Law and Religion Headlines

Friday, 3 August 2012

China responds to US criticism on religious rights: Don't 'meddle' in our policies
(NBC News and wire reports)

Concessions to Muslim law in Saudi woman controversy undermines the Olympics
(Bob Taylor, Washington Times)

Does the contraception mandate really kill religious freedom?
(David Gibson, Huffington Post)

Egypt: 120 Christian families flee their homes following death of a Muslim
(Michael Ireland, Continental News)

Girl of 10 can choose to convert from Judaism to Christianity, judge rules
(Martin Beckford, The Telegraph)

Islamic banking may enter Morocco
(Siham Ali, Magharebia)

Judging the role of religion (or not) in law
(Science Codex)

Obama Administration gives free pass for faith-based groups to discriminate
(Sarah Posner, Religion Dispatches)

RPT-Arab Islamist fighters eager to join Syria rebels
(Suleiman Al-Khalidi, Reuters)

Russian church slams US State Department's unfair criticism
(Milena Faustova, The Voice of Russia)

Russian human rights warrior: Rustem Valiullin
(Abdullah Rinat Muhametov, Onislam)

Russian Muslim community refutes U. S. Department of State report on religious freedom in Russia
(Interfax, Russia Beyond the Headlines)

Turkey: European Court of Human Rights again says Turkey violated human rights of conscientious objector
(War Resisters' International)

Turkey: Head of religious affairs calls for freedom of belief
(Anatolia News Agency, Hürriyet Daily News)

Vietnam says US Religious Freedom Report is wrong
(Associated Press)

Thursday, 2 August 2012

'Supporting the good Lord' draws overflow crowds
(Bill Bumpas, OneNewsNow)

170 law professors debunk 'religious freedom' argument in contraception debate
(Think Progress)

Austria’s Justice Minister gives legal clearance to resume religious circumcisions
(European Jewish Press)

Building a culture of religious freedom
(Archbishop Charles Chaput, National Catholic Register)

Burma: Government forces targeting Rohingya Muslims
(Eurasia Review)

Chicago Alderman: I will deny business permit because “there are consequences for [its owner's] statements and beliefs,” and they should include denial
(Eugene Volokh, The Volokh Conspiracy)

Chick-fil-A latest example of how same-sex marriage threatens religious freedom
(Thomas Messner, Culture Watch)

Christians tormented with music, then attacked
(Compass Direct News)

Exclusive Brethren group appeals against Charity Commission's refusal to grant charitable status
(Tim Tonkin, Third Sector)

French mayor retreats after suspending fasting Muslims
(Tom Heneghan, Reuters)

Head of DOJ civil rights division declines to state whether he will protect speech critical of religion
(The Lawfare Project)

HHS mandate shouldn’t require leaving faith, values at home
(William E. Lori, The Washington Post Guest Voices)

Hindus and Jews urge AT&T and Intel withdraw QuakeCon sponsorship over Hindu gods trivialization
(Eurasia Review)

In Texas Supreme Court primary, incumbent defeated by advocate of religious displays on public property
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Islam at the Olympics
(Shiraz Maher, Gatestone Institute)

Nigeria: Building God's Kingdom with bombs, blood and tears
(Ogaja Ifowodu, All Africa)

Norway called beacon of hope one year after massacre

Ontario man suing county for $5,000 in damages over Lord’s Prayer at meetings
(Jake Edmiston, National Post)

Peru: Academics battle Vatican for religious freedom
(Simeon Tegel, Minn Post)

Pew Forum Weekly Religion News Update

Ramadan and religious freedom
(Azizah al-Hibri and M. Zuhdi Jasser, The Washington Post)

Sexual health & the need for secularism
(Patrick McGhee,

Somali comedian who dared mock militants is killed
(Abdi Guled, Associated Press)

Syriacs get land title after 25-year-old legal struggle
(Vercihan Ziflioğlu, Hürriyet Daily News)

Tennessee candidates engage in anti-Islam contest
(Tim Ghianni, Reuters)

Two pig heads hung outside mosque in France
(Associated Press)

U.S. should continue role as international advocate for religious freedom
(Editorial, Deseret News)

USCIRF commissioners harsher on Russia's religious liberty record than State Department
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Vietnam: a detained blogger's mother self-immolates
(Patrick Winn, Global Post)

Vietnam: US ‘deeply concerned’ over Christian activist’s mother self-immolation
(UCA News)

Why are secular businesses claiming religious rights?
(Wendy Kaminer, The Atlantic)

Wednesday, 1 August 2012

This day in the history of religious liberty
(Kathryn Jean Lopez, National Review Online)

5 things you should know about religion and contraception
(Eleni Towns, Center for American Progress)

