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Thu, 19 Aug 2021

US: ‘New research suggests Christians see LGBT progress as threatening’

US: ‘New research suggests Christians see LGBT progress as threatening’

New research suggests that many Christians, particularly conservative ones, feel that Christians are hurt by gains for LGBT people.

Religion & Politics

Wed, 18 Aug 2021

UK to welcome 20,000 Afghans amid Taliban takeover

UK to welcome 20,000 Afghans amid Taliban takeover

Thousands of Afghan refugees will be resettled in the UK after the Taliban seized control of Kabul, the UK government has promised.

BBC

Taliban government could be recognised if they protect human rights, Johnson says

Taliban government could be recognised if they protect human rights, Johnson says

Boris Johnson has suggested a new government in Afghanistan could be recognised internationally if the Taliban upholds "internationally agreed standards on human rights and inclusivity". The Taliban held a press conference declaring the rights of women would be respected within the "frameworks of Sharia" law.

ITV

UK citizen in Afghanistan says Taliban have executed people in his street

UK citizen in Afghanistan says Taliban have executed people in his street

A UK citizen stranded in Afghanistan says he has seen the Taliban execute people in his street as the militants go house to house searching for people.

ITV

‘Will the Taliban rule be any different this time?’

‘Will the Taliban rule be any different this time?’

Many analysts said the Sunni Muslim group is more conscious of the public image it presents to the world. But the Taliban have given no sign they've changed any of their fundamental beliefs, which call for strict, uncompromising Islamic law as they interpret it, says Greg Myre.

NPR

‘The Taliban’s return is catastrophic for women’

‘The Taliban’s return is catastrophic for women’

"As a photojournalist covering Afghanistan for two decades, I've seen how hard the country's women have fought for their freedom, and how much they have gained. Now they stand to lose everything."

The Atlantic

Lily Cole apologises for posing in a burka on Instagram

Lily Cole apologises for posing in a burka on Instagram

Model, actress and activist Lily Cole has apologised for posting a picture of herself in a burka as a way to "embrace diversity" and promote her new book.

BBC

‘Abortion numbers are at an all-time high - it means reforms are working’

‘Abortion numbers are at an all-time high - it means reforms are working’

Retaining the abortion reforms is a risk-free, open goal for the government, but it is just a start for ministers who need to stop dragging their feet and enshrine better access to abortions for women across the country, says Phoebe Arslanagić-Wakefield.

City A.M.

‘Child abuse cannot be sorted by churches themselves’

‘Child abuse cannot be sorted by churches themselves’

If Christian institutions are truly determined to soul-search and to end child abuse, they should open every door to the scrutiny of the police, says Neil Barber.

The National*

Ireland: Independent review of abortion laws to begin within weeks

Ireland: Independent review of abortion laws to begin within weeks

An independent review of Ireland's abortion laws will begin within weeks, health minister Stephen Donnelly has indicated.

Irish Legal News

Ireland: ‘Church authorities are in no position to complain about lack of consultation by Government’

Ireland: ‘Church authorities are in no position to complain about lack of consultation by Government’

The Catholic Church doesn't have a great record in consulting people. It is a pyramidal structure, completely controlled by male clergy. Nobody else has any say in decision-making, least of all women, writes Tony Flannery.

Irish Examiner

Tue, 17 Aug 2021

Faith healer in court for selling ‘plague protection kits’ as Covid-19 cure

Faith healer in court for selling ‘plague protection kits’ as Covid-19 cure

Bishop Climate Wiseman is charged with fraud and unfair trading offences after allegedly offering the package, containing a small bottle of oil and piece of red yarn, for £91.

ITV

Medics call for ban on ‘revirginisation’ surgery

Medics call for ban on ‘revirginisation’ surgery

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) said there is "no reason" hymenoplasty, or any other procedure under a different name that seeks to reconstruct or repair the hymen, needs to be conducted for medical purposes as it urged ministers to take action.

Yahoo!

Afghanistan refugees scheme to be detailed by UK government

Afghanistan refugees scheme to be detailed by UK government

The new scheme will be aimed at helping those most in need, including women and girls, come to the UK, No 10 said.

BBC

Afghanistan’s first female mayor: ‘I’m waiting for Taliban to come for people like me and kill me’

Afghanistan’s first female mayor: ‘I’m waiting for Taliban to come for people like me and kill me’

Senior members of the government managed to flee, but Zarifa Ghafari and people like her have been left without help.

iNews

‘As the Taliban returns, 20 years of progress for women looks set to disappear overnight’

‘As the Taliban returns, 20 years of progress for women looks set to disappear overnight’

As the Taliban takes control of the country, Afghanistan has again become an extremely dangerous place to be a woman.

