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Mon, 04 Jan 2021
Pro-choice activists celebrated on the streets on Wednesday as Argentina joined a handful of South American nations to legalise abortion, a landmark decision in a country where the Catholic Church has long held sway.
An Australian woman who has renounced her Islamic faith and campaigns globally for women's rights has been arrested and charged in Tanzania, the country of her birth.
The company says that it does not have a comprehensive list of religions but it has listed some groups that are protected under its hate speech rules. These include pastafarians, scientologists, Mormons, Rastafaris, Jehovah's Witnesses and atheists.
India's northeastern state of Assam has passed a law abolishing state-run Islamic schools, ahead of local elections next year.
At least 14 arrests were made by Pakistani police in overnight raids on Thursday after a century-old Hindu temple was set on fire and razed by a violent religious mob led by Islamist clerics in northwestern Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa region.
Police in Uttar Pradesh have been ordered to crack down on a trend of drivers displaying their caste on bumper or window stickers or custom numberplates.
Human rights activists say the practice has accelerated during lockdowns against the coronavirus, when girls are out of school and more visible, bride traffickers are more active on the Internet and families are more in debt.
Thu, 24 Dec 2020
The health secretary has said that churches in Tier 4 areas will stay open, and disclosed that he has given a personal assurance to the archbishop of Canterbury.
A multi-denominational secondary school discriminated against a Catholic school girl on religious grounds by favouring for admission Church of Ireland students from a local primary school.
The Independent (Ireland)
Joe Biden's election as US president raises hopes for funding of reproductive health groups – but some caution that reversing the impact of a rule introduced by the Trump administration will not be quick.
The religion, education, culture and language of China's ethnic minorities are being forcibly constrained and changed.
Puritans hated the 25 December observance of Jesus' birth so much that they made it illegal in the Massachusetts colony for decades in the 1600s.
The Washington Post*
Nuns running a children's home in Germany prostituted boys in their care to priests, local politicians and businessmen in the 1960s and 1970s, according to a victim who has won a court fight for compensation.
Wed, 23 Dec 2020
The former archbishop of York Dr Sentamu will be given a life peerage as a crossbencher, Downing Street has confirmed. Serious concerns over Sentamu's handling of sexual abuse allegations remain unresolved.
The prime minister's appointment of a new special envoy on freedom of religion or belief has prompted a mixed reaction from interested charities and campaigning groups. The NSS has urged her to remember that freedom from religion is a vital corollary to freedom of religion.
Fiona Bruce has said she will use her role to improve the lives of anyone who is persecuted for their faith or belief.
The diocese of Liverpool will review the decision to allow a paedophile vicar carry on working for another 24 years after his crimes were exposed.
Doctors across Cambridgeshire have discovered dozens of new cases of female genital mutilation in the last year.
Radicals' reactions to the vaccination issue has raised concerns about the possibility of disrupted immunisation campaigns in some countries.
The Arab Weekly
An abortion clinic is suing the US state of Indiana, challenging provisions of a state law which requires foetal remains to be buried or cremated after an abortion.
Tue, 22 Dec 2020
A vicar who sexually abused a choirboy but was allowed to carry on working for 24 years ruined the lives of three other victims.
The Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered the release of Mubarak Bala, the president of the Humanist Association of Nigeria.
Ampleforth College must finally get serious about safeguarding or it will deservedly close. And some columnists' accusations of anti-Catholic bigotry against the government are silly.
The European Commission has said it respects a judgment from the European Court of Justice allowing member states to prohibit non-stun slaughter, and added that Jewish communities will always be welcome in Europe.
Labour's leader has said Christianity provides a blueprint for social improvement within a piece reflecting on this year's turmoil.
A viral video on social media has shown goalkeeper Gigi Buffon using a blasphemous word during a game between Parma and Juventus. He has escaped punishment because the referee didn't hear it – but a player last week was given a one-match ban for a similar offence.
Secular ‘values voters’ are becoming an electoral force in the US – just look closely at 2020’s results
Research suggests Americans with secular values vote to uphold them with just as much motivation as those motivated by religion.
‘“Love jihad” law in Indian state attacks Muslims, infantalises Hindu women – and curbs Dalit rights’
A new law in Uttar Pradesh makes the private choice of a person who converts to another religion subject to the whims of the government of the day.
Mon, 21 Dec 2020
In his statement on Saturday the prime minister said non-essential retail, indoor gyms and leisure facilities, and personal care services must close in the new tier 4 of coronavirus restrictions, but public worship can continue.
Christian MP Fiona Bruce will be the next person appointed by the prime minister to speak out on issues of freedom of religion across the world.
Premier Christian News
The provision of abortion pills for home use in Scotland is a long overdue and progressive step forward.
Secularism is a necessary foundation for democracy built on human rights.
Spain's parliament has voted to approve a bill that will allow physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia for long-suffering patients of incurable diseases or unbearable permanent conditions.
The European Court of Human Rights has dismissed a legal challenge against Norway's child services agency for removing children from their evangelical Christian parents.
The Catholic Church in Australia has failed in its appeal over a compensation payout to a sexual abuse survivor, and now faces the prospect of being sued by hundreds of other victims who received meagre payments in exchange for their silence.
Sydney Morning Herald*
The US Senate this week approved bipartisan legislation to amend the federal law prohibiting female genital cutting.
The Detroit News
The Republic of Ireland may outlaw speech that denies or trivialises the Holocaust, as part of new legislation on hate crime.
The Jewish Chronicle
Switzerland's parliament approved a bill Friday allowing same-sex couples to marry. But a right-wing Christian party has announced that it will ask for the legislation to be put to a referendum.
The Local (Switzerland)
Fri, 18 Dec 2020
LGBT people must have the option of a secular union that cannot be subject to religious approval, says NSS president Keith Porteous Wood.
A Belgian ban on kosher and halal slaughter of animals without being stunned has been backed by the European Court of Justice, which rejected objections by religious groups.
Undergoing male circumcision as an infant has delayed psychological complications, according to an international study.
Women and equalities minister Liz Truss has criticised the Equality Act 2010 and said the discrimination debate should not focus solely on race, religion, sexual orientation and disability.
A Scottish man has said he "hated everything" about himself after enduring six years of conversion therapy and "exorcisms" to make him straight.
A woman formerly married to a hate preacher and who shared terrorist and extremist material has been jailed.
Government should neither support nor restrict any religion or lack thereof, says Professor John Radford.
The Freethinker (Patheos)
Since patients have been allowed to take pills at home to terminate pregnancies, major medical complications have dropped by two-thirds.
The New Statesman*
Justice minister Helen McEntee is to bring forward new hate crime laws in the new year, saying existing legislation was "not fit for purpose".
Despite Poland being over 90 percent Catholic, a survey published on Thursday suggested that approximately 41 percent of Poles view the Church favourably.
Hundreds of schoolboys kidnapped last week from a boarding school in north-western Nigeria have been released, local authorities have told the BBC.
A court in Pakistan has acquitted a Christian after he was sentenced to life in prison for blasphemy over a decade ago.
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