Law and Religion Headlines

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

An equal share of wealth equals lasting peace in CAR
(Matthew Newsome, Inter Press Service)

'Fake Frum' con man scams more than dozen Orthodox Jews
(Frimet Goldberger, The Jewish Daily Forward)

Boko Haram strikes again, with over 30 dead in latest attack, officials say (+video)
(Haruna Umar, The Christian Science Monitor)

One dead in Quran vandalism protest in Mauritania
(Press TV)

State of Michigan's first witness in gay marriage ban trail barred from testifying
(Jake Neher, WEMU)

Republicans from the West give support for gay marriage
(Erik Eckholm, The New York Times)

Ex-magistrate censured in Messiah name change case
(Travis Loller, ABC News)

Russia: Still no mosque for Sochi, Protestants struggle to keep church
(Victoria Arnold, Forum 18 News Service)

Apple joins Hobby Lobby, values corporate causes before profits
(Compiled by Eric Schulzke, Deseret News National Edition)

Children’s euthanasia bill signed by Belgium king

Monday, 3 March 2014

At weekly exorcisms, Egypt’s Muslims and Christians unite against the demons
(Aryn Baker, Time)

Baby to undergo blood transfusions despite objection of Jehovah's Witnesses parents
(Agencies, Telegraph)

India’s Muslims wary of rising political star
(Gardiner Harris, International New York Times)

Loyal to Ukraine, Muslim Tatars lie low as Russia seizes Crimea
(Alissa de Carbonnel, Reuters)

Supreme Court rejects asylum bid for German home-schooling family
(Sarah Pulliam Bailey, Washington Post)

Train station rampage further strains ethnic relations in China
(Andrew Jacobs, International New York Times)

Ukraine's Orange Blues: Will Putin's invasion backfire?
(Alexander J. Motyl, World Affairs)

Ukrainian Church calls on Moscow Patriarchate to help peace
(Nina Achmatova,

Russia, Ukraine and the church: A Lenten plea for peace
(B.C., The Economist [Erasmus: Religion and public policy])

No change to religious instruction policies
(Rebecca Quilliam, The New Zealand Herald)

Ukraine: The haze of propaganda
(Timothy Snyder, The New York Review of Books Blog)

Case weighing religious freedom against rights of others is headed to Supreme Court
(Robert Barnes, Washington Post)

Oregon's same-sex marriage battle divides people of faith
(Maria L. La Ganga, Los Angeles Times)

Road to Damascus wasn't enough: Apostle Paul questions nearly get Christian deported
(Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra, Christianity Today)

Disaffected Muslim parents urged faith 'takeover' of Birmingham schools, leaked documents show
(The Huffington Post)

Rouhani: Beliefs stop Iran from pursuing nukes
(Ali Akbar Dareini, Associated Press via Yahoo! News)

Rise in bigotry fuels massacre inside Myanmar
(Jane Perlez, The New York Times)

Rise of religious classes in public schools questioned
(Amy McNeilage, The Sydney Morning Herald)

Deadly attacks tied to Islamist militants shake Nigeria
(Adam Nossiter, The New York Times)

Ultra-Orthodox Jews stage mass protest against Israeli draft law
(Crispian Balmer, Reuters)

Boris Johnson says radicalisation should be treated as child abuse
(The Guardian)

The airport chaplain, now offering earthly aid
(Mike Tierney, The New York Times)

North Korea frees Australian missionary
(Dana Ford and Tim Schwarz, CNN)

Court grants five cases (UPDATED)
(Lyle Denniston, Scotusblog)

Judicial pragmatism and judicial restraint as dispositions toward constitutional adjudication rather than constitutional theories
(Kevin Walsh, Mirror of Justice)

On the pain of discrimination and the role of law and government (Part Two)
(Greg Sisk, Mirror of Justice)

The greatest movies have always been religious. Can we make more?
(Liel Leibovitz, Tablet: A New Read on Jewish Life)

Tajikstan: State control of Islam increasing
(Mushfig Bayram, Forum 18 News Service)

Home of Catholic family torched in Bangladesh
(Sumon Corraya,

American Atheists lawsuit against 'World Trade Center Cross' goes before appeals court
(Michael Gryboski, Christian Post)

Supreme Court declines to review asylum case of German homeschoolers
(Nap Nazworth, Christian Post)

Ultra-Orthodox Jews protest against military service, see it as "an attack on Torah"

Supreme Court will hear Muslim prisoner’s religious challenge to prison no-beards policy
(Eugene Volokh, Volokh Conspiracy)

King Abdullah: Unity key to Muslim success
(Arab News)

“Islamic extremists” put a price on your head? That means you can’t give a speech in this American government building
(Eugene Volokh, Volokh Conspiracy)

U.S. Jewish-Muslim delegation presses Denmark on ritual slaughter ban

Saudi Arabia: End to ‘absolute male control’ sought
(Arab News)

Mass Haredi Orthodox rally in Jerusalem protests draft bill

Ukraine’s religious communities ask Russia to pull out troops

Hundreds of French Jews demand election for chief rabbi

Muslim-American man wins nearly $1.2 million in job discrimination case
(Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press)

