Nepal wavers on religious identity
Nepal Nepal's national religion is under renewed debate as the country of 29 million faces a deadline to pass a new constitution cementing its transition from monarchy to republic. Nepal's Maoist party and the country's 700,000 Christians are calling for the government to honor promises of a secular state, while Hindu factions increasingly demonstrate in support of reestablishing a Hindu nation. The country has technically had a secular government since 2006, but Christians claim they are still persecuted and conversions remain illegal.
NAE works to curb abortion rate
The National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) has announced its willingness to cooperate across ideological lines as part of a new campaign to reduce the number of abortions. NAE president Leith Anderson said he is still opposed to abortion on demand, and the NAE Generation Forum website says it wants to "converse and cooperate without compromising our bedrock principles." A majority of surveyed evangelical leaders support making adoption services, pre- and post-natal care, and contraceptives more available.
Churches may boycott new constitution
Kenya Church leaders are threatening to boycott the latest draft of Kenya's revised constitution over language they say permits abortion. Leaders of the National Council of Churches in Kenya, the Roman Catholic Church, and Pentecostal churches are unhappy with the current draft, which permits abortion if the life or health of the mother is endangered or if "emergency treatment" is needed. Church leaders are similarly unhappy with the proposed continuation of Muslim Kadhis courts; on May 24 the country's High Court agreed, declaring such courts (beyond colonial-era ones on the Indian Ocean ...