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January 27, 2015

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International Headlines

Today is International Holocaust Remembrance Day (Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Their blood cries out to God (George Faithful, author of Mothering the Fatherland: A Protestant Sisterhood Repents for the Holocaust, OUPblog Religion)

What role does spirituality play in inner strength or resourcefulness? (Marc Margolius, Big Questions Online)

Gunmen attack Corinthia Hotel in Libya; at least 10 die (Jomana Karadsheh and Hamdi Alkhshali, CNN)

President Pranab Mukherjee's Republic Day address – 'Religion can't be a cause of conflict'(The India Times)

What Christian lawyers are facing in Canada: Religious intolerance in the name of diversity(Eric Metaxas, BreakPoint Commentaries)

Facebook said to block pages critical of Muhammad to avoid shutdown in Turkey (Sebnem Arsu and Mark Scott, The New York Times)

Saudi’s new King Salman likely to stay the Muslim kingdom’s course (Oren Dorell, Religion News Service)

Obama wraps up 3-day visit with plea for religious tolerance (Vikas Pathak, Hindustan Times)

In town hall remarks, Obama urges India to guarantee religious freedom (Miko Morelos,Ecumenical News)

Philippine bishops condemn killing of police officers by separatist rebels (Miko Morelos,Ecumenical News)

Islamic Jihad takes mediator role between Hamas, Fatah (Asmaa al-Ghoul, trans. Pascale el-Khoury, Al-Monitor: Palestine Pulse)

Pakistan's silent partition (Zehra Abid, Al Jazeera America)

Shia fighters accused of killing civilians in Iraq (Al Jazeera America)

El Baradei: 'Islamists mustn't be removed from political arena' (Middle East Monitor)

Egypt court overturns decision to ban Hamas (Ma'an News Agency)

Catholic intellectuals come together in Jakarta to boost Church's presence in society (Royani Lim,

Beijing sends a new flood of Han migrants to Lhasa: Tibetans risk disappearing (

Zhejiang, Hong Kong journalist arrested for investigating cross demolition (

Israel's Arab parties to unite for the first time (Liel Leibovitz, Tablet: A New Read on Jewish Life)

The Middle East's vanishing Christians (Michael Cook, MercatorNet)

A Legacy of (Saudi) Liberalism (Daniel Philpott, Arc of the Universe: Ethics and Global Justice)

7 ways Thomas Merton changed the world (James Martin SJ, On Faith)

Inaugural Symposium on the Role of Religion & Faith-Based Organizations in International Affairs (Hosted by General Board of Church & Society/Seventh-Day Adventists (General Conference)/United Methodist Women/World Council of Churches, General Board of Church & Society of the Methodist Church)

Jesus on safari: The legacy of Jaroslav Pelikan (Timothy George, First Things)

Global call for release of Eritrean Orthodox church head, under house arrest for 8 years(Lucinda Borkett-Jones, Christian Today)

Rebel killings of 44 commandos test Philippines peace deal (Jim Gomez, The Associated Press)

Christianity cannot survive the decline in worship (Kazimierz Bem, On Faith)

Indian Bishops tell government no to "saffronisation", yes to secularism (

Archbishop of Kuala Lumpur: Ruling on the word 'Allah' threatens religious freedom(

Gaza bombings deepen Hamas-Fatah rift (Adnan Abu Amer, trans. Joelle El-Khoury, Al-Monitor: Palestine Pulse)

Argentina: The sudden death of Alberto Nisman, lead prosecutor of AMIA bombing, deepens the culture of impunity (Natasha Zaretsky, Tablet: A New Read on Jewish Life)

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Europe Headlines

UK Jews and Muslims team up against hate (Simon Hooper, Al Jazeera)

World leaders join Auschwitz survivors at 70th anniversary of Liberation (Wiktor Szary and Wojciech Zurawski, The Jewish Daily Forward)

Introducing… the Human Rights Information Project (Adam Wagner, UK Human Rights Blog)

Cemevi fined over unpaid electricity, water bills despite ECtHR ruling (Today's Zaman)

Second 'gender-abortion' doctor to appear before Crown Court (Christian Concern)

General election non-party campaigning: reporting and record keeping (David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

New Report: "In Need of a Principled Approach" – Monitoring report on the right to freedom of religion or belief in Turkey, July 2013-June 2014 (The Norwegian Helsinki Committee (NHC) Freedom of Belief Initiative)

