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Transgender rites

Sexuality | The Church of England recommends affirming one’s baptism after sex change
by Kiley Crossland
Posted 1/04/19, 02:31 pm

The Church of England issued pastoral guidance last month instituting a new “gender transition service,” a move conservative Anglicans decried as contrary to the Bible.

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Trump and Erdogan’s tête-à-tête over Syria

International | Plus, a pastor’s bold witness in China
by Mindy Belz
Posted 12/14/18, 01:13 pm

SYRIA: U.S. President Donald Trump spoke Friday morning by phone with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and the two leaders, according to Reuters, “agreed on the need for more efficient cooperation over Syria, without giving details.” Tension at the Syria-Turkey border has spiked this week, with Erdogan threatening direct military action against U.S.-allied Kurdish militias near an area where U.S. ground forces are based.

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European court upholds blasphemy standard

International | The ruling threatens free expression and aligns with laws in Islamic-led countries
by Mindy Belz
Posted 10/26/18, 02:09 pm

EUROPE: The European Court of Human Rights upheld lower court decisions that defaming Islam’s Muhammad “could stir up prejudice” and thus exceeds the limits of free expression. The ruling—stemming from a nearly decade-old case in which an Austrian woman was accused of disparaging Muhammad’s marriage to 9-year-old Aisha—in effect sides with blasphemy laws in Islamic-led countries. Download and read the decision and case details.

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