Law and Religion Headlines

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Campaigners push for marriage equality worldwide
(Hilary Whiteman, CNN)

Can Islamists be liberals?
(Mstafa Akyol, The New York Times)

Canadians' religious freedom in danger, bishops warn
(Benjamin Mann, Catholic News Agency)

Columbia University Journal of International Affairs: Religious-Freedom Violations in South Asia
(Leonard A. Leo and Katrina Lantos Swett, United States Commission on International Religious Freedom )

Commentary: Anti-Shariah law push could hurt Michigan's tolerant image
(Dawud Walid, The Detroit News)

Copts to shun Islamists in Egypt's presidential vote
(Yasmine Saleh, Reuters)

D.C. area churches grapple with president’s stance on same-sex marriage
(Hamil R. Harris and Pamela Constable, The Washington Post)

Dalai Lama thought English "law abiding" before the riots
(John Bingham, The Telegraph)

Diocese responds to teacher’s suit
(Rebecca S. Green, The Journal Gazette)

Fine on attorney for anti-Catholic statements in court filing upheld
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Germany weighs ban on Salafists after clashes
(Elisa Oddone, Reuters via Chicago Tribune)

Hate crime amendments in parliamentary limbo four months on
(Matthew Vella, Malta Today)

In presidential bid, Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood moves to harder line on Islamic law
(The Washington Post via Associated Press)

Ind. diocese denies discrimination over IVF
(Charles Wilson, Associated Press via Boston Globe)

Iranian officials heighten control on Farsi-speaking church
(Damaris Kremida, Compass Direct News)

Koran Handouts in Germany: Freedom of religion vs fears of Islamism
(RT, YouTube Video)

Muslim leaders explain Sharia law amid mosque concerns
(Lisa Sink, Brookfield Patch)

Parishioners of closed Northampton's St. Mary of the Assumption Church sue city over new ordinance
(Fred Contrada, The Republican)

Religion Journal: Christ statue in Mumbai prompts blasphemy spat
(Joanna Sugden, The Wall Street Journal India)

Religion, adoption addressed in one NJ assembly bill
(Kevin McArdle, New Jersey 101.5)

Religious freedom festival in Indonesia recognizes government, faith leaders
(Gaty Tuballes-Deles, Adventist News Network)

Romney adamantly rejects same-sex marriage
(Bangkok Post)

Source: Obama campaign hires faith outreach director
(Dan Gilgoff, CNN Belief Blog)

Student group law could push Catholic schools into clash with province, observers say
(Lee Greenberg, The Ottawa Citzen)

Tolerance and respect key to our shared future
(Michael O'Flaherty, Belfast Telegraph)

Too many sacred cows
(Hartosh Singh Bal, International Herald Tribure)

Monday, 14 May 2012

ADF attorneys file suit to challenge unconstitutional ban on free speech at Italian festival
(Nate Kellum & Jon Scruggs, Alliance Defense Fund)

AHA leaders meet with U.S. State Dept.'s Office of International Religious Freedom
(American Humanist Association)

Ahemdabad cops search of maulvi behind religious conversions
(DNA Correspondent, Daily News and Analysis)

Announcement of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church on the occasion of the latest imprisonment of Archbishop John

Appeals court certifies N.Y. kosher law as constitutional

Committee OKs allowing chaplains to oppose gays
(Gannett News Service)

Echoing out of Texas, Chinese voice of dissent for religious freedom
(Andrew Jacobs, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

Jordanian law aims to block (some) religious parties
(Abdullah Omar, The MidEast News Source)

Marriage is civil right as well as religious rite
(Cynthia Tucker,

Military chaplains raise gay marriage concerns
(Rachel Martin, NPR)

MPs must rise above religion, caste, serve people: Speaker
(The Indian Express)

One month remains for government consultation on marriage equality
(Stephen Gray, Pink News)

Professors consider nature of religion
(Abbie Kouzmanoff, The Dartmouth)

Religion, state clash over law
(Charles W. Hedrick, News-Leader)

Religious freedom on the docket with North Dakota Measure #3
(Rob Kupec, WDay 6 News)

Romney's address aimed at overcoming religious suspicions
(Maeve Reston, Los Angeles Times, The Ledger)

Sexual, religious biases add fuel to hate crimes
( Brian Haas, The Tennessean)

Voters’ religious views are reflected in ballot box
(Rebecca Hagelin, The Washington Times)

Voters’ religious views are reflected in ballot box
(Rebecca Hagelin, The Washington Times)

When "myths" are truths
(Matthew J. Franck, First Things)

Why Obama and Romney should share their religious beliefs
(Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie, Huff Post Religion)

Why terrorists are after Africa’s Christians
(Fernando Perez, India, International Institute for Religious Freedom)

Sunday, 13 May 2012

After Irshad Manji: Freedom of religion in Indonesia
(Critical Muslims)

