Law and Religion Headlines

Monday, 4 March 2013

Thailand, Muslim militants agree to peace talks
(Eileen Ng and Thanyarat Doksone, Associated Press)

Tunisia ruling party rejects prime minister's call for new Cabinet
(Jeffery Fleishman and Radhouane Addala, Los Angeles Times)

Pakistan: car bomb kills dozens outside mosque in Karachi
(Associated Press via The Guardian)

Cardinal O'Brian's confession turn spotlight on Scottish Catholic church
(Severin Carrell, The Guardian)

The secular sequester hurts
(Kathryn Jean Lopez, National Review Online)

Christian school fires pregnant woman over premarital sex
(Isolde Rafery, Today)

Tanzania: Anonymous leaflets threaten Christian retaliation in Zanzibar
(Sabahi via All Africa)

Nigeria: Allow banks to sell Hajj Steats, NAHCON urged
(Abdulkadir Badsha Muktar, Daily Trust via All Africa)

Rwanda: Christian aid welcomes government's steps on aid to Rwanda
(Christian Aid via All Africa)

Jihad mafia kills Tunisian youths
(Monia Ghanmi and Yasmine Najjar, Magharebia)

Closer Iran-Egypt ties about tourism, not religion: Tourism ministry
(Dalia Farouk, Ahram Online)

Congressional hearing highlights growing threat of anti-Semitism
(Adelaide Darling, Catholic News Agency)

What would happen if the UK withdrew from the European Court of Human Rights?
(Adam Wagner, UK Human Rights Blog)

Morocco: Another step towards reinforcement of the rule of law – OpEd
(Said Temsamani, Eurasia Review)

Tunisia: 'Harlem Shake' pits students against salafists
(Yasmine Najjar, Magharebia)

Benedict XVI to be remembered as 'incredible teacher' - Teresa Tomeo
(Yekaterina Kudashkina, Voice of Russia Radio)

Russian and American Chabad arms split over Schneerson Library
(Paul Berger, The Jewish Daily Forward)

Malaysia: ‘Speed up tax exemption process for religious donations’
(Michelle Chun, The Sun Daily)

UK supermarkets acquiesce to religious lobby with Jesus themed Easter eggs
(John Glenday, The Drum)

Religious groups push for Gov. Kasich’s Medicaid expansion
(JoAnne Vivano, The Columbus Dispatch)

Tanzania: President acts tough on religious violence
(Tanzania Daily News)

What is the future of religion in Korea?
(John Power, The Korea Herald)

Reading religion into the Core
(Columbia Spectator)

Turkey: The new Constitution and the headscarf – a selective freedom?
(Mine Yildirim and Åbo Akademi Uni, Forum 18 News Service)

Religious leaders protest license markings
(Ray Gronberg, The Herald Sun)

Canada religious freedom office to focus on persecutions abroad
(Deborah Gyapong, Catholic Register)

Some of Md.’s largest religious charities rely on state funding
(Becca Heller, Maryland Reporter)

Sunday, 3 March 2013

An Oxford Companion to the 2013 Papal Elections
(Kimberly Hernandez, OUP Blog)

Constitutional issue avoided in preacher's guilty plea for possessing poisonous snakes
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Saturday, 2 March 2013

Forthcoming events in religion and law – Update: March 2013
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Chicago board of ed OK's kindergarten sex ed
(CBN News)

Clergy have mixed views of Arkansas lifting of gun ban in churches
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

The future of religious freedom: Interview with Allen D. Hertzke
(Joseph Richard Preville, Muscat Daily (Oman))

Muslims riot in southern Egypt looking for woman suspected of converting to Christianity
(Associated Press, The Washington Post)

Adventists caution about threat to T&T’s religious liberty
(Yvonne Baboolal, Guardian (Trinidad & Tobago))

'The legacy of Timbuktu': fighting threatens American tour of Islamic artifacts
(Omar Sacirbey, Religion News Service)

Nigerian town’s Christians paralyzed amid Islamic extremist attacks
(Morning Star News)

Christian crackdown moves Sudan closer to '100 percent' Muslim
(Melissa Steffan, Christianity Today)

Mass prayers held for Tibetan self-immolators
(Reported and translated by Rigdhen Dolma for RFA’s Tibetan Service. Written in English by Richard Finney, Radio Free Asia)

China: Ghulja official tightens religious restrictions
(Reported by Mihray Abdilim for RFA’s Uyghur Service. Translated by Mamatjan Juma. Written in English by Joshua Lipes, Radio Free Asia)

Israel lobby group gears up early to counter church divestment initiatives in 2014
(Alex Kane, Mondoweiss)

Papal apartments, basilica sealed for sede vacante
(Estefania Aguirre, Catholic News Agency)

Catholic schools see future In Latino students
(Aaron Schrank, The Huffington Post)

Religions will discuss peace in German capital
(Vercihan Ziflioğlu, Hürriyet Daily News)

Egypt: Answers needed on state and religion
(Ibrahim El-Houdaiby, Ahram Online)

Senior Pakistani religious leader: Ayatollah Khamenei, spiritual guide of Muslim Ummah
(AhluBayt News Agency)

Benghazi, 48 Egyptian Christians arrested on religious grounds
(Asia News)

Poll reveals church leaders have suffered a greater loss of trust than politicians or journalists
(Gillan Scott, God and Politics in the UK)

