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Wed, 14 Apr 2021

US: FDA lifts curbs on dispensing abortion pills during pandemic

US: FDA lifts curbs on dispensing abortion pills during pandemic

The Biden administration is lifting restrictions on dispensing abortion pills by mail during the Covid-19 pandemic, reversing a Trump administration policy that the Supreme Court backed in January.

Politico

‘The Supreme Court broke its own rules to radically redefine religious liberty’

‘The Supreme Court broke its own rules to radically redefine religious liberty’

Late on Friday night, the Supreme Court issued a 5–4 decision in Tandon v. Newsom, which blocked California's COVID-related ban on religious gatherings in private homes.

Slate

‘The religious misogyny behind Imran Khan’s remarks on rape’

‘The religious misogyny behind Imran Khan’s remarks on rape’

Imran Khan used Islam to blame women for the crimes committed against them, says Khadija Khan.

SEDAA

‘Girl’s rape in Venezuela becomes a rallying cry for abortion activists’

‘Girl’s rape in Venezuela becomes a rallying cry for abortion activists’

The assault of a 13-year-old girl in Venezuela and the arrest of her mother and a teacher who helped her end the pregnancy have forced a national debate about legalising abortion.

The New York Times*

Tue, 13 Apr 2021

PM offers assurances to clergy over conversion therapy ban

PM offers assurances to clergy over conversion therapy ban

Boris Johnson has said LGBT people will still be able to receive prayer and "pastoral support" from churches.

Premier Christian News

Ramadan guidelines issued to UK employers

Ramadan guidelines issued to UK employers

Employers have been issued with guidelines for the month of Ramadan by the organisation MEND (Muslim Engagement & Development).

Birmingham Mail

Scots gran battling cancer begs MSPs 'don't let me die without dignity'

Scots gran battling cancer begs MSPs 'don't let me die without dignity'

While Norma does not yet feel at the end of her life, she wants the right to have an assisted death when the time is right.

Daily Record

‘Young LGBTQ+ Christians like me need schools that accept us’

‘Young LGBTQ+ Christians like me need schools that accept us’

"I want to encourage teachers – especially in faith schools – to diversify their teaching and include the LGBTQ+ community in their lessons."

Gay Times

‘“She made a pact with God”: why the Queen is not likely to abdicate’

‘“She made a pact with God”: why the Queen is not likely to abdicate’

"She is a committed Christian. That's the contract she made with God, and I think something she feels can't be broken."

The Guardian

Polish town that went ‘LGBT free’ two years ago bitterly regrets decision

Polish town that went ‘LGBT free’ two years ago bitterly regrets decision

The town of Krasnik, which is located on the southern border to Ukraine and has a population of 32,000, has been dubbed 'a synonym for homophobia', according to its mayor Wojciech Wilk.

UNILAD

Bulgarian Muslims hold circumcision festival despite virus

Bulgarian Muslims hold circumcision festival despite virus

On the eve of Ramadan, Muslims from the southwestern corner of Bulgaria flocked to the mountain village of Ribnovo for a four-day festival of feasting, music and mass circumcisions.

The Independent

California lifts capacity limits on places of worship

California lifts capacity limits on places of worship

The California Department of Public Health has modified its guidance on religious gatherings, saying Monday that capacity limits on places of worship are no longer mandatory but still strongly recommended.

Los Angeles Times

‘A pastor’s son becomes a critic of religion on TikTok’

‘A pastor’s son becomes a critic of religion on TikTok’

John Piper is one of the most influential theologians in America. His son Abraham calls evangelicalism "a destructive, narrow-minded worldview."

The New York Times*

Cuba: New animal welfare law allows religious sacrifice

Cuba: New animal welfare law allows religious sacrifice

Cuba on Saturday published a new animal welfare law, the country's first, providing fines in cases of abuse but not banning cockfights or animal sacrifices during religious rites.

IB Times

Mon, 12 Apr 2021

Woman raped by priest set to sue over Catholic Church’s response

Woman raped by priest set to sue over Catholic Church’s response

A woman sexually abused by a priest has threatened legal action against the Catholic church after officials branded her "needy" and "manipulative".

The Times*

Edinburgh churches appeal for one-hour delay in start of Sunday parking charges

Edinburgh churches appeal for one-hour delay in start of Sunday parking charges

The Church of Scotland's Edinburgh presbytery urged the council to reconsider the 12.30pm start time for the charges to allow churchgoers to spend time together after services.

Edinburgh Evening News

Catholic schools must be allowed to flourish, bishops tell Scottish voters

Catholic schools must be allowed to flourish, bishops tell Scottish voters

In a 1,000-word letter distributed online and via 500 parishes, the bishops say parliamentarians ought to support an education "which includes Catholic schools".

