Week commencing 5th December 2022

The BBC features the news that the Supreme Court in the US is weighing up the rights to free speech and the rights of LGBTQ people. The debate circulates around those with a religious belief that opposes non-heterosexuality.

The Guardian takes a deeper look into the demonstrations in Iran and analyses the chances of overthrowing the hard line Islamic government.

The Guardian also runs a story on Colorado in the US, once famous for being a ‘hate state’ for LGBTQ+ people, but where churches are now becoming more inclusive.

Religionnews.com reports on the Kennedy Center Honors – a US annual award – which has recognised for the first time a Christian pop artist. Amy Grant has been a successful faith-based artist for the past 40 years.

Also on the Religionnews.com site is a story about how LGBTQ Christians are wrestling with tensions at Christian colleges in the US.

The BBC asks whether young Jewish fans are still listening to Kanye West.

Also on the BBC is a report on Indonesia’s move to criminalise sex outside marriage. Other laws, in a raft of new legislation, include criminalising apostasy and expressing opinions against national ideology.