Law and Religion Headlines

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

State Dept. ‘deeply concerned’ over Turkey’s prosecution of Nisanyan

Islamists press blasphemy cases in a New Egypt
(Ben Hubbard and Mayy El Sheikh, The New York Times)

When the ultra-Orthodox advocate religious freedom
(William Kolbrener, Haaretz)

Vision of a world which relegates religion to the private and personal realm
(Herald Scotland)

Study finds religion more important in South
(Angel Coker, The Crimson White)

Bishop Callahan to kick off religious freedom campaign
(Mike Tighe, LaCrosse Tribune)

Court upholds refusal to allow church to run religious services in city homeless shelters
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Federal judge frees Geneva College from government requirement on health coverage
(The Tribune-Review)

Judge's religious comments during sentencing are not reversible error
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Suit challenges NYPD's Muslim surveillance program
(Ryan Deveraux, The Guardian)

Religions seen slow to go green; Pope has chance to inspire
(Alister Doyle, Reuters)

Berkley Center launches new online forum

Myanmar community leaders in Malaysia call for calm
(Rashvinjeet S. Bedi, The Star)

Iran converts six Christian converts
(Mohaba News)

Australian evangelist trip to Vietnam sparks debate on faith
(BosNewsLife Asia Service, BosNewsLife)

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Russia: Imams' defence rejected "for contradicting prosecution"
(Forum 18)

Muslim cleric gets 11 years in prison for burning Bible
(Andrew Higgins, Fox News)

Senators challenge President with new military religious freedom amendments
(Charkue Spiering, Washington Examiner)

Religious liberty for all [Arkansas RFRA]
(Jerry Cox, Log Cabin Democrat (Conway, Arkansas))

Guestview: terrorism and religion in Nigeria
(John Onaiyekan, Reuters)

What is a mother to do? Questions for same-sex marriage advocates
(Deborah Savage, Witherspoon Institute - Public Discourse)

Can faith prevent teen pregnancy?
(Sarah Brown, Washington Post)

Pope Francis is good for the Jews
(Francis X. Rocca, The Wall Street Journal)

The Pope and the Archbishop
(Alan Cowell, The New York Times)

European pro-life network meet in Rome
(Elisabetta Pittino, Zenit)

John Sentamu and the Church of England's slow retreat on gay marriage
(Andrew Brown, The Guardian)

Marketing 'Man of Steel' to Christians
(John McQuaid, Forbes)

Civil rights groups sue NYPD over Muslim spying
(Adam Goldman and Eileen Sullivan, U-T San Diego via AP)

In defense of prayer
(Heather Long, The Guardian)

Man arrested after suspected arson attack on Gloucester mosque
(The Guardian)

Venezuelan president meets pope, smoothes relations with Catholic church
(Anchorage Daily News)

The fallacy of the Blair narrative and the war on Islam(ism)
(Reza Pankhurst, New Civilisation)

Clerics in Egypt call for global jihad against regime's Shiite allies, Egypt cuts Syria ties
(Matthew Barber, Syria Comment)

Former Clinton advisor receives 2013 American Religious Freedom Award
(Ethics and Public Policy Center)

Gay marriage: whose yes, whose no?
(Elizabeth Scalia, First Things (First Thoughts blog))

Catholics, Lutherans jointly to mark Reformation anniversary
(Tom Heneghan and Tom Miles, Reuters)

Conservative moms slam Kraft over naked 'Zesty Guy'
(Michael Winter, USA Today)

Don't dismiss this (Abortion)
(Kathryn Jean Lopez, National Review: The Corner)

Abortion: Sacred ground?
(Kathryn Jean Lopez, National Review)

Obamacare versus the First Amendment
(Stephanie Slade, U.S. News and World Report)

Religious freedom under threat at home
(William E. Lori, The Baltimore Sun)

Same-sex marriage and religious freedom, fundamentally at odds
(Matthew J. Ftanck, The Witherspoon Institute (Public Discourse Blog))

Islamists' long reach over Egypt as suspected terrorist is appointed Luxor governor

Hindus upset with Cavill comparing Superman with Hindu Gods
(Punjab News)

Most Russian Orthodox don’t read Bible, pray, go to church
(Ria Novosti)

Tunisia faces political struggle over Islam
(Edward Cody, The Washington Post)

Milwaukee Jewish groups launching 'Hours Against Hate'
(Annysa Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

School prayer: 50 years after the ban, God and faith more present than ever
(Lee Lawrence, The Christian Science Monitor)

Study says gays find most U.S. faiths unfriendly
(Adelle M. Banks, The Washington Post)

Appeals court OK’s pastor’s suit against Oklahoma license plate
(Greg Horton, Religion News Service)

