Informativo sobre Lei e Religião – Law and Religion Headlines (09/12)

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December 9, 2014

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International Headlines

Human Rights Day 2014 Theme: Human Rights 365 (United Nations)

Human Rights Day: UN Secretary-General's Message for 2014 (Ban Ki-moon)

Human Rights Day: Statement for 2014 of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein)

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

WCC launches global ecumenical network for advocacy for just peace (World Council of Churches)

Adventists celebrate religious freedom in Papua New Guinea (James D. Standish, Adventist News Network)

"Every restriction is based on religion" (Roma Rajpal Weiss, interview with Asma Jahangir, winner of the Right Livelihood Award, Qantara)

HRH Premier: Using human rights to interfere in domestic affairs unacceptable (W H Q, Bahrain News Agency)

Vatican: Bishops should move forward on family (Nicole Winfield, AP)

Vatican survey: How do we help people with ‘homosexual tendencies’? (Josephine McKenna,Religion News Service)

Religion and soccer: Shooting for heaven (B.C., The Economist [Erasmus: Religion and public policy])

Key panels urge sanctions on Qatar, Turkey over Hamas (Julian Pecquet, Al-Monitor: Congress Pulse)

Oil and ISIS (James R. Rogers, First Things)

Burma sues author for insulting Buddhism (Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Lawyer: 'Egyptian convert's arrest linked to leaving Islam' (Barbara G. Baker, World Watch Monitor)

China does not need human rights lesson, says top envoy (Nkolaj Nielsen, EU Observer)

Islamic State in Syria beheads man for blasphemy (Sylvia Westall, Reuters)

Persecution of Pakistan's religious minorities intensifies, says report (Nita Bhalla, Reuters)

Israeli Knesset votes to dissolve itself as campaign heats up (Calev Ben-David and Jonathan Ferziger, Business Week)

Dhaka, inaugurated the first Catholic university in Bangladesh (Sumon Corraya,

Alishba Bibi, beaten and humiliated by a Muslim family, calls for a stop to "anti-Christian attacks" (Shafique Khokhar,

Impact of business activities on human rights highlighted at UN forum in Geneva (World Council of Churches)

Indonesian law on interfaith unions thrown into the judicial spotlight (Ryan Dagur, UCANews)

Israel: Religious reform won't survive coalition breakup (Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie, Haaretz)

NLD member prosecuted for ‘wounding religious feelings’ (San Yamin Aung, The Irrawaddy)

UN resolutions for combating defamation of religions (5) (Rohana R. Wasala, LankaWeb)

Protecting the freedoms of religious belief and rational thought (4) (Rohana R. Wasala, LankaWeb)

Einstein’s religiosity (3) (Rohana R. Wasala, LankaWeb)

Ethics and religion (2) (Rohana R. Wasala, LankaWeb)

To contain religious fundamentalism (1) (Rohana R. Wasala, LankaWeb)

The case against human rights (Eric Posner, The Guardian)

Diplomacy and religion: When foreign policy was closer to heaven, and hell (B.C., The Economist: Erasmus blog [Religion and Public Policy])

Curbs on crucifix or any religious symbols: (Malaysia Chronicle)

Profiling the Islamic State (Charles Lister, The Brookings Institute)

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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)

Is religious freedom for Europe's workers really protected? (Part I) (Rebeca Vázquez Gómez,Religious Freedom & Business Foundation)

Turkey, Kurds, Alevis and violations of Article 9 ECHR (Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Court tells France to pay damages to Somali pirates (BBC News)

Why Somali pirates got damages from Strasbourg (David Hart QC, UK Human Rights Blog)

Former Archbishop Rowan Williams wades into EU withdrawal debate (John Binghham, The Telegraph)

Religious freedom, Ukraine are priorities for European security (Laura Ieraci, The Catholic Register)

Five arrested for threats to attack French synagogue (Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

Why do they not recognize cemevis as places of worship? (Orhan Kemal Cengiz, Today's Zaman)

