Law and Religion Headlines

Monday, 8 July 2013

Malaysia: Controversial religious child conversion bill to be withdrawn
(International Business Times)

MP Alex Greenwich to introduce bill prohibiting expulsion of students based on sexuality; religious schools oppose
(International Business Times)

Tweeting, Muslim, policy-wonk mayor wins over 'cow town' Calgary
(David Agren, The Christian Science Monitor)

Israeli cabinet approves ultra-Orthodox conscription law
(Voice of America News)

West Bank soldiers told to respect Ramadan
(The Jerusalem Post)

Thousands of haredi girls prevent Women of Wall from praying by Western Wall
(Jeremy Sharon, The Jewish Post)

Nigeria: Horror after school dorm set on fire
(Adamu Adamy,

Terror strikes Bodh Gaya, serial blasts rock Mahabodhi Temple
(Law Kumar Mishra & Abdul Qadir, The Times of India)

Death toll rises to 51 in Monday clashes between Egypt army and pro-Morsi protesters
(Ahram Online)

Egypt and the process of democracy
(Ta-nehisi Coates, The Atlantic)

An independence day for Egypt's secularists?
(Michael Hirsh, The Atlantic)

Interview with Feisal Abdul Rauf
(Nicholas G. Hahn III, RealClearReligion)

Gay rights vs. religious freedom
(Dale Hansen, The Detroit News (blog))

At issue: Religious freedom [Wisconsin RFRA]
(Steven Verburg, Wisconsin State Journal)

Arya v London Borough of Waltham Forest: is anti-Semitism a “philosophical belief”?
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Abu Qatada is gone—but the debate is far from over
(Mark Elliott, Public law for everyone)

The Times on Abu Qatada
(Adam Wagner, UK Human Rights Blog)

I know Abu Qatada – he's no terrorist
(Victoria Brittain, The Guardian)

TIME Magazine highlights Myanmar's religious problem
(Nehginpao Kipgen, Huff Post World)

Religious dispute in Myanmar – The Time cover story
(Dr. Tint Swe, South Asia Analysis Group)

Sunday, 7 July 2013

Abu Qatada: Tories to fight next election on wholesale human rights reform, says Chris Grayling
(Christopher Hope and Tim Ross, The Guardian)

Egypt: Coptic Christian priest shot dead
(Chris Irvine, The Telegraph)

Religion and law round up – 7th July
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

29 boarding school students burned alive, shot dead by Islamist militants in Nigeria
(Adamu Adamu, Michelle Faul, Associated Press, NBC World News)

Political crisis in Egypt coincides with highest government restrictions on religion and high intolerance
(Brian J. Grim, the Weekly Number)

United States v. Windsor on SCOTUSblog

Hollingsworth v. Perry on SCOTUSblog

Service brings scorn to Israel’s ultra-Orthodox enlistees
(Isabel Kershner, International Herald Tribine)

Saturday, 6 July 2013

'Religion has not divided us'
(H. R. Bhardwaj, The New Indian Express)

Egypt’s revolution betrayed: Fuel for Al-Qaeda fires – OpEd
(Eirc Walberg, Eurasia Review)

Is the growth of the nonreligious good or bad? Americans are divided
(Kimberly Winston, Religion News Service)

Judges, lawyers already putting Supreme Court’s gay marriage ruling to work in pending cases
(Associated Press, The Washington Post)

Pakistan bankrolls terrorist group
(Mohshin Habib, Gatestone Institute)

Religious groups, including LDS Church, sign open letter against birth control mandate
(Matthew Brown, Deseret News)

Standing together for religious freedom: An open letter to all Americans

Under Ataturk's gaze: On the ground in Taksim Square
(Samuel Ramos,

Why Morsi is wrong for his people
(M.D. Nalapat, Gateway House)

Friday, 5 July 2013

Costa Rica 'accidentally' legalises gay marriage
(Tim Walker, The Independent)

Op-Ed: Gay marriage will override American religious liberty
(Eliot Elwar, Digital Journal)

The chuppah awaits: Liberal Jews drive the U.K.’s equal marriage campaign
(Rabbi Danny Rich, Haaretz)

To fight religious monuments, atheists plan their own symbols
(Laurie Goodstein, The New York Times)

Anti-Muslim acts rising in France, anti-Islamophobia group says
(Tom Heneghan, Reuters)

Embassy Row: Church and state issues in Romania
(James Morrison, The Washington Times)

Church could take control of secular schools under new deal, report says
(The Huffington Post UK)

Japan: Supreme Court throws out appeal against testimony of Aum Shinrikyo members
(Ida Torres, Japan Daily Press)

Abortion-drug mandate not affected by administration's delay of parts of health care law
(The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty)

Religious freedom: The diplomatic dimension

Punjab CM assures religious freedom to Christians
(Jago Punjab [India])

Egypt: Religious channels shut down
(Basil El-Dabh, Daily News Egypt)

