Law and Religion Headlines

Monday, 31 December 2012

Fire and brimstone: the year in politics for a region in flux, part 2
(Al Bawaba News)

George Will on religion and politics
(Michael Moreland, Mirror of Justice)

In 2012, the rise of a new religious America
(Charles C. Haynes, Religion News Service)

In southern France, Jews paying a price for the government’s effort to curb extremism
(Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA)

Judges on Same-Sex Marriage, and a Bit of a Recap – The Human Rights Roundup
(Daniel Isenberg, UK Human Rights Blog)

My Take: 5 things I learned editing the Belief Blog
(Dan Gilgoff, CNN Belief Blog)

Religion highlights of 2012
(Mark Tooley, The American Spectator)

Several Christians dead after aerial attacks in Sudan
(Continental News)

Sunday, 30 December 2012

In Egypt, Salafists sue wealthy newspaper owner over cartoon seen as insulting to prophet
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Scotland: Law will recognise humanist marriages
(Scott MacNab and Craig Brown, The Scotsman)

The biggest human rights stories of 2012 – Part 2
(Adam Wagner, UK Human Rights Blog)

Saturday, 29 December 2012

Belgium to bring fraud charges against Scientologists, claims newspaper
(Bruno Waterfield, The Telegraph)

Christians have no right to refuse to work on Sundays, rules judge
(David Barrett, The Telegraph)

Could Belgium bring down Scientology?
(Alexander Abad-Santos, The Atlantic Wire)

Employer wins relief from U.S. contraceptives mandate
(Jonathan Stempel, Reuters)

Losing faith? Belgium to charge Church of Scientology with fraud and extortion - reports

Pa. Mennonite firm wins reprieve from contraception rule
(John P. Martin, Philadelphia Inquirer)

Religion 2012 in review: Most memorable pictures of the year (PHOTOS)
(Jahnabi Barooah, Huff Post Religion)

Saudis crackdown on Christmas 'plotters', gatecrash party
(Al Bawaba News)

The biggest human rights stories of 2012 – Part 1
(Adam Wagner, UK Human Rights Blog)

U.S. Forest Service report outlines plan for better protection of Native American sacred sites
(Summit County Citizens Voice)

Friday, 28 December 2012

'Let us promote religious tolerance'
(The Times of India)

2012 Religion Stories: The Top 10
(Paul Brandeis Raushenbush, Huff Post Religion)

ACLJ secures appeals court injunction to halt enforcement of HHS mandate for IL company
(Jay Sekulow, ACLJ)

Across caste and religion, Indian women share sense of powerlessness over rape
(Broadcast Transcript, PBE Newshour)

Another cracking year for the UK Human Rights Blog
(Adam Wagner, UK Human Rights Blog)

Church and State III – the European dimension
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Company settles EEOC suit alleging refusal to hire Seventh-day Adventist
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Complexities of church-sharing
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Egypt approves disputed draft constitution
(Al Jazeera)

Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi and Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan coalesce power – OpEd
(Dan Lieberman, Eurasia Review)

FFRF sues IRS over preferential treatment of churches
(Freedom from Religion Foundation)

First Amendment grinches steal, vandalize FFRF solstice signs
(Freedom from Religion Foundation)

Government agrees that Priests for Life qualifies for ACA mandate enforcement safe-harbor
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Hindus welcome Malayasian PM's call for interfaith dialogue
(Eurasia Review)

Hobby Lobby defies Obama administration with civil disobedience for religious liberty
(Ken Klukowski,

Hobby Lobby faces millions in fines for bucking Obamacare
(Eric Marrapodi, CNN Belief Blog)

In 2012, the rise of a new religious America
(Charles C. Haynes, First Amendment Center)

Indonesia: Muslims attack Protestant congregation
(Ryan Dagur, UCANews)

Iranian pastor shares joy despite imprisonment in letter to Christians
(Anugrah Kumar, The Christian Post)

Jews, law, and human rights
(Michael Pinto-Duschinsky, Jewish Ideas Daily)

Kyrgyz Christians face tighter restrictions on religious freedom
(International Christian Concern)

Look Ahead 2012
(Religion & Ethics Weekly, PBS Video)

Mali: Destruction of holy shrines continues in Timbuktu‏ – OpEd
(Said Temsamani, Eurasia Review)

Nigeria: NOA partners traditional rulers in peace building
(Patience Ivie Obhafuoso, Leadership for God and Country)

Our fear of criticizing the Brotherhood – OpEd
(Abdulrahman Al-Rashed, MENAFN - Arab News via Duhur)

Politicized religion in Egypt 2012 – for Egypt 2013?
(H.A. Hellyer, Al Arabiya News)

Pope praises Arab Spring and says religion has been misused in war
(James Bone, The Times Europe)