German Catholic bishops and the “morning-after” pill
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Proposed Christian law school should be denied accreditation, Clayton Ruby says
(Jeff Green, The Star)

Forum: Are anti-sharia laws constitutional?
(The Watcher's Forum)

Kenya Re launches Sharia compliant product
(John Oyuke, Standard Digital News)

Only 14, Bangladeshi girl charged with adultery was lashed to death
(Farid Ahmed and Moni Basu, CNN)

The legal attack on religious liberty in America – part 1
(Rick Plasterer, Juicy Ecumenism – The Institute on Religion & Democracy's Blog)

Friday, 1 March 2013

InterVarsity to file briefs on religious liberty restrictions at campuses
(Gina Meeks, Charisma News)

Ky. House passes religion bill despite fears it's too broad
(Tom Loftus, Courier-Journal)

The Tale of Psychic Sophie: Denouement
(Marc O. DeGirolami, Center for Law and Religion Forum)

U.S. asks justices to reject California’s ban on gay marriage
(John Schwartz and Adam Liptak, The New York Times)

EVENT - 8 March 2013: Onclin Congress: Marriage and religious pluralism
(Katholieke Universiteit Leuven)

Nashville diocese drops fight over birth control coverage
(Amanda Gambill, The Tennessean)

Principles of tolerance and respect can help address global challenges – UN officials
(UN News Centre)

A Vatican spring?
(Hans Küng, translated by from the German by Peter Heinegg, The International Herald Tribune)

The new Trojan horse: The HHS mandate and our religious liberty
(Father Timothy Cloutier, The Catholic Spirit)

Kenya: Arsonists burn Keroka church in land dispute
(The Star)

Pakistan: A human rights organization was banned due to the pressure of fanatical Muslim groups in Gilgit-Baltistan
(Asian Human Rights Commission)

UK: Key freedom of expression case heard at High Court following ban on bus adverts
(Christian Concern)

Uganda: MPs divided over property sharing after divorce
(Henry Sekanjako and John Odyek, New Vision)

Proposed European Citizens' Initiative: The human embryo is "one of us"
(Christian Concern)

Freedom of religion legislative action alert
(Rebecca Hamilton, Patheos Blog: Public Catholic)

Nigeria: MSSN protest paralyses activities at Alausa
(Monsur Olowoopejo, Vanguard)

Update: 6 arrested amid continued clashes at church in Aswan
(Aswat Masriya)

Kazakhstan: "If they continue to pray, they'll be brought to legal responsibility"
(Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service)

Santa Rosa Diocesse requires its teachers to reject 'modern errors'
(Martin Espinoza, The Press Democrat)

New York City sues Orthodox shops over dress codes
(Michele Chabin, Religion News Service)

Egypt, to Coptic Orthodox children aged 9 and 10 risk jail on blasphemy charges
(Asia News)

Chinese intellectuals urge action on human rights
(Malcolm Moore, The Telegraph)

UN chief calls for abolition of death penalty
(Sung Un Kim, The Jurist)

Religious expression in the public sphere
(Benedict Coleridge Jesuit Refugee Service - Europe, EuropeInfos)

The spotlight turns again on the Cross
(Alessandro Calcagno, COMECE, EuropeInfos)

Christians, Sikhs and Hindus demand electoral reform for better representation
(Shafique Khokhar, Asia News)

Nigeria: Muslim students protest ban of Hijab in Lagos schools
(George Okogie, Leadership via AllAfrica)

Al Azhar condemns Aby Sayyaf over un-Islamic abductions and terror acts
(Asia News)

Kenya: Arsonists burn Keroka church in land dispute
(Angwenyi Gichana, The Star via AllAfrica)

Bangladesh: Dozens killed in clashes between Islamists and police
(Asia News)

Nigeria: MSSN protest paralyses activities at Alausa
(Monsur Olowoopejo, Vanguard via All Africa)

Religious freedom outscores Obamacare 12-4 in court
(Melanie Korb, Charisma News)

Kanlho, 9 Tibetans on trial for encouraging self-immolations
(Asia News)

California bill seeks to punish Boy Scouts for prohibiting homosexual leaders, members
(Heather Clark, Christian News)

Egyptian Muslims clash with police amid religious tensions
(Global Post)

Dallas pastor Robert Jeffress takes veiled swipe at Tim Tebow
(Chris Strauss, Religion News Service)

Two cheers for Tebow
(Mark Silk, Religion News Service)

“Ohmmm” my goodness: Yoga and religion in public schools
(Amy E. Feldman, Constitution Daily)

InterVarsity to file brief on attempts to restrict religious liberties at universities
(Alex Murashko, The Christian Post)

Religious discrimination averted? High school sports league amends constitution to avoid sabbath furor
(Billy Hallowell, The Blaze)

Catholic association’s Ferguson: Obama administration a threat to religious liberty
(Marti Lotman, Newsmax)

Sri Lanka: Under threat of abduction, Christian lawyer will not give up his mission
(Melani Manel Perera, Asia News)

Civil unions bill passes committee, Catholic Charities speaks out
(Megan Schrader, Colorado Springs Gazette)

Nigeria: Killers in name of religion, agents of Devil – Taraba ag. gov
(Ojih Andrew, Leadership)

Mass. schools to allow boys in girls' restrooms
(Michael Foust, Baptist Press)

Thursday, 28 February 2013

Our new blog on religion: Hard clogs to fill
(B.C., The Economist [Erasumus: Religion and public policy])

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