Egyptian Army and Islamists in deadly clashes

Top Egyptian Muslim and Christian leaders support army-sponsored transition
(Yasmine Saleh, Reuters)

What's next in Egypt?
(Jim Denison, Religion Today)

Egypt's Pope praises recovery of 'stolen revolution'
(Timothy C. Morgan, Christianity Today)

Vatican issues first text co-written by two popes
(Agence France-Press, France 24 International News)

Study shows shift in support for LGBTQ rights within religious groups
(Jeff Schapiro, Christian Post)

Pakistan: One person killed in Islamic fundamentalist attack against a Peshawar Protestant church
(Jibran Khan, Asia News)

Justice Department wants Christian home-schoolers deported in name of tolerance
(Michael De Groote, Deseret News)

Spiritual counselor's challenge to fortune telling ordinance dismissed on ripeness grounds
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

On July 4th, cherishing precious religious freedom
(Jennifer S. Bryson and AnnElizabeth Konkel, The Washington Post – On Faith)

Pope Francis issues first 'joint' encyclical
(BBC News)

The big enchilada: Are same-sex marriage bans now illegal?
(Roger Parloff, CNN Money (Fortune Blog))

The 'religious freedom' ploy to block healthcare coverage of birth control
(Jill Filipovic, The Guardian)

Same-sex marriage supporters strategize to overturn Florida ban
(Anthony Man, Sun Sentinel)

What's next [in Prop 8] for gay marriage foes?
(Emily Hamann, The Journal (Humboldt County, CA))

Only 5 days for first lower court opinion to cite SCOTUS decision on DOMA
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Will a Michigan case invalidate state gay marriage bans?
(Liz Goodwin, Yahoo! News)

“Religious” content of civil marriage ceremonies
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Some US conservatives voice support, admiration as Russia cracks down on gay-rights activism
(David Crary, Star Tribune)

White House says it can’t list Westboro Baptist as ‘hate group’
(Corrie Mitchell, The Washington Post)

Appeals court in Va. sends Baltimore pregnancy counseling center case back to trial court
(The Washington Post)

10th Circuit upholds constitutionality of racial and religious violence ban in Federal Hate Crimes Act
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Bats in churches – again
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

9th Circuit: U.S. enforcement of foreign award against church is constitutional
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Residents most thankful for freedom of religion
(Joyanna Weber, Cleveland Banner)

Is America a Christian nation?
(Jana Riess, Religion News Service)

Balancing rights, religion
(AZ Central)

Atheists celebrate marriage without religion
(JoAnne Viviano, The Columbus Dispatch)

Israel: Proposal to establish religious police defeated
(Mohammed Al-Hassani, Yemen Times)

Survey: Religious Americans more patriotic than non-religious
(Alex Murashko, The Christian Post)

Religious tourism in mind, Goa set to promote Gurudwaras
(Punjab News)

Losing our religion, Buddhism bucks trend
(Alan Campbell, Richmond News)

Independence Day: How American freedom of religion was created
(Dava Castillo, All Voices)

Useful debates on the separation of church and state

As Fortnight for Freedom concludes, Cardinal Wuerl decries threats to Church’s freedom, defends college chaplain
(Catholic Culture)

Georgia: Will police protect Muslim prayers from mobs?
(Forum 18 News Service)

Thursday, 4 July 2013

Russian Islamist rebel leaders vow 'maximum force' to stop Sochi Olympics
(Thomas Grove, Reuters)

Video: Christian arrested for calling homosexuality a 'sin' warns of 'real-life thought police'
(John Bingham, The Telegraph)

Street preacher arrested in London for homophobic language
(Christian Concern)

Atheist group's Independence Day ad to counter 'In God We Trust' ads
(Jeff Schapiro, The Christian Post)

Religious freedom in U.S. nears extreme challenge
(Adam Smeltz, Trib Live)

The Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill: a commentary
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Arming Jihadis: Syrian Christians in the crosshairs
(Eric Metaxas, BreakPoint, Religion Today)

Egypt’s restrictions on religion coincide with lack of religious tolerance
(Neha Sahgal and Brian J. Grim, Pew Research Center Fact Tank)

The EU and faith: A religious policy by stealth
(B.C., The Economist [Erasmus: Religion and public policy])

Humanists in Europe welcome new EU Guidelines on Freedom of Religion or Belief
(International Humanist and Ethical Union)

Two Syria shrine towns: Worlds apart yet united in battle
(Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times)

France aims to allow euthanasia despite ethics doubts
(Tom Heneghan, Reuters)

Iran ignores swimmer's record because of 'revealing' bathing suit
(MSN News)

Jewish groups facing obstacles in bid to restore voting protections
(Ron Kampeas, JTA)

USCIRF alarmed by Increasing Violence against Religious Communities in Pakistan
(United States Commission on International Religious Freedom)

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