Law and Religion Headlines

Thursday, 23 May 2013

Pussy Riot member starts hunger strike to protest court ruling
(Reporting by Thomas Grove; Editing by Steve Gutterman and Angus MacSwan, Reuters)

Turkmenistan: Raids, deportation, visa denial, Government denies UPR complaints
(Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service)

Media Advisory: Hobby Lobby oral argument set for May 23, 2013
(Emily Hardman, The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty)

Court to hear case on whether Obamacare violates religious liberties
(Warren Richey, The Christian Science Monitor)

Arizona House non-prayer sparks Christian re-do
(Bob Christie, ABC News)

Pope, Salvador president, discuss beatification of slain archbishop
(Philip Pullella, Reuters)

Mandating birth-control benefits unlawful, appeals court told
(Manya A. Brachaer, The Chicago Tribune)

Texas legislature passes bill on winter holidays in schools
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Arizona legislature gives final passage expansion of state RFRA; 2 other bills near final legislative action
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Georgia: Patriarch regrets clergy’s ‘impolite’ actions in May 17 events
(Eurasia Review)

US bishops ask government to reassess drone policy
(Adelaide Mena, Catholic News Agency)

Racial and religious conflicts in Asia
(Ahmad Syarif Al Syechabubakar, The Jakarta Post)

Bank Indonesia taps religious groups to expand banking outreach
(Novy Lumanauw, Jakarta Globe)

Georgia: Where does the Church end and the State begin?
(Giorgi Lomsadze,

Tajikistan: Aspiring opposition leader arrested on embezzlement, polygamy charges
(Konstantin Parshin,

Illinois business urges federal court to lift contraception mandate
(Manya A. Brachear, Chicago Tribune Religion)

Religious control of schools is neither tolerant nor inclusive
(Sheila Maher, The Irish Times)

Arizona Senate advances bills for religious groups
(Cristina Silva, Associated Press, San Francisco Chronicle)

Belarus dismisses U.S. report's criticism of religious freedom restrictions

State Dept. and USCIRF Cite Threats to International Religious Freedom
(American Religious Freedom Newsroom)

Evangelical weakness in gay Boy Scouts debate could hurt GOP
(Ralph Z. Hallow, The Washington Times)

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Abortion, religion, and politics
(Dr. Shuvendu Sen/NJ Voices, Blog

EEOC settles sex harassment and retaliation suit against Grace Church and Episcopal Diocese of L.I.
(Press Release, US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission)

The bad news about the new State Department International Religious Freedom Report
(Paul Marshall, National Review Online)

Religious Freedom Report highlights dangers of growing restrictions on ‘defamation’ of religion
(Paul Marshall, National Review Online)

Why Catholic saints are marching into Latin America
(Dudley Althaus, Global Post)

New religious sects: Search for effective answers
(Vatican Information Service)

US State Department International Religious Freedom Report for R. Macedonia for 2012
(Information Service of the Orthodox Ohrid Archbishopric)

Courts to hear birth control mandate lawsuits
(Kathryn Smith and Jennifer Haberkorn, Politico)

EU experts to mull British request to proscribe Hezbollah military

Imams visiting Poland to learn about Jews

Amnesty International: refugees, migrants face rights challenges
(Deutsche Welle)

Nigeria: Christians back emergency rule

Gambia: GIA, stakeholders discuss challenges facing Hajj in the country
(Bekai Njie, Daily Observer)

A founder of the revolution is barred from office, shocking Iranians
(Thomas Erdbrink, The New York Times)

Catholic church says legal aid cuts will harm human trafficking victims
(Owen Bowcott, The Guardian)

The IRS has had legal reason to investigate the religious right
(Sarah Posner, The Guardian)

Muslim Brotherhood not qualified to run Egypt, says former member
(Myles Collier, The Christian Post)

British officials: Radical Islam behind London attack
(Cassandra Vinograd and Paisley Dodds, The Gadsden Times)

Afghanistan sees sharp increase in women jailed for 'moral crimes'
(Eurasia Review)

Catholic Church sees numbers increase across global south
(Alessandro Speciale, Eurasia Review)

The sheiks and WMD
(Ali Salim, Gatestone Institute)

Nepali Muslim leader killed, community calls it a political murder
(Kalpit Parajuli,

EU leaders need to address 'staggering' findings of US State Department report on ‘global rise of anti-Semitism’
(European Jewish Press)

Comment | Abortion and conscientious objection: what about human rights?
(Elizabeth Prochaska, UKSC Blog)

Pope calls for loyalty from Chinese Catholics
(Agence France-Press, Hürriyet Daily News)

Religion and spirituality important to mental health treatment, says MP
(Mark Smith, The Bolton News)

Newly appointed US Ambassador joins unprecedented global Muslim delegation at Auschwitz
(Press Release, Center for Interreligious Understanding)