Arizona governor signs two bills aimed at protecting religious liberty
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Culture war looms as Israel pledges to end ultra-Orthodox military exemptions
(Karin Brulliard, The Washington Post)

Display of Ten Commandments roils Virginia county
(Richard Simon, The Republic)

Haj Subsidy: Religious and constitutional aspects
(Dr Syed Zafar Mahmood, Two

Nigeria: Imbibing Peaceful Co-Existence in a Contemporary Multi-Religious Society - the NASFAT Roadmap
(Emma Okereh, All Africa)

Religious Freedom: Should the 10 Commandments be promoted in public?
(Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz, JewishJ

Saturday, 12 May 2012

'War' comes to America over religious heritage
(William Murray, WND Faith)

Alabama town vows to defy anti-religion group
(Todd Starnes, Fox News)

Anti-religion campus policies targeted by ADF
(Leigh Jones, Baptist Press)

Argentina gender rights law: A new world standard
(Fox News via Associated Press)

Christian Legal Society V. Martinez Decision upends campus religious groups
(Adelle M. Banks, Religion News Service)

Church can educate, blow the whistle on human trafficking, say police
(Carol Glatz, Pilot Catholic News)

Hmong families evicted for turning to Christ in Vietnam
(Mission Network News)

In Macedonia, ethnic Albanians protest arrests of murder suspects
(Radio Free Europe)

Indonesia: Police failed to protect Ahmadiyah Mosque from attacks
(William Gomes, Salem-News)

Kansas lawmakers pass anti-Islamic law measure
(Associated Press, USA Today)

Living on a wing and a prayer
(Dan Frosch, The Sydney Morning Herald)

Lord Alton gives Tyburn Lecture on 'What price faith?'
(Lord Alton of Liverpool, Independent Catholic News)

New Arizona law allows religious employers to exclude birth control from insurance plans
(New York Daily News via Associated Press)

Pakistan safe haven for religious minorities: CM
(The News International)

Pope to create Australian ordinariate for Anglicans
(Catholic News Agency)

Rabat Salafists assault woman over dress [Morocco]
(Mohamed Saadouni, Magharebia)

Religious freedom, Shariah take center stage during Egypt's presidential debate
(Luiza Oleszczuk , Christian Post Report)

Religious prosecution in the Qualification Directive: the ‘core’ of fundamental rights as a core business of EU asylum law?
(European Law Blog)

Student-led prayer will continue during graduation ceremonies in Texas

SWC, Open Doors stand up against religious persecution
(Suzanne Pollak , Washington Jewish Week)

The judge Tanja Mileva sentenced Archbishop Jovan to two and a half years of imprisonment

Ugandan faith leaders urge transparency after oil discovery
(Fredrick Nzwili , ENI News)

Friday, 11 May 2012

ACLU files lawsuit against Marion County on behalf of non-religious couples
(Eva Pilgrim, WSBT)

Catholic Middle East expert believes Arab Spring is 'no more'
(Catholic News Agency)

Chile passes anti-discrimination law that had been pending for 7 years
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Critics of Sharia law push Mich. foreign law bills
(Jeff Karoub, My San Antonio via Associated Press)

Gay-led Los Angeles parish breaks with Presbyterian Church
(Ronnie Cohen, Reuters, Worldwide Religious News)

Germany braces for clashes between Islamists, right-wing activists
(Los Angeles Times, Worldwide Religious News)

High Court confronts religious panel over ban on female attorneys
(Jack Khoury, Haaretz)

How the Chinese Communist Party first split on Falun Gong
(Qi Xianyu, The Epoch Times)

Iran’s Baha’i minorites risk persecution to get an education
(Cassandra Morrill, Borderzine)

Measure 3 would add protection to religious beliefs
(Kari Lucin, The Jamestown Sun)

Military class suspended for its view on Islam
(Pauline Jelinek and Robert Burns , Salt Lake Tribune via Associated Press)

New York kosher label act is constitutional, court says
(Bob Van Voris, Bloomberg)

Obama accused of targeting Christians
(Bob Unruh, WND Faith)

Radical cleric Qatada loses European appeal bid
(Peter Griffiths, Reuters, Chicago Tribune)

Religious exemption to premise registration focus
(Jane Fyksen, Agri-View)

Thou shalt not display the Ten Commandments at a public school?
(Richard Simon, Los Angeles Times)

Top Egyptian presidential candidates debate — including views on religion and state
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Thursday, 10 May 2012

At issue: Religious freedom in India
(Charlie Butts, One News Now)

Azerbaijan court closes church: Others could follow
(Cross Rhythms)

Debate: Should churches get tax breaks?
(The New York Times Opinion)

Dick Lugar, international religious liberty stalwart
(Mark Silk , Religion News Service)

EU Parliament Platform for Secularism in Politics promotes assisted self-killing of dying patients
(Talpa brusseliensis christiana)

In effect, Measure 3 a stealth attack on religious liberty in North Dakota
(Dustin White, Inforum)

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