Kenya Legalizes Polygamy

Kenya Legalizes Polygamy

(CNN) — A new law that went into effect in Kenya this week makes it legal for a man to marry as many women as he wants. And a leading women’s group is applauding it. President Uhuru Kenyatta signed the polygamy measure into law Tuesday, formally recognizing what has long been a cultural practice in […]

Report: Abducted Girls Being Forced to Marry Islamic Captors

Report: Abducted Girls Being Forced to Marry Islamic Captors

Scores of girls and young women kidnapped from a school in Nigeria are being forced to marry their Islamic extremist abductors, a civic organization reported Wednesday. At the same time, the Boko Haram terrorist network is negotiating over the students’ fate and is demanding an unspecified ransom for their release, a Borno state community leader […]

Chinese Government Demolishes Wenzhou Church

Chinese Government Demolishes Wenzhou Church

Demolition teams began destroying parts of a Chinese church that has become a symbol of resistance to the Communist Party’s draconian clutch on religion, activists and witnesses said on Monday. Sanjiang church in Wenzhou, a wealthy coastal city known as the “Jerusalem of the East”, made headlines earlier this month when thousands of Christians formed […]

Azerbaijan Strengthens Control Over Religious Organizations

Azerbaijan Strengthens Control Over Religious Organizations

The State Committee for Work with Religious Organizations will apply new rules for inspecting religious organizations. Developed under the law “On freedom of religion”, the new rules aim to ensure the legality of the organizations’ activity and provide them with legal assistance, the State Committee reported. The number of registered religious organizations in Azerbaijan reached […]

Bhutan Pastors Jailed Without Charges

Bhutan Pastors Jailed Without Charges

THIMPHU, Bhutan (Morning Star News) – Two pastors in southern Bhutan have spent more than a month in jail without being formally charged. Police arrested M.B. Thapa (aka Lobzang) and Tandin Wangyal in Khapdani village in Samtse District on March 5. Minister of Home and Cultural Affairs Damcho Dorji said at a recent press conference that […]

Study: Online Porn Seen by 200,000 UK Kids in One Month

Study: Online Porn Seen by 200,000 UK Kids in One Month

At least 200,000 under 16-year-olds saw internet porn in a single month last year, an online video watchdog has said. The Authority for Television on Demand (ATVOD), found that one in twenty UK visitors to adult websites during December 2013 was under 18. ATVOD called for an urgent response from the government, saying children need […]

Calgary Christian School Center of Controversy Over Possible Expulsion of Immoral Students, Staff

Calgary Christian School Center of Controversy Over Possible Expulsion of Immoral Students, Staff

An agreement between a public school board and a faith-based Calgary facility threatens students with expulsion and staff with dismissal if they engage in a ‘lifestyle of sexual immorality.’ The final deal between Palliser Regional Schools and Heritage Christian Academy inked six months ago doesn’t define the term, but earlier versions say premarital relations, viewing […]

Secular Groups Attack Plan to Make Religion Part of Scottish Constitution

Secular Groups Attack Plan to Make Religion Part of Scottish Constitution

A proposal to acknowledge the role of religion in any future constitution for Scotland has provoked a stringent response from secular groups. Both the Humanist Society Scotland (HSS) and the Scottish Secular Society (SSS) have voiced objection to the suggestion that an independent Scotland should formally recognise the prominence of faith groups in its written […]