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Wed, 09 Jun 2021

Uzbekistan politician wants to deport all LGBT+ people

Uzbekistan politician wants to deport all LGBT+ people

A politician in Uzbekistan has said the country should strip LGBT+ people of citizenship and deport them as a 'solution' to debates around LGBT+ rights.

Pink News

‘Uyghurs are being deported from Muslim countries, raising concerns about China's growing reach’

‘Uyghurs are being deported from Muslim countries, raising concerns about China's growing reach’

More than a dozen accounts detail alleged detentions and deportations of Uyghurs at China's request in three major Arab countries: Egypt, the UAE and Saudi Arabia.

CNN

‘The meaning of Israel’s first religious prime minister’

‘The meaning of Israel’s first religious prime minister’

With Naftali Bennett, the homeland of the Jewish people is about to see what it's like having an observant Jewish leader, says Oren Kessler.

Foreign Policy*

‘Humanism and stigma of non-religiosity in Africa’

‘Humanism and stigma of non-religiosity in Africa’

Across Africa, religious believers are socialised to persecute and oppress humanists with impunity, says Leo Igwe.

Opinion Nigeria

Tue, 08 Jun 2021

Plans for new Peterborough Catholic school recommended for approval

Plans for new Peterborough Catholic school recommended for approval

The maintained voluntary aided school run by the Diocese of East Anglia school will be the first state-funded Catholic school in England for more than 10 years. Its admissions policy has angered local residents who fear their child will miss out on a place.

Peterborough Telegraph

Israel asks Hancock to let girl be treated in their hospitals after doctors win permission to switch off life support against wishes of ultra-Orthodox Jewish parents

Israel asks Hancock to let girl be treated in their hospitals after doctors win permission to switch off life support against wishes of ultra-Orthodox Jewish parents

Israel has appealed to Matt Hancock to allow a two-year-old suffering from irreversible brain damage to be treated in Tel Aviv.

Mail Online

Canada: Statue toppled as Pope fails to apologise over 215 indigenous children found dead in Catholic school

Canada: Statue toppled as Pope fails to apologise over 215 indigenous children found dead in Catholic school

Demonstrators toppled a statue of Canadian public education official Egerton Ryerson in Toronto on Sunday in growing anger over the deaths of more than 200 children at one of his schools.

The Independent

Muslim family in Canada killed in 'premeditated' truck attack

Muslim family in Canada killed in 'premeditated' truck attack

Four members of a Muslim family were killed in a "premeditated" vehicle attack on Sunday, Canadian police say.

BBC

German cardinal offers to resign over sexual abuse ‘catastrophe’

German cardinal offers to resign over sexual abuse ‘catastrophe’

Cardinal Reinhard Marx, one of Germany's most senior Catholics, has offered his resignation to the pope over the "catastrophe" of sexual abuse by clerics and other church members.

The Guardian

Salvadoran woman freed from jail after 30-year abortion sentence

Salvadoran woman freed from jail after 30-year abortion sentence

A Salvadoran woman who had served nearly a third of her 30-year prison sentence on charges of terminating her pregnancy and violating El Salvador's harsh abortion ban was released on Monday, activists said.

Reuters

Dozens of LGBT+ Ugandans finally freed on bail after police ‘witch hunt’

Dozens of LGBT+ Ugandans finally freed on bail after police ‘witch hunt’

Thirty-nine detained LGBT+ people have been granted bail after a police raid targeted a shelter in Uganda, activists said Friday.

Pink News

'Israel’s Ultra-Orthodox face a fall from power’

'Israel’s Ultra-Orthodox face a fall from power’

A new coalition that aims to remove Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu from office could also usher in a more liberal civil rights agenda, says Isabel Kershner.

The New York Times*

‘Why Muslim converts join jihadist groups’

‘Why Muslim converts join jihadist groups’

Muslim converts tend to be less religious than their non-convert peers. So what explains their overrepresentation among jihadists, asks Graeme Wood.

The Atlantic

‘The African women fighting to end FGM’

‘The African women fighting to end FGM’

Female genital mutilation has revived under Covid but activists are pushing hard to save girls at risk.

The Guardian

Mon, 07 Jun 2021

Lawyer wants to leave Pakistan after winning couple's freedom – NSS mentioned

Lawyer wants to leave Pakistan after winning couple's freedom – NSS mentioned

'I can't survive anymore in my country,' says Saiful Malook after the acquittal of a Christian couple on death row for blasphemy. Malook was awarded the National Secular Society's annual Secularist of the Year prize at its Secularism 2019 conference.

UCA News

Announcing bishops will fall to someone else now PM’s a Catholic

Announcing bishops will fall to someone else now PM’s a Catholic

Downing Street has revealed that, in future, the lord chancellor, Robert Buckland, will send the names of new Church of England bishops to the Queen, after a warning that the prime minister could be banished from office if he keeps doing so himself.

