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Preventing Violent Extremism in Kyrgyzstan

Categories: Asia,Conflict Resolution,Democracy/Peace,Religion/Ethics

http://www.usip.org/sites/default/files/SR355_Preventing-Violent-Extremism-in-Kyrgyzstan.pdf

Offers perspectives on the national and regional dynamics of violent extremism with respect to Kyrgyzstan and the prospects for liberal democracy to survive in Central Asia. From the United States Institute of Peace

 

Religious Authority and the Promotion of Sectarian Tolerance in Pakistan

Categories: Conflict Resolution,Democracy/Peace,Pakistan,Religion/Ethics

http://www.usip.org/sites/default/files/SR354_Religious-Authority-and-the-Promotion-of-Sectarian-Tolerance-in-Pakistan.pdf

Examines the determinants of religious tolerance in Pakistan, particularly among Shias and Sunnis and the role that religious authorities might play in reducing sectarian tensions.  From the United States Institute of Peace

 

Social Media and Political Activities: Guidance for Members of the Armed Forces

Categories: Defense/Military,Elections/Campaigns,Religion/Ethics

http://www.dod.mil/dodgc/defense_ethics/resource_library/faqs_political_activities_armed_forces.pdf

Brief treatment of what active duty military members may and may not do in the political arena.  From the Defense Department

 

Administration Takes Steps to Ensure Women’s Continued Access to Contraception Coverage, While Respecting Religious-based Objections

Categories: Abortion/Contraception,Headlines,Health Insurance,Laws/Regulations,Religion/Ethics

http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2014pres/08/20140822a.html

Press release explaining proposed revision to regulations relating to contraceptive coverage under the Affordable Care Act to relieve nonprofit organizations and closely held corporations with religious objections from being required to fund such coverage for employees.  From the Department of Health and Human Services

 

International Religious Freedom Report for 2013

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Headlines,Religion/Ethics,Statistics

http://www.state.gov/j/drl/rls/irf/religiousfreedom/index.htm#wrapper

Annual report about religious persecution in the world.  Finds that 2013 witnessed the largest displacement of religious communities in recent memory.  From the State Department

 

Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores

Categories: Business/Economics,Headlines,Health Insurance,Religion/Ethics,Supreme Court/courts

http://www.law.cornell.edu/supct/pdf/13-354.pdf

5-4 decision of the Supreme Court that some corporations may refuse to offer insurance coverage of some services if they conflict with the owner’s religious beliefs.   From the Cornell University Law School Legal Information Institute

 

Prayer and Religious Expression in Public Institutions: A Constitutional Analysis

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Education,Laws/Regulations,Religion/Ethics

http://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R43188.pdf

Examines the balancing act between respecting freedom of religious expression and not endorsing an official religion, especially as such concerns relate to school or legislative prayers.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Laws Criminalizing Apostasy in Selected Jurisdictions

Categories: Africa,Asia,Laws/Regulations,Religion/Ethics

http://www.loc.gov/law/help/apostasy/apostasy.pdf

Surveys the apostasy laws in 23 countries in Africa, the Middle East, and South and Southeast Asia.  From the Law Library of Congress

 

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