Law and Religion Headlines

Monday, 26 August 2013

Rwanda: Can women be priests?
(Joseph Oindo, Sunday Times)

Tanzania: Unkown assailants throw petrol bombs at Dar es Salaam church

Copts reject Western statements
(Egypt State Information Service)

Anti-Semitic, racist incidents at Oberlin College were ‘joke,’ student told police
(News Brief, JTA)

Remembering the Holocaust: Bearing witness ever more
(The Economist)

Record numbers flocking to Budapest Jewish festival
(News Brief, JTA)

First baptism to take place on Akdamar for 100 years
(Hürriyet Daily News)

UK: Harlow mosque hit by arson attack
(Maev Kennedy, The Guardian)

Islam's ability to empower is a magnet to black British youths
(Abdul Haqq Baker, The Guardian)

Switzerland: Zurich launches 'sex drive-ins'
(Stephanie Ott, CNN)

Journal of Law and Religion moves from Hamline to Emory
(The National Jurist)

Tunisian Islamists accept union plan to resolve crisis
(Tarek Amara and Tom Heneghan, Reuters)

Ukraine: Hasids say are ready to change traditional prayer site in Uman

LGBT activists face conservative culture, religious discrimination
(Harriet Salem, Southeast European TImes)

Does religious freedom have a future in Pakistan?
(Knox Thames, Georgetown Journal of International Affairs)

Order restored after fresh Myanmar religious unrest
(reporting by Min Zayer Oo in Yangon and Soe Zeya Tun, writing by Jared Ferrie, editing by Jason Szep and Robert Birsel, Reuters)

A day of national mourning for Tripoli mosque attacks
(Paul Dakiki,

Leaked videos show Egypt's army enlisting religion to aid crackdown
(David Kirkpatrick, The Age)

Muslim missionaries make Kyrgyz inroads through Bangladeshi Madrasah
(Ron Synovitz, Venera Djumataeva and Gulaiym Ashakeeva, Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty)

The last days of Tolstoy's people
(Sonia Smith, Slate)

Hindus ask Czech Republic for Roma protection
(Eurasia Review)

The March: Fifty years later, stands as an unprecedented display of ecumenical cooperation
(Religion News Service)

Ahead of High Holidays, Bennett unveils new platform for egalitarian prayer
(Ben Sales, JTA)

Analysis: Celebrations of ‘I Have a Dream’ speech obscure its critique
(Yonat Shimron and Adelle M. Banks, Religion News Service)

March on Washington showcased religious roots of Civil Rights movement
(Matthew Brown, Deseret News)

The black church's civil rights movement legacy is both a blessing and a curse, pastors say
(Danielle Cadet, Huff Post Black Voices)

Xinjiang, more violence: 15 Uyghurs killed by police for "terrorism"

FFRF wins standing to sue IRS over Form 990
(Secular News Daily)

First-Person: New Jersey & the Imago Dei
(Andrew T. Walker, Baptist Press)

Russia Pastafarian rally of Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster attacked by police
(Huff Post Religion)

Tehran upholds 8-year jail term for US-Iranian pastor
(Ahram Online)

Destroying Islam's holiest shrine for Assad?
(Irfan Al-Alawi, Gatestone Institute)

Monday’s Religion News Roundup: King’s March * Night Thievery * Miley’s Moment
(Sariah Pulliam Bailey, Religion News Service)

Is Boko Haram Islamic?
(Abdulrasheed Ibrahim, Nigerian Tribune)

Religion and war in Syria: A sonorous appeal
(B.C., The Economist [Erasmus: Religion and public policy])

The ruler of Hindu hearts?
(Krishan Partap Singh, The New York Times)

Canada giving $1.2M for religious freedom in Nigeria, Central Asia
(Laura Payton, CBC News)

The 'almost unremarked' tragedy of Christians persecuted in the Middle East
(Edward Malnick, The Telegraph)

Hundreds of Hindu nationalists detained for defying ban on pilgrimage to holy site in India
(Associated Press, The Washington Post)

Court case hangs over Indonesian pastor
(World Watch Monitor, Christian Today World)

Coptic unity in D.C. area starts to gel since Morsi ouster
(Michelle Boorstein, The Washington Post)

Jesus statue in Montana target of Freedom From Religion Foundation
(Larry Lee, WASU News)

Australia: Human Rights Watch opens Sydney office
(Eurasia Review)

Finding God behind bars: A look at religion in American prisons
(Joshua DuBois, The Daily Beast)

China banks on Buddhism
(Ilaria Maria Sala, The Wall Street Journal)

American Muslim cleric in Florida headed to federal prison for aiding Taliban‏
(Jim Khouri, Eurasia Review)

Ancient African religion finds roots in America
(Christopher Johnson, NPR)

Nigeria to include religion, ethnicity in 2016 census
(World Bulletin)

