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Tue, 08 Aug 2017

Australian archbishops say same-sex marriage bill fails to protect religious freedom

Sydney's Catholic Archbishop Anthony Fisher and his Anglican counterpart, Archbishop Glenn Davies, have criticised a proposed bill to permit same-sex marriage in Australia as failing to protect religious freedom.

The Tablet

Trump's evangelical advisers request meeting with Pope Francis

Trump's evangelical advisers request meeting with Pope Francis

Evangelical advisers to Donald Trump are requesting a meeting with Pope Francis after Vatican-backed condemnation aimed at the White House and at the political leanings of American Catholics.

Christian Today

Transgender 'bathroom bill' leaves Texas Christians deeply divided

Transgender 'bathroom bill' leaves Texas Christians deeply divided

A bill that aims to restrict transgender people's access to restrooms has split progressive and conservative faith groups in an increasingly diverse state

Guardian

Atheists denounce White House Bible study at taxpayer expense

Atheists denounce White House Bible study at taxpayer expense

In a contentious appearance on Fox and Friends, Andrew Seidel of the Freedom From Religion Foundation questioned the wisdom and propriety of weekly Bible studies being held at the White House, and attended by top government officials.

Patheos

Mon, 07 Aug 2017

Prevent criticism 'stems from ignorance'

Prevent criticism 'stems from ignorance'

One of Scotland Yard's most senior police officers says some criticism of the government's Prevent programme comes from parts of the community that "don't want Prevent to work in the first place".

BBC

Christian convention sparks Lake District tourism row

Christian convention sparks Lake District tourism row

Angry traders say their takings plummet by as much 90 per cent when the 142-year-old Keswick Convention sets up camp for three weeks at the height of summer.

iNews

Concerns raised about plans to scrap discretionary subsidised transport to faith schools

Concerns raised about plans to scrap discretionary subsidised transport to faith schools

Concerns have been raised about plans to remove bus subsidies for children attending faith schools following a consultation.

The Lancaster and Morecambe Citizen

Why is the U.K. thinking of an anti-caste law? – NSS cited

Why is the U.K. thinking of an anti-caste law? – NSS cited

Campaigners are determined to continue chasing the government for anti-caste discrimination, with some prepared to take it to court if need be.

The Hindu

Class divide at church must be addressed, new study suggests

Class divide at church must be addressed, new study suggests

The Church in the UK is dominated by the middle class, who must eschew superior attitudes and empower working-class culture if the dearth of working-class people in their congregations is to be reversed.

Church Times

US bishops urge Trump to ease contraceptive mandate

US bishops urge Trump to ease contraceptive mandate

The president of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops has called on President Trump to ease the "onerous" contraceptive mandate under the Affordable Care Act, arguing that it violates religious freedom.

The Tablet

The Berlin mosque breaking Islamic taboos

The Berlin mosque breaking Islamic taboos

At Berlin's newest mosque, men and women pray together, women are allowed to lead Friday prayers, and gay, lesbian and transgender people are welcome.

BBC

The future of sex in Africa

The future of sex in Africa

Stigma and growing religious fundamentalism are preventing women from fully accessing a range of reproductive health services.

Open Democracy

Christian support for same-sex marriage is growing in Australia

Christian support for same-sex marriage is growing in Australia

Many Christians are finding that the reasons being offered in opposition to marriage equality are not strong. And, Rev Dr Keith Mascord says, they're losing patience with those who claim to speak on their behalf.

The Guardian

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