Category Archives: Global

Secretary Kerry: “US to send scientists to discuss homosexuality with Ugandan president”

The Catholic Church and human trafficking

Scottish charity regulator will not appeal ruling in favor of Catholic adoption society

Global Freedom Network founded by Catholics, Anglicans, Muslims to end trafficking

L. Gordon Crovitz: America’s Internet surrender

Peter Berger: What is religious freedom good for?

No automatic right to leave for moms in EU using surrogates

Nigel Farage: Ukip would strip Christian weddings of legal status

Lev Tahor children remain with parents ahead of Guatemalan court hearing

Israel: Court slams Knesset for failing to regulate circumcision

Canada: Supreme Court to rule Friday on Nadon’s appointment

A Comparative Analysis of Laws Pertaining to Same-Sex Unions

The Virtues of Law in the Politics of Religious Freedom | Journal of Law and Religion

    Berger, Benjamin L., The Virtues of Law in the Politics of Religious Freedom (2013). Journal of Law and Religion, Vol. 29, No. 3, 2014, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN:

    The moral force and capacity for inspiration of both religion and politics alike arise in part from the sense that they authentically map the world as we find it, yielding claims about how it should be. This paper asks what role we might imagine for law in this “hyper-real” world of religion and politics, arguing that law can display distinctive virtues linked to its capacity for strategic agnosticism about the real. Applying Sunstein’s idea of “incompletely theorized agreements” to the politics of religious freedom, the paper examines the role of law as a tool of adhesion in two very different constitutional settings – Canada and Israel – and argues for modesty as a functional virtue in law and legal process. Viewed in this way, law draws its worth from its tolerance for ambiguity, its sub-theoretical nature, and its pragmatic proceduralism, seeking to sustain political community in the presence of normative diversity, rather than speaking truth to difference.

  • Posted: 03/18/2014
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UK Christian guesthouse owners go to Strasbourg over “discrimination” case

Talking God: The Legitimacy of Religious Public Reasoning

International Christian School in China bans faculty same-sex relationships

Christians beheaded by extremists in Somalia

UK: Legalizing euthanasia would be only the start of our experiment

USCIRF: Blasphemy law use on rise, led by Pakistan

Pew Research: Worldwide, many see belief in God as essential to morality

Iraqi bill to legalize child marriage criticized

UK: House of Commons chapel will not be used for same-sex “marriages”

UK: Registration opens for first same-sex “marriages”

New Zealand: School changes course, reinstates Christian studies program

Marie Meaney: Euthanasia brings end to Belgian monarchy

India’s Supreme Court says lack of enforcement of existing laws is at root of hate speech problem

Bill to draft ultra-Orthodox into IDF passes Knesset

UK punishes single-earner families, tax report finds

Hagia Sophias: From museums to mosques

UK: Can we trust the decision over legalizing assisted suicide to politicians’ consciences?

UK: Lib Dem minister backs “secular marriage”

Iraqi women protest against proposed Islamic child marriage law

North Korea: Kim Jong-un calls for execution of 33 Christians

UN official: India’s “conversion” laws threaten religious liberty

UK: Assisted suicide moves closer as Government allows free vote

Wesley J. Smith: Pushing polyamorous genetic-related babies

Canadian same-sex “marriage” to be recognized in Britain

The surrogacy industry treats women like disposable commodities

Syrian rebels release kidnapped nuns in prisoner deal

Religion in the Workplace: Eweida and Others v United Kingdom | The Modern Law Review

Accommodating Religious Beliefs: Harm, Clothing or Symbols, and Refusals to Serve Others | The Modern Law Review

Permissive Constitutions, Democracy, and Religious Freedom in India, Indonesia, Israel, and Turkey | World Politics

Arab envoys say no to Israel as Jewish state

Clinton at UN: Humanity cannot progress without “reproductive rights”

Malaysia: court adjourns trial on the disputed use of the word Allah

The UK’s growing disregard for religious liberty

Nigeria vows to resist same-sex “marriage” pressure

Amnesty International campaign to promote “abortion and homosexuality”

The unintended foreign policy consequences of the homosexual agenda

Russell Moore, others urge religious liberty promotion

Belarus: Homeless shelter officially closed; Baptists fined

UK: End religious slaughter of animals without stunning first, urges top vet

UK: High Court judge wants more evidence from Boris Johnson over ex-gay bus ad ban

UKIP councillor under fire for supporting businesses’ right to refuse service

Post-American Mormonism

UK: Coventry Jehovah’s Witness baby can have transfusion, judge rules

ECHR upholds British refusal to treat Mormon Temple as public place of worship

Canada: University president to speak on “anti-gay” policy before Nova Scotia bar society

Pope Francis: There are Christians nowadays condemned for having a Bible

    Vatican Radio: “This is because the world does not tolerate the divinity of Christ. It doesn’t tolerate the announcement of the Gospel. It does not tolerate the Beatitudes. And so we have persecutions: with words, with insults, the things that they said about Christians in the early centuries, the condemnations, imprisonment. But we easily forget. We think of the many Christians, 60 years ago, in the labour camps, in the camps of the Nazis, of the communists: So many of them! For being Christians! And even today. But (people say) ‘today we are better educated and these things no longer exist.’ Yes they do! And I tell you that today there are more martyrs than during the early times of the Church.”

  • Posted: 03/04/2014
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Canada: “Miramichi adopts flag policy after gay pride flap”

Nine out of ten mothers in Norway choose abortion for Down diagnosis

New Zealand: No change to religious instruction policies

UK: Church organists could become endangered species after tax shake-up, clergy warn

Cardinal Turkson defends religious liberty

Belgian king signs measure allowing doctors to euthanize children

France: National Front to cut public funds to religious groups

New Zealand: More complaints over Christian education in schools

Supreme Court denies review in home school asylum case

Bill to name special religious freedom envoy on hold

Tajikistan: State control of Islam increasing

State Department’s human rights report includes int’l religious discrimination concerns

North Korea says it will release Australian missionary

Soccer players can wear religious head coverings, FIFA rules

Loud outcry over Jerusalem’s plan to quiet mosques