Australia: Christian Youth Camps loses appeal against “gay discrimination” ruling

Azerbaijan strengthens control over religious organizations

The Middle East war on Christians

    Wall Street Journal: “The Middle East may be the birthplace of three monotheistic religions, but some Arab nations appear bent on making it the burial ground for one of them. For 2,000 years, Christian communities dotted the region, enriching the Arab world with literature, culture and commerce. At the turn of the 20th century, Christians made up 26% of the Middle East’s population. Today, that figure has dwindled to less than 10%. Intolerant and extremist governments are driving away the Christian communities that have lived in the Middle East since their faith was born.”


  • Posted: 04/16/2014
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  • Category: Global: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: stream.wsj.com

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Edinburgh churches quit Church of Scotland over gay ordination

The Romeike home-school conundrum

Norway PM advocates for same-sex “marriage” in churches

Bible Society of Malaysia moves to Kuala Lumpur to sidestep “Allah” ban

The Council of Europe amends resolution on the protection of minors against “new religious movements”

Lawyers challenge B.C. approval of Trinity Western law school

Pro-life, pro-marriage advocates arrested at Canadian university

Another UN committee plans to question Vatican officials on abuse

India: Vashi church to move high court over prayer meet

Priest defies Church of England ban on same-sex “marriage” as senior vicar warns of “crisis”

Trinity Western law school approved in B.C. despite “gay rights” dispute

Religious Calgary school threatens to expel “immoral” staff, students

UK considers sharia-compliant student loans

Ministries win significant religious freedom case | OneNewsNow

China denies church “demolition campaign” but says Christianity’s growth “excessive”

European court condemns Hungary church law | BosNewsLife

Secular groups attack plan to make religion part of Scottish constitution

Canada: Law society to debate Trinity Western University’s homosexual behavior ban

Ontario Catholic schools grapple with court’s no-religion ruling

Quebec election results scuttle controversial parts of proposed Charter of Quebec Values

Senior UK judge opens door to better protection of religious belief

UAE appeals court says murder conviction to be decided by Sharia procedure

European Court of Human Rights rules against Hungarian church registration law

Catholic schools can’t force student to attend mass, Ontario court rules

Christian couple in Pakistan sentenced to death for “blasphemy”

11 French local councils to ban no-pork menus in schools

“Gay conversion therapy should have no place in NHS,” says health minister

Malaysia, Indonesia ban Biblical epic “Noah”

Canada: Judge scolds Lev Tahor families for fleeing before court ruling

Kazakhstan urged to end mandatory registration of religious communities

Plan for “Sharia-compliant” student loans to get more Muslims into university

Religious freedom defenders in Ottawa

Video of Foreign Affairs Committee’s 3/26 hearing on religious persecution in Vietnam

Canadian court certifies class action against Anglican boarding school for abuse of students

Pakistan: Hindu community demands religious freedom, protection

Upcoming election in India brings fear, insecurity for Christians amid unrelenting persecution | ASSIST

Canada: PQ vows to use Charter protection for religious ban

Denmark prohibits ritual Jewish or Muslim cattle butcher

UK: Street preacher held by Police for 19 hours gets £13,000

UK: Northumberland County Council mulls student transport for religious purposes

Pakistani gets death penalty for blasphemy

Bruce Frohnen: Making religion illegal in Denmark

Pope tells Obama of concern for “religious freedom” in United States

Al Qaeda-linked Islamists capture Syrian Christian village

“I’m stunned and horrified” – North Korean Christian tells MPs of their persecution

The Council of Europe’s draft document on sects

Australia: “Parents group offended by religion teacher’s blog criticising gays”

Finland: Summer hymn singing in schools may be forbidden

Global symposium aims to educate media on religious liberty | Catholic News Agency

Has The Law Society enshrined sharia law in the UK?

UN Human Rights Council adopts resolution on religious freedom

    United Nations: “In a resolution (A/HRC/25/L.19) on freedom of religion or belief, adopted without a vote, the Council condemns all forms of violence, intolerance and discrimination in the name of religion or belief as well as any advocacy of religious hatred that constitutes incitement to discrimination, hostility or violence; also condemns violence and acts of terrorism, which are increasing in number; urges States to ensure that their constitutional and legislative systems provide adequate and effective guarantees of freedom of thought, conscience and religion or belief; to make use of the potential of education for the eradication of prejudices against and stereotypes of individuals on their religion or belief; and requests the Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief to report annually to the Human Rights Council and the General Assembly.”


  • Posted: 03/22/2014
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  • Category: Global: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: www.un.org

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Canada: “Catholic school student takes complaint of gay discrimination to human rights tribunal”

Christian converts in Laos told to leave faith or face expulsion

Christian Indonesian prays for end to Malaysian sharia court nightmare

British court drops ex-Mormon suit against church

George Marlin: The persecuted church 2013

Rabbi Sacks: The relevance of the Bible for law and ethics in society today (audio/video)

    RabbiSacks.org: “What was it about the Judeo-Christian ethic that led the West to develop market economics, democratic politics, human rights and the free society? The lecture will look at seven aspects of biblical ethics, each of which played a part in this development: human dignity, freedom and responsibility; an ethic of guilt rather than shame; the family as the matrix of virtue, love as the basis of ethics and covenant as the basis of society. It will argue that all seven are currently under threat, and that the Bible remains an important voice in the public conversation about ethics and law.”


  • Posted: 03/20/2014
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  • Category: Global: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: www.rabbisacks.org

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UK Justice Minister: Only secular weddings should have legal status

Ukrainian Catholics experiencing “total persecution” in Crimea

Delhi High Court questions government policy on religious coins

Freedom of religion in Egypt no better under military rule

    Al-Monitor: “After June 30, 2013, many people thought that the end of Muslim Brotherhood rule would bring about military-enforced secularism, or more religious and personal freedom. Instead, they are slowly finding out that the new state is very similar to the old state and employing the same — if not worse — tactics against said freedoms. The Islamists may no longer be in power, but religious despotism seems to be alive and well in the land of the Nile.”


  • Posted: 03/19/2014
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  • Category: Global: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: www.al-monitor.com

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The Catholic Church and human trafficking

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

Peter Berger: What is religious freedom good for?

Lev Tahor children remain with parents ahead of Guatemalan court hearing

Israel: Court slams Knesset for failing to regulate circumcision

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: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2409224

    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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  • Category: Global: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: ssrn.com

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UK Christian guesthouse owners go to Strasbourg over “discrimination” case

Canadian teachers fight government’s religious gag order | WORLD

Talking God: The Legitimacy of Religious Public Reasoning

International Christian School in China bans faculty same-sex relationships

Christians beheaded by extremists in Somalia