The Times*

Attacks on Carrick homes are 'naked sectarianism' – MLA

Attacks on Carrick homes are 'naked sectarianism' – MLA

Attacks on homes in Carrickfergus attributed to loyalists intent on intimidating Catholic residents has been condemned as "raw, naked sectarianism" by a local MLA.

The Irish News

Calls for full inventory of world artefacts held by Church of England

Calls for full inventory of world artefacts held by Church of England

The Church of England has been urged to open up its books on the full range of world artefacts in its possession after promising this week to repatriate two Benin bronzes.

The Guardian

Indiana legislature OKs religious activities as essential

Indiana legislature OKs religious activities as essential

The Indiana Senate approved a bill Thursday that designates religious activities as essential services and prohibits any restrictions on them during a declared emergency.

The Associated Press

‘The Supreme Court’s religious persecution complex’

‘The Supreme Court’s religious persecution complex’

Under the guise of "religious liberty," the conservative justices are privileging certain Americans at the expense of the rest, says Katherine Stewart.

New Republican

Crowds surging at India's Kumbh Mela amid deadly Covid wave

Crowds surging at India's Kumbh Mela amid deadly Covid wave

Tens of thousands of people have gathered to take a dip in the Ganges river as a deadly second Covid-19 wave continues to sweep India.

BBC

India: Adults free to choose religion, says Supreme Court

India: Adults free to choose religion, says Supreme Court

Maintaining that an adult is free to choose a religion of his or her choice, the Supreme Court on Friday refused to entertain a BJP leader's PIL seeking directions to ban 'black magic', superstition and fraudulent religious conversions.

The Tribune

Two nurses booked under blasphemy charges in Pakistan

Two nurses booked under blasphemy charges in Pakistan

Two Christian nurses have been booked under blasphemy charges in Pakistan's Punjab province following a complaint by hospital authorities, police said, as people staged demonstrations against the duo demanding strict action against them.

DT Next

Egypt: Court sentences acting Muslim Brotherhood leader to life in prison

Egypt: Court sentences acting Muslim Brotherhood leader to life in prison

An Egyptian court sentenced Mahmoud Ezzat, the former acting leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, to life in prison on Thursday, months after he was detained in a Cairo apartment.

Reuters

Muslim group sues Facebook over claims it removes hate groups

Muslim group sues Facebook over claims it removes hate groups

Muslim Advocates have filed a consumer protection lawsuit against Facebook, Zuckerberg and Sandberg, among other executives, demanding the social network start taking anti-Muslim activity more seriously.

NPR

Fri, 09 Apr 2021

Teachers who face protests against LGBT+ lessons must be supported – union

Teachers who face protests against LGBT+ lessons must be supported – union

Teachers and pupils who face protests against LGBT+ inclusive lessons should be fully supported, a union conference has been told.

Evening Standard

C of E and the Catholic Church to provide school leadership qualifications

C of E and the Catholic Church to provide school leadership qualifications

The Church of England and the Roman Catholic Church have been named as a joint provider of the new school-leadership qualifications for teachers.

Church Times*

Justin Welby says he was 'too risk-averse' on church closures in first Covid lockdown

Justin Welby says he was 'too risk-averse' on church closures in first Covid lockdown

The archbishop of Canterbury says he 'didn't push hard enough to keep churches available for at least individual prayer'.

The Telegraph*

Council motion wants ‘conversion therapy’ ban and recognition of ‘harm it causes’

Council motion wants ‘conversion therapy’ ban and recognition of ‘harm it causes’

A motion before Newry Council also seeks 'a programme of work to help tackle these practices in all their forms'.

Armagh i

‘No religion deserves freedom from ridicule’

‘No religion deserves freedom from ridicule’

Freedom of speech can only exist if we are able to accept the risk of offence that inevitably accompanies the discussion of controversial subjects, says Oliver Buckingham.

The Oxford Blue

Photo of beheaded French teacher found at home of terror suspect

Photo of beheaded French teacher found at home of terror suspect

A photo of murdered French teacher Samuel Paty has been found in the home of the main suspect behind a recent terror plot on the city of Montpellier, the anti-terrorism prosecutor's office said.

The Independent

‘French secularism isn’t illiberal’

‘French secularism isn’t illiberal’

Letting culture wars drive debate about "laïcité" obscures similarities between France and the United States, says Nicolas Cadène.

Foreign Policy*

Panel advances bill to let Arkansas teachers talk creationism

Panel advances bill to let Arkansas teachers talk creationism

A House committee on Tuesday advanced a bill that would allow teachers to discuss religious beliefs of creationism along with instruction about scientific theories in public schools in Arkansas, over objectors who said the bill puts matters of faith in schools and doesn't match up with the state's curriculum-forming process.

