Law and Religion Headlines

Monday, 7 January 2013

Practical church-sharing – or not
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Prosecutors portray South Florida Muslim clerics as terrorist supporters in federal trial
(Jay Weaver, The Miami Herald)

Raelians defend Old Bridge third-grader who drew swastika for school assignment
(Anthony G. Attrino, The New Jersey Times)

Religion and Law roundup: 6th January
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Stem cell dispute near end? (FINAL UPDATE)
(Lyle Denniston, SCOTUSblog)

Study: Catholic, Protestant support for in-school prayer falls
(Jason Koebler, U.S. News)

Suffering fools gladly
(David Brooks, The New York Times)

Supporting our own demise: Part 1 – Terror Finance
(Samuel Westrop, Gatestone Institute of International Public Policy)

The C of E, ordination, episcopacy and civil partnerships
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

The Julea Ward settlement: A win for religious liberty
(Jeremy Tedesco,

Tulsi Gabbard, first Hindu in Congress, uses Bhagavad Gita at swearing-in
(Jaweed Kaleem, Huff Post Religion)

UK: Christian group makes legal appeal for charity status
(James Gray, The Guardian)

Veganism a "religion," ADA interactive process fails, and costly severance mistake
(Robin E. Shea, JD Supra Law News)

Why pastors suffer fools (in response to David Brooks)
(Martin Marty, Religion News Service)

Sunday, 6 January 2013

Catholic dorms to debut at two secular universities
(Today's Catholic)

Saturday, 5 January 2013

Cameroon: Same sex marriages are crimes against humanity, says Archbishop Bakot
(Catholic Information Service for Africa, All Africa)

Houses of worship seeking FEMA grants face Constitutional barrier
(Sharon Otterman, New York Times)

Friday, 4 January 2013

Bus ads aim to explain the meaning of 'jihad'
(Doug Stanglin, USA Today)

House adopts rules for new session authorizing continued House defense of DOMA in courts
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Pew Forum Weekly Religion News Update

Succession to the Crown Bill: some reflections
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

The biggest human rights stories of 2012 – Part 4
(Adam Wagner, UK Human Rights Blog)

The most persecuted religion in the world
(Kelly James Clark, Huffington Post)

Thursday, 3 January 2013

After Assad, is strict Islamic rule ahead for Syria?
(Tom A. Peter, USA Today)

Burma’s Chin Christians face persecution in Buddhist Na Ta La schools
(Shaikh Azizur Rahman, Toronto Star)

Catholic Church closes London’s gay-friendly Soho Masses
(Tom Heneghan, Reuters)

Iran: 50 Christians temporarily arrested in Christmas raid
(Michael Ireland, ASSIST News Service, Religion Today)

Iraq orders release of 11 female detainees
(AFP, Worldwide Religious News)

Maryland ushers in New Year with same-sex ceremonies
(Christian News)

Muslim couple sue school who banned their nine-year-old daughter from wearing a hijab
(Sam Webb, Mail Online)

Nigeria leader: Islamists won't stop godly Worship
(CBN News)

Nigerian-Americans call on U.S. government to help end Christian persecution in Nigeria
(J.C. Derrick, Religion Today)

Polygamous towns face smaller lawsuit
(Associated Press, Casa Grande Dispatch)

Saudi activists urge release of writer who 'insulted' Islam
(AFP, Hindustan Times)

Swaminarayan sect opens $100-million quake-proof temple near Hollywood
(Daily News & Analysis)

Judicial theocrats against religious liberty
(Ed Whelan, National Review Online)

Antwerp Jewish girls' school forced to admit boys

Appellate court understands HHS mandate’s burden on religion
(Edward White, ACLJ)

Chicago cardinal leads new fight against gay marriage
(David Gibson, Religion News Service)

Concerns new decree restricts religious freedom in Vietnam
(Christian Today)

Cult leaders no reflection of religion
(WKS Hosein, Trinidad Express)

Deductions limits will affect many
(John D. McKinnon, The Wall Street Journal)

Defense authorization bill contains "ill-advised" conscience provision
(Don Byrd, Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty)

Egypt-UAE ties worsen with ‘Brotherhood’ arrests
(Hassen Jouini | AFP, Arab News)

Faith on the Hill: The Religious Composition of the 113th Congress (update)
(Tracy Miller, The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life)

First member of Congress to describe religion as 'none'
(Elizabeth Flock, USA Today)

Fiscal cliff bill phases out high earners' itemized deductions including charitable deductions
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Georgian Orthodox Church leader to visit Moscow
(Civil Georgia)

Haiti - Literature : "Race, Religion, and The Haitian Revolution"
(Celucien L. Joseph, Ph.D., Haiti Libre)

Iranian pastor's Christmas arrest worries religious liberty advocates
(Michelle Bauman, Catholic News Agency)

