Informativo sobre Lei e Religião – Law and Religion Headlines (21/02)

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February 21, 2015

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International Headlines

EVENT, 23-28 February 2015: International Conference, "Towards Religious Freedom in Africa" (An initiative of the Centre for Human Rights of the Faculty of Law, University of Lagos in collaboration with the Nigerian Bar Association (Lagos and Ikeja Branches); The African Consortium for Law and Religion Studies (South Africa), and the Internationa)

Road blocks in international HR mechanisms: Review of "The Twilight of Human Rights Law" by Eric Posner (Kumar David, Sunday Island)

NZ: Bible lessons lead to court (Laura Walters,

Grand Mosque imam: Promote values through new media (Arab News)

Muslims around the world give something up for Lent in solidarity with Christians (Zoe Romanowsky, Aleteia)

Saudi scholars decry religious extremism (Arab News)

Coptic Catholics consecrate first church in Sinai, against backdrop of martyrdom (Oliver Maksan, Catholic News Agency)

Sexual orientation and sexual behaviour: can they be distinguished? (Neil Foster, Land Religion Australia)

ISIS is not a terrorist group: Why counterterrorism won’t stop the latest jihadist threat (Audrey Kurth Cronin, Foreign Affairs)

Op-Ed: Islamic State's horrible healing power in Egypt (Nina Shea, Los Angeles Times)

Islamic State spurs increased jihadist activity in Australia (Andrew Zammit, The Jamestown Foundation)

Daesh burns 50 civilians to death in Iraq's al-Anbar province (Al Bawaba News)

At least 25 dead in triple bombing in east Libya: medics (Agence France-Press, Your Middle East)

More than 400 Turkmens in Iraq abducted by Daesh (Al Bawaba)

Islamist rebels launch deadly attack in Somali hotel (The Telegraph)

Some signs of tension emerge among Islamic State militants (Zena Karam, The Associated Press, The Big Story)

Disillusioned by ISIL: Saudi preacher reveals group's takfiri approach (Sultan al-Barei in Riyadh, Al-Shorfa)

Kyrgyz joining IS not illiterate, religious, or disadvantaged (Joanna Paraszczuk, Radio Free Europe)

More headlines about ISIS / ISIL / Daesh

Real battle to dislodge Boko Haram begins in March (This Day Live)

Nigeria: 158 freed Boko Haram abductees reunited with their families (Michael Olugbode, This Day Live)

Girls who escaped Boko Haram defy kdnappers, go back to school (This Day Live)

Nigeria elections 2015 Muslims and Christians: Religion being used to divide voters, opposition party says (Elizabeth Whitman, International Business Times)

Kazakhstan jails two radical Islamists for terrorism (Radio Free Europe)

'Exponential rise' in Syria war crimes: UN probe (Your Middle East)

US wants Mosul offensive on IS in April-May (Your Middle East)

New Delhi police arrest Christian protesters (Alison Lesley, World Religion News)

'Let your daughters fly,' says a young Pakistani Christian writer (Shafique Khokhar,

Face-veils and citizenship oaths: Ishaq v Canada (Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

The two shall become one flesh: Reclaiming marriage (Evangelicals and Catholics Together,First Things)

Why I wear the mantilla (Luma Simms, First Things)

For Indian Jesuit, Narendra Modi's bluff will be called sooner or later (Nirmala Carvalho,

Faisalabad: For the past year, dozens of Christian families have been homeless, threatened by Muslims (Shafique Khokhar,

If Beijing does not grant religious freedom to the Church diplomatic relations are useless(Peace,

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Europe Headlines

EVENT, 21-25 June 2015: Oxford Journal of Law and Religion Summer Academy: "Magna Carta and Freedom of Religion or Belief" (at St. Hugh's College, Oxford, Organized by the International Center for Law and Religion Studies at the J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University, in cooperation with Regent’s Park College, Oxford)

EVENT, 25 February 2015: Countering radicalisation through personal relationships & social impact development (Brian J. Grim, European Union Office of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Brussels)

Norway's Muslims form protective human ring around synagogue (Balazs Koranyi, Reuters)

Coptic Christian bishop in UK: I forgive ISIS (Daniel Burke, CNN)

Non-party campaigning: donations update (David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Romanian court completely acquits the 21 people from MISA yoga school accused of human trafficking (European Interreligious Forum for Religious Freedom)

Russian, Austrian public, religious figures to discuss situation of European Jews (Religion News Today)

Irish voters to decide on same-sex marriage in May referendum (Chris Johnston, The Guardian)

After attacks, Denmark hesitates to blame Islam (Andrew Higgins, The New York Times)

Is Twitter giving in to Turkish censorship? (Sibel Utku Bila, Al-Monitor: Turkey Pulse)

Parliament member requests inspection of Russian Scientology Church (RAPSI)

Greenland: 98 per cent are Protestant but… (Evangelical Focus)

Belarus: Slander and obstruction to keep foreigners out (Forum 18 News Service)

