Law and Religion Headlines

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Professor Rik Torfs elected rector of KU Leuven
(KU Leven News)

Living in hell, Iraqi Christians dream of paradise
(Karlos Zurutuza, Inter Press Service)

Salmon run's survival trumps religious rights of Alaska Native fishermen
(Craig Medred, Alaska Dispatch)

Chamber cancels 2013 Arab International Festival
(Joe Slezak, Shelby Township Source Newspapers)

Council prayers challenged in the United States
(National Secular Society)

Ghana: Miracles are leading Christians astray
(Ghana Web)

Tibetan leader of Bon religion to visit Pittsburgh
(Ann Rodgers, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

Most Russians support non-intervention of church in state affairs

Survey shows little improvement in religious freedom
(Paul Courson, CNN)

US names envoy to combat anti-Semitism, warns of rising incidents
(Reporting by Lesley Wroughton; Editing by Cynthia Osterman, Reuters)

Monday, 20 May 2013

Partner Michael Mervis and Senior Counsel Russell Hirschhorn honored by Becket Fund for pro bono efforts
(Proskauer, The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel)

Religious politics in Israel: Who’s a Jew?
(The Economist)

Supreme Court will hear church-state case over prayers at public meetings
(Associated Press, The Washington Post)

Supreme Court grants certiorari in city council invocation case
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Gay marriage could stop Christians becoming teachers or doctors - church leaders
(John Bingham, The Telegraph)

T K A Nair rues double standards on caste, religion
(The New Indian Express)

More Americans see gay, lesbian orientation as birth factor
(Poll, Gallup Politics)

Religion and Law round up – 19th May
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Today’s Top Opinion: The ACLU v. Liberty
(Times Dispatch)

Women of the Wall board member’s home hit with threatening graffiti

Vandals spray-paint slogans against liberal Jewish women’s prayer group in Israel
(Associated Press, Fox News)

Kazakhstan: Pentecostal jailed for 2 months pre-trial, Baptist gets 3-days jail, atheist still in psychiatric hospital
(Felix Corley, Forum 18)

Myths and realities about equal marriage
(Adam Wagner, UK Human Rights Blog)

Religion render race insignificant
(Y.S. Chan, Malay Mail)

Tunisia's last Jews at ease despite troubled past
(BBC News Africa)

EU Law v Immigration Bill, Right to Die and Reform, Reform, Reform – The Human Rights Roundup
(Daniel Isenberg, UK Human Rights Blog)

Israel to return settlement's land to Palestinian owners

Announcing the 2012 International Religious Freedom Report
(U.S. Department of State,

Kerry: Blasphemy, apostasy, anti-semitism troubling trends in International Religious Freedom Report
(Melissa Barnhart, The Christian Post)

Britain is losing its faith in church, census shows
(Richard Ford, The Times of London)

Vote imminent as Boy Scouts considers change to policy banning gays
(Fox News via AP)

Catholics split on proposed gay Boy Scouts change
(Aaron Shrank, Huffington Post Religion)

Turkey's political imams: The Gulenists fight back
(The Economist)

Afghan parliament fails to pass divisive law banning violence against women
(Reuters FaithWorld)

Pope decries more concern over banks than people; leads Vatican rally, meets with Merkel
(Associated Press, The Washington Post)

Hollande signs French gay marriage law
(Steven Erlanger, The New York Times)

Many of Spain's Sephardic Jews still waiting for citizenship
(Raphael Minder, The New York Times)

Justices take case on prayer at town board meetings, and a patent dispute
(Adam Liptak, The New York Times)

Faith-based organisations: should dogma be left out of development?
(Anna Scott and Eliza Anyangwe, The Guardian)

Dalai Lama to Louisville crowd: Forgive the Boston bombing suspects
(Cheryl K. Chumley, The Washington Times)

In Myanmar, a movement for Muslim and Buddhist tolerance
(Joseph J. Schatz, The Christian Science Monitor)

US senators approve 5,000 visas for Tibet refugees
(Agence-France Press, The West Australian)

Christians remain targets as Nigeria violence grows
(CBN News)

Church of Scotland takes step to allow gay clergy
(Sylvia Hui, U-T San Diego via AP)

Nigeria: Muslim youth reject Lagos government's ban on Hijab
(Sani Tukur, Premium Times)

Nigeria: Church seeks compensation fro victims of Boko Haram
(Premium Times)

Nigeria: Sambo's wife tasks Islamic organizations on peace
(Premium Times)

Gambia: ISESCO organises workshop on open-day knowledge-based economy
(Njie Baldeh, The Point)

Tanzania: Fifteen suspects held by police for torching churches
(Ludovick Kazoka, Daily News)

