Law and Religion Headlines

Monday, 23 July 2012

Italy enters into concordates with Mormons, Apostolic Pentecostals, and an Orthodox Church
(Massimo Introvigne, CESNUR)

M.T.A. violated rights of group, judge says
(Benjamin Weiser, New York Times)

New blog concerning law and religion in the UK now online
(Frank Cranmer & David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Polish Catholic Bishops condemn European convention defining gender as ‘social construct’
(Talpa brusseliensis christiana)

Religion fast becoming big business in Kenya
(NTVKenya, YouTube)

Religious leaders say Arms Trade Treaty must regulate ammunition
(Joint Statement, World Council of Churches)

Repression of Myanmar Muslims amid media blackout
(Kourosh Ziabari, Global Research)

Russia: "Extremism" religious freedom survey, July 2012
(Geraldine Fagan, Forum 18 News Service)

Saudi Arabia: 2.5 million throng two Holy Mosques
(Makkah, Arab News)

Sudan advocates to demonstrate against ongoing genocide
(Jeff Walton, Institute of Religion and Democracy, Christian News Wire)

Syria: Five reasons why there will not be an Alawite State
(Joshua Lands, Syria Comment)

Turkey, Saudi Arabia promoting stricter Islam in Albania
(Catholic News Agency)

UK court applies ecclesiastical abstention doctrine to dispute over Sikh leadership
(David Hart, UK Human Rights Blog)

USCIRF urges Clinton to raise specific reforms with Egyptian government

Vietnam: Priests protest church attacks
(Radio Free Asia)

Vietnam's two-front war on religion
(Michael Benge, American Thinker)

Western Myanmar unrest: Partisan portrayals risk extremist implications
(Kyaw San Wai, RISIS)

Sunday, 22 July 2012

Sudan: Stoning execution stopped for Ms Intisar Sharif Abdulla: Release without charges
(Human Rights Without Frontiers International)

Saturday, 21 July 2012

Seventh-day Adventist missionaries can resume proselytizing while awaiting court ruling
(Matthew Brown, Deseret News)

Abductions and forced conversions of Christian Coptic women in Egypt dramatically increase
(Myles Collier, Christian Post)

Burning mosques and building mosques
(Kelly James Clark, Huffington Post)

Eliminating workplace discrimination brings us closer to the values of our nation
(David Saperstein, The Washington Post)

Ethiopian Muslims and their struggle for rights
(Elyas Mulu Kiros, Pambazuka News)

European Court of Human Rights unanimously declares application Political Reformed Party v. the Netherlands inadmissible
(H.M.T.D. ten Napel, Law, Religion & Politics)

Islamophobia threatens American values and national security
(Brian Levin, Huffington Post)

New Hungarian Church Law violates fundamental rights
(Jura Nanuk, Central-European Religious Freedom Institute)

Pastor jailed, fined for home church; city says it's a zoning issue
(Tom Strode and Diana Chandler, Baptist Press)

Polish church hopes visit by Russian patriarch will bring reconciliation
(Associated Press, Worldwide Religion News)

Singapore: Yale University to curtail rights on new campus
(Bikya Masr)

Strange religious bedfellows unite for letter against hotel porn
(Dan Mercia, CNN Belief Blog)

Supreme Court decision on Obamacare marked the opening salvo of an American battle for liberty
(Vickie K. Doherty, The Moral Liberal)

Third of Lebanese want laws based on Quran values
(Justin Salhani, Daily Star)

Friday, 20 July 2012

4 suspects detained in attack on Muslim leaders
(The Moscow Times)

A win for 'secularists' in Libya? It's not what you think
(Amyn B. Sajoo, The Christian Science Monitor)

Arkansans struggled for religious liberty 99 years ago
(Abbot Jerome Kodell, OSB, Arkansas Catholic)

Atheist’s plan to whip the Quran won’t be allowed in the Capitol, official says
(Nick Malawskey | Religion News Service, The Washington Post)

Atheists rally for persecuted unbeliever in Indonesia
(Kimberly Winston | Religion News Service, The Washington Post)

Azerbaijan: Two plus three equals five
(Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service)

Centennial celebration of the Brazilian Assemblies of God
(Mark Lemos, Assemblies of God World Missions)

China: Caesar demanding what is God’s – OpEd
(Nina Shea, Eurasia Review)

Court: Amish man failed to make case for no permit
(Todd Richmond, Winona Daily News)

Department of Justice and ACLU's secret Mt. Soledad Veterans Memorial negotiations
(Liberty Institute, PR Newswire)

DOJ press release on TRO to compel opening of Murfreesboro Mosque

Faith-based groups can help stem AIDS in Africa, say UN officials
(Ecumenical News International, Episcopal News Service)

Federal judge tosses HHS Mandate Lawsuits
(Campus Notes, Cardinal Newman Society Blog)

In a first, Muslim leaders attacked in Tatarstan
(Nikolaus von Twickel, The Moscow Times)

Leaked Scottish Govt email reveals deep impact of gay marriage
(The Christian Institute)

