Law and Religion Headlines

Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Beit Shemesh women sue over 'modesty' coercion
(Maayana Miskin, Arutz Sheva)

Tibetan monks self-immolate in anti-China protest
(Associated Press)

Syria civil war threatens to pull Lebanon into conflict, U.N. says
(Michelle Nichols and Cynthia Osterman, Reuters)

France says will not negotiate with Cameroon hostage-takers

Quebec loses status as Canada's most secular province
(Ron Csillag, Religion News Service)

Pink anti-Semitism is no different from brown anti-Semitism
(Alan M. Dershowitz, Gatestone Institute of International Public Policy)

Online Discussion: The Internet, generosity and spiritual progress: Finding connections
(Ansley Roan (re Diane Winston & Sree Sreenivasan), Big Questions Online)

Hindus urge removal of “disrespectful” Lord Ganesha artwork from Massachusetts museum
(Eurasia Review)

Burned church is latest in string of Tanzanian attacks
(World Watch Monitor)

Is Buddhism a religion?
(Yeshaia Blakeney, Jewish Journal)

Defending freedom of conscience and religion abroad
(Katrina Lantos Swett, Boston Review)

Author of Azazel faces charges of insulting religion
(Edited translation from MENA, Egypt Independent)

Human Rights Council opens twenty-second session and starts high-level segment
(Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights)

Opening Statement by Ms. Navi Pillay United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights at the 22nd session of the Human Rights Council
(Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights)

Kyrgyzstan: Will international law protect Uzbek imam from extradition?
(Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service)

Religious intolerance is growing in Indonesia
(Deutsche Welle)

Indonesia: U.N. experts criticize bill on organizations
(Global Legal Monitor, Law Library of Congress)

Freedom of religion at stake in Malaysia
(Wan Hilmi (, The Malaysian Insider)

Founded in Christianity, can Canada’s Office of Religious Freedom be fair to all?
(Douglas Todd, The Vancouver Sun)

Comment: An Ambassador of Freedom FROM religion?
(Andre Carrel, The Rossland Telegraph)

Austria, same-sex adoption and respect for family life
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Czech Republic, Adventist Church to receive US$45 million in communism reparations
(Mark Kellner, Adventist News Network)

Died: C. Everett Koop, Surgeon General who taught Evangelicals to hate abortion
(Kate Shellnutt, Christianity Today)

8th-grader told to cover abstinence promoting t-shirt
(Religion Today)

German homeschool family gets day in U.S. court
(Whitney Williams, WORLD News Service)

Analysis: religion and public benefit (UK)
(Ian Griggs, Third Sector)

Russia: International law does not bind permission of homosexuality propaganda – Lavrov

Ethics and religion talk on premarital sex
(Matt Vande Bunte, Michigan Live)

Give religious freedom ambassador Bennett a chance
(Michael den Tandt, The Vancouver Sun)

Call to help Tibetans puts pressure on Canada’s new religion envoy
(Campbell Clark, The Globe and Mail)

Canada’s Office of Religious Freedom should tread carefully in Tibet
(The Globe and Mail)

KY House committee approves state RFRA
(Don Byrd, Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Freedom)

Tunisia: 4 suspects from radical group held in politician’s murder, killer still at large
(Associated Press, The Washington Post)

ELCA bishop joins plea for U.S. budget that protects the vulnerable
(ELCA News)

Liberia: Bishop ties Liberia's 'Wahala' to 'crabs mentality politics'
(The Informer via All Africa)

With Chavez still sick, supporters turn to religion
(Agence France-Presse via Global Post)

Suits hit contraception rule's 'religious burden'
(Jennifer Haberkorn and Kathryn Smith, Politico)

Hungary annuls law to end funding for religion
(Israel National News)

Religious freedom should be protected for religious institutions
(Samantha Morley, The Scribe)

U.S. Catholics: Key data from Pew research
(Pew Research Center)

Catholic diocese expresses concerns over changes to city’s non-discrimination law
(Dustin Gardiner, Arizona Republic)

Legislation promotes use of religion to discriminate, says ACLU-TN

Religious computer game brings wrath down on Pentagon
(Michael Peck, Forbes)

Ethics and religion talk: When it's OK for U.S. law and religious law to be the same (Ethics and Religion Talk, by Rabbi David Krishef)
(Matt Vande Bunte, Michigan Live)

Monday, 25 February 2013

For a church leader in Mali, relief and anxiety
(World Watch Monitor)

New Office of Religious Freedom opens Pandora’s Box
(Douglas Todd, The Vancouver Sun)

Sri Lanka: President stresses need to foster religious and ethnic harmony
(Chaminda Perera, Daily News)

Religious leaders urge Congress to end budget brinksmanship
(Dennis Sadowski, The Catholic Free Press)

Freedom of religion and belief in Pakistan
(Rehman Anwer, Daily Times)

