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1. Student who said Muslims should be 'wiped off the face of earth' facing jail
Location: England

2. Pakistan conveys ‘deep concern’ to Norway over desecration of Holy Quran
Location: Pakistan and Norway

3. Protests against LGBT+ lessons permanently banned from outside Birmingham primary school
Location: Birmingham, England

4. Christian Hate-Preacher: Activist Greta Thunberg is a “Sniveling Swedish Brat”
Location: Arizona, USA

5. Jim Bakker: A Couple of Years Ago, It Was Illegal to say “Merry Christmas”
Location: USA

6. Negative attitudes about Muslims in Australia remain high, survey finds
Location: Australia

7. Church of England Report: Christian Anti-Semitism is to Blame for the Holocaust
Location: England, UK

8. ‘63% Of Pregnant Women In Rural India Work Until The Day Of Delivery’: Survey
Location: India

9. Indian Muslim Sanskrit professor in hiding after rightwing protests
Location: Varanasi, India

10. Woman in Same-Sex Marriage Sues Christian Seminary for Expelling Her
Location: California, USA

1. Louis Duxbury, a 22-year-old student, posted a vidoe on Facebook saying Muslim should be "wiped off the face of the earth". A social media user saw the post and reported him to the police. Duxbury is facing being jailed. During his trial, he claimed he was exercising his right to free speech. The jury at York Crown Court found him guilty of inciting religious hatred.

2. The head of Norway's extreme right-wing group, Stop the Islamisation of Norway, held a protest against Islam and attempted to burn a copy of the Quran. Umer Ilyas, a Muslim man, prevented the desecrating of the scripture, but the leader of the group threw it in a waste container in the presence of a police contingent. Ilyas was arrested by the police and is being hailed as a hero by Muslims worldwide. Pakistan summoned Norway's ambassador to the Foreign Office to express "deep concern" over the incident. Pakistan's ambassador in Oslo has been directed to convey Pakistan's protest and deep concern to Norwegian authorities.

3. A High Court judge ruled in favour of a permanent exclusion zone around Anderton Park Primary School, making protests against LGBT+ equality lessons permanently banned. Mr Justice Warby said that the protests had "a very significant adverse impact" on staff, pupils, and residents. 21 teachers at the school has been treated for stress. The High Court permanently banned protestors Shakeel Afsar, Amir Ahmed and Rosina Afsar. The protestors reacted with claims of "white" bias following the decision.

4. Pastor Steven Anderson of Arizona’s Faithful Word Baptist Church delivered a rant against environmentalism. He said that Greta Thunberg is a "sniveling Swedish brat". He claimed AL Gore was trying to protect people who did not need protecting.

5. Jim Bakker thanks Donald Trump for making the phrase "Merry Christmas" legal again. He said, "I’m afraid if things keep going in the other direction, even Christmas will be outlawed. They tried to outlaw it already! You know that. In fact, the stores, a couple years ago, weren’t allowed to say “Merry Christmas.” Did you know that? I’m serious. Here in Branson. One of the greeters at one of the big stores here, she said, “Can’t say ‘Merry Christmas’ anymore. It’s against the law.”

6. The vast majority of Australians agree multiculturalism has been good for Australia however, a significant minority still express negativity towards Muslims. The findings come in the 12th annual Scanlon Foundation report into social cohesion. Support for multiculturalism remains high at 85%. 'Negative' or 'very negative' attitudes towards Muslims remain high. People who identify as Hindu or Muslim reportef much higher rates of discrimination. 42% for Muslims and 38% for Hindus.

7. According to a new report from the Church of England, what enabled the Holocaust is the centuries of anti-Semitism by Christians. Titled God's Unfailing Woorld, the report asks Christians to repent for their past sins while urging them to play an active role in pushing back against anti-Semitic statements. It is the first time that the Church of England has made an authoritative statement on the subject of anti-Semitism.

8. A Jaccha-Baccha survey conducted across six north Indian states in June revealed that around 63% of women work until the last day of their pregnancy before they deliver a child. 706 women – 342 pregnant and 364 nursing mothers who had delivered a child in the preceding six months were interviewed. The survey noted that no help was available to 21 percent of the nursing women for their household work during their pregnancy. 2 of 3 child deaths in India is due to malnutrition as it has become rampant in rural India.

9. Feroz Khan, a Muslim scholar of Sanskrit, has gone into hiding after protests from rightwing Hindu students claiming that as a Muslim, he cannot teach Sanskrit. Sanskrit is the classical language of Hinduism. One placard read: “A Muslim cannot teach us our religion.” They vowed to keep protesting until Khan was transferred to another post. Khan has been stunned at the protests. Hindu priests in the area have come out and supported him. The university has stood firm issuing a statement that says Khan's appointment was final. Khan has left the university for the moment.

10. Joanna Maxon, a 53-year-old student at Fuller Theological Seminary, is suing the school for expelling her just a few credits shy of graduating, after administrators found out she was married to another woman. Joanna is claiming that the federally funded school is violating Title IX rules that prohibit sex discrimination. Paul Southwick, Maxon’s attorney, alleges the school also violated the Unruh Civil Rights Act and is seeking compensation of at least $500,000 to cover attorney fees and Maxon’s federally funded student loans, according to a lawsuit filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Central California.

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