Law and Religion Headlines

Tuesday, 6 August 2013

A short overview of the status quo of Christian minorities in Egypt, Iraq, Turkey, Syria and Lebanon
(M.K. Tozman, World Watch Monitor)

Orthodox and progressive women unite to save Israel from fundamentalism
(Yasmine Hafiz, Huffington Post Religion)

No State patronage on basis of religion
(The New Indian Express)

Letter: High school is not the place for public prayer
(Concord Monitor)

Scouts should lift ban on non-religious boys
(Asbury Park Press)

Iranians under the Islamic regime: more or less religious?
(Ali Reza Eshraghi, Aljazeera)

20 companies with religious roots
(Sarah Petersen, Deseret News)

Don't denigrate minority faiths - Attafuah
(GNA, Ghana Web)

Monday, 5 August 2013

Forget secularism or communalism: Atheists to be in majority by 2041
(Daily Bhaskar)

Is secularism unprincipled?
(Ian Pollock, Rationally Speaking (blog))

LDS Church begins using new temple film
(Joseph Walker, Deseret News)

Former homosexuals demand recognition, equal rights at D.C. rally
(World News Service, Religion Today)

Egypt's Brotherhood rejects appeal to 'swallow reality'
(Yasmine Saleh and Angus MacSwan, Reuters)

Tunisia's Ennahda chief offers poll to end political crisis
(Tarek Amara & Erika Solomon, Reuters, Al Arabiya)

Sikhs, Mormons, Buddhists, others added to hate crime stats
(Frederic J. Frommer, Associated Press, Deseret News)

Blogger Geller testifying before Toronto police board over nixed shul talk
(News Brief, JTA)

Across forbidden border, doctors in Israel quietly tend to Syria’s wounded
(Isabel Kershner, The New York Times)

Judge: Cannabis minister's religion protected under RFRA
(Hawaii News Daily)

Two Arabs caught vandalizing tomb of the patriarchs
(The Jewish Press)

Virtues of the Prophet Mohammed, which Muslims must emulate
(Alhassan Abubakar Sadik, Ghana Web)

Police close Temple Mount Jews for entire week
(The Jewish Press)

Controversial sculptor Tsereteli to create Europe's highest statue of Jesus
(Mauro Pianta, Vatican Insider)

Sufi Imam murdered in Dagestan, the volatile republic of the Russian Caucasus

As anti-Christian attacks continue, trial against Muslim Brotherhood leaders set for 25 August

Revolutions in Egypt and Tunisia have not yet been lost
(Eurasia Review)

U.S. diplomatic posts in Israel reopen, 19 others in Mideast to remain closed

Chinese house church leader Samuel Lamb dies
(World Watch Monitor)

Irish gay group praises Pope Francis’s airborne comments
(Patsy McGarry, The Irish Times)

Jakarta: three injured in twin attack on Buddhist temple
(Mathias Hariyadi,

‘Media attacks’ on religious condemned
(Patsy McGarry, The Irish Times)

Liberia: LP identifies with Muslims - executive official says party above religious divide
(J. Edwood N. Dennis, The Analyst via All Africa)

Pirate church: Russian piracy advocates form new religion, Kopimizma, to protest Russian anti-piracy laws
(Ryan W. Neal, International Business Times)

ERLC defends sectarian public prayers
(Bob Allen, ABP News)

Utah leaders try to protect prayers at government meetings
(Matt Canham, The Salt Lake Tribune)

Punks vs. Monks: Rockers aside, few willing to criticize Buddhist-led violence in Myanmar
(Robin McDowell, Associated Press, Star Tribune)

Religion and Ethics: the election of the Anglican Archbishop of Sydney
(Jill Emberson, 702 ABC Sydney)

Non-violent extremism: The case of Wirathu in Myanmar – Analysis
(Kumar Ramakrishna, Centre for Excellence for National Security, RSIS via Eurasia Review)

Repressing Sectarian Intolerance – a Pakistani version of Islam
(Wasim Zaidi, The News Tribe)

Pa. lawmaker's education bill reignites creationism debate
(Angela Couloumbis and Amy Worden,

Kidnapped Syrian bishops have been held captive for over 100 days
(Yasmine Hafiz, Huff Post Religion)

'Nasty' tactics will hardly bring illegal immigrants 'out of their nail bars', says bishop
(John Bingham, The Telegraph)

Interfaith dialogue in Ghana a necessity – Clergy
(Ghana Web)

More states move to ban foreign law in courts
(Kimberly Railey, USA Today)

Pakistan TV show gives away babies at Ramadan
(Richard S. Ehrlich, Religion News Service)

Muslim veil ban urged in French universities
(France 24 International News)

Decline of Buddhism in ancient and medieval India – Analysis
(Dr. Habib Siddiqui, Eurasia Review)

Governor sends “M.P Freedom of Religion Amendment Bill 2013” to President of India
(Father Anand Muttungal, South Asia Mail)

The re-burial of Richard III
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Petition calls for White House to declare Muslim Brotherhood terrorist group
(Perry Chiaramonte, Fox News)

“Proposition 8″ issue now ready (UPDATED)
(Lyle Denniston, SCOTUSblog)