Atheists face extensive discrimination, UN rights council told
(The Guardian)

India: People who destabilise country have no religion, says high court
(Mohan K. Korappath, HindustanTimes)

Religious sect of forced hermits banned for extremism in Tatarstan

U.S. Catholic Hispanic population less religious, shrinking
(Frank Newport, Gallup Politics)

Lebanon's Orthodox law: locals turn to Judaism for answers

Syria Catholic patriarch demands seat for sect
(The Daily Star)

Return of sectarian threats in Iraq raises alarm
(Adam Schreck and Quassim Abdul-Zahra, Associated Press)

Turkmenistan: Government changes Islamic leadership again
(Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service)

'Zero Dark Thirty,' through a theological lens
(Samuel G. Freedman, New York Times)

Catholic scholar: 'Absolutely no chance' of celibacy law change overnight
(Irish Examiner)

Boris Johnson to face legal challenge from Christian group over ‘ex-gay’ bus ads
(Corinne Pinfold, Pink News)

Faith community unites to seek political solutions
(Christine Macdonald, Detroit News)

Strike Canada's blasphemy law as a sign of good faith
(Douglas J. Johnston, Winnipeg Free Press)

Catholic activists petition LA cardinal not to join papal conclave
(Brandon Lowrey, Reuters)

Pope Benedict XVI amends Roman Catholic conclave law

Catholic teaching and the law concerning the new reproductive technologies
(Helen M. Alvare, Fordham Urban Law Journal)

Louie Gohmert: Second amendment is necessary because…Sharia law?
(Nick Wing, Huff Post Politics)

Court: No right to anti-religion message on city Christmas display
(Associated Press, Lansing State Journal)

Ethical investment policy on GMOs adopted
(Anglican Communion News Service)

Case law precedent murky on prayer before government meetings
(Aaron Orlowski, Rapid City Journal)

Kenya: Drive for peaceful poll
(Reuben Olita, The Star via AllAfrica)

Kenya: Muslim clerics rally behind Ralia
(Justus Ochieng, The Star via AllAfrica)

Australia: Appeal denied on religion classes
(Jewel Topsfield, The Age)

Islamic law helps Scottish company buck recession
(Peter Jones, The Times: Scotland)

Canada: Faith-based schools worry anti-bullying legislation contradicts their values
(CTV News)

The DOJ’s unprofessionalism in its attack on traditional marriage
(Hans von Spakovsky, The Foundry)

German court drops charges against rabbi over circumcision
(European Jewish Congress)

Haredi power on the brink
(Moran Stern, The Jewish Daily Forward)

Pope accepts Cardinal O’Brien’s resignation
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Religion and Law round up – 24th February
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Religion or belief in the workplace: A guide for employers following recent European Court of Human Rights judgments
(Equality and Human Rights Commission)

Religion or belief in the workplace: An explanation of recent European Court of Human Rights judgments
(Equality and Human Rights Commission)

Virginia legislature passes bill protecting religious freedom of student organizations
(Catholic Culture)

Saudi Arabia: religious insults to Shura women,'prostitutes'
(Ansa Med)

Religious groups urge deficit reduction and protection of the poor
(Michael D. Shear, The New York Times)

Burma: Controversial monk handed ‘freedom of religion’ award
(Democratic Voice of Burma)

Two freedoms: contraception and religion
(Pooja Sharma, Loyolan)

Sunday, 24 February 2013

New Jersey 'Pastafarian' denied rights to wear spaghetti strainer on head for drivers' license photo
(David Knowles, New York Daily News)

Are Atheists the new campus crusaders?
(Katherine Don, Religion Dispatches)

The Holy See: Secretary of State communiqué on Conclave

Haredi power on the brink: Did the Israeli elections signal end of ultra-Orthodox politics?
(Moran Stern, Jewish Daily Forward)

Egyptian author questioned for contempt of religion
(Reuters, Al Arabiya News)

Algerian Imams criticize remarks by Religion Minister
(Khaled Boudieh Translated from El-Khabar, Al-Monitor)

Indonesia’s bill on mass organizations raises concerns
(Mong Palatino, The Diplomat)

Canada: Religious-freedom ambassador will face challenges from his own department
(Steven Chase, The Globe and Mail)

Canada’s new religious freedom ambassador says he’ll give a louder voice to homegrown values in a ‘noisy world’
(Joseph Brean, National Post)

Academics split on Canada's religious freedom ambassador
(Louise Elliott, CBC News)

Activists laud Canada's office of religious freedom
(New Tang Dynasty Television)

India: attack on revival meeting sends Christians underground
(ASSIST News Service, Christian Today)

Scholar Andrew Bennett to lead Canada's Office of Religious Freedom
(CTV News)

Saturday, 23 February 2013

Canada: Proposed law could erode religious freedoms: Christian school
(Joyanne Pursaga, Winnipeg Sun)

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