Divide over Abortion in Poland

Some businesses in Poland close for the day as thousands of women go on strike to protest against proposals for a total ban on abortion.

CHR Comment: Roman Catholic views are currently very influential in Poland. As the conservative Polish political movement raises the issue of banning abortion, some women in Poland are protesting. The article lists European countries that presently have tighter restrictions on abortion than does Poland.

Source: Black Monday: Polish women strike against abortion ban – BBC News

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French Activists Try to Save Empty Church

Marine Le Pen was among those who responded with anger on Twitter.

CHR Comment: The article describes the woes of Catholicism and Christianity generally in France as the nations many churches go empty and up for sale. Protesters hoped to prevent the sale of this church and to draw attention to the problems.

Source: Images of a priest being dragged from a condemned St. Rita church anger the French right – The Washington Post

Westboro Baptist Church in Orlando

People in Orlando have dressed as guardian angels to protect the funeral of one of the Orlando shooting victims from homophobic protesters.

CHR Comment: The Westboro Baptist Church has about 40 members and is notorious for demonstrations at funerals. In this case they are protesting at funerals for the homosexuals killed at the Orlando club shooting. The church members seem unconscious to the offensive nature of their protests, which only seem to undermine the Christian message.

Source: ‘Angels’ protect Orlando funeral from anti-gay Westboro protesters – BBC Newsbeat