Informativo sobre Lei e Religião – Law and Religion Headlines (16/12)


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December 16, 2014

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International Headlines

EVENT (Kuala Lumpur), 18 December 2014: Faith-Based Arbitration: The UK Experience (Mark Hill QC and Andrew Khoo Chin Hock, Kuala Lumpur Regional Center for Arbitration)

EVENT, 18 December 2014: “Refusing to be Enemies” at Israel’s Hand in Hand Schools, A Model of Jewish and Arab coexistence in the face of conflict (Rebecca Bardach, Mouran Ibrahim (9th grader), Lucy Kurtzer-Ellenbogen, Ned Lazarus, nbar Shaked Vardi (9th grader), United States Institute of Peace)

Hand in Hand: Center for Jewish-Arab Education in Israel

Refusing to be enemies in Jerusalem (Farah Stockman, The Boston Globe Opinion)

Bonhoeffer in Advent (Timothy George, First Things)

Muslim teens join Adventists in refusing Sabbath exams (Andrew McChesney, Adventist News Network)

Sydney siege sparks 'I'll ride with you' campaign for worried Muslims (Jane Wardell, Reuters)

Islamic leaders say Australians have risen above fear in wake of Sydney siege (Oliver Milman,The Guardian)

Gunman in Sydney had long history of run-ins with the law (Thomas Fuller and Michelle Innis, The New York Times)

Israeli ultra-Orthodox party locked in internal battle (Mazal Mualem, Al-Monitor: Israel Pulse)

LGBT community finds Damascus more open (Mustafa Al-Haj, trans. Joelle El-Khoury, Al-Monitor: Syria Pulse)

Taliban halted after slaughtering at least 137, mostly children, in Pakistan school (Sophia Saifi and Greg Botelho,, CNN)

So ISIS is not infidel — are Christians? (Ayman S. Ibrahim, First Things)

From burqas to boxing gloves, China’s 75 tips for spotting extremist Muslims (Simon Denyer, The Washington Post)

Beijing Religious Affairs Bureau investigates claims of "members only" Tibetan temple [Simplified Chinese] (Xinhua Net)

260 China rights lawyers protest detention of fellow lawyer (Alison Sacriponte, Jurist)

Lifetime’s Women of the Bible and conservative Christian theology (Julia M. O'Brien, OUPblog Religion)

Middle East dictators feed sectarianism (Madawi Al-Rasheed, Al-Monitor: Gulf Pulse)

'Forced'€™ conversions in India condemned by Muslim groups (Al Jazeera America)

Pakistan’s blasphemy law strikes Bollywood (Saroop Ijaz, Al Jazeera America)

Articles of interest – December 15, 2014 (Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Sex education from church and state sends mixed messages in Vietnam (Marianne Brown, The Guardian)

Indian police stop planned mass conversion of 4,000 Christians to Hinduism on Christmas Day(Mark Woods, Christian Today)

Vatican report on US nuns to be released in Rome (Rachel Zoll, The Associated Press, The Big Story)

5 ways faith may promote healthier marriages (David Briggs, The Association of Religion Data Archives (ARDA))

About 300 Chinese said fighting alongside Islamic State in Middle East (reporting by Michael Martina; editing by Robert Birsel, Reuters)

Want to start a law school in Canada? Don't try making it Christian (Bill Duncan, National Review Online: the Corner blog)

Religious conversion row: Yogi Adityanath says opposition has no issues left (Business Standard)

Rapists get off the hook by marrying their victims. But Jordanian activists are lobbying for major change (Kamilia Lahrichi, Your Middle East)

Youths of Nepal agitate against UK envoy remarks on religious conversion (Telegraphnepal)

Crocodile tears: Taliban attacks on Sufi shrines lead to unlikely victims (Mariya Karimjee, Al Jazeera America)

Religious freedom guards against tyranny: Part 2 (Brian J. Grim, Religious Freedom & Business Foundation)

Pope pleads with Middle East churches to address crisis together (Elise Harris, Catholic News Agency)

Fight over ad in haredi paper highlights deep divisions (Sam Sokol, The Jerusalem Post)

Egypt looks to roll back Islamist militias in Libya (Ayah Aman, trans. Pascale Menassa, Al-Monitor: Egypt Pulse)

