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Mon, 09 May 2022

MSP John Mason criticised for comments about abortion clinics

MSP John Mason criticised for comments about abortion clinics

An SNP MSP has been criticised for saying clinics "push abortion without laying out the pros and cons".

BBC

‘Abortion will never get restricted in Britain, right? Wake up, they’re already trying’

‘Abortion will never get restricted in Britain, right? Wake up, they’re already trying’

"While slow, small and subtle, the move over the last two years towards regaining control over women's bodies is a powerful message that we are only ever one powerful extremist, one well-funded campaign, one misogynistic politician, one ill-conceived clinical guideline away from walking 'under his eye'."

The Independent

Church of England to apologise for 'shameful actions' against Jews

Church of England to apologise for 'shameful actions' against Jews

Eight hundred years after Christian leaders introduced a raft of antisemitic laws, the Church of England is to apologise for its "shameful actions" against Jews.

The Jewish Chronicle

Assisted dying in Jersey could be introduced by 2024

Assisted dying in Jersey could be introduced by 2024

Assisted dying legislation will not come into force until at least late 2024 or early 2025, a government report has revealed.

ITV

Activists rally behind Croatian woman denied abortion

Activists rally behind Croatian woman denied abortion

A group of civic activists in Croatia have demonstrated in support of a woman who was denied an abortion despite her foetus having serious health problems.

ABC News

More than 100 Orthodox Jews barred from boarding by Lufthansa in mask dispute, report says

More than 100 Orthodox Jews barred from boarding by Lufthansa in mask dispute, report says

A group of Orthodox Jewish men has accused the German airline Lufthansa of "antisemitic discrimination" after many were barred from boarding a connecting flight following a mask dispute, according to the Hebrew-language newspaper Hamodia.

Business Insider

Taliban to force Afghan women to wear face veil

Taliban to force Afghan women to wear face veil

Afghan women will have to wear the Islamic face veil for the first time in decades under a decree passed by the country's ruling Taliban militants.

BBC

Israel ‘will assassinate Hamas leaders if terror attacks continue’

Israel ‘will assassinate Hamas leaders if terror attacks continue’

Israel has reportedly informed its allies that it is preparing to send assassination teams to kill Hamas leaders abroad in retaliation for deadly attacks on Israeli civilians in the past two months.

The Times*

India: Nationalists want Taj Mahal to be rebranded as Hindu holy site

India: Nationalists want Taj Mahal to be rebranded as Hindu holy site

A member of India's ruling party has taken out a lawsuit to try to prove that the Taj Mahal, a Muslim monument, contains hidden Hindu relics.

The Times*

India: Hindu man killed for marrying Muslim woman

India: Hindu man killed for marrying Muslim woman

A 25-year-old Hindu man who married a Muslim woman was killed by his wife's brother in a suspected hate crime in Hyderabad late on Wednesday, police said, adding that two people were arrested in connection with the case.

Hindustan Times

Australia: Bid to have satanism classes in Queensland government schools dismissed as a ‘stunt’

Australia: Bid to have satanism classes in Queensland government schools dismissed as a ‘stunt’

A bid to have satanism classes taught at some Queensland schools has been dismissed as "a base political stunt", with a supreme court judge ordering the founder of the Noosa Temple of Satan to explain why he should not be prosecuted.

The Guardian

Fri, 06 May 2022

‘Church and state ties not relevant in a modern society’

‘Church and state ties not relevant in a modern society’

"How can the Church hold such influence in the modern age when only 1.4 per cent of the population attend church?"

The Yorkshire Post*

Afghanistan: UK not delivering on Afghan pledge - ex-Army boss

Afghanistan: UK not delivering on Afghan pledge - ex-Army boss

A UK general who served in Afghanistan says the government should "feel deeply ashamed" after Afghans who worked with Nato were left in the country.

BBC

‘Angry about Roe v. Wade? it’s a threat to abortion rights in the UK too’

‘Angry about Roe v. Wade? it’s a threat to abortion rights in the UK too’

If you think that what's happening in America right now won't or can't influence abortion legislation in the UK, think again, says Vicky Spratt.

Refinery29

‘The Guardian view on what follows Roe v Wade: it doesn’t stop here’

‘The Guardian view on what follows Roe v Wade: it doesn’t stop here’

"Further attempts to restrict rights should be expected following state abortion bans. And they won't be limited to women in the US."

The Guardian

‘Overturning Roe vs Wade blurs church and state’

‘Overturning Roe vs Wade blurs church and state’

Religious liberty for only one religion is not religious liberty, says Emily Tamkin.

The New Statesman

‘The secular defence of reproductive rights’

‘The secular defence of reproductive rights’

Internationally, highly secular societies are the best at ensuring abortion rights, while the most religious are the worst, says Phil Zuckerman.

