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Wed, 23 Jun 2021
South Carolina lawmakers are considering a bill to let mental health professionals refuse to provide care that violates their religious beliefs in response to an ordinance banning conversion therapy for minors in the state's capital city.
The Associated Press
Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan refused to condemn the Chinese government's alleged human rights abuses against the Muslim-majority Uyghur people in Xinjiang in an interview on Sunday.
A rise in religious conservatism in Indonesia is drawing talent away from what some view as un-Islamic jobs in banking, industry professionals say, creating hiring woes for conventional banks but a boon for the country's fledgling sharia finance sector.
Tue, 22 Jun 2021
Independent human rights experts working with the United Nations have urged the Vatican to do more to stop and prevent violence and sexual abuse against children, citing "persistent allegations of obstruction and lack of cooperation" from the Catholic Church, the UN human rights office said.
A man abused for years by a paedophile priest at a County Down school is to receive a six-figure sum in damages, the High Court has been told.
A classmate of girls who travelled to Syria to join Islamic State said they tried to convince pupils that it was the perfect society.
The UK will join Australia, Canada, Israel and the US in not attending the United Nations conference, which purports to focus on tackling racism across the globe.
The Jewish Chronicle
Ireland: Former National Maternity Hospital master raises concern over clinical independence at new Catholic hospital
The Sisters of Charity transferred land ownership of the site to a new charity that will operate the hospital and lease it to the state. The religious order's accounts last year stated directors at this charity would be obliged to uphold the values of the Sisters - meaning the hospital would be run with a Catholic ethos.
The Taliban said Sunday they remain committed to peace talks but insisted a "genuine Islamic system" in Afghanistan was the only way to end the war and ensure rights -- including for women.
Nigeria's Department of State Services has released an Islamic singer, Ahmad Abdul, arrested for releasing a 'blasphemous' song.
Australia: Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster loses bid for legal recognition as incorporated entity
The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster will remain in the realms of satire, after an attempt to have its Australian wing formally recognised was rejected by a South Australian legal authority on the grounds that the purported religion is nothing more than a "hoax".
The role of religion in Saudi Arabia faces the biggest reset in modern times as Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, spurred by the need to diversify the oil-reliant economy, pursues a liberalisation drive in parallel with a vigorous crackdown on dissent.
Mon, 21 Jun 2021
The Church's proposals have little to do with education and more to do with reversing its declining numbers among young people, write Chris Higgins and Keith Sharpe of the National Secular Society's Secular Education Forum.
Batley Grammar teacher who showed Muhammad picture refuses to return to work over fears for his life
A teacher who was suspended after showing a cartoon of Islam's prophet Muhammad to pupils during an RE lesson has refused to return to work over fears for his life - despite being cleared of causing deliberate offence and told that he could have his job back.
Civil weddings will be permitted to take place outdoors for the first time in England and Wales from next month.
A new Catholic school in Peterborough has been unanimously approved by members of Peterborough City Council's Planning and Environmental Protection Committee.
Brandon Lewis has warned Stormont he is running out patience over its failure to implement abortion services in Northern Ireland and will not wait much longer to intervene.
Robert Buckland says he believes the move would prevent misuse of parental consent and crack down on forced marriages.
The owners of a showground have apologised over reports of anti-social behaviour from attendees of a Christian festival being held on its site.
West Midlands force confirms that a speech made by a follower of Hizb ut-Tahrir at a pro-Palestine rally has been recorded as a hate crime.
Ultraconservative cleric Ebrahim Raisi has been elected Iran's new president with more than 61.95 percent of the vote, Interior Minister Aboldreza Rahmani Fazli announced on Saturday.
Christians intent on preserving the faith in the United States should abandon efforts to achieve political dominance and instead embrace pluralism to halt the church's numerical and reputational freefall, said the co-author of a study published recently in the journal Sociology of Religion.
Baptist News Global
Academics said the importance of Christianity to happiness has been exaggerated because the evidence is often drawn from America and its large 'Bible Belt' population of believers.
Fri, 18 Jun 2021
‘Why do religious groups that spout vile views while doing no public good get charitable status?’ – NSS quoted
Andrew Penman questions why a religious organisation with "barking" and "repugnant" views has become a registered charity. NSS chief executive Stephen Evans is quoted.
