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Wed, 21 Jul 2021

US: Federal appeals court to consider whether students at Catholic school can be required to wear masks

US: Federal appeals court to consider whether students at Catholic school can be required to wear masks

The case involves a Catholic elementary school which contends that any state mandate that children age five and older wear a mask in classrooms is unconstitutional. The school says such a rule would violate "sincerely held religious beliefs" because they say humans were made in the image of God, and masks shield that image from being seen.

Michigan Radio

‘Even people who oppose abortion should fear Texas’s new ban’

‘Even people who oppose abortion should fear Texas’s new ban’

The law could give a roadmap to any state that wants to target a federal right, from gun ownership to free speech, say Julia Kaye and Marc Hearron.

The Washington Post*

Mexico's Veracruz state votes to allow abortion, joining three other regions

Mexico's Veracruz state votes to allow abortion, joining three other regions

Mexico's southeastern state of Veracruz will become the fourth state in the predominantly Roman Catholic country to clear away criminal penalties for elective abortion after lawmakers on Tuesday voted to decriminalize the procedure.

Reuters*

Tue, 20 Jul 2021

International Planned Parenthood Foundation launches legal action against UK over aid cuts

International Planned Parenthood Foundation launches legal action against UK over aid cuts

The International Planned Parenthood Foundation is set to launch legal action against the UK government's decision to drastically cut the aid budget. The organisation, which provides abortions and other reproductive healthcare around the world, said the changes would have "catastrophic" repercussions on millions of the "most vulnerable people" around the world.

The Independent

Campaign for abortion clinic ‘buffer zones’ hits out at Facebook for blocking petition

Campaign for abortion clinic ‘buffer zones’ hits out at Facebook for blocking petition

A campaign for buffer zones outside abortion clinics has hit out at Facebook, after the social media giant blocked their petition stating it was 'reported as abusive content.'

Edinburgh Evening News

Right for UK Government to intervene on NI abortion services – Deputy First Minister

Right for UK Government to intervene on NI abortion services – Deputy First Minister

The UK Government is right to intervene to ensure the provision of abortion services in Northern Ireland, Michelle O'Neill has said.

Belfast Telegraph

Church’s safeguarding blunders could cause more deaths, coroner warns

Church’s safeguarding blunders could cause more deaths, coroner warns

A coroner who investigated the death of a gay priest who took his own life over unfounded allegations of child sex abuse raised by the diocese of London has warned the Archbishop of Canterbury that more clergy deaths will follow unless action is taken to improve C of E safeguarding procedures.

Church Times*

Bristol Bisons gay rugby player allowed to stay in UK

Bristol Bisons gay rugby player allowed to stay in UK

Ken Macharia, who moved to the UK more than a decade ago, has been granted refugee status. Without it he feared he could have been sent back to Kenya, where homosexual activity is illegal and punishable with heavy jail sentences.

BBC

‘Maira Shahbaz must be granted asylum from sexual slavery in Pakistan’

‘Maira Shahbaz must be granted asylum from sexual slavery in Pakistan’

Kidnapped age 14, forcibly married and converted to Islam by her captor, Pakistan's high court declared Maira Shahbaz should be 'returned to her husband'.

Uncommon Ground

Australia: Satanists say parliament’s Christian prayer excludes them

Australia: Satanists say parliament’s Christian prayer excludes them

The Noosa Temple of Satan have launched a petition taking aim at the Australian Parliament's "exclusionary" opening Christian prayers, ahead of the Morrison Government introducing the Religious Discrimination Bill.

Q News

‘Blasphemy laws: why we Muslims need a second thought’

‘Blasphemy laws: why we Muslims need a second thought’

We can never extricate ourselves from the wave of anti-Muslim sentiments if we continue to react emotionally to provocative speeches being made by Muslim skeptics, ex-Muslims or even anti-Muslim politicians around the world, says Aliyu Bashir Limanci.

Sahara Reporters

Mon, 19 Jul 2021

Government set to lay out plans for abortion in NI

Government set to lay out plans for abortion in NI

The government will set out further steps this week on the commissioning of abortion services for Northern Ireland.

BBC

Radical preacher Anjem Choudary’s public speaking ban lifted

Radical preacher Anjem Choudary’s public speaking ban lifted

A ban on radical preacher Anjem Choudary speaking in public is being lifted as licence conditions which were imposed after his release from prison come to an end.

Manchester Evening News

Fall of Afghan government could inspire UK terror attacks, spies fear

Fall of Afghan government could inspire UK terror attacks, spies fear

A collapse of the western-backed government in Afghanistan could prove an inspiration for young extremists from countries such as Britain to commit acts of terror, the security services fear.

The Sunday Times*

‘Life under the Taliban in Afghanistan reverts to “dark age”’

‘Life under the Taliban in Afghanistan reverts to “dark age”’

For Afghans old enough to recall the brutal Taliban regime of the 1990s, there is a grim familiarity to the restrictions imposed by the insurgents as they sweep back across Afghanistan.

