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Wed, 09 Jun 2021
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.
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.
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.
Across Africa, religious believers are socialised to persecute and oppress humanists with impunity, says Leo Igwe.
Tue, 08 Jun 2021
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.
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.
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.
Four members of a Muslim family were killed in a "premeditated" vehicle attack on Sunday, Canadian police say.
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.
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.
Thirty-nine detained LGBT+ people have been granted bail after a police raid targeted a shelter in Uganda, activists said Friday.
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*
Muslim converts tend to be less religious than their non-convert peers. So what explains their overrepresentation among jihadists, asks Graeme Wood.
Female genital mutilation has revived under Covid but activists are pushing hard to save girls at risk.
Mon, 07 Jun 2021
'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.
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.
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.
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.
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".
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.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has urged the Catholic Church to "take responsibility" for its role in indigenous residential schools.
Support for nondiscrimination protections is weakest among evangelical Christians.
The leader of the Nigerian militant group Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau, has killed himself, rival Islamist militants said in an audio recording.
The persecution of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community has strong institutional and societal roots in Pakistan.
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.
Fri, 04 Jun 2021
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.
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.
Around 35 new victims of female genital mutilation were seen by NHS services in Cumbria last year, figures show.
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".
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*
Catholicism has no place in maternity wards, says Colette Sheridan.
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*
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
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.
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
The multinational effort to stave off an encroaching takeover by extremists in the part of Africa known as the Sahel is facing severe challenges.
Thu, 03 Jun 2021
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*
The Welsh Government has vowed to ban all aspects of conversion therapy in Wales.
The ability to develop critical thinking in our young people is being endangered and curtailed by the religious right, says David Pendletone.
While still at Haywood High School Khan was radicalised by sermons given by the British preacher Anjem Choudary.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
A speech given by Nigerian human rights advocate Leo Igwe to the UK's All-Party Parliamentary Humanist Group.
Wed, 02 Jun 2021
Is Boris Johnson now a Catholic in the eyes of Britain's bizarre constitution?
Left Foot Forward
Pope Francis on Tuesday issued a major revision of Catholic Church laws regulating clerical sex abuse, fraud and the attempt to ordain women.
A Presbyterian minister in County Antrim is to step down over the church's decision to deny same-sex couples full membership.
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