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Wed, 14 Apr 2021
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.
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.
Imran Khan used Islam to blame women for the crimes committed against them, says Khadija Khan.
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
Boris Johnson has said LGBT people will still be able to receive prayer and "pastoral support" from churches.
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Employers have been issued with guidelines for the month of Ramadan by the organisation MEND (Muslim Engagement & Development).
"I want to encourage teachers – especially in faith schools – to diversify their teaching and include the LGBTQ+ community in their lessons."
"She is a committed Christian. That's the contract she made with God, and I think something she feels can't be broken."
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.
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 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
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 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.
Mon, 12 Apr 2021
A woman sexually abused by a priest has threatened legal action against the Catholic church after officials branded her "needy" and "manipulative".
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
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".
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
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 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
Under the guise of "religious liberty," the conservative justices are privileging certain Americans at the expense of the rest, says Katherine Stewart.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Fri, 09 Apr 2021
Teachers and pupils who face protests against LGBT+ inclusive lessons should be fully supported, a union conference has been told.
The Church of England and the Roman Catholic Church have been named as a joint provider of the new school-leadership qualifications for teachers.
The archbishop of Canterbury says he 'didn't push hard enough to keep churches available for at least individual prayer'.
A motion before Newry Council also seeks 'a programme of work to help tackle these practices in all their forms'.
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
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.
Letting culture wars drive debate about "laïcité" obscures similarities between France and the United States, says Nicolas Cadène.
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 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.
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.
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 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
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.
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 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.
Why is this dangerous practice still wreaking havoc on the lives of LGBTQ+ people, asks Molly Greeves.
A Muslim convert from Luton has admitted sharing extremist videos on social media while subject to a terrorism notification order.
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.
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.
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.
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*
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?
Wed, 07 Apr 2021
Hundreds of films have been censored in Italy over the past century, primarily for political, moral and religious reasons.
A survey found found 67 per cent of those who call themselves religious have questioned their belief during the pandemic.
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