Category Archives: Global

Let’s not just talk about sex — what Pope Francis really said to the Jesuit Interviewer

Chancellor Angela Merkel: The German leader set to eclipse Margaret Thatcher

“Same-Sex Marriage in Japan: A Long Way Away?”

Scotland: Church attacked for pro-marriage message – to itself

What About Jailed American Pastor, Supporters Ask, As Iran Frees Political Prisoners

“Catholic Church And Popular Politician Spar In Peru’s Fight For LGBT Rights”

Nigeria: Catholic Bishops Reject Anti-Life Laws

Pakistani Muslim Cites ‘Blasphemy’ in Slaughter of Christian Rival in Business

Turkmenistan: “If you adopt their faith I’ll tear off your head”

    Forum News 18: Police in the Turkmen city of Mary have resumed pressure on relatives, friends and members of the Protestant congregation led by former religious prisoner of conscience Pastor Ilmurad Nurliev. One police officer threatened to “tear off” the head of one of his relatives if she adopted “their faith”, Pastor Nurliev told Forum 18 News Service from Mary on 17 September. “We’ve got no peace,” his wife Maya added. Officials are interrogating all those they can find who signed the church’s rejected 2007 registration application.

  • Posted: 09/20/2013
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  • Category: Global: Religious Liberty
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China: When will five-fold state-backed religious monopoly end?

    Forum 18: In a system established by China’s communist rulers in the 1950s, five state-backed religious headquarter bodies have an official monopoly over all legal religious activity in the country. Only Buddhist, Catholic (independent of the Vatican), Daoist, Islamic and Protestant Christian groups under these headquarter bodies can gain legal status. Yet while this monopoly is gradually being eroded, Forum 18 News Service notes that other religious communities wonder if, when and how the Chinese government will open up to allow any religious community that wants it to gain legal status.

  • Posted: 09/20/2013
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  • Category: Global: Religious Liberty
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Pope Blasts Abortion After Decrying Focus On Rules

Lost in Translation: The Failure of the International Reproductive Rights Norm

NI gay adoption case goes to UK Supreme Court

UK: Christians put B&B up for sale after death threats

India: Christian school looted, Catholic cemetery vandalized

With Mideast Christians in Peril, Administration’s Opposition to Special Envoy Post Called ‘Indefensible’

“Thailand May Lead Most of Asian-Pacific on Same-Sex Partners” | WSJ

Sweden: “Christian faith could ‘haunt’ minister: expert”

“Why women have a right to sex-selective abortion” | Sarah Ditum at the Guardian

“Putin Says No Discrimination Of Gays In Russia”

Human Rights Violations in North Korea are “Large-Scale” and “Shocking”

Al-qaida Gunmen Seize Town In Northern Syria

More than 100,000 displaced by fighting in southern Philippines

Yemeni Court Imposes Sharia Punishment of Amputation; Rights Group Objects

Snipers haunt Syrian Christian town of Maalula

Bishops Condemn Foreign Efforts To Legalize Abortion And Same-sex Marriage In Nigeria

Zanzibar: priest’s condition remains serious after acid attack

“Homophobia In Nigeria: The Dangers, The Law And The Reality [VIDEO]” | Int. Bus. Times

France moves to ban child beauty pageants

Australia: ‘Zoe’s law’ stalemate: women fearing abortion consequences fail to sway MP

Atheists’ world tour to push godless church

Calls For Debate On Muslim Veil Mount In Britain

Many Countries Impose Restrictions On Muslim Veils

European bishops warned of growing restrictions on religion

UK: Senior MP says Christians forced to hide their faith

Wisconsin, NYU, and Yale are Servicing Authoritarian Regimes

    History News Network: But the American Academy worries rightly about the humanities’ prospects in the United States itself, more than in societies where they’ve never taken root. Buffeted by market, political and social pressures, liberal educators whose own public funding is dwindling and whose students’ resources and aspirations are narrowing have set sail for lavish subsidies and burgeoning new student markets. But they’ve forgotten that whoever pays the piper ultimately calls the tune.

  • Posted: 09/17/2013
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  • Category: Global: Miscellaneous
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Egyptian authorities recapture Islamist-held town

Assassins of Pakistani Minorities Minister Shahbaz Bhatti Confess, Officials Say

British Judge Says Muslim Woman Must Remove Full-Face Veil For Her Testimony, But With Accommodations

Advocacy Group Cites Turkey Press Freedom Crisis

Egypt Muslim Brotherhood Spokesman Arrested

Scotland: Church hit over marriage notice in community hall

Tiptoeing around Islam and a ban on Muslim women wearing the veil

Muslim Herdsmen, Soldiers in Nigeria Kill Three Christians, Wound Mother

Australian Capital Territory to redefine marriage by end of year

“Christians urge overrule of gay marriage law”

Opposition Tories demand Manitoba define ‘bullying’ in new bill

India Gender Crisis: Mortality Rate for Girls 75% Higher Than Boys

Child mortality halved since 1990, UN report says

Homeschoolers asked to rally for ‘stolen children’

Wide-ranging political and religious groups condemn Quebec’s values charter

Expert: 2% of Russia’s Population Aborted Every Year, Nation Falling Apart

British college drops Muslim veil ban amid outcry

Qatar Accuses Christian Parents of Harvesting Organs from Adopted African Daughter

Pig’s Blood Smeared on Canada Mosque

UK: “Christians may take action over gender abortions”

Scotland: “Call for parental choice over gay marriage lessons”

“Scotland: Kirk claims it ‘may stop weddings’ over gay marriage”

Tanzania: Roman Catholic priest injured in Zanzibar acid attack

Clashes Erupt In Egypt As Islamists Stage Protests

Uzbekistan: Religious books “only allowed to be read within registered religious communities’ buildings”

Belarus: Imprisoned Catholic priest “Polish spy” or religious freedom victim?

Ireland: “Gay and unmarried adoption battle set for Supreme Court”

British Judge Allows Niquab At Arraignment Under Compromise Arrangement

China billionaire businessman detained for ‘dissent’

Chilean lawmakers establish day for unborn children

EU: Further legal protection for Human Embryo closer thanks to Citizen Initiative

Since When Did Abortion Trump the Rule of Law? | Peter Smith at Bell Towers

Top science journal prints criticism of GM babies plan

‘A violation of the right to have a religion’: Montreal Archbishop slams Quebec’s proposed charter

Ontario tribunal bans Bible distribution unless school board also gives out atheist texts

Canada: Judge lambasts Linda Gibbons, gives maximum sentence for abortion clinic protest

German court rules Muslim girls must join swim classes

Nun Reveals Rebel Atrocities In Syria: Girl Dismembered Alive With Saw