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Jehovah’s Witnesses condemned for using 2,000yo rules regarding child sex abuse

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Jehovah’s Witnesses use of 2,000-year-old protocols when dealing with abuse complaints has been condemned in a report by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. ABC Michelle Brown Last year, the commission examined the experiences of two abuse survivors within the Jehovah’s Witness organisation. It also looked at evidence from case files that… Jehovah’s Witnesses condemned for… Read More »

A 1,000-year-old promise of peace

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Two Muslim families hold the keys to the doors of Jerusalem’s holiest church in order to keep the peace between three feuding Christian denominations. BBC By Sara Toth Stub On a recent Sunday morning, Adeeb Jawad Joudeh Al Husseini was sitting on a bench just inside the… A 1,000-year… Read More »

Child abuse survivor worries community ‘fatigued’ by issue

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A child abuse survivor says his biggest fear is that the momentum generated by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse will dissipate, stopping any meaningful reform. ABC David Marchese Peter Gogarty was abused by a Catholic priest in the New South Wales Hunter region as a child and now spends his time advocating for other survivors. He will address a hearing of… Child abuse survivor worries… Read More »

‘Anglican house is burning,’ bishop tells abuse inquiry

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Greg Thompson tells royal commission he has been warned by parishioners he is not safe after alleging abuse as a young man by senior clerics The Guardian An Anglican bishop says he has received warnings from parishioners that he is not safe in his own diocese after he revealed claims of his abuse as a young man by senior church clerics. Newcastle bishop Greg Thompson said cathedral parishioners had… ‘Anglican house is burning,’ bishop tells… Read More »

NFPs Protest Lifetime Ban on Refugee Visas

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The Uniting Church in Australia has described as “immoral” the proposed legislation for a lifetime ban on visas for refugees who have arrived by boat since 2013. UnitingJustice Australia has written to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee about the proposed legislation, saying the ban served no purpose and… NFPs Protest Lifetime… Read More »

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This is how the minds of Islamic supremacists seem to work: If you want churches to remain churches, it means you are “disturbed by the Koran or Islamic prayers,” and you disrespect or “insult” Islam. by Robert Jones According to Islamic scriptures, those who “insult” Islam or its prophet Muhammad are to… Turkey Converts Hagia… Read More »

Nigeria finally bans Shiite Muslims

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Almost a year after the killing of more than 380 Shiite Muslims in Zaria in Kaduna state, Nigeria, the government has declared the sect with at least 4 million followers unlawful. MOHAMMED MOMOH in Abuja The sect had a violent clash with the Nigerian Army in December 2015 leading to deaths, arrests and… Nigeria finally bans… Read More »

Chinese Communist Party readies crackdown on Christianity

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China’s governing Communist Party is set to launch a nationwide crackdown on Christianity. Chinese Communist Party readies crackdown on Christianity – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). Correspondents Report By China correspondent Matthew Carney Correspondent Matthew Carney travels through the country and speaks to churchgoers who are worried they could soon be arrested. The Communist Party has just enacted much tougher… Chinese Communist Party readies… Read More »

Archbishop Desmond Tutu: When my time comes, I want the option of an assisted death

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Throughout my life, I have been fortunate to have spent my time working for dignity for the living. By Desmond Tutu I have campaigned passionately for people in my country and the world over to have their… Archbishop Desmond Tutu: When my time comes, I want… Read More »

I’ve fought my whole life for secularism – I know that banning the burkini makes no sense

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The great French scholar of secularism Jean Baubérot said that a secular state does not discriminate against people on the grounds of their religion or non-religious worldview.. Andrew Copson Independent Today judges in France will rule on the legality of the burkini ban which has been enforced across 26 towns on the grounds that the… I’ve fought my… Read More »

The word ‘Muslim’ belongs to the ‘war on terror’. It has little to do with me

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The word ‘Muslim’ belongs to the ‘war on terror’. It has little to do with me Yassir Morsi I agree with the 49% of Australians who polled in favour to “stop Muslim immigration”? I agree. The “Muslim” threatens to destroy an innocent and… * The word ‘Muslim’ belongs to the ‘war on terror’. It has little to do with me… Read More »

We can’t build a progressive political agenda without tackling bigotry

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Much has been written on how to combat racist rhetoric and attitudes. Yes, we need a different kind of politics but that depends on defeating racism Jeff Sparrow The fringe becomes mainstream not by slow increments but by sharp lurches – or, more exactly, gradual acceptance manifests itself through dramatic… Source: We can’t build a progressive political agenda without tackling bigotry | Jeff Sparrow | Opinion | The Guardian Read More »

Two Dozen Christians Deported From Saudi Arabia For Praying

Saudi Arabia has deported 27 Christians for having a service in their home to mark the festival of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary into heaven, according to news reports. Ruth Gledhill  The deportation was carried out because the Christians’ prayers were “unIslamic”, according to EWTN. The women, some of whom had children with them, argued… Source: Two Dozen Christians Deported From Saudi Arabia For Praying | Christian News on Christian Today Read More »

Leader raps fear-mongering in name of Shia Islam

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Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says inciting sectarian sentiments of Muslims under the guise of a fake version of Shia Islam has led to the emergence of such groups as Daesh and al-Nusra Front (recently rebranded as Jabhat Fateh al-Sham). “Inciting the feelings of other Islamic sects in the name of Shia [Islam], which is in fact “British Shia,” has resulted in the emergence of evil and mercenary groups that are affiliated with the US and the ... Read More »

Vatican delegate urges Pope Francis to fire Guam archbishop over abuse

The special investigator Pope Francis appointed to look into allegations that the Catholic archbishop of Guam abused altar boys is urging the Vatican to remove the cleric. by Josephine McKenna Religion News Service In a statement read at services in the island’s 26 Catholic churches on Sunday, Archbishop Savio Hon Tai Fai said he was now in Rome and had asked the Holy See to dismiss Archbishop Anthony Apuron and appoint a successor after Apuron refused to stand down voluntarily. “I ... Read More »

‘This is my job’: Amal Clooney fights back tears speaking about risking her life to take on ISIS and how George feels about her dangerous new case

An emotional Amal Clooney spoke about her latest high-profile case during an interview on Today Monday morning, revealing that she is preparing to take ISIS to court. By CHRIS SPARGO FOR DAILYMAIL.COM The human rights lawyer appeared on the program alongside her newest client Nadia Murad, who was captured by the terrorist group when she was just 19 and… Source: Amal Clooney fights back tears speaking about taking ISIS to court | Daily Mail Online Read More »