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Court: New Jersey Can’t Give $11M to Religious Schools

May 27, 2016 ABC USA: New Jersey cannot give $11 million in grants to two religious schools, including one of the largest ultra-Orthodox yeshivas in the world, an appeals court ruled Thursday.

ISIS’ Genocide Against Christians Escalates in Iraq and Syria as Demands for UN Action Grows

May 27, 2016 Christian Post: The fight to protect Christians and other religious minorities from genocide at the hands of the Islamic State terror group has intensified, with the United Nations being called to take immediate action, the American Center for Law and Justice has confirmed.

Bid to outlaw late-term abortions in Victoria fails

May 26, 2016 Herald Sun: A BID to change abortion laws and ban late-term terminations in Victoria has failed.

Canadian prime minister seeks federal ban on anti-transgender speech

May 26, 2016 Washington Times: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced federal legislation that would expand hate speech laws to include gender identity and gender expression.

Three evangelical Christians arrested in India for “forced conversions”

May 26, 2016 Asia News: Rev V A Anthony V, his wife Prabha and another woman are arrested after police and Hindu radicals stopped them and took them into custody. Extremists waited until the court rejected the accused’s request for bail. For Christian leaders, religious freedom is at risk under Hindu nationalist rule.

Khartoum releases Christian minister, holds another ‘pending charges’

May 25, 2016 World Watch Monitor: After imposing nearly half a year in detention, Sudan has now released one Christian minister, while still keeping a second without legal access, pending possible charges of "undermining national security".

Anglican Leader Says Archbishop Welby ‘Half-Right’ Telling Christians Not to Talk About Faith

May 25, 2016 Christian Post: A conservative Anglican leader is defending Justin Welby's comment that Christians shouldn't talk about their faith in public by explaining that the archbishop's statement is "half-right."

Exodus: churches lose 11 worshippers for every new member

May 25, 2016 UK Telegraph: Mainstream churches are haemorrhaging worshippers around 11 times as fast as they can attract new converts, stark research on the state of faith in Britain shows.

Poll on Migrants and same-sex marriage

May 25, 2016 SBS: An exclusive poll by SBS suggests support differs among migrants.

Christian lobby group wants to block all online pornography for Australian internet users

May 25, 2016 Nine MSN: A Christian lobby group has called on the federal government to filter out online pornography for Australian internet users.

Federal election: Bill Shorten to keep discrimination exemption for churches

May 25, 2016 Sydney Morning Herald: Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has moved to avoid an election stoush with the nation's churches by vowing to maintain exemptions for religious organisations from anti-discrimination laws.

People of no religion outnumber Christians in England and Wales – study

May 25, 2016 The Guardian: The number of people who say they have no religion is rapidly escalating and significantly outweighs the Christian population in England and Wales, according to new analysis.

Desmond Tutu’s reverend daughter marries a woman and loses church licence

May 24, 2016 UK Telegraph: The reverend daughter of former Cape Town Archbishop Desmond Tutu has announced she will give up her Anglican church licence after marrying a woman.

Federal election 2016: Greens under pressure on religion reforms

May 24, 2016 The Australian: Church leaders have put religious freedom on the agenda, speaking out against a Greens plan to scrap longstanding safeguards in the ­nation’s anti-­discrimination laws, while Labor hedges on the issue.

Greens pledge $15 million to make abortions easier

May 24, 2016 The Age: The Greens have pledged to make it safer, cheaper and easier for Australian women to get abortions in a $15 million election commitment.

Don’t speak about your faith unless you’re asked to says Archbishop of Canterbury

May 23, 2016 UK Telegraph: Christians should not talk to people about their faith unless they are actively invited to do so, the Archbishop of Canterbury has insisted.

High Court Judge rules that single parents can have surrogate babies

May 23, 2016 Daily Mail: Single parents will be allowed to bring up children born to surrogate mothers for the first time, after a High Court ruling critics described as an assault on traditional families.

Second Chibok girl rescued, says Nigerian army

May 23, 2016 Wall Street Journal: Nigeria’s army says that it has rescued a second Chibok schoolgirl, two days after rescuing Amina Ali Nkeki, 19, the first of the 219 kidnapped girls to be found alive.

Decapitated Churches in China’s Christian Heartland

May 23, 2016 New York Times: Along the valleys and mountains hugging the East China Sea, a Chinese government campaign to remove crosses from church spires has left the countryside looking as if a typhoon had raged down the coast, decapitating buildings at random.

Church of England ‘could accept clergy in same-sex marriages’ following historic vote in Scotland

May 23, 2016 UK Telegraph: The Church of England could accept clergy and church officials who are in same-sex marriages, it was suggested today after a historic vote in Scotland opened the door for change.