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January 05, 2015


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International Headlines

CALL FOR PAPERS: "Religious Freedom and Religious Pluralism in Africa: Prospects and Limitations" (Nico Horn and Pieter Coertzen, The African Consortium for Law and Religion Studies)

Articles, book and movie of interest – January 5, 2015 (Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Christianity contributes to China's economy, finds new study (Brian J. Grim, the Weekly Number)

What Christianity contributes to China's economic rise (Brian J. Grim, First Things)

Law aimed at religion-based terrorists on fast track in Pakistan's Parliament (Howard Friedman,Religion Clause)

India's mass conversion problem (Saurav Datta, Al Jazeera)

Pope names new cardinals with emphasis on developing nations (Peter Kenny, Ecumenical News)

Pope Francis names new cardinals, reflecting shift to developing world (Deborah Ball, The Wall Street Journal)

Pope picks 15 new cardinals to reflect diversity (Frances D'emilio, Associated Press, Deseret News)

Jesus, a Muslim Prophet – OpEd (Sufyan bin Uzayr, Eurasia Review)

Letter from the Editor, Oxford Islamic Studies Online (John L. Esposito, Editor in Chief, Oxford Islamic Studies Online)

ISIS is an outcome of a much bigger problem (Hanin Ghaddar, OUPblog Religion / Oxford Islamic Studies Online)

Pakistani Balochs seeking shelter in Afghanistan (Monica Bernabe, IDN – InDepth NewsAnalysis)

Atheism: Above all a moral issue (Michael Ruse, Michael Ruse)

Footnotes on the SSNP – Comments from Nouhad Samaan, Head of SSNP in Homs (John Eibner, Syria Comment – Joshua Landis)

Indonesia: Yogya second for intolerance, religious-based violence (Bambang Muryanto, The Jakarta Post)

Ghana's top Shia Imam calls for political steps (Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Newsweek cover story accuses Christians of misinterpreting the Bible, upsets some believers(Mark A. Kellner, Deseret News National Edition | Faith)

Newsweek critical cover story on Christianity stirs controversy (Peter Kenny, Ecumenical News)

Chinese authorities tear down cross on Christian nursing home (Sui-Lee Wee, Reuters)

Indian police face flak over 'Muslim' terror drill (Agence France-Presse)

National Chief Imam of the Shia New Year Message (Ghana Web)

Is having children evil? Is God wrong for creating humans in a world of suffering? Oxford apologist challenges skeptics (Part 2) (Vincent Funaro, The Christian Post Living)

Oxford Christian Apologist: Without suffering in the world you might not exist (Pt. 1) (Vincent Funaro, The Christian Post Church & Ministry)

Korean churches see major goal for 2015 is realizing first steps of a peace treaty (Peter Kenny,Ecumenical News)

Iranian aid convoys poised to deliver aid to Iraqi Christians (Mark Woods, Christian Today World)

Boko Haram's bloodiest year yet: Over 9,000 killed, 1.5 million displaced, 800 schools destroyed in 2014 (Samuel Smith)

Science increasingly makes the case for God (Eric Metaxas, The Wall Street Journal Opinion)

See www.religlaw.org for additional articles and an archive of past headlines.

Europe Headlines

Giving Europe new hope (Martin Maier SJ, JESC, europeinfos: Christian Perspectives on the EU)

How relevant to the UK is US case-law on religion? (Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Relaunching nuclear disarmament: a matter of intense political, legal and moral significance(Michel Drain Researcher with Institut français des relations internationales (IFRI), and member of Justice and Peace, France, europeinfos: Christian Perspectives on the EU)

Dialogue to improve the joint action against trafficking in human beings (José Luis Bazán, COMECE, europeinfos: Christian Perspectives on the EU)

Turkey: Alevi federations vow to unite against growing authoritarianism (Today's Zaman)

Yeast, CO2 emissions and God: the amazing world of Synthetic Biology and its challenges for the EU (José Ramos-Ascensão, COMECE, europeinfos: Christian Perspectives on the EU)

Anti-Muslim marches in Germany attracting big response: Chancellor Merkel warns against racism (Kalyan Kumar, International Business Times Australia)

Turkey gives go-ahead for first new church in century (Burak Akinci, AFP, Yahoo! News)

For Catholics in Ukraine "the situation in the war zones is catastrophic" (Reinhard Backes, Catholic News Agency)

Religious freedom at heart of human rights, bishop says (Barry Roche, The Irish Times)

End of Year Quiz – 2014: the Answers (David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Father Yakunin’s defiant faith (The Wall Street Journal Opinion)

Belgian bishop advocates church recognition of gay relationships (John A. Dick, National Catholic Reporter)

Why the Court is in Strasbourg – and other things (David Hart QC, UK Human Rights Blog)

Archbishop explains intricate path to Catholic and Orthodox dialogue in Serbia (Ecumenical News Reporter, Ecumenical News)

See www.strasbourgconsortium.org for additional articles and an archive of past headlines.

United States Headlines

A survey of law school books on law and religion (Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Freedom From Religion Foundation quadruples space, adds staff (Doug Erickson, LaCrosse Tribune)

Illinois health care system pension plan is not exempt from ERISA as a "church plan" (Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Prisoner free exercise cases – January 4, 2015 (Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Florida District Court Judge attempts to clarify injunction in same-sex marriage case (Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

IRS updates instructions for small charities seeking exempt status (Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Gay marriage in Florida might be legal Tuesday, but could still be reversed by appeals court(Jonathan Kendall, Broward Palm Beac New Times Blogs – The Pulp)

Live-blogging Jewishly in a weird Evangelical Christian world (Jay Michaelson, The Jewish Daily Forward)

Blow to diocese’s religious freedom points to need for Catholic school teacher formation(Kimberly Scharfenberger, Catholic Education Daily (The Cardinal Newman Society))

An argument for passage of Georgia’s Preservation of Religious Freedom Act (Jon Richards,Peach Pundit)

Americans view Bible positively, but survey finds skepticism now tied with engagement (Peter Kenny, Ecumenical News)

Lee Strobel, colleagues at HBU launch Center for American Evangelism, hope to address crisis of skepticism (Alex Murashko, The Christian Post Church & Ministry)

Left behind in the Mainline: Witnessing within Presbyterian Church (USA) (Michael Gyboski, The Christian Post Church & Ministry)

US Yazidi returning to Iraq amid ISIS persecution calls for people of all faiths to act, shares heartbreaking stories of atrocities back home (Nicola Menzie, The Christian Post U.S.)

Evangelical leaders ponder America's race problem: Is the multiethnic church the solution? (Alex Murashko, The Christian Post Church & Ministry)

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