"In Need of a Principled Approach" – Monitoring report on the right to freedom of religion or belief in Turkey, July 2013-June 2014 ([link to the Report pdf], The Norwegian Helsinki Committee (NHC) Freedom of Belief Initiative)

Istanbul Municipality launches body for non-Muslim students (Hürriyet Daily News)

The Catholic Church in Crimea must register according to Russian law (

French parliament begins debate on euthanasia (Michael Cook, BioEdge)

Dutch euthanasia clinic has knuckles rapped over tinnitus death (Michael Cook, BioEdge)

C of E’s first woman bishop consecrated (Gavin Drake, Church Times)

Turkey: Accused perpetrators released in Malatya murder trial (Barbara Baker, World Watch Monitor)

Marriage referendum (Irish Times)

Jewish leaders call for Europe-wide legislation outlawing antisemitism (Ian Traynor, The Guardian)

The third-generation Polish Jews rediscovering long-buried roots (Emma Graham-Harrison, The Guardian)

Musulmanes gallegos reclaman clases de religión islámica para sus hijos (Alfonso Andrade,La Voz de Galicia)

Detenidos cuatro yihadistas en Ceuta, dispuestos a inmolarse (El Mundo)

El Gobierno acepta negociar que Morón sea base contra el yihadismo (Miguel González López, El País – España)

A murderous blame game: Did the provocative cartoonists at Charlie Hebdo "bring it upon themselves"? (Zac Alstin, MercatorNet)

Privileged yet unequal: An essay on the Anglo-American legal principle of "Jews lose" (David Schraub, Tablet: A New Read on Jewish Life)

Arrecian las críticas contra la reforma del Código Penal porque recortará la libertad de expresión (El Mundo)

Ahmed insta a Interior a facilitar escudos sin crucifijo a los policías nacionales que lo soliciten(Gonzalo Testa, Ceutaldía)

Responsa: Part two, with more on French Jews, the real meaning of 'radical,' and the politics of the supermarket (David Mikics and Mark Greif, Tablet: A New Read on Jewish Life)

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United States Headlines

EVENT, 29 January 2015: The new Congress and a new U.S. IRF Ambassador: What the future holds for IRF as a necessary aspect of U.S. foreign policy (IGE's Faith &International Affairs Conference Call Series, Institute for Global Engagement)

EVENT, 29 January 2015: UMW to commemorate religious freedom (Lindley Estes, The Free-Lance Star)

2015 is shaping up to be a significant year for religion at the Supreme Court (David Masci,Pew Research Center: Fact-tank)

Mormon leaders call for laws that protect religious freedom (Mormon Newsroom)

In major move, Mormon apostles call for statewide LGBT protections (Peggy Fletcher Stack,Religion News Service)

Mormon church backs LGBT rights — with one condition (Daniel Burke, CNN)

“School Choice Week” galvanizes school voucher opponents (Don Byrd, Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty)

Boston bombing jury excludes some Catholics (G. Jeffrey MacDonald, USA Today)

Resist or accommodate evil: There is no "third way" (Jeffery J. Ventrella, The Witherspoon Institute: Public Discourse)

Court to hear ETWN challenge to contraception mandate (John Eggerton, Multichannel News)

Sundance Film Festival features documentaries on controversial religious groups (Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Episcopal land wars in Maryland: So is this waterfront property war story truly doctrine-free or not? (Terry Mattingly, Get Religion)

Obama warns India over religious divisions (Arab News)

Study shows Sikhs in America are still victims of misunderstanding and prejudice (Mark A. Kellner, Deseret News National Edition | Faith)

In Washington state, a Tibetan Buddhist nun blazes a trail for other women to follow (Tracy Simmons, Religion News Service)

In parting shot, Obama prods India on religious freedom (Frank Jack Daniel and Roberta Rampton, Reuters)

Is controversial circumcision ritual dangerous? (Paul Berger, The Jewish Daily Forward)

US Supreme Court to debate the use of new three-drug execution method (Xavier Symons,BioEdge)

Complaints challenge orders limiting female guards at Gitmo (Associated Press, Ben Fox,

Judges may not be affiliated with Boy Scouts of America, California high court rules (Jack Kenny, The New American)

Boston Jewish day schools receive $11 million challenge grant (Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

Texas woman suing for pregnancy discrimination alleges anti-Semitism (Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

7 homeschool kids in state custody after judge rules against Christian parents (Samuel Smith,The Christian Post)

US church's website is hacked by ISIS (Czarina Ong, Christian Today)

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