Law and Religion Headlines

Saturday, 5 May 2012

Church and state: Defining "religious employee"
(Mike LaBossiere, Talking Philosophy)

Church and state: Ministerial exception
(Mike LaBossiere, Talking Philosophy)

Free Exercise Clause does not bar court from deciding whether trade secret was misappropriated
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Group objects to Florida DCF head using state email to send prayer to employees
(Dara Kam, Palm Beach Post News)

International religion league tables - who's up, who's down? And why.
(Tomas Rees, Epiphenom)

Koran handouts in Germany: Freedom of religion vs. fears of Muslim extremism

Kuwait close to death penalty law for blasphemy
(reporting by Mahmoud Harby, writing by Sylvia Westall; editing by Sami Aboudi, Reuters)

Pagan and non-religious weddings to become legal in Ireland
(Hugh Kramer, Examiner)

Religious butchering now commonplace in Britain, leading vet claims
(Nick Collins, The Telegraph)

Reports link Cardinal Law to crackdown on nuns
(Michael Rezendes,

The Muslim Brotherhood and the road to Egyptian democracy
(Nour Bakr, Common Ground News Service)

Friday, 4 May 2012

A manufactured panic: Why the worry over Islamic law?
(Cherie Konyha Greene, Concord Monitor)

Belarus: "I'm not going to the army"
(Olga Glace, Forum 18 News Service)

BREAKING: Colorado state House committee approves civil unions bill
(Nic Garcia, OutFront Colorado)

Christians 'most persecuted' religious group in the world, says expert
( Michael Gryboski, The Christian Post)

Does God have a seat in the courtroom? Examining the competing claims of law and religion
(Jannette Jauregui, Pepperdine Magazine)

Egypt: Chapter 1 - Presidential candidates on religious or civil state
(Aswat Masriya, All

Focus will withdraw ballot measure on religious liberty this election
(Electa Draper, Denver Post)

Ghent seminar on empirical face veil research (May 9)
(Saïla Ouald Chaib, Strasbourg Observers)

Judge to hear case of Commandments in Va schools
(Zinie Chen Sampson, Associated Press)

Law Day: ‘no courts, no justice, no freedom’
(Kelly Dame, Midland Daily News)

Mark Silk, a commentator on religion and politics who keeps above the fray
(Lisa Miller, The Washington Post)

Methodists strike down amendment to 'agree to disagree' on homosexuality
(Stoyan Zaimov, The Christian Post)

New: Journal of Law, Religion, and State
(Paul Horwitz, PrawfsBlawg)

North Carolina feels the ‘love’ in amendment campaign
(Peter Montgomery, Religion Dispatches)

Nova Scotia student suspended for wearing religious T-shirt
(Alysha Hasham, The Star)

RALS Conference at Touro Law School
(Elizabeth Schiltz, Mirror of Justice)

Religion in America
(John Turner, Religion in American History)

Religious marriage, legal marriage, and freedom
(Brian S. Clarke, The Herald-Sun)

Religious websites most prone to hackers
(Bob Allen, The Christian Century)

Tennessee legislature passes bill banning 'all comers' policy
(Robert Shibley, The Moral Liberal)

The hijab versus the hoodie – or how to bully dissenters
(Russell Blackford, Talking Philosophy)

The Muslim Brotherhood and Washington: Courtship and its discontents
(Sameul Tadros, Foreign Policy Research Institute)

Touro Law Center hosts the 2012 Conference of Religiously Affiliated Law Schools

Upcoming Event: Negotiating Religious Pluralism in Europe: Between the EU and the ECHR – Strasbourg, 28th June 2012

Thursday, 3 May 2012

'Azerbaijan must not allow EU, US to use tension with Iran, Russia'
(F.H., News.Az)

American Indian Religious Freedom Act suit against NCAA dismissed
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Bishops and extractive industries: A human face of mining
(Katherine Marshall, Huff Post Religion)

Church wins zoning appeal; city surrenders
(Jeff Gasser, The Becket Fund)

Dalai Lama mocks China’s interest in naming his successor
(Campbell Clark, The Globe and Mail [Ottawa])

Diversity rising: Census shows Mormons, nondenominational churches, Muslims spreading out across U.S.
(David Briggs, Association of Religion Data Archives)

Forced marriage campaign targets mosques in Scotland
(Poonam Taneja , BBC)

Governor vetoes religious liberty at Vanderbilt
(David French, American Center for Law and Justice)

How US pastor Terry Jones gets away with It – OpEd
(Kourosh Ziabari, Eurasia Review)

Judge tosses lawsuit from tribes on Fighting Sioux nickname
(Associated Press, Fox

Kazakh authorities against Christians, Jehovah's Witnesses and Hare Krishna

Letter: Religious liberty, Christianity and politics
(Allan Palmer, Caribbean News Now!)

