights Campaign, an LGBT+ rights group in the US, has called for the Trump administration not to go forward with a rollback of protections for transgender people.
Mon, 22 Oct 2018
Labour MPs will increase the pressure to end Northern Ireland's highly restrictive Victorian-era abortion laws this week in a series of Commons votes designed to push the UK government into action.
Scottish politicians have urged Pakistan's prime minister to lift a travel ban on a woman who helped to expose Islamic schools linked to the Taliban.
The Church of England has said the process of someone changing their gender needs to be made easier so transgender people feel more welcomed. But it has declined to respond officially to a government consultation on the issue as it does not hold a "settled view" on the issue.
Premier Christian Radio
A senior leader in the Catholic Church is asking the government to drop plans to introduce 'opt-out' consent for organ and tissue donation in England.
A row has broken out between a same-sex couple from Droitwich and a Worcester school headteacher with the pair accusing him of ignoring equality laws.
Australian prime minister Scott Morrison has given a national apology to victims of child sexual abuse.
Liam Herrick says a yes vote on Friday would remove the criminalisation of irreverence from Ireland's constitution and express support for persecuted people around the world.
Michelangelo Signorile says hundreds of laws protecting LGBTQ people across the United States could be wiped out after the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh.
The Huffington Post
A US federal appeals court has heard arguments in a case involving an advocacy group that sued the House of Representatives chaplain after an atheist was not allowed to deliver a secular prayer on the House floor.
Anne Applebaum says record numbers of Poles are flocking to see a searing, painful film that condemns the Polish Catholic Church as corrupt and hypocritical.
The Washington Post
A woman who suffered a miscarriage was refused vital medication by a pharmacy in Michigan because the pharmacist cited religious objections, a letter of complaint from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) claims.
Fri, 19 Oct 2018
Lancashire County Council will stop supplying the supply of halal meat from un-stunned animals to 27 schools in the new year. Yesterday afternoon a full council meeting voted decisively to end the supply of non-stun meat to schools.
Women in Northern Ireland who want an abortion are caught between the costs, stigma and complexities of travelling to Great Britain and the risk of prosecution if they access pills online to take at home, according to new research.
Radical preacher Anjem Choudary, jailed for inviting support for the Islamic State group, has been released.
Brooke Goldstein and Jonathan Turner say charities which aid and abet extremism must be held to account.
A man who has "issues" with religion has admitted setting fire to the doors of a Sikh temple and a church in Edinburgh and the nearby area of Leith.
Booklets ridiculing Islam and accompanied by hand-written notes have been sent to six addresses where Muslims live in Preston.
Lancashire Evening Post
On Tuesday women were allowed to watch Iran play Bolivia at football in Tehran. Women have been banned from watching sport in person since shortly after the Islamic revolution of 1979.
The Washington Post
Women's health advocates in the US warn that the Trump administration is set to try tightening access to birth control by broadening religious exemptions for companies providing health insurance.
Anti-LGBT+ groups have filed lawsuits coinciding with Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation to the US Supreme Court. It appears likely they hope the cases will make their way to the court, which now has a 5-4 conservative majority.
Sharmeen Abedi says a recent university speech by ex-Muslim activist Ali Rizvi is a reminder that free speech, unless inciting violence or hate, must be upheld.
The Varsity (Canada)
Cuban evangelical churches are collecting signatures to petition against a proposed constitutional amendment that would open the door to gay marriage. This is part of an unusually strong nongovernmental political campaign for the Communist-run island.
Hibo Wardere was bullied at school in Somalia because she had not had FGM. Then her genitals were cut. She describes what happened, how she has responded and why she wants to end the practice.
Thu, 18 Oct 2018
At least 18 councils are supplying non-stunned meat to schools, NSS research has revealed, despite pressure from veterinary organisations to ban the practice.
The NSS has written to all councillors in Lancashire urging them to end the supply of meat from un-stunned animals to 27 schools. Lancashire County Council will take a final vote on the issue today.
A Sharia 'law'academic has appeared on Good Morning Britain to defend a high street retailer's decision to stock hijabs for sale to very young children. NSS research shows that more than two in five Islamic schools in England that accept girls require them to wear a hijab as school uniform.
SNP ministers are considering proposals to allow people to self-declare their gender. Officials say equality laws may be changed to give churches an opt-out from the plans.
Cafod, Britain's largest Catholic aid charity, has had its membership suspended from an international aid standard body.
Premier Christian Radio
Hackney Council has removed a boundary line put up by Orthodox Jewish rabbis after some people in the street it was in threatened to cut it down themselves. No planning consent was obtained and residents were not consulted before the eruv – a very thin wire or string – was strung from the lamp posts there last month.
A London event involving the group Muslims Against Antisemitism planned for tomorrow has been targeted by supporters of the hardline Muslim group MEND.
Parents and residents are meeting with Essex County Council (ECC) to discuss its plans to close a Church of England primary school on the outskirts of Chelmsford. The council has cited low numbers attending the school and financial pressure as reasons for its decision.
The Washington Post has published the final column from Jamal Khashoggi, the dissident who appears to have been killed by the Saudi regime. Khashoggi calls for free speech in the Arab world.
The Washington Post
Crowds of angry Hindu devotees have prevented women from entering one of Hinduism's holiest temples despite a historic Supreme Court ruling.
Queensland has become Australia's latest state to decriminalise abortion, repealing a century-old law that made the practice punishable with prison time.
The favourite to be Brazil's next president, far-right politician Jair Bolsonaro, has signed a commitment to keep abortion illegal if he wins power, backing the influential Catholic Church's stance.
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