Law and Religion Headlines

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

When ‘leave us alone’ became ‘bake us a cake!’
(Matt K. Lewis, The Daily Caller)

Atheists plan conservative outreach with booth at CPAC
(Dan Mercia, CNN Belief Blog)

Israel and the 'Boycott, Divest, Sanction' bandwagon
(Judy Bachrach, World Affairs Journal: O Contraire)

Yogyakarta: University suspends controversial regulation limiting religious freedom
(Mathias Hariyadi,

WCC general secretary conveys message of “justice and peace” in Iran
(World Council of Churches)

Rohingya crisis: Burma government implicated in ‘Crimes against Humanity’
(Democratic Voice of Burma, Democratic Voice of Burma)

Nigerian Islamists kill 29 pupils in boarding school attack
(Reporting by Joe Hemba; Writing by Tim Cocks; Editing by Larry King, Reuters)

Call for investigation after churches bombed in Zanzibar
(Christian Today - World)

NC judge’s order halts voucher suit
(Elizabeth Heffner, Lincoln Times-News)

Uganda's President Museveni signs controversial anti-gay bill into law
(Faith Karimi and Nick Thompson, CNN)

Ugandan newspaper prints list of '200 top' gays
(Rodney Muhumuza, Associated Press, The Big Story)

On religious liberty, Arizona gets it right and NY Times gets it wrong again
(Ryan T. Anderson, The Foundry (blog))

Sunni anger in Lebanon against army grows
(Diaa Hadid, Associated Press, The Big Story)

Nepal Prime Minister Koirala expands Cabinet
(DPA, The Hindu)

US supports Nigeria’s battle against Islamist terrorists, says Kerry
(Jim Kouri, Eurasia Review)

Miranda detention, whole life tariffs and a Supreme Court ‘holy man’ – the Human Rights Roundup
(Celia Rooney, UK Human Rights Blog)

Winning the abortion Olympics
(Chuck Donovan, First Things: Religion and Public Life)

Pope revolutionizes Vatican by opening finances to scrutiny
(Reuters, Newsweek)

Martin Luther, music, and the Seven Liberal Arts
(Andreas Lowe, OUPblog Religion)

Israeli police enter holy site to disperse clash
(Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press)

Kyrgyzstan: Who can be a conscientious objector?
(Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service)

The Arizona ‘religious rights’ bill — and where the fight might move next
(Jaime Fuller, The Washington Post)

Same-sex marriage – Update
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Obama orders Pentagon to prepare for complete withdrawal from Afghanistan
(Karen DeYoung, The Washington Post)

Former Guantanamo detainee arrested in Britain
(Karla Adam, The Washington Post)

The Vicar of Baghdad
(Timothy George, First Things: Religion and Public Life)

Orthodox therapists battle ban on gay 'conversion' treatment
(Nathan Guttman, The Jewish Daily Forward)

N.Y. museum reinstates invitation to John Judis, author of controversial Truman book

Leaving marriage defenseless: Blurring law and politics
(John Stonestreet, BreakPoint - Religion Today)

EVENT, 25 February 2014: Is International Religious Freedom Policy Becoming Respectable?
(Andrew Bennett and Katrina Lantos Swett, The Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs)

Caricature of Mark Zuckerberg in German paper called anti-Semitic

Dialogue and disagreement: Are Muslims and Christians really speaking about the same God?
(Angelo M. Codevilla, MercatorNet)

Palestinian youths riot at Temple Mount, three arrested

How Philistine became a dirty word
(Caitlin Yoshiko Kandil, Moment: Jewish Politics, Culture, Religion)

France in free fall
(Guy Millière, Gatestone Institute)

Unstable neighborhood: Terrorist groups encircle Israel
(Yaakov Lappin, Gatestone Institute)

Fascism, Russia, and Ukraine
(Timothy Snyder, The New York Review of Books)

Jewish community center, synagogue firebombed in Ukraine
(The Jerusalem Post)

Ukraine Jews hunkering down amid turmoil
(Talia Lavin and Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA)

Michigan gay-marriage ban at stake in rare trial
(Associated Press, The Big Story)

Monday, 24 February 2014

Al-Qaeda affiliates in Syria wrangle over money, power and oil
(Rachid Najm, Central Asia Online)

In defense of snake handlers
(Herb Silverman, Huff Post Religion)

50 Michigan pastors speak out against same-sex marriage
(Niraj Warikoo, Detroit Free Press, USA Today)

Live Blog: Crisis in Ukraine
(Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty)

Ukraine's churches: Inspiring and confusing
(B.C., The Economist [Erasmus: Religion and public policy])

Ukraine's crisis: A tale of two countries
(A.O., The Economist)

Ukraine: Stories of faith, hope and love amid the grief
(Michael Trimmer, Christian Today - World)

Without apology: Ukraine seeks a brighter future of freedom
(Stan Guthrie, Religion Today)

Looming Missouri execution turns spotlight on lethal injection drugs
(Carey Gillam, Reuters)

