Law and Religion Headlines

Monday, 27 August 2012

Catholic Ireland awaits report on its abortion law
(Claire McCormack, We News)

Christian group to hold conference on blasphemy law
(Robert Evans, Reuters)

Christian groups susceptible to violence in India
(The Evangelical Fellowship of India, International Institute for Religious Freedom)

Churches fight to feed the homeless
(Charles C. Haynes, The Spectrum)

Crosses chopped down: 'Anti-church hysteria' spreads across Russia

Freedom From Religion group to sue Memphis city council
(Adam Hammond, News Channel 3 Memphis)

Germany: Turkish Muslims hope for more Muslims than Christians
(Soeren Kern, Gatestone Institute of International Public Policy)

In Chile, Jews face new dangers and old fears
(Gil Shefler, The Jerusalem Post)

Indonesia: Religious violence kills 2 Shias
(Adnkronos International)

Indonesian security forces turn to Islamic clerics to uproot terrorism
(Andrew Higgins, Washington Post)

Interfaith and intercultural dialogue ‘a big litmus test for the EU’
(Dr. Nazila Isgandarova, Turkish Weekly)

Interfaith crisis on the borderlands of Burma (Myanmar), Bangladesh, and India
(Irfan Al-Alawi, Gatestone Institute of International Public Policy)

Is John Turner's Brigham Young biography better than Broadway's The Book of Mormon? Pre-pub reviewers think so!
(Edward J. Blum, Religion in American History: A Group Blog on American Religious History and Culture)

John Walker Lindh sues for prison prayer group
(Carrie Johnson and Margot Williams, NPR)

Libyan Islamists raze Sufi sites in bold attacks
(Reuters, The New York Times)

Mauritanian imams plead for moderation
(Bakari Gueye, Magharebia)

Merkel vows to allow religious circumcision in Germany, aide says
(Ofer Aderet, Jewish World News)

Morocco: the police forces assault on the peaceful demonstrations is an assault on the freedom of expression
(The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information)

Mozambique: Headscarves allowed, burqas banned
(Agência de Informação de Moçambique, AllAfrica)

Pussy Riot team appeals 'punk prayer' jailing
(AFP, France 24 International News)

Religion returns to college campuses
(Bruce Walsh, Metro (New York))

Religious circumcision, the rights of the child and the ECHR
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Riots in Mombasa after killing of Muslim cleric
(San Diego News)

Same-sex marriage: Scotland urged to resist Catholic church campaign
(Lizzy Davies, The Guardian)

Seventeen Afghan partygoers beheaded by Taliban
(The Guardian)

Saturday, 25 August 2012

8 ways faith will matter at the Republican National Convention
(Dan Gilgoff and Eric Marrapodi, CNN Belief Blog)

Appeals court panel says federally funded embryonic stem cell research can continue
(Associated Press, The Washington Post)

Atheist group at odds with ethnic festivals
(Dave Umhoefer and Annysa Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Online)

Bodo-Muslim conflict in Assam – historical roots
(R. Upadhyay, South Asia Analysis Group)

Buddhist group demands stern action against US company manufacturing shoes with Buddha image
(Nepal News)

Commission on a Bill of Rights second consultation: a reminder
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Congressmen charge mandate 'an issue negatively impacting employers of all faiths'
(WND Faith)

EEOC harassment of Belmont Abbey College among top religious liberty concerns
(Campus Notes, The Cardinal Newman Society Blog)

Faith and rights groups call for hate crime hearings
(Chris Lisee, Religion News Service, The Washington Post)

Faith leaders in India harbor refugees from Assam violence
(Anto Akkara, ENInews)

IRS should Investigate Missouri Baptist group for election intervention, church-state watchdog says
(Press Release, Americans United)

Is nothing sacred? Thoughts on Mormon undergarments
(Robert A. Rees (via Jana Riess), Religion News Service)

Muslim ministry launches new website
(Chris Meehan, Christian Reformed Church)

Myanmar government can’t hide its crimes
(Dr. Habib Siddiqui, Eurasia Review)

New poll finds Americans evenly divided in views of Muslims
(Omar Sacirbey, Religion News Service)

Religious freedom, in Murfreesboro and Mecca
(Eric Patterson, The Washington Examner)

Yildirim on Turkey’s draft constitution
(Mark L. Movsesian, CLR Forum)

Friday, 24 August 2012

Action of punk rock band would be definitely regarded as a crime in any Western country
(Massimo Introvigne, Interfax-Religion)

Anglican Church in North America joins amicus brief in religious liberty appeal
(Press Release, VirtueOnline)

Arizona legislative session ‘best ever’ on religious issues
(Ron Johnson, The New Vision)

Bahrain rights activist Nabeel Rajab acquitted over tweet, still in jail

Bangkok conference on the Rohingyas of Myanmar – OpEd
(Dr. Habib Siddiqui, Eurasia Review)

