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April 06, 2015

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International Headlines

CALL FOR PAPERS, deadline 21 May 2015: Regulating Religion: Normativity and Change at the Intersection of Law and Religion (Conference in Singapore, 14-15 December 2015,Centre for Asian Legal Studies Faculty of Law)

EVENT, 18-19 May 2015: Religious Freedom and Religious Pluralism in Africa: Prospects and Limitations (to be held in Windhoek, Namimbia, African Consortium for Law and Religion Studies)

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS due 15 April 2015: The Legitimate Scope of Religious Establishment(Sponsors: Fondazione Marcianum, Emory University, Bar-Ilan Unversity, Padua University, Workshop in Venice, 7-9 March 2016)

Articles of interest – April 6, 2015 (Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Religion on the Rise, finds new global demographic study (Brian J. Grim, the Weekly Number)

The world 'must not look the other way' when Christians are killed by Islamic extremists, says Pope in Easter Monday message (Reuters)

Niger's Christians try to forgive on first Easter after church attacks (Boureima Hama, Agence France-Presse)

Number of Muslims worldwide expected to nearly equal number of Christians by 2050; religiously unaffiliated will make up declining share of world’s population (Pew Research Center Religion & Public Life)

Indonesia: Court rejects last-ditch appeal by Australian convicts facing death by firing squad(Christian Today)

Reclaim Australia rallies 'hurtful' to new migrants and refugees (Shalailah Medhora, The Guardian)

Shiite militia retake Tikrit after air strikes cease (Christian Today)

Militants attack church and police in Egypt, one policeman dead (Reuters)

Kashmir's Hindu refugees look to Modi for salvation (Parvaiz Bukhari, Agence France-Presse)

Iraqi Sunnis forced to abandon homes and identity in battle for survival (Martin Chulov, The Guardian)

After Islamist attack, armed guards shield Kenyan churches (Edith Honan, Reuters)

Kenya bombs al Shabaab camps in Somalia in response to Garissa attack (Reuters)

Syrian Christians keep Holy Week tradition despite IS threat (Miko Morelos, Ecumenical News)

Nigeria's neighbors hope for a fresh start with Buhari (Madjiasra Nako, Reuters)

South African teen 'recruited on social media' stopped on flight from joining IS (Peter Kenny,Ecumenical News)

Sacred & secular in international relations (M. Hamid Ansari, The Tribune)

Pope Francis calls for end to persecution of Christians, denounces arms dealers (Peter Kenny,Ecumenical News)

Show equal importance, respect to sacred days of all religions: SC judge to PM Modi (Zee News)

The future of blasphemy: Speaking of the sacred in an age of human rights (Holes in the Foam)

Symposium reframes dialogue on secular society, religion, and the common good (Bahá'í World News Service)

Can marriage deprive women of their religion? Parsi woman asks SC (Dhananjay Mahapatra,Times of India)

Ninevah monastery hopes for liberation (Saleh Elias, Al-Monitor: Iraq Pulse)

Islam's civil war – OpEd (Neville Teller, Eurasia Review)

Mumbai, A Way of the Cross against persecution of Christians (AsiaNews.it)

Holy Week in Nepal: Catholics pray for the Constitution (Christopher Sharma, AsiaNews.it)

Liberia: Muslim delegates want proposition 24 deleted (Solomon N Giddings, All Africa)

Liberia: Heading for trouble? Religious tension threatens Liberia peace (Selma Lomax, All Africa)

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

Europe Headlines

EVENT, 26 July – 8 August 2015: Balkan Summer School on Religion and Public Life (Faculty of Philosophy and History, The Paissiy Hilendarski University of Plovdiv)

Date of Easter 2016? (David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

A new exodus? The reality of being Jewish in Europe today (Natalie Nougayrède, Kim Willsher, Kit Gillet, Kate Connolly, Zia Weise, John Hooper, Katie Forster, Lars Eriksen, Ashifa Kassam, The Guardian)

A national campaign for ‘Islam a la Francaise’ takes root amid growing radicalization (Elizabeth Bryant, Religion News Service)

Paris tries to move beyond its three days of terror (Kim Hjelmgaard, USA Today)

Arrest made in attack on Bosnian Jewish leader (Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

Majority of Russian schoolchildren's parents – for extending religious studies at school(Interfax-Religion)

The Cossacks aren’t coming: A special series on the Jewish future in Europe (Haaretz)

Watchdog: No proof Belgian insurer discriminated against Jewish school (Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

The right to offend (Cyprus Mail)

Christian NHS worker appeals ruling she 'bullied' Muslim colleague by praying for her (The Telegraph)

Archbishop of York says religious leaders should not be banned from politics (Gregory Walton and Andrea Vogt, The Telegraph)

Religion and law round-up – 5th April (David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Muslim group with links to extremists boasts of influencing election (Andrew Gilligan, The Telegraph)

Sajid Javid says Muslim communities in Britain have 'cultural problem' where women are viewed as commodities (Roisin O'Connor, The Independent)

John Paul II still looms large, but Poland's church is changing (Jonathan Luxmoore, National Catholic Reporter)

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

United States Headlines

EVENT, 22 April 2015: Religious Exemptions: Civil Rights and the Parameters of Liberty(University of Arkansas School of Law)

EVENT, 15 April 2015: The Gathering Storm: Religious Persecution and Legislative Responses (Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs)

EVENT, 13 April 2015: Mormons and Catholics: From the Margins to the Mainstream (Keynote Address His Excellency Archbishop Bernardito Auza Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations, Utah Valley University)

EVENT, 10 April 2015: Making Time: Discipline and Religion in America’s Prisons (Hakim 'Ali, Tanya Erzen, Robin McGinty, Angela Zito, moderator Laura McTighe, NYU, The Center for Religion and Media)

Who will stand? (Robert P. George, First Things)

Celebrating Passover at the White House (Matt Nosanchuk, The White House Blog)

Statement by the President on Easter (Press Release, The White House)

Supreme Court asked to look abroad for guidance on same-sex marriage (Adam Liptak, The New York Times)

Court seeks U.S. views on terrorism case (Lyle Denniston, SCOTUSblog)

LGBT battle far from over as 'religious freedom' bills multiply across the US (Sabrina Siddiqui,The Guardian)

Indiana faces long road to restore image after religious law (Lauren Schroeder, The Associated Press)

Prisoner free exercise cases – April 6, 2015 (Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Denver's Azucar Bakery wins right to refuse to make anti-gay cakes (Alan Gathright and Eric Lupher, Scripps Media)

Bakery's refusal to place anti-gay messages on cakes is not religious discrimination (Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Appeals court: Yoga doesn't bend rules on religious freedom (Brian Melley, AP)

American Catholic, Baptist leaders join in call for civil debate on religious liberty (Catholic World News)

Religious freedom fights are not going away (Rachel Zoll, Wisconsin Gazette)

ADL slams controversial US religious freedom bills (Sam Sokol, The Jerusalem Post)

What Americans think about gay rights and religious liberty (Danny Johnston, Sharon Herald)

California appeals court rules yoga doesn't violate religious freedom (Joe Palazzolo, The Wall Street Journal)

Appeals court to weigh religious exemptions in Baptist-based contraception case (Allan Turner,Houston Chronicle)

A time for testing (R.R. Reno, First Things)