Legal Pluralism in Canadian Religious Freedom Litigation | Queen’s Law Journal

Lynching of Christian man by Muslims is sign of chaos in Central African Republic

Canada: Two ex-SCOC judges offer conflicting views on proposed secular charter

Roger Scruton: Stand up for the real meaning of freedom

    Roger Scruton at The Spectator: “Until recently the conservative emphasis on civil society has led to an equal emphasis on the family as its heart. This emphasis has been thrown into disarray by the sexual revolution, by widespread divorce and out-of-wedlock birth, and by recent moves to accommodate the homosexual lifestyle. And those changes have to be absorbed and normalised. Ours is a tolerant society in which liberty is extended to a variety of religions, world views, and forms of domestic life. But liberty is threatened by licence: liberty is founded on personal responsibility and a respect for others, whereas licence is a way of exploiting others for purely personal gain. Liberty therefore depends on the values that protect individuals from chaotic personal lives and which cherish the integrity of the home in the face of the many threats to it.”


  • Posted: 02/07/2014
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  • Category: Global: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: www.spectator.co.uk

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India SC to review “pro-Hindu” election ruling to curb religious extremism

Canada: Have some faith in Christian law school

The U.N.’s war on religious liberty

Google makes statement about Russian homosexual propaganda law

Elyssa Koren: UN committee attacks Catholic Church

The culture war against circumcision

    Spiked: “Of all the forms that the new, cultural anti-Semitism takes, the anti-circumcision movement might be the most pernicious. In the past year alone, several European countries have taken steps towards outlawing religious circumcision. The most remarkable thing about these attacks is not that they effectively aim to end Judaism, by outlawing a practice that has been absolutely central to the Jewish faith since the time of Abraham. . . . the most disturbing and ironic aspect of these attacks is that that they are carried out in the name of human rights.”


  • Posted: 02/06/2014
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  • Category: Global: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: www.spiked-online.com

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UNESCO report promotes abortion and same-sex narrative

“UN Chief denounces attacks on LGBT people”

Turkish Internet restrictions raise more concerns

Two-thirds of women seeking abortions were using contraception: Britain’s largest abortion provider

The future of Egypt’s Copts

    Samuel Tadros at Defining Ideas: “The promises of January 2011 soon gave way to the reality of May, when the churches of Imbaba were attacked, and October, the time of the Maspero massacre. The complete collapse of the police and the state’s repression apparatus liberated Islamists from any constraints. On the national level, Islamists soon swept elections and dominated the political sphere, and on the local level, Islamists, much more emboldened by the rise of their brethren nationally and the collapse of the police were asserting their power on Egyptian streets and villages and enforcing their views.”


  • Posted: 02/05/2014
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  • Category: Global: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: www.hoover.org

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Head of Mormon church summoned by British court over Adam and Eve teaching

India: Christians must wait one year to file for divorce, court rules

Israel: Anger erupts as High Court puts a hold on payments for yeshiva students

Marco Rubio: U.N. overreaches, tramples religious liberty

UN panel: Russia should annul homosexual “propaganda” law

Olympic sponsor AT&T condemns Russia’s law banning “homosexual propaganda”

UN denounces Vatican’s views on abortion, contraception, homosexual behavior

Norwegian mayor sparks debate after posting picture of unborn baby

Religion teaching reform divides Finnish MPs

Ontario court orders children from Jewish sect back to foster care

Canada: Husband keeps “brain dead” pregnant wife alive to allow son to be born

The Rise of Islamic Finance | Council on Foreign Relations

    Council on Foreign Relations backgrounder: “Prime Minister David Cameron announced in 2013 that the United Kingdom will issue a £200 million ($327 million) Islamic bond, or sukuk, making it the first non-Muslim country to tap into Islamic financing. Companies in the United States are also considering Islamic finance to fund business ventures and infrastructure projects. Demand for new Islamic investments is expected to outstrip supply by as much as $100 billion by 2015, an imbalance that could translate to much-needed liquidity in some tight markets. But the industry remains small and will need to expand considerably to have a significant impact on global financial markets.”


  • Posted: 02/03/2014
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  • Category: Global: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: www.cfr.org

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French gov’t retreats on family policy reforms after big protests

Three international courts and their constitutional problems | Cornell Law Review

Dutch debate doctor-assisted suicide for depression

100,000 French protest gov’t “family-phobia”

EU: Corruption costing bloc $162 billion annually

Public Morals and the ECHR | University of Leicester School of Law

Religious Liberty: Between Strategy and Telos | Review of Faith in International Affairs

Japanese man wins landmark lawsuit on religious oppression

Scottish Catholic adoption society wins legal victory

Canada: Pressure mounts on law societies to reject faith-based school’s graduates

Nigeria’s north hit by religious violence, bomb attack

UK Appeals Court OK’s Transport Agency rule banning controversial ad by Christian non-profit

Northern Ireland to reconsider abortion guidelines

Holy See, Malta revise concordat on marriage

Philippines’ high court to rule on controversial contraception law

Bahrain court shuts down religious council

Quebec to vote on euthanasia bill that contradicts “basic human values”

Majority of Scots support the legalization of assisted suicide

Ghana: MPs urge gov’t to return religious schools to religious bodies

In Europe, religious leaders battle doctors on circumcision

Indonesia: East Java judges sanctioned in latest bar association row

India: Plea seeks handing over of temple admin to hereditary trustees

European Court of Human Rights rules State liable for Irish girl’s abuse

Tunisia approves new constitution, appoints new government

Russia to set up pregnancy centers as it seeks to decrease abortion rates

Health Canada weighs RU-486 approval

Malaysia police boost police presence around churches

Israel keeps Arab teachers out of Jewish religious schools

Christians in Turkey fear increased persecution

Northern Ireland council lifts ban on “blasphemous” play

European Commission confirms that EU has no competence on abortion policy

Church of England’s bishops defer marriage decision

Robert P. George: Congress can defend religious freedom abroad

Scotland: Kirk plan for school “reflection time” is attacked

Ireland: Priests tell Minister of Education to stop undermining religion in schools

Ukraine’s crackdown singling out Catholics, Canadian religious-freedom envoy says

China official seeks tougher rules on religion after Xinjiang blasts

Georgia to fund four religious groups besides Orthodox Church

Malaysia: Petrol bomb attack on Christian Church in Penang

Untangling the Debate on Sharia Councils and Women’s Rights in the United Kingdom | Journal of Religion and Society

American pastor Saeed Abedini moved to safer ward in Iranian prison

Pro-life nurse claims religious bias in Sweden

Canada: Concordia University defends its stance against secular charter at hearings

Formation of parliament standing committees for religious minorities proposed in Pakistan

Ukraine’s religious freedom at risk, some warn

Pope expected to raise abortion, euthanasia in Hollande meeting