Law and Religion Headlines

Thursday, 20 December 2012

Burma: Arakan, displaced
(Francis Wade, The Revealer)

Canada's Supreme Court, in split decision, sets out balancing test on right of witness to wear niqab
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Charitable status, public benefit and “closed” congregations: an update on Preston Down
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Christmas exposes atheist divide on dealing with religion
(Dan Mercia, CNN Belief Blog)

Contraception opponents hail DC court ruling
(Lauren Markoe, Religion News Service)

December 21: the 'Arab Spring of the spiritual movement', looms
(Reuters, The National)

Does anyone still practice the Mayan Religion?
(Brian Palmer, Slate)

Equal rites: The Episcopal Church & same-sex marriage
(Becky Garrison, The Revealer)

French village prepares 'to be spared the 21-12-2012 Maya apocalypse'
(Colin Randall, The National)

High Court rebuffs woman's bid to marry in Church of Scientology
(The Telegraph)

Hypocrisy: UN adopts 9 resolutions on Palestinians & Golan, yet silent on Syrian massacre of Palestinians
(UN Watch)

International forum on religion and state starts in Baku

Law firm and church official accused of aiding Chinese immigrants’ false asylum claims
(Joseph Goldstein and Kirk Semple, The New York Times)

Man pleads guilty to mosque arson fire
(Toledo Blade)

Mayan apocalypse: believers flock to Serbia's pyramid mountain
(AFP, The Telegraph)

Pa. man seeks freedom from religion
(Bill Wellock, Citizens Voice)

Pew Forum Weekly Religion News Update

Potential consequences of Egypt’s constitutional referendum – Analysis
(Richard Rousseau, Eurasia Review)

Religion in the National Intelligence Council Report
(Mark Movsesian, First Things)

Uganda: President pledges more govt assistance to churches
(Ronald Musoke, All Africa)

Uzbekistan: Muslim prisoners of consciences' appeals rejected, Christians warned against sharing beliefs and international contacts
(Mushfig Bayram, Forum 18 News Service)

What lies beneath the Commission on a Bill of Rights report
(Amy Williams, UK Human Rights Blog)

More on the 'Mayan apocalypse' on Worldwide Religious News

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

‘Hinduism third largest religion of world; India home to most religions’
(First Post)

« Mariage pour tous »: la crainte des opposants de passer pour des homophobes
(Stéphanie Le Bars, Blog: Digne de foi (Le Monde))

AHA Legal Center gets 'bad religion' T-shirt ban overturned
(American Humanist Association)

Archbishops say abortion proposal 'of utmost concern'

China makes 500 doomsday cult arrests
(BBC News China)

Chinese leaders still suspicious of religion, party document shows
(William Wan, Washington Post)

Christian parents protest yoga in public schools
(Melissa Steffan, Christianity Today Gleanings)

DC Circuit holds challenges by religious colleges to contraceptive mandate in abeyance
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Egypt's Christians: Caught in the middle
(Raymond Ibrahim, Gatestone Institute of International Public Policy)

Federal appeals court hands victory to religious colleges, commands HHS to act quickly to fix mandate
(Emily Hardman, The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty)

France: State repays 6.3 million euros to the Jehovah's Witnesses
(Translated by Human Rights Without Frontiers, Le Monde via HRWF Newsletter)

Freedom of religion or belief in the UN human rights system: gaps and perspectives
(Willy Fautré, Human Rights Without Frontiers)

Health workers killed trying to deliver polio vaccine in Pakistan
(Dashiell Bennett, Atlantic Wire)

India: Priest fired over trafficking charges

Iraq ‘drowning’ in terrorist attacks, say counterterrorists‏
(Jim Kouri, Eurasia Review)

Is the spring of religious charities coming to China?
(John Graz, Adventist News Network)

Journalists vote for contraception fight as top 2012 U.S. religion story
(Krystal Knapp, Planet Princeton)

Kyrgyzstan: Religion Law changes being done "democratically"
(Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service)

L’Etat reverse 6,3 millions d’euros aux Témoins de Jehovah
(Stéphanie Le Bars, Blog: Digne de foi (Le Monde))

Madhav Khosla: Recognising caste and religion entrenches these further
(The Times of India)

Morocco’s exceptionality in North Africa – OpEd
(Said Temsamani, Eurasia Review)

Most Catholics say yes to gun control, poll shows
(Peggy Fletcher Stack, Salt Lake Tribune)

Muslims demand gay marriage exemption
(The Guardian)

New prosecution guidance on offensive speech online: sensible, but the law is still out of date
(Adam Wagner, UK Human Rights Blog)

Newest front in the Christmas wars: billboards
(Kimberly Winston, Religion News Service)

Nigeria’s blood cries out: Persecuted Nigerian Christians seek protection against Islamist terror
(Andrew E. Harrod, PhD, JD, Esq., Christian Post Guest Blog)

On the dampness of squibs or, the Report of the Commission on a Bill of Rights
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Pakistan: Christmas is no time for playing politics
(Silent Thinker, Lahore, UCANews)