The Times*

Poll finds majority of religious Brits favour assisted dying

Poll finds majority of religious Brits favour assisted dying

The majority of Britons believe religious leaders should not stand in the way of assisted dying, according to a new poll.

The Jewish Chronicle

Hate preachers now a 'priority threat' amid concerns over return of Islamist extremism

Hate preachers now a 'priority threat' amid concerns over return of Islamist extremism

Hate preachers will be treated as a "priority threat" and tackled as part of the Government's counter-terrorism strategy, amid concerns about a resurgence of Islamist extremism.

The Telegraph*

Extreme Islamist group flexes its muscles in UK

Extreme Islamist group flexes its muscles in UK

Hizb ut-Tahrir Britain, the UK branch of Hizb ut-Tahrir, a global Islamist party which calls for the foundation of an Islamic caliphate and has been banned in some Arab countries, appears to be increasing its presence across the country.

The Telegraph*

Uighurs’ plight not suitable for debate — Cambridge don

Uighurs’ plight not suitable for debate — Cambridge don

A Cambridge academic who has benefited from close links to China cautioned against debating the plight of the Uighur Muslims on campus, warning it would not help "mutual understanding".

The Times*

Uighur woman held in Chinese detention camp tells of 'inhuman torture'

Uighur woman held in Chinese detention camp tells of 'inhuman torture'

A Uighur woman was raped with iron bars and electric rods by Chinese police officers at a Xinjiang camp, a tribunal in London has heard.

Sky News

Indigenous schools: Trudeau tells Catholic Church to take responsibility

Indigenous schools: Trudeau tells Catholic Church to take responsibility

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has urged the Catholic Church to "take responsibility" for its role in indigenous residential schools.

BBC

More than 75 per cent of Americans of every political belief back LGBT+ equality, poll finds

More than 75 per cent of Americans of every political belief back LGBT+ equality, poll finds

Support for nondiscrimination protections is weakest among evangelical Christians.

The Independent

Boko Haram leader is dead, says rival militant group

Boko Haram leader is dead, says rival militant group

The leader of the Nigerian militant group Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau, has killed himself, rival Islamist militants said in an audio recording.

BBC

‘The perils of being Ahmadi in Pakistan’

‘The perils of being Ahmadi in Pakistan’

The persecution of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community has strong institutional and societal roots in Pakistan.

Inkstick

‘LGBT+ conversion therapy: banned on Facebook, but thriving in Arabic’

‘LGBT+ conversion therapy: banned on Facebook, but thriving in Arabic’

Scouring social media for information and advice is a common recourse for young men and women who think they may be gay and live in socially conservative Arab societies. But it can lead them to therapists, spiritual leaders and influencers promising to "cure the affliction" of homosexuality through so-called conversion therapy.

Openly

Fri, 04 Jun 2021

Pakistan overturns Christian couple's blasphemy death sentences

Pakistan overturns Christian couple's blasphemy death sentences

Shagufta Kausar and her husband Shafqat Emmanuel were convicted in 2014 for 'insulting the Prophet Muhammad'. But on Thursday, the couple's lawyer Saif ul Malook said the Lahore High Court had acquitted them.

BBC

Hearings in London aim to assess allegations of Uyghur genocide in China

Hearings in London aim to assess allegations of Uyghur genocide in China

A series of hearings begins in London on Friday aiming to gather evidence on whether the Chinese government's alleged human rights abuses in the Xinjiang region constitute a genocide.

BBC

Around 35 FGM victims identified in Cumbria as experts warn of hidden abuse

Around 35 FGM victims identified in Cumbria as experts warn of hidden abuse

Around 35 new victims of female genital mutilation were seen by NHS services in Cumbria last year, figures show.

Cumbria Crack

Teacher put on leave after saying gender pronoun rules are against his religion

Teacher put on leave after saying gender pronoun rules are against his religion

A teacher has been placed on leave after he claimed that referring to students by pronouns in line with their gender identity would be "sinning against God".

Mirror

Ireland: Minister pledges no religious ethos in maternity hospital governance

Ireland: Minister pledges no religious ethos in maternity hospital governance

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly has insisted that he will not tolerate governance with any religious ethos at the new national maternity hospital (NMH) being built on the St Vincent's hospital complex in Dublin.

The Irish Times*

‘A Catholic ethos has no place in our new maternity hospital’

‘A Catholic ethos has no place in our new maternity hospital’

Catholicism has no place in maternity wards, says Colette Sheridan.

Echo Live

New Vatican document ‘very disappointing’, says campaigner

New Vatican document ‘very disappointing’, says campaigner

Veteran campaigner Marie Collins has expressed her disappointment at the changes to the Catholic Church's penal code announced by the Vatican on Tuesday.

