Law and Religion Headlines

Monday, 26 August 2013

'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)

More bombs in Lebanon, as Mideast chaos spreads over borders
(Dashiell Bennett, The Atlantic Wire)

Judge refuses to let Muslim defendant wear burqa in court
(Shane Hickey, The Guardian)

Rabbi Shlomo Pappenheim says traditional Shtreimel fur hats desecrate God's name due to animal cruelty
(Yasmine Hafiz, Huff Post Religion)

25 years in making, Hindu encyclopedia is complete
(Susanne M. Schafer, Associated Press, ABC News)

Do Policy Prescriptions Work? Studying Effect of Race & Religion on People's Behaviour
(S.P. Harish, RSIS Commentaries)

Major tests on religion shaping up
(Lyle Denniston, SCOTUSblog)

N.J. gay conversion therapy ban for kids challenged in federal court
(Susan K. Livio, The Star Ledger)

Quebec Muslims slam proposed ban on religious headwear
(Massoud Hayoun, Al Jazeera America)

The Madrassa myth: in Pakistan, public schools may be the problem
(Beenish Ahmed, PRI's The World)

Religious leaders in peace appeal
(Belfast Telegraph)

Law guarantees religious freedom
(Nasik Swami, The Fiji Times)

US should condemn Saudi Arabia religious abuses
(Christian Today)

Turkish government promoting Islamic schools at the expense of secular education

Friday, 23 August 2013

Why should scientists care about religion?
(Nidhal Guessoum, The Big Questions)

New Mexico photographer loses discrimination case
(Dale Carpenter, The Volokh Conspiracy)

Nile Union Academy volunteers evacuated ahead of protest marches; local Muslims lock hands to protect church property
(Adventist News Network)

Egypt frees Mubarak as crackdown on Islamists continues
(Jeffrey Fleishman, Los Angeles Times)

Atheism in India: He’s not the son of God
(A.R., The Economist)

Amish Girl refuses chemo, hospital fights decision
(John Seewer, Huff Post Religion)

Miss World cancelled? Indonesian clerics protest beauty pageant on religious grounds
(Ninniek Karmini, Huff Post Religion)

Faithfuls mourn loss of Unification Church founder
(Global Post)

Assaults on Christians continue in Egypt, Islamists call for 'Friday of Martyrs' protests
(International Christian Concern, International Christian Concern)

Hindu man describes mistreatment after false-positive hand swab
(Jay Stanley, American Civil Liberties Union: Free Future)

ObamaCare birth control mandate on fast track to Supreme Court
(Sam Baker, The Hill)

On Egypt’s class-struggle: Rabias of the world unite – OpEd
(Ramzy Baroud, Eurasia Review)

Spanish Fork edifice may be U.S.' least likely Krishna temple
(Tom Wharton, The Salt Lake Tribune)

Pressure rises on Hamas as patrons’ support fades
(Jodi Rudoren, New York Times)

Canada: The state cannot decide what is a religious symbol
(Ian H. Henderson, The Globe and Mail)

America's Catholic nuns: Men are from Mars
(B.C., The Economist [Erasmus: Religion and public policy])

Battle continues over religious freedom at military base
(Andrew Evans, Washington Free Bacon)

Why aren’t black millennials leaving the church?
(Bryan T Calvin, Relevant Magazine)

Egyptians bewildered over support for Muslim Brotherhood
(Michael Armanious, Gatestone Institute)

A conservative Catholic now backs same-sex marriage
(Mark Oppenheimer, New York Times)

NM Clerk ordered to give gay marriage licenses
(Barry Massey, Associated Press, ABC News)

Religious liberty vs. 'a little' compromise: NM court rules for compromise
(One News Now)

Same-sex marriage trumps religious liberty in New Mexico
(Ryan T. Anderson, The Foundry)

Maj. Nidal Hasan guilty on all charges in Fort Hood shootings
(Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times)

More couples getting NM same-sex marriage licenses; Legal challenge expected
(Associated Press, The Washington Post)

Will religious liberty survive same-sex marriage?
(Kathryn Jean Lopez, National Review Online)

Islamic TV station in England fined for inciting violence
(Trevor Grundy, Religion News Service)

Congress urged to establish special envoy protecting religious minorities in Middle East
(Stoyan Zaimov, The Christian Post)

Kansas school surrenders to ignorance, removes Islam display
(Charles C. Haynes, The Washington Post)

The International Religious Freedom Commission strikes back
(Mark Silk, Religion News Service)

Price for religious services on the rise
(The Jerusalem Post)

Threat to religious liberty? Canadian Ministry opens jobs to non-Christian applicants
(Tyler O'Neil, Christian Post)

Quebec ponders religious headwear ban
(Huffington Post Live)

Campus event on evolution given go-ahead, religion issue shelved
(Uncommon Descent)

Rep. Ashby continues fight for religious liberty in Texas
(Trent Ashby)

Ethiopia: Inter-religious council to hold conference
(Zeryhun Kassa, Ethiopian Radio and Television Agency)

State-religion relations in spotlight in Sumgayit
(Nazrin Gadimova, Azer News)

Catholic push to overhaul immigration goes to pews
(Ashley Parker and Michael Shear, The New York Times)

Beit Jimal monastery in Israel hit by suspected ultranationalist Jewish vandals
(Ori Lewis, Reuters)

FFRF has standing to challenge differential form 990 requirements
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Thursday, 22 August 2013

Anti-Islamist old order ‘remnants’ flex their muscles in Tunisian politics
(Tarek Amara and Tom Heneghan, Reuters)

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