Informativo sobre Lei e Religião – Law and Religion Headlines (04/03)

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March 04, 2015

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International Headlines

EVENT, 10 March 2015: The Promotion of Women in OIC Member States (The Permanent Observer Mission of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation and the United State Federation for Middle East Peace)

EVENT, 9-11 March 2015: International Moot Court Competition 2015 – Law & Religion (Fondazione Studium Generale Marcianum)

EVENT, 5 March 2015: Religion and Politics in a Global Society: Comparative Perspectives from the Portuguese-Speaking World (Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs)

Changing Nature of Religious Rights under International Law (Malcolm Evans, Peter Petkoff, and Julian Rivers, Oxford University Press)

Kidnapped Assyrian Christians: Four more hostages released by Islamic State (Carey Lodge,Christian Today)

Chinese government report outlines plans for six major changes: First, increase oversight over rural religious organizations [Simplified Chinese] (Sohu)

China: Draconian anti-terror law an assault on human rights (Amensty International)

Canadian pastor goes missing on most recent aid trip to North Korea (Robert Marquand, The Christian Science Monitor)

155 Catholic students denied school access over land dispute (

Maharashtra bans beef: 5 years in prison for those who eat it (

Film screened at Ohio State exposes Iran persecuting Baha’is (JoAnne Viviano, The Columbus Dispatch)

Zimbabwe health aide blames Catholics, Adventists for HIV persistence (Peter Kenny,Ecumenical News)

Evangelical Fellowship of India: Persecution Watch Annual Report 2014 (World Evangelical Alliance)

Jewish Purim celebration spans world, includes DUI caution (Compiled by Mark A. Kellner,Deseret News National Edition | Faith)

Islamic State in Af-Pak: The ‘Wilayat Khurasan’ Conundrum (Rajeshwari Krishnamurthy,Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies)

Uzbekistan: "Pardoned only after repenting and asking the President for forgiveness" (Forum 18 News Service)

Freedom and scepticism: Being an atheist in the Middle East (B.C., The Economist [Erasmus: Religion and public policy])

Ministry of National Security (MNS) reports about neutralization a group of religious radicals(

Iran executes six Sunni Muslim ethnic Kurds (Radio Free Europe)

Ghana: Gov’t goofed on edict over Islamic discrimination – Islamic Scholar (Ghana Web)

Religious authority has no right to intervene in Allah CD case, says Sarawakian (V. Anbalagan, The Malaysian Insider)

Nigerians, fearing election violence, forfeit vote to move to other end of country (World Watch Monitor)

Religious freedom increasingly at risk in India as new attacks are perpetrated against Christians (Nirmala Carvalho, Asia News)

Blasphemy Law sows radicalization: Experts (Fedina S. Sundaryani, The Jakarta Post)

Is there room for Islam in democracy, freedom of speech, and secularism? (Catherine Shakdam [quoting John Andrew Morrow], Mint Press News)

Pope Francis cements financial reform in new laws, creates Vatican auditor general (Joshua J. McElwee, National Catholic Reporter)

La Tuta's Knights Templar and the rise of narco-religion in Mexico (R. Andrew Chesnut, Huff Post Religion)

Moonies hold mass wedding in South Korea (Agence France-Presse in Gapyeong, The Guardian)

ISIS 'is' the Islamic "reformation" (Ed Simon, Religion Dispatches)

Genocide of Assyrians (Human Rights Without Frontiers International)

Who are Assyrian Christians? Islamic State's latest captives are part of a long-persecuted group (Carol Kuruvilla, Huff Post Religion)

The genocide of Assyrians that started in Iraq continues in Syria (Peter BetBasoo, Assyrian International News Agency)

Pope Francis thanks churches in North Africa for their courage (Peter Kenny, Ecumenical News)

Egypt closes 27,000 places of worship (Rami Galal, trans. Kamal Fayad, Al-Monitor: Egypt Pulse)

Rabinnic and legal groups partner to prevent agunot (The Jewish Daily Forward)

Women’s shelters are one of the most provocative legacies of the Western presence in Afghanistan (Alissa J. Rubin, The New York Times)

Buddhist monks’ cremation ceremonies break the bank in impoverished Myanmar (Myint Naing, Religion News Service)

Saudi Award goes to Muslim televangelist who harshly criticizes U.S. (Ben Hubbard, The New York Times)

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Europe Headlines

CALL FOR PAPERS, due 15 March 2015: Challenges and Opportunities: Religious Freedom Development in the Sphere of Law (Conference in Yerevan, Armenia, 14-16 May 2015)

EVENT, 12 March 2015: IRF Roundtable in Europe meeting in Brussels (European Interreligious Forum for Religious Freedom (EIFRF))

EVENT, 11 March 2015: Religious Diversity: Philosophical and Political Dimensions(Professors Roger Trigg and Gavin Floods, Oxford Centre for Christianity and Culture)

EVENT, 5 March 2015: After the Paris and Copenhagen Attacks: Muslim Minorities and the Future of Democracy in Europe (Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs)

In France, young Muslims often straddle two worlds (Audie Cornish, NPR)

Rising anti-Semitism challenges Sweden’s proud and tolerant self-image (Petra Socolovsky,Religion News Service)

