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Fri, 20 May 2022

Afghanistan's female TV presenters must cover their faces, say Taliban

Afghanistan's female TV presenters must cover their faces, say Taliban

The Taliban have ordered female Afghan TV presenters and other women on screen to cover their faces while on air.

BBC

‘Italy's Catholic Church at crossroads over sexual abuse investigation’

‘Italy's Catholic Church at crossroads over sexual abuse investigation’

Francesco Zanardi has spent the past 12 years documenting sexual abuse of minors by Catholic priests in Italy, filling a vacuum he says is caused by the refusal of the country's Church thus far to launch a major investigation.

Reuters*

‘Hong Kong: Why Catholics are worried over free speech’

‘Hong Kong: Why Catholics are worried over free speech’

Following the arrest of pro-democracy Cardinal Joseph Zen, some Catholic community members in Hong Kong worry the government may now shift the focus of its crackdown to the religious community.

Deutsche Welle

‘In India, “looking Muslim” could cost your life’

‘In India, “looking Muslim” could cost your life’

Mob lynchings of Muslims who look visibly Muslim have arisen in the past, say Akanksha Singh and Roshan Abbas.

CNN

Thu, 19 May 2022

New sex education programme for Catholic primaries

New sex education programme for Catholic primaries

A new relationship and sex education (RSE) programme, 'Flourish' has been provided to Catholic Primary schools in Northern Ireland. Topics covered do not include contraception.

BBC

Police arrest 13-year-old boy on suspicion of sharing extreme Islamist material

Police arrest 13-year-old boy on suspicion of sharing extreme Islamist material

A schoolboy aged just 13 has been arrested in west London on suspicion of being Britain's youngest jihadi.

Mail Online

Media project to change the narrative around Christianity

Media project to change the narrative around Christianity

The Church of England is creating a new website to help "change the narrative about Christianity in the English speaking world". The initial four year project will cost more than £1 million.

Religion Media Centre

‘They’re killing us’: West Yorkshire FGM survivors speak out

‘They’re killing us’: West Yorkshire FGM survivors speak out

Survivors of female genital mutilation (FGM) in West Yorkshire have spoken out about the pain and suffering they have endured in a bid to encourage other women to get help.

ITV

Sex abuse suit filed against Oklahoma City Catholic school

Sex abuse suit filed against Oklahoma City Catholic school

Current and former students of Mount St. Mary Catholic High School in Oklahoma City and six parents or guardians are suing the private school, alleging it fostered "a rape culture" for more than 10 years.

Mail Online

In India, Hindu nationalists embolden challenges to atheism

In India, Hindu nationalists embolden challenges to atheism

Organisations that support and promote atheism in India are being attacked by Hindutva activists.

Religion News Service

Gyanvapi mosque: India dispute could become a religious flashpoint

Gyanvapi mosque: India dispute could become a religious flashpoint

In Varanasi, one of the world's oldest living cities, Hindus and Muslims have prayed close to each other in a temple and a mosque that sit cheek by jowl. Now the place is in the throes of a dispute which could stoke fresh tensions in Hindu-majority India, where Muslims are the largest religious minority.

BBC

Mexico's Guerrero state becomes ninth to allow abortions

Mexico's Guerrero state becomes ninth to allow abortions

Lawmakers in Mexico's southwestern state of Guerrero voted on Tuesday to allow abortions, making it the ninth of the country's 32 federal entities where women can legally end pregnancies amid a recent wave of loosening restrictions around the procedure.

Reuters*

‘What happens when a country bans abortion'

‘What happens when a country bans abortion'

When Romania's communist dictator outlawed termination and contraception he condemned thousands of women to death and set his regime on the road to ruin, says Poppy Koronka.

The Times*

‘Deborah Yakubu: Murder most vile’

‘Deborah Yakubu: Murder most vile’

"Extremist mobs share the same motivation with terrorist groups. Both are bent on forcing their interpretation of their faith on everyone."

Punch

Wed, 18 May 2022

London school bans niqab from being worn on their premises

London school bans niqab from being worn on their premises

A London school has banned the niqab from being worn on their premises, following a look at their dress-code policy.

SW Londoner

‘Hostile’ Home Office officials blamed for leaking report calling for more scrutiny of Islamist extremism

‘Hostile’ Home Office officials blamed for leaking report calling for more scrutiny of Islamist extremism

Allies of William Shawcross, the author of the report, claimed it was a political leak to undermine a key recommendation that Prevent should be refocused on Islamic rather than Right-wing extremism as the biggest threat to public safety.

The Telegraph*

‘Extremism review must take a tough stance on Islamism’

‘Extremism review must take a tough stance on Islamism’

Is the government effectively addressing the challenge posed by extremist ideologies in the UK, asks Paul Stott.