The Irish Times*

California to pay $2M church legal fees over virus closures

California to pay $2M church legal fees over virus closures

The state of California has agreed not to impose greater coronavirus restrictions on church gatherings than it does on retail establishments in a pair of settlements that provide more than $2 million in fees to lawyers who challenged the rules as a violation of religious freedom.

The Associated Press

‘Human trafficking allegations thrust caste into spotlight for American Hindus’

‘Human trafficking allegations thrust caste into spotlight for American Hindus’

Software engineers and stone masons might not have much in common professionally, but both kinds of workers can face discrimination, if they're members of the Dalit caste in Hindu society — whether in South Asia or the United States.

NPR

‘For Indian American Hindus, loving India doesn’t mean holding back our criticism’

‘For Indian American Hindus, loving India doesn’t mean holding back our criticism’

The Indian diaspora needs to divorce the idea of supporting India, or being Hindu, from supporting the Modi government or Hindutva, says Khyati Y. Joshi.

Religion News Service

West Africa's Islamist insurgency: Fight at a critical stage

West Africa's Islamist insurgency: Fight at a critical stage

The multinational effort to stave off an encroaching takeover by extremists in the part of Africa known as the Sahel is facing severe challenges.

BBC

Thu, 03 Jun 2021

NI: Anti-abortion campaigners win High Court permission to challenge powers to direct abortion services

NI: Anti-abortion campaigners win High Court permission to challenge powers to direct abortion services

Anti-abortion campaigners have won High Court permission to challenge new powers allowing the secretary of state to direct the commissioning of abortion services in Northern Ireland.

The Irish News*

Welsh Government vows to ban conversion therapy

Welsh Government vows to ban conversion therapy

The Welsh Government has vowed to ban all aspects of conversion therapy in Wales.

Nation Cymru

‘Batley, blasphemy and the religious right’

‘Batley, blasphemy and the religious right’

The ability to develop critical thinking in our young people is being endangered and curtailed by the religious right, says David Pendletone.

Workers' Liberty

‘London terror attacker Usman Khan, drawn into the dark world of Islamist extremists’

‘London terror attacker Usman Khan, drawn into the dark world of Islamist extremists’

While still at Haywood High School Khan was radicalised by sermons given by the British preacher Anjem Choudary.

The Times*

US: Patient influx from other states increases Kansas abortions

US: Patient influx from other states increases Kansas abortions

The number of abortions performed in Kansas increased by 9.1% last year as far more women traveled from Oklahoma and Texas to terminate pregnancies than in 2019 and the state reported that out-of-state patients outnumbered Kansas patients for the first time in almost 50 years.

The Associated Press

US: Biden's budget proposal reverses decades-long ban on abortion funding

US: Biden's budget proposal reverses decades-long ban on abortion funding

President Biden's budget proposal fulfills a campaign promise to remove a longstanding ban on federal funding for most abortions known as the Hyde Amendment.

NPR

Wisconsin governor bans use of state and federal funds for ‘conversion therapy’

Wisconsin governor bans use of state and federal funds for ‘conversion therapy’

Wisconsin governor Tony Evers has kicked off Pride Month by issuing an order banning the use of state and federal funds for the barbaric practice of LGBT conversion therapy.

Pink News

Lack of papal apology for Canada Indigenous school abuses 'shameful'

Lack of papal apology for Canada Indigenous school abuses 'shameful'

Canada's Indigenous services minister has supported growing calls for a papal apology over abuses at Catholic-run Indigenous residential schools, after the remains of 215 children were found in unmarked graves at one such school.

SBS

India: Kerala High Court questions funding of Islamic religious schools

India: Kerala High Court questions funding of Islamic religious schools

The Kerala High Court has asked the state government why it was financing a religious activity by pumping vast amounts of public money to run madrasas in the state.

OpIndia

‘Freedom of religion or belief and non-religious persecution in Nigeria’

‘Freedom of religion or belief and non-religious persecution in Nigeria’

A speech given by Nigerian human rights advocate Leo Igwe to the UK's All-Party Parliamentary Humanist Group.

Modern Ghana

Wed, 02 Jun 2021

PM’s Catholic wedding ceremony triggers constitutional questions

PM’s Catholic wedding ceremony triggers constitutional questions

Is Boris Johnson now a Catholic in the eyes of Britain's bizarre constitution?

Left Foot Forward

The pope toughens church laws on sexual abuse, fraud - and the ordination of women

The pope toughens church laws on sexual abuse, fraud - and the ordination of women

Pope Francis on Tuesday issued a major revision of Catholic Church laws regulating clerical sex abuse, fraud and the attempt to ordain women.

NPR

NI Presbyterian minister to leave over same-sex couples rule

NI Presbyterian minister to leave over same-sex couples rule

A Presbyterian minister in County Antrim is to step down over the church's decision to deny same-sex couples full membership.

BBC

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