Turkey, the EU and the Middle East (Murat Yetkin, Hürriyet Daily News)

Islam-Ittihad Association and Others v. Azerbaijan: Freedom of association and freedom of religion (Willy Fautré and others, Human Rights Without Frontiers International)

Couple launch challenge to heterosexual bar on Civil Partnerships (Martin Downs, UK Human Rights Blog)

Ideal Turkish youth: Devout and empty (Burak Bekdil, Hürriyet Daily News)

The council for transforming into a religious society (Mehmet Y. Yilmaz, Hürriyet Daily News)

ISIS: 75 NGOs and leaders write to Donald Tusk and the European Council (European Interreligious Forum for Religious Freedom)

Britain must provide enough food for the people – and that’s the law (Ben Warwick, The Conversation – Durham University)

First EU-China human rights dialogue open to journalists (Lidia Louk, Epoch Times)

Statement of Geert Wilders during his interrogation by the state police (Gatestone Institute)

European Muslim groups angered by inclusion on UAE's terror list (Hassan Obeid, Al-Monitor)

Decisions leading to raising pro-AKP, not religious, generations (Murat Aksoy, Today's Zaman)

The Greater Grace Church deprived of the use of the Lutheran Church in Baku (Willy Fautré,Human Rights Without Frontiers International)

Uzbekistan: State-sponsored media attacks continue (Mushfig Bayram, Forum 18 News Service)

Turkish lawmakers debate gay imams (Hurriyet Daily News)

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United States Headlines

After 50 years, King's Nobel Prize speech sheds light on lasting nonviolent legacy (Kelsey Dallas,Deseret News National Edition | Faith)

Public Reading of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights on the occasion of Human Rights Day 2014

Adventist leaders mark growth of Deaf Ministries (Ansel Oliver, Adventist News Network)

Mormon Church Christmas-themed ad campaign 'He is the Gift featured in NYC's Times Square (Michael Gryboski, The Christian Post)

U.S. Senate expected to pass bill keeping cross on Mt. Soledad (Don Byrd, Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty)

Kentucky supports same-sex marriage review (Lyle Denniston, SCOTUSblog)

Three American teens, recruited online, are caught trying to join the Islamic State (Kevin Sullivan,The Washington Post)

No terrorism link seen in Jewish center stabbing (Karen Matthews and Ula Ilnytzky, The Associated Press, The Big Story)

Faith firm racks up court wins (Elise Viebeck, The Hill)

Anti-porn groups host annual day of prayer to fight against sexual exploitation (Michael Gryboski,The Christian Post)

Israel indicts Texas Christian for plot to attack Muslim sites in Jerusalem (The Guardian)

Washington florist who declined to make arrangements for gay wedding may lose her business, personal assets (Samuel Smith, The Christian Post)

LA billboard aims for bold statement on persecuted Christians (Catholic News Agency)

Washington DC Catholic schools could lose conscientious objector status under gay equality bill (Mark Stricherz, Aleteia)

House-approved Michigan Religious Freedom Restoration Act: A license to discriminate?(Jonathan Oosting, Michigan Live)

Most of city council walks out on atheist's invocation (Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

DOJ expands ban on law enforcement profiling to include religion and other characteristics(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Justice Department issues guidelines barring religious profiling (Don Byrd, Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty)

Attorney General Holder announces federal law enforcement agencies to adopt stricter policies to curb profiling (Press Release, U.S. Department of Justice)

Muslim leaders in Montgomery seek answers on school holiday equality (Donna St. George, The Washington Post)

Public schools and religious education: Should students miss school to attend religious classes? (Elizabeth Doran,

Should children make up their own minds about religion? (Jason Stubblefield, First Things)

Humanist chaplain: “Religion introduces moral problems that wouldn’t exist otherwise” (Michael Schulson, Salon)

In seven states, Atheists push to end largely forgotten ban (Laurie Goodstein, The New York Times)

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