Law and Religion Headlines

Monday, 18 June 2012

Kuwait halts parliament for month amid turmoil
(Associated Press)

More religious organisations apply to expand premises
(Liu Bei, Channel News Asia)

Moscow lawyers refuse to oust pro-Sharia attorney
(Interfax Religion News)

Muslims lash out at ban on religious books

Nigerian militants claim bombing of churches
(Anne Look , Voice of America)

Non-Orthodox Jews start making inroads in Israel
(Aron Heller, Associated Press)

NSS condemns Church of England’s gay marriage response as poll reveals majority of religious people are in favour of same-sex marriage
(National Secular Society)

Religion eating up Mumbai's green lung
(Akshay Deshmane, Daily News & Analysis (Mumbai))

Religious diversity advanced in Vietnam
( Bridge)

Religious liberty: The church-state debate over women’s health
(Adam Parker, The Post and Courier)

Religious neutrality in 94% Muslim Iraqi Kurdistan
(Stephen Mansfield, Huff Post Religion)

Tanzania: Politics - Which comes first, religion or faith?
(Jaffar Mjasiri,

Vatican blames media for latest scandal
(Associated Press, Hürriyet Daily News)

Will gay marriage end in divorce for church and state?
(Cole Moreton, The Telegraph)

Sunday, 17 June 2012

MK seeks to annul 'same religion' adoption law
(Jeremy Sharon, The Jerusalem Post)

Saturday, 16 June 2012

Muslim girls can now wear head scarves in KV schools
(Rajiv Mani, The Times of India)

‘C of E’ gives an opinion on same-sex marriage
(Madeleine Davies, Church Times)

Catholic hospitals reject birth control compromise
(Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press)

Church of England’s argument against gay marriage is without foundation
(Paul Johnson, UK Human Rights Blog)

Council meeting looks at freedom of religion in China
(ENInews staff, Episcopal News Service)

Cuba's cardinal under fire for comments
(Associated Press, Worldwide Religion News)

Debating religious liberty

Glasgow kirk quits Church of Scotland over gay clergy row
(BBC News)

In Tunisia, balancing democracy and religion
(Slide Show, New York Times)

Jehovah's Witnesses may pay millions to sexual abuse victim
(Yamiche Alcindor, USA Today)

Lawmaker wants to ban religious ceremonies in government offices
(Kathrina Alvarez, Sun Star Manila)

New, alarming threat to the life of Asma Jahangir, renowned Pakistani activist
(Rasika Teredesai, Human Rights First)

Police inconsistent in protecting religious freedom
(The Jakarta Post)

Santa Monica park displays banned after atheist dispute
(Adelle M. Banks, Washington Post)

Should the government intervene in the judicial process?
(Natasha Kuilak Mellersh, Huff Post UK)

Study challenges tax exemption for religious organizations
(Kimberly Winston, Religion News Service, USA Today)

Taken question: religious freedom and the human rights report
(Office of the Spokesperson, US State Department)

Tanzania: Bishop Kilani warns against religious fanatics
(Rose Athumani,

The myth of civil religion
(Raymond J. Haberski, Jr., U.S. Intellectual History)

The religious Zionist you didn't know
(Yehudah Mirsky, The Daily Beast)

The use and abuse of religious freedom
(Peter Singer, Project Syndicate [Australia])

Tolerance or equal rights?
(Beata Balogová, The Slovak Spectator)

Tunisian religious tensions and the emerging Bogeyman: Salafism
(Emily Parker, Tunisia Live)

WCC meeting in China looks at changing demography of Christianity, freedom of religion
(World Council of Churches)

Young people play key role in ministry to former Soviet Union
(Jeff Schapiro, The Christian Post)

Friday, 15 June 2012

'Julea Ward' Bill passed In Michigan house allows religious counseling students to deny gay clients
(David Sands, Huffingtonpost)

Christians hail dissolution of Egyptian parliament
(Compass Direct News)

Church leaders appeal for unity in Mexico as national elections draw near
(ENInews Staff , ENInews)

Historic religious liberty win – 25 years ago today at Supreme Court
(Jay Sekulow, ACLJ)

Indonesian man jailed for two-and-a-half years for writing ‘God doesn’t exist’ on his Facebook page
(Sara Malm, Daily Mail)

Kyrgyzstan: 'We need to protect the rights of the majority'
(Mushfig Bayram, Forum 18 News Service)

Religious discrimination lawsuit filed claiming Voss Lighting requires workers to be Christian
(David Harper, Tulsa World)

Religious diversity advanced in Vietnam
(VietNamNet Bridge)

Rosaries, gangs and the battle over religious symbols in school
(Charles C. Haynes, Hernando Today)

Syrian Islamist opposition casts out Christians

The Catholic Church and the global crisis of religious liberty
(Thomas Farr, National Catholic Register)

Tunisia bans rival protests set for Friday
(Bouazza Ben Bouazza, Associated Press)

Thursday, 14 June 2012

Archbishop Carlo Vigano, Pope's ambassador to US, applauds Catholic bishops' fight with government
(Rachel Zoll, Huff Post Religion)

California church fights city to host homeless families
( Chloe Schwarz, FoxNews)

Canada’s first full-time paid Muslim chaplain being sought at the University of Toronto
(Noor Javed, The Star News)

Commission votes to appeal ruling on Murfreesboro mosque

EU urges China to protect Tibetans' human rights, allow access to foreign media
(RTT News)

Germany bans Salafist organization amid raids
(David Rising, Associated Press )

Government defends gay marriage law change plans
(BBC News)

Gutted church building leaves Egyptian Copts with debt
(Compass Direct News)

Haslam under fire for Muslim appointee
(Chas Sisk,

Israel-Vatican continue negotiations on status and taxation of church
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Pew Forum Weekly Religion News Update

S. Korea Buddhists slam China boycott of event
(Straits Times)

School graduations, religion and the courts - an interview with Ira Lupu
(Robert Ruby, The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life)

Some cry 'coup' as Egypt's highest court annuls parliament, military extends power
(Mohamed Fadel Fahmy and Josh Levs, CNN)

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Abortion-rights groups cheer defeat of ND 'religious freedom' measure
(Elise Viebeck, The Hill Healthcare Blog)

Al-Qaida incites Tunisians against ruling party
(Associated Press, CBS News)

Anglicans threaten rift with government over gay marriage
(Ben Quinn, The Guardian)

Bishops conference to address issue of free contraceptive coverage
(Shelia M. Poole, Bradenton Herald)

Car bombs targeting Shiites kill 65 in Iraq
(Sinan Salaheddin, Associated Press )

Chaplain alliance asks Congress to investigate removal of military Bibles
(Alex Murashko, The Christian Post)

China denies visa for former Norwegian PM
(Scott McDonald, Associated Press,

Disappointing concerns about Romney's religion
(Henry Downes, The Crimson White)

Egypt's choice between Islamism and the Old-Guard
(Daniel Steinvorth, Der Speigel Online)

Evangelicals press U.S. Congress on immigration
(Chris Lisee, Religion News Service