Yitzhak Berman, catalyst for Sabra and Shatila massacre inquiry, dies at 100

Getting rid of Hamas – OpEd
(Neville Teller, Eurasia Review)

County clerk requests withdrawal of Supreme Court writ
(News Release, Ernest J. Dronenburgh, Jr., County of San Diego)

How religious freedom has become a non-issue in our country
(Ken Blackwell, World Magazine)

Birthright, Israeli government demand DNA tests to prove Jewishness – OpEd
(Richard Silverstein, Eurasia Review)

Religion challenges left and right
(E.J. Dionne Jr., The Washington Post)

More than 1 million believers venerate St. Andrew's Cross in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus

Foreign Ministry rights ombudsman insists on Russia's right to protect children from gay propaganda

Archbishop Pozzo returns to Ecclesia Dei office
(Catholic News Agency)

Former charity head confirmed as U.S. ambassador to Vatican
(David Gibson, Religion News Service)

The pope wows Brazil. But battles—and traps—lie at home
(The Economist)

Pope Francis seeks to align Catholic Church hierarchy with the pews
(Philip Pullella, Reuters)

Australian election dodges Yom Kippur
(AP and Times of Israel Staff, The Times of Israel)

New director of Jewish religious school comes to post with much enthusiasm
(Taya Flores, JC Online)

Kalla calls for religious tolerance among countries
(Margareth S. Aritonang, The Jakarta Post)

LP identifies with Muslims—executive official says party above religious divide
(Edwood Dennis, All Africa)

Writer sees growing gay acceptance among Mormons
(Peggy Fletcher Stack / The Salt Lake Tribune, Religion News Service)

Sunday, 4 August 2013

Religion and law round up – 4th August
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Golders Green pastry chef sacked over non-kosher jam wins pay-out
(Court Reporter, Hendon & Finchley Times)

Disability Discrimination, Judicial Review Standing and Right to Die – The Human Rights Roundup
(Sarina Kidd, UK Human Rights Blog)

Saturday, 3 August 2013

Free speech and Facebook: We can defend our liberties
(John Stonestreet, Religion Today)

Islamists in Egypt face popular backlash
(Abigail Hauslohner, The Washington Post)

Istanbul’s last White Russians pray for rooftop church’s survival
(Ayla Jean Yackley, Reuters)

Syria’s ancient Christian community forced to flee by sectarian violence, targeted kidnappings
(Ruth Sherlock, The Telegraph via WWRN)

Top ten list: Muslims who save lives
(Engy Abdelkader, Huff Post Religion)

Zimbabwe church leaders ready to mediate after election furor
(Peter Kenny, Ecumenical News)

The unheard voices of religion: Mennonites
(In the News)

In religion, state can't take sides
(Charles C. Haynes, The Times Herald)

The Amish, Jews, Muslims and the future of religion
(Damian Thompson, The Telegraph)

Palestinian Authority thinks ‘terrorism’is a race or religion
(Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu, The Jewish Press)

Muslim leader calls on US, Obama to stop ignoring Saudi Arabia's religious freedom violations
(Tyler O'Neil, The Christian Post World)

On Ramadan, seeing Israel for the first time
(Elhanan Miller, Times of Israel)

Laycock on religious liberty & the culture wars
(Lawrence Solum, Legal Theory Blog)

'Rejoicing' by Bruno Latour and 'Letters & Life' by Bret Lott, Michael Robbins on religion
(Michael Robbins, Chicago Tribune Printer's Row)

How the first Latin American Pope is reshaping the Catholic Church
(Samuele Tamburini, Council on Hemispheric Affairs)

Pope writes to Muslims about mutual respect
(Catholic News Agency)

Whither the Arab revolts? A response to Ali A. Alawi – OpEd
(James M. Dorsey, Eurasia Review)

Russian authorities: Terrorists likely behind rabbi’s shooting

Appeals Court reinstates preacher's free speech challenge involving University of Tennessee
(Associated Press,

Brotherhood’s plan exposed
(Ali Bluwi, Arab News)

San Diego clerk ends bid to revive Prop. 8
(LA Times)

An attempt to be complete in covering the contraceptive coverage mandate decisions
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Unveiling female Muslim teachers so students see their lips
(Richard S. Ehrlich, Scoop Independent News)

Religious liberty has become call to action for conservatives
(Matthew Brown, Deseret News)

Quran quotes on the poor
(Ryan Buxton, Huff Post Religion)

Flying Spaghetti Monster chronicles: Pastafarianism, born to ridicule ID, now taken seriously as religion in Europe?
(Uncommon Descent: Serving the Intelligent Design Community)

Friday, 2 August 2013

African chief evangelizes about adult circumcision
(Sarah Pulliam Bailey, Religion News Service)

'I'm a Pastafarian': Man who claims his religion forces him to wear a sieve on his head given permission to wear one on his official identity card picture
(Olivia Williams, Mail Online)

Egypt’s ongoing revolution: On violence and the path ahead – Analysis
(Ismail Serageldin, IDN-InDepthAnalysis)

Canada: Loyola’s freedom of religion
(Ray Pennings, The Cardus Daily)

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