NC lawyers' group holds marriage question debate

Nigeria: U.S. - We're concerned about attacks on media, churches

Pew Forum Weekly Religion News Update

Religion and campaign finance reform mix: Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf to talk elections
(Sam Levin, The Village Voice)

Religion: Tensions building between women, Vatican leaders
(Terry Mattingly, The Republic)

Religious freedom expert faults Obama’s prayer proclamation
(Michelle Bauman, Catholic News Agency)

Sikh group launches phone app to report unfair airport screeners, 2 complaints already made
(Associated Press)

The Becket Fund fights for religious liberty: An interview with Hannah Smith
(The Insider)

Tunisian court case exposes rift over free speech in new democracy
(Marc Fisher, The Washington Post)

Turkey's artists protest Islamist censorship after 'secret obscenities'
(Seclan Hacaoglu, Huff Post Culture)

Turkey's new constitution and Protestants
(Orhan Kemal Cengiz, Today's Zaman)

West Java, a mosque beside the church, a solution to the Yasmin Church dispute
(Mathias Hariyadi,

West looks to the East for growth as Islamic finance comes centre stage
(Fionna Reddan, Irish Times)

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

AG: RI memorial with cross 'transcends religion'
(Erika Niedowski, Associated Press via Boston Globe)

Brazil: Italian missionary killed
(MISNA, Eurasian Review)

Czech bishops on European Court of Human Rights decision
(Jiří Gračka, Press Office of the Czech Bishops)

Dan Savage offends with comments on Christianity
(Michelle Boorstein, The Washington Post)

DOJ downplays expectation for hate crimes law
(Carrie Johnson, NPR)

Ethics for everyone: Morality, science, and religion
(Michalel W. Austin, Psychology Today)

Federal court reinstates TX ban on abortion funding
(Charlie Butts, One News Now)

Human rights abusers barred from U.K.
(Hasan Suroor, The Hindu)

Indonesia: EU dialogue should press for progress on rights
(Human Rights Watch)

Islamist fighters enforcing hard-line religious law in northern Mali
(Associated Press)

Jewish pilgrims return to Tunisa
(Monia Ghanmi, Magharebia via Eurasia Review)

Libya drops ban on religion-based parties
(Reuters, The Chicago Tribune)

Muslim Americans and Republicans: enemies, allies or friends?
(Omar Sacirbey, Common Ground News Service)

New journal launch — Religion & Politics: Fit for Polite Company
(Ben P., Juvenile Instructor)

New USCIRF Commissioner appointed — Honorable Sam Gejdenson

Nine lawsuits for religious freedom – a brief rundown of arguments
(Fr. Frank Pavone, Catholic Lane)

Op-Ed: What is a Christian Nation?
(Jason Hines, ReligiousLiberty.TV)

Religion & Politics goes live May 1
(Deb Parker1, Washington State University)

Religion & Politics: Fit for Polite Company
(Cathleen Kaveny, Commonweal)

Religion Census charts congregations: 2010 survey is first to list independent evangelical bodie
(Manya A. Brachear, The Republic)

Religion news in brief

Religion see as less a factor in 2012 vote
(Gary Rosenblatt, The Jewish Week [New York])

Religion versus free speech: Koran burning re-ignites demands for prohibitions on Koran burning
(Joanthan Turley, Res Ipsa Loquitur (Blog))

Resources regarding Obama HHS Mandate
(Priests for Life)

Seminary to honor Planned Parenthood officials
(Associated Press, One News Now)

Some critical reflections on the silences on secularism: A Response to Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunge
(P. Vijaya, Groundviews)

Survey describes faith behind bars
(Helen T. Gray, McClatchy Newspapers via Kansas City Star)

Teheran condemns Koran burning by U.S. clelrgyman
(Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty)

The Cross is a ‘a requirement of the Christian faith’
(Francis Phillips, Catholic

The Palestinian revolution – OpEd
(Moshe Dann, Eurasia Review)

The simple facts of a simple amendment
(Robert L. Deucher, The Pilot)

Voices of Faith: What's the point of all the religious rituals?
(Syed E. Hasan, McClatchy Newspapers via Kansas City Star)

Welcome to Religion & Politics
(Marie Griffith, Religion and Politics)

Wheaton College upholds Christian values despite new law
(Philip Graham Ryken, Daily Herald [Illinois])

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

The battle of Vanderbilt: The Tennessee legislature comes through
(David French, National Review Online)

2010 U.S. Religion Census Released
(Association of Religion Data Archives)

Anti-Shariah bills cross faith lines
(Hesham A. Hassaballa, Patheos)

Arizona's selective separation of church and state
(Linda Valdez,

Bibles to stay in Air Force lodging — Sort of …
(Dave Bohon, The New American)

Bombs target alcohol businesses in south Lebanon
(Bassem Mroue
, Associated Press )

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