Arkansas Democrat Gazette

Malaysia pushes for sharia law to be tougher on LGBT+ Muslims

Malaysia pushes for sharia law to be tougher on LGBT+ Muslims

Malaysia is pushing for sharia law to be tougher against LGBT+ Muslims even as it makes a bid for a spot on the UN Human Rights Council.

Pink News

Former Orthodox Jewish school principal in Australian court on sex abuse charges

Former Orthodox Jewish school principal in Australian court on sex abuse charges

A former principal of an ultra-orthodox Jewish school accused of child sexual abuse will remain in custody ahead of her pre-trial hearing in September after appearing in an Australian court Friday.

Mail Online

‘Imran Khan’s cowardly response to Pakistan’s rape crisis’

‘Imran Khan’s cowardly response to Pakistan’s rape crisis’

Imran Khan is now upholding a merger of his personal chauvinism and the wider Islamist marginalisation of women in Pakistan, says Kunwar Khuldune Shahid.

The Spectator*

‘A fierce election tests Modi’s campaign to remake India’

‘A fierce election tests Modi’s campaign to remake India’

The prime minister's party is vying to dethrone a powerful politician in West Bengal. Even a close race could demonstrate the growing reach of his Hindu nationalist movement.

The New York Times*

Thu, 08 Apr 2021

Council threatened with legal action for blocking humanist from RE committee

Council threatened with legal action for blocking humanist from RE committee

Mary Wallbank applied to be a voting member of Southampton's Standing Advisory Council on RE (SACRE) – the body that oversees RE in local authority funded schools. However, following consultation with religious members of the committee, the council voted not to admit her.

iNews

Obeying religious leaders can fuel ‘abuse of power’

Obeying religious leaders can fuel ‘abuse of power’

Deference to religious leaders can fuel abuse and misuse of power within churches, an academic has warned, adding that obedience towards clergy should no longer be considered a virtue.

The Times*

Jesus House claims it doesn’t ‘engage in conversion therapy’

Jesus House claims it doesn’t ‘engage in conversion therapy’

The evangelical ministry became caught in the crosshairs after Keir Starmer attended the church to promote its pop-up NHS vaccination centre. Years-old accusations that the church carries out conversion therapy quickly resurfaced.

Pink News

‘Gay conversion therapy is still happening in the UK’

‘Gay conversion therapy is still happening in the UK’

Why is this dangerous practice still wreaking havoc on the lives of LGBTQ+ people, asks Molly Greeves.

Cosmopolitan

Convicted terrorist shared extremist videos on social media

Convicted terrorist shared extremist videos on social media

A Muslim convert from Luton has admitted sharing extremist videos on social media while subject to a terrorism notification order.

ITV

Alabama revises voter form with religious oath

Alabama revises voter form with religious oath

An atheist group asked a judge Wednesday to end its federal lawsuit against the state of Alabama since officials have revised its voter registration forms, which required an oath to God.

Mail Online

US considering China Winter Olympics boycott, State Dept. says

US considering China Winter Olympics boycott, State Dept. says

In the Biden administration's most direct comments yet connecting human rights abuses in China to the upcoming Beijing Games, State Department spokesman Ned Price told reporters Tuesday that a boycott is "something that we certainly wish to discuss" in coordination with US allies.

Sportico

Designer 'sorry' for showing mosque on T-shirt

Designer 'sorry' for showing mosque on T-shirt

A US-based designer has apologised for using a portrait of a historic mosque in Kenya's island of Lamu on a T-shirt worn by celebrity Jay-Z, an official in charge of the site has said.

BBC

‘My son’s Yeshiva is breaking the law’

‘My son’s Yeshiva is breaking the law’

Ultra-Orthodox Jewish schools must provide a proper education, but US politicians aren't holding them accountable, say Beatrice Weber and Chaim Levin.

The New York Times*

‘I tried to quit the Catholic church, but the Catholic church wouldn't quit me.’

‘I tried to quit the Catholic church, but the Catholic church wouldn't quit me.’

Excommunication is harder than it seems. But if you don't go to church, does it matter if the church still thinks you're part of the flock?

The Guardian

Wed, 07 Apr 2021

Italy ends censorship of films on moral and religious grounds

Italy ends censorship of films on moral and religious grounds

Hundreds of films have been censored in Italy over the past century, primarily for political, moral and religious reasons.

The Guardian

New survey reveals 67 per cent of religious people have questioned their beliefs

New survey reveals 67 per cent of religious people have questioned their beliefs

A survey found found 67 per cent of those who call themselves religious have questioned their belief during the pandemic.

Premier Christian News

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