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Thu, 02 Sep 2021
The so-called Heartbeat Act bans terminations after the detection of what anti-abortion campaigners call a foetal heartbeat - a point when many women do not know they are pregnant.
The Taliban have suddenly turned into freedom fighters, liberated educationists, and "legitimate stakeholders" for a section of Indian Muslims, says Abhijit Majumder.
Growing calls for a Hindu state underline popular dissatisfaction with Nepal's long stretch of political instability, says Kamal Dev Bhattarai.
Wed, 01 Sep 2021
Child abusers from a British religious community should not be reported to the police, one of its leaders has argued.
The first Catholic school in Northern Ireland to formally change its status to integrated is to open its doors for pupils.
Afghans who worked for the British military and UK government will be able to move to the UK permanently, the Home Office has announced.
Man harassed ex-wife with biblical messages after coming under influence of 'extreme Christian group'
A man bombarded his ex-wife with messages about marriage and adultery after falling under the influence of "extreme" American Christians, a court has heard.
A petition is being presented today at 10am to the Citizen Participation and Public Petitions Committee of the Scottish Parliament, seeking a pardon for all those convicted in Scotland under the infamous Witchcraft Act between 1563 and 1736.
The Famine Song is offensive — that is the point of it — but that does not make it criminal, says Alex Massie.
As a result of school closures in Ireland, specific educational recovery procedures will need to be implemented, and the removal of sacramental preparation from the school timetable would be a good place to start, a teacher writes.
The Irish Times*
The parliament of Finland will consider a total ban on conversion therapy, after an overwhelming number of Finns signed a citizens' initiative.
Saudi authorities have ordered mosques to remove "extremist" literature from libraries and end preaching to non-Muslims without permission, according to reports on Tuesday.
The New Arab
A new study has revealed how supportive Britons would be of a family member coming out as a member of the LGBTQ+ community.
Tue, 31 Aug 2021
A social media post by the manager of a city mosque which appears to praise the Taliban's leaders in prayer after taking Kabul is to be investigated by the Charity Commission.
A private Jewish school disregarded Covid-19 restrictions and took pupils for a barbecue on Hampstead Heath during the third national lockdown.
Scotland's Health Secretary Humza Yousaf has been accused of stoking up anti-Hindu tensions in the racism row over a nursery place for his daughter.
Police say they expect to make arrests after footage emerged appearing to show Rangers supporters singing a sectarian song before Sunday's Old Firm game.
When the government agreed to recognise get refusal as a form of domestic abuse, it was welcomed in the Jewish community as an important step that could help free 'chained wives' trapped in a dead marriage. But nothing is quite that simple, says Simon Rocker.
The Jewish Chronicle
The Taliban is planning to purge Afghanistan's education system of all elements that are "against Islam", according to an official, as activists and campaigners warn of a return to authoritarian rule in the country.
Hanan, a gay man terrified since the Taliban took control of the country, had been promised a safe way out of the country. He was deceived - two members of the Taliban met him and carried out their brutal attack.
Like other Afghans, the Uyghurs fear a worse existence under the Taliban. But they also fear something else: greater influence for China.
If extremists thought they could mobilise Muslim opinion through acts of clarifying violence, they have failed, says David Brooks.
The New York Times*
House Bill 1239, also called the Freedom To Worship Act, was passed during this year's Legislative Session. The bill states that the government can't tell religious outlets to close for any reason, even during a pandemic.
Houston Public Media
As India undergoes a crisis of sort relating to its secular identity, it must seek inspiration from the French model of secularism and cease using public money for religious purposes in order to comply with Article 27 of the Indian Constitution, writes Rashmi Singh.
Fri, 27 Aug 2021
More than 300 children in Bradford have been given places at state faith schools against their families' wishes, according to new figures.
The Telegraph & Argus
Research by the National Secular Society found that 235 children in the borough will go to faith schools, despite their parents having listed a non-faith option as their top preference.
A gay man has been told by the Home Office he could be removed to Afghanistan.
LGBT Afghans hide from the Taliban in Kabul: ‘I don’t want them to kill me like they killed my boyfriend’
Two gay people in Afghanistan explain in depth why they fear for their lives under their new rulers and are desperately trying to flee abroad.
The Church in Wales is set to vote next month on whether same-sex couples should receive blessings for the first time.
While some in Britain are understandably anxious about the Taliban's rapid takeover of Afghanistan and the prospect of the Central Asian country becoming an international jihadist training ground, long-standing domestic problems concerning religious radicalism continue to persist. The issue of unregistered private schools in British Muslim communities is one of them, says Rakib Ehsan.
The Taliban will ban music in Afghanistan and require women to travel with a male chaperone, despite claims the group will be more liberal than the brutal regime of 20 years ago.
After a Pakistani court overturned the blasphemy conviction of a Christian couple on June 3, Islamic extremists called for the pair, an attorney and two judges to be beheaded.
The Alabama Baptist
Students have staged a walk-out at a Christian school in Colorado after a gay volleyball coach accused the school of forcing him out of his job.
A major confrontation on the abortion battlefield looms this autumn, when the Supreme Court is expected to hear arguments on whether Mississippi can ban abortion after 15 weeks.
The New York Times*
Thu, 26 Aug 2021
A legal case has been launched regarding the merging of Swanmead Community School, a non-faith school, with Greenfylde Church of England First School to create a split-site Church of England primary school. The case contends the merger of Swanmead and Greenfylde discriminates against those with no religious beliefs.
The Church of England has expressed "deep regret and sorrow" over a mishandled inquiry into a priest who killed himself after false child abuse allegations.
Afghanistan could be blacklisted under new proposals, which would allow UK authorities to jail people for 10 years for visiting the country.
Police have quizzed the manager of one of Birmingham's biggest mosques after he posted a Facebook message appearing to praise Taliban leaders in prayer during the capture of Kabul.
Rifka Meyer was 32 when she entered into a religious marriage. Two-and-a-half years later, she became what is known among orthodox Jews as a "chained wife" - trapped in a religious marriage with a man who refused to let her have a divorce.
Working women in Afghanistan must stay at home until proper systems are in place to ensure their safety, a Taliban spokesman has told reporters.
India's past citizenship policy, which critics say excludes Muslims, has raised questions as to who is eligible for special new humanitarian visas for Afghan refugees fleeing the Taliban.
Major opposition and regional leaders have met India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi to argue in favour of counting caste in the country's census.
Russia's Prosecutor-General's Office has deemed four evangelical groups from Latvia and Ukraine as "undesirable," saying they pose a threat to constitutional order and the country's security.
Radio Free Europe
For LGBTQ people, "Christians are the worst" can be critically necessary to discuss, says James Finn.
Wed, 25 Aug 2021
A headteacher who carried on teaching after she was convicted of running an illegal Islamic private school has been warned she faces jail.
Ofsted will not recommend that a Jewish primary school be allowed to increase its age range because it will not talk about LGBT people to pupils.
The Jewish Chronicle
What does the fallout from the Batley Grammar School case say about free speech in Britain?
Though these protests target institutions, business and the law, the brunt of these interventions is borne by those who choose to use these services.
The international community must take a firm stand in defending the fundamental rights of Afghan women and girls.
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