Law and Religion Headlines


Saturday, 23 February 2013

Putin: Russia to keep Jewish archive
(Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty)

Religious conflict in Beit Shemesh yields to fragile peace amid coexistence efforts
(Ben Sales, JTA)

Saudi Arabia arrests 53 Ethiopian Christians for prayer meeting
(Benjamin Weinthal, Awramba Times)

Baroness Warsi addresses Organisation of Islamic Cooperation Summit
(Speech, GOV.UK)

Badmouthing the pope in heated news room does not amount to harassment
(Rosalind English, UK Human Rights Blog)

2013 APSA Africa Workshop: "Religion and Politics in Comparative Perspective"
(Call for Applications, American Political Science Association)

Trigg: Christian rights challenged more often
(John Bingham, The Telegraph via The Sydney Morning Herald)

Are Muslim democracies a new kind of political system?
(Jocelyne Cesari, Washington Post via Berkley Center)

The Papal Succession
(Resource of the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs)

Liabilities for church visitors: a checklist
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Going undercover, the evangelists taking Jesus to Tibet
(Jonathan Kaiman, The Guardian)

5 hopeful signs for U.S. congregations
(David Briggs, The Huffington Post)

Global efforts failing to stamp out terror: Zardari
(APP, DAWN Media Group)

Religious objections to health care requirements
(Marty Denis, James E. Hall and Mark T. Kobata, Workforce)

Lebanon: Christian voters back Orthodox law
(Van Meguerditchian, The Daily Star Lebanon)

Australia: Parents lose appeal over ruling rejecting religious instruction discrimination in schools
(Wes Hosking, Herald Sun)

Egypt moves to ban alcohol, belly dancing
(The Daily Star Lebanon)

“Les évêques allemands autorisent la pilule du lendemain en cas de viol”
(Le blog de Jeanne Smits, Talpa brusseliensis christiana)

Friday, 22 February 2013

The Pope’s great overture to China, held in check by the Vatican and Beijing
(Card. Joseph Zen, Asia News)

German Catholics allow morning-after pill in rape cases
(Stephen Brown, Reuters)

Oklahoma 'Creationism Bill': State's House Education Committee passes Scientific Education and Academic Freedom Act
(Sara Gates, Huffington Post)

Pope Benedict XVI resigned partly because of powerful Vatican gay lobby, Italian paper claims
(Meredith Bennett-Smith, Huffington Post)

Scientology is still a red flag in Germany
(Deutsche Welle)

Sherry Rehman, Pakistani ambassador to the U.S., to be investigated for blasphemy
(Hunter Stuart, Huffington Post)

How Islamists are gaining ground in Syria
(Ivan Watson, Kareem Khadder, and Saad Abedine, CNN)

Pastor Saeed Abedini being pressured to deny Christ in Iranian jail
(Stoyan Zaimov, Christian Post)

Motorist wearing spaghetti strainer bounced in N.J.
(The Smoking Gun)

Kerry remains silent as Iranians torture American pastor over his religious beliefs
(The Washington Examiner)

Singing on “Idol,” and facing the wrath of religious traditionalists
(Lauren Markoe, Religion News Service)

Priests should be allowed to marry, says Britain's top Catholic
(Jerome Taylor, The Independent)

Judges, experts discuss religious liberty in the U.S.
(C-Span)

Azerbaijani parliament limits sales of religious materials
(Radio Free Europe)

Witte and Garnett: Who gets religious exemptions and why
(Jennifer Ludden, National Public Radio)

Czech Republic's deal with religious groups signed
(Karel Janicek, ABC News)

Police stormed temple mount, violence in Judea & Samaria
(Yori Yanover, Jewish Press)

The odds that next Pope is non-European
(David Gibson, Huffington Post)

Anglicans encouraged to work for women’s equality
(Christian Today)

Catholics: a crucial but undecided electorate in Italy
(Marc Semo, Press Europ)

Edinburgh: Parent calls to remove 'religious observance' in non-denominational schools
(BBC News)

Legal setback for family denied water In polygamous town
(Ladd Egan, KUTV)

Brotherhood expansion in Egypt security system: Court allows policemen to grow beards
(Middle East Online)

Last 2 of 16 Amish defendants in beard- and hair-cutting attacks appeal convictions in Ohio
(Associated Press, Fox News)

Thoughts on the resignation of Benedict XVI
(Roberto de Mattei, Talpa brusseliensis christiana)

Report says Islamic finance taxed unfairly in MENA region
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Cross border taxation of Islamic finance in the MENA region
(83-page Report, Qatar Financial Centre Authority)

Thursday, 21 February 2013

Lumbees say they’ll keep their eagle feathers, even if it’s against the law
(Rob Hotakainen, Idaho Statesman)

Harper names Christian college dean as ambassador for religious freedom office
(Brandon Chow, Vancouver Observer)

European Court of Human Rights: ban on same-sex second-parent adoption is discriminatory
(FIDH)

X. and Others v Austria
(Paul Johnson, ECHR Blog)

Disputed Jewish texts to stay in Russia, Putin says
(Reuters)