Pakistan: Minority Rights Day—year 2012 proved to be a nightmare for the religious minorities
(Asian Human Rights Commission)

Pakistan: PML to promote dialogue among followers of various faiths: Shujaat
(Online International News Network)

Philippines: Creation of new Muslim region moves forward

Philippines: RH war far from over, bishops say

Publisher wins injunction against Obamacare as religious liberty battle escalates
(Loren Heal, Heartland)

Q&A about 'First Freedom' documentary with Matthew Holland
(David Ward, Deseret News)

Religious leaders push congregants on gun control, sensing a watershed moment
(Laurie Goodstein, New York Times)

Same-sex marriage, National Churches and the quadruple lock
(Frank Cranmer, la)

The Church and the Mandate
(George Weigel, National Review Online)

Turkey’s last Armenian schools
(Aziz Oguz, Le Monde)

Vatican works to stop Sunday shopping in Italy
(Alessandro Speciale, Religion News Service)

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

"No religion" third world group after Christians, Muslims
(Tom Heneghan, Reuters)

Church and State II – a further guide
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Court rules against Kawaiahao church, state
(Sophie Cook, Honolulu Civil Beat)

Elder Oaks honored for contributions to the cause of religious freedom
(Joseph Walker, Deseret News)

Former University of Toledo administrator loses appeal over firing for op-ed about gay people
(The Associated Press, The Republic)

French march for gay marriage, but fewer than those opposing the law
(Tom Heneghan, Reuters)

Hasan judge might allow beard at trial
(Jeremy Schwartz,

Indonesia: Religious intolerance is alive and kicking
(Margareth S. Aritonang, The Jakarta Post)

Islam: Fastest-growing religion in Britain
(Soeren Kern, Gatestone Institute of International Public Policy)

No compulsion in religion revisited
(Dr Wan Azhar Wan Ahmad, The Star Online (Malaysia))

Pa. rabbi wins right to perform funeral rites
(Mark Scolforo, Associated Press, York Daily News)

The Bill of Rights Commission report: a modest proposal
(Adam Wagner, UK Human Rights Blog)

TONIGHT!: ‘First Freedom: The Fight for Religious Liberty’
(New York Daily News)

Tories’ bid for UK Bill of Rights declared 'dead' after review ends in stalemate
(Andrew Grice, The Independent)

Turkey university entrance exams to test religion
(The Times of India)

Monday, 17 December 2012

Egypt draft ‘narrowly’ supported
(Agence France-Presse, Arab News)

Barred volunteer's lawsuit claims defamation by Catholic diocese
(Elizabeth Campbell , Fort Worth Star-Telegram)

Calif. school district bends over backward to avoid religion controversy in kids' yoga classes
(Julie Watson, Associated Press)

Commission on a Bill of Rights BINGO!
(Adam Wagner, UK Human Rights Blog)

Contraception mandate challenge reaches appeals court
(Michelle Bauman, Catholic News Agency)

Council of Europe is imposing abortion on Ireland, Poland
(Grégor Puppinck,

Counter-Radicalisation in Indonesia: Fighting a Mutating Organism – Analysis
(Adhi Priamarizki, RSIS Commentaries)

Ethiopia drops one charge in Muslim case
(Marthe Van Der Wolf, Voice of America)

Humanists only wanted the 2011 census to reflect religious reality
( Matthew Engelke, The Guardian)

In our opinion: Vigilance is increasingly warranted to protect religious liberty
(Deseret News)

Indonesia: Violation is the rule, protection the exception
(The State of Human Rights in Indonesia in 2012, Asian Human Rights Commission)

Jailed woman rejects U.S. authority, cites Moorish Science Temple
(Lisa Buie, Tampa Bay Times)

Myanmar: Chin minority denied religious liberty
(Saw Yan Naing, The Media Project)

Narrating Amarnath Yatra: A sociological walk – Analysis
(Adfar Shah, Eurasia Review)

Nativity scene returns to Warren to anti-religion foundation's dismay
(Gus Burns, MLive)

New draft on contraception coverage expected soon
(Washington Wire, The Wall Street Journal)

New Utah attorney general: No shift on polygamy prosecution
(Lindsay Whitehurst, Salt Lake Tribune)

Opposition in Egypt has won even if it loses
(Abdul Rahman Al-Rashed, Arab News via Yahoo! News)

Owners of Abu Qatada's new house meet estate agent to get him kicked out
(Rashid Razaq and Rob Parsons, London Evening Standard)

Palestinians: The third intifada has begun
(Khaled Abu Toameh, Gatestone Institute of International Public Policy)

Petition submitted to UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion: Stop government intolerance of Islam in Ethiopia
(Alemayehu F. Weldemariam, Jawar Mohammed, Abadir M. Ibrahim, Awol K. Allo, Dr. Meqdes Mesfin, Mesfin Tekle, Derese G. Kassa, Badr Ethiopia (International Ethiopian Muslims Organization))

Phillippine legislators approve divisive contraceptives bill despite church's objections
(Teresa Cerojano and Jim Gomez, Associated Press)

PHOTOS: Egyptians turn out for referendum vote
(The New York Times)

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