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January 16, 2015


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International Headlines

We aren't Charlie: The decline of satire and culture (John Stonestreet, BreakPoint Commentaries)

As terrorism suspects are detained in Europe, scope of challenge is highlighted (Alison Smale and James Kanter)

Religious conversion in Latin America: How we surveyed people on their beliefs (David Masci,PewResearch FactTank)

How Charlie Hebdo attack represents a genuine clash between civilizations (J.J. Goldberg,The Jewish Daily Forward)

Pakistan clashes over Charlie Hebdo cartoon (BBC News Asia)

Churches meeting in public schools (Neil Foster, Law and Religion Australia)

Saudi postpones flogging of liberal blogger (Al Jazeera)

Nigeria president visits Boko Haram heartland (Al Jazeera)

Iraqi hospitals under IS suffer lack of medicine, staff (Omar al-Jaffal, Al-Monitor: Iraq Pulse)

Centuries-old art tradition resurrected in Holy Land (Dalia Hatuqa, Al Jazeera America)

The Middle East is full of ancient, mysterious religious sects. The Islamic State is wiping them out (Gerard Russell, The Washington Post)

Indian censor official quits over spiritual leader's Bollywood dreams (Reuters)

5 questions to ask about faith in emerging markets for davos (Chris Seiple, Religious Freedom & Business Foundation)

Is yoga Hindu? (Andrea Jain, OUPblog Religion)

Egypt slams European criticism of human rights record (Middle East Monitor)

Mission trips aren’t just for Christians anymore as Jews aim to ‘heal the world’ (Lauren Markoe, Religion News Service)

Pope Francis preaches about corruption, social justice in the Philippines (Deborah Ball and Trefor Moss, The Wall Street Journal)

Anti-Semitism is never solely about the Jews (Ruth R. Wisse, The Wall Street Journal Opinion)

Al Qaeda in India: Why we should pay attention (Sunil Dasgupta, ISN Security Watch)

A million people in Paris teach us what religion is really all about (Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben, Ph.D., Huff Post Religion)

The arguments for and against a national anti-conversion law (Shanoor Seervai, The Wall Street Journal India Realtime)

Pope Francis gets warm Philippine welcome in Manila (Miko Morelos, Ecumenical News)

Al-Qaeda assertion that it planned Paris attack draws some skepticism (Karen DeYoung, The Washington Post)

Months of airstrikes fail to slow Islamic State in Syria (Dion Nissenbaum, The Wall Street Journal)

Satellite images show devastation of Boko Haram attacks, rights groups say (Laura Smith-Spark and Nic Robertson, CNN)

Iraq's top Shiite cleric thrown into heart of politics (Hamza Hendawi and Qassim Abdul-Zahra,The Associated Press, The Big Story)

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

Europe Headlines

Calling the banns in Scotland? – on reflection, maybe not (Frank Cranmer, Law and Religion UK)

Netanyahu sells French Jews short (Bernard Avishai, The New York Times Opinion)

In Israel, debate over whether French Jews should come — or stay home (William Booth and Ruth Eglash, The Washington Post)

UK government monitors more than social media (Lauren Booth, Al Jazeera)

Two Italian aid worker hostages in Syria released (Sabina Castelfranco, RFI)

Catholics, Jews and the Netherlands: Weary jaws, fear of wars (B.C., The Economist [Erasmus blog: Religion and Public Policy])

Je suis Hungary (Budapest Times)

Anti-Semitism at schools a major aliyah factor, French Jewish leader says (Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

Major increase in Islamist threats against Swedish Jews (Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

Russia says Muhammad cartoon publication illegal (Hurriyet Daily News)

Turkish President Erdoğan lashes out at 'provocative' Charlie Hebdo (Hürriyet Daily News)

Turkish PM warns EU against 'stigmatizing Muslims' (Hürriyet Daily News)

Foreign Ministry: Over 800 of Russians fighting for ISIL (Interfax-Religion)

Women on Waves: Meet the Dutch physician who defied abortion bans by bringing her clinic to the sea (Diana Whitten, Democracy Now!)

French rein in speech backing acts of terror (Doreen Carvajal and Alan Cowell, New York Times)

Give some Jews guns, Jewish group urges EU ministers (Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

Charlie Hebdo attacks stir resolve and contemplation (Stathis N. Kalyvas, Yale Global Online)

The Paris march: Sign of bold freedom or pharaonic arrogance? – oped (Dr. Habib Siddiqui,Eurasia Review)

France to protect all religions, vows Francois Hollande (BBC News)

Can the Paris rally launch unified action against terror? (Sheila Liaugminas, MercatorNet)

Conspiracy theorists blame Paris attack on Israel (Yair Rosenberg, Tablet: A New Read on Jewish Life)

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

United States Headlines

Today is Religious Freedom Day (Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Presidential Proclamation — Religious Freedom Day, 2015 (Barack Obama, The White House)

In celebration of religious liberty day, 'Je suis American' (Kristina Arriaga, The Federalist)

Court will rule on same-sex marriage (Lyle Denniston, SCOTUSblog)

High court to hear gay marriage cases in April (Mark Sherman, Associated Press – The Big Story)

Supreme Court agrees to take on same-sex marriage issue (Mary Kay Mallonee, CNN)

Special feature: Same-sex marriage and the 14th Amendment (SCOTUSblog [Symposium])

The Supreme Court and same-sex marriage: Why this matters for the church (Russell Moore,RussellMoore.com)

Order list [Certiorari granted in marriage cases] (Supreme Court of the United States)

Suit against India's PM ove role in anti-Muslim riots dismissed (Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

EEOC sues Triangle Catering for religious discrimination (EEOC, JD Supra)

Oral Argument (audio), Reed et al. v. Town of Gilbert et al. (Supreme Court of the United States)

Muhammad sculpture inside Supreme Court a gesture of goodwill (Jacob Gershman, The Wall Street Journal)

Protesters rally in support of Chino Valley Unified school board (Grace Wong, Inland Valley Daily Bulliten)

Charlie Hebdo, intolerance, and the problem of double standards (Kim R. Holmes, The Witherspoon Institute: Public Discourse)

Here’s why your state may be expanding religious freedom protections this year (Mark A. Kellner, Deseret News National Edition | Faith)

Lawsuit claims Albion rehab center is a Scientology front, latest in long list of lawsuits since 2005 (Will Forgrave, MLive)

Hundreds rally behind sacked Atlanta Fire Chief, gay activists praise mayor (Lisa Bourne, Life Site News)

Nancy Pelosi to name first Muslim lawmaker to House intelligence committee (Lauren French,Politico)

House Democrat denounces ‘harmful’ slams on Muslim lawmaker (Lauren French, Politico)

Michigan must recognize legal marriages of 300 same-sex couples (David Bailey, Reuters)

Gathering the faithful, no church required (Rob Moll, The Wall Street Journal)

Ralph Abernathy: Martin Luther King Jr.’s overlooked ‘civil rights twin’ (Adelle M. Banks,Religion News Service)

No label required on West Hollywood's gender-neutral bathrooms (Hailey Branson-Potts and Christopher Goffard, Los Angeles Times)

Oklahoma carries out its first execution since botched one (Sean Murphy, The Associated Press, The Big Story)

U.S. Muslim groups denounce French terror, say free speech must be protected (Pamela Constable, The Washington Post)

Texas Muslim responds to Paris attacks, says 'The religion of Islam is peace' (Donna McCollum, KRTE ABC 9)

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