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Fri, 09 Jul 2021

Complaints upheld against Irish national broadcaster’s God sketch

Complaints upheld against Irish national broadcaster’s God sketch

RTÉ would not mock the Muslim or Jewish faiths in the way it made fun of Catholicism during a satirical sketch that depicted God as a rapist, complainants told the broadcasting watchdog.

The Times*

‘Access to abortion in Ireland still depends on doctors’ daily moral courage’

‘Access to abortion in Ireland still depends on doctors’ daily moral courage’

Doctors reassuring the public of clinical independence at the new National Maternity Hospital are obliged to take women's concerns seriously — the recent past should be enough evidence for anyone, says Máiréad Enright.

Irish Examiner

EU votes for action over Hungary's anti-LGBT law

EU votes for action over Hungary's anti-LGBT law

The European Parliament has voted in favour of urgent legal action over Hungary's new law banning the depiction of homosexuality to under-18s.

BBC

US: Conversion therapy practice forced to pay millions after patients allege abuse

US: Conversion therapy practice forced to pay millions after patients allege abuse

A New Jersey appeal court has upheld a massive $3.5 million fine against a conversion therapy practice, which was shut down after former patients alleged widespread abuse.

Pink News

‘Hindutva’s threat to academic freedom’

‘Hindutva’s threat to academic freedom’

The Hindu right has attacked US-based scholars for the past few decades, attempting to dissuade and discredit academic research, say a group of academics.

Religion News Service

Mexico high court strikes down limit in rape case abortions

Mexico high court strikes down limit in rape case abortions

Mexico's Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that a state law limiting legal abortions for rape victims to the first trimester of a pregnancy is unconstitutional.

The Associated Press

Canada: ‘There are growing calls to finally tax the Catholic Church’

Canada: ‘There are growing calls to finally tax the Catholic Church’

First Nations have confirmed more than 1,000 unmarked graves at former residential school sites. Now, people are demanding accountability from the Church.

Vice

‘Churches should not be tax-exempt (but not because of residential schools)’

‘Churches should not be tax-exempt (but not because of residential schools)’

If the government gives tax breaks to places of worship it thinks are "real," and it must or we'd all be living tax-free based on our "spirituality" or lack of same, it must make judgments that are neither its affair nor within its capacity, says John Robson.

National Post

Thu, 08 Jul 2021

Johnson to "consider" boycott of Beijing Winter Olympics over Uighur Muslim ethnic cleansing

Johnson to "consider" boycott of Beijing Winter Olympics over Uighur Muslim ethnic cleansing

Prime minister Boris Johnson has said he would consider calls for a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, but told MPs he is "instinctively against" taking such action.

City AM

‘We absolutely support values of love and respect’

‘We absolutely support values of love and respect’

Secularism makes no judgement of Christian values unless they violate equality legislation or are assumed to be good for all, says Neil Barber in a letter (scroll down to view).

The Scotsman

‘Abortion access in Northern Ireland remains scant’

‘Abortion access in Northern Ireland remains scant’

It's all very well making abortion legal, but the Department of Health has not commissioned or funded services which enable people to have an abortion, campaigners say.

iNews

French court convicts 11 of harassing teenager who posted anti-Islam videos

French court convicts 11 of harassing teenager who posted anti-Islam videos

A French court has convicted 11 people for harassing a teenager online over her anti-Islam videos in a case that has led to a fierce debate about free speech and the right to insult religions.

The Guardian

‘For Turkey's LGBT+ community, discrimination said to loom larger’

‘For Turkey's LGBT+ community, discrimination said to loom larger’

Advocates say crackdowns on Pride events and other curbs on free speech and assembly reflect the government's heavier hand including recent open denunciations of the LGBTI community.

Reuters*

US: ‘The anti-abortion extremists gaining ground on the right’

US: ‘The anti-abortion extremists gaining ground on the right’

Operation Save America opposes Covid vaccination, women in power and same-sex marriage – and allies are making inroads among legislators, says Jessica Glenza.

The Guardian

‘The high cost of becoming a none for American Muslims’

‘The high cost of becoming a none for American Muslims’

Just about 1 in 5 ex-Muslims said that they were kicked out of their home once they renounced Islam and about 1 in 7 reported that they were physically abused.

The Washington Post*

‘Amid shameful residential-school revelations, I cannot remain a Catholic’

‘Amid shameful residential-school revelations, I cannot remain a Catholic’

I am ashamed that Canadian Catholics can raise tens of millions of dollars for cathedrals, churches and other capital projects across the country, but can't offer enough to keep a $25-million promise to compensate the survivors of the cruelty the church inflicted, says Bernadette Hardaker.

The Globe and Mail

Fury in India over death of 84-year-old political prisoner Stan Swamy

Fury in India over death of 84-year-old political prisoner Stan Swamy

India's oldest political prisoner, an 84-year-old Jesuit priest who was denied bail as his health deteriorated, has died, prompting an outpouring of anger among lawyers, writers, politicians and activists. Stan Swamy's arrest was connected to an outbreak of deadly caste-based violence in 2018 in the state of Maharashtra.

