Religious freedom is one of only three factors significantly associated with global economic growth, according to a new study by researchers at Georgetown University and Brigham Young University. The study looked at GDP growth for 173 countries in 2011 and controlled for two-dozen different financial, social, and regulatory influences.
As the world navigates away from years of poor economic performance, religious freedom may be an unrecognized asset to economic recovery and growth, according to this new study. The study examines and finds a positive relationship between religious freedom and ten of the twelve pillars of global competitiveness, as measured by the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Index.
The study, however, goes beyond simple correlations by empirically testing and finding the tandem effects of government restrictions on religion and social hostilities involving religion (as measured by the Pew Research Center) to be detrimental to economic growth while controlling for 23 other theoretical, economic, political, social, and demographic factors.
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New guidelines on who can perform abortions have got all the usual patronisng religious scaremongers out in force
Last week the Department of Health clarified guidelines on who can carry out terminations. The rules state that nurses and midwives only need a doctor’s approval to oversee the beginning of an abortion - they can perform the majority of a medical abortion themselves. It should be stressed that any change is purely semantic, at best. Midwives were already allowed to prescribe the medicine that ends a pregnancy. Under our laws they are not trained to perform surgical abortions, although they can provide assistance as part of a clinical team. This has not changed.
There is a claim the man who led the ‘God Hates Fags’ Westboro Baptist Church had a change of heart about gay rights before he died, and that’s why he was thrown out of the church.
Fred Phelp’s grandson claims his grandfather was excommunicated when he spoke positively about Equality House, a house across the road from the church’s Kansas headquarters which was painted in rainbow colours as a symbol of love and equality.
“Fred W. Phelps, my grandfather, came out in support of the Equality House before he was voted out of Westboro Baptist Church,” Zach Phelps has posted on Equality House’s Facebook page, along with that of Aaron Jackson, the founder of the group which runs it, Planting Peace.
This June, people from all over the world will descend on Toronto, Canada to celebrate World Pride—an event that comprises a week’s long celebration as well as a human right’s conference.
Probably one of the most talked-about countries at this year’s conference will be Uganda, which recently passed an incredibly demoralizing bill that will sentence gays to prison. Unfortunately, there won’t be anyone from Uganda to talk at the conference, because Canada refused to grant Ugandan activists visas over concerns that they will seek asylum.