Informativo sobre Lei e Religião – Law and Religion Headlines (24/01)

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January 24, 2015

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International Headlines

EVENT, 6 February 2015: How far should concern with religious freedom shape foreign policy? (Westminster Faith Debates, Royal United Services Institute, London, UK)

EVENT, 3 February 2015: The Positive Case: Religious Freedom is Good for Society, Business and the Poor (Brian J. Grim, St Mary's University Twickenham London)

CALL FOR PAPERS, 20 February 2015: Proposals due for "Religious Freedom and Religious Pluralism in Africa: Prospects and Limitations" (May 18-19 in Namibia) (Nico Horn and Pieter Coertzen, The African Consortium for Law and Religion Studies)

International Moot Court Competition 2015 – Law & Religion: Venice. March 2015 (Fondazione Studium Generale Marcianum)

Kurdish forces retake 1% of the land controlled by the Islamic State (Kate Brannen, Foreign Policy)

How the Houthis took Yemen (Laura Kasinof, Foreign Policy)

World churches body and UN rights group alarmed at Congo's violent protests (Miko Morelos,Ecumenical News)

China official calls for reduced birth rates in Xinjiang (Reuters)

Thousands of Palestinians protest Charlie Hebdo Mohammad cartoon (Ali Sawafta and Yusri al-Jamal, Reuters)

Islam and Christianity are the religions of peace and moderation—Interview with Bishop John Bryson Chane (Kourosh Ziabari, Eurasia Review)

Rolling back reforms in Riyadh (Carlyle Murphy, Foreign Policy)

China ups campaign against practices around superstitious beliefs (Miko Morelos, Ecumenical News)

PNG women accused of sorcery saved from murder in remote village (Helen Davidson, The Guardian)

Japanese Muslims condemn IS kidnapping, threats against hostages (Miko Morelos,Ecumenical News)

Burma: Religious Conversion Bill is major setback for religious freedom, human rights'(Independent Catholic News)

Uganda: Reports of imam beating 15-year-old daughter to death for converting to Christianity(Angie Chui, Christian Today)

Bishops suspend all Catholic masses in Niger as Charlie Hebdo protests continue (Carey Lodge, Christian Today)

Boko Haram emerges as brutal Islamic State of Africa (Oren Dorell, USA Today)

Modest victory for Israel in quest for international meeting on anti-Semitism (Somini Sengupta,The New York Times)

Ayatollah Khamenei appeals to Western youth on Islam and prejudice (Thomas Erdbrink, The New York Times)

Pakistan: Homes of 13 Christian families demolished after they refuse to be bonded labourers(Mark Yapching, Christian Today)

India: Bishops urge Narendra Modi to stop Hindu mass conversions of Christians (Mark Woods, Christian Today)

Religion not poverty is driving Boko Haram, Anglican leaders warn (George Conger, Anglican Ink)

Boko Haram emerges as brutal Islamic State of Africa (Oren Dorell / USA Today, Religion News Service)

Stoves and fuels sent to thousands of Syrian refugees amid freezing temperatures and snow in Lebanon (Czarina Ong, Christian Today)

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Europe Headlines

LAUNCH EVENT, 4 February 2015 : Presentation of the OSCE ODIHR Guidelines on the Legal Personality of Religious or Belief Communities (Hosted by MEP Dennis de Jong and the Intergroup on Freedom of Religion or Belief and Religious Tolerance, European Parliament Library Reading Room)

Guidelines on the Legal Personality of Religious or Belief Communities Launch Event – Agenda

CALL TO FELLOWS, 3 February 2015: Applications due for Balkan Summer School on Religion and Public Life, 26 July – 8 August 2015 (Faculty of Philosophy and History, The Paissiy Hilendarski University of Plovdiv)

EVENT, 27 January 2015: What do MEPs do with their beliefs? (R. Dennis de Jong and other MEPs, Brussels, European Parliament)

EVENT, 27 January 2015: Religion at the European Parliament: Survey of MEPs beliefs and what they do as a consequence of their beliefs (Moderated by Dennis de Jong MEP, Presentation by Professor François Foret, Intergroup on Freedom of Religion or Belief and Religious Tolerance)

Anti-Muslim acts haved soared in France since Paris attacks, group says (Al Jazeera America)

Anti-Semitism is unfortunately prospering in Europe (Alison Lesley, World Religion News)

Survey finds major gender divide in religious beliefs in UK: Most men in 40s are atheists, but twice more women believe in God (Stoyan Zaimov, Christian Post)

The Church of England's divide on female bishops is about to become painfully obvious (Carol Kuruvilla, Huff Post Religion)

‘We should not give up making our countries better’: Europe responds to terror in France(Rosella Tercatin, The Jewish Daily Forward)

France takes battle against radical Islam into schools (Sophie Louet, Reuters)

Would Britain accept a Jewish Prime Minister? (Tim Bale, The Telegraph)

The changing face of the European Court of Human Rights: Public lecture by Judge Paul Mahoney (Rosalind English, UK Human Rights Blog)

Kidnapped CAR cleric & French aid worker released (World Watch Monitor)

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United States Headlines

EVENT, 29 January 2015: The new Congress and a new U.S. IRF Ambassador: What the future holds for IRF as a necessary aspect of U.S. foreign policy (IGE's Faith &International Affairs Conference Call Series, Institute for Global Engagement)

EVENT, 29 January 2015: UMW to commemorate religious freedom (Lindley Estes, The Free-Lance Star)

EVENT, 29 January 2015: Conference – Can we end poverty? (Cato Institute, Columbia University, Roone Arledge Auditorium)

California judges barred from Boy Scouts over anti-gay discrimination (Christine Mai-Duc, Los Angeles Times)

Judge pressures husband to give Jewish divorce document (Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Legal documents in eruv litigation now available online (Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Suit seeks to require foreign terrorist designation for Hindu nationalist group (Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

God in the details: NLRB modifies test for jurisdiction over religious education employers(Christine Holst, The National Law Review)

Bill aims to protect religious freedom on college campuses (Linda Ong, Ozarks First)

Woman sues Dearborn Heights for forced hijab removal (Mark Hicks, The Detroit News)

Caught between greed and religion: the battle for Kansas public education (Sarah Smarsh, The Guardian)

Add Michigan to the list of states considering RFRA (Don Byrd, Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty)

Muslim call to prayer highlights divisions and solidarity at Duke University (Raya Jalabi, The Guardian)

Religious freedom bill returns in Michigan Senate (Jonathan Oosting, Michigan Live)

United Methodist pension fund revises investment guidelines (Tamara Audi, The Wall Street Journal)

Oklahoma to reconsider Bible classes in public schools (Christian Today)

Activist L.A. priest follows religion of acceptance (Kate Linthicum, Los Angeles Times)

Obama hopes the Supreme Court recognizes nationwide right to gay marriage (Byron Tau, The Wall Street Journal)

Former Atlanta fire chief, fired over book storm, files complaint (David Beasley, Reuters)

Atlanta fire chief files discrimination complaint after losing his job over a religious book (Abby Ohlheiser, The Washington Post)

A couple of items defending the constitutionality of conjugal marriage laws (Robert P. George,Mirror of Justice)

Kerry facing summons on lawsuit for designating RSS (Narayan Lakshman, The Hindu)

Surveys show bias of potential jurors in Boston bombing trial (Katharine Q. Seelye, The New York Times)

Judge ‘gets’ to preside over strikingly similar divorce case (Julia Marsh and Josh Saul, The New York Post)

The Supreme Court won’t end the gay marriage debate for Republicans (Linda Greenhouse,The New York Times)

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