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Thu, 16 Sep 2021
The small state of 33,000 inhabitants will decide on September 26 whether to allow terminations up to twelve weeks of pregnancy.
Public schools are jeopardsing the separation of church and state by push religion on students, says Rachel Laser.
‘A 9-year-old girl was raped and murdered in India. Her death is part of a bigger problem facing Dalit women’
A group of Dalit women activists in India are dedicating their lives to the dangerous task of supporting members of their community who have survived sexual abuse.
Since Australia's royal commission exposed the cruel treatment of victims of child abuse within the Jehovah's Witnesses, little has changed. But in a landmark civil case, former member Amy Whitby is taking on the secretive religious group in court.
Wed, 15 Sep 2021
The Chinese ambassador to Britain has been banned from attending an event in the British parliament because Beijing imposed sanctions on lawmakers who highlighted alleged human right abuses in Xinjiang.
'The pharmacist said it would give the wrong message': The young women denied the morning-after pill
It is legal for pharmacists to refuse to provide the morning-after pill for religious reasons, but these women say they were refused for no reason, with no alternative given.
There's no reason why Irish abortion legislation cannot be reversed if public opinion changes, says Seána Glennon.
The Irish Times*
"Teachers need a Catholic Certificate in Religious Education to teach in almost 90 per cent of schools or a Church of Ireland Certificate for just under six per cent of schools. This means that, unless migrant teachers are Catholic or Protestant – or willing to pretend to be – they are excluded from teaching at primary level."
The Irish Times*
Afghan women should not be allowed to work alongside men, a senior figure in the ruling Taliban said, a position which, if formally implemented, would effectively bar them from employment in government offices, banks, media companies and beyond.
Indonesian National Police have separately arrested and detained two clergymen on blasphemy charges.
Human Rights Watch
Bahrain's tiny Jewish community have practised their faith behind closed doors since 1947. But when Bahrain normalised ties with Israel one year ago as part of US-brokered agreements with Arab countries known as the Abraham Accords, it "opened everything" up.
The Texas ruling shows Supreme Court has been hijacked by Christian nationalism, says Phil Zuckerman.
Lizette Alvarez has a bleak warning for the women of Florida.
The Washington Post*
Tue, 14 Sep 2021
Halal and kosher meat will have to be marked with how the animal was killed as part of a proposed law.
The head of a south London church has denied fraud after allegedly selling 'plague protection kits' as a bogus cure for Covid-19.
Sunday church services are under threat as there are not enough priests to fill the "golden slot" for worship, a bishop has warned.
As people rightly focus on the abhorrent news coming out of America and Mexico's landmark ruling, the fact that abortion is still more restricted than it should be in the UK cannot and should not be glossed over, says Vicky Spratt.
A federal appeals court on Friday blocked Tennessee's strict abortion law, more than a year after a district court first issued a preliminary injunction that prevented it from taking effect.
A big US tech firm has offered to help its employees to permanently leave Texas as revulsion grows over the state's near-total ban on abortions.
Afghan women have started an online campaign to protest against the Taliban's strict new dress code for female students.
The Taliban know that they have to earn legitimacy to establish themselves, and they know exactly how to give the impression that they are heeding the words of the West — by creating the illusion of maintaining women's rights, says Sara Tor.
Legal cases both here and overseas highlight reasons why our theocratic government needs to make a clear separation between church and state, writes Max Wallace.
Mon, 13 Sep 2021
The Right Reverend Lord Harries of Pentregarth, a former Bishop of Oxford, supported a new law that would remove the requirement for non-religious state schools to provide daily mandatory collective worship and introduce inclusive assemblies instead.
Prof Greer said he had to flee the family home amid fears for his safety following the campaign against him.
Hundreds of members of the Charedi community in Stamford Hill gathered on Sunday over concerns about a lack of school places for children.
A former interpreter who was tortured by the Taliban while working for the British Armed Forces in Afghanistan has called on UK authorities to help save his family trapped in the country.
Greater Manchester fire service called to the blaze on Saturday night, which caused minor damage to the door.
Director general Ken McCallum, who revealed in October there had been 27 attacks thwarted since 2017, said there had been six during the pandemic. He said they were largely Islamic extremist plots, but a "growing number" were planned by right-wing terrorists.
Our complacency in dealing with this most vile of ideologies has granted the terrorists ultimate victory, says Tom Harris.
While the right to an abortion is largely considered the settled will of British society, campaigners say there is still much that could be done to modernise the law, and make the process – always a difficult one, at least emotionally – easier for women.
Catholic Church representatives heavily criticised the Government's communication and handling of Covid-19 restrictions around religious sacraments during the summer in letters to Prime Minister Micheál Martin.
The Irish Times*
Women in Afghanistan will be allowed to continue their studies in universities but classrooms will be gender-segregated, the Taliban has said.
Samir Chaudhary, 22, from Shamli district, Uttar Pradesh, was lynched to death by Hindutva militants on Thursday evening, while he was returning home from the work.
Australia: Jehovah's Witnesses among 34 additional organisations to formally sign up to national sexual abuse redress scheme
The Jehovah's Witnesses have formally signed up to the national redress scheme for survivors of institutional child sexual abuse, more than a year after they were named and shamed for holding out.
Fri, 10 Sep 2021
A man whose fiancé took his own life after his religious family refused to accept his sexuality is pleading with religious leaders to help improve relationships between LGBT+ children and their parents.
As secularisation takes the sting out of sectarianism, will the party that was founded by Ian Paisley be returning to the reactionary values of its past, asks Crawford Gribben.
The militants announced a moratorium on demonstrations 'for the time being' after the group was humiliated by viral images of women standing up to them.
America has betrayed the one positive legacy of 9/11, says Ayaan Hirsi Ali.
The main suspect in a jihadist rampage that killed 130 people across Paris described himself defiantly as "an Islamic State soldier" on Wednesday, upsetting some survivors who took it as a threat at the start of the trial into the 2015 attacks.
A 29-year-old Afghan man in Germany repeatedly stabbed a 58-year-old landscape gardener who was working in a park in Berlin, allegedly because he didn't like the fact that as a woman she was working, police said.
The European Commission has written to five Polish regional councils urging them to abandon declarations that they are "LGBT-free" in order to receive funding, one of the councils affected confirmed.
The US Department of Justice has filed a civil lawsuit challenging Texas' controversial abortion law.
Dismantling Global Hindutva, a virtual conference set to begin on Friday, seeks to check what organisers claim is a far-right Hindu ideology that they believe is already undermining India's secular and democratic traditions. To its opponents, the conference is an exercise in 'Hinduphobia'.
Religion News Service
The US Supreme Court has stayed the execution of Texas inmate John Henry Ramirez, who requested the right to have his pastor hold him as he died.
Churches want to turn American democracy upside down by advocating for representation without taxation, says Tom Waddell.
Brendan Leigh Russell has pleaded not guilty to manslaughter, female genital mutilation and grievous bodily harm with intent, relating to three separate women.
Thu, 09 Sep 2021
Freedom of belief, one of our most precious values, includes the right not to have religious doctrine thrust on us, says Paul Kaufman.
A monk at a residential school appeared to be sexually aroused after administering electric shocks to a pupil, a court has heard.
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