Law and Religion Headlines

Wednesday, 6 March 2013

POM Announces 7th Annual Christian Law Enforcement Chaplaincy Training – Theology and Practice

Pakistan: Christians and activists commemorate Shahbaz Bhatti and demonstrate against sectarian violence
(Agenzia Fides)

Human Embryos, the beginning of life, and EU Citizens
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Czech gov't can implement property settlement with churches
(Prague Daily Monitor)

Victims raise legal questions about retired pope
(Rachel Zoll, Associated Press, WTOP FM)

UNHRC Parallel Event March 06: Who will stand up for religious freedom?
(Paul Coleman, Alliance Defending Freedom)

Indonesia: Marriage registration fee to be scrapped by religious affairs ministry
(Jakarta Globe)

Effets du “mariage” gay sur le mariage et la famille : un rapport britannique
(Le blog de Jeanne Smits)

Religious freedoms could expand in new coalition
(Stewart Ain, The Jewish Week)

Believers divided by nationality in Kyrgyzstan

Religion in Belarus: no conscience, no freedom
(Index on Censorship)

Hundreds of Russian Wahabis fighting against Assad forces in Syria

The Ratzinger legacy
(Ross Douthat, The New York Times)

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Tax Court: Taxes come before tithing to church, children's college expenses
(Paul L. Caron, TaxProf Blog)

Kyrgyz authorities seek to restore order in religious educational institutions

In church and country, a crisis of governance
(E.J. Dionne Jr., The Washington Post)

Argentina has very different papal candidates
(Michael Warren, Associated Press)

Russia: What's the matter with Said Nursi?
(Geraldine Fagan, Forum 18 News Service)

99.4% of Tajik citizens are Muslim – authorities

Florida Imam convicted in Pakistani Taliban case
(Curt Anderson, Associated Press, ABC News)

GOP bill exempts religious nonprofits, business owners from contraception mandate
(Tom Howell Jr., The Washington Times)

Canada’s Cardinal Marc Ouellet suggests others may be better for pope
(Randall Palmer, Reuters FaithWorld)

Bumpy start for Islam classes in Germany
(Deutsche Welle)

As church attendance drops, Europe's most Catholic country seeks modern pope
(Donald Snyder, NBC World News)

Conclave runs on modern twists to ancient rules
(Frances D'Emilio, Associated Press, ABC News)

Shi'ite fighters rally to defend Damascus shrine
(Mariam Karouny, Reuters)

Upstart parties frustrate Netanyahu's coalition-building
(Jeffrey Heller, Reuters)

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Everything you need to know about popes and conclaves
(David Gibson, Religion News Service)

Video shows Syria’s ancient synagogue destroyed by regime forces
(Al Arabiya News)

Vienna university offers rare melting pot for European Jews
(Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA)

When liberal Protestants were Zionists
(Judah Bellin, Jewish Ideas Daily)

In Poland, launch of Adventist television cements growing media ministry
(Adventist News Network)

Religious leaders demand money for women’s health
(Alexandria Mayo, KUT Radio)

Solomon Islands: Religious leaders must speak out on mining
(Islands Business)

India: Religion e-commerce on the rise as ventures like 'Online Prasad', 'Proud Ummah' take off
(Radhika P Nair & Harsimran Julka, The Times of India)

Study: Religious parents' divorce may cause children to leave the church
(Jason Koebler, US News)

Bahrain attends UN session on religious freedom
(Bahrain News Agency)

Religious education leaders reflect on 20 years in office
(Jack Sheedy, The Catholic Transcript)

Election of new pontiff: events during the sede vacante
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Cardinals hold meeting but do not set date for conclave to choose the next pope
(Jason Horowitz, The Washington Post)

The cardinals turn conciliar
(Mark Silk, Religion News Service)

Congresswoman Diane Black introduces legislation to protect conscience
(Caffeinated Thoughts)

House GOP to propose religious-conscience protection bill today
(Ed Morrissey, Hot Air)

'Vatileaks' concern as cardinals gather
(Ella Ide, AAP via The Australian)

Women deserve bigger role in Catholic Church leadership, says key cardinal
(Philip Pullella, Reuters FaithWorld)

Cardinals say will not be rushed into electing new pope
(Philip Pullella, Reuters)

Fake bishop busted and booted from Vatican
(Jessica Ravitz, CNN)

Ethiopia's 'jihadi' film and its boomerang effects
(Awol K. Allo, Al Jazeera)

Egypt unleashes Islamic morality police force
(Katerina Nikolas, Digital Journal)

Saudi Arabia: Tough guidelines for minor marriage hailed
(Huda Salih & Remm Wafai, Arab News)