Religious exemptions and the liberal state: A Christmas column
(Stanley Fish, The New York Times Opinionator)

Religious liberty for businesses: Protected freedom or excuse to discriminate?
(Scott Alessi, U.S. Catholic)

Russia’s new required religion class for 4th graders
(Matthew Brunwasser, PRI's The World)

Sotomayor: Contraceptives mandate left intact, for now
(Lyle Denniston, SCOTUSblog)

Statement regarding Sotomayor opinion
(Kyle Duncan, The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty)

Syrian Christians pray for peace on Christmas Eve (PHOTOS)

Top 10 Church-State and Religious Liberty Developments For 2012
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Top Religious Liberty Stories of 2012
(Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty)

US law center defends religious liberty

Where are the humanists?
(Samuel D. Freedman, The New York Times)

Why are Sri Lanka’s policy makers not using Buddhism as a soft-power tool?‏ – OpEd
(Shenali Waduge, Eurasia Review)

Thursday, 27 December 2012

Myanmar or Burma? Debate over nation's name persists
(Mark Magnier, Los Angeles Times)

Ukraine: Council of Churches ready to dialogue with government to correct legislative mistakes
(Religious Information Service of Ukraine)

When prayer really counts in air travel
(Rick Gladstone, The New York Times)

Wednesday, 26 December 2012

NM homeowners protest church where members drink hallucinogenic sacramental tea
(Tom Sharpe, The New Mexican)

Statement from the President and the First Lady on Kwanzaa
(The White House)

The Mid-east reminds the world that this is where Christmas was invented
(Al Bawaba News)

Tuesday, 25 December 2012

Iran: Pastor Nadarkhani jailed again
(Dan Wooding, ASSIST News Service)

Ukraine: Religious organizations are not required to register a database of members and employees
(Institute for Religious Freedom)

Monday, 24 December 2012

Bill of Rights, Hillsborough and Redfearn – The Human Rights Roundup
(Sam Murrant, UK Human Rights Blog)

End of Term Quiz
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Federal court blocks DIFP from enforcing provisions of Senate Bill 749
(Insurance News Net)

Fire and brimstone: the year in politics for a region in flux, part 1
(Al Bawaba News)

Pakistan mob burns man accused of desecrating Koran alive
(Hamid Sheikh, Reuters)

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

Worcester, Mass., synagogue, day school building seized by IRS

Sunday, 23 December 2012

Egyptians approve first post-uprising constitution
(Al Bawaba News)

Europe Headlines Digest will return January 2, 2013.

First Freedom: The Fight for Religious Liberty
(Paul Harvey, Religion in American History)

International Headlines Digest will return January 2, 2013.

Iowa court rules boss can fire employee he considers an ‘irresistible attraction’
(Associated Press, via Fox News)

Malaysia lifts curbs on Christian travel to Israel
(Al Arabiya News)

Patriarch Delly resigns: The good and bad news about the Chaldeans’ future
(Vatican Insider)

Religion and Law roundup: 23rd December
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Sri Lanka: Radical Buddhists lash out on churches
(Vatican Insider)

Sudan: Coptic priests arrested after 'baptism' in Khartoum
(Radio Dabanga (Hilversum), All Africa)

US Headlines Digest will return January 2, 2013.

Saturday, 22 December 2012

A time for Christians to engage with the world
(Pope Benedict XVI, Financial Times Opinion)

American Atheists files suit against IRS
(American Atheists)

Buried Christian empire casts new light on early Islam
(Matthias Schulz, Der Spiegel)

Indonesia’s Muslim schools draw Christians
(Izza Rohman, Common Ground News Service)

Weekly Address: The President and First Lady Extend a Holiday Greeting and Thank our Troops for their Service
(The White House)

Friday, 21 December 2012

America and the Muslim Brotherhood: A romance
(Alex Joffe, Jewish Ideas Daily)

As new chief rabbi, Ephraim Mirvis faces a fractious British Jewry
(Miriam Shaviv, JTA)

Canadian Supreme Court rules women can wear religious veil while testifying in court
(Associated Press)

Cuban Jewish leaders bring jailed American Alan Gross latkes, prayers to celebrate Hanukkah
(Associated Press)

Decisions by the House of Bishops
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Did you know...? (USCIRF religious freedom reports)
(United States Commission on International Religious Freedom)

District court modifies Wilmington Diocese bankruptcy order, eliminating ban on payments to accused priests
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Does a businessman in America have religious conscience rights?
(Kathryn Jean Lopez, National Review Online)

Egypt: Islamists and opposition fight in Alexandria
(Robert Tait, Telegraph)

Fiji: Calls to maintain impartiality on religion
(Nanise Loanakadavu, Fiji Times Online)

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