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Thu, 07 Apr 2022
Catholic Church ‘acted unlawfully’ in trying to impose executive team on school where gay author was banned
The Catholic Church acted unlawfully when it tried to impose a new management team on a school at the centre of a controversy over the banning of a gay author.
Boris Johnson has said he's "sad" his LGBT+ conference was boycotted over plans to drop a ban on trans conversion therapy, but defended his decision to exempt transgender people from new legislation.
Boris Johnson should refuse to recognise the National Union of Students as the "legitimate voice of students" unless it ceases its "poor treatment of Jewish students", the government's antisemitism adviser has said.
Spain has criminalised the harassment or intimidation of women going for an abortion under new legislation approved by the Senate on Wednesday.
In the wake of Idaho's recent ban on nearly all abortions, Oregon is investing millions in its abortion infrastructure as it prepares to receive an influx of patients seeking the procedure.
What will the future of abortion in America look like, asks Jessica Bruder.
A lawmaker quit Israel's ruling coalition on Wednesday after a dispute over religious observance during the Passover holiday, throwing the fragile alliance into disarray without a majority in parliament and raising the prospect of a new round of elections.
The Associated Press
Police on Wednesday registered a first issue report against an Aligarh Muslim University professor who referred to examples of "rape" in Hindu mythology during a forensic science class, provoking accusations of hurting religious sentiments.
Suspected Islamist militants killed at least 21 civilians in an overnight attack on a village in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, a local human rights group and a witness said on Monday.
Wed, 06 Apr 2022
Stephen Evans, chief executive of the National Secular Society, argues for the vital importance of free speech in a liberal democracy, and considers the place of this fundamental right in the secularist tradition from the nineteenth century to the present.
A Nigerian atheist has been sentenced to 24 years in prison by a high court in the northern state of Kano after being convicted of 'blaspheming Islam'.
A Catholic priest accused of sexually abusing boys told a jury he had carried out an exorcism for one of his alleged victims.
Yorkshire Evening Post*
The UK has cancelled its first-ever international LGBT+ conference after a boycott by more than 100 organisations.
The bill would criminalise performing an abortion in almost all cases, except where it could "save the life of a pregnant woman in a medical emergency".
Colorado joins 15 other states and the District of Columbia that have recently codified abortion in law.
Conservatives are increasingly embracing a version of religious freedom that's designed to sow unnecessary divisions in society, says Charles McCrary.
The New Republic
The Parramatta Catholic diocese is under investigation by the New South Wales government over allegations it used school funds to buy parish properties, a parliamentary hearing has been told.
The Sydney Morning Herald*
The Russian commander suspected of committing "utterly inhuman" war crimes in Bucha has been named as a veteran soldier who was recently blessed by the Orthodox Church.
A new study published in Proceedings of the Royal Society suggests that men are less religious in countries with higher levels of gender equality.
Tue, 05 Apr 2022
Religious influence on our publicly funded schools and hospitals is often defended because of the high numbers who declare they are Catholics in our population survey, says Colm O'Connor.
More than 80 LGBT and HIV charities, including Stonewall and the Terrence Higgins Trust, are to boycott the UK government's first global LGBT conference, in response to the decision to exclude trans people from a ban on conversion practices.
The new law approved last year followed extensive reporting that found that several faith-based boarding schools relocated to Missouri after being investigated or shut down for abuse or neglect elsewhere.
The Associated Press
Pope Francis's long-awaited apology to Canada's indigenous community for more than a century of abusive residential schools, many of them run by the Catholic Church, should be followed by millions of dollars in compensation and the release of residential school records, survivors and indigenous leaders said.
The Islamic State terrorists who kidnapped American journalist James Foley never made serious attempts to negotiate a ransom before brutally executing him, family members have told a court.
‘The Russian patriarch just gave his most dangerous speech yet — and almost no one in the west has noticed’
Disregarding for a moment how simply, factually wrong Patriarch Kirill's history is, this sermon does mark a dangerous escalation in the rhetoric coming from the Moscow Patriarchate—and, we can assume, by extension the Russian state, says Katherine Kelaidis.
