Law and Religion Headlines

Sunday, 1 July 2012

Hindus shocked at video game developer adding more deities
(The Jet Online (Fiji))

Illicit bishop ordains priests in Leshan
(UCA News)

Kenya police: church attacks kill 15, wound 40
(Jason Straziuso - Associated Press)

Unlocking Nepal's political deadlock: A fresh mandate is best option — OpED
(Dr Gyan Basnet, Eurasia Review)

Saturday, 30 June 2012

Assam Congress lawmaker assaulted for converting to Islam
(IANS via New Kerala)

Berger on religious liberty in the United States
(CLR Forum)

France libel and lies in MIVILUDES' report denounced
(Willy Fautré, Human Rights WIithout Frontiers via

Giles County School Board officially drops fight to post 10 Commandments at Narrows High
(Orlando Salinas, WDBJ7)

Martha Nussbaum and the new religious intolerance
(Giles Fraser, The Guardian)

No religion is an island: Facing injustice in a community not 'our own'
(Rabbi Arthur Waskow, Huff Post Religion Blog)

Religious response to Supreme Court decisions

Religious-freedom violations in South Asia
(Leonard A. Leo and Katrina Landos Swett, All India Christian Council)

Terzi: Strong EU convergence on defence of religious freedom
(Farnesia - Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Italy))

The Islamists and Western blinkers – OpEd
(Aijaz Zaka Syed, Arab News)

U.S. court ruling allows religious groups to use schools for services
(Marc Santora, New York Times)

UNESCO says Nativity Church is endangered
(National Turk)

Washington's letter to Jews Highlight of Religious Freedom Exhibit (VIDEO)
(Paul Berger, The Jewish Daily Forward, Huff Post Religion)

Will reforms end Myanmar monks' spiritual strike?
(Anthony Kuhn, NPR)

Friday, 29 June 2012

10 things you need to know about religious liberty
(Sally Steenland, Huffington Post)

Activists gather to defend religious liberty
(Religion News Service,

Appeals court upholds church veto on membership
(Joseph A. Slobodzian, Philadelphia Inquirer )

Bulgaria faces Human Rights Court over scandalous judicial appointment

Circumcision ruling condemned by Germany's Muslim and Jewish leaders
(Kate Connolly, The Guardian)

Diocese and bishop sued over abuse in exorcism sessions
(James Bridge, Courthouse News Service)

German court circumcision ban meets a wave of criticism
(Elisa Oddone, Reuters)

Guest Post: Recent case-law of the European Court of Human Rights and the U.S. Supreme Court on church autonomy
(Jaco van den Brink, Law, Religion & Politics)

Hertzke (ed.), The Future of Religious Freedom
(Yosefa A. Heber, CLR Forum)

Is blasphemy a crime?
(The Voice of Russia)

Kyrgyzstan: Tightened censorship from September?
(Mushfig Bayram, Forum 18 News Service)

New judges elected in respect of Sweden, the UK, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic and Poland
(Antoine Buyse, ECHR Blog)

Obamacare: HHS mandate redefines religion, say Christian legal experts
(Alex Murashko, The Christian Post)

PACE elects judges to the European Court of Human Rights in respect of the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Poland and the United Kingdom
(Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe)

Paul Mahoney appointed UK's new judge in Strasbourg
(Owen Bowcott, The Guardian)

Pharmacist denies meds because religion
(Katie Kim, KRQE)

Should Chilean banks force ‘no hijab’ on Muslim women customers?
(Vanessa Rivera de La Fuente, Women News Network)

Sudanese authorities demolish two church buildings
(Compass Direct News)

The burdens and benefits of Brighton
(Laurence R. Helfer, European Society of International Law)

The Future of Blasphemy: Speaking of the Sacred in an Age of Human Rights, by Austin Dacey
(John Gray, The Globe and Mail)

They preached liberty
(Joseph Loconte, The Wall Street JournalJ)

Tunisia asserts control over mosques
(Houda Trabelsi, Magharebia via Eurasia Review)

Turkey: UN Human Rights Committee and European Court of Human Rights again judge in favour of conscientious objection
(Internacional de Resistentes a la Guerra)

Zimbabwe: Religion - an African's dilemma

Thursday, 28 June 2012

All India Christian Council condemns recommendation to introduce anti-conversion law in Manipur

Azerbaijan: Not arrested, merely detained
(Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service)

Be true to religious liberty, Baptists urged
(Bob Allen, ABP News)

Christian pregnancy center freed from posting abortion stand

Egypt's new president to pick woman, Christian VPs

Fighting for freedom at Georgetown
(Kathryn Jean Lopez, National Review Online)

Health care’s messy morality
(Matthew J. Franck, Washington Post)

Individual mandate survives—Religious liberty challenges move forward
(Emily Hardman, Becket Fund for Religious Liberty)

Iran plans to execute two for consuming alcohol
(Lisa Daftari, FoxNews)

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan urges birth control
(BBC News)

Nothing safe, nothing sacred: Syrian rebels desecrate Christian churches?

