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Fri, 09 Jul 2021
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.
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.
The European Parliament has voted in favour of urgent legal action over Hungary's new law banning the depiction of homosexuality to under-18s.
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.
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'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
First Nations have confirmed more than 1,000 unmarked graves at former residential school sites. Now, people are demanding accountability from the Church.
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.
Thu, 08 Jul 2021
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
Operation Save America opposes Covid vaccination, women in power and same-sex marriage – and allies are making inroads among legislators, says Jessica Glenza.
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*
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
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.
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.
Wed, 07 Jul 2021
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.
A Holyrood committee is to consider calls for gay 'conversion therapy' to made a criminal offence in Scotland.
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.
The BBC has apologised after repeatedly broadcasting "sickening" homophobic comments completely unchallenged on its Arabic news channel in 2020.
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
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.
Former London MP Sarah Teather has said sorry for 'getting it wrong' by voting against the Bill on same sex marriage.
On Independence Day, Hobby Lobby ran an advertisement in many newspapers across the country that advocated for a Christian-run government.
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.
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.
Tue, 06 Jul 2021
The anti-racism campaigner, who previously chaired the Equality and Human Rights Commission, was temporarily banned from the party in March last year.
A Jewish man who was abused twice in one hour in central London was threatened because of his appearance, his brother said.
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.
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.
A Church of Ireland minister has resigned his post claiming that the church is "structurally, culturally and socially homophobic".
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.
A Delhi-based lawyer has filed a police complaint against Twitter for allegedly 'spreading communal hatred' and 'outraging religious feelings' of Hindus.
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.
Mon, 05 Jul 2021
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 Church of England needs to plant churches to "let Jesus out", the Archbishop of Canterbury has told a conference.
Paula Bradley apologised for any negative comments made against the LGBT community by her party in the past.
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
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.
Cardinal Angelo Becciu has become the highest-ranked cleric in the Vatican to be indicted over charges that include embezzlement and abuse of office.
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 have been vandalised in Alberta, Canada, in attacks that police have linked to anger over historic injustices against indigenous people.
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
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.
Atheists, overall, view their neighbours in a positive light, according to a new study.
The Washington Post*
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.
Fri, 02 Jul 2021
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
The Methodist Church has voted to ban conversion therapy in "any form" and urged the government to do the same.
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