The Conversation

Welsh Gov condemns ‘homophobic abuse’ sent to wife of minister

Welsh Gov condemns ‘homophobic abuse’ sent to wife of minister

Laura Murton, who is married to Deputy Minister for Social Partnership Hannah Blythyn, was told to "abandon" her "sexuality" by someone who described themselves as a "property finance consultant and Christian evangelist from London".

Nation.Cymru

‘I survived “prayer” LGBT conversion therapy.’

‘I survived “prayer” LGBT conversion therapy.’

Sam spent 20 years living as a straight woman after she was subjected to LGBT conversion 'therapy' at her local church. She is now openly gay and has shared her experience to highlight the impact of manipulating someone's sexuality through prayer.

iNews

‘There is a worrying context to the arrest of a preacher for alleged “hate speech”’

‘There is a worrying context to the arrest of a preacher for alleged “hate speech”’

"There should be an presumption of freedom to interpret religions in ways that others might find upsetting, and to relay to others that interpretation."

News Letter*

Ireland: Religious education should not be compulsory, say third of RE teachers

Ireland: Religious education should not be compulsory, say third of RE teachers

One third of religious education teachers do not think the subject should be compulsory in post-primary schools, a report has found.

The Times*

Christian belief ‘vanished' in Ireland, Archbishop says

Christian belief ‘vanished' in Ireland, Archbishop says

A leading member of the Irish clergy has said that evidence of Christian belief in Ireland "has for all intents and purposes vanished".

The Irish News*

Mon, 16 Aug 2021

Afghanistan conflict: Kabul falls to Taliban as president flees

Afghanistan conflict: Kabul falls to Taliban as president flees

The Taliban has claimed victory in Afghanistan after taking over the capital Kabul, bringing to a swift end almost 20 years of a US-led coalition's presence in the country.

BBC

Afghans living under Taliban lament loss of freedoms

Afghans living under Taliban lament loss of freedoms

"There are a lot of restrictions now. When I go out, I have to wear a burka as the Taliban orders us, and a male has to accompany me."

BBC

Landmark UK court ruling due in ‘bride price’ dispute

Landmark UK court ruling due in ‘bride price’ dispute

A landmark judgment that could bring part of UK law into line with sharia law's position on "bride price" payments is to be announced this week in the central London county court, in a case backed by a women's charity.

The Guardian

Law to legalise assisted dying has enough votes to pass, claims peer

Law to legalise assisted dying has enough votes to pass, claims peer

The law to legalise assisted dying has the votes to pass, the peer pushing the legislation has claimed, as opposition to the Bill mobilises ahead of its second reading.

The Telegraph*

Peter Tatchell rejects arrest of preacher on anti-gay ‘hate speech’ allegation

Peter Tatchell rejects arrest of preacher on anti-gay ‘hate speech’ allegation

Leading gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell said he can see "no justification" for the arrest of an NI evangelist while preaching on the street.

News Letter*

Anjem Choudary using encrypted phone app Telegram to spread extremism online

Anjem Choudary using encrypted phone app Telegram to spread extremism online

Anjem Choudary is secretly posting extremist messages to his followers on an encrypted smartphone app favoured by Islamic State terrorists.

Mail Online

Church abuse victims: The Pope should meet us in Scotland to explain and to apologise

Church abuse victims: The Pope should meet us in Scotland to explain and to apologise

Scots abused in institutions run by the Catholic church have urged the Pope to meet them when he visits Scotland later this year.

The Sunday Post

 Ireland: Man loses claim over removal of offensive messages from shop noticeboard

Ireland: Man loses claim over removal of offensive messages from shop noticeboard

An evangelical Christian who was not allowed place notices in a supermarket falsely describing a prominent national politician as "a gay pervert" has lost his claim that he was discriminated against on grounds of his religious beliefs.

The Irish Times

Pakistani Christian couple released from death row granted asylum in Europe

Pakistani Christian couple released from death row granted asylum in Europe

Two months after being acquitted by a high court and surviving death threats, a Pakistani Catholic mother and her partially paralyzed husband, who were on death row for seven years on false blasphemy charges, have arrived in Europe.

The Christian Post

Detainee says China has secret jail in Dubai, holds Uyghurs

Detainee says China has secret jail in Dubai, holds Uyghurs

A young Chinese woman says she was held for eight days at a Chinese-run secret detention facility in Dubai along with at least two Uyghurs, in what may be the first evidence that China is operating a so-called "black site" beyond its borders.

The Associated Press

Nigeria's Kano state moves to ban mannequin heads on Islamic grounds

Nigeria's Kano state moves to ban mannequin heads on Islamic grounds

The Islamic police force in Kano, a Muslim-majority state in Nigeria, has raised eyebrows after it ordered shops to only use headless mannequins to advertise clothing.

BBC

'Rainbow' mosque in new banknotes riles Egyptians

'Rainbow' mosque in new banknotes riles Egyptians

The Central Bank of Egypt shared its initial designs for the new Egyptian banknotes, but was heavily criticized when many Egyptians took the reflective watermark for an LGBT pride flag.

