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January 19, 2015


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International Headlines

World Religion Day 2015 (Alex Guyver, OUPblog Religion)

Regina residents celebrate World Religion Day with prayers for peace (Steve Silva, Global News)

Martin Luther King, Jr., "The quest for peace and justice" (The Nobel Peace Prize 1964, Lecture, paragraph 18-19, Nobelprize.org)

Freedom to discuss religious beliefs at work tied to job satisfaction, finds new study (the Weekly Number)

Articles of interest – January 19, 2015 (Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

They drew first: the balancing exercise between freedom of speech and religious sensitivities(Saad Rasool, The Nation (Pakistan))

Scholar links global crises to radical speech (interview of Agnès Callamard by Hassan Benmehdi, Magharebia)

Religious Freedom and Nigeria’s 2015 Elections (Factsheet, United States Commission for International Religious Freedom)

PIL against ‘PK’ dismissed, Delhi HC wants religious ‘intolerance’ to be ‘nipped in the bud’(The Press Trust of India, The Indian Express)

Pope Francis’ mis-interpreters: Who’s punch-drunk now? (David Gibson, RNS Blog: Sacred and Profane)

Could Charlie Hebdo learn from emperor Ashoka? (European Interreligious Forum for Religious Freedom (EIFRF))

After Charlie Hebdo, France and the West have to implement a "positive secularism" (Fady Noun, AsiaNews.it)

Lebanon: Religion-based personal status laws discriminate against women (Human Rights Watch)

Oppressed by China, Uighurs drawn to Salafist ideas (Metin Gurcan, Al-Monitor)

Egypt bans 'Exodus' movie (Ahmed Fouad, trans. Cynthia Milan, Al-Monitor: Egypt Pulse)

Egypt’s Sisi urges new Muslim religious discourse to fight ‘terrorism’ (Al Arabiya)

Thailand to have ‘third gender’ in new constitution (Xavier Symons, BioEdge)

No religious or personal birthday celebrations allowed (Arab News)

4 killed as Hindu, Muslim villagers clash in India (Arab News)

Abbas: Freedom of expression does not mean attacking religious symbols (Middle East Monitor)

Sri Lanka elections: Light at end of tunnel? (Dr. Sridhar Krishnaswami, South Asia Monitor)

IPCS forecast: Nepal in 2015 (Pramod Jaiswal, Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies)

Freedom for Yazidis, after months of torment (Kareem Fahim, The New York Times)

For Jakarta's Wahid Institute, the state is behind sectarian violence (Mathias Hariyadi,AsiaNews.it)

Henan, "thugs" destroy a small local company. Police fail to intervene (AsiaNews.it)

ISIS’s unpredictable revolution (Charles Kurzman, OUPblog Religion)

Kashmir: A radical hope – OpEd (Adfar Shah, Eurasia Review)

Sirisena pledges to develop Sri Lanka with national and religious reconciliation (Eurasia Review)

Baseless indictment of Yemeni Baha'i after 14 months of harsh imprisonment (Baha'i World News Service)

Are military courts the best way to fight terror? (Phelim Kine, Human Rights Watch)

Sikhs’ turban banned because "threat" for basketball (AsiaNews.it)

Pakistan, injuries in protests against Charlie Hebdo. Paul Bhatti: Risk of violent drift(AsiaNews.it)

How to save Islam from the Islamists (Qanta Ahmed, The Spectator)

'Religion of peace' is not a harmless platitude (Douglas Murray, The Spectator)

Niger rioters torch churches and attack French firms in Charlie Hebdo protest (Emma Graham-Harrison, The Guardian)

Satellite images show horrific scale of Boko Haram attack on Baga; Girls aged ten used by Boko Haram in suicide attacks (Amnesty International / The Times, Human Rights Without Frontiers International)

Pope Francis, free speech, and responsibility (Kathryn Jean Lopez, National Review Online)

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

Europe Headlines

Muslims in Europe: the misperceptions, and the facts (Michael Holtz, The Christian Science Monitor)

Lords Spiritual (Women) Bill completes Commons stages (Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Blasphemy, the law and Greece: sainthood and stoicism (B.C., The Economist [Erasmus blog: Religion and Public Policy])

Merkel vows to uphold protest rights after threat halts anti-Islam demo (Alexandra Hudson and Andreas Rinke, Reuters)

Merkel vows EU financial support for military response against Boko Haram (Sputnik News)

European leaders have long compromised free expression (Jacob Mchangama, Index on Censorship)

European Union looks to respond to threat of radical Islam (Robin Emmott and Adrian Croft,Reuters)

Sweden v Religion – Freedom of worship on trial (Annika Hernroth-Rothstein, The Jerusalem Post)

Local Government (Religious etc. Observances) Bill (Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

BBC News on anti-terrorism law and human rights (Adam Wagner, UK Human Rights Blog)

Russian forces, equipment enter Ukraine, PM says (Victoria Butenko, CNN [VIDEO])

Exclusive: Full interview with Charlie Hebdo's Editor-in-Chief (Elisha Fieldstadt, NBC News – Meet the Press)

Anti-Charlie Hebdo protest held in Chechnya (Al Jazeera America)

Anti-Muslim incidents soar in France in wake of Paris attacks (AFP, Yahoo! News)

