Law and Religion Headlines

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Orthodox patriarch calls Putin Russia's legitimate leader
(Ecumenical News Highlights)

Secular group continues legal challenges against national day of prayer
(Michael Gryboski, U.S.)

Should creationist teachers have academic freedom?
(David Moshman, Huffington Post Education)

The Mezuzah needs federal protection
(Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld, The Huffington Post)

UK worshippers told 'migrant workers must not become scapegoats'
(Jo Siedlecka, ENI, Anglican Journal)

United Methodists in Tampa: Looking for scapegoats, living in fear
(Christopher H. Evans, The Huffington Post)

Vatican reverses Cleveland Catholic Diocese's closing of 13 parishes
(Michael O'Malley,

Monday, 7 May 2012

Al-Qaeda allies destroy sacred Timbuktu shrine
(Jemal Oumar, Magharebia via Eurasia Review)

Allocation of playing fields did not violate Establishment Clause
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

American female defense lawyer covers up in traditional Islamic dress at 9/11 Guantanamo trial 'out of respect' for her client's religious beliefs
(Daily Mail Online)

British Muslims defend Halal slaughter after calls for ban
(Al Arabia News)

Churches differ on marriage amendment
(Mary Katherine Murphy, Laurinburg Exchange)

Controversial Tunisian court ruling reflects dilemmas of the Arab Spring
(Vivienne Walt)

Counter Islamists and Islam: The new religious opposition
(H.A. Hellyer, The Washington Post)

Does divorce in Lebanon mean losing faith?

Feds to speak with Sullivan County sheriff about religious complaints
(James Shea, TriCities)

Important judgment in hate speech case by the European Court of Human Rights
(Coalition )

Marriage amendment highlights clergy divisions in Statesville
(Bethany Fuller, Winston-Salem Journal)

Muslims massacred in Ethiopia
(Nejashi Justice Council, Sacramento Bee)

New Israeli law puts religious discrimination in medical treatment
(David Shabtai, Haaretz)

Q & A on Mosque with Muslim Leader, Brookfield Physician Mushir Hassan
(Rory Linnane, Brookfield Patch)

Religious groups support Brookfield mosque
(Annysa Johnson, Journal Sentinel)

Religious intolerance in Muslim societies
(Yasser Latif Hamdani, The Pakistan Daily Times)

Sharia4Belgium spokesman convicted
(Flanders News)

Somalis find niche in Green Bay
(Karen Jellal, Fourth Estate)

With liberty, justice and dissent for all
(Ruth Ann Dailey, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

Sunday, 6 May 2012

Compassion for the persecuted? (Canada's new Office of Religious Freedom)
(Mike Milne, The United Church Observer)

European Court of Human Rights reforms welcomed
(Dr Phillip Lee MP , Get Bracknell)

Morality, religion dominate legislative session
(Howard Fischer,

Murder in the name of which God?
(Josiah Idowu- Fearon Ph.D. (ABU), Bishop of Kaduna, Vanguard)

New Zambian draft constitution has lengthy religious freedom provisions
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Nigeria: Boko Haram killings, attempt to wipe out Christians - CAN
(Christiana T. Alabi, All Africa)

Political, religious parties want action against schools
(Fasahat Mohiuddin, The News, International)

Race, religion collide in presidential campaign
(Jesse Washington and Rachel Zoll, Associated Press via

Recent prisoner Free Exercise cases
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Religion Journal: The rise of online worship
(Joanna Sugden, The Wall Street Journal India)

Religious intolerance costs company $5m in damages
(Gulf News via Associated Press)

Religious Tolerance in Oman exhibition opens in Madrid
(ONA, Oman Daily Observer)

Texas church wins in settlement of RLUIPA case
(The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty)

We must embrace religion, says Newcastle boss Pardew as he considers introducing prayer room
(Bob Cass, Mail Online)

West Java churchgoers refuse relocation plan
(Theresia Sufa, The Jakarta Post)

Saturday, 5 May 2012

ACLU: Christianity has no place on school board
(Drew Zahn, WND Education)

Argentine religious liberty organization announces new leadership

Atheist in Indonesia facing 11 tears in prison for saying 'God doesn't exist'
(Stoyan Zaimov, The Christian Post)

Austrian congregation fighting Orthodox hegemony under new law

Bahrain doctor: If US loses the faith of people like me, it loses the Mideast
(Nada Dhaif, The Christian Science Monitor)

Burma reforms offer no respite for ethnic Christians
(Vishal Arora, Compass Direct News)

Church and state: Defining "religious employee"
(Mike LaBossiere, Talking Philosophy)

Church and state: Ministerial exception
(Mike LaBossiere, Talking Philosophy)

Free Exercise Clause does not bar court from deciding whether trade secret was misappropriated
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Group objects to Florida DCF head using state email to send prayer to employees
(Dara Kam, Palm Beach Post News)