The Times*

Disgraced vicar admits having over 3,000 child abuse images

Disgraced vicar admits having over 3,000 child abuse images

A disgraced vicar who was suspended from duties after police swooped on his home has admitted to possessing thousands of child abuse images.

Lancashire Telegraph

Record high race and religious hate offences recorded by police in 2020

Record high race and religious hate offences recorded by police in 2020

Race and religious related hate offences hit a new high in 2020, with more than a quarter of investigations closed and unsolved.

ITV

‘How an EU court decision exposes conflicts in some strands of Islam’

‘How an EU court decision exposes conflicts in some strands of Islam’

Even if we're no longer part of the EU, we should all, Muslims and non-Muslims, still take a close interest in the European court's judgement, says Paigham Mustafa.

The National*

Turkey condemns EU court ruling on headscarf ban as violation of freedoms

Turkey condemns EU court ruling on headscarf ban as violation of freedoms

Turkey on Sunday slammed a ruling by a top European Union court allowing the banning of headscarves under certain conditions as a "clear violation of religious freedoms".

Reuters

Kurt Westergaard, Danish cartoonist behind Muhammad cartoon, dies at 86

Kurt Westergaard, Danish cartoonist behind Muhammad cartoon, dies at 86

Westergaard became world famous in 2005 for his controversial depiction of Islam's prophet Muhammad in the Jyllands-Posten newspaper.

BBC

LGBT-inclusive Georgia church closes after violent threats

LGBT-inclusive Georgia church closes after violent threats

An LGBT-inclusive church in Tbilisi, Georgia, has been forced to close its doors following threats of homophobic violence.

Pink News

Canada: Manitoba scraps rule that would require circumcisions to take place in hospitals

Canada: Manitoba scraps rule that would require circumcisions to take place in hospitals

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba announced it would amend the rule, saying: "The standard will not infringe on any human or religious rights and freedoms whatsoever".

National Post

Apple ‘enabling government censorship’ of LGBT+ apps around the world, report alleges

Apple ‘enabling government censorship’ of LGBT+ apps around the world, report alleges

Apple has been accused of enabling the widespread censorship of LGBT+ apps in 152 different countries in a damning new report.

Pink News

Fri, 16 Jul 2021

Church of England braces for compensation claims from victims of 90s cult-like group

Church of England braces for compensation claims from victims of 90s cult-like group

The Church of England could face a wave of compensation claims from former members of a cult-like movement which collapsed due to a sex scandal 25 years ago.

Mail Online

Virginity tests to be banned over risk of ‘honour’ killings

Virginity tests to be banned over risk of ‘honour’ killings

Virginity testing is to be criminalised in England and Wales as charities warn that the abusive procedure is leaving women and girls at risk of so-called honour killings.

The Times*

More than half of Brits plan on ditching a traditional funeral service

More than half of Brits plan on ditching a traditional funeral service

Asked as to why they were choosing to go against tradition, over two fifths (41 per cent) said because they don't belong to a religion.

The Mirror

MPs and rabbis move to solve religious divorce crisis

MPs and rabbis move to solve religious divorce crisis

Parliamentarians and rabbis are attempting to solve the crisis over Jewish divorce following accusations that rabbinical courts have been siding with domestic abusers and enabling the "backmail" of chained wives.

The Jewish Chronicle

‘Muslims against gay rights: the battle for Batley and Spen’

‘Muslims against gay rights: the battle for Batley and Spen’

The recent chaotic by-election campaign in the UK parliamentary constituency of Batley and Spen has laid bare the current fault lines in British society, which is divided by identity politics and religious intolerance, says Khadija Khan.

Areo

Abortion at 24 weeks approved in Guernsey

Abortion at 24 weeks approved in Guernsey

The States of Guernsey has voted to increase the time limits on legal abortions from 12 to 24 weeks in a move which has been welcomed by pro-choice campaigners.

ITV

Ireland: Residents question why public barred from Dublin city park maintained by Council and owned by religious order

Ireland: Residents question why public barred from Dublin city park maintained by Council and owned by religious order

Residents in Dublin have questioned why a religious order which uses public resources to maintain a park in Dublin city centre is refusing to open the grounds to the public.

TheJournal.ie

Headscarves can be banned at work under certain conditions, top EU court rules

Headscarves can be banned at work under certain conditions, top EU court rules

Companies may ban Muslim employees from wearing a headscarf under certain conditions, the European Union's top court said on Thursday, in two cases brought by Muslim women in Germany who were suspended from their jobs after they started wearing the Islamic garment.

France24

France sets up ‘office of laïcité’ to defend its secular ideals

France sets up ‘office of laïcité’ to defend its secular ideals

The frequently-misunderstood concept of laïcité - secularism - is set to be reinforced with the creation of a new office designed to oversee the application of one of the fundamental principles of the French republic.

TheLocal.fr

EU sues Hungary and Poland over LGBTQ discrimination

EU sues Hungary and Poland over LGBTQ discrimination

The European Commission has started legal steps against Hungary's law banning LGBTQ content for minors and Poland's "LGBTQ-free" zones.

