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February 04, 2015

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International Headlines

World Interfaith Harmony Week, February 1-7

Multi-religious Partnership for Sustainable Development, 6 February 2015 (World Interfaith Harmony Week, President of the General Assembly of the United Nations)

Ms. Sara Rahim will address the United Nations for World Interfaith Harmony Week on February 6, 2015 (Parliament of World Religions)

Faith and peace a good mix for ASEAN stability (Ismira Lutfia Tisnadibrata, Bangkok Post)

Should Christians support free speech devoid of temperance and love? (Philippe Dauner, The Christian Chronicle)

Application of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (Croatia v. Serbia) (Press Release, International Court of Justice)

Political instability, war, and terrorism know no borders – Vatican official (Andrea Gagliarducci,Catholic News Agency)

Jordan hangs two Iraqi militants in response to pilot's death (Suleiman Al-Khalidi, Reuters)

After pilot execution: Outrage in Jordan; celebration through propaganda in Syria (Jetro Mullen and Ashley Fantz, CNN)

Top Muslim body calls for 'killing, crucifixion' of IS militants (AFP, Yahoo! News)

Clerics denounce burning alive of pilot as un-Islamic (Sami Aboudi and Sulieman Al-Khalidi,Reuters)

Middle East Patriarch: Fight the Islamic State (Team Aleteia, Aleteia)

Iraq’s Christians take up arms to fight Islamic State (Nour Malas, The Wall Street Journal)

Islamic State goes official in South Asia (Arif Rafiq, The Diplomat)

Asia Bibi's family still in hiding five years after blasphemy accusations (Carey Lodge,Christian Today)

Christian school in Pakistan attacked by Charlie Hebdo protesters demanding its closure(Czarina Ong, Christian Today)

In addition to children, Boko Haram is turning to animals to carry out its suicide bomb attacks(Mark Yapching, Christian Today)

Nigeria elections: Fear of violence as religious divisions at risk of intensifying (Carey Lodge,Christian Today)

Montreal imam Hamza Chaoui fights ‘radicalization’ allegations (Allan Woods, Toronto Star)

Florida parish helped move Cuban government to permit first new church in 55 years (John Burger, Aleteia)

Clerics denounce burning alive of pilot as un-Islamic (Sami Aboudi and Suleiman Al-Khalidi,Reuters)

Myanmar’s junta slams UN over interference in internal affairs (

India bishop stresses need for Church to spread religious tolerance (Mike Morelos, Ecumenical News)

Israel reluctantly accepts Hamas rule (Ben Caspit, trans. Sandy Bloom, Al-Monitor: Israel Pulse)

Death of prosecutor leaves Argentina's Jewish community angry and distrustful (Jonathan Watts and Uki Goni, The Guardian)

Can the Islamic State’s last hostages be saved? (Seán D. Naylor, Lara Jakes, Foreign Policy)

Some regions of Nigeria now devoid of Christians (Aleteia)

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Europe Headlines

EVENT, 7 February 2014: Inform Winter Seminar – Innovation, Violence and Paralysis: How do Minority Religions Cope with Uncertainty? (The Information Network on Religious Movements, New Academic Building, London School of Economics)

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

ODIHR/Venice Commission Guidelines on the Legal Personality of Religious or Belief Communities Launch event (hosted by MEP Dennis de Jong and the Intergroup on Freedom of Religion or Belief and Religious Tolerance, European Parliament Intergroup on FoRB & RT)

Guidelines on the Legal Personality of Religious or Belief Communities (Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe)

‘Religious rights are treated as poor cousins in Europe’ (Mark Hill QC) (Robert Hiini, The Catholic Weekly – Australia)

Anti-Semitic attacks more than double in UK (John Bingham, The Telegraph)

We don't take rights of Christians seriously enough, says Council of Europe (Carey Lodge,Christian Today – Society)

Radical cleric says ‘covenant of security’ with Britain now void (Dominik Lemanski, Lapido Media: Centre for Religious Literacy in World Affairs)

Faith leaders join call for Britain to take in more Syrian refugees (Peter Kenny, Ecumenical News)

