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  • The Story: A landmark new report conveys the findings of the "world's first systematic global investigation into the responses of Christian communities to persecution."

    The Background: The global persecution of Christians has been frequently documented and reported on over the past decade. But "Under Caesar's Sword: Christian Response to Persecution" reveals for the first time how Christians around the world respond to persecution. The project is a partnership of the University of Notre Dame's Center for Ethics and Culture, the Religious Freedom Institute, and Georgetown University's Religious Freedom Research Project.

    According to the report, a team of 17 leading scholars of global Christianity carried out the project through qualitative field research, including interviews with persecuted Christians, conducted between October 2014 and November 2015. The purpose of the investigation was to "achieve a better understanding of these responses in order to assist persecuted Christians and those who wish to act in solidarity with them."

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  • Prime Minister Theresa May has been accused of ignoring Muslim voters after she scheduled the General Election in the middle of Ramadan.

    Muslim politicians from Labour and the Scottish National Party fear reduced voter turnout among Muslims on June 8, which falls during the holy month where fasting from dawn to sunset takes place.

    Ramandan takes place between May 26 and June 24.

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  • Gay couples can't get married under Australian law, but hundreds of gay weddings have taken place since 2014 using British law, with the help of the British High Commission.

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  • Parents should be banned from pulling their children out of religious education classes because they are preventing students from learning about Islam, the Church of England has warned.

    Derek Holloway, the Church's lead on religious education (RE) policy, said that those with "fundamentalist" religious beliefs are "exploiting" laws which give them the right to withdraw children from the lessons, in order to stop them from learning about the Muslim faith.

    He said that parents are using a "dubious interpretation of human right legislation" to pull students out of the classes, warning that such actions create a "dangerous" precedent.

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  • Four out of five children want Facebook and other social media sites to protect them from pornography and bullying, an NSPCC report has warned.

    The charity said that from the 1,696 children and young people surveyed, the majority - 1,380 - felt that companies are currently not doing enough to protect them from pornography, self-harm, bullying, and hatred on their sites.

    The findings follow calls from campaigners for the Government to crack down on the content published by social media sites.

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  • Britain will be bound by European human rights laws for another five years, with the Conservatives expected to abandon a pledge to withdraw the UK from the ECHR.

    Theresa May is expected to make no mention in the Tory election manifesto of pulling out of the European Convention on Human Rights.

    Mrs May, who served as home secretary from 2010 to 2016, said last year she wanted to quit the ECHR, which for a time frustrated her plans to extradite the hate preacher Abu Qatada.

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  • A Christian master's student kicked out of a course at England's University of Sheffield for expressing his biblical view of gay marriage has won the right to challenge the college's decision.

    Felix Ngole, 39, published a Facebook post in which he reportedly quoted Leviticus and criticized homosexuality in support of Kentucky clerk Kim Davis, the local government official who was briefly jailed in 2015 for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

    He said at the time that he is "not against people who are in same-sex relationships" but said he should be "free to express" his personal perspective as a Christian.

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  • A "game-changing" drug which dramatically cuts the chances of being infected with HIV should not be provided by the NHS in Wales, a body has recommended.

    The All Wales Medicines Strategy Group (AWMSG) has advised the Welsh Government not to fund the daily pill Prep.

    It said the case for cost-effectiveness "had not been proven".

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  • Three years after it was launched in Australia, the 'Safe Schools' programme has been scrapped in New South Wales by the Education Minister Bob Stokes and funding has been allocated for a new anti-bullying programme to take its place.

    Safe Schools is the equivalent of UK organisations such as Gendered Intelligence, GIRES and the government-backed Educate and Celebrate. Going into schools ostensibly to raise awareness and prevent bullying of 'LGBT' pupils, these organisations train both teachers and children in 'gender identity' ideology which says that your sex is randomly assigned to you at birth by someone and you can choose to change it. 'Boy' and 'girl' are redefined as states of mind, unrelated in any way to biological sex. This belief is taught to children as fact.

    There were two contrasting articles published on this story in the Australian press: the first blamed the programme for the spike in children and adolescents self-identifying as 'transgender,' as reported by the NSW Education Department.

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  • It's "ethically inappropriate" for government and medical organizations to describe breastfeeding as "natural" because the term enforces rigid notions about gender roles, claims a new study in Pediatrics.

    "Coupling nature with motherhood… can inadvertently support biologically deterministic arguments about the roles of men and women in the family (for example, that women should be the primary caretaker," the study says.

    The study notes that in recent years, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the World Health Organization, and several state departments of health have all promoted breastfeeding over bottle-feeding, using the term "natural."

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