The Guardian

Indonesian minister calls for ‘Fortnite’ ban over content resembling Islamic site

Indonesian minister calls for ‘Fortnite’ ban over content resembling Islamic site

An Indonesian minister has called for a ban on the game Fortnite in the country over an allegedly user-generated map which features a structure resembling an Islamic site.

NME

Wed, 07 Jul 2021

Regulator assessing complaint about Christian charity that denounced women for wearing trousers – NSS quoted

Regulator assessing complaint about Christian charity that denounced women for wearing trousers – NSS quoted

A Christian charity is being examined by the Charity Commission after material on its website was unearthed that promotes misogynistic messages, including blaming women for rape. The National Secular Society raised concerns about Horemow Europe with the Charity Commission in June.

Third Sector*

Holyrood: Gay conversion therapy could be a criminal offence

Holyrood: Gay conversion therapy could be a criminal offence

A Holyrood committee is to consider calls for gay 'conversion therapy' to made a criminal offence in Scotland.

The National

Ofsted: ‘Confused’ schools want clearer guidance on LGBT teaching

Ofsted: ‘Confused’ schools want clearer guidance on LGBT teaching

Schools want clearer guidance to help them teach about "sensitive and difficult subjects" like sexual orientation and gender reassignment, amid "confusion" about their obligations, Ofsted has warned.

Schools Week

BBC apologises for airing homophobic hate on Arabic news channel

BBC apologises for airing homophobic hate on Arabic news channel

The BBC has apologised after repeatedly broadcasting "sickening" homophobic comments completely unchallenged on its Arabic news channel in 2020.

Pink News

Teacher at mosque faces historic sexual abuse trial

Teacher at mosque faces historic sexual abuse trial

A court has seen a video of a man telling the police he was sexually abused by a teacher at his mosque in Oldham while he was at primary school.

The Oldham Times

Sales consultant guilty of Bitcoin Islamic State terrorism funding

Sales consultant guilty of Bitcoin Islamic State terrorism funding

During the trial, the court heard Hisham Chaudhary produced a "jihad" video - described as a sinister "call to arms" - that was then spread through the internet.

BBC

Former London MP says sorry for 'getting it so wrong' on same sex marriage

Former London MP says sorry for 'getting it so wrong' on same sex marriage

Former London MP Sarah Teather has said sorry for 'getting it wrong' by voting against the Bill on same sex marriage.

ITV

US: Hobby Lobby advocates for a Christian-run government in ads placed in national newspapers

US: Hobby Lobby advocates for a Christian-run government in ads placed in national newspapers

On Independence Day, Hobby Lobby ran an advertisement in many newspapers across the country that advocated for a Christian-run government.

Insider

US: Supreme Court sides with Amish who argued septic systems violate their religious beliefs

US: Supreme Court sides with Amish who argued septic systems violate their religious beliefs

The Supreme Court on Friday sided with an Amish community that is challenging on religious grounds a Minnesota county's requirement that its members install septic systems to treat wastewater.

USA Today

‘Are new Iranian criminal laws curtailing freedom of religion or belief?’

‘Are new Iranian criminal laws curtailing freedom of religion or belief?’

Iran's domestic law pertaining to the right to freedom of religion or belief differs significantly from international standards. Nonetheless, recent legislative changes suggest that the situation will only deteriorate, says Dr. Ewelina U. Ochab.

Forbes

Tue, 06 Jul 2021

Labour lifts Trevor Phillips’ suspension for alleged ‘Islamophobia’

Labour lifts Trevor Phillips’ suspension for alleged ‘Islamophobia’

The anti-racism campaigner, who previously chaired the Equality and Human Rights Commission, was temporarily banned from the party in March last year.

The Guardian

Jewish man abused twice in an hour on London transport network

Jewish man abused twice in an hour on London transport network

A Jewish man who was abused twice in one hour in central London was threatened because of his appearance, his brother said.

BBC

‘The Batley and Spen by-election result is a repudiation of identity politics’

‘The Batley and Spen by-election result is a repudiation of identity politics’

The by-election result offers proof that self-proclaimed Muslim leaders who act as the spokesmen for the Muslim community represent no-one other than themselves, says Khalid Mahmood.

Policy Exchange

‘Prim, sexually intolerant Muslims in Batley & Spen and Birmingham don’t reflect the real Islam’

‘Prim, sexually intolerant Muslims in Batley & Spen and Birmingham don’t reflect the real Islam’

In Islam there is no burden of guilt or shame about sex – holy texts stress the importance of sexual satisfaction for both women and men, says Yasmin Alibhai-Brown.

iNews

Minister quits 'homophobic' Church of Ireland

Minister quits 'homophobic' Church of Ireland

A Church of Ireland minister has resigned his post claiming that the church is "structurally, culturally and socially homophobic".

