The Statistic

1st October, 2020
Number of the world's nations which still criminalise transgender people: At least 13
Source: UN

 

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Moments

1st October, 2020
ACQUITTED: By an Indian court, 32 people accused of crimes in the 1992 attack and demolition of a 16th century mosque that sparked Hindu-Muslim violence leaving some 2,000 people dead.
DIED: Australian-born singer Helen Reddy, whose 1972 song I Am Woman became a global feminist anthem, in Los Angeles at age 78.
ADMITTED: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern that she tried cannabis "a long time ago" when asked during a heated live debate on Wednesday ahead of the country's 17th October general election.

 

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Essays

In an article first published on The Conversation, ROGER J KREUZ, professor of psychology at the University of Memphis, looks at the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on language...

In an article first published on The Conversation, UK academic KEVORK OSKANIAN looks at what the conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh is all about...

As questions continue to swirl around the faith of US President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, US-based professor of religious studies MATHEW SCHMALZ takes a look at - in an article first published on The Conversation - what charismatic Catholics believe...

They Said It

"I don't know who Proud Boys are. You'll have to give me a definition because I really don't know who they are. I can only say they have to stand down and let law enforcement do their work."
- US President Donald Trump, speaking to reporters in the aftermath of the first 2020 election debate between himself and Democratic candidate Joe Biden in which he refused to issue a blanket condemnation of white supremacist groups and when asked specifically by Biden to denounce the Proud Boys group, said "Proud boys: Stand back and stand by" (as quoted on US News and World Report).

 

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This Week on the Web

1st October, 2020
Religious women voters will play a major role in determining the outcome of the US election, according to an op-ed from a group of US female faith leaders published under the umbrella of Faith in Public Life. Read 'Calling all women: It’s time to take our stand together against tyranny and injustice', published by Religion News Service, here...

 

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The Word Explained

28th September, 2020
(The) Fall: The first man and woman's stumble from obeying God to guilty disobedience. The mix of obedience and disobedience has been with humanity ever since.

 

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