Abraham’s children: Liberty and tolerance in an age of religious conflict
(Teresa, Shelf Love (Blog))

Annual report chronicles key trends in international religious freedom
(Suzan Johnson Cook,

Archbishop Wenski: acquiescence to threats to religious liberty is ‘not an option’

Black pastors group launches anti-Obama campaign around gay marriage
(Dan Mercia, CNN Belief Blog)

China dismisses US Religious Freedom Report
(Voice of America News)

Denver firm allowed to not cover birth control; case may affect others
(Colleen O'Connor, The Denver Post)

ERLC's Land announces retirement effective Oct. 2013
(Tom Strode, Baptist Press)

Gay marriage ban backers seek Supreme Court review
(Lisa Leff, The Associated Press)

Health care law gives women control over their care, offers free preventive services to 47 million women
(Press Release,

Health, faith and birth control
(Editorial, Los Angeles Times)

Hillary Clinton: Religious freedom worldwide 'sliding backward.' But what about in U.S.?
(Charlotte Hays, National Catholic Register)

In Nigeria, Islamic leaders call on Boko Haram to end violence
(David Eto,

India respects religious freedom: US report
(IANS via New York Daily News)

India: 21 Sentenced to life in prison in 2002 killings
(Associated Press, New York Times)

Indonesian protection of religious freedom deteriorating: US
(Jakarta Globe)

International religious freedom: A human right, a national security issue, a foreign policy priority
(Denis R. McDonough, The White House Blog)

Israel to end draft exemptions for Ultra-Orthodox
(Amy Teibel, Associated Press)

Khmer Krom: Religious freedom in Vietnam severely undermined
(Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization)

Lawsuit against Two Rivers claims sacker violates customer’s religious freedom
(Seria Dassing, Big Sandy-Hawkins Journal)

Morning Bell: Obamacare’s anti-religious freedom mandate starts TODAY
(Amy Payne and Sarah Torre, The Foundry)

Olympics are a great forum to all for an end to religious persecution
(Azeem Ibrahim, Huff Post World)

Religious freedom ‘declines markedly’ in China
(Rachel Vandenbrink, Radio Free Asia)

Religious freedom threatened worldwide
(Anna Williams, First Things)

Religious liberty watchdog group calls on Frankenmuth to remove 55-foot cross on Main Street
(Lindsay Knake, Michigan Live)

Restore religion to public schools
(Francis Xoagub, The New Era (Namibia))

Russia: More "extremist" books to be banned?
(Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service)

Russia's failure to protect freedom of religion
(Katrina Lantos Swett and Robert George, The Moscow Times)

Saudi woman approved to wear headscarf during Olympics judo competition

Secretary Clinton: World is "sliding backwards" in religious freedom
(Don Byrd, Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Freedom)

Sectarian violence in Nigeria "goes beyond just religious tensions"
(Office of the Archbishop of Dublin, Anglican Communion News Service)

Terror, China's reach top Clinton agenda in Africa
(Matthew Lee, Associated Press)

The government’s argument is atrocious!
(The Becket Fund, Catholic Lane)

The HHS mandate goes into effect
(The Editors, National Review Online)

The mandate kicks in
(George Weigel, National Review Online)

The religious silence on Christian persecution
(Ben Cohen and Keith Roderick, Wall Street Journal)

Today, freedom of religion dies in the USA
(Archbishop Cranmer, Blog)

U.S. evangelicals see political, religious cause in Syria conflict
(Elizabeth Dias, Time)

USCIRF on release of International Religious Freedom Report

Vietnam: Pastor's sentence upheld
(Rachel Vandenbrink, Radio Free Asia)

Wheaton College seeks emergency relief against HHS Mandate
(Emily Hardman, The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty)

Tuesday, 31 July 2012

The State Department and international religious freedom
(Thomas F. Farr, National Review Online)

A human right to blaspheme?
(Austin Dacey, The Revealer)

Abkhaz MPs discuss draft law on religious groups
(Civil Georgia)

August 1st: Mandate-day for business owners – A dark day for religious liberty in america
(The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty)

China assails U.S. 'arrogance' in report on religious freedom
(Mar McDonald, International Herald Tribune)

Egypt unnerved by rising religious fervor
(Jeffrey Fleishman, Los Angeles Times)

Expert finds Clinton's religious freedom report not backed by action
(Catholic News Agency)

France defends lay policies after US criticism of religious freedom

Hindu temple opens In Arkansas
(Eurasia Review)

Is religious persecution coming to Scotland?
(David Robertson, Wizbang Blog)

New website covers Moroccan religious news
(Siham Ali, Magharebia)

Religious freedom in Egypt "quite tenuous": Clinton
(Arshad Mohammed, Reuters)

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