Demonstrations against Charlie Hebdo planned for several Russian cities (Russia Religion News)

Should French Jews leave for Israel? (Stephanie Butnick, Tablet: A New Read on Jewish Life)

Teacher wins discrimination case after nun asked 'what about the homos?' (Katherine Donnelly, Independent.ie)

European Union to appeal decision to remove Hamas from terror list (JTA)

House of Lords debates chancel repair liability (Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Religion and Law round-up – 18th January (Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Language of UK plea to imams to fight radicalism angers some Muslims (Andrew Osborn, Al Arabiya)

Europe's coming battle (John Feffer, Foreign Policy in Focus)

Belgium: A free speech and religion debate (Simon Marks, Al Jazeera America)

UK's Cameron defends free speech "right to cause offense" (David Morgan, Reuters)

Over 1 million people take part in rally protesting cartoons of Prophet Muhammad held in Grozny (Interfax-Religion)

Male circumcision can be part of “reasonable parenting”, but no form of FGM is acceptable – Family Court (Rosalind English, UK Human Rights Blog)

Praying with a Muslim co-worker ruined my career, says Christian NHS worker (Patrick Sawer, The Telegraph)

Charlie Hebdo's humor upsets Turkish Islamists (Pinar Tremblay, Al-Monitor: Turkey Pulse)

Dispatches: France, a country of freedom of expression – for some (Izza Leghtas, Human Rights Watch)

Anti-terrorist measures in EU go in all directions (EurActiv)

Moscow warns media against religious-themed cartoons (Nina Achmatova, AsiaNews.it)

Une de Charlie Hebdo : appel à la paix et à la cohésion (Communiqué de presse, EIFRF France)

EIFRF Steering Committee member speaking on BBC about the Paris Attacks (Sheikh Dr Muhammad Al-Hussaini, European Interreligious Forum for Religious Freedom (EIFRF))

Why funding, weapons for Paris attacks likely came from abroad (Lee Smith, Tablet: A New Read on Jewish Life)

Asif Arif, Secrétaire Général d'EIFRF France, sur LCI (Interrogé par Michel Field, European Interreligious Forum for Religious Freedom (EIFRF))

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

United States Headlines

Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on his 86th birthday (Clarence B. Jones, Huffington Post)

Martin Luther King, Jr., "The quest for peace and justice" [Audio] (The Nobel Peace Prize 1964, Lecture, 2-minute excerpt, Nobelprize.org)

Martin Luther King Day marks a celebration of religious faith (Archbishop Charles Chaput,Delco Times (Pennsylvania))

The meaning of The King Holiday (Coretta Scott King, The King Center)

Gallery: Remembering Martin Luther King Jr. (Sacramento Bee)

Martin Luther King Jr. honored nationwide (Photo Gallery, NBC News)

5 ways to honor the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. (Calvin Lawrence Jr., ABC News)

Tributes, protests mark Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Laila Kearney and Sebastien Malo,Reuters)

The 15 best quotes from Martin Luther King's 'I Have a Dream' speech (Deseret News)

Civil rights, civil wrongs (American Ride, BYUtv)

What Selma meant to Jews like my father (Susannah Heschel, The Jewish Daily Forward)

World Religion Day brings faithful together in South Bay (Joe Rodriguez, Contra Costa Times)

EVENT, 20 January 2015: Regulation of Blogger’s Activity in Uzbekistan: Implications for Freedom of Religion and Belief (Mirakmal Niyazmatov, Central Asia Program, The George Washington University)

The individualistic American law of religious exemptions (Eugene Volokh, The Volokh Conspiracy (Washington Post))

Illinois Bible colleges sue state for right to issue degrees (John O'Connor, The State Journal-Register)

Prisoner free exercise cases – January 18, 2014 (Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Lawyers as heroes or goats in the fight over same-sex marriage (Tom Goldstein,SCOTUSblog)

Syria: Should the United States do more? — Debate at the McCain Institute (Posted by Matthew Barber, Syria Comment – Joshua Landis)

First Freedom Center opens in downtown Richmond (Associated Press, News Leader)

First Freedom Center celebrates all (and no) religions (Susan Howson, RVA News)

Justice Rehnquist, religious freedom, and the Constitution (Rick Garnett, Mirror of Justice)

US Supreme Court to tackle same-sex marriage: We need to know more about the effects of legalisation (Michael Cook, MercatorNet)

Taking up gay marriage, but on its own terms (Adam Liptak, The New York Times)

Where will various religions stand in the same-sex marriage church-state showdown? (Richard Ostling, GetReligion)

With USA Today and gay marriage, impatience is a virtue (Jim Davis, GetReligion)

Army recruitment office told to remove ‘God and Country’ poster (Kellan Howell, The Washington Times)

Congressional group fights ISIS persecution of non-Muslims (Ivan Plis, The Daily Caller)

U.S. Supreme Court and gay marriage: Baltimore Sun offers a very, very, simplistic report(Terry Mattingly, Get Religion)

Hundreds of Duke students rally with Muslims at Friday’s call to prayer (Yonat Shimron,Religion News Service)

No treatment under Obamacare for HIV+ man because he won’t pay for abortions (Alliance Defending Freedom)

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