Atheist Republic News Summary: Trump Says Religious Freedom Is One of His..

1. Despite Muslim ban, President Trump says 'religious freedom' is one of his highest priorities
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Location: USA

2. Iran detains family members of women's rights activist Masih Alinejad
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Location: Iran

3. There’s a New Case of a Rabbi Sucking on a Newborn’s Penis and Giving Him Herpes
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Location: New York, USA

4. This Christian Wants You to Know Exactly What Gay Men Do in the Bedroom
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Location: USA

5. Muslim teen forced to remove hijab at airport in front of passengers
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Location: San Francisco, USA

6. A Crackdown on Islam Is Spreading Across China
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Location: China

7. The Trump administration wants to slash funding at the University of North Carolina and Duke for its Islamic studies program
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Location: USA

8. Indonesia's plan to ban sex out of marriage could affect millions including Bali tourists
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Location: Indonesia

9. Conservative Radio Host is “Getting So Tired” of LGBTQ People Wanting Acceptance
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Location: USA

10. FOX News Panel: Liberals Are “Worshipping the Environment” Instead of God
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1. On Monday at the United Nations General Assembly, President Trump said "protecting religious freedom is one of my highest priorities and always has been." Morning Joe points out that these remarks contradict President Trump's Muslim ban.

2. Iranian intelligence officers have detained three family members of the founder of the White Wednesdays campaign, women's rights activist Masih Alinejad. "The agents of the Intelligence Ministry of the Islamic Republic raided my brother's house and handed him out in handcuffs and blindfolded," Alinejad told DW. "They arrested him in front of his two small children. "He was not involved in any kind of political activity," she added of her 45-year-old brother. "But right now, his crime is my activities against compulsory hijab and challenging the Islamic Republic of Iran."

3. There is a practice in the Ultra-Orthodox Jewish culture known as metzitzah b’peh in which a rabbi (mohel) sucks the blood from a baby boy who has just been circumcised. Since 2006, 19 infants have contracted herpes in this manner. At least two have died. The NYC Department of Health now says there’s a brand new case in an alert to doctors and scientists in the area. A child diagnosed with neonatal herpes following ritual Jewish circumcision was reported to the Health Department in early September 2019. The infant was circumcised on the eighth day of life by a mohel who performed DOS. Ten days later, the infant developed a rash on his genitals, groin, and buttocks.

4. Andrew Bieszad, an anti-LGBTQ conservative Christian, wrote a long, barely coherent rant against homosexuality that includes a graphic depiction of the “colorectal regions.” He wrote, "It is not a simple accident as to why adult diapers have exploded in popularity, and it is not because of the generally aging population alone, but because of the LGBT, since due to their abuse of their colorectal regions, what they turned from being an “exit only” into their “tunnel” for hedonistic pleasure is a door that is now veritably permanently opened, for the thin muscles meant to expel waste material are no longer able to be held together tightly and so as easy as one can stick unnatural objects into them, so can waste material easily fall out."

5. A 12-year-old Muslim girl has laid a complaint after being forced to remove her hijab in front of other passengers while boarding a flight in San Francisco."The Air Canada agent said, 'You need to take that off,'" Fatima Abdelrahman told CBS News. "He pointed at my scarf, and I said, 'I can't,' and he said, 'You have to.'" The teenager, member of the US national squash team, said officials at the airport refused her request to remove the hijab in a private room with only female staff present.

6. In China’s northwest, the government is stripping the most overt expressions of the Islamic faith from a picturesque valley where most residents are devout Muslims. The authorities have destroyed domes and minarets on mosques, including one in a small village near Linxia, a city known as “Little Mecca.” Similar demolitions have been carried out in Inner Mongolia, Henan and Ningxia, the homeland of China’s largest Muslim ethnic minority, the Hui. In the southern province of Yunnan, three mosques were closed. From Beijing to Ningxia, officials have banned the public use of Arabic script. The harsh crackdown on Muslims that began with the Uighurs in Xinjiang is spreading to more regions and more groups.

7. The Trump administration is considering ending funding for the Consortium for Middle East Studies — a program run by Duke University and the University of North Carolina. The consortium received $235,000 from the grant in 2018. The consortium, according to an Aug. 29 letter from the U.S. Education Department, "unfairly promotes the positive aspects of Islam" but not Judaism or Christianity. The letter also states that seminars on modern love in Iran, for instance, are not beneficial to "national security and economic stability."

8. Indonesian President Joko Widodo has suspended a raft of draconian amendments to the country's criminal code — that would ban sex outside marriage and limit other personal freedoms. Among other things, it would make it illegal to criticise the president, have sex outside of marriage, sell contraceptives and take away a women's rights to choose an abortion. Rights groups in the country have criticised the proposed legislation as an assault on basic freedoms, while hundreds of students staged protests outside the parliament against the proposed changes.

9. Kate Hefley Dalley, a radio host and devout Mormon, said that she's very tired of LGBTQ people getting soooooo much attention for their alleged victimhood. A part of her Facebook post says, "Dear LGBTQ Community: Can we all just be honest? I’m getting so tired of this. The perpetual victim thing has got to stop. Your claims of getting fired from every job, beaten up every time you leave the house, everyone hating on you and being thrown out of every home rental — please show me the news reports where this is ACTUALLY happening to you. No data anywhere backs this up for decades. Individual cases here and there does not mean it’s happening to you personally on a daily basis."

10. Members of a FOX News panel discussing climate change — mocking it, of course — claimed that environmentalists have “forgotten about God” and are “worshiping the environment instead.” The Outnumbered panel was picking on 16-year-old activist Greta Thunberg when conservative pundit Buck Sexton decided to tie environmentalism — climate change, specifically — to a religion. He was backed up by his co-host. “Climate change is a religious belief for people who think they’re too smart for religion,” Sexton said.

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