Africa Eye reporter Peter Macjob travels to Uganda to meet the families who have suffered tragic losses at the hands of rogue pastors.
Mon, 04 Apr 2022
A former Scottish head teacher has questioned the merits of religious worship in school assemblies and feels a US-style "no prayer" policy should be adopted.
Alan Moher did not give his former wife Caroline a 'Get' – a document that formally recognises the end of marriage in the Orthodox Jewish faith.
Express & Star
Inside Boris Johnson’s conversion therapy chaos: ‘Nutty, evangelical advisers’ blamed for double u-turn
The Prime Minister was forced to change his position because advisers were shocked by an onslaught of criticism from Conservative backbenchers.
Wales is seeking legal advice on the "unilateral action" it can take to ban conversion therapy, after the UK reportedly committed to banning the practice for gay people, but not those who are trans.
A renewed legislative bid to change the minimum age for marriage to 18, and criminalise those organising underage unions, looks set to succeed.
On hate crime in Scotland, blasphemy in Batley, and cartoons in Colchester.
Pope Francis on Friday made a historic apology to Indigenous Peoples for the "deplorable" abuses they suffered in Canada's Catholic-run residential schools and said he hoped to visit Canada in late July to deliver the apology in person to survivors of the church's misguided missionary zeal.
The Associated Press
A US federal court sentenced the leader of the extremist Jewish Lev Tahor cult to 12 years imprisonment on Thursday for six convictions including child sexual exploitation and kidnapping.
The Times of Israel*
While many public and private employers in the United States have required workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19, some are allowing exemptions for people who say the vaccine violates their religious beliefs. But most US adults do not believe that these requests for religious exemptions are sincere.
Pew Research Center
Rainbow flags could be taken from fans at the World Cup in Qatar to protect them from being attacked for promoting gay rights, a senior leader overseeing security for the tournament said.
The Associated Press
"Patriarch Kirill of Moscow has given theological cover for Vladimir Putin's murderous assault on Ukraine"
Fri, 01 Apr 2022
The government insists it will ban so-called conversion therapy for gay or bisexual people in England and Wales - but not for transgender people.
A Muslim student has accused staff of calling her face veil a 'security threat' and a 'safeguarding issue' and 'isolating' her from other pupils because of it.
The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) employs close to 400 officers who are members of fraternal organisations such as the Orange Order and the Freemasons.
A fire at a mosque in Newport is being treated as a hate crime.
The Primates of the Anglican Communion are determined that the Lambeth Conference in July should not be dominated by debates about human sexuality, the Archbishop of Canterbury has said.
The top-ranking Ukrainian Catholic cleric in the United States warned Thursday that religious minorities in the Eastern European country stand to be "crushed" if Moscow gains control, as fighting raged on more than a month after the Russian invasion began.
Five foetuses have been discovered in a Washington home reportedly belonging to an anti-abortion activist, police say.
A teenage Hindu girl was killed last week in Pakistan's southeastern Sindh province after she resisted abduction for alleged forced marriage and conversion, prompting fear among the country's minority community.
A Pakistani teacher was stabbed to death allegedly over a blasphemy accusation that stemmed from a child's dream.
Police in Tarakan, North Kalimantan have arrested a 22-year-old man suspected of molesting 48 girls from an Islamic boarding school.
Iranian women were pepper-sprayed by security guards as they tried to enter a football stadium to watch a World Cup qualifier, fuelling calls for Fifa to ban Iran from the tournament.
Some 121 million pregnancies around the world each year are unintended with this amounting to almost half of all pregnancies, according to a new United Nations study.
Thu, 31 Mar 2022
Women in England will be able to access a "pills by post" abortion service indefinitely after MPs voted today to compel ministers to make it permanent instead of scrapping the scheme in September.
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