OnlySky

As US poised to restrict abortion, other nations ease access

As US poised to restrict abortion, other nations ease access

As women in the United States find themselves on the verge of possibly losing the constitutional right to abortion, courts in many other parts of the world have been moving in the opposite direction.

The Associated Press

Canadian panel urges not hiring military chaplains of religions that exclude women from their priesthoods

Canadian panel urges not hiring military chaplains of religions that exclude women from their priesthoods

An advisory panel to the Canadian Department of National Defence wants to rid the Canadian Armed Forces of military chaplains whose religious faiths do not openly promote diversity.

Catholic News Service

Feminists rally for Argentine nuns who denounced archbishop

Feminists rally for Argentine nuns who denounced archbishop

Feminist groups have rallied to the support of 18 cloistered Carmelite nuns who have filed an unusual complaint of gender violence against the local Catholic archbishop.

The Associated Press

Afghan women defend right to drive as Taliban curb licences

Afghan women defend right to drive as Taliban curb licences

The Taliban in Afghanistan have reportedly told instructors to stop issuing driving licenses to women.

The New Arab

India: Police officer ‘raped 13-year-old Dalit girl who was reporting another attack’

India: Police officer ‘raped 13-year-old Dalit girl who was reporting another attack’

An Indian policeman has been arrested and charged with raping a 13-year old girl who turned up at the police station after having been gang-raped. The girl belongs to the "Dalit" caste, the lowest and most oppressed in the Hindu social hierarchy and is the daughter of a farmer.

The Times*

Nigerian gospel singer’s death puts divorce beliefs in spotlight

Nigerian gospel singer’s death puts divorce beliefs in spotlight

The allegations around Osinachi Nwachukwu's death sent shockwaves through Nigeria's Christian communities and wider society, raising questions about gender-violence and the extent to which religious teachings and societal values condemn divorce, no matter the circumstances.

The Guardian

Thu, 05 May 2022

Abortion services in Northern Ireland almost nonexistent despite legalisation

Abortion services in Northern Ireland almost nonexistent despite legalisation

Stormont has failed to fully put into effect 2019 law passed by Westminster leaving women with 'deplorable options

The Guardian

Back anti-abortion candidates, church leaders tell NI voters

Back anti-abortion candidates, church leaders tell NI voters

Evangelical Protestants and Roman Catholic bishops have both called on Northern Ireland voters to mark their preferences on the ballot paper for candidates who are anti-abortion.

News Letter

Human rights laws hinder abortion buffer zones, says Nicola Sturgeon

Human rights laws hinder abortion buffer zones, says Nicola Sturgeon

Human rights laws are slowing down the Scottish government's ability to ban protests outside abortion clinics, Nicola Sturgeon has claimed. She also signalled a shift in her position on legalising assisted dying.

The Times*

Two-in-five British Jews will be strictly-Orthodox by 2040, new study finds

Two-in-five British Jews will be strictly-Orthodox by 2040, new study finds

Nearly a quarter of Jews around the world will be strictly-Orthodox by 2040, according to a new study that projects the population will double in size in less than two decades.

Jewish News

EU targets Russian Patriarch Kirill in new round of proposed sanctions - diplomat

EU targets Russian Patriarch Kirill in new round of proposed sanctions - diplomat

The European Commission has proposed freezing the assets of Patriarch Kirill, head of the Russian Orthodox Church, a diplomat said on Wednesday.

Reuters*

Oklahoma governor signs ban on abortions after six weeks of pregnancy, effective immediately

Oklahoma governor signs ban on abortions after six weeks of pregnancy, effective immediately

Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt signed a bill on Tuesday that bans abortion after six weeks of pregnancy, immediately outlawing almost all abortions in the state.

Reuters*

‘Let’s throw out the term “culture wars.” This is religious tyranny.’

‘Let’s throw out the term “culture wars.” This is religious tyranny.’

If media outlets keep distorting language, they are going to find it hard to explain the firestorm that awaits the overturning of Roe v. Wade, says Jennifer Rubin.

The Washington Post*

Satanic group asks to fly flag at Boston City Hall after supreme court ruling

Satanic group asks to fly flag at Boston City Hall after supreme court ruling

Salem-based group asks to mark Satanic Appreciation Week in July after city's denial of request by Christian activist ruled illegal.

The Guardian

Pakistan: Critics warn over blasphemy case against Imran Khan

Pakistan: Critics warn over blasphemy case against Imran Khan

Blasphemy charges against former Prime Minister Imran Khan and his party leaders could pose serious risks not only to their lives but also to those of their families, critics say.

Deutsche Welle

Iran: ‘Does wearing the hijab help women's careers?’

Iran: ‘Does wearing the hijab help women's careers?’

Iranian women who rebel against mandatory wearing of hijabs say they are being discriminated against in the workplace.