Maidan violence investigations (International Advisory Panel, Council of Europe)

Hungary sees little EU action on rights concerns, says HRW (Eurasia Review)

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United States Headlines

EVENT, 27 February 2015: Women in Leadership: Litmus Test for Democracy in the Middle East and Iran (Panel of Experts speaking at the U.S. House of Representatives, Women's Freedom Forum)

EVENT, 27-28 February 2015: Wisdom, Law, and Lawyers (Annual Conference, Pepperdine University School of Law, Malibu, California)

EVENT, 26 February 2015: Anger and Revolutionary Justice (2015 Berkley Center Lecture)(Martha C. Nussbaum, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs)

CONFERENCE CALL, 26 February 2014: “Obama’s International Religious Freedom Record: Not as Bad as You Think” (Speaker, Judd Birdsall, Institute for Global Engagement)

EVENT, 25 February 2015: Live video discussion: Are you making a mistake raising your kids without religion? (Opinion, Los Angeles Times)

EVENT, 24 February 2015: Lecture to Address Religious Freedom and U.S. Foreign Policy(Bettye Miller, UCR Today)

Remarks at the swearing-in ceremony for Ambassador-at-Large for Religious Freedom David Saperstein (John Kerry, U.S. Department of State)

Washington florist rejects settlement offer after court rules she can’t refuse service to gay weddings (Abby Ohlheiser, The Washington Post)

Muslim students struggle to pay tuition due to religious law (Dan Taekema, CBC News)

Leaders of the Houston "arson attack" mosque responded to Islamophobia in the best way! (Al Bawaba News)

What they get wrong about ISIS (Rob Schwarzwalder, Real Clear Religion)

Longtime lawmaker Frank Wolf's new fight to represent Middle East's Christians (Lauren Green, Fox News)

Supreme Court’s recent attention to religion isn’t impressive: Charting 65 years of cases(Tobin Grant, RNS Blog: Corner of Church and State)

GA religious freedom bill is tabled after an amendment wasn’t allowed to be presented (Jon Richards, Peach Pundit)

Tacoma judge reprimanded for questioning defendant’s religious head covering (Adam Lynn,The News Tribune)

SD House committee reviews religious freedom court standard (Keloland Television)

St. John’s hosts panel on Mideast Christians (Mark L. Movsesian, Center for Law and Religion Forum at St. John's University School of Law)

Measles outbreak: California bill would end all vaccination loopholes except medical (Tracy Seipel and Lisa M. Krieger, San Jose Mercury News)

Group wants ND House GOP to apologize for canceling prayer (Associated Press, The Washington Post)

San Francisco archbishop rejects lawmakers’ criticism on morality clauses (David Gibson,Religion News Service)

Teen says he was attacked for not talking about religion (Elizabeth Faugl, ABC News)

Kansas senate approves restrictive abortion bill (Valerie Howell, The JURIST)

Plano officials: false information renders petitions opposing Equal Rights Ordinance invalid(Wendy Hundley, The Dallas Morning News)

Supreme Court to hear religious discrimination case (Abercrombie & Fitch) (Emily Hardman,The Beckett Fund for Religious Liberty)

Law alone can’t dismantle Islamophobia (Deepa Iyer, Al Jazeera America)

Imam of torched Houston mosque meets Islamophobia with love (Ehab Zahriyeh, Al Jazeera America)

Chief rabbi says he won’t validate municipal rabbis’ conversions (Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

In Irving, it’s religious freedom against Sharia-phobia (Bud Kennedy, Star-Telegram)

U.S. Muslims take on ISIS’ recruiting machine (Laurie Goodstein, The New York Times)

Under fire, Georgia GOP leaders defend efforts on ‘religious liberty’ bill (Kristina Torres, The Atlanta Journal Constitution)

Losing their religion: More women join the unspiritual set (Cathy Lynn Grossman, Religion News Service)

Remarks by the President at the Summit on Countering Violent Extremism (Press Release,The White House)

In second speech on terrorism, Obama again rejects idea of war with Islam (Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Obama sends Ash Wednesday and Lunar New Year greetings (Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

ACLU lawsuit charges Calaveras County with unconstitutionally promoting one particular religious belief (Press Release, ACLU)

Suit challenges county resolution recognizing Christian pregnancy services organization(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Hollman Report: Religious freedom doesn’t require risking public health (Opinion) (K. Holly Hollman, Baptist Joint Commission for Religious Liberty)

Student free speech bill passes KY Senate (Tom Loftus, The Courier-Journal)

Merging religious rights, nondiscrimination would be 'miraculous,' state senator says (Dennis Romboy, Deseret News)

SBC to vote on NAMB ministry amendment (Art Toalston, Baptist Press)

The death penalty: My letter to the Governor and legislative leaders of Kansas (Robert George,Mirror of Justice)

(Still) more on "Catholicism v. Libertarianism" (Rick Garnett, Mirror of Justice)

Hank Johnson: Allow Sikhs to serve in military with beards, turbans (Daniel Malloy,

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