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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
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.
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 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.
Tue, 20 Jul 2021
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.
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
The UK Government is right to intervene to ensure the provision of abortion services in Northern Ireland, Michelle O'Neill has said.
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.
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.
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'.
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.
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.
Mon, 19 Jul 2021
The government will set out further steps this week on the commissioning of abortion services for Northern Ireland.
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
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*
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.
A disgraced vicar who was suspended from duties after police swooped on his home has admitted to possessing thousands of child abuse images.
Race and religious related hate offences hit a new high in 2020, with more than a quarter of investigations closed and unsolved.
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.
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".
Westergaard became world famous in 2005 for his controversial depiction of Islam's prophet Muhammad in the Jyllands-Posten newspaper.
An LGBT-inclusive church in Tbilisi, Georgia, has been forced to close its doors following threats of homophobic violence.
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".
Apple has been accused of enabling the widespread censorship of LGBT+ apps in 152 different countries in a damning new report.
Fri, 16 Jul 2021
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The European Commission has started legal steps against Hungary's law banning LGBTQ content for minors and Poland's "LGBTQ-free" zones.
A top Canadian Jewish group spoke out on Thursday against new restrictions on circumcision by medical professionals being weighed in the Manitoba province.
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.
Thu, 15 Jul 2021
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
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'.
The arrest followed an investigation by counter-terror officers and local police relating to Islamist terrorism.
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.
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.
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*
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.
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.
Sharia police in Kano state, Nigeria, have arrested five men for suspected homosexuality.
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.
Wed, 14 Jul 2021
An application to build an Islamic faith primary school in Crawley has been recommended for refusal by planning officers.
Crawley and Horley Observer
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".
Izzy Montague, a Christian mother, is taking her child's primary school to court over a parade held to celebrate kids being themselves.
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.
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.
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