The Times*

Franklin Graham: Mark Drakeford says he cannot stop US evangelist's event

Franklin Graham: Mark Drakeford says he cannot stop US evangelist's event

Mark Drakeford said he "regrets" that a US evangelist will appear at a conference centre which is partly owned by the Welsh government.

BBC

Prince Charles promises Canada 'healing and understanding' over schools scandal

Prince Charles promises Canada 'healing and understanding' over schools scandal

Last year, hundreds of human remains were found at former church-run schools. From the 19th century until the 1970s, more than 150,000 indigenous children were forced to attend such schools.

Sky News

Checks on kosher meats 'insane' Boris Johnson tells Belfast Jewish community

Checks on kosher meats 'insane' Boris Johnson tells Belfast Jewish community

Checks on kosher meats entering Northern Ireland from Britain are "insane", Boris Johnson has told members of Belfast's Jewish community. The Reverend David Kale, minister for Belfast's Jewish community, last year called for an exemption to be made on religious grounds.

The Irish News*

US supreme court abortion reversal would be global ‘catastrophe’ for women

US supreme court abortion reversal would be global ‘catastrophe’ for women

The probable demise of abortion as a federal right in the US will be a "catastrophe" for women in low and middle-income countries, with an emboldened anti-choice movement likely to raise renewed pressure on hard-won gains, doctors and activists have warned.

The Guardian

States pursue extreme restrictions in crafting post-Roe abortion law

States pursue extreme restrictions in crafting post-Roe abortion law

What had been a slow, deliberate erosion of abortion rights over the 50 years since the court's ruling in Roe now seemed to be a flash flood of increasingly severe restrictions and proposals cropping up at the state level, abortion rights advocates say, as antiabortion Republicans envision a post-Roe world.

The Washington Post*

New Mexico Catholic diocese forks out $121.5million to settle bankruptcy case caused by sex abuse scandal

New Mexico Catholic diocese forks out $121.5million to settle bankruptcy case caused by sex abuse scandal

One of the oldest Catholic dioceses in the United States announced a settlement agreement on Tuesday to resolve a bankruptcy case in New Mexico that resulted from a clergy sex abuse scandal.

Mail Online

Afghanistan: ‘Inside a secret school for girls’

Afghanistan: ‘Inside a secret school for girls’

Hidden away in a residential neighbourhood is one of Afghanistan's new "secret" schools - a small but powerful act of defiance against the Taliban.

BBC

Tue, 17 May 2022

Leaked Prevent review attacks ‘double standards’ on far right and Islamists

Leaked Prevent review attacks ‘double standards’ on far right and Islamists

The government's counter-terrorism programme has been too focused on rightwing extremism and should now crack down on Islamist extremism, according to leaked draft extracts from a landmark review of the Prevent strategy.

The Guardian

Anti-gay street preacher pleads not guilty after arrest

Anti-gay street preacher pleads not guilty after arrest

The case against an open air preacher from Loughbrickland has come before the courts for the first time since he was arrested.

News Letter

‘Futureproofing our schools’

‘Futureproofing our schools’

Many children in NI are segregated by academic performance and even gender, but the main criterion for division is that of religion, says David Bell.

Slugger O'Toole

France: Grenoble allows women to wear burkinis in public pools despite political opposition

France: Grenoble allows women to wear burkinis in public pools despite political opposition

The French city of Grenoble has formally allowed Muslim women to wear burkinis, or swimming costumes covering the whole body, in public pools.

Euronews

US report details church-state collusion on Native schools

US report details church-state collusion on Native schools

A new Interior Department report on the legacy of boarding schools for Native Americans underscores how closely the U.S. government collaborated with churches to Christianise them as part of a project to sever them from their culture, their identities and ultimately their land.

The Associated Press

Anti-abortion groups target women with misleading ads

Anti-abortion groups target women with misleading ads

In many US states, BBC News has seen misleading websites advertising anti-abortion 'clinics' appearing high up in Google search results, while genuine abortion providers are having their ads rejected and accounts restricted.

BBC

‘Abortion: the story of suffering and death behind Ireland’s ban and subsequent legalisation’

‘Abortion: the story of suffering and death behind Ireland’s ban and subsequent legalisation’

If the U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that legalised abortion in the U.S., the nation may find itself on a path similar to that trod by the Irish people from 1983 to 2018, says Gretchen E. Ely.

The Conversation

Uyghur county in China has highest prison rate in the world

Uyghur county in China has highest prison rate in the world

Nearly one in 25 people in a county in the Uyghur heartland of China has been sentenced to prison on terrorism-related charges, in what is the highest known imprisonment rate in the world, an Associated Press review of leaked data shows.

The Associated Press

Australia: Marist Brothers appointed known child abuser as principal of Melbourne school in 1980, court told

Australia: Marist Brothers appointed known child abuser as principal of Melbourne school in 1980, court told

A Catholic order made the "unthinkable" decision to appoint a known child abuser as the principal of one of its Melbourne schools, allowing him to molest boys in his office unchecked on a "regular basis", a court has heard.