Catholic bishops in Alberta, NWT latest to apologize for residential schools
(The Canadian Press, CTV News)

5 reasons atheists shouldn’t call religion a mental illness
(Chris Stedman, RNS Blog: Faitheist)

Holder sees ways to curb bans on gay marriage
(Matt Apuzzo, International New York Times)

Senator pushes measure to strip away Alaska's ban on same-sex marriage
(Lisa Demer, Anchorage Daily News)

3 GOP lawmakers reverse support of Arizona bill criticized as anti-gay
(Cindy Carcamo, Los Angeles Times)

Quebec: Fact-checking claims of “well regulated euthanasia"
(Margaret Somerville, MercatorNet)

Religious education subjected to 'rank discrimination'
(Graeme Paton, The Telegraph)

Dueling columns pit SBC leader against pundits
(Bob Allen, ABP News)

The protection of the Church: Why Catholic priests are protecting Muslims in CAR
(William Saletan, Slate)

Muslims seek refuge in C. African Republic church
(Associated Press, The Washington Post)

Toulouse anti-racism rally features anti-Zionism chants

Algeria commits to mosque neutrality
(Walid Ramzi, Magharebia)

Indian fundamentalist leader calls for an "immediate" stop to conversions . . . except to Hinduism
(Nirmala Carvalho,

Farrakhan: African Americans deserve their own courts
(Niraj Warikoo, USA Today via Detroit Free Press)

Religion and law round up – 23rd February
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Presbyterian stances causing tension with Jews
(Peter Smith, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

An odd couple in the news business partner in a series on fatherhood
(Ravi Somaiya, The New York Times)

Kansas, Arizona bills reflect national fight over gay rights vs. religious liberty
(Sarah Pulliam Bailey, Religion News Service)

Ugandan president signs antigay law
(Alan Cowell, The New York Times)

Arizona legislature passes RFRA amendments to allow businesses to refuse to serve gays on religious grounds
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Arizona Senate to send Gov. Jan Brewer gay rights bill
(Associated Press via Politico)

Federal judge: Gay marriages can begin in Illinois' Cook County; no need to wait until June
(Sophia Tareen, Associated Press via Star Tribune)

Alcoholics Anonymous, without the religion
(Samuel G. Freedman, The New York Times)

Professor loses on claim of retaliation for religious speech aimed at students
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Pope Francis overhauls Vatican finances, names Australian cardinal as comptroller
(David Gibson, Religion News Service)

Students for life allegedly censored, declared 'more controversial' than gay rights group
(Tyler O'Neil, The Christian Post)

Business operators’ right to choose
(Eugene Volokh, Volokh Conspiracy)

Laws that track Islamic law rules
(Eugene Volokh, Volokh Conspiracy)

British lawmakers press Poland on Holocaust restitution
(Louise Radnofsky and Brent Kendall, JTA)

Ukraine: Will Putin let the revolution succeed?
(Owen Matthews, Newsweek)

A seat at the table (women in Judaism)
(Corinne Berzon, The Times of Israel)

Sunday, 23 February 2014

Couple in UK's first Scientology church wedding
(Josh Halliday, The Guardian)

Hindu fundamentalists vs. Hinduism: Column
(Stephen Prothero, USA Today)

Israel and Palestinian territories hit 6-year high in religious hostilities: Can innovative businesses reverse the trend?
(Brian J. Grim, the Weekly Number)

Leading from behind in Syria – OpEd
(Doyle McManus, Los Angeles Times)

Reports of first church in Saudi Arabia are false, says Coptic Orthodox Church
(Christian Today - World)

Symposium: How to understand Hobby Lobby
(Marty Lederman, Scotusblog)

Thessaloniki Jews suing Germany in European human rights court

Saturday, 22 February 2014

26 things found in Yanukovych's compound that make him look even worse
(Emily Lodish, Global Post)

Chinese touchiness
(Paul R. Pillar, The National Interest)

Danish ban on ritual animal slaughter unites Jews and Muslims
(Compiled by Mark A. Kellner, Deseret News National Edition)

Pope Francis and the future of charismatic Christianity
(Dale M. Coulter, First Things)

Scandals and corruption, Yoido mega-church pastor sentenced

Scientists are not as secular as people think
(The Economist [Lexington: Faith and Reason])

Excerpt: Thomas Friedman’s ‘From Beirut to Jerusalem’
(George Stephanopoulos, ABC News)

In Yemen, a woman's life entangled with Al-Qaida
(Hamza Hendawi, Associated Press)

Israeli demand sparks 'Jewish state' debate
(Dan Perry, Associated Press)

Arizona governor asked to nix bill angering gays
(Associated Press via USA Today)

Tougher sanctions against clergy who marry same-sex partner?
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

WhatsApp, scourge of ultra-Orthodox Jewish communities
(Alexis C. Madrigal, The Atlantic)

Scientology appeals Comal court order
(My San Antonio)

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