Religious persecution kills 150,000 Christians every year
(Clemente Ferrer Roselló,

Secularist group issues report critical of religious fundamentalism in U.S. military
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Federal judge sentences pastor to 27 months for helping ex-lesbian flee country with daughter
(Heather Clark, Christian News)

Philippines: ‘Blasphemous’ artist cleared of raps
(Cynthia D. Balana, Inquirer News)

Malaysia: Tax incentive for all places of worship
(New Straits Times)

Virginia’s Liberty transforms into evangelical mega-university
(Nick Anderson, The Washington Post)

UN Special Rapporteur issues report on freedom of religion in Cyprus
(Georgea Polizos, AHI Media Center)

France, Vichy and public antisemitism: seeing the past clearly?
(Elizabeth Marcus and Daniel Lee, The Guardian)

Gaza marathon cancelled by UN after Hamas bans women from participating
(Phoebe Greenwood and Hazem Balousha, The Guardian)

Saudi seven face crucifixion and firing squad for armed robbery
(AP via The Guardian)

Caste discrimination should be outlawed, say Lords
(Juliette Jowit, The Guardian)

Pastors across county unite to fight black-on-black crime
(Nadege Green, The Miami Herald)

Muslim woman thought to have converted to Christianity found after riot against Christians
(Associated Press, Huffington Post)

Religious intolerance; a bane to Africa's development
(Moses Kangah, Ghana Web)

Parents, religion guard against college drinking
(Medical Xpress)

Ethiopia: Church faces court set back in property reacquisition
(Melkeam Aschalew, Addis Fortune via All Africa)

Zambia: Christian leaders saddened by electoral violence
(Catholic Information Service for Africa via All Africa)

Situation of religious minorities in Syria becomes even more menacing

Kenya: Amecea to observe Kenyan elections
(Catholic Information Service for Africa via All Africa)

Azeri Muslims decry religious restrictions
(On Islam)

Uganda: Bishop wants church consulted on marriage bill
(John Semakula, The New Vision via All Africa)

India: Dhari villagers prevent foreigners from attending religious event
(Daily Pioneer)

Kazakhstan: Mosque told to speak Kazakh as religion law bites
(Joanna Lillis, EurasiaNet)

Religious leaders urge funding for family planning, birth control
(Ben Kamisar, Austin American-Statesman)

South Panola district issues warning about religious messages
(Dennis Turner, WREG-TV)

Kentucky: Bill could create chaos, not liberty; 'religious freedom' already protected
(Editorial, Lexington Herald-Leader)

Faith-based schools may ‘fuel racism’
(Niall Murray, Irish Examiner)

Monday, 4 March 2013

UK Human Rights Blog surpasses two million hits
(Adam Wagner, UK Human Rights Blog)

EVENT March 5, 2013: FRC to hold joint news conference on HHS Mandate at National Religious Broadcasters Convention
(Family Research Council)

Belgian Islamophobia: MPs vow to ‘impeach’ Muslim extremists

Elections violate Islamic law: Egypt's Mohamed El-Zawahiri
(Ahram Online)

Kosovo: Islamic movement turns to politics
(Muhamet Brajshori, Southeast European Times)

Texas Muslim capitol day “TMCD” reflection
(Mohammad Mouneimne, Texas Muslim Capitol Day)

Freedoms of speech, religion on Idaho campuses debated before Senate committee
(George Prentice, Boise Weekly)

Protecting religious liberty in an SSM country
(Mark Silk, Religion News Service)

Vietnam's 'Decree on Religion' clamps down on Christianity
(World Watch Monitor)

Illinois gay marriage debate is splitting parties, churches
(Kevin McDermott, St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

Spain: Supreme Court overturns burqa ban
(Soeren Kern, Gatestone Institute of International Public Policy)

Tanzanian religious leaders urge tolerance following interfaith violence
(Deodatus Balile in Dar es Salaam, Sabahi)

Nigeria: Hijab and freedom of worship
(Zakariyya Adaramola, Daily Trust)

Libya arrests Egyptian Christians in Benghazi
(All Africa)

Liberia: President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, LCC discuss state of affairs
(The News)

NC bill seeks to add Bible classes to school curriculum
(Stoyan Zaimov, Christian Post)

Iraqi Sunni official announces resignation
(Qassim Abdul-Zahra and Sameer N. Yacoub, Associated Press)

Committee advances religious student group bill
(Associated Press, Idaho Statesman)

Critics: NY gov's abortion bill would hurt women
(Michael Gormley, Associated Press)

Israel wields Bible's soft power as far afield as Brazil
(Christa Case Bryant, The Christian Science Monitor)

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