International religion league tables - who's up, who's down? And why.
(Tomas Rees, Epiphenom)

Koran handouts in Germany: Freedom of religion vs. fears of Muslim extremism

Kuwait close to death penalty law for blasphemy
(reporting by Mahmoud Harby, writing by Sylvia Westall; editing by Sami Aboudi, Reuters)

Pagan and non-religious weddings to become legal in Ireland
(Hugh Kramer, Examiner)

Religious butchering now commonplace in Britain, leading vet claims
(Nick Collins, The Telegraph)

Reports link Cardinal Law to crackdown on nuns
(Michael Rezendes,

The Muslim Brotherhood and the road to Egyptian democracy
(Nour Bakr, Common Ground News Service)

Friday, 4 May 2012

A manufactured panic: Why the worry over Islamic law?
(Cherie Konyha Greene, Concord Monitor)

Belarus: "I'm not going to the army"
(Olga Glace, Forum 18 News Service)

BREAKING: Colorado state House committee approves civil unions bill
(Nic Garcia, OutFront Colorado)

Christians 'most persecuted' religious group in the world, says expert
( Michael Gryboski, The Christian Post)

Does God have a seat in the courtroom? Examining the competing claims of law and religion
(Jannette Jauregui, Pepperdine Magazine)

Egypt: Chapter 1 - Presidential candidates on religious or civil state
(Aswat Masriya, All

Focus will withdraw ballot measure on religious liberty this election
(Electa Draper, Denver Post)

Ghent seminar on empirical face veil research (May 9)
(Saïla Ouald Chaib, Strasbourg Observers)

Judge to hear case of Commandments in Va schools
(Zinie Chen Sampson, Associated Press)

Law Day: ‘no courts, no justice, no freedom’
(Kelly Dame, Midland Daily News)

Mark Silk, a commentator on religion and politics who keeps above the fray
(Lisa Miller, The Washington Post)

Methodists strike down amendment to 'agree to disagree' on homosexuality
(Stoyan Zaimov, The Christian Post)

New: Journal of Law, Religion, and State
(Paul Horwitz, PrawfsBlawg)

North Carolina feels the ‘love’ in amendment campaign
(Peter Montgomery, Religion Dispatches)

Nova Scotia student suspended for wearing religious T-shirt
(Alysha Hasham, The Star)

RALS Conference at Touro Law School
(Elizabeth Schiltz, Mirror of Justice)

Religion in America
(John Turner, Religion in American History)

Religious marriage, legal marriage, and freedom
(Brian S. Clarke, The Herald-Sun)

Religious websites most prone to hackers
(Bob Allen, The Christian Century)

Tennessee legislature passes bill banning 'all comers' policy
(Robert Shibley, The Moral Liberal)

The hijab versus the hoodie – or how to bully dissenters
(Russell Blackford, Talking Philosophy)

The Muslim Brotherhood and Washington: Courtship and its discontents
(Sameul Tadros, Foreign Policy Research Institute)

Touro Law Center hosts the 2012 Conference of Religiously Affiliated Law Schools

Upcoming Event: Negotiating Religious Pluralism in Europe: Between the EU and the ECHR – Strasbourg, 28th June 2012

Thursday, 3 May 2012

'Azerbaijan must not allow EU, US to use tension with Iran, Russia'
(F.H., News.Az)

American Indian Religious Freedom Act suit against NCAA dismissed
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Bishops and extractive industries: A human face of mining
(Katherine Marshall, Huff Post Religion)

Church wins zoning appeal; city surrenders
(Jeff Gasser, The Becket Fund)

Dalai Lama mocks China’s interest in naming his successor
(Campbell Clark, The Globe and Mail [Ottawa])

Diversity rising: Census shows Mormons, nondenominational churches, Muslims spreading out across U.S.
(David Briggs, Association of Religion Data Archives)

Forced marriage campaign targets mosques in Scotland
(Poonam Taneja , BBC)

Governor vetoes religious liberty at Vanderbilt
(David French, American Center for Law and Justice)

How US pastor Terry Jones gets away with It – OpEd
(Kourosh Ziabari, Eurasia Review)

Judge tosses lawsuit from tribes on Fighting Sioux nickname
(Associated Press, Fox

Kazakh authorities against Christians, Jehovah's Witnesses and Hare Krishna

Letter: Religious liberty, Christianity and politics
(Allan Palmer, Caribbean News Now!)

NC lawyers' group holds marriage question debate

Nigeria: U.S. - We're concerned about attacks on media, churches

Pew Forum Weekly Religion News Update

Religion and campaign finance reform mix: Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf to talk elections
(Sam Levin, The Village Voice)

Religion: Tensions building between women, Vatican leaders
(Terry Mattingly, The Republic)

Religious freedom expert faults Obama’s prayer proclamation
(Michelle Bauman, Catholic News Agency)

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