Law and Religion Headlines

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Buddhist party for ban on halal food
(Qadijah Irshad, Khaleej Times)

Final Candy Cane claims melt after 8-year thaw
(Bonnie Barron, Courthouse News Service)

Canada to champion religious liberty globally with new religious freedom office
(Daniel Proussalidis, CNews)

The new religious practice dodge
(Mark Silk, Religion News Service)

Oklahoma committee considers student freedom bill
(Don Byrd, Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty)

House approves storm aid for religious institutions
(Robert Pear, The New York Times)

Rick Warren’s shadow SOTU
(Kathryn Jean Lopez, National Review Online)

George Washington’s example on religious liberty
(Julia Shaw, Morning Bell: The Foundry)

Mississippi bill could lead to prayer in schools
(Jessica Chasmar, The Washington Times)

The Equality and Human Rights Commission, religion or belief at work – and Eweida yet again
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Britain's Equality Commission issues new guidance on workplace religious accommodation
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Religion or Belief - new guidance February 2013
(Equality and Human Rights Commission)

Women in the episcopate consultation: an analysis
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Tanzania: Foreign experts to fortify probe on priest murder
(Issa Yussuf, All Africa)

Egyptian Churches' Council detaches itself from politics
(All Africa)

Jewish candidates skip New York mayor's race, but crowd vies in Los Angeles
(Josh Nathan-Kazis, The Jewish Daily Forward)

World's fastest-growing Lutheran group severs ties with U.S, Swedish partners
(Jeremy Weber, Christianity Today)

Will 'God of Second Chances' ad help Mark Sanford win re-election?
(Jeremy Weber, Christianity Today)

Bishop Eddie Long sued over alleged Ponzi scheme
(Adelle M. Banks, Religion News Service)

All eyes on Texas, S.C. church property fights
(G. Jeffrey MacDonald, Religion News Service)

Anjem Choudary urges Muslims to claim 'Jihad Seeker's Allowance'
(JohnThomas Didymus, Digital Journal)

United Russia deputies want expert's offer to reform Russian Church probed for extremism

Protesters call Dutch MP Geert Wilders a racist as he calls for end to mass migration from Islamic countries
(John Masanauskas, Adelaide Now)

7 Egypt Copts get death sentence over anti-Islam film
(Middle East Online)

Tanzania too: Christians threatened with Islamist violence on Easter
(Nina Shea, The Christian Post)

Feds offer reprieve for Indonesians who spent months in sanctuary in NJ
(Tracy Connor, NBC News)

Local decline in Catholic school enrollment mirrors national trend
(Peter Smith, The Courier-Journal)

U.N. body says U.S. lax on clerical sex abuse cases
(Tom Heneghan, Reuters)

Shiites in Pakistan vow to continue protests of rising attacks by Sunni extremists
(Shaiq Hussain, Washington Post)

Drying out: Islam and the rise of prohibition culture
(Lawrence Osborne, The Independent)

Pakistani clerics to boycott peace conference denouncing violence to protest Taliban bashing
(Associated Press)

Persecution rises in China as plan begins to end house churches
(Morning Star News)

Foreign 'Christian missionaries' arrested in Libya, charge with publishing biblical texts, which carries death penalty
(Jessica Elgot, Huffington Post)

Muslims attack Coptic Christians, church in Egypt
(Cheryl K. Chumley, The Washington Times)

8th Circuit affirms dismissal of suit on Native American inmates' religious rights
(Associated Press,

Doctrine and law – servants or masters?
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Russia: Criminal charges to follow armed Tatarstan raids?
(Geraldine Fagan, Forum 18 News Service)

Judge denies request to turn down Durham church music
(Jim Wise, Durham News and Observer)

President Morsi approves new Grand Mufti
(Ahram Online)

Four 'Christian missionaries' arrested in Libya

Monday, 18 February 2013

Crowds at St. Peter's cry 'viva il papa' to Benedict
(Elisabetta Povoedo, New York Times)

Illinois court shoots down religious contraceptive appeal
(Kevin Gross, The DePaulia)

Iran confiscates Buddha statues; Symbols of 'cultural invasion'
(Nasser Karimi, Huffington Post)

Iraq bombs kill 28 as sectarian tensions simmer ahead of nationwide vote
(Al Bawaba News)

Kenya: Kibaki, Raila attend burial of Kiambu church leader
(Njenga Gicheha, All Africa)

Kenya: Lobbies warn Muslims against backing politicians
(Wesonga Ochieng and Elias Yaa, All Africa)

Photo Slideshow: Gallup’s most religious states in 2012
(Sally Morrow and Sraavani Pere, Religion News Service)

Pope appoints new director of scandal-scarred Vatican Bank
(Alessandro Speciale, Religion News Service)

Pope immunity: Vatican will protect Benedict from sexual abuse prosecution
(Philip Pullella, Reuters)

