Law and Religion Headlines

Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Morning Bell: Obamacare’s anti-religious freedom mandate starts TODAY
(Amy Payne and Sarah Torre, The Foundry)

Olympics are a great forum to all for an end to religious persecution
(Azeem Ibrahim, Huff Post World)

Religious freedom ‘declines markedly’ in China
(Rachel Vandenbrink, Radio Free Asia)

Religious freedom threatened worldwide
(Anna Williams, First Things)

Religious liberty watchdog group calls on Frankenmuth to remove 55-foot cross on Main Street
(Lindsay Knake, Michigan Live)

Restore religion to public schools
(Francis Xoagub, The New Era (Namibia))

Russia: More "extremist" books to be banned?
(Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service)

Russia's failure to protect freedom of religion
(Katrina Lantos Swett and Robert George, The Moscow Times)

Saudi woman approved to wear headscarf during Olympics judo competition

Secretary Clinton: World is "sliding backwards" in religious freedom
(Don Byrd, Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Freedom)

Sectarian violence in Nigeria "goes beyond just religious tensions"
(Office of the Archbishop of Dublin, Anglican Communion News Service)

Terror, China's reach top Clinton agenda in Africa
(Matthew Lee, Associated Press)

The government’s argument is atrocious!
(The Becket Fund, Catholic Lane)

The HHS mandate goes into effect
(The Editors, National Review Online)

The mandate kicks in
(George Weigel, National Review Online)

The religious silence on Christian persecution
(Ben Cohen and Keith Roderick, Wall Street Journal)

Today, freedom of religion dies in the USA
(Archbishop Cranmer, Blog)

U.S. evangelicals see political, religious cause in Syria conflict
(Elizabeth Dias, Time)

USCIRF on release of International Religious Freedom Report

Vietnam: Pastor's sentence upheld
(Rachel Vandenbrink, Radio Free Asia)

Wheaton College seeks emergency relief against HHS Mandate
(Emily Hardman, The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty)

Tuesday, 31 July 2012

The State Department and international religious freedom
(Thomas F. Farr, National Review Online)

A human right to blaspheme?
(Austin Dacey, The Revealer)

Abkhaz MPs discuss draft law on religious groups
(Civil Georgia)

August 1st: Mandate-day for business owners – A dark day for religious liberty in america
(The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty)

China assails U.S. 'arrogance' in report on religious freedom
(Mar McDonald, International Herald Tribune)

Egypt unnerved by rising religious fervor
(Jeffrey Fleishman, Los Angeles Times)

Expert finds Clinton's religious freedom report not backed by action
(Catholic News Agency)

France defends lay policies after US criticism of religious freedom

Hindu temple opens In Arkansas
(Eurasia Review)

Is religious persecution coming to Scotland?
(David Robertson, Wizbang Blog)

New website covers Moroccan religious news
(Siham Ali, Magharebia)

Religious freedom in Egypt "quite tenuous": Clinton
(Arshad Mohammed, Reuters)

Religious freedoms deteriorated in China last year, U.S. says

State Dept. report describes ‘rising tide’ of anti-Semitism
(Ron Kampeas, JTA)

The freedom not to believe
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

The right not to hold any belief is fundamental, says UK Supreme Court
(Rosalind English, UK Human Rights Blog)

Unmarried couple in Mali is stoned to death as Islamists impose Shariah law
(Baba Ahmed, Rukmini Callimachi, The Associated Press, Winnipeg Free Press)

US calls on Egypt to follow through on religious freedom

US raps Europe over Muslim freedoms
(OnIslam & Newspapers)

US: Religious freedom worsens in China, Indonesia

Vatican daily slams 'confused' Gates Foundation policies
(L’Osservatore Romano, Catholic News Agency)

With special prayers and kosher food, Jewish London embracing Olympic spirit
(Miriam Shaviv, JTA)

Monday, 30 July 2012

24/7 marriage in UK
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

A revival of Orthodox Christianity in Ukraine
(Milena Faustova, The Voice of Russia)

A Saudi athlete's conflict—rules or religion
(David Enrich and Ellen Knickmeyer, The Wall Street Journal)

AG candidate Reagan Dunn: Pharmacists with “legitimate religious objections” have right to refuse Plan B prescriptions
(Erica C. Barnett, Publicola at Seattle Met)

BJC joins criticism of Bachmann
(Bob Allen, ABP News)

Charges filed against pastor in mock terrorism raid at Lower Swatara church

Christian groups allege threats to religious freedom in anti-Chick-fil-A campaigns
(Dan Gilgoff, CNN Belief Blog)

Evangelical college requests jury trial in Obamacare lawsuit
(Andrew Cochran, The Madison - St. Clair Record)