42% of Turkish people believe Muslims are the 'real victims' of Charlie Hebdo attack (poll)(Lianna Brinded, International Business Times)

Pope Francis urges end to scandal of 'fratricidal' violence in Ukraine (Elise Harris, Catholic News Agency)

Over 60 churches hit by fighting in Ukraine, Russian Patriarch Kirill demands end of Christian persecution (Stoyan Zaimov, The Christian Post)

Al-Qaeda in Yemen says France is now their top enemy (Christian Today)

How thousands of Icelanders suddenly started worshiping the Norse gods again (Terrence McCoy, The Washington Post)

French soldiers wounded in Nice Jewish centre attack (BBC News)

European Court of Human Rights upholds France’s ban on the full-face veil (article) (Uzma S. Burney, American Society of International Law)

Embryos with three parents? The risks are yet to come, critics warn (Catholic News Agency)

“Freelance clergy”, crematorium funerals and parochial fees (David Pocklington, Law and Religion UK)

Bolsover 'hotbed of Satanism' claims dismissed (BBC News)

Freedom of the press and global jihad (Jocelyne Cesari, OUPblog Religion)

Half of Danes want to limit Muslims in Denmark (The Local (Denmark))

British right-wing party backs ban on religious slaughter (Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

​‘Collateral damage’: MEP says UKIP ritual slaughter ban ‘not aimed at Jews’ (RT)

'State-funded schools should be open to all children — regardless of their religion', says church minister (Saiqa Chaudhari, The Bolton News)

Pope Francis on the conflict in Ukraine: The only right word is peace (Religious Information Service of Ukraine)

Belarus: Fined when "no such community" met for worship (Forum 18 News Service)

Religious leaders in France urged to sign declaration on freedom of expression (Reporters Without Borders)

International Court of Justice clears Croatia and Serbia of genocide (David Blair, The Telegraph)

French firm denies responsibility for ‘if possible not Jewish’ job ad (Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

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United States Headlines

Anxiety over Supreme Court's latest dive into health care (Ricardo Alanso-Zaldivar,Associated Press)

Friends of court draw battle lines ahead of Health Care arguments (Marcia Coyle, National Law Journal)

Court hears Nun’s Network’s religious freedom case (Emily Hardman, The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty)

Upstate school prayer lawsuit could skip trial (Mike McCormick, WYFF News 4 (South Carolina)

Breakaway South Carolina Episcopalians win major court case (Kevin Eckstrom, Religion News Service)

New Islamic tribunal is set up in Texas (Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone spells out schools’ sex doctrine (Heather Knight, San Francisco Chronicle)

Lawsuit seeks to legalize doctor-assisted suicide for terminally ill patients in New York(Anemona Hartcollis, The New York Times)

Abortion is political, whether you like it or not (Raina Lipsitz, Al Jazeera)

Among young Christians, moral discomfort with birth control grows (Ruth Graham, Al Jazeera)

The Supreme Court in 2015: Gay marriage, Obamacare, and religion (Anthea Mitchell, Wall St. Cheat Sheet)

Wyoming Senate committee OKs anti-discrimination bill for LGBT community (James Chilton,Casper Star Tribune)

Alabama seeks same-sex marriage delay (Lyle Denniston, SCOTUSblog)

Christian activist says he asked baker for 'God hates sin' on cake, not 'God hates gays'(Christian Today)

Vaccination, the Nones, and Hobby Lobby (Mark L. Movsesian, Center for Law and Religion Forum at St. John's University School of Law)

Yes, the government can make you vaccinate your child (Cristian Farias, The New Republic)

Suit against Legion of Christ over bequest settled (Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Muslim mother says she was discriminated against on Delta flight (Megan Specia, Mashable)

NC judges could decline to officiate gay marriage ceremonies under proposed legislation(Samuel Smith, The Christian Post)

Ken Ham's answers in Genesis filing federal lawsuit against Kentucky for religious discrimination over ark encounter (Stoyan Zaimov, The Christian Post)

Why Ark Encounter is suing Kentucky (Mark Looy,

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