The Guardian

‘Speak up on behalf of Afghan women’

‘Speak up on behalf of Afghan women’

What is happening right now in Afghanistan is the most serious women's rights crisis in the world today, says Heather Barr.

The Diplomat

Mon, 16 May 2022

Thousands rally for abortion rights across the US

Thousands rally for abortion rights across the US

Thousands of people were taking part in protests across the US on Saturday to decry the supreme court's expected reversal of the landmark 1973 law that made abortion legal in America.

The Guardian

‘How Democrats dumped secularism, found God — and doomed Roe v. Wade’

‘How Democrats dumped secularism, found God — and doomed Roe v. Wade’

Democrats' slide into Christian nationalism may have gotten Clinton and Obama elected. But it came at a big price, says Jacques Berlinerblau.

Salon

Abortion rights campaigners gather in Edinburgh as pressure mounts over buffer zones in Scotland

Abortion rights campaigners gather in Edinburgh as pressure mounts over buffer zones in Scotland

Abortion rights campaigners gathered at the US consulate in Edinburgh on Saturday to protest the potential overturning of Roe vs Wade, as pressure mounts on the Scottish Government to introduce buffer zones around reproductive health centres in Scotland.

The Scotsman*

Racist Buffalo killer labelled London Mayor 'Muslim invader' in chilling manifesto

Racist Buffalo killer labelled London Mayor 'Muslim invader' in chilling manifesto

A teenage white supremacist accused of slaughtering 10 people in a racist massacre at a US supermarket branded Mayor of London Sadiq Khan a 'high profile enemy' and 'Muslim invader' in a twisted manifesto.

LBC

Brighton MP describes ‘pain and agony’ of partner’s conversion therapy

Brighton MP describes ‘pain and agony’ of partner’s conversion therapy

A Brighton MP has described the "pain and agony" caused as his partner underwent conversion therapy, and criticised the Government's proposals to address the issue.

Brighton & Hove News

Germany train attack: Five people injured as knifeman stabs passengers and police probe ‘terror link’

Germany train attack: Five people injured as knifeman stabs passengers and police probe ‘terror link’

German police are investigating after five train passengers were injured in an apparent random knife attack on Friday morning, which detectives said may be linked to Islamist terrorism.

The Independent

Spain to ease abortion limits for over-16s

Spain to ease abortion limits for over-16s

Spain's Socialist-led coalition government is preparing a law that would allow women over the age of 16 to have abortions without permission from their parents or guardians.

The Guardian

Croatia abortion: Thousands protest against termination

Croatia abortion: Thousands protest against termination

Anti-abortion activists have protested in Croatia amid a fierce debate about reproductive rights in the country.

BBC

Protests in Nigeria after arrests for ‘blasphemy’ killing of female student

Protests in Nigeria after arrests for ‘blasphemy’ killing of female student

Hundreds of people in Nigeria's north-western city of Sokoto demonstrated on Saturday over the arrest of two students after the murder of a Christian student accused of blasphemy, residents said.

The Guardian

‘The killing of Nigerian Christian student has everything to do with religion’

‘The killing of Nigerian Christian student has everything to do with religion’

It is high time Nigeria confronted the elephant in the room that is Islamic extremism, says Leo Igwe.

Modern Ghana

Kenyan fighting FGM crowned world's best nurse

Kenyan fighting FGM crowned world's best nurse

A Kenyan nurse who campaigns against early marriage and female genital mutilation says she is "speechless" after winning a prize of $250,000.

BBC

Some Qatar hotels won't accept same-sex couples despite FIFA promises-report

Some Qatar hotels won't accept same-sex couples despite FIFA promises-report

Three hotels in Qatar will refuse to accommodate same-sex couples when people travel to the Gulf country for the World Cup this year despite FIFA's assurances they will be allowed to book rooms, a Scandinavian media survey has discovered.

Reuters*

Fri, 13 May 2022

Early at-home abortions will continue in Scotland

Early at-home abortions will continue in Scotland

At-home medical abortions will continue in Scotland as standard practice, the Scottish government has confirmed.

BBC

Bill banning anti-abortion protests in NI delayed

Bill banning anti-abortion protests in NI delayed

A bill to ban anti-abortion protests outside health settings in Northern Ireland has been delayed from becoming law.

BBC

Conversion therapy: UK government to fund helpline

Conversion therapy: UK government to fund helpline

The government is to fund a helpline for people who have had, or are at risk of, all forms of so-called conversion therapy.

BBC

Liverpool LGBT+ community to host 'inclusive' event for arrival of American preacher Franklin Graham

Liverpool LGBT+ community to host 'inclusive' event for arrival of American preacher Franklin Graham

The LGBT+ community in Liverpool is holding an event to show the city is an inclusive place in preparation for the arrival of a controversial American preacher.

ITV

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