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Mon, 07 Jun 2021
The persecution of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community has strong institutional and societal roots in Pakistan.
Scouring social media for information and advice is a common recourse for young men and women who think they may be gay and live in socially conservative Arab societies. But it can lead them to therapists, spiritual leaders and influencers promising to "cure the affliction" of homosexuality through so-called conversion therapy.
Fri, 04 Jun 2021
Shagufta Kausar and her husband Shafqat Emmanuel were convicted in 2014 for 'insulting the Prophet Muhammad'. But on Thursday, the couple's lawyer Saif ul Malook said the Lahore High Court had acquitted them.
A series of hearings begins in London on Friday aiming to gather evidence on whether the Chinese government's alleged human rights abuses in the Xinjiang region constitute a genocide.
Around 35 new victims of female genital mutilation were seen by NHS services in Cumbria last year, figures show.
A teacher has been placed on leave after he claimed that referring to students by pronouns in line with their gender identity would be "sinning against God".
Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly has insisted that he will not tolerate governance with any religious ethos at the new national maternity hospital (NMH) being built on the St Vincent's hospital complex in Dublin.
The Irish Times*
Catholicism has no place in maternity wards, says Colette Sheridan.
Veteran campaigner Marie Collins has expressed her disappointment at the changes to the Catholic Church's penal code announced by the Vatican on Tuesday.
The Irish Times*
The state of California has agreed not to impose greater coronavirus restrictions on church gatherings than it does on retail establishments in a pair of settlements that provide more than $2 million in fees to lawyers who challenged the rules as a violation of religious freedom.
The Associated Press
Software engineers and stone masons might not have much in common professionally, but both kinds of workers can face discrimination, if they're members of the Dalit caste in Hindu society — whether in South Asia or the United States.
The Indian diaspora needs to divorce the idea of supporting India, or being Hindu, from supporting the Modi government or Hindutva, says Khyati Y. Joshi.
Religion News Service
The multinational effort to stave off an encroaching takeover by extremists in the part of Africa known as the Sahel is facing severe challenges.
Thu, 03 Jun 2021
NI: Anti-abortion campaigners win High Court permission to challenge powers to direct abortion services
Anti-abortion campaigners have won High Court permission to challenge new powers allowing the secretary of state to direct the commissioning of abortion services in Northern Ireland.
The Irish News*
The Welsh Government has vowed to ban all aspects of conversion therapy in Wales.
The ability to develop critical thinking in our young people is being endangered and curtailed by the religious right, says David Pendletone.
While still at Haywood High School Khan was radicalised by sermons given by the British preacher Anjem Choudary.
The number of abortions performed in Kansas increased by 9.1% last year as far more women traveled from Oklahoma and Texas to terminate pregnancies than in 2019 and the state reported that out-of-state patients outnumbered Kansas patients for the first time in almost 50 years.
The Associated Press
President Biden's budget proposal fulfills a campaign promise to remove a longstanding ban on federal funding for most abortions known as the Hyde Amendment.
Wisconsin governor Tony Evers has kicked off Pride Month by issuing an order banning the use of state and federal funds for the barbaric practice of LGBT conversion therapy.
Canada's Indigenous services minister has supported growing calls for a papal apology over abuses at Catholic-run Indigenous residential schools, after the remains of 215 children were found in unmarked graves at one such school.
The Kerala High Court has asked the state government why it was financing a religious activity by pumping vast amounts of public money to run madrasas in the state.
A speech given by Nigerian human rights advocate Leo Igwe to the UK's All-Party Parliamentary Humanist Group.
Wed, 02 Jun 2021
Is Boris Johnson now a Catholic in the eyes of Britain's bizarre constitution?
Left Foot Forward
Pope Francis on Tuesday issued a major revision of Catholic Church laws regulating clerical sex abuse, fraud and the attempt to ordain women.
A Presbyterian minister in County Antrim is to step down over the church's decision to deny same-sex couples full membership.
Chile's president said on Tuesday he would seek to expedite a same-sex marriage bill that has languished in the historically conservative South American nation for years.
The US Supreme Court's decision to take a Mississippi case that poses a direct challenge to Roe v. Wade has raised the stakes for the Biden administration's newly launched review of restrictions on abortion pills, which could dramatically expand access to the procedure.
A new initiative seeks to raise money for LGBT rights groups in Poland, amid a backlash from the country's government and Catholic Church.
Churches have emerged at the centre of pandemic scepticism movements that resist public health measures, says Canadian author Robin Willey.
Tue, 01 Jun 2021
The Christian Institute has written to the Stormont Executive vowing to judicially review its planned conversion therapy legislation if it outlaws "the wrong kind of prayer".
Muslim news site 5Pillars has been asked to pay back a COVID emergency grant after it published a video describing gay people as a "gross crime against Allah".
Recent incidents of anti-Jewish hate show 'signs of something more pernicious' than 'casual anti-Semitism', says Robert Jenrick.
A school in an area with a historic Protestant, unionist and loyalist tradition is to join the integrated sector.
The Irish News*
The Church of England's representative in Parliament has detailed what financial support St Paul's Cathedral in London has been given, after recent concerns that it would run out of finances.
Premier Christian News
The president of the European Commission has paid tribute to Europe's 'Christian roots' after talks with the Pope, praising the Catholic Church's role in 'fostering peace and reconciliation across the continent'.
A radicalised Islamist knifeman who stabbed a policewoman and then went on the run with her handgun has been shot dead by police in France.
An increasingly influential Polish Catholic legal institute has inaugurated a university in Warsaw that aims to educate a new generation of conservative lawyers in central Europe who it hopes will also shape wider European culture.
The Associated Press
The remains of 215 Indigenous children have been discovered in the grave at the former Kamloops Indian Residential School in British Columbia. The school was run by the Catholic Church from 1890 to 1969.
Australia’s Holy See ambassador under fire for saying she wants to change ‘narrative’ away from George Pell
The new ambassador to the Holy See told a Catholic publication that her aim was to change the Vatican's "narrative" about Australia away from the child abuse royal commission and cardinal George Pell – comments that have infuriated abuse survivors.
A program in place in Illinois since 2017 diverts tax money that otherwise would have gone into state coffers, to fund religious schools.
From across India, millions of Hindu pilgrims came to take a ritual dip in the Ganges, then returned home carrying Covid-19.
Fri, 28 May 2021
Labour Senator and Dublin Bay South by-election candidate Ivana Bacik has urged Government to reconsider its position on the new National Maternity Hospital, saying that the Catholic church should have no influence on it management.
The Church of Scotland's General Assembly has approved plans to cut minister numbers by a quarter over the next four years.
Lawyers representing the Markaz community wrote to Barnet's leaders warning of possible 'unlawful religious discrimination' regarding the handling of its planning application.
Almost half of high school students in Kraków have opted out of Catholic catechism classes, a figure that has risen significantly in recent years, data obtained from schools show.
Notes From Poland
A proposal to decriminalize abortion in Malta has stirred up a polarized debate on an issue long considered taboo in the country with the strictest abortion laws in the European Union.
The Associated Press
A Southwest Ohio city voted Tuesday night to ban abortion and declare itself a "sanctuary city for the unborn," bringing the nation's divide over abortion to small-town government.
The US bishops' abuse of the sacraments as a tool of intimidation has major political repercussions, says Jamie Manson.
The New York Times*
Some Texas schools would be required to hang "In God We Trust" signs under measure nearing passage by lawmakers
The Texas legislature is on the verge of approving a new law that would require some public schools and universities to display the phrase "In God We Trust" in prominent places inside all campus buildings.
The Texas Tribune
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