Iran's role in Yemen draws Israel and Saudi Arabia closer (Ephraim Sneh, trans. Sandy Bloom, Al-Monitor: Israel Pulse)

Nigeria's Boko Haram violence killed as many people as ISIS in Iraq, new figures say (Anugrah Kumar, The Christian Post)

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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, 18 December 2014: Faith-Based Arbitration: The UK Experience (Mark Hill QC and Andrew Khoo Chin Hock, Kuala Lumpur Regional Center for Arbitration)

Anti-immigration protests grow in Germany (Erik Kirschbaum, Reuters)

Spain arrests seven accused of recruiting women for Islamic State (Sonya Dowsett, Reuters)

French police raid ISIL recruitment network (Lisa De Bode, Al Jazeera America)

In push against Muslim cleric, Turkey detains police officers and journalists (Sebnem Arsu, The New York Times)

In France, overwhelming support for public Nativity scenes (Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D., Breitbart News)

Turkey "improves" education through religion (Burak Bekdil, Your Middle East)

Fascist law used against teacher in crucifix row (The Local: Italy)

Judge orders blood transfusion for Jehovah’s Witness child (Rosalind English, UK Human Rights Blog)

UK's first 'gender-abortion' case in Crown Court in January (Chistian Concern)

Scottish Bishops on Marriage and Civil Partnership (David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Religion and Law round-up – 14th December (Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

For jihadists, Denmark tries rehabilitation (Andrew Higgins, The New York Times)

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United States Headlines

Relationships in America Survey Report Release 2014 (The Austin Institute for the Study of Family and Culture)

Relationships in America – Survey 2014 (PDF) (The Austin Institute for the Study of Family and Culture)

Michigan Religious Freedom Restoration proposal unlikely to be voted on, sparks protest(Jonathan Oosting, Michigan Live)

Religious freedom in American history: A Libertarian view (Stephen Cox, First Things)

Iowa food supplier charged with falsely selling $4.9m worth of beef as halal (The Guardian)

University of Maine has a change of heart over Christmas trees and candy canes (Christian Today)

Most say religious holiday displays on public property are OK (PewResearch Religion & Public Life Project)

Conflicts continue over nativity scenes on public property (David Masci, Pew Research Center: Fact-tank)

Orthodox Jews back scarf-wearing Muslim in Abercrombie & Fitch case (Javier Panzar, Los Angeles Times)

Gay Christians choosing celibacy emerge from the shadows (Michelle Boorstein, The Washington Post)

Black churches pray in protest of police slayings (Rachel Zoll, The Associated Press, The Big Story)

Lawyer: Free speech at stake in anti-Muslim film (Brian Melley, AP)

Congress gives final passage to Defense Authorization Act including provisions on Mt. Soledad transfer (Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Church-state debate still rages, but public Hanukkah menorahs gain wider acceptance (Sean Savage, Jewish and Israel News)

Bay City commissioner authors online petition against Religious Freedom Restoration Act (Sam Easter, Michigan Live)

Abercrombie: Job-seekers must explain faith to win anti-discrimination protection (Michael Rudin,Charisma News)

Time to reset U.S. policy on international religious freedom (Brian J. Grim and Robert T. Smith,Deseret News)

Voucher backers to Colorado high court: don’t exclude religious schools (Patheos: Catholic news blog)

Away with the manger: Long-time nativity display moved (Inquistir)

Ohio teen refuses to do homework until school brings back Ten Commandments plaque (Scott Kaufman, Raw Story)

Court passes up RU-486 abortion issue, again (Lyle Denniston, SCOTUSblog)

Chabad of California fined for misappropriating federal funds (JTA)

Lawsuits seek to reform curriculum of ultra-orthodox Jewish schools (Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Tennessee opposes same-sex marriage review (Lyle Denniston, SCOTUSblog)

Clock ticking as Religious Freedom Restoration Act awaits action in Michigan Senate (Jonathan Oosting, Michigan Live)

Historic Alpine church is site of bitter fight for control (Jean Rimbach,

Prisoner free exercise cases – December 14, 2014 (Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Atheist whose invocation prompted walkout fighting to open meeting elsewhere (Michael Gryboski,The Christian Post)

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