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Thu, 19 Aug 2021
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
Thousands of Afghan refugees will be resettled in the UK after the Taliban seized control of Kabul, the UK government has promised.
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.
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.
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.
"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."
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.
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.
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.
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’
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.
Tue, 17 Aug 2021
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.
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.
The new scheme will be aimed at helping those most in need, including women and girls, come to the UK, No 10 said.
Senior members of the government managed to flee, but Zarifa Ghafari and people like her have been left without help.
As the Taliban takes control of the country, Afghanistan has again become an extremely dangerous place to be a woman.
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".
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.
"There should be an presumption of freedom to interpret religions in ways that others might find upsetting, and to relay to others that interpretation."
One third of religious education teachers do not think the subject should be compulsory in post-primary schools, a report has found.
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
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.
"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."
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.
Leading gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell said he can see "no justification" for the arrest of an NI evangelist while preaching on the street.
Anjem Choudary is secretly posting extremist messages to his followers on an encrypted smartphone app favoured by Islamic State terrorists.
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
Fri, 13 Aug 2021
The number of pupils taking GCSE Religious Studies in England and Wales has fallen slightly overall in 2021.
Premier Christian News
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
M B Foundation reportedly failed to submit documentation in relation to four loans totalling over £1.7 million
The Jewish Chronicle
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.
The Archbishop of York has called for Wales to sing God Save the Queen before international sports games.
About 600 UK troops are to be sent to Afghanistan to assist British nationals to leave, the government has announced.
Police in Pakistan have dropped blasphemy charges against an eight-year-old Hindu boy after media and government pressure over his arrest.
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".
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.
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
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.
The hashtag #TaxTheChurches began trending on Twitter in mid-July. But it wasn't the first time that "tax the churches" has circulated.
Thu, 12 Aug 2021
A Catholic boarding school in the Highlands was a "haven for paedophiles", a report from the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry has said.
A Sheffield radio station could face sanctions after it broadcast a chant containing "jihadi lyrics", according to the broadcast regulator Ofcom.
A convicted terrorist who created a UK "hub of communication" for like-minded extremists has been denied parole because of "behavioural concerns".
"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."
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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