US Religious Freedom Report indicts Nigeria for impunity
(This Day Live)

Doctor testifies teaching yoga is a conspiracy
(Misha DiBono, Fox5 San Diego)

Orissa, two Hindu extremists linked to the murder of missionary Graham Staines arrested

OnIslam Exclusive: Muslims in Brazil
(Mohammad Al-Ansary, OnIslam)

Pope at Mass: Culture of encounter is the foundation of peace
(Vatican Radio)

Russia: Why were hundreds of religious organisations checked?
(Geraldine Fagan, Forum 18 News Service)

Report finds large number of cases of intolerance and legal restrictions effecting Christians in Europe
(Observatory on Intolerance and Discrimination against Christians in Europe)

Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill: Report and third reading
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Catholic Church sees numbers increase across global south
(Alessandro Speciale, Eurasia Review)

Staten Island mom's refusal to immunize her child not founded in religious beliefs, court rules
(Frank Donnelly, Staten Island Advance)

Liberty University pivots in health law challenge
(Jennifer Haberkorn, Politico)

How religions change their mind
(William Kremer, BBC News)

Survey shows Catholic priests don’t like Mass changes
(David Gibson, Huffington Post Religion)

As BC graduates, Catholicism is alive and well on campus
(David O'Brien, The Washington Post)

Kazakhstan: drop religious incitement charges
(Human Rights Watch)

State Dept. report says countries have repressed religious freedom with laws
(Steven Lee Myers, The New York Times)

Bigotry against Jews and Muslims on the rise, says US
(The Jewish Press)

US State Dept slams Indonesia over rights
(Jakarta Globe)

U.S. Department of State report touches upon Armenia as well
(Armenpress Armenian News Agency)

State Department report reveals laws are to blame for growing abuse of religious beliefs
(Leticia Domenech, Headlines and Global News)

Religious freedom 'improves' in Vietnam, declines in China
(Richard Finney, Radio Free Asia)

US report says Chinese repression was severe in Tibet
(Elisabeth Crokaerts, The Tibet Post International)

Supreme Court to revisit church-state separation
(David G. Savage, Los Angeles Times)

Russia moves closer to jail terms for offending religion
(Maria Tsvetkova, Reuters)

Let's get creative and redefine the meaning of religion
(Adam Frank, NPR - Cosmos and Culture)

Religion can both hurt and enhance democratic attitudes
(Pazit Ben-Nun Bloom and Gizem Arikan, The London School of Economics / EUROPP)

'What is religion?' yoga case judge asks
(Gary Warth, U-T San Diego)

Op-ed: Religion shouldn't be an excuse for discrimination
(Ian Thompson,

Notre-Dame de Paris suicide a political act - Marine Le Pen
(BBC News)

Egyptian politician: Removal of Christian secretary shows submission to religious pressure
(MidEast Christian News, The Christian Post)

Texas passes 'Merry Christmas Bill' to fight war on Christmas
(Amanda Terkel, Huff Post Politics)

Commentary: The revolution is upon us
(Tom Erich, Religion News Service)

Doha Forum: Islamists reject religion-state division
(The Peninsula)

Analysis: Does religious freedom report need more ‘teeth’?
(Lauren Markoe, Religion News Service)

Resisting the tide of secularism in America
(Ken Connor, The Christian Post Opinion)

Rubber band’ bill: Russian parliament passes ‘legally indefinable’ anti-blasphemy law

Florist who denied flowers for same-sex wedding files countersuit
(The Inquisitr)

3rd state: Vermont legalizes assisted suicide
(Tom Strode, Baptist Press)

Gay marriage: Commons passes Cameron's plan
(BBC News)

Attacks in Iraq kill over 40, sectarian tensions high
(Kareen Raheem, Reuters)

Biden: ‘Jewish heritage is American heritage’

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Iraq’s sectarian violence: Bombings plunge country in deadly spiral
(Nate Rawlings, Time World)

International religious freedom report notes persecution

Report of the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, Frank La Rue
(United Nations General Assembly)

Bangladesh — Islamist protest leaders arrested in wake of Dhaka siege
(World Watch Monitor)

State Dept. notes anti-Semitism spike, Israel’s religious pluralism issues

Zionist Organization of America regains tax-exempt status

Switzerland: Multicultural paradise?
(Soeren Kern, Gatestone Institute)

Chelsea Clinton takes on multifaith role at NYU
(Catalina Camia, USA Today)

Church of Scotland votes to induct or ordain civil partners – but not yet
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Uzbekistan: Criminal conviction, fines for meeting at home and carrying Bible
(Mushfig Bayram, Forum 18 News Service)

Myanmar Muslims jailed for defending themselves from the Buddhist mob
(Khin Maung Win, The Balkan Chronicle)

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