Germany's Merkel meets Pope Francis at Vatican
(Eurasia Review)

Britain releases 2011 censuseata on religious affiliation and characteristics of population by religion
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Freedom of religion is the fundamental right of every living person
(Seminar of Religious freedom of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, Euro Cath Info)

The 2012 International Religious Freedom Report
(direct link, United States Department of State)

VIDEO: Secretary Kerry's remarks at the International Religious Freedom Report Rollout
(United States Department of State)

Full text of Secretary Kerry's remarks on the release of the International Religious Freedom Report
(United States Department of State)

Ambassador-at-Large Suzan Johnson Cook on the 2012 International Religious Freedom Report
(U.S. Department of State,

Kerry: Religious freedom is a "birthright"
(CBN News)

US sees 'climate of intolerance' on global religious freedom
(Voice of America)

U.S. Policy and Programs in Support of International Religious Freedom
(Fact Sheet - Office of the Spokesperson, United States Department of State)

Learn more about the 2012 Human Rights Reports
(U.S. Department of State,

2012 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices
(Fact Sheet - Office of the Spokesperson, United States Department of State)

Muslim leaders in U.S. facing challenges inside and outside the faith
(Matthew Brown, Deseret News)

Nigeria offer amnesty to Islamist militants as bloody offensive against Boko Haram insurgency continues
(The Telegraph)

Indonesia minorities slam president’s interfaith award
(Jakarta Globe)

Iraq bombings kill 70, wound dozens on Shiite and Sunni neighborhoods
(Freya Petersen, Global Post)

Evangelical groups claim IRS practicing ‘viewpoint discrimination’
(Sarah Posner, The National Memo)

Atheist literature to be placed in Georgia state park cabins

Georgian patriarch calls on supporters, opponents of gay movement to pray for each other

Pope: church should open up but follow teaching
(ABC News)

Ultra-Orthodox Jews protest in Jerusalem and vow to defy military draft
(Ori Lewis, Reuters)

Bombs at mosques in northwest Pakistan kill 15
(Fox News)

Farrakhan urges black unity in Detroit
(Niraj Warikoo, USA Today)

A dazzling documentary about pop music in China’s Muslim-majority province
(Max Fisher, The Washington Post)

Amish bishop Samuel Mullet opposes federal prison rule requiring him to attend school classes
(James F. McCarty, The Plain Dealer)

More on US State Department Reports

Sunday, 19 May 2013

More than 500 imams in landmark gay marriage protest
(John Bingham, The Telegraph)

Saturday, 18 May 2013

Secretary Kerry to release report on international religious freedom
(United States Department of State)

Congress receives irrefutable evidence of IRS harassment of pro-life organizations
(Tom Ciesielka, Thomas More Society)

Congressman: IRS asked pro-life group about 'the content of their prayers'
(Charlie Spiering, The Washington Examiner)

It could soon be 'too late' to retain traditional meaning of marriage, warns Archbishop
(John Bingham, The Telegraph)

Communiqué on The Edict of Milan–1,700 years later
(Order of St. Andrew the Apostle)

Insult and punishment: Russian MPs mull softer penalty for religious offenses

Africa, Asia see boom in priests as Europe withers
(Nicole Winfield, ABC News via AP)

Politics and the pulpit: Black churches at heart of gay marriage debate in Illinois
(Sophia Tareen, The Republic)

Christian churches back Jews facing anit-Semitism in Hungary
(Tom Heneghan, Reuters)

Are Buddhist monks involved in Myanmar's violence?
(Anthony Kuhn, NPR)

Two bombings at Mosques in Pakistan kill at least 13
(Ismail Khan and Salman Masood, The New York Times)

Christians aren't being persecuted in American schools
(TF Charlton, The Guardian)

Afghan law to protect women's rights blocked by opponents
(The Guardian)

Thousands urge Boston College to drop pro-abortion commencement speaker Enda Kenny
(John Ritchie, Christian News Wire)

Study shows undocumented immigrants largely Christian
(Catholic News Agency)

Islam could be dominant UK religion in 10 years- census analysis
(Russian Times)

Anti-gay riot in Georgian capital
(Tine Zhvania, Institute for War & Peace Reporting)

Georgia: Patriarch calls for calm after Orthodox groups thwart gay rights rally
(Civil Georgia)

Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill: the story continues
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

85-year-old wife of Mormon church president dies
(Brady McCombs, ABC News)

Merkel and Pope talk about a 'strong' Europe
(Frances D'Emilo, The Miami Herald)

Convictions handed down in securities fraud conspiracy that used inisters to sell stock
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Louisiana appeals court upholds election, injunctive relief in Baptist church dispute
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Kosher prison food lawsuit goes forward
(Elinor J. Brecher, The Miami Herald)

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