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Fri, 06 May 2022

‘Angry about Roe v. Wade? it’s a threat to abortion rights in the UK too’

‘Angry about Roe v. Wade? it’s a threat to abortion rights in the UK too’

If you think that what's happening in America right now won't or can't influence abortion legislation in the UK, think again, says Vicky Spratt.

Refinery29

‘The Guardian view on what follows Roe v Wade: it doesn’t stop here’

‘The Guardian view on what follows Roe v Wade: it doesn’t stop here’

"Further attempts to restrict rights should be expected following state abortion bans. And they won't be limited to women in the US."

The Guardian

‘Overturning Roe vs Wade blurs church and state’

‘Overturning Roe vs Wade blurs church and state’

Religious liberty for only one religion is not religious liberty, says Emily Tamkin.

The New Statesman

‘The secular defence of reproductive rights’

‘The secular defence of reproductive rights’

Internationally, highly secular societies are the best at ensuring abortion rights, while the most religious are the worst, says Phil Zuckerman.

OnlySky

As US poised to restrict abortion, other nations ease access

As US poised to restrict abortion, other nations ease access

As women in the United States find themselves on the verge of possibly losing the constitutional right to abortion, courts in many other parts of the world have been moving in the opposite direction.

The Associated Press

Canadian panel urges not hiring military chaplains of religions that exclude women from their priesthoods

Canadian panel urges not hiring military chaplains of religions that exclude women from their priesthoods

An advisory panel to the Canadian Department of National Defence wants to rid the Canadian Armed Forces of military chaplains whose religious faiths do not openly promote diversity.

Catholic News Service

Feminists rally for Argentine nuns who denounced archbishop

Feminists rally for Argentine nuns who denounced archbishop

Feminist groups have rallied to the support of 18 cloistered Carmelite nuns who have filed an unusual complaint of gender violence against the local Catholic archbishop.

The Associated Press

Afghan women defend right to drive as Taliban curb licences

Afghan women defend right to drive as Taliban curb licences

The Taliban in Afghanistan have reportedly told instructors to stop issuing driving licenses to women.

The New Arab

India: Police officer ‘raped 13-year-old Dalit girl who was reporting another attack’

India: Police officer ‘raped 13-year-old Dalit girl who was reporting another attack’

An Indian policeman has been arrested and charged with raping a 13-year old girl who turned up at the police station after having been gang-raped. The girl belongs to the "Dalit" caste, the lowest and most oppressed in the Hindu social hierarchy and is the daughter of a farmer.

The Times*

Nigerian gospel singer’s death puts divorce beliefs in spotlight

Nigerian gospel singer’s death puts divorce beliefs in spotlight

The allegations around Osinachi Nwachukwu's death sent shockwaves through Nigeria's Christian communities and wider society, raising questions about gender-violence and the extent to which religious teachings and societal values condemn divorce, no matter the circumstances.

The Guardian

Thu, 05 May 2022

Abortion services in Northern Ireland almost nonexistent despite legalisation

Abortion services in Northern Ireland almost nonexistent despite legalisation

Stormont has failed to fully put into effect 2019 law passed by Westminster leaving women with 'deplorable options

The Guardian

Back anti-abortion candidates, church leaders tell NI voters

Back anti-abortion candidates, church leaders tell NI voters

Evangelical Protestants and Roman Catholic bishops have both called on Northern Ireland voters to mark their preferences on the ballot paper for candidates who are anti-abortion.

News Letter

Human rights laws hinder abortion buffer zones, says Nicola Sturgeon

Human rights laws hinder abortion buffer zones, says Nicola Sturgeon

Human rights laws are slowing down the Scottish government's ability to ban protests outside abortion clinics, Nicola Sturgeon has claimed. She also signalled a shift in her position on legalising assisted dying.

The Times*

Two-in-five British Jews will be strictly-Orthodox by 2040, new study finds

Two-in-five British Jews will be strictly-Orthodox by 2040, new study finds

Nearly a quarter of Jews around the world will be strictly-Orthodox by 2040, according to a new study that projects the population will double in size in less than two decades.

Jewish News

EU targets Russian Patriarch Kirill in new round of proposed sanctions - diplomat

EU targets Russian Patriarch Kirill in new round of proposed sanctions - diplomat

The European Commission has proposed freezing the assets of Patriarch Kirill, head of the Russian Orthodox Church, a diplomat said on Wednesday.

Reuters*

Oklahoma governor signs ban on abortions after six weeks of pregnancy, effective immediately

Oklahoma governor signs ban on abortions after six weeks of pregnancy, effective immediately

Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt signed a bill on Tuesday that bans abortion after six weeks of pregnancy, immediately outlawing almost all abortions in the state.

Reuters*

‘Let’s throw out the term “culture wars.” This is religious tyranny.’

‘Let’s throw out the term “culture wars.” This is religious tyranny.’

If media outlets keep distorting language, they are going to find it hard to explain the firestorm that awaits the overturning of Roe v. Wade, says Jennifer Rubin.

The Washington Post*

Satanic group asks to fly flag at Boston City Hall after supreme court ruling

Satanic group asks to fly flag at Boston City Hall after supreme court ruling

Salem-based group asks to mark Satanic Appreciation Week in July after city's denial of request by Christian activist ruled illegal.

The Guardian

Pakistan: Critics warn over blasphemy case against Imran Khan

Pakistan: Critics warn over blasphemy case against Imran Khan

Blasphemy charges against former Prime Minister Imran Khan and his party leaders could pose serious risks not only to their lives but also to those of their families, critics say.

Deutsche Welle

Iran: ‘Does wearing the hijab help women's careers?’

Iran: ‘Does wearing the hijab help women's careers?’

Iranian women who rebel against mandatory wearing of hijabs say they are being discriminated against in the workplace.

Deutsche Welle

Wed, 04 May 2022

Ireland: Non-religious teachers ‘hide’ beliefs for job opportunities – study

Ireland: Non-religious teachers ‘hide’ beliefs for job opportunities – study

Non-religious teachers are hiding or suppressing their beliefs over fears it could affect their employment or promotion prospects in schools with a religious ethos, according to research. The findings are contained in a cross-Border study by Dr Catherine Stapleton of Mary Immaculate College and Dr James Nelson of Queen's University Belfast.

The Irish Times*

‘Taking the church out of Irish primary schools’

‘Taking the church out of Irish primary schools’

It is estimated that the State owns 5 per cent of primary schools. The Catholic Church, by contrast, controls almost 90 per cent. The State, however, pays teachers and foots the bill for the vast bulk of capital costs involving school buildings.

The Irish Times*

‘Sex education must be taught free from the influence of religious ethos’

‘Sex education must be taught free from the influence of religious ethos’

We will foster compassion, not hate, says Jennifer Horgan

Irish Examiner

Ex-pub landlord accused of sending thousands in Covid loans to fund ISIS

Ex-pub landlord accused of sending thousands in Covid loans to fund ISIS

A 42-year-old man has been accused of sending thousands of pounds in Covid support loans to fund Islamic State fighters in Syria.

Metro

Online Safety Bill threatens rights to free speech, claims top lawyer

Online Safety Bill threatens rights to free speech, claims top lawyer

Flaws in the government's Online Safety Bill will lead to restrictions on free speech and make it incompatible with the Human Rights Act, according to a leading media lawyer.

The Times*

Calls for buffer zones at Scottish abortion clinics as landmark US case is threatened

Calls for buffer zones at Scottish abortion clinics as landmark US case is threatened

Calls are growing for buffer zones to be introduced around Scotland's abortion clinics after the Roe v Wade case details emerged.

The Scotsman*

US: Contraception could come under fire next after Roe v Wade is overturned

US: Contraception could come under fire next after Roe v Wade is overturned

A reckoning with what the 14th amendment enshrines could affect consensual sex and even marriage rights.

The Guardian

Erosion of abortion rights gathers pace around the world as US signals new era

Erosion of abortion rights gathers pace around the world as US signals new era

It is illegal for women to terminate their pregnancies in any circumstance in 24 countries, with a further 37 restricting access in any case except when the mother's life is in danger.

The Guardian

‘I’ve had both a legal and illegal abortion – the difference is shocking’

‘I’ve had both a legal and illegal abortion – the difference is shocking’

'I'm sharing my story – to try to change abortion laws in my home country after it put into place a near-total ban on foetal terminations last year.'

Metro

‘I have every right to return to my country’: Taslima Nasrin

‘I have every right to return to my country’: Taslima Nasrin

Owing to her thoughts and ideas, the now exiled author is banned from both Bangladesh and West Bengal. However, the indomitable spirit continues her brand of activism through pen and paper, and social media.

The Daily Star

Tue, 03 May 2022

Roe v Wade: US Supreme Court leak suggests abortion law repeal

Roe v Wade: US Supreme Court leak suggests abortion law repeal

The US Supreme Court could be about to overturn the nationwide legal right to abortion, according to an unprecedented leaked draft of a court document.

BBC

‘As the US supreme court moves to end abortion, is America still a free country?’

‘As the US supreme court moves to end abortion, is America still a free country?’

There is no condition more essential to democratic citizenship than a person's control over her own body. We can't call ourselves a free country without it, says Moira Donegan.

The Guardian

Muslim cleric who condemned Islamic extremism at Manchester Arena inquiry forced to flee after death threats

Muslim cleric who condemned Islamic extremism at Manchester Arena inquiry forced to flee after death threats

Mohammed El-Saeiti, a former iman at Didsbury mosque, has been threatened by three stalkers near his home and targeted on social media, after he appeared at the bombing inquiry in November last year.

Mail Online

Heads vote for Zahawi to intervene over gay author school visit

Heads vote for Zahawi to intervene over gay author school visit

Headteachers have voted for Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi to investigate the diocese which banned a gay author from visiting a Catholic school.