Deutsche Welle

Canadian Jewish group opposes proposed limits on circumcisions outside medical facilities

Canadian Jewish group opposes proposed limits on circumcisions outside medical facilities

A top Canadian Jewish group spoke out on Thursday against new restrictions on circumcision by medical professionals being weighed in the Manitoba province.

The Algemeiner

Minnesota to ban conversion therapy as governor bypasses Republican lawmakers

Minnesota to ban conversion therapy as governor bypasses Republican lawmakers

Minnesota's governor Tim Walz has announced that he will sign an executive order ending the "discredited, barbaric practice" of conversion therapy in the state.

Pink News

Thu, 15 Jul 2021

Man guilty of sex abuse of children while teacher at mosque

Man guilty of sex abuse of children while teacher at mosque

An Oldham man is facing a prison sentence after being convicted of multiple sexual offences against three children in the 1990s while he was a teacher at a mosque.

The Oldham Times

First female Muslim leader of Oldham Council's car firebombed

First female Muslim leader of Oldham Council's car firebombed

The first female Muslim leader of Oldham Council's car has been firebombed as local MP reveals 'community activists' have started campaign claiming the town is becoming a 'Muslim enclave'.

Mail Online

Father of Brighton jihadi brothers killed fighting in Syria charged with terrorism offences

Father of Brighton jihadi brothers killed fighting in Syria charged with terrorism offences

The arrest followed an investigation by counter-terror officers and local police relating to Islamist terrorism.

The Telegraph*

Proposal to delay Guernsey abortion law reform rejected by deputies

Proposal to delay Guernsey abortion law reform rejected by deputies

The States of Guernsey has voted against delaying reforms to the island's abortion law. Last year, deputies agreed to update Guernsey's abortion rules, including voting to extend the time limit for abortions from 12 to 24 weeks.

ITV

Ireland: Maternity hospital not under auspices of Catholic church, says health minister

Ireland: Maternity hospital not under auspices of Catholic church, says health minister

The health minister Stephen Donnelly has come under pressure to reveal how many abortions have been carried out at St Vincent's Hospital in Dublin.

The Times*

‘Irish citizens unaware of how big a part charities play in public services’

‘Irish citizens unaware of how big a part charities play in public services’

It would make a lot of sense to hold a referendum to finally decide whether religious organisations should deliver public services, says Sheila Cannon.

The Irish Times*

German spy chief warns of Islamic State's strength

German spy chief warns of Islamic State's strength

The head of Germany's foreign intelligence agency has warned that the Islamic State is just as strong as it ever was — even without its caliphate.

Deutsche Welle

India top court demands answers on Hindu pilgrimage amid pandemic

India top court demands answers on Hindu pilgrimage amid pandemic

India's Supreme Court has questioned the government over its decision to allow a key Hindu pilgrimage even as experts warn that a third COVID-19 wave was inevitable in the country.

Al Jazeera

Nigeria: Five arrested for suspected homosexuality in raid

Nigeria: Five arrested for suspected homosexuality in raid

Sharia police in Kano state, Nigeria, have arrested five men for suspected homosexuality.

Pink News

People unconsciously stereotype atheists as more likely to be serial killers

People unconsciously stereotype atheists as more likely to be serial killers

For some time, atheists have found themselves the subjects of numerous negative stereotypes. Importantly, these stereotypes seem to involve a distrust of non-religious people to the extent that they are unconsciously seen as dangerous.

PsyPost

Wed, 14 Jul 2021

Plan for Islamic faith primary in Crawley sparks concerns

Plan for Islamic faith primary in Crawley sparks concerns

An application to build an Islamic faith primary school in Crawley has been recommended for refusal by planning officers.

Crawley and Horley Observer

MSPs want journalists to undergo training on ‘Islamophobia’

MSPs want journalists to undergo training on ‘Islamophobia’

Freedom of speech fears have been raised after senior MSPs demanded all journalists in Scotland undergo compulsory training "on the role that the media play in fostering Islamophobia".

The Times*

Christian mum who thinks being gay ‘is a choice’ sues primary school over ‘Pride parade’

Christian mum who thinks being gay ‘is a choice’ sues primary school over ‘Pride parade’

Izzy Montague, a Christian mother, is taking her child's primary school to court over a parade held to celebrate kids being themselves.

Pink News

Top court rules Russia’s same-sex marriage ban is a human rights violation

Top court rules Russia’s same-sex marriage ban is a human rights violation

Europe's top court has ruled that Russia's ban on same-sex unions is a human rights violation and compelled the country to create a "legal framework" to acknowledge same-sex couples.

Pink News

LGBT+ children’s book editor forced to flee Hungary after homophobic death threats

LGBT+ children’s book editor forced to flee Hungary after homophobic death threats

A gay editor of children's books is planning to flee Hungary after a chilling new law banning "LGBT+ propaganda" in schools came into force last week.

Pink News

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