Understanding Turkey's tilt (Svante E. Cornell for JINSA, The International Relations and Security Network)

In English town, Muslims lead effort to create interfaith haven (Ari Shapiro, NPR)

Russian Supreme Court rejects appeal against Pussy Riot verdict (Interfax-Religion)

Jehovah's Witnesses religious buildings seized in eastern regions of Ukraine (Religious Information Service of Ukraine)

Slovenia approves same-sex marriage, adoption legislation (Ashley Hogan, The JURIST)

France issues int’l arrest warrants for suspects in 1982 Jewish restaurant attack (Alexandria Sage, Religion News Today)

Analysis: Conservatives look to bring British Sikhs into the fold (Ravender Sembhy, Lapido Media: Centre for Religious Literacy in World Affairs)

France to double number of Islamic university courses (France 24 International News)

Spain: Evangelical churches might be jihadist targets (Evangelical Focus)

Marseille's Muslims need their Grand Mosque – why is it still a car park? (Annabelle Azadé,The Guardian)

Where Sharia law reigns in Europe, and the Muslim woman fighting it (Opinion) (Adéa Guillot,World Crunch)

Evangelical Christian claims she lost her nursery job due to ‘state-sponsored hostility’ to her biblical views on homosexuality (Isaiah Narciso, The Gospel Herald)

Britain's Muslims still feel the need to explain themselves (Audie Cornish and Ari Shapiro,NPR Parallels)

UN rights' report speaks of troops from Russia infiltrating Ukraine (Peter Kenny, Ecumenical News)

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United States Headlines

EVENT, 8 March 2015: March for Gender Equality and Women's Rights: In commemoration of the 20-year anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (US Federation for Middle East Peace)

In under 3 minutes, watch instant analysis on today’s oral srguments in Obamacare Supreme Court case (Melissa Quinn, Daily Signal)

Argument analysis: Setting up the private debate on the ACA (Lyle Denniston, SCOTUSblog)

Justices divided at health-law argument: Questions raised about constitutional consequences of ruling that negates nationwide insurance subsidies (Brent Kendall and Jess Bravin, The Wall Street Journal)

King v. Burwell: Transcript of the oral agrument (Supreme Court of the United States)

An off-ramp from ObamaCare: If the Supreme Court follows the law, there will be an opening for a sane health-care alternative. Here it is. (John Kline, Paul Ryan and Fred Upton, The Wall Street Journal Opinion)

More on King v. Burwell

The three religious traditions that dominate the U.S. (Joanna Piacenza, Public Religion Research Institute, Worldwide Religious News)

Mormon church backs Utah LGBT anti-discrimination bill (Michelle L. Price, The Associated Press)

Why is this Christian woman wearing a Muslim hijab during Lent? (Vincent Funaro, The Christian Post)

Court applies Title VII religious institution exemption (Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Alabama court orders a halt to same-sex marriage licenses (Campbell Robertson, The New York Times)

Criticizing Justices, state court bars same-sex marriages (Lyle Denniston, SCOTUSblog)

Alabama Supreme Court affirms natural marriage, orders probate judges to cease issuing illegal licenses (Press Release, Liberty Counsel)

New York City adds two Muslim holidays to public school calendar (Tom McCarthy, The Guardian)

Dallas sues synagogue for failing to obtain certificate of occupancy (Howard Friedman,Religion Clause)

Breakaway Episcopalians win Texas church property fight (Kevin Eckstrom, Religion News Service)

Disability discrimination suit dismissed under ecclesiastical abstention doctrine (Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Iran’s spiritual challenge to American Christians (Mark Tooley, Philos Project)

State legislatures pit religious freedom against civil rights (Sarah Barringer Gordon and Nomi Stolzenberg, Religion & Politics)

Killer of 3 Muslim students in US may face death penalty (Middle East Monitor)

Academic Minute: religious denomination and marriage equality (audio) (Maurice Gattis,University of Wisconsin at Madison)

White Christians are now a minority in these 19 states (Jonathan Merritt, RNS Blog: On Faith & Culture)

More than half of U.S. Republicans want to make Christianity the national religion (Alison Lesley, World Religion News)

NYC churches go on the market, leaving parishioners cynical (Rick Hampson, USA Today,Deseret News National Edition | Faith)

VIDEO: The unfortunate consequences of banning Sharia law (Rahel Gebreyes / Michael Helfand, Huff Post Religion)

These Americans return to Iraq as Christian warriors against Islamic State (Loveday Morris,The Washington Post)

Oklahoma Libertarians form human chain to protect Muslims (Nick Bernabe for AntiMedia,Mint Press News)

Survey: 133 percent increase in attacks on religion in past three years (Catholic News Service, Catholic Sentinel)

New weapon to fight religious extremism (Opinion) (Oliver Thomas, The Daily Journal)

D.C. Council amends Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Act (Andrea Noble, The Washington Times)

Bills would allow adoption denials for religious beliefs (Lorne Fultonberg, WILX)

Update: Orthodox Jewish house of worship says Dallas is ‘attacking [our] religious liberty rights' (Robert Wilonsky, The Dallas Morning News)

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