Express & Star

Franklin Graham: 'Nothing offensive' in Liverpool bus ads

Franklin Graham: 'Nothing offensive' in Liverpool bus ads

American evangelist Franklin Graham has said there is "nothing offensive" about adverts on Liverpool's buses promoting his UK tour. The city region's mayor has called for them to be removed and claimed they were promoting "hateful speech".

BBC

Archbishop of Wales says churches could marry same-sex couples in next few years

Archbishop of Wales says churches could marry same-sex couples in next few years

The new archbishop of Wales has said that same-sex weddings could be held in churches within the next five years.

Pink News

Abortion protesters encouraged to hear other side

Abortion protesters encouraged to hear other side

Protesters who harass women outside abortion clinics will be encouraged to meet those who defend the right to termination to hear views "from all sides".

The Times*

Isle of Man politicians should no longer be obliged to attend prayers, committee says

Isle of Man politicians should no longer be obliged to attend prayers, committee says

Manx politicians could be able to opt out of attending prayers at the start of House of Keys sittings in future.

BBC

Canada: Anglican church leader apologises to residential school survivors at Saskatchewan First Nation

Canada: Anglican church leader apologises to residential school survivors at Saskatchewan First Nation

Archbishop of Canterbury Reverend Justin Welby visited James Smith Cree Nation along with Chakastaypasin Band of the Cree Nation and Peter Chapman Band. While there, he apologised to survivors.

Global News

Ireland: Religious order exits healthcare as part of deal paving way for National Maternity Hospital to proceed

Ireland: Religious order exits healthcare as part of deal paving way for National Maternity Hospital to proceed

The Religious Sisters of Charity have declared their departure from healthcare after more than two centuries, in a move to clear the way for the new National Maternity Hospital to be built in Dublin.

The Irish Times*

Boston violated group’s First Amendment rights by denying ‘Christian flag’ outside City Hall, SCOTUS rules

Boston violated group’s First Amendment rights by denying ‘Christian flag’ outside City Hall, SCOTUS rules

In a unanimous ruling, the US Supreme Court determined that the city of Boston violated the First Amendment rights of a conservative group by refusing to let its "Christian flag" briefly fly outside City Hall while allowing other groups to fly flags of their own.

The Independent

‘Shurtleff v. Boston: America’s struggle with secularism’

‘Shurtleff v. Boston: America’s struggle with secularism’

While religious conflict may have been a significant part of America's past, it has by no means disappeared, says Fausto Rojas.

Brown Political Review

Modi weighs replacing India’s religion-based laws before polls

Modi weighs replacing India’s religion-based laws before polls

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's administration is weighing the political costs of replacing India's religion-based marriage and inheritance laws with a uniform civil code ahead of national elections in 2024.

Bloomberg*

Imran Khan to face blasphemy charges after new Pakistan PM called a ‘traitor’ and ‘thief’ in Saudi Arabia

Imran Khan to face blasphemy charges after new Pakistan PM called a ‘traitor’ and ‘thief’ in Saudi Arabia

Imran Khan has been booked under Pakistan's blasphemy law along with 150 others after the country's new prime minister Shehbaz Sharif was met with abusive language on his first foreign trip to Saudi Arabia.

The Independent*

‘Child protection and religious freedom’

‘Child protection and religious freedom’

Richard Scorer examines the relationship between religious freedom (or privilege) and the protection of children from abuse.

The Freethinker

Fri, 29 Apr 2022

Catholic school closes due to strike over LGBT book talk

Catholic school closes due to strike over LGBT book talk

Teachers at a Catholic school have gone on strike over the cancellation of a talk by a children's author whose books feature gay characters.

BBC

Catholic bishops urge members of the public to make their 'voices heard' in NI election

Catholic bishops urge members of the public to make their 'voices heard' in NI election

In a pastoral reflection ahead of next Thursday's vote the church leaders focused on several themes including the 'rights of the unborn', and 'respect for religious freedom'.

The Irish News*

Christian candidate attacks same-sex marriage in election leaflet

Christian candidate attacks same-sex marriage in election leaflet

Maureen Martin, Christian People's Alliance candidate for the Lewisham mayoral election, declared her intent to "cut through political correctness" and "simply state the truth" about "natural marriage between a man and a woman" in election materials delivered to locals.

Pink News

Terror prosecutions of people back in UK from Syria not counted

Terror prosecutions of people back in UK from Syria not counted

The government does not record the number of people prosecuted for terror offences after returning to the UK from Syria, an official report says.

BBC

British ‘Beatle’ terrorist to be sentenced over deaths of Western hostages

British ‘Beatle’ terrorist to be sentenced over deaths of Western hostages

A British terrorist convicted over his role in the torture and killings of Western hostages in Syria is expected to come face to face with his victims' families when he is sentenced in a US court today.

The Independent

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