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Tue, 28 Sep 2021
The rally heard speakers from women's rights groups across the country, and protestors demanded that the government addresses gaps in care for abortion services across the country.
Ireland: ‘Having to take a religious oath to access the presidency is a glaring anachronism. A secular alternative has long been needed’
The state should not be placing non-believers in a position whether they either feel excluded from the presidency or forced into moral gymnastics to reconcile themselves with it, says Colin Murphy.
Three Polish regions voted on Monday to scrap resolutions that declared them free of "LGBT ideology".
The US House of Representatives has approved a bill that Democrats say will protect a person's access to abortion.
The New York Film Festival premiere of the upcoming Paul Verhoeven film Benedetta has been picketed by Catholic protesters.
Australia: Bid by Catholic church to stop child sexual abuse case rejected by New South Wales supreme court
The Catholic church tried to stop a survivor suing it over the childhood abuse she suffered at the hands of a parish priest in northern New South Wales, despite its own records showing it knew the man was a paedophile but did nothing other than move him from parish to parish.
Afghans have been deleting photos and tweets from their past - and many have turned away from social media altogether for fear of being targeted by Taliban forces.
Mon, 27 Sep 2021
An evangelical Christian fostering agency has lost a court battle over its policy of refusing to allow gay parents to sign up as carers.
LGBT+ activists have expressed dismay after it emerged that the government's planned public consultation on conversion therapy has been delayed.
Facebook is still placing adverts for so-called "abortion pill reversal" a week after a report highlighted the platform had reaped more than £100,000 from advertising for the unproven medical procedure. Adverts shown in the UK were paid for by the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children.
BBC Arabic gave a platform to social media posts attacking "Zionist terrorism" and hailing the imagined destruction of Israel.
The Jewish Chronicle
Jewish courts' stance on get coercion is protecting abusive men, and we won't take it for long, says Miriam Shaviv.
The Jewish Chronicle
Official results showed the measure passed with 64.1% of voters in favour and won a majority in all of Switzerland's 26 cantons.
With all referendum polls counted, around 77% of voters backed the decision, while nearly 23% said no.
A Roman Catholic priest has been arrested under suspicion of stealing over $117,000 in church funds to buy drugs for his gay sex parties.
The congress of the Mexican state of Sonora voted on Thursday to legalise same-sex marriage, meaning that about three quarters of the country's regions have now made the practice legal.
High-ranking Catholic bishops in Canada have officially apologised for their role in the country's notorious residential school system for the first time, after refusing to do so for years despite public pressure.
The Taliban have banned hairdressers in Afghanistan's Helmand province from shaving or trimming beards, saying it breaches their interpretation of Islamic law.
An estimated 7,000 fighters are reported to have quit Boko Haram en masse in Nigeria.
Fri, 24 Sep 2021
An evangelical Christian fostering agency that lost a High Court case over its policy of only placing children with heterosexual married couples will find out if it has won a Court of Appeal bid to overturn the decision.
Scotland has become the first country in the world to embed lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender inclusive education across the school curriculum.
A top chef is being sued for religious discrimination after allegedly telling a staff member to take off a traditional Sikh bangle as it 'could get stuck in a ladle'.
The Church of England's parish churches have a "significant and growing maintenance deficit", prompting calls for government intervention.
Heidi Crowter challenged the Department of Health and Social Care over the Abortion Act 1967, which sets a 24-week time limit for abortions unless there is "substantial risk" of the child being "seriously handicapped".
Scottish ministers are considering setting up a parades commission, similar to that in Northern Ireland, after dozens of Orange Order marches caused disruption in Glasgow.
‘EastEnders helped me accept my sexuality as a Muslim lesbian – but I still can’t come out to my family’
"I know my family would almost certainly cut ties with me and throw me out if they knew my sexual orientation, which is why I don't talk about it with them."
Major human rights violations which are "embedded" in the 2018 abortion legislation must be addressed as part of a forthcoming review, a human rights expert has warned.
The Irish Times*
A Republican Florida state lawmaker on Wednesday introduced a bill that is modelled after a strict Texas law prohibiting abortions after six weeks, drawing condemnation from supporters of abortion rights who fear such legislation might soon be introduced in other states.
One of the founders of the Taliban says the hard-line movement will once again carry out punishments like executions and amputations of hands, though perhaps not in public.
Kenyan authorities have banned a documentary about two gay lovers, calling it "unacceptable and an affront to (the) culture and identity" of a deeply Christian country which has long criminalised homosexuality.
Thu, 23 Sep 2021
Over three months, researchers found anti-Semitism, racism and homophobia on platforms, including DLive and Odysee, where users stream and chat about games such as Call of Duty and Minecraft.
A second data breach by the Ministry of Defence, potentially compromising the safety of Afghans who may be eligible to relocate to the UK, has been uncovered.
As a child in Afghanistan, she pretended to be a boy in order to get an education, before starting her own women's news agency. Now living in Britain, her fight continues.
Minister for Children Roderic O'Gorman has moved to widen access to a redress scheme for survivors of mother and baby homes beyond the terms recommended by the commission of investigation.
The Irish Times*
A Polish province on Wednesday annulled a motion opposing "LGBT ideology" after the European Union threatened to pull funding, Polish state news agency PAP reported.
Swiss voters decide on Sunday whether to allow same-sex couples to wed and adopt children after a highly charged campaign pitted gay rights activists against conservative opponents in one of the last Western European countries to still ban gay marriage.
The president, whose ruling AK Party is rooted in political Islam, has overturned decades-old restrictions imposed on religion by modern Turkey's founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, placing Islam centre-stage in political life, says Daren Butler.
In a country founded on tales of devout worshippers willing to risk everything for religious freedom, from Puritans to Quakers to Mormons, surveys say the 'Nones' now account for about one in every four Americans.
US: ‘These women say they were sexually abused by Southern Baptist leaders. Now they’re forcing a reckoning.’
An investigation of the church's handling of allegations is moving forward. Women have been telling their stories for years.
Wed, 22 Sep 2021
Thought for the Day on Radio Ulster has been delivered by a humanist, in what is claimed to be an NI first.
An Oxford college run by the former head of the equalities watchdog has apologised to students for hosting a Christian conference.
It cannot be right to tell children to pray to a God they don't believe in or sit in another room separated from their classmates, says Paul Kaufman.
Barking & Dagenham Post
"From the beginning, I knew if the relationship blossomed into something more serious, the journey would be fraught with hardship, guilt, and a semblance of questioning where I stand not just with my culture, but my religion and family, too."
The Taliban have asked to address world leaders at the United Nations General Assembly this week in New York City.
President Joe Biden's administration urged the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday not to overturn the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling that legalised abortion nationwide in an upcoming case concerning a restrictive Mississippi law.
"What is a COVID-19 vaccine mandate worth if it includes exemptions for 'sincerely held religious beliefs'? Very little, if anything at all."
Los Angeles Times
Thailand is being urged not to extradite a trans activist and businesswoman to her home country of Malaysia, where she could be imprisoned for years for wearing women's clothing.
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