Law and Religion Headlines


Saturday, 26 May 2012

'Church-state' issue baffling city officials
(Jeff Mitchell, The Californian)

"The reason is religion, Mom"
(The Algemeiner)

Amnesty International Human Rights Report 2012

Appeals court reverses decision on Fargo monument
(Associated Press, The Dickinson Press)

Aziz Poonawalla column: Get the state out of all marriages
(Aziz Poonawalla, Wasau Daily Herald)

Bhatti murder case in Pakistan increasingly murky
(Compass Direct News)

CAIR: Kansas anti-muslim bill 'invites' legal challenge
(Council on American-Islamic Relations, The Sacramento Bee)

Canada's Catholic schools may have to allow gay-straight alliances
(Minot Daily News)

Europe's dilemma: Immigration and the Arab Spring
(Anya Barry, Foreign Policy in Focus)

Expert: American misunderstandings on religious liberty affect efforts abroad
(Michael Gryboski, The Christian Post)

For the government, what counts as Catholic?
(John Garvey, The Washington Post)

God, gays, ganja and Mexican politics
(Kent Patterson, Salem-News.com)

India’s human rights record to face scrutiny
(Elizabeth Roche, Livemint.com)

Maine churches raising money to fight 'gay marriage'
(Clarke Canfield, Associated Press via One News Now)

Month of May marks Eritrea's religious freedom abuses
(United States Commission on International Religious Freedom)

Mufti's candidacy highlights minority rights in Serbia
(Bojana Milovanovic, Southeast European Times)

New development: Can Mary Ann Glendon reverse government policy on religious liberty?
(Kathy Schiffer, Patheos)

NYPD Muslim surveillance in NJ 'permissible' according to attorney general report
(Ted Sherman, Huffington Post)

Religious liberty at stake in battle over contraception rule
(Mary Matalin, CNN)

Richard Land: Constraint on gov't, not citizens regarding religious freedom issues
(Michelle A. Vu, The Christian Post)

Robert George connects conscience and religion rights at National Religious Freedom Conference
(EWTN News, National Catholic Register)

The media's religion deficit
(Cal Thomas, The Baltimore Sun)

Thousands pray for Istanbul landmark to become mosque
(Ayla Jean Yackley, Reuters)

Under the Dome: 'Church-state' issue baffling city officials
(Jeff Mitchell, The Californian)

Vietnam jails Catholic activists
(Times Live [South Africa])

Vietnam: Court sentences four Catholic students
(UCA News)

Will 'Twilight' and 'True Blood' replace religion in teenagers?
(Carol Pinchefsky, Forbes)

Women in the Muslim world need genuine reform
(Ida Lilchter, M.D., Huff Post Religion Blog)

Friday, 25 May 2012

'For Greater Glory': Catholics see a rallying cry for 'Religion Freedom' in new film
(Lauren Markoe, Huffington Post)

As conservatives rally on marriage issue, fate rests with high court
(Tom Curry, NBC Politics)

Catholic bishops put religious privilege above others’ rights - OpEd
(Justin Trottier and Michael Payton, National Post [Canada])

Faith groups fight 'rape' of America's religious soul
(Jennifer Wishon, CBN)

Faith leaders vow to fight threats to religious liberties in public sphere
(Lauren Green, Fox News)

Jawi does not need court order to seize Irshad Manji's book
(New Straits Times)

John Baird defends support for Israel, human rights at Washington D.C. religion dinner
(Lee-Anne Goodman, National Post [Canada])

Kazakh Baptist says charges are fabricated
(Baptist Press)

Maine churches raising money to fight gay marriage
(Clarke Canfield, Associated Press)

MP: Azerbaijan must reconsider relations with European Parliament
(Trend)

New Jersey finds NYC police surveillance of Muslims broke no state laws, can't be blocked
(Samantha Henry, Duluth News Tribune)

Paper criticizes candidate Roy Moore's involvement on issue that may come to state Supreme Court
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Protests planned after minister calls for gays to be fenced in
(Wade Rawlins, Chicago Tribune)

Rabbis side with Catholics, urge Obama to drop mandate
(Howard Slugh, The Weekly Standard)

Regional rise of the Muslim Brotherhood
(Yolande Knell, BBC)

Religion briefs
(The Associated Press)

Roman Catholic hierarchy split on lawsuit against Obama
(Jane Little, BBC News)

Twilight vampire films 'take the place of religion' for teenagers
(Rob Waugh, Daily Mail Online)

Vietnam still abuses human rights and religious freedom
(Robert P. George, The Diplomacist: Cornell International Affairs Review)

Why no public appointment hearings for UK’s new European Court of Human Rights judge?
(Adam Wagner, UK Human Rights Blog)

Thursday, 24 May 2012

Florida Baptist Convention liable for sexual abuser in rare verdict that holds more than his congregation accountable
(Peter Smith, Courier-Journal)

