Category Archives: Global

Religious Freedom Report Highlights Dangers of Growing Restrictions on ‘Defamation’ of Religion

Uzbekistan: Criminal conviction, fines for meeting at home and carrying Bible

‘They don’t want to integrate’: Fifth night of youth rioting rocks Stockholm

A surprising map of where the world’s atheists live | Washington Post

Iran’s Christians facing ‘systematic persecution’

Defending traditional marriage | Ruth Institute Blog

Canadians flood Parliament with petitions through MPs to end gendercide

“Ending the Dream that Gay Marriage Strengthens Marriage” | Maggie Gallagher at NRO

Stealth Campaign Used to Push Abortion Drug Where It Is Illegal

Sweden: ‘Multiculturalism’ Blamed For Violent Muslim Riots

Socialists Try To Form New Govt In Bulgaria

Stockholm restaurant torched as riots spread

UK: Woolwich terror suspect revealed as Muslim convert known to MI5

Almost no couples with children who stay unmarried stay together, study claims

Greek Prostitution Soars By 150% As Youth Unempoyment Hits 75% In Some Areas

Thailand: Controversial Bill to Redefine Marriage Introduced

Khalifa of Islam opens a biggest Mosque in British Columbia

Lords bid to vote down marriage redefinition bill on 3 June

“Kirk General Assembly votes to allow openly gay clergy”

How legal euthanasia changed Belgium for ever

1,700 converge on Quebec City to oppose gov’t plan to legalize euthanasia

Toronto Catholic school officials tried to block GSA ban, claimed it broke law

38,000 signatures against same sex ‘marriage’ delivered to Estonian parliament

Prayers from Prison: American pastor held in Iran releases letter

Catholic Cardinal Calls for End to Blasphemy Laws

Russian Bill Criminalizing Insults to Religious Feeling Passes Second Reading in Parliament

Europe: Legal Restrictions Effecting Christians / Report 2012

Iran’s Ahmadinejad Denounces Election Decision

Churches desecrated in Central African Republic; Christians flee to countryside

Ireland: Abortion legislation ‘incompatible with the core values of human rights’

S. Africa: Lesbian pastor sues church

UK: Marriage Redefinition Bill Clears UK House of Commons

Marriage redefinition: Deal to allow bill to proceed in Parliament

Myanmar Muslims Jailed For Killing Buddhist Monk

In Belize, Global “gay” Movement’s Legal Roadshow Comes To Town

“Church Of Scotland Takes Step To Allow Gay Clergy”

“Young Christians fear for jobs over gay marriage”

Italy’s top politicians unite against ‘homophobia’

Croatian activists promote referendum to define marriage as male-female union

Cameron will rely on labour to help redefine marriage

U.S. Denounces ‘rise’ In Anti-muslim Sentiment

Will U.S. Designate Egypt, Pakistan, Iraq and Nigeria As Religious Freedom Violators?

Vandals Target Israeli Women’s Prayer Group

Czech President In Dispute Over Homosexual Activist

Afghan Parliament Tables Bill Protecting Women After Objections From Islamic Legislators

Thousands of anti-gay protesters riot in Georgia

UK: Govt ponders high price tag of civil unions for heterosexuals in bid to advance marriage redefinition

UK: 1 in 10 under 25 now Muslim, rapid decline in Christianity

Pregnant Canadian women sue over faulty birth control pills

Egyptian Coptic cleric says he will sue Israeli police for alleged abuse during Holy Week

Push to Treat Reproductive Rights as Fundamental Rights

    Devex: The legislators called on heads of state gathering at both meetings in June to recognize family planning and sexual and reproductive health rights as “fundamental” to gender equality and development. The All Party Parliamentary Group on Population, Development and Reproductive Health and the European Parliamentary Forum on Population and Development last week gathered over 50 parliamentarians from across the world to show a united voice in making sure the powerful clubs of wealthy countries talk about family planning during their meetings next month.


  • Posted: 05/17/2013
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  • Category: Global: Sanctity of Life
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  • Source: www.devex.com

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“Puerto Rico Senate approves non-discrimination bill”

“EU Survey Reveals Many Gays Live In Fear” on International Day Against Homophobia | AP

Protestors derail “gay pride” parade in Georgia

China: Tight state controls on religious education

    Forum 18: China does not allow religious communities to run schools for children, even though regulations do not forbid the provision of religious education to minors. Nor is religious education provided in state schools. For students beyond school age, only state-approved religious groups affiliated with China’s five state-backed monopoly faiths are allowed to apply to set up institutions for the study of their faith or training of clergy, Forum 18 News Service notes. Restrictions are especially tight in Tibet and Xinjiang. The state limits the number of such institutions and their size. Establishing new colleges is cumbersome and long drawn out, even when successful. Their curricula must include “politics” and “patriotic” education, as defined by the state. The state also discourages religious activity on general university campuses. These restrictions reflect the authoritarian state’s desire to control religious groups, including by intervening in the training of their leaders and the level of education of their members.


  • Posted: 05/17/2013
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  • Category: Global: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: www.forum18.org

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Portugal Limits Expansion of Adoption Rights For Homosexuals

Why Don’t Women In The Developing World Use Contraceptives? It’s Not Lack Of Access

“Pressure Grows In Australia To Legalize Same-Sex Marriage” | NPR

France struggles to fight radical Islam in its jails

UK: Conservative MPs call for referendum on marriage definition

Islamic Forced Conversions – Past and Present

Australia: Charles Sturt residents split over prayer in council chamber

Despite US efforts, famed Orthodox seminary remains closed in Turkey

UK: Push to legalise assisted suicide in court and the Lords

Egyptian Judges Suspend Talks With President

Muslim Brotherhood Stokes Anti-Israel Sentiment: ‘Israel Is Our Enemy’

Iran Hard-liners Urge Election Ban On Top Rivals

    AP: Hard-line Iranian lawmakers have petitioned authorities to bar two prominent presidential contenders – a moderate former president and a protege of current President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad – from running in next month’s election in a further sign of intense political jockeying over the final ballot list.


  • Posted: 05/15/2013
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  • Category: Global: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: hosted.ap.org

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US embassies push ‘gay pride’ celebrations in countries that outlaw homosexual acts

Russian Patriarch seeks official recognition for Orthodox in China

Islamists wish to topple government, Bangladesh’s leading prelate warns

“Brazilian Notaries Must Register Gay Unions As Marriages”

UK: Govt slammed over same sex “marriage” in military chapels

Court intervenes to save life of France’s ‘Terri Schiavo’

Egypt: Detained Christian Teacher Released On Bail

British schoolgirl ‘murdered for her organs’ in India, family claim