State agency may bar employee from selling his religious book during work time
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Uighurs at Xinjiang mosque have to face China flag when praying
(Massoud Hayoun, Al Jazeera America)

Purdue donation incites First Amendment fight over ‘God’ plaque
(Hayleigh Colombo, Indianapolis Star)

Why are Christians the world’s most persecuted group?
(Ramond Ibrahim, The Christian Post Opinion)

Pope Francis allows married man to join priesthood for first time in nearly 100 years
(Morgan Lee, The Christian Post)

Ukraine orders full military mobilization after Russia approves troop deployment; Kiev warns of war
(Anugrah Kumar, The Christian Post)

Special Feature: Contraceptive mandate symposium

Separatists blamed for China knife attack; 33 dead
(The Associated Press, Aljazeera America)

Sunday, 2 March 2014

Pope launches "pressing appeal" for Ukraine, for "all initiatives in favor of dialogue and harmony"

China's religious hostilities increase fourfold, as knife attack leaves dozens dead
(Brian J. Grim, the Weekly Number)

In Mexican village, utility shut-off used to force Protestant families to contribute to local Catholic festivals
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Disney attempts to force Boy Scouts over gay leaders ban; threatens to halt funding
(Anugrah Kumar, The Christian Post)

N Korea 'to release Australian missionary'
(BBC News)

New head of Ukraine's navy defects in Crimea
(BBC News)

Ultra-Orthodox Jews protest against army service
(BBC News)

Spiritual but not religious: knowing the types, avoiding the traps
(Linda Mercadante, Ph.D., OUPblog)

Religion and law round up – 2nd March
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Appeal of the Ukrainian churches and religious organizations on the occasion of the foreign aggression
(Institute for Religious Freedom (Ukraine))

Saturday, 1 March 2014

After Yanukovych, Maidan’s next fight will be to preserve a Ukraine safe for minorities
(Amelia Glaser, Tablet: A New Read on Jewish Life)

Allah, Malaysia and the WCC: Getting along in the name of God
(B.C., The Economist [Erasmus: Religion and public policy])

Compassion & Choices praises decision not to appeal dismissal of unjust “assisted suicide” case
(Compassion & Choices)

Hamas: Teaching human rights is against Palestine, Islamic culture
(Khaled Abu Toameh, Gatestone Institute)

Indonesia: Report on religious intolerance points finger at President Yudhoyono
(Mike MacLachlan, London, UCA News)

Interfaith leader calls for building bridges, not barriers between faiths
(Jennifer Dobner, Deseret News National Edition)

Kentucky Baptists use gun giveaways to lure unchurched to Christ
(Andrew Wolfson, The Courier-Journal)

Mexican Catholics find God in Islam
(William Schaefer, Mint Press News)

Missions signal a growing role for Mormon women
(Jodi Kantor and Laurie Goodstein, International New York Times)

Moroccan spiritual diplomacy is gaining ground in West Africa‏ – OpEd
(Said Temsamani, Eurasia Review)

North Carolina: ‘Homeless Jesus’ sculpture sparks ire: Son of God ‘not a vagrant’
(Cheryl K. Chumley, The Wall Street Journal)

Questions you're asking about cakes, gays, and religious freedom
(Amy Payne, The Foundry (blog))

Same-sex marriage: two new cases before the European Court of Human Rights
(Grégor Puppinck, PhD, European Centre for Law and Justice)

Saudi Arabia: besieged and fearful
(Immanuel Wallerstein, Aljazeera America)

State Department's Human Rights Report includes international religious discrimination concerns
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Tajik women fight mosque exclusion
(Humairo Bakhtiyor, Institute for War and Peace Reporting)

Thai Buddhist monk vows to fight on even as protesters scale back
(Amy Sawitta Lefevre, Reuters)

The dangers of oversimplifying the Central African Republic conflict
(Alex Whiting, Thomson Reuters Foundation)

The Islamic State of Iraq and ash-Sham’s dhimmi pact for the Christians of Raqqa province
(Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi, Joshua Landis - Syria Comment)

The Plantation Church: a Q&A with Noel Erskine

Ukraine Crisis: Crimea in the Crosshairs
(Alessandro Bruno, Geopolitical Monitor)

Ukrainian religious organizations impacted by Russian actions
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Unrest in Xinjiang, Uyghur Province in China
(Raymond Lee, Al Jazeera Center for Studies)

Venezuela: Violence against protesters, journalists
(Human Rights Watch)

Bill to name special religious freedom envoy on hold
(Mark A. Kellner, Deseret News National Edition)

Port au Prince, Haiti: Religious freedom celebrated in the aftermath of the tragic earthquake
(Dr. John Graz, International Religious Liberty Association)

Putin ready to invade Ukraine; Kiev warns of war
(Lidia Kelly and Pavel Polityuk, Reuters)

At heart of Ukraine drama, a tale of two countries
(Tim Sullivan and Dusan Stojanovic, The Big Story)

Russian troops take over Ukraine's Crimea region
(Tim Sullivan and Vladimir Isachenkov, Associated Press, The Big Story)

Putin dismisses Obama’s warning over Ukraine incursion
(AFP and Times of Israel Staff, The Times of Israel)

The Crimean crisis we should have seen coming
(Robert Coalson, The Atlantic)

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