Armenia struggles to absorb Christian refugees from Syria
(Diana Markosian, Washington Post)

Yoga school program brings separation of church and state law suit in Encinitas, California
(Julie Watson, Huffington Post)

Cardinal Dolan backs Obama on gun control, refutes Second Amendment fears
(Stoyan Zaimov, Christian Post)

Southern Baptists urge Boy Scouts National Council members to keep ban on gay Scouts, leaders
(Associated Press)

U.S. Catholics split on church direction under new pope
(Natalie DiBiasio, USA Today)

Rabat Plan of Action on the prohibition of advocacy of national, racial or religious hatred that constitutes incitement to discrimination, hostility or violence
(Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights)

Tibetan teens reportedly self-immolate to protest Chinese rule
(Agence France Presse, Huffington Post)

Marco Rubio and Benjamin Netanyahu toast Israel ties -- with water bottles
(Reuters)

London rabbi arrested on sex abuse counts
(Jewish Daily Forward)

An Indonesian extremist trades rifle for spatula
(Anthony Kuhn, National Public Radio)

Sam Mullet Sr., Amish beard-cutting ringleader, appeals verdict
(Thomas J. Sheeran, Huffington Post)

Computer simulator preps military chaplains for the battlefield
(Mark I. Pinsky, Religion News Service)

Puerto Rico denies gays right to adopt children
(Associated Press)

Obama may weigh in on gay marriage case
(David Jackson, USA Today)

Turkey attempts to retrieve child from foreign gay couple
(Hürriyet Daily News)

UN chief deplores latest terrorist attack against Pakistan’s Shia community
(UN News Centre)

Pew Forum Weekly Religion News Update

Kazakhstan: Bookshop censorship, ban on all non-Hanafi Sunni Muslim literature
(Mushfig Bayram, Forum 18 News Service)

Putting the brakes on abortion trafficking
(Leigh Jones, World Magazine)

German Christian homeschoolers losing deportation fight
(Mary Jackson, World Magazine)

Sri Lanka Muslims try to defuse halal meat row
(Saudi Gazette)

Which congressmen received A+ for international religious freedom?
(Katherine Weber, The Christian Post)

Freedom from religion leads to no freedom
(Rev. Mark H. Creech, The Christian Post)

Lawsuit claims school yoga program is religious
(Sarah Grieco and Elena Gomez, NBC 7 San Diego)

Afghanistan: Karzai looks for religious support to end suicide attacks
(Monish Gulati, eurasiareview)

The Afghan battle over a law to protect women
(Sean Carberry, National Public Radio)

AG Pruitt files brief in support of Hobby Lobby’s religious liberty fight
(Tulsa Business & Legal News)

Australia: Religion to lose protected status
(Annabel Hepworth & Milanda Rout, The Australian)

Kansas: Sharia law ban and Muslim wives
(Rafia Zakaria, Al Jazeera)

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Recession, xenophobia prompting Jews to ditch Hungary
(Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA)

Obama admin. 'Most hostile' to religious freedom in US history, says expert
(Michael Gryboski, The Christian Post)

Indonesia: Church leaders thank SBY for ‘religious liberty’
(Bagus BT Saragih, The Jakarta Post)

The Islamization of Spanish jurisprudence
(Soeren Kern, Gatestone Institute of International Public Policy)

Nigeria: Sultan congratulates Nigerian Christians on Lent
(All Africa)

Somalia: Somali Sheikhs vow to combat extremism after cleric assassinated while praying
(Hassan Muse Hussein, All Africa)

Tanzania forms inter-faith committee to review slaughtering rules
(Deodatus Balile, All Africa)

Tanzania: Demonstrators renounce Sheikh Ponda
(Faustine Kapama, All Africa)

Liberia: Catholic schools shut down
(A. Wehdoe Sloh, All Africa)

Nigeria: Mark warns against abuse of religion
(Chibuzo Ukaibe and Bidon Mibzar, All Africa)

Jamaica: Church ready to pay taxes
(Paul Henry, Jamaica Observer)

Battle over Springfield church heads back to court
(Associated Press)

Lafayette man gets five years in church defacing
(The Advertiser.com)

Can Utahns, LDS Church find photos of Vietnam fallen?
(Kristen Moulton, The Salt Lake Tribune)

Pastor of Mandeville Catholic church steps down amid turmoil over construction project
(Kim Chatelain, The Times-Picayune)

Report: Megachurches thriving in tough economic times
(Adelle M. Banks, Religion News Service)

Controversy over Cardinal Mahony's conclave vote reaches Vatican
(Alessandro Speciale, Religion News Service)

California may have to hire Wiccan chaplain
(Paul Elias, AP via San Francisco Chronicle)

Separate politics from religion, Kufuor, Atiku, Mark tell politicians
(Emma Ujah, Vanguard)

PM announces the establishment of the Office of Religious Freedom
(Northumberland View)

New Supreme Mufti of Kazakhstan appointed
(Tengri News)

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