BBC

France: Ex-Vatican adviser faces church trial after claiming he could cure gay men by having sex with them

France: Ex-Vatican adviser faces church trial after claiming he could cure gay men by having sex with them

A former Vatican adviser who campaigned against same-sex marriage and gay priests is facing trial over claims he told gay men he could cure them with sex.

Pink News

Complaint filed against Twitter for allowing 'objectionable' tweets on Hindu gods

Complaint filed against Twitter for allowing 'objectionable' tweets on Hindu gods

A Delhi-based lawyer has filed a police complaint against Twitter for allegedly 'spreading communal hatred' and 'outraging religious feelings' of Hindus.

India Today

‘Burned churches stir deep Indigenous ambivalence over faith of forefathers’

‘Burned churches stir deep Indigenous ambivalence over faith of forefathers’

After hundreds of unmarked graves were found at Canada's former Catholic-run residential schools, churches in First Nations territories have been destroyed by suspected arson.

The Guardian

Mon, 05 Jul 2021

Britain found to have funded ‘conversion therapy’ clinics in Africa

Britain found to have funded ‘conversion therapy’ clinics in Africa

The UK government is among major aid donors to have funded clinics in Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania that offer so-called "conversion therapies", which pressurise gay people to "quit" same-sex attraction, an investigation has found.

The Guardian

Archbishop of Canterbury endorses urgent plan for church-planting

Archbishop of Canterbury endorses urgent plan for church-planting

The Church of England needs to plant churches to "let Jesus out", the Archbishop of Canterbury has told a conference.

Church Times*

DUP deputy leader apologises over party’s history of LGBT comments

DUP deputy leader apologises over party’s history of LGBT comments

Paula Bradley apologised for any negative comments made against the LGBT community by her party in the past.

ITV

Irish Methodist Church reaffirms marriage is ‘between man and woman’ after UK vote

Irish Methodist Church reaffirms marriage is ‘between man and woman’ after UK vote

The Methodist Church in Ireland has reaffirmed its understanding of marriage as between a man and a woman following a decision on Wednesday by the Methodist Church in UK to allow same-sex marriage.

The Irish Times*

Ireland: Catholic Church head hits out at Government’s ‘grossly disrespectful’ sacrament postponement  announcement

Ireland: Catholic Church head hits out at Government’s ‘grossly disrespectful’ sacrament postponement announcement

The head of the Catholic Church has criticised the Government for what he called the "grossly disrespectful" treatment of the Church over the manner in which the postponement of communions and confirmations was announced.

Independent.ie

Vatican embezzlement trial: Cardinal Angelo Becciu among 10 charged

Vatican embezzlement trial: Cardinal Angelo Becciu among 10 charged

Cardinal Angelo Becciu has become the highest-ranked cleric in the Vatican to be indicted over charges that include embezzlement and abuse of office.

BBC

‘LGBT rights and the battle for Europe's soul’

‘LGBT rights and the battle for Europe's soul’

A seemingly unbridgeable chasm is splitting the continent between countries that see LGBT rights as the core of European identity of freedom and tolerance, and those that see them as a threat to that same identity, says Nick Thorpe.

The New European

Ten churches vandalised in Alberta on Canada Day

Ten churches vandalised in Alberta on Canada Day

Ten churches have been vandalised in Alberta, Canada, in attacks that police have linked to anger over historic injustices against indigenous people.

BBC

US Supreme Court to hear Maine religious school tuition case

US Supreme Court to hear Maine religious school tuition case

The U.S. Supreme Court decided on Friday that it will hear a case brought by families from Maine who want to use a state tuition program to send their children to religious schools.

The Associated Press

US Supreme Court rejects appeal in Christian florist's gay wedding case

US Supreme Court rejects appeal in Christian florist's gay wedding case

The US Supreme Court has refused to hear an appeal by a Christian florist who was fined for refusing to provide wedding flowers for a same-sex couple.

Christian Today

US: Atheists like those of other faiths more than Christians do, study finds

US: Atheists like those of other faiths more than Christians do, study finds

Atheists, overall, view their neighbours in a positive light, according to a new study.

The Washington Post*

Pakistani policeman accused of killing man acquitted of blasphemy

Pakistani policeman accused of killing man acquitted of blasphemy

A Pakistani police constable has been arrested over the murder of a man who was acquitted of blasphemy charges last year, a police spokesman said.

Reuters*

Fri, 02 Jul 2021

Rabbis refuse divorces for women who take their fight to court claiming coercion

Rabbis refuse divorces for women who take their fight to court claiming coercion

Senior rabbis have warned that they will refuse to grant a religious divorce to any woman who initiates a criminal prosecution against her husband for "coercive and controlling behaviour" under the new Domestic Abuse Act 2021.

The Jewish Chronicle

Methodist Church bans conversion therapy ‘in any form’ after historic, unequivocal vote

Methodist Church bans conversion therapy ‘in any form’ after historic, unequivocal vote

The Methodist Church has voted to ban conversion therapy in "any form" and urged the government to do the same.

Pink News

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