Burger King sued for discrimination after allegedly firing Pentecostal Christian for wearing skirt
(Meredith Bennett-Smith , Huff Post Business)

Cardinal speaks out over abortion in Ireland
(Irish Examiner)

China: Buddhist monk sentenced to 7 years for spreading information about Tibet‏
(Eurasia Review)

Christian opposition to abortion pill mandate grows, two more colleges sue
(Gregory S. Baylor, Alliance Defending Freedom)

Confronting religion: Sikh prohibited from carrying kirpans at airport
(Riaz Ahmad, International Herald Tribune)

Conservative groups release survey on religious hostility in US
(Lauren Markoe, Religion News Service, The Christian Century)

Edinburgh cardinal suspends discussion with govt’ over ‘gay marriage’
(Hilary White, LifeSiteNews)

Elizabeth Warren on health care and religion
(E.J. Dionne, The Washington Post)

FFRF intercepts prayer-football entanglement
(Press Release, Freedom From Religion Foundation)

Five people die in intra-Islamic fighting in West Java
(Mathias Hariyadi,

Forget the Mormon moment; it's about Catholics
(Rachell Zoll, Associated Press)

House of Worship Protection Act's speech recognition

Integrating Islam the key to “modern culture” in Xinjiang – OpEd
(Dr. Liang Zheng, Eurasia Review)

Is it really ‘McCarthyite’ to ask teachers at Catholic schools to make a declaration of faith?
(Gillan Scott, God and Politics in the UK)

Israel welcomes Palestinians without permits
(Khaled Abu Toameh, Gatestone Institute of International Public Policy)

More violations of religious freedom by local Vietnamese authorities
(Paul. N. Hung,

Obamacare sued by “Best Place to Work for Women” to stop forced group coverage for abortifacients, sterilization, and contraception
(Press Release, Thomas More Society)

Pakistani Muslims: Disabled 11 yr-old Christian should be punished
(Jibran Khan,

Puerto Rico church council welcomes referendum results
(Jorge Zijlstra, ENInews)

Punk band sentence raises some questions - presidential human rights council

Russia’s rights ombudsman decries punk rocker verdict
(Gabriela Baczynska, The Washington Post)

Russian Muslims express solidarity with Syrian govt

Sectarian jihad in Syria: Made in the USA?
(Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed, Foreign Policy in Focus)

Sunday observance
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Tanzania: TB Joshua's evangelists to visit Tanzania
(All Africa)

The Pussy Riot trial and the church-state crisis in Russia
(Mark L. Movsesian, CLR Forum)

This week’s news and links: Who wants to keep Sunday special?
(God and Politics in the UK)

UK commission plans religion or belief seminars
(Equality and Human Rights Commission)

Vermont's Wildflower Inn settles gay marriage lawsuit with lesbian couple
(Dave Gram, Huff Post Gay Voices)

Video: Biola University joins suit over HHS contraception mandate
(Ed Morrissey, Hot Air)

West Point survey blasted for religion questions
(Associated Press, The Wall Street Journal)

What should Jews do about the circumcision crisis?‎
(Shmuel Rosner, Jewish Journal)

When does the free exercise of religion become hate?
(Anthony Michael Kreis, Huff Post Gay Voices)

Why science can't replace religion
(Keith Kloor, Discover Magazine)

Thursday, 23 August 2012

Back to things that matter: Actual violations of religious liberty
(David French, National Review Online)

A 'Christian' Europe without Christianity?
(David Gibson, Religion News Service, Huff Post Religion)

Activist seeks release of girl jailed for blasphemy
(Kamran Chaudry, UCAN)

Atheist jailed in Indonesia over Facebook posts
(Steve Williams, Care2)

Editorial: Morsi the pragmatist?
(Dr. Anthony Rusonik, Geopolitical Monitor)

Elane Photography v. Willock resource page
(Press Release, Alliance Defending Freedom)

French Catholic Church pro-marriage prayer provokes gay rights row
(Tom Heneghan, Reuters)

Islam and technology: The online ummah
(The Economist)

Looking at the tangled roots of violence in northern Nigeria
( Matt McCann, The New York Times)

Mexico religious cult refuses to allow teachers in
(Mark Stevenson, Associated Press)

Mumbai riots: Danger signals
(A. K. Verma, South Asia Analysis Group)

News Rep. Akin could use, from Missouri’s neighbor to the south
(Eugene Volokh, The Volokh Conspiracy)

Nigeria: 'Jonathan should not resign' – OPC
(Business Day)

NM photographer's religious freedom case goes to state Supreme Court
(Thomas Messner, Culture Watch)

Persecuted Christians: Intolerance grows in Pakistan
(Elizabeth Kendal, Continental News)

Pew Forum Weekly Religion News Update (the complicated politics of abortion)

Poll: Americans split on mixing faith and politics
(Napp Nazworth, Christian Post)

Religious freedom group targets Ga. high school coach
(David Purdum, AJC)

RPT-Militant S. Africa union marches with Bible, witchcraft

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