Deutsche Welle

Wed, 04 May 2022

Ireland: Non-religious teachers ‘hide’ beliefs for job opportunities – study

Ireland: Non-religious teachers ‘hide’ beliefs for job opportunities – study

Non-religious teachers are hiding or suppressing their beliefs over fears it could affect their employment or promotion prospects in schools with a religious ethos, according to research. The findings are contained in a cross-Border study by Dr Catherine Stapleton of Mary Immaculate College and Dr James Nelson of Queen's University Belfast.

The Irish Times*

‘Taking the church out of Irish primary schools’

‘Taking the church out of Irish primary schools’

It is estimated that the State owns 5 per cent of primary schools. The Catholic Church, by contrast, controls almost 90 per cent. The State, however, pays teachers and foots the bill for the vast bulk of capital costs involving school buildings.

The Irish Times*

‘Sex education must be taught free from the influence of religious ethos’

‘Sex education must be taught free from the influence of religious ethos’

We will foster compassion, not hate, says Jennifer Horgan

Irish Examiner

Ex-pub landlord accused of sending thousands in Covid loans to fund ISIS

Ex-pub landlord accused of sending thousands in Covid loans to fund ISIS

A 42-year-old man has been accused of sending thousands of pounds in Covid support loans to fund Islamic State fighters in Syria.

Metro

Online Safety Bill threatens rights to free speech, claims top lawyer

Online Safety Bill threatens rights to free speech, claims top lawyer

Flaws in the government's Online Safety Bill will lead to restrictions on free speech and make it incompatible with the Human Rights Act, according to a leading media lawyer.

The Times*

Calls for buffer zones at Scottish abortion clinics as landmark US case is threatened

Calls for buffer zones at Scottish abortion clinics as landmark US case is threatened

Calls are growing for buffer zones to be introduced around Scotland's abortion clinics after the Roe v Wade case details emerged.

The Scotsman*

US: Contraception could come under fire next after Roe v Wade is overturned

US: Contraception could come under fire next after Roe v Wade is overturned

A reckoning with what the 14th amendment enshrines could affect consensual sex and even marriage rights.

The Guardian

Erosion of abortion rights gathers pace around the world as US signals new era

Erosion of abortion rights gathers pace around the world as US signals new era

It is illegal for women to terminate their pregnancies in any circumstance in 24 countries, with a further 37 restricting access in any case except when the mother's life is in danger.

The Guardian

‘I’ve had both a legal and illegal abortion – the difference is shocking’

‘I’ve had both a legal and illegal abortion – the difference is shocking’

'I'm sharing my story – to try to change abortion laws in my home country after it put into place a near-total ban on foetal terminations last year.'

Metro

‘I have every right to return to my country’: Taslima Nasrin

‘I have every right to return to my country’: Taslima Nasrin

Owing to her thoughts and ideas, the now exiled author is banned from both Bangladesh and West Bengal. However, the indomitable spirit continues her brand of activism through pen and paper, and social media.

The Daily Star

Tue, 03 May 2022

Roe v Wade: US Supreme Court leak suggests abortion law repeal

Roe v Wade: US Supreme Court leak suggests abortion law repeal

The US Supreme Court could be about to overturn the nationwide legal right to abortion, according to an unprecedented leaked draft of a court document.

BBC

‘As the US supreme court moves to end abortion, is America still a free country?’

‘As the US supreme court moves to end abortion, is America still a free country?’

There is no condition more essential to democratic citizenship than a person's control over her own body. We can't call ourselves a free country without it, says Moira Donegan.

The Guardian

Muslim cleric who condemned Islamic extremism at Manchester Arena inquiry forced to flee after death threats

Muslim cleric who condemned Islamic extremism at Manchester Arena inquiry forced to flee after death threats

Mohammed El-Saeiti, a former iman at Didsbury mosque, has been threatened by three stalkers near his home and targeted on social media, after he appeared at the bombing inquiry in November last year.

Mail Online

Heads vote for Zahawi to intervene over gay author school visit

Heads vote for Zahawi to intervene over gay author school visit

Headteachers have voted for Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi to investigate the diocese which banned a gay author from visiting a Catholic school.

Express & Star

Franklin Graham: 'Nothing offensive' in Liverpool bus ads

Franklin Graham: 'Nothing offensive' in Liverpool bus ads

American evangelist Franklin Graham has said there is "nothing offensive" about adverts on Liverpool's buses promoting his UK tour. The city region's mayor has called for them to be removed and claimed they were promoting "hateful speech".

BBC

Archbishop of Wales says churches could marry same-sex couples in next few years

Archbishop of Wales says churches could marry same-sex couples in next few years

The new archbishop of Wales has said that same-sex weddings could be held in churches within the next five years.

Pink News

Abortion protesters encouraged to hear other side

Abortion protesters encouraged to hear other side

Protesters who harass women outside abortion clinics will be encouraged to meet those who defend the right to termination to hear views "from all sides".

The Times*

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