3 in 4 say religious rights trump law
(WND Education)

After decade in storage, Washington letter on religious freedom will go public
(Alex Zuckerman, CNN Belief Blog)

Analysis on Egyptian election: Christians will lose
(Michael Carl, WND Faith)

Another good decision from the European Court of Human Rights
(Novitas Catholicus)

Battle brewing over conscience protections for military chaplains
(Dave Bohon, The New American)

Church 'evicted' after 7 years proof of Kuwait's new Islamist policy?
(Luiza Oleszczuk , The Christian Post)

Egypt court gives 12 Christians life sentences
(Aya Batrawy, Associated Press via The Kansas City Star)

Egypt elections: religion first, economy second for voters
(The Telegraph)

First Amendment freedoms hang in the balance this Memorial Day
(Liberty Institute, PR Newswire)

Holy See sees legal action over continued 'Vatileaks'
(David Kerr, Catholic News Agency)

Indiana sued for marriage law
(Lauren Glapa, Indiana Daily Student)

Latter-day politics
(Amy Davidson, The New Yorker)

Liberty Institute sets epic battle--whether the Supreme Court will allow religious imagery on veterans memorials--to acoustic music
(Wall Street Journal)

NH Supreme Court upholds city's partial tax of church property
(Don Byrd, Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty)

Obama and the contraception mandate - OpEd
(The Christian Science Monitor)

Pew Forum Weekly Religion News Update

Prosecutor seeks to force rabbis to report on abuse
(Ray Rivera, NY Times)

Protecting our Catholic conscience in the public square
(Cardinal Donald Wuerl, The Washington Post Opinions)

Religion news in brief
(Fox News via Associated Press)

Sikhs move a step closer to separate marriage law
(The Tribune India)

The European Court of Human Rights - A European constitutional court?
(Jacob Mchangama, The Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies)

The religious pragmatist who might be Egypt's next president
(Paul Cruickshank, CNN)

Though religious group’s efforts are noble, tackling issues won’t come without making enemies
(J. Patrick Coolican , Las Vegas Sun)

Women in the Muslim world need genuine reform
(Ida Lichter, Huffington Post)

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

'Revolutionary' law to change rules of marriage
(Jeremy Sharon, The Jerusalem Post)

Ave Maria University discontinues student health insurance because of federal government's mandate
(Jim Towey, Catholic Online)

Ben Emmerson QC: abuse of human rights policies increases terrorism
(Owen Bowcott, The Guardian)

California bishop(s) undermining lawsuits against HHS mandate?
(Kevin Clarke, Angel Queen.org)

City wins church tax fight
( Ben Leubsdorf, Concord Monitor)

Court could thwart Obama with Clinton law in contraception face-off with church groups
(Michelle Goldberg , The Daily Beast)

Culture war: Small time religious bodies slam Banda's move on gay law
(Derek Mapondera, The Marabi Post)

Egypt elections: Sharia can support democracy
(Mahmood Delkhasteh and Hassan Rezaei, The Christian Monitor)

Egyptians vote for new president freely, fervently after Mubarak
(Li Laifang, English News)

European Court in landmark religious freedom ruling
(The Iona Institute for Religion and Society)

First Amendment column: Religion in schools can be constitutional
(Greenbay Press Gazette)

Harassment, bullying and free expression: Guidelines for public schools seek middle ground
(Lauren Markoe, Huffington Post)

Illinois senate rejects anti-bullying measure amid religious objections
(CBS Chicago)

Leading ultra-orthodox group, Agudath Israel, insists abuse claims go to rabbis first
(Paul Berger, Huffington Post)

NC law to tie corporate tax break, private tuition
(Education Week)

Religious order admits another transgression
(Nicole Winfield , The Associated Press via The Columbus Dispatch)

Southern Poverty Law Center Intelligence Report profiles 30 leaders of the rising radical right
(The Wall Street Journal)

Turkey to make religious building donation tax-deductible
(Ali Berat Meric and Emre Peker, Bloomberg)

Twelve more lawsuits, still no case
(Sarah Lipton-Lubet, ACLU)

Vatican protesters gather in NYC
(Anna-Maja Rappard and Nina Melendez, CNN)

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

A true religious freedom fighter (Seamus Hasson)
(Editor's Report, Catholic New York)

Baha'is mark centenary of US visit by religious leader
(Jerome Socolovsky, Voice of America)

Freedom from religion group objects to prayer at county commission meetings
(The Chattanoogan)

Guidelines seek line between free speech, bullying
(Lauren Markoe, The Washington Post)

HHS doesn’t speak for me, or many women
(Helen Alvare, Religion News Service via The Washington Post)

Israel draft law faces change
(Amy Teibel, Philly via The Associated Press)

Judaism a religion of peace – for some
(Rabbi Levi Brackman, Y Net News / Jewish World)

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