Informativo sobre Lei e Religião – Law and Religion Headlines (06/12)

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International – Europe – United States

December 6, 2014

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International Headlines

EVENT, 15 December 2014: Muslim Minorities and Religious Freedom: A Public Dialogue(Professor Robert George, John Esposito, and Shaykh Hamza Yusuf, Religious Freedom Project, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs)

UN NGO EVENT, 10 December 2014: The Economic & Business Case for Freedom of Religion or Belief (Brian J. Grim)

Al-Jamia: Blending modern education with Dawah (P.K. Abdul Ghafour, Arab News)

Saudi Arabia: 3 million internet users access blocked sites (Arab News)

Bangladesh government fund makes generous donation to 26 Christian churches (Sumon Corraya,

Al Azhar promotes Islamic-Christian coexistence against Islamic State terrorism (Rafic Greiche,

VIDEO: Islam, Gender, and Democracy (Berkley Center for Religion Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)

Muslim Marriage Contracts: Female Agency and Autonomy (Hadia Mubarak, Berkley Forum: Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs)

Will an ancient Christian culture disappear unless East and West unite? (Matt Hadro, Catholic News Agency)

Protect us – One archbishop's plea as Nigeria elections loom (Elise Harris, Catholic News Agency)

Democracy & Islam (Global Plus, The Association of Religion Data Archives (ARDA))

The denial of religious freedom yields worse conditions for women and atheists (Brian J. Grim,Religious Freedom & Business Foundation)

In the News, December 5, 2014 (Berkley Center for Religion Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)

Indian court orders frozen body of spiritual leader released ror last rites; appeal is filed (Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

"Secret church" served with coffee & cakes in Central Asian cafes (World Watch Monitor)

"Xinjiang regulations on religious affairs" to be implemented beginning next year [Simplified Chinese] (China Net)

The problem with Israel's nationality law is how profoundly un-Jewish it is (Liel Leibovitz, Tablet: A New Read on Jewish Life)

Abbott government cuts university support; funds priests' training (Matthew Knott, Sydney Morning Herald)

Gaza writers receive death threats from IS (Hana Salah, Al-Monitor: Palestine Pulse)

Kenya takes step toward recognizing intersex people in landmark ruling (Katy Migiro, Reuters)

Joseph Zen Ze-kiun, Hong Kong Cardinal, arrested in Occupy Central protest (Antonia Blumberg,The Huffington Post)

China curbing religious extremism: New rules hope to prevent jihadist influence (Michelle FlorCruz, International Business Times)

International response to Syrian refugees 'truly shocking', says Amnesty (Heather Tomlinson,Christian Today)

Nigeria: Tighten security at mosques – JNI (Maryam Ahmadu-Suka, All Africa)

Saving Syria's antiquities the first step to peace, UNESCO hopes (Michael Pizzi, Al Jazeera)

Will the Druze relatives of an Israeli hero be sidelined by the ‘Jewish state?’ (Ruth Eglash, The New York Times)

Muslim-Christian cooperation vital in tackling ISIS (Abdallah Schleifer, Al Arabiya)

Al-Azhar urges Christians not to flee Mideast radicals (Arab News)

Myanmar to debate curbs on interfaith marriage, religious conversion (Japan Times)

Gagging law and jail: China, Vietnam among ‘Worst Abusers’ of internet freedom (

Party newspaper sends reporters to catch university lecturers 'scorning China' (

Manila announces 5-day holiday during January papal visit (Catholic World News)

Some Chinese Buddhist, Taoist religious centers post signs reflecting official status [Simplified Chinese] (Xinhua Net)

Is this temple for real? China tries to stamp out fake monk scourge (Te-Ping Chen, The Wall Street Journal Blog)

ISIS in Gaza: When one radical group believes the other is not radical enough (Khaled Abu Toameh, Gatestone Institute)

Messianic guest house loses appeal to lesbians (David Lazarus, Israel Today)

Ashutosh Maharaj's ashram moves court (The Economic Times)

Modi refuses to fire minister for attack on non-Hindus (Arab News)

Muslim leader calls for urgent action against extremism (European Interreligious Forum for Religious Freedom (EIFRF))