Montenegro gives land for building of first modern synagogue

New law points to Philippine church’s waning sway
(Hrvoje Hranjski, Arab News)

OIC slams French caricature of Prophet
(Arab News)

Religion and money sit together uneasily as Myanmar opens up
(Yu Jincui, The Global Times)

Tunisia: Fatwa against Christmas, New Year's sparks outrage
(Houda Trabelsi, Magharebia)

Wednesday, 2 January 2013

Using Jefferson against Jefferson to destroy religious liberty
(American Minute with Bill Federer, The Moral Liberal)

'Accept women's marriage registration testimony'
(Jeremy Sharon, The Jerusalem Post)

Anti-Semitism a growing problem in France
(PRI's The World)

Bill of Rights Commissioners speak out over internal strife
(Adam Wagner, UK Human Rights Blog)

Constitution Check: Do profit-making corporations have religious rights?
(Lyle Denniston, Constitution Daily)

Dozens killed in Africa as stampedes at prayer event and fireworks celebration end in disaster
(Stoyan Zaimov, The Christian Post)

Feature: The UN General Assembly’s Third Committee – social, humanitarian and cultural issues
(UN News Centre)

Federal appeals court sides with religious liberty on HHS mandate
(Ken Klukowski,

Hindus laud Pope on highlighting growing rich-poor gap
(Eurasia Review)

Illinois faith groups urge lawmakers to oppose gay marriage law
(Samantha Jeffreys, WREX 13)

Iranians seek relief in Christmas celebrations
(Tara Kangarlou, CNN)

Montana Court: Hutterites must pay workers' compensation
(Matt Volz, Associated Press)

Nigerian forces kill 13 Boko Haram militants after church attacks
(Ben Brumfield, CNN)

O Hobby Lobby, Art thou a religious employer?
(Daniel Smyth, American Thinker)

Pakistan: 5 female teachers killed near Malala Yousufzai attack
(Myles Collier, The Christian Post)

Pope hopes for 2013 of peace, slams unbridled capitalism
(Philip Pullella, Reuters)

Pope: even in the midst of the most difficult problems we have to trust in God

Putin approves new education law including mandatory religion course
(The Moscow Times)

Religion to lose broadcasting perk in Netherlands
(National Secular Society)

Russia: Is anti-Jehovah's Witness campaign slowing?
(Geraldine Fagan, Forum 18 News Service)

Thailand to repatriate Rohingya refugees
(Associated Press, The Hindu)

The Islamization of France in 2012
(Soeren Kern, Gatestone Institute of International Public Policy)

The Role of the House of Laity
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Touro synagogue rift: Oldest synagogue, Jewish congregation split over Torah bells
(Michelle R. Smith, Huff Post Religion)

Ukrainian Hierarchs from Diaspora share Christmas greetings
(Religious Information Service of Ukraine)

UN human rights chief calls for profound change in India in wake of gang-rape tragedy
(UN News Centre)

Westboro Baptist Church faces counter protest at Maryland courthouse ahead of gay weddings
(Huff Post Gay Voices)

Tuesday, 1 January 2013

Anti-Semitism's rise in Ukraine
(Bishop Paul Peter Jesep, Kyiv Post)

Canada: ‘Freeman on the Land’ movement worries CSIS
(Douglas Quan, Victoria Times Colonist)

India: Church now has visa power!
(Sandhya Jain, Niti Central)

India Missionaries Visa Information

The role of religion
(Erica Brown, The Alegemeiner)

UK’s next chief rabbi fears European anti-Semitism could spread to Britain’s shores
(The Alegemeiner)

India: Don’t exploit women under cover of religion, court tells priests, maulvis
(Jiby Kattakayam, The Hindu)

Mixing religion and politics is the root of despotism in the East, say academics
(Mohammed Saad, Ahram Online)

Readings: David Skeel on religion and the US military
(Kenneth Anderson, Lawfare)

Religious and spiritual leaders offer hope for 2013
(Paul Brandeis Raushenbush, Huff Post Religion)

Egypt may strip topless protester of citizenship
(RIA Novosti)

The biggest human rights stories of 2012 – Part 3
(Adam Wagner, UK Human Rights Blog)

Sufism: The spritual path to preach love, coexistence and peace‏ – OpEd
(Said Temsamani, Eurasia Review)

2012 and 2013: retrospect and prospect [Post 200]
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Monday, 31 December 2012

Christianity no longer a religion, says Turkish minister
(Doğan News Agency, Hürriyet Daily News)

CIA sued to release NYPD spying report on US Muslims
(Matt Sledge, Huff Post Politics)

Domino's founder Tom Monaghan granted temporary injunction against Obamacare contraception mandate
(Melissa Anders, MLive)

Extraordinary rendition gets to Strasbourg – a right to the truth
(Daivd Hart QC, UK Human Rights Blog)

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