Marriage, religious liberty, and the “grand bargain”
(Robert P. George, The Witherspoon Institute)

Open letter defending Murfreesboro Islamic Center
(Press Release, The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty)

Pakistan to launch TV channel on interfaith harmony soon
(Stephen Manual, All Voices)

Perché l’Intesa è tanto importante per la Chiesa?
(Sala Stampa Chiesa di Gesù Cristo dei Santi degli Ultimi Giorni)

Religious liberty and religious tolerance
(Rev. Paul R. Fisher, The Roman Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania)

Strict Christian party loses European court fight on women MPs
(Dutch News)

Tenn. mosque not ready to open for Ramadan's start
(Associated Press, Waxahachietx)

Thursday, 19 July 2012

Enfield schools agree to stop holding graduation ceremonies in Bloomfield church
(Press Release, ACLU)

An Evangelical-Catholic stand on liberty
(Philip Ryken and John Garvey, The Wall Street Journal)

Ancient Syriac monastery under threat
(Menekse Tokyay, The Turkish Weekly)

Another Becket Fund victory for religious freedom
(Robert P. George, First Things)

Attacks target Muslim leaders in Russia's Tatarstan
(Alissa de Carbonnel, Reuters)

First female Anglican bishop for Africa elected in a 'spirit-filled' atmosphere
(Anglican Communion News Service )

Grand Forks B&B discriminated against gay couple, human rights tribunal rules
(Sam Cooper, The Province)

Korean church group proposes peace projects for WCC's 10th Assembly
(Hisashi Yukimoto , ENInews)

New study finds Asian Americans contribute to diversity of U.S. religious landscape
(The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life)

Nigeria's persecuted Christians need help from U.S., ERLC says
(Tom Strode, Baptist Press)

Pew Forum Weekly Religion News Update

Religion News on the Web - 19 July 2012
(The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life)

Religious threats to free speech in Britain and Poland
(National Secular Society)

Russia: Religious freedom survey, July 2012
(Geraldine Fagan, Forum 18 News Service)

Scientology added to the Dictionary of the Royal Spanish Academy
(Bob Adams, Church of Scientology International)

Scotland rejects cardinal’s call for gay-marriage referendum

The Herald: Redefining marriage is a ‘legal minefield’
(The Christian Institute)

Workshops for journalists on freedom of religion and expression in Armenia
(Public Radio of Armenia)

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

A debate over freedom, fear and facial hair in Egypt
(Steve Hendrix, The Seattle Times)

ACCU Update Newsletter - Summer 2012

Azerbaijan: New literature controls not "formally" about censorship
(Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service)

Battle against Obama HHS mandate continues despite judge's ruling
(Steven Ertelt,

Boy Scout ban on gays to continue
(Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times)

Christian concert back on again – despite threatened suit
(Lisa Schencker, The Salt Lake Tribune)

Creationist groups win Michael Gove's approval to open free schools
(Jeevan Vasagar, Guardian)

Cross vs. Constitution: Symbol of faith brings Dugger, Indiana community to arms
(Alex Campbell, IndyStar)

Czechs close to compensating churches
(K.S., The Economist)

Dutch and Muslim are not mutually exclusive
(Marianne Vorthoren, Common Ground News Service)

Germany sees rising threat from militant Islamists
(Frank Jordans, Associated Press)

How political correctness towards Islam is transforming British education
(Soeren Kern, Gatestone Institute, Talpa brusseliensis christiana)

Il Senato approva in via definitiva l’Intesa con la Chiesa di Gesù Cristo dei Santi degli Ultimi Giorni
(Sala Stampa Chiesa di Gesù Cristo dei Santi degli Ultimi Giorni)

Indian Christians forced into Hindu worship, driven from homes
(Compass Direct News)

Jihadists’ fierce justice drives thousands to flee Mali
(Adam Nossiter, New York Times)

Miss. abortion clinic may be on way to closing
(Jeff Amy, Associated Press)

Mofaz: I hoped PM would go beyond 'petty politics'
(Lahav Harkov and Gil Hoffman, Jerusalem Post )

Murfreesboro mosque sues for right to celebrate Ramadan
(Bob Smietana, The Tennessean)

Officials turn blind eye as religious tensions rise in Indonesia
(Sara Schonhardt, The New York Times)

OIC rejects new Israeli claim on Al-Aqsa
(Arab News)

One HHS mandate case dismissed, Don’t read too much into it
(Kyle Duncan (Becket Fund), National Review Online)

Ramadan fast poses challenge for Muslim Olympians
(Omar Sacirbey, Washington Post)

Reding: Commission will continue efforts for religious freedom in Cyprus
(Famagusta Gazette)

Religion and polio in Pakistan: Finding the cure
(Kathyrn Salucka, World Policy Blog)

Religious Freedom: Once more, with feeling
(Jason Pitzl-Waters, Patheos)

Religious Israeli lawmaker tears up New Testament
(Associated Press)

Russia: Stop extradition to Uzbekistan
(Human Rights Watch)

Schools deny girls cervical cancer jabs on religious grounds

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