Al-Monitor

Fri, 13 Aug 2021

Number of students taking GCSE Religious Studies declines

Number of students taking GCSE Religious Studies declines

The number of pupils taking GCSE Religious Studies in England and Wales has fallen slightly overall in 2021.

Premier Christian News

Conspiracy theory vicar’s new charity receives £6,600 from Surrey church

Conspiracy theory vicar’s new charity receives £6,600 from Surrey church

The former church of a vicar who promoted a Holocaust denial website and supports conspiracy theories about Israel is funding and supporting his charity work, new research reveals.

The Jewish Chronicle

Jewish organisation investigated by Charity Commission over ‘financial concerns’

Jewish organisation investigated by Charity Commission over ‘financial concerns’

M B Foundation reportedly failed to submit documentation in relation to four loans totalling over £1.7 million

The Jewish Chronicle

Muslim cab driver loses case against firm that banned him from wearing traditional dress

Muslim cab driver loses case against firm that banned him from wearing traditional dress

A Muslim cab driver tried to sue a taxi company after he was banned from wearing traditional garments and had to wear 'smart western' clothing under its dress code.

Mail Online

Archbishop of York calls for Wales to sing God Save the Queen before sports matches

Archbishop of York calls for Wales to sing God Save the Queen before sports matches

The Archbishop of York has called for Wales to sing God Save the Queen before international sports games.

Wales Online

Afghanistan: UK troops sent to get Britons out as Taliban advances

Afghanistan: UK troops sent to get Britons out as Taliban advances

About 600 UK troops are to be sent to Afghanistan to assist British nationals to leave, the government has announced.

BBC

Pakistan police drop blasphemy charges against eight-year-old

Pakistan police drop blasphemy charges against eight-year-old

Police in Pakistan have dropped blasphemy charges against an eight-year-old Hindu boy after media and government pressure over his arrest.

The Guardian

Guyana parliament removes legislation outlawing cross-dressing

Guyana parliament removes legislation outlawing cross-dressing

Guyana's parliament has agreed to remove a law which makes it a criminal offence for a man or a woman to appear in a public place while dressed in clothing of the opposite sex for an "improper purpose".

Jamaica Observer

Ghana finally drops charges against 21 LGBT+ people arrested for meeting in hotel

Ghana finally drops charges against 21 LGBT+ people arrested for meeting in hotel

A Ghana court has dismissed the case against 21 LGBT+ people who were arrested in May, ruling there is not enough evidence to prove they gathered unlawfully.

Pink News

Australia: Satanists take their classroom push to court

Australia: Satanists take their classroom push to court

The debate about religious instruction in schools has emerged in court with a bid to have Satanism classes taught at some Queensland education institutions.

The New Daily

‘Will Romania step up anti-LGBTQ legislation like Hungary?’

‘Will Romania step up anti-LGBTQ legislation like Hungary?’

Inspired by Hungary's increasingly homophobic laws, an unholy alliance of nationalist and far-right politicians is trying to push anti-LGBTQ legislation in Romania too, says Keno Verseck.

Deutsche Welle

‘What and how much do US religious organisations not pay the taxman?’

‘What and how much do US religious organisations not pay the taxman?’

The hashtag #TaxTheChurches began trending on Twitter in mid-July. But it wasn't the first time that "tax the churches" has circulated.

The Conversation

Thu, 12 Aug 2021

Catholic school was 'haven for paedophiles'

Catholic school was 'haven for paedophiles'

A Catholic boarding school in the Highlands was a "haven for paedophiles", a report from the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry has said.

BBC

Radio station could face sanctions after broadcasting 'jihadi lyrics'

Radio station could face sanctions after broadcasting 'jihadi lyrics'

A Sheffield radio station could face sanctions after it broadcast a chant containing "jihadi lyrics", according to the broadcast regulator Ofcom.

LBC

Manchester cousin of 'terror twins' denied parole over behaviour

Manchester cousin of 'terror twins' denied parole over behaviour

A convicted terrorist who created a UK "hub of communication" for like-minded extremists has been denied parole because of "behavioural concerns".

BBC

‘Why changes to abortion laws during the pandemic should remain’

‘Why changes to abortion laws during the pandemic should remain’

"Statistics show that one in three women in England and Wales will have an abortion in their lifetime. Remote consultation is unlikely to lessen the quality of care for some and there are substantial benefits for the majority."

The Conversation

Iran: Hit and run driver ran over two women for not wearing full hijab

Iran: Hit and run driver ran over two women for not wearing full hijab

Two women are in critical condition after an angry driver targeted them on a busy street in northwestern Iran because they were not wearing full hijab head coverings, according to Iran's Labor News Agency Ilna.

The Daily Beast

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