Protesting yoga in schools, but welcoming Bible study
(Katherine Stewart,

Red line limits for Sunni and Shia sectarian violence
(Brett Daniel Shehadey, Eurasia Review)

Swaziland: Police say prayers were 'political'
(All Africa)

Swaziland: Raid on prayers unconstitutional
(All Africa)

Tanzania: Three held for murder of priest in Zanzibar
(All Africa)

Ten Commandments Party established in Russia
(interfax Religion)

Turkmenistan: Four new conscientious objector prisoners of conscience
(Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service)

Whales, religion, and evolutionary biology
(Mike Keas, The Christian Post)

Sunday, 17 February 2013

Cuomo bucks tide with bill to ease limits on abortion
(Thomas Kaplan, The New York Times)

Saturday, 16 February 2013

<em>Rudewicz</em> and Richard III’s exhumation
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Burma: Arakan officials instructed to restrict Muslims’ travel
(Democratic Voice of Burma)

CPS approves policy, plans to reopen schools to minister visits
(Log Cabin Democrat)

EVENT February 26, 2013: God and Caesar in flux? Shifting boundaries between religion and politics in Europe
(Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs)

Freedom of expression? Not for Palestinians
(Khaled Abu Toameh, Gatestone Institute of International Public Policy)

Laos: police arrest three pastors on charges of spreading the Christian religion
(Christian Solidarity Worldwide)

Muslim world faces fertility crisis – OpEd
(Alsir Sidahmed, Arab News, Eurasia Review)

Nepal: State sovereignty vs. human rights
(Dr. Gyan Basnet, Eurasia Review)

Pope Benedict XVI: A godly man in an ungodly age – OpEd
(Patrick Buchanan, Eurasia Review)

Talks break down in church lawsuit
(Jennifer Feehan, Toledo Blade)

Violence against Christians spreading in India
(Morning Star News, The Christian Post)

Friday, 15 February 2013

Algeria upholds conviction of Christian convert from Islam; prison sentence rescinded, fine increased
(Morning Star News, Christian Post)

Army wants outspoken West Point cadet to pay up
(Kari Huus, NBC News)

Ethiopia airs jihadi film amid sensitive Muslim protest trial
(William Davison, Christian Science Monitor)

House holdshearins on tax reform and charitable contributions
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Illinois Senate OKs same-sex marriage
(Michael Winter, USA Today)

Imprisoned Pastor Saeed Abedini: 80 Congressmen urge John Kerry to intervene
(Stoyan Zaimov, The Christian Post)

Indonesia Valentine's protest: 'Sex Holiday' decried by Muslim officials
(Huffington Post)

Minn. teen finds a religious mandate for gun control after father's death
(Beth Kissileff, Religion News Service)

Pope Benedict addresses priests of Rome
(Laura Smith-Spark and Hada Messia, CNN)

RI court declines to delay release of Legion of Christ docs; records could be unsealed Friday
(David Klepper, Associated Press)

Same-sex marriage: A new urban myth in <em>Hansard</em>?
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Self-immolation milestone: Tibetan becomes 101st protester to set himself ablaze since 2009
(Binaj Gurubacharya, Associated Press)

St. Louis Archdiocese gives up fight for control of breakaway parish
(Tim Townsend, Religion News Service)

Why Syria's Islamists are gaining
(J. Malcolm Garcia, New York Times)

Thursday, 14 February 2013

Illinois Senate to vote on same-sex marriage bill on Valentine's Day
(Michael Martinez, CNN)

Institution of Chief Rabbi has outlived its usefulness
(Keith Kahn-Harris, Jewish Daily Forward)

Is BDS hate speech?
(The Jewish Daily Forward)

Mississippi maintains hold as most religious U.S. state
(Frank Newport, Gallup Politics)

My take: What's next for President Obama's 'pastor-in-chief'
(Joshua DuBois, CNN Belief Blog)

Ohio school board votes to keep Jesus portrait up
(Dan Sewell, Associated Press)

Religious conservatives aaround the world object to Valentine's Day
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Same-sex marriage will put Catholics under ‘intolerable moral pressures’, says bishop
(Madeleine Teahan, Catholic

Tibetan sets himself on fire in front of shrine in Nepal
(Manesh Shrestha, CNN Belief Blog)

Warren: Obamacare mandate an attack on religious freedom
(CBN News)

Why the next pope should be African
(Stan Chu Ilo, CNN Belief Blog)

Pew Forum Weekly Religion News Update

Turkmenistan: Raid, two-day detentions, torture, rape threat, fines
(Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service)

Ban remains on Muslim prayer in Spanish cathedral
(Soeren Kern, Gatestone Institute of International Public Policy)

Thursday Religion News Roundup
(Religion News Service)

On Valentine's Day marriage makes fiscal sense
(Culture Watch)

For orthodox religion, a tradition-modernity clash
(Ruth Marcus, The Washington Post Writer's Group, Oregon Live)

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