Arizona photographers: A unanimous decision for equality
(Louise Melling, American Civil Liberties Union: Blog of Rights)

Britain: Muslim TV hate preachers "inciting murder"
(Soeren Kern, Gatestone Institute)

Egypt military enlists religion to quell ranks
(David D. Kirkpatrick and Mayy El Sheikh, The New York Times)

Islamist preacher, Salafist activist detained over December clashes
(Aswat Masriya)

Pope urges world to help find solution to war in Syria
(Agence France-Press, Hürriyet Daily News)

Religious exemptions on gay marriage divides church advocacy groups
(Rachel Zoll, Associated Press, Huff Post Religion)

'Jerusalem' baby name rejected by city hall in Brussels
(Huff Post Religion)

RLUIPA – Indecipherable by "normal people"?
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Datsyuk on Russia's anti-gay laws: My religion says it all
(QMI Agency, Toronto Sun)

Russia defends anti-gay law in letter to IOC
(Associated Press, Times Daily)

What is Judaism, the Jewish religion?

Bangladesh: Minority repression has no ties to religion: Mozena
(BD News)

On a scale of 1 to horror: Ranking atrocities in the Middle East
(Amira Hass, Haaretz)

Spiritualism, slavery, and whiteness in the 1850s
(Carol Faulkner, Religion in American History (Blog))

Quebec, religious symbols and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Canada: Ban on religious symbols a step closer in Quebec
(Brian Daly, CNews)

Charter of Quebec Values — with controversial ban on religious garb — will unite province, Pauline Marois says
(Canadian Press)

Quebec: Freedom of religion reigns supreme
(The Spec)

Secularism charter slammed by Quebec politicians
(CBC News)

Quebec’s Charter plan is not about symbols – it threatens religion itself
(Robert Joustra, The Globe and Mail)

Banning religious headwear is a bad idea: Trudeau
(Sounak Mukhopadhyay, The Financial Times)

Letter: Banning the wearing of religious apparel violates human rights
(The Montreal Gazette)

Change in baptismal rite emphasizes church's identity
(Catholic News Agency)

The number one reason for the decline in church attendance and five ways to address it
(Thom S. Rainer, The Christian Post)

The holy war over Obamacare
(Kyle Cheney, Politico)

USCCB committee urges Kerry to support religious freedom in Egypt
(Catholic Culture)

Amendment allows freedom of religion
(Yuma Sun)

Girl Guide Christians give in to secular oath
(Olivia Goldhill, The Telegraph)

Christian groups threaten to ban UK girl scouts from meeting in churches after taking ‘God’ out of oath
(Sarah Rae Fruchtnicht, Opposing Views)

Get to Know: Religious tolerance at heart of her work
(Michael O'Connor,

Freedom From Religion Foundation embarks on major building project
(Doug Erickson, Wisconsin State Journal)

Battling superstition, Narendra Dabholkar paid with his life
(Ellen Barry, The New York Times)

Dabholkar murder: Maharashtra first state to ban black magic
(Hindustan Times)

India: What the anti-superstition bill is about
(Meena Karnik, DNA)

Religion and Peacemaking: Supporting Religious Communities in the Work of Peacemaking
(United States Institute of Peace)

Christian U.S. founders created religious freedom – Opinion
(Daniel L. Gardner, Hattiesburg American)

Viral photo shows Muslims protecting church in Egypt as congregants attend mass amid threat of attack
(Katherine Weber, The Christian Post World)

Settlement in suit challenging school RFID badges on religious grounds
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Wisconsin’s Religious Freedom Amendment could undermine anti-discrimination laws
(Eric C. Dolan, The Raw Story)

Christians and the myth of the “hookup culture”
(Jonathan Merritt, Religion News Service)

Coos Bay veterans memorial attacked
(PR Newswire, Digital Journal)

More on same-sex marriage in the United States

Sunday, 25 August 2013

Religion and law round up – 25th August
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Faith-based charity to airlift persecuted Christians out of Sudan
(By Perry Chiaramonte, Fox News)

5 advances in understanding religion and religious freedom
(Brian J. Grim, the Weekly Number)

Dangerous friends: Power struggle splits Turkish ruling party
(Hasnain Kazim and Maximilian Popp, translated from the German by Ella Ornstein, Spiegel Online International)

Jim Wallis virtual course on faith, social justice, and public life
(Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs)

Burma: Implications of Religious and Ethnic Violence
(Policy Brief, United States Commission on International Religious Freedom)

Egypt widens crackdown and meaning of ‘Islamist’
(David D. Kirkpatrick, The New York Times)

Ayodhya chief priest accuses VHP of going against Hindu traditions, says original 84-Kosi yatra is completed
(India Today)

Saturday, 24 August 2013

Richard III reburial: the decision for judicial review
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

They paved Plantagenet ‘n put up a parking lot
(David Hart, QC, UK Human Rights Blog)

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