Hearing officer says Christian pregnancy center is eligible in government loan program
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

In important decision, New Hampshire court invalidates tax credit scholarships to sectarian schools
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

N. Korean religious leaders call for inter-Korean talks
(Yonhap News Agency)

US criticized for ignoring religious minorities in the Middle East
(Kuwait News Agency)

Baptist dissenters hold "illegal religious gatherings" in Uzbekistan

A more secular Europe, divided by the Cross
(Andrew Higgins, The New York Times)

European Parliament recommendation to the Council on the draft EU guidelines on the promotion and protection of freedom of religion or belief

G.O.P.pushes new abortion limits to appease vocal base
(Jeremy W. Peters, The New York Times)

Quebec lifts turban ban, but allegations of intolerance linger
(Ron Csillag, Religion News Service)

Monday, 17 June 2013

Abu Islam sentenced to 11 years hard labour
(Basil El-Dabh, Daily News Egypt)

African-Americans and gay marriage–its complicated
(Michel Martin, NPR)

Albania celebrates 100 years of religious tolerance
(Peter M. Tase and Arta Musara, Peter Tase)

Archbishops to ask clergy: 'Are you having gay sex?'
(John Bingham, The Telegraph)

Baptist leader urges respect for Semchenko's presumption of innocence
(Paul D. Steeves, Russia Religious News, Stetson University)

Bishop Zziwa calls for teaching of religion in schools
(Juliet Lukwago, New Vision (Uganda))

Bulgarian Orthodox Church urges cancellation of LGBT parade
(Sofia News Agency)

Can Burma make a comprehensive peace deal with ethnic Kachin? - OpEd
(Zin Linn, Asian Correspondent)

Christian college expels student over lesbian relationship - and then demands $6,000 in tuiton
(Alex Kane, AlterNet)

Citizens of the world and citizens of Turkey - the Occupy Gezi protests
(Elena Cirkovic, TransConflict)

Citizens speak out against religious extremism
(Muhamet Brajshori, SE Times)

Culture, faith and politics in Paraguay - OpEd
(Raquel Elizabeth Iglesias, Eurasia Review)

England: Woman who aborted baby at 40 weeks has jail term reduced
(Christian Concern)

French Senate and National Assembly members meet with Pope Francis
(Junno Arocho Esteves, Zenit)

From Babel to Pentecost
(B.C., The Economist-- Erasmus blog)

Holy See and Vietnam issue press release after 4th round of talks on bilateral relations
(Vatican Radio)

Human rights center of World Russian People's Council asks to recognize Judas and Jesus cartoon as extremist

Indonesian police under pressure over ban on headscarf
(The Sun Daily)

Islam brings Moroccans, Indonesians close
(Veeramalla Anjaiah, The Jakarta Post)

Knesset panel’s debate on civil unions postponed over language
(Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

Latin American religious backtrack on Pope and gay lobby
(Catholic News Agency)

Massacres by Islamic extremists bolster Bashar al-Assad

Milan: Oasis: benefits and risks of secularization in Muslim-Christian sphere

New Zealand: Jewish Community to Sue over Kosher Ban
(International Religious Freedom News)

Obama lectures Irish Christians on divisiveness
(Martin Barillas, Spero News)

Religious liberty amendment opposed - OpEd
(William Donohue, Eurasia Review)

Religious propaganda will affect national polls too
(Kamran Reza Chowdhury, Dhaka Tribune)

Religious winds of changes are blowing in Israel
(The Canadian Jewish News)

Russia sees end to U.S. row as historic Jewish texts moved to museum

Saudi Arabia urges pilgrims to postpone Haj if they can
(Zee News)

Secret religious schools with kidnapped pupils discovered in Tajikistan

Selected materials on marriage cases
(Ed Whelan, Bench Memos)

Silence my voice, not my religion
(Stephanie R. Caudle, Huff Post Religion)

Study: Media coverage has more pro than con views on same-sex marriage as court took arguments
(Associated Press, Washington Post)

Superman: Flying to a church near you
(Eric Marrapodi, CNN Belief Blog)

Supreme Court ruling 50 years ago set modern course for religion in public schools
(Matthew Brown, Deseret News)

Survey: Gay and lesbian population has unique religious profile
(Matthew Brown, Deseret News)

Suspect apprehended in Bat Yam synagogue vandalism
(Aryeh Savir, The Jewish Press)

Symposium tries to bridge the gap between science and faith
(Mariana Tomarro, EWTN Global Catholic News)

Uganda: Clerics want condoms restricted
(Patson Baraire, New Vision)

United Methodist Church welcomes Scouts displaced by Southern Baptists
(Jill McNeal, WATE 6 (Knoxville, Tennessee))

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