Category Archives: Global

Kazakhstan: Religious freedom to suffer in anti-extremist programme?

    Public Discourse: Uncover and halt the activity of illegally functioning places of worship”; “Uncover and halt the distribution of religious literature and informational materials of religious content in non-approved locations”; “Uncover and halt the carrying out on the territory of the country of illegal missionary activity.” These are three of 74 measures in a draft Plan to implement Kazakhstan’s proposed new State Programme to Counter Religious Extremism and Terrorism for 2013-2017, in its final stages of preparation and seen by Forum 18 News Service. The State Programme with its Implementation Plan would require video-cameras in all places of worship and teaching on “traditional religions” to become a compulsory school subject. The General Prosecutor’s Office in the capital Astana – which is preparing the State Programme – refused to discuss it with Forum 18. “Religious activity across the board will be more and more restricted,” one member of a religious minority told Forum 18.

  • Posted: 05/10/2013
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Islam Expert Warns Christians May Completely Disappear From Iraq, Afghanistan, Egypt

Canada: Conservative MP urges pro-life activists to stack nomination meetings

Georgians Wrestle With Abortion Issue As Gender Imbalance Grows

UK: Christian surgery criticised for not giving morning-after pill

Catholic Church in Ireland faces abortion question

    Charles C. Camosy at Washington Post: The church, in part because Catholic institutions would be compelled to do these abortions, has reacted strongly against the measure. The Irish Bishops, for instance, point out that abortion, “is never a remedy for suicidal ideation and therefore should never be cited as a justification for the direct killing of an innocent human being.” There is even talk of excommunication of Irish lawmakers depending on how this all plays out.

  • Posted: 05/09/2013
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  • Category: Global: Sanctity of Life

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Inter-American Court IVF Ruling Draws Fire from Doctors and Lawyers

Dalai Lama condemns Buddhist attacks on Muslims in Myanmar

Influx of Christian and Muslim immigrants changing Canada’s religious makeup

Kenyan churches successfully lobby to remove a U.S.-funded ad they say encourages adultery | World Magazine

    World Magazine: In the spot, broadcast over major channels in the East African nation during commercial breaks until it was pulled in March, two Kenyan women walk to a market and linger over vegetables, talking about their families. One complains that she is tired of putting up with her alcoholic husband who does not satisfy her sexually. She confesses she has a lover on the side, who even has a name in the ad, Mbugua. Her friend advises her to always use condoms with Mbugua—leading to the campaign slogan “Weka Condom Mpangoni” or “include a condom in your planning” in Swahili.

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52,000 letters en route to Iran for U.S. pastor

Lord Falconer begins parliamentary bid to legalise ‘assisted dying’

Nigerian Islamist raid in northeast town kills 55

NZ: Charity faces axe over marriage campaign

Ministry to review Jewish prayer on Temple Mount

Not a noble death: Nobel laureate euthanized by lethal injection in Belgium

Canada: RE/MAX fires agent for flyer promoting traditional family; kids better off with a mom and dad

France struggles to fight radical Islam in its jails

PM urged to drop marriage redefinition in face of election losses

Irish anti-abortion vigil at Knock draws thousands

UK: Conservatives urge Prime Minister to drop marriage redefinition bill

The mass exodus of Christians from the Muslim world

New Zealand: “Gay man who wants to become priest takes bishop to human rights tribunal for ‘discrimination’”

58 Babies Develop Cerebral Palsy Annually in England Because Moms Had Abortion

UK: “‘First ever’ C of E service to affirm transsexual”

Myanmar President Vows To Protect Muslim Rights

Thrown in Prison for Shredding the Koran

In Bangladesh, 3 Killed In Demonstration Demanding Blasphemy Law With Death Penalty

India: Marriage Laws bill divides Cabinet; referred to GoM

Tocqueville, Texas, Marriage, and Zombie Catholicism | Robert Zaretsky at NYT

U.S. Taxpayers Spend $355,825 to Reduce Stigmatization of India’s Transgenders

Video: Hundreds protest marriage redefinition outside Cameron’s office

Poll: Tories to lose hundreds of seats over marriage

Terms of Irish abortion bill agreed by Cabinet

Study: Germans see Islam as a threat

‘Modesty police’ arrests ratchet fears of radicalized Islam in Gaza

UN official: sex rights are key for empowerment of young people

Survey Released On Views of World’s Muslims On Religion, Politics and Society

Ireland publishes bill on so-called “life saving” abortions

Many in Muslim world want sharia as law of land: survey

Irish cabinet reaches agreement on abortion bill

Scotland: A reasonable accommodation found in conscience case

Think tank calls on Australian Parliament to legalize euthanasia

US Panel: Afghans Need More Religious Freedom

USCIRF Issues 2013 Annual Report

“As Gender Equity Rises, More Ugandan Women Divorce” | AP

Pakistan Court Bans Musharraf From Office For Life

New Myanmar Anti-muslim Violence Injures 10

Anglican Bishops of W. Indies denounce Obama blackmail over homosexual agenda

Iran moves American Christian into solitary confinement over prayer protest

The Death Of Churches In The Islam World

Judge: Firing teacher who called homosexuality a sin reflects ‘modern British values of tolerance’

Irish Court: No ‘right To Die’ For Paralyzed Woman

Portraits: New Numerology Of Hate Grows In Myanmar

Mother In UK Forced 14-year-old To Get Pregnant

Polish Justice Minister Fired After Embryo Remarks

First Baby Born In Shrinking Spanish Village In 45 Years

Ex-Catholic has no right to Church job: German court

Australian government weighs heavy subsidy for ‘abortion pill’ RU-486

Council of Europe tells Member States to respect conscience

Church urges MLAs to reject same-sex marriage in N. Ireland

Homosexual activists push agenda by registering ‘marriages’ in Mexican municipalities

Brussels: “Archbishop prays while topless gay activists shout curses and douse him with water”

Planned Parenthood Threatens Nigerian UN Ambassador Over Abortion

Turkish minister to sue opposition deputy over polygamy remarks

Russia to change agreement with France to prevent adoption by same sex couples

Indian Supreme Court considering online porn ban

Human embryos & beginning of life back at European Court

China Named as Violator of Freedom of Religion in European Parliament

The Muslim Brotherhood wants Spain back. Can the Christians have Egypt in exchange?

“Colombian LGBT rights advocates visit U.S.”

Hundreds of Chicago Middle and High School Students Debate World Issues at 11th Annual Global Classrooms Model UN Conference

Kazakhstan: Religious free speech “doesn’t exist”