French gay couples get right to 'marry, adopt children'
(BBC News Europe)

Justice Dept. official refuses to rule out criminalizing criticism of religion
(R. Cort Kirkwood, The New American)

Knox Thames on making religious freedom a priority in Europe
(Mark L. Movsesian, CLR Forum)

Maldives “needs radical changes”: UN Human Rights Committee
(Zaheena Rasheed, Minivan News)

Pakistan’s blasphemy laws ‘restrict religious liberty’: US
(Daily Times (Pakistan))

President Obama appoints Maria Nagorski to Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships
(Brett Norton, Fair Chance)

Priest returns from voyage to native Vietnam
(Paul Golias, Citizensvoice)

Public appointments in Northern Ireland: update
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Reevaluating interfaith dialogue
(Steven Shashoua, Common Ground News Service)

Religious education - should students have more choice?
(Andrew Jones, The Guardian)

Russia: "Absurd bans"
(Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service)

State Department warns of poor religious freedoms in Egypt, China, Europe
(Elise Labott, CNN)

Swiss legal experts divided over circumcision
(Sophie Douez, Swiss Info)

Syria and the idea of an Assad Alawite state
(Abdul Rahman Al-Rashed, Arab News)

The EU and Russia hold human rights consultations
(Press Release, European Union)

The firm's freedom out of respect for religion
(L'Osseratore Romano)

The war on workers' religious liberty
(Amanda Marcotte, RH Reality Check)

Tunisia: Hardline Islam threatens democracy gains
(Paul Schemm, Associated Press)

U.S. State Department: Religious freedom low in Afghanistan, Pakistan
(Bradley Klapper, Huff Post Religion)

UN raises alarm at Myanmar Muslim crackdown
(The International News (Pakistan))

Unlikely Vietnam considers same-sex marriage
(Margie Mason, Associated Press)

Saturday, 28 July 2012

A critical review of the photo exhibition “Different families, same love”, hosted by the European Commission – Parts Three & Four
(Talpa brusseliensis christiana)

A federal court ruled against the contraceptive mandate. Here’s what happens next.
(Sarah Kliff, The Washington Post (Ezra Klein's Wonkblog))

Aregbesola preaches inter-faith peace
(Business Day (Nigeria))

Christian, Muslim villagers clash in Egypt
(Associated Press)

City forced to remove cross from their logo after out-of-state atheists threaten to sue
(Nina Golgowski, Daily Mail)

Defining religious liberty down
(Ross Douhat, The New York Times Sunday Review)

Faith leaders at White House AIDS forum emphasize need for partnerships
(Ecumenical News International)

France : le « guide du Ramadan » ou comment faire du prosélytisme au sein des entreprises
(European Dignity Watch, Talpa brusseliensis christiana)

Hindu groups protest against ‘mosque’
(The Times of India)

I'll legalise gay marriage by 2015, vows Cameron: PM warns opponents from the Church 'not to lock people out'
(Mail Online)

Iran: Police to enforce strict Ramadan rules
(Kevin J. Jones, Radio Zamaneh v. Eurasia Review)

Judge blocks contraception mandate in religious liberty lawsuit
(Joel Gehrke, The Washington Examiner)

Many religions call London home
(Elaine Gaston, Baptist Press)

Muslim group regains tax-exempt status
(Bob Smietana, USA Today)

Nigeria’s troubles getting worse
(The Economist)

Olympic Values Symposium in London
(Reported by the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World)

Outlawing God? The limits of religious freedom
(Rachel Marcus, UK Human Rights Blog)

Religion without morality?
(Ghazi Salahuddin, The International News (Pakistan))

Rockland County parents ask state to oust 5 Orthodox Jews on school board
(Peter Applebome, The New York Times)

Secretary Clinton to deliver remarks on the state of international religious freedom
(US State Department)

Soccer, sports and (head) scarves: Not just about freedom of religion
(Marianne Mollmann, Huffington Post)

Friday, 27 July 2012

A bishop challenges Beijing
(The Wall Street Journal (Review & Outlook))

All faiths contribute to U.S. strength, Panetta says
(Cheryl Pellerin, U.S. Department of Defense)

Austria's religious leaders defend circumcision
(Reuters, Chicago Tribune)

China: Govt punishes Heilongjiang priests
(UCA News)

Christians and Jews face hard choices over archbishop and chief rabbi roles
(Jonathan Romain, The Guardian)

City of Steubenville agrees to remove religious symbol from logo
(Andrew Kennett,

DOJ to Colorado family: Give up your religion or your business
(Terence P. Jeffrey, Catholic Online)

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