Pew Forum Weekly Religion News Update

Quarrel over definition of political prisoners leads to split in the Council of Europe
(Azerbaijan Monitor, PR Newswire)

Rape victim can sue for denied contraception
(Marimer Matos, Courthouse News Service)

Religion and the law: Sharia-compliant wills in Australia
(The Conversation)

Religious liberty concerns grow greater as Obamacare upheld
(Jennifer Marshall and Sarah Torre, Culture Watch)

Religious responses to Supreme Court Obamacare decision
(James D. Davis, Sun Sentinel)

Somalia adopts Ethiopia’s federal constitution with Sharia Law
(Qalinle Hussein, Somaliland Press)

Supreme Court ruling promises religious fights for the forseeable future
(Michelle Boorstein, The Washington Post)

Trouble in paradise
(Annapoorna Karthika, Asia Sentinel )

UNESCO to vote on Bethlehem Holy Sites
(Maan via Eurasia Review)

Vietnamese officials destroy two new church buildings
(Compass Direct News)

What Egyptian Christians think about their new Islamist president
(Jayson Casper, Christianity Today)

Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Ministry of Justice agreed with proposals of Ukrainian Council of Churches of legislative changes
(Institute for Religious Freedom (Ukraine))

Amid violence and fundamentalist pressure, hopes fade for new media laws
(Reporters sans Frontières)

At the door of the temple: Religious freedom and the new orthodoxy
(Philip Tartaglia, The Witherspoon Institute)

Bangladesh's Hindu women fight for divorce rights
(Shafiq Alam, Agence France Presse)

Belarus: Non-existent offences prosecuted
(Olga Glace, Forum 18 News Service)

CA assemblywoman's workplace religious freedom act advances
(Daily Democrat)

Christian legislator in Pakistan stuck with Muslim ID
(Compass Direct News)

Christians must confront their own disgust over homosexuality, says Archbishop
(John Bingham, TheTelegraph)

Diverse clergy celebrate religious liberty
(Abe Levy, My San Antonio)

Ecumenical groups address issues in Indonesia, Papua New Guinea
(ENInews Via Anglican Communion News Service)

Egypt: Let's give the Muslim Brotherhood a chance
(Abdul Rahman Al-Rashed, Arab News)

German court rules child’s religious circumcision can be a criminal offence – Analysis
(Adam Wagner, UK Human Rights Blog)

Hindus upset at online video game using Kali and other gods as combat tools
(Eurasia Review)

Is Sudan joining the Arab Spring?
(Alsir Sidahmed, Arab News)

Is the Arab Spring over?
(R. S. Kalha, Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses)

Judge tosses Georgia counseling student's First Amendment lawsuit
(Sydni Dunn, Student Press Law Center)

Lawsuit dropped against Nederland ISD
(Julie Chang, Beaumont Enterprise)

New version of HUDOC search engine launched
(Antoine Buyse, ECHR Blog)

Pluralism was easy until now
(Don Byrd, Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty)

Reform congregations in Hungary turn to court for recognition

Religion, a hurdle to the future
(Gautam Chikermane, Hindustan Times)

Senator introduces bill to protect Indonesia Christians in the US
(Voice of America)

The quiet influence of Kuwait's Salafis
(Sylvia Westall, Reuters)

Why freedom of worship is not freedom of religion
(Peg Luksik, Catholic Online)

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

American imams too few to meet the demand in American Muslim community
(Omar Sacirbey, Religion News Service, Huff Post Religion)

Annicchino on Religious Freedom in European Foreign Policy
(Mark L. Movesian, CLR Forum)

Arab women and men see eye to eye on religion's role in law
(Dalia Mogahed, Gallup)

Austrian President: We are very proud to have recognized Islam for 100 years
(Seyit Arslan, Today's Zaman)

Bishops rebel against Church marriage policy
(Edward Malnick and Cole Moreton, The Telegraph)

Chafee to let cross bill become law
(Boston Globe)

DC religious freedom event stresses role of liberty in America
(Michelle Bauman, Catholic News Agency)

Egypt: Christians tell Morsi 'We want a civil, modern and democratic state'

El-Haddad: Egypt will not use law to 'impose religion'
(BBC News)

Equal marriage: Church’s submission “erroneous”, says lawyer
(National Secular Society)

Ethiopia: Genomics and African queens

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