Atheist Republic News Summary: Hungary to Ban Same-Sex Adoption

1. Hungary Government Proposes Same-Sex Adoption Ban
Location: Hungary

2. Muslim Student Told Teacher That He Would Behe@d Her in Germany
Location: Germany

3. Indian Muslim Woman Burnt to Death for Refusing Marriage to Hindu Man
Location: Bihar, India

4. Tennessee Mayor won’t require COVID masks until Holy Spirit says so
Location: Lincoln County, Tennessee, United States of America

5. Austria to Jail Convicted Terr0rists Indefinitely
Location: Austria

6 French Moderate Imam Receives Death Threats Over Support for Macron
Location: Drancy, France

7. ‘Love jihad’ bill proposed in Indian state
Location: Madhya Pradesh, India

8. Bangladeshi Student Arrested for Alleged Blasphemy
Location: Bangladesh

9. 82-year-old Ahmadi man shot dead in Pakistan
Location: Peshawar, Pakistan

10. New Zealand Police introduce hijab to uniform
Location: New Zealand

Video Descriptions:

1. Hungary's government has composed a change to the country's constitution that would ban same-sex couples' adoption. The proposed amendment would permit only married couples to adopt children and stipulate that "the mother is a woman; the father is a man." Same-sex marriage is currently illegal in Hungary, but adoption has been possible if one partner applies independently. It would also require children to be raised with a "Christian" interpretation of gender roles. The proposal reads, "[It] ensures education in accordance with the values based on Hungary's constitutional identity and Christian culture." The constitution has already defined "the institution of marriage as between a man and a woman" and "the basis of the family and national survival".

2. A teacher in Germany has been threatened by an 11-year-old Muslim pupil who told her that he would behead her. The remarks come just weeks after French schoolteacher Samuel Paty was beheaded by an 18-year-old Chechen man after showing a cartoon of the Islamic prophet Mohammed in class during a debate on freedom of speech. Allegedly, the pupil did not behave during a 1-minute silence held for Paty and afterwards told his teacher: "I'll do the same with you as the boy did with the teacher in Paris." An imam then spoke to the child, telling him his views were wrong and did not represent Islam and then sent him home.

3. A 20-year-old Muslim woman, Gulnaz Khatoon, was allegedly burned to death by a Hindu man and his friends after she rejected his marriage proposal. After she threatened to report the men for sexually assaulting her, the accused poured kerosene over her and set her on fire on Oct. 30th; she later died due to her burn injuries covering 75% of her body on Nov. 15th. The victim's family said that the accused, Satish Kumar Rai, had been harassing Gulnaz to marry him, adding that Khatoon refused to enter into an interfaith marriage with Rai, and was already engaged to another man. Enraged at her refusal, Rai and his friends killed her. Before her death, she was filmed describing the attack in detail and identifying her attackers by name. Thus far, the local police have made no arrests in connection to the attack. After Khatoon's death, her family staged a demonstration with their daughter's body in front of the city square to call for justice.

4. The mayor of a Tennessee county acknowledges that COVID-19 cases are increasing there, yet he will not order residents and visitors to wear masks until "the Holy Spirit" moves him to do so. Lincoln County Mayor Bill Newman says that this isn't because he's anti-science; after all, he is an Auburn University-trained veterinarian. Mayor Newman said, "(the virus) is science, and it's true, and I do believe masking helps prevent the spread of it, but I don't feel I should mandate people wearing masks at this time." The mayor has said that he takes any big decision to God for guidance, and according to his Baptist tradition, this guidance is delivered by the Holy Spirit. He added, "the Holy Spirit dwells within us; it's a heart thing. It's not a mind thing... When I pray for guidance, I may not know the answer immediately." Many residents are frustrated that Newman is failing to fulfill his duty as a leader by "ducking behind the Holy Spirit."