Manchester Arena suicide bomber Salman Abedi should have been identified as a threat on the night of the atrocity by those in charge of security, a public inquiry into the 2017 attack has found.
Inner House refuses asylum appeal by Pakistani student who claimed to be at risk because of his homosexuality
A Pakistani man who claimed he was at risk of persecution for being gay if he was deported has lost his appeal against a Lord Ordinary's decision not to allow him an appeal against the decision of an immigration tribunal.
Scottish Legal News
The EU has opened an investigation into whether Hungary's new law banning the "promotion" of homosexuality in schools breaches European law.
The council's Congress of Local and Regional Authorities gathered on Wednesday to adopt a resolution condemning the "rising anti-LGBTI hate speech and discrimination" sweeping across Poland.
The Supreme Court Fulton v Philadelphia ruling, which found that a Catholic foster agency can legally turn away same-sex couples, "does not create a license to discriminate", according to rights organisations.
North Carolina's decades-old ban on abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy is unconstitutional and poses a credible threat of prosecution to abortion providers, a federal appeals court unanimously affirmed Wednesday.
The Washington Post*
A Colorado baker who won a partial victory at the U.S. Supreme Court in 2018 for refusing to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple violated the state's anti-discrimination law by refusing to make a birthday cake for a transgender woman, a state judge has ruled.
The Associated Press
Saudi Arabia executed a young man Tuesday who was convicted on charges stemming from his alleged participation in an anti-government rebellion by minority Shiites.
The Associated Press
Thu, 17 Jun 2021
A religious organisation has managed to become a registered charity despite preaching some repugnant views. One of its publications implies women who dress in a way that is "pleasing to the eyes of men" are to blame if they are raped. NSS chief executive Stephen Evans is quoted.
Daily Mirror (via PressReader)
The Church of England is to investigate possible slave trade links to an 18th-century endowment that has grown into a £9.2bn investment fund supporting parishes and cathedrals across the country.
Anti-terrorism police are now investigating after the two separate incidents at Fulwood Academy in Preston last week.
Victor Iringere endured conversion therapy, exorcisms, and a brush with death before he sought UK asylum in 2017 with the hope of living life freely as a gay man.
A number of former pupils of Belvedere College in Dublin have alleged that a priest who taught at the fee-paying secondary school assaulted them in the late 1970s and 1980s.
French education minister Jean-Michel Blanquer is to introduce training for teachers and principals on the place of religion in schools after a new report revealed confusion and fear among teachers, exacerbated by the beheading of school teacher Samuel Paty in October 2020.
Beijing has sought to rebut allegations of genocide against the country's Uighur population by issuing new census numbers that claim its Muslim minority has grown by 16 per cent over the past decade.
A case on whether a Catholic-run foster care services provider can turn away same-sex couples under the First Amendment's guarantee of the free exercise of religion could deliver a major victory for the religious right, says Kimberly Winston.
In light of the recent discovery of 215 Indigenous children in unmarked graves at a former Catholic-run residential school in British Columbia and investigations at other former residential schools, there have been renewed calls for the Pope to apologise for residential schools and for the Catholic Church to release its records.
Wed, 16 Jun 2021
Government delays over whether to continue at home early abortions ‘making women confused and fearful’
Leading healthcare providers have repeatedly called for the option to have at home early abortions, which were rolled out in the wake of lockdown measures in spring 2020, to be made permanent.
Lessons should introduce children aged 8-11 to the "key concept" of white privilege, described as invisible benefits that society affords to people "because of their whiteness", according to the National Association of Teachers of Religious Education (NATRE).
In a letter, Neil Barber criticises the Vatican's "revision" of canon law which says that penalties for child sexual abuse must be reduced if the perpetrator was drunk, acting in the heat of passion, or was "gravely and unjustly" provoked.
Edinburgh Evening News*
At least three Catholic ethos primary schools are said to have 'rejected' a controversial new sex education programme.
The lack of choice in Ireland's public primary education system is having a profound impact on many families, religious or not, according to parents and educators.
A retired member of a Catholic religious order is seeking a High Court order preventing his trial on charges of child sexual abuse dating back to the 1960s from going ahead.
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