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Europe Headlines

EVENT, 18 December 2014: Conférence Laïcité et Liberté de Croyance : quel avenir pour la spécificité française ? (European Interreligious Forum for Religious Freedom (EIFRF))

EVENT,10-11 December 2014: Persecution of Religious Minorities in Conflict Regions: A Silent War (17th Interreligious Dialogue Conference, European Parliament Working Group)

EVENT, 8-9 December 2014: Oxford Women's Leadership Symposisum

Germany, with the second largest Muslim population in Europe, grapples with calls for burqa ban (Hanno Hauenstein, i24 News)

EU-Pakistan funding must be linked to freedoms for minorities (Charles Tannock, The Parliament Magazine)

Crimea and sacred history: The uses of holiness (B.C., The Economist [Erasmus: Religion and public policy])

French court says local council's nativity scene violates principle of secularism (Howard Friedman,Religion Clause)

Putin’s bogus Crimea-as-Temple-Mount analogy (Mark Silk, RNS Blog: Spiritual Politics)

Putin's Presidential Address to the Federal Assembly (President of Russia)

Opposite-sex civil partnerships and judicial review (Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

UK Appeal Court rules that an unborn child is ‘not a person’ (Catholic Herald)

The unborn child and its legal rights (Neil Addison, Religion Law Blog)

Germany jails Islamic State jihadist Kreshnik Berisha (BBC News)

Charity in France is accused of being a front for financing terrorism in Syria (Dan Bilefsky and Maia de la Baume, The New York Times)

Fierce attack by Islamist militants in Chechen capital kills at least 20 (Andrew E. Kramer and Neil MacFarquhar, The New York Times)

Grand Chamber of the ECHR hears the case of an Iranian converted to Christianity (European Centre for Law and Justice)

Germany rejects Putin's 'transparent' speech (The Local: Germany)

Egypt Grand Mufti cancels visit to Britain for fear of prosecution (Middle East Monitor)

New charges of extremism against Jehovah's Witnesses in Russia (

Finnish church embraces gay marriage, loses 12,000 members (Kiley Crossland, World Magazine)

Will Germany abolish itself and France commit suicide? (Peter Martino, Gatestone Institute)

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United States Headlines

Lincoln, God and the Constitution (Joseph S. Moore, The New York Times Opinion)

7 CEOs whose religion will surprise you (Fortune / Holly Lebowitz Rossi, Time)

What’s at stake in the Little Sisters of the Poor case against Obamacare (Daniel Blomberg,Breitbart)

George Whitefield: The Billy Graham of Colonial America (Thomas S. Kidd, The Wall Street Journal)

Cert. petition filed in challenge to New Jersey ban on reparative therapy for minors (Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Marriage equality decision stayed in Mississippi, but not in Florida (Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

5th Circuit stays execution of man who believes his sentence is a Satanic plot (Howard Friedman,Religion Clause)

Federal judge slaps down Kansas creationist lawsuit claiming evolution a ‘religious belief’ (David Ferguson, Raw Story)

Georgetown law student sues rabbi accused of mikvah voyeurism (Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Church encourages principled approach to health care coverage for needy Utahns (Mormon Newsroom)

Suspect is held in killing of American in Abu Dhabi (Ben Hubbard, New York Times)

As societal norms change, Catholic groups enforce the rules (Michael O'Loughlin, Crux: Covering all things Catholic)

D.C. Council: Religious schools must adopt its views on sexual morality (William C. Duncan and Michael T. Worley, National Review Online: The Corner blog)

Gay music director files complaint over firing by Catholics (Dan Hinkel and Lisa Black, The Chicago Tribune)

Pastor performing same-sex weddings reports receiving death threats (Bryan Lowry, The Wichita Eagle)

Two same-sex marriage cases speeded up (Lyle Denniston, SCOTUSblog)

Muslim bus drivers confront SEPTA over rules on skirt lengths (Aaron Moselle, News Works)

Georgia school district goes to court against humanist group over employees praying with students (Carrie Dedrick, Christian Headlines)

Notre Dame University and Witherspoon Institute Blogs cite research of RFBF scholars(Religious Freedom & Business Foundation)

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