Informativo sobre Lei e Religião – Law and Religion Headlines (04/12)


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December 4, 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)

Can Pope Francis bring Christians and Muslims closer together? (Ruth Gledhill, Christian Today)

Asian churches to move beyond conflict, towards just peace, human security and dignity (World Council of Churches)

Lebanon mourns the death of Said Akl, a great poet and example of Christian faith (Fady Noun,

How Israel reacted to a racist attack on a Jewish-Arab school (Yair Rosenberg, Tablet: A New Read on Jewish Life)

No discrimination against anyone on the basis of religion: Government (India Times)

The Islamic State (IS) and pledges of allegiance: The case of Jamaat Ansar al-Islam (Aymenn Jawad Al-Tammimi, Syria Comment)

World food program ends aid to Syrian refugees due to lack of funds (Zachary Schrieber, Tablet: A New Read on Jewish Life)

IS converts centuries-old churches in Mosul to prison facilities (Miko Morelos, Ecumenical News)

India's leader snubs calls to fire minister who belittled religious minorities (Miko Morelos,Ecumenical News)

Japan bishops seek sainthood for martyr samurai, who renounced riches (Miko Morelos,Ecumenical News)

WCC general secretary expresses concern over Article 9 of the Japanese constitution (World Council of Churches)

Ebola fears bring female genital mutilation to near halt in Sierra Leone (Nina Devries, Al Jazeera)

Kenya’s leader receives report on combating terrorism (Voice of America News)

China bans religion in Islam-heavy Xingjiang region (Jordan Schachtel, Breitbart News)

Western Muslim converts and violent extremism: Issues and strategies (Damien D. Cheong, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies)

Myanmar President gives go-ahead on religion and family planning draft law (Radio Free Asia)

Christian convert imprisoned and tortured in Egypt vows to 'starve himself to death,' lawyer says (Samuel Smith, The Christian Post)

Caught between two worlds, Israeli Druze struggle for equality amid rising tensions (Ben Hartman,Religion News Service)

Pakistani police investigate preacher Junaid Jamshed over blasphemy claims (Jon Boone, The Guardian)

Sri Lankan Catholics urge Pope Francis to put off visit (Dharisha Bastians, The New York Times)

Indian official’s firing is sought over remarks (Ellen Barry, The New York Times)

China pushes regulations on Buddhist, Taoist religious sites; Two Beijing temples post signs [Simplified Chinese] (Ch)

Myanmar approved controversial religious laws bill; sent to parliament (Dunya News)

Burmese President signs the "shameful law" regulating religion, marriages and family life(

Religious discord menaces as Israel-Palestinian peace fails (Calev Ben-David, Chicago Tribune)

Christians in Iraq forming militia to defend, and possibly retake, ancestral lands (John Burger,Aleteia)

Prophecy, demonology, and the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family (Jospeh P. Laycock, OUPblog Religion)

Clampdown on Sudan's churches (World Watch Monitor)

Muslim leaders face a dilemma: Can Muslim leaders condemn the terrorism of ISIS without endangering their own lives and the integrity of the Qur’an? (James Schall, MercatorNet)

In Pictures: New Islamic law in Indonesia (Antonio Zambardino, Al Jazeera)

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Europe Headlines

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

EVENT, 6 December 2014: Inform Autumn Seminar – Minority Religions and Schooling(INFORM: The Information Network on Religious Movements)

Chancellor announces Listed Places of Worship Roof Repair Fund (Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Government provides £15 million to save crumbling church buildings (Ruth Gledhill, Christian Today)

Church of England to appoint first 'headship' bishop (Ruth Gledhill, Christian Today)

French ISIL fighters want to return home, plead for clemency (Michael Pizzi, Al Jazeera)

Irish Catholic church says legalizing gay marriage would be 'grave injustice' ahead of nationwide marriage referendum (Stoyan Zaimov, The Christian Post)

Church of England challenges BP and Shell over global warming (Adam Vaughan, The Guardian)

Ukraine: Evangelical pastor killed in shelling on way to pray for wounded soldiers (Ruth Gledhill,Christian Today)

Turkey 'guilty of religious discrimination' (Umut Uras, Al Jazeera)

Crimea has sacral meaning for Russia – Putin (Interfax: Religion)

Azerbaijan: 200 Nakhichevan Muslims arrested, 50 still detained, 50 mosques closed (Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service)

Right-wing Ukrainian leader is (surprise) Jewish, and (real surprise) proud of it (Vladislav Davidzon, Tablet: A New Read on Jewish Life)

Greece justice minister 'will not even consider' gay marriage (Darren Wee, Gay Star News)

Turkey's Alevis to open 'cemevi' via associations (World Bulletin)

Russia's Supreme Court declares Jehovah's Witnesses website extremist (The Moscow Times)

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United States Headlines

Michigan House approves Religious Freedom Restoration Act in party-line vote (Jonathan Oosting,Michigan Live)

White House Christmas theme announced (Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

A hero in the real religious freedom battle steps up (Jean Ann Esselink, The New Civil Rights Movement)

D.C. repeals sexual orientation discrimination exemption for private religious schools (Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Satanic temple gets OK for its December display in Florida capitol (Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Virginia board to amend rules that would close abortion clinics (Gary Robertson, Reuters)

Public schools can avoid ‘War on Christmas’ tussle in school holiday calendar (J. Brent Walker,Religion News Service)

Same-sex marriages delayed in Mississippi (Lyle Denniston, SCOTUSblog)

The great Jewish American liberal academic anti-anti-Zionist freak-out (Adam Kirsch, Tablet: A New Read on Jewish Life)

Gay activist’s campaign to show Christian love to Oregon bakers falls flat (Sarah Pulliam Bailey,Religion News Service)

Indiana abortion clinic law ruled unconstitutional (Tom Davies, The Associated Press, The Big Story)

Appeals court: gay-marriage stay in Florida to end Jan. 5; weddings could begin next day (Steve Rothaus, The Miami Herald)

Sikh-American student challenges ROTC rules (Frances Kai-Hwa Wang, NBC News)

U.S. Supreme Court rejects Tulsa police captain's lawsuit over Islamic event (Chris Casteel, News OK)

Rastafarian pursues wrongful termination suit against retailer (Christian Nolan, The Connecticut Law Tribune)

Atheists launch “skip church” Christmas billboards in the Bible belt (Chelsen Vicari, Juicy Ecumenism)

House approves bill that strengthens U.S. alliance with Israel (JTA)

U.S. Holocaust museum gets $25 million gift for educational programming (JTA)

U.S. Federal Guidelines Draft recommends male circumcision (JTA, The Jewish Daily Forward)

Why do we wildly over-estimate the proportion of gays and lesbians? (Michael Cook, Conjugality: A Blog on the Future of Marriage)

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