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  1. Laws exist to ban sect, says institute; experts doubt it

    Posted Jun 25th 2006, 12:00am by Niki Law

    ... Niki Law Action should be taken against the Hong Kong Falun Gong using existing legislation if Article 23 cannot be passed, the government has been told. According to Wong Chi-wah, deputy ... relationship with the mainland and violate the 'one country, two systems' principle provided by the Basic Law, he said. Most speakers at the forum supported his push for action, and the China ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/554114/laws-exist-ban-sect-says-institute-experts-doubt-it
  2. Amateur spirit set to shine

    Posted Aug 01st 2003, 12:00am by Joyce Law

    ... TO MAKE THE SHOW less religious is one problem. To turn more than 40 amateur actors and actresses into professionals is another. And lots more problems have to be faced. But all these have not reduced the enthusiasm of the crew of the musical Spirit. A cl ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/423531/amateur-spirit-set-shine
  3. Little proof Falun Gong scares off tourists

    Posted Jun 25th 2006, 12:00am by Niki Law, Stephenie Hui

    ... Niki Law and Stephenie Hui Doubt cast on claim by Beijing and mainland bodies that spiritual group harasses visitors and should be banned The Falun Gong in Hong Kong has been accused ... ahead of the pro-democracy march on July 1- are being used to renew calls for the implementation of anti-sedition legislation under Basic Law Article 23. However, travel industry sources tell ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/554118/little-proof-falun-gong-scares-tourists
  4. News - World - SCOTLAND

    Church of Scotland votes by narrow majority to admit gay ministers

    Posted May 22nd 2013, 12:00am by GDN

    ... in civil partnerships or who are celibate- the default position of the Church of Scotland, by 340 votes to 282. The new deal, which now must be written into a new church law and authorised by next ... The church's complicated law-making procedures could still mean the compromise measure- which was proposed in a late motion tabled on Monday by the previous moderator, Albert Bogle- may not be law ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1242901/church-scotland-votes-narrow-majority-admit-gay-ministers
  5. News - Asia - SOUTH ASIA

    Chinese project manager accused of abusing Koran in Kashmir

    Posted May 19th 2013, 12:00am by AFP

    ... in Pakistan, where 97 per cent of the 180 million population are Muslims, and even unproved allegations can spark violence. Rights campaigners argue that the blasphemy laws, for which the maximum penalty is death, are often abused. Lee Ping "will be charged under the blasphemy law only after this commission confirms that he was involved in a serious violation", Gulfraz said. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1240843/chinese-project-manager-accused-abusing-koran-kashmir
  6. News - Hong Kong - MINORITY RIGHTS

    Hong Kong Catholics have same-sex marriage fears after court ruling on transsexual

    Posted May 20th 2013, 12:00am by Stuart Lau, Johnny Tam

    ... the legislature could decide if new laws are needed. Michael Vidler, the solicitor for W, had said the latest decision had no impact on the development of gay marriage because it dealt with gender ... Kevin Lai Yuk-ching, executive secretary of the Diocesan Pastoral Commission for Marriage and the Family, the article said: "The laws of ethics and nature emphasise that [one's] gender ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1241515/hong-kong-catholics-have-same-sex-marriage-fears-after-court-ruling
  7. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Church developers remain unbowed by government rules

    Posted Mar 04th 2013, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... Alex Lo alex.lo@scmp.com Churches' developers obey a higher law In their ruthless pursuit of property development, some of our churches rival our developers. Neighbours in Wan Chai fought for years against the Mega Tower, which has been scaled down and reincarnated as Hopewell Centre II. What many don't know is that they may end up with three huge religious mega ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1173877/church-developers-remain-unbowed-government-rules
  8. News - World - IRELAND

    Irish probe death of Indian woman refused abortion

    Posted Nov 15th 2012, 12:00am by Agence France-Presse in Dublin

    ... it was a Catholic country, in a case that has revived debate about abortion laws. Prime Minister Enda Kenny told lawmakers he was awaiting the results of two reviews of the death of Savita Halappanavar, who ... long as there is a foetal heartbeat we can't do anything," he told the newspaper. "The consultant said it was the law, that this is a Catholic country. "Savita said: 'I ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1082691/irish-probe-death-indian-woman-refused-abortion
  9. News - World - BRITAIN

    Christians could be a minority in England and Wales by 2018

    Posted Dec 13th 2012, 12:00am by AFP

    ... and that canon law, which bans same-sex weddings, will continue to apply. Christianity remains the largest religion in England and Wales, with 33.2 million people, or 59 per cent of the population, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1103791/christians-could-be-minority-england-and-wales-2018
  10. News - World - IRELAND

    Abortion in Ireland returned to spotlight by death

    Posted Nov 19th 2012, 12:00am by Associated Press in Dublin

    ... The case illustrates a 20-year-old confusion in abortion law in Ireland, where the practice is outlawed in the constitution. A 1992 Supreme Court ruling decreed that abortions should be legal ... passed without any political decision to define when hospitals could, and could not, perform abortions. The only law on the books dates to British rule in 1861, declaring ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1085655/abortion-ireland-returned-spotlight-death

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