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April 08, 2015

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International Headlines

EVENT, 15 April 2015: The Gathering Storm: Religious Persecution and Legislative Responses (Baroness Elizabeth Berridge and former Congressman Frank Wolf, Religious Freedom Project of the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs in cooperation with Baylor University's Institute for Studies of Religion)

EVENT, 15 April 2015: Charles Taylor discusses Meditation and the Lives of Faith Today (Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs)

The fierce Christ of Easter faith (Timothy George, First Things)

What is love? (Richard J. Mouw, First Things)

Opinion: Decline of marriage is a primary reason for inequality (W. Bradford Wilcox, Deseret News National Edition | Faith)

Indian prime minister Narenda Modi pledges support for Muslims (Alison Lesley, World Religion News)

Societies should not have to choose whether to grant the wishes of either religious groups or of women (Kristin Aune, Democratic Audit UK)

Liberia: religious tolerance – as source of unity and cohesiveness (Opinion) (Philip N. Wesseh, The Inquirer (Monrovia), allAfrica)

Pakistani Christian: 'Hate is spread against us' (BBC News)

Liberia: 'We can't live in a Christian state' (Alloycious David, The NEWS (Monrovia), allAfrica)

Fighting rages in Aden as mosques call for jihad and Saudi pounds Houthi bases (Al Bawaba)

Daesh double suicide bombs kill 38 in Syria (Al Bawaba)

Australian mother and child die for religion (Global Post)

Chinese Uighyr religious scholar who refused to cooperate with Chinese Communist branch imprisoned for 9 years [Simplified Chinese] (Radio Free Asia)

IS releases more than 200 captive Yazidis in Iraq (Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty)

12 jihadists sentenced to long prison terms in Uzbekistan (Russian Legal Information Agency)

One dead, church torched in Nigeria village attack (Christian Solidarity Worldwide)

The battle against Islamic State must include a postwar plan (Robert Joustra, Arc of the Universe: Ethics and Global Justice)

Australia 'failed to act' over child abuse at controversial refugee camp (Reuters)

Islamist hackers seize control of Defra's air-quality website (Damien Gayle, The Guardian)

Boko Haram disguised as preachers kill at least 24 in Nigeria (Reuters)

Iraqi experts start exhuming bodies at Tikrit mass graves of soldiers killed by Islamic State(Sinan Salaheddin, The Associated Press)

Kenya bombs Somalia al-Shabab bases after Garissa attack (BBC News)

South African teenage girl becomes first arrested for trying to join Islamic State (Aislinn Laing,The Telegraph)

Uganda: Three arrested over killing of terror prosecutor (Al Arabiya News)

Boko Haram disguised as preachers kill at least 24 in Nigeria (Al Arabiya News)

Malaysia passes terrorism law, raising rights fears (Al Arabiya News)

Suspected al Qaeda militants take Yemen border post with Saudi (The Jerusalem Post)

Chinese government should protect religious liberty to promote desire for social peace(Uncova)

Filipino who made offensive comments about S’poreans and religion charged under Sedition Act (Today)

Under revised Sedition Act, insulting religion an offence, but not criticising government (Zurairi Ar, Malay Mail Online)

Getting religion wrong: From Indiana to Iran (Mosaic Magazine)

Pope Francis and Zero Tolerance (William Doino Jr., First Things)

Sentenced for participation in illegal armed group (International Organization for Legal Researches)

Egypt refers Brotherhood supporters to military court (Middle East Monitor)

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Europe Headlines

BOOK LAUNCH, 30 April 2015: Magna Carta, Religion and the Rule of Law (Edited by the Reverend Robin Griffith-Jones and Professor the Worshipful Mark Hill QC, Cambridge University Press)

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)

Asylum, religious manifestation and minority faiths: WH v Sweden (Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Austria’s Islamic reforms (Opinion) (Soeren Kern, Forum for Religious Freedom Europe)

Essex man challenges school fine for removing his daughter from school during Shavuot(Simon Rocker, The Jewish Chronicle)

Anti-semitism in Germany: 'I don't see any reason for Jews here to emigrate' (Spiegel Online)

UK prime minister stands out among election leaders in proclaiming his Christianity (Peter Kenny, Ecumenical News)

Makhachkala resident to stand trial for posting religious extremist materials (Interfax-Religion)

Spain arrests nine over alleged ISIS links (Al Arabiya News)

Report: Paris kosher shop killer planned to strike Jewish school (Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

Budapest street exhibition on Holocaust survivors defaced (Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

Kremlin reliance on the Russian Orthodox Church may backfire, analysts say (Ivana Nechepurenko, The Moscow Times)

"When clergymen do not stand aside the problems of society and the state, it deserves great respect," governor of Mykolayiv Vadym Merikov (Religious Information Service of Ukraine)

France, the West and the Islamist Challenge (Amir Taheri, Gatestone Institute)

Georgian elders call for help to prevent teenagers from joining IS (Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty)

People in masks desecrate an Orthodox church in the Kiev Region (Interfax-Religion)

Dutch soccer fans chant about burning Jews, SS ancestry (Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

Jewish graves vandalized in Polish town (Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

They bury fonts, don’t they? (David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church called for a truce during the Easter holidays(Religious Information Service of Ukraine)

Analysis: Faith and the General Election: how influential is the religious vote? (Marc Shoffman,LapidoMedia)