5. Austria is introducing strict measures that enable convicted terrorists to be jailed indefinitely, as long as they are considered a threat to society. The proposals are part of a new anti-terror package announced by the Austrian government in response to Vienna's recent Islamic terror attack. Kujtim Fejzulai, the assailant who murdered four people and injured 22 in Vienna, had been previously incarcerated for trying to travel to Syria to join ISIS but was released early after convincing authorities he was deradicalized. The measures also include the electronic tagging of terrorists released from prison, stricter gun laws and a new law to criminalize the encouragement of Islamic extremism and "political Islam." The Austrian chancellor, Sebastian Kurz, said, "If a mentally disturbed criminal can be locked up for life because he is a threat to society, then a terrorist who poses a threat can also be locked up for life."

6. One of France's highest-profile moderate imams has appealed to President Emmanuel Macron for increased police protection after receiving "thousands" of death threats over his condemnation of terrorist attacks. Hassen Chalghoumi, an imam in the Paris suburb of Drancy, said he had received a torrent of new threats since he spoke out against the beheading of Samuel Paty last month. Mr. Chalghoumi had described Paty, the teacher murdered after showing his class cartoons of the prophet Muhammad, as a "martyr for freedom of expression." One threat called on believers to "execute him because he is filthier than those French infidels." Another said in Arabic, "we urge true Muslims of France to allow Chalghoumi to join the history teacher and also become a martyr of the nation."

7. Recently, Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Narottam Mishra announced a "love jihad" bill that will be introduced in the state assembly. This bill includes a penalty of five years imprisonment for "violators." He stated, "there will be provision to declare marriages taking place forcefully, out of fraud or by tempting someone, for religious conversion, null and void." Other provisions of the bill include that the relevant authorities must be notified a month before formalizing an inter-faith marriage. "Love jihad" is a conspiracy theory promulgated by right-wing outfits who oppose interfaith marriage as a form of Islamic demographic engineering. This bill will likely violate the right to marry a person of one's choice, as guaranteed under Article 21 of the Indian Constitution. Mishra also stated, "jihad will not be permitted in the name of love at any cost in the state. Necessary legal provisions will be made against love jihad."

8. Bangladeshi police have arrested a university student, Tithy Sarker, who went missing after being suspended from Jagannath University for hurting religious sentiments with an allegedly "blasphemous" Facebook post. Sarker, a Hindu, had previously been missing for two weeks following the allegations of posting "derogatory remarks about Islam and Prophet Muhammad." On Oct. 23rd, she learned that one of her Facebook posts had gone viral, and she informed her sister that she had been locked out of her account for the previous two days. That evening she went to the police and reported that her account had been hacked to the cyber-crimes unit. By Oct. 24th, local Muslims were congregating at her home, and a student group staged a protest at her university. She was last seen on Oct. 25th, and her family filed a missing-persons report on Oct. 27th. On Oct. 26th, Jagannath University issued a suspension order against her. On Nov. 5th, Tithy was sued under the notorious "Digital Security Act" for making allegedly derogatory comments online, which carries a maximum penalty of seven years imprisonment and a fine. Details about the nature of her arrest were not immediately available.

9. Shooters recently killed an 82-year-old Ahmadi man in Peshawar, the fourth-such alleged targeted killing of the minority group in recent months. The attackers shot Mahmoob Khan as he stood at a bus terminal, according to Saleem ud Din, a spokesman for Pakistani Ahmadis. Ud Din stated that he believed the gunmen had attacked Khan because of his faith, adding, "One after another, Ahmadis are being targeted in Peshawar while the government has repeatedly failed to protect and stop the violence against the members of the Ahmadiyya Community." Pakistan's government officially declares Ahmadis as non-Muslims. Mirza Ghulam Ahmad established the Ahmadi sect of Islam on the Indian subcontinent in the late-19th century, whose followers believe he was a prophet of Islam after Muhammad. Many Muslims believe the Ahmadiyya to be heretics because they hold that Muhammad was the final prophet.

10. New Zealand Police have recently introduced the hijab into their official uniform to encourage more Muslim women to join. A spokesperson for the department said they aimed to create an "inclusive" service that reflects its "diverse community." Work to develop the hijab for the New Zealand Police uniform began in 2018, in response to police staff requests. Constable Zeena Ali will become the first officer to wear the official hijab. She said, "it feels great to be able to go out and show the New Zealand Police hijab as part of my uniform. I think that seeing it, more Muslim women will want to join as well."

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