Chinas hi-tech war on its Muslim minority

The long read: Smartphones and the internet gave the Uighurs a sense of their own identity but now the Chinese state is using technology to strip them of it In mid-2017, Alim, a Uighur man in his 20s, returned to China from studying abroad. As soon as he landed back in the country, he was pulled off the plane by police officers. He was told his trip abroad meant that he was now under suspicion of being unsafe. The police administered what they call a health check, which involved collecting several types of biometric data, including DNA, blood type, fingerprints, voice recordings and face scans a process that all adults in the Uighur autonomous region of Xinjiang, in north-west China, …

‘Trauma is a slow burn’: Mormons seek healing as church eases anti-LGBT policy

This week the church reversed a three-year old policy classifying people in same-sex marriages as apostates As a mother and a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Kathy Dunford will never forget November 2015. Her son Jacob had recently returned from a mission for the Mormon church when she found him in her room, sobbing. Jacob had just heard about a new church policy classifying people in same-sex marriages as apostates, subject to excommunication. It also barred the children of such marriages from blessings or baptism. Mom, why do they hate me so much? Jacob asked. Why am I an apostate? After that, Dunford never put on her church garments again. And she was not alone. …

Marlon James: I underwent gay exorcism in Pentecostal church in Jamaica

Man Booker prize winner tells of how religion intensified his struggle with his sexuality as a youth Jamaican novelist Desert Island Discs latest castaway on BBC Radio 4, James details the extreme evangelical exorcism, or gay cure, he endured at a Pentecostal church in Jamaica. The writer, who earned literary fame with his third novel Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific