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Fri, 06 May 2022
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.
"Further attempts to restrict rights should be expected following state abortion bans. And they won't be limited to women in the US."
Religious liberty for only one religion is not religious liberty, says Emily Tamkin.
The New Statesman
Internationally, highly secular societies are the best at ensuring abortion rights, while the most religious are the worst, says Phil Zuckerman.
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
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
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
The Taliban in Afghanistan have reportedly told instructors to stop issuing driving licenses to women.
The New Arab
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 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.
Thu, 05 May 2022
Stormont has failed to fully put into effect 2019 law passed by Westminster leaving women with 'deplorable options
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.
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.
The European Commission has proposed freezing the assets of Patriarch Kirill, head of the Russian Orthodox Church, a diplomat said on Wednesday.
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.
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*
Salem-based group asks to mark Satanic Appreciation Week in July after city's denial of request by Christian activist ruled illegal.
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.
Iranian women who rebel against mandatory wearing of hijabs say they are being discriminated against in the workplace.
Wed, 04 May 2022
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*
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*
We will foster compassion, not hate, says Jennifer Horgan
A 42-year-old man has been accused of sending thousands of pounds in Covid support loans to fund Islamic State fighters in Syria.
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.
Calls are growing for buffer zones to be introduced around Scotland's abortion clinics after the Roe v Wade case details emerged.
A reckoning with what the 14th amendment enshrines could affect consensual sex and even marriage rights.
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.
'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.'
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
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.
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.
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.
Headteachers have voted for Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi to investigate the diocese which banned a gay author from visiting a Catholic school.
Express & Star
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".
The new archbishop of Wales has said that same-sex weddings could be held in churches within the next five years.
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".
Manx politicians could be able to opt out of attending prayers at the start of House of Keys sittings in future.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
Richard Scorer examines the relationship between religious freedom (or privilege) and the protection of children from abuse.
Fri, 29 Apr 2022
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.
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*
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.
The government does not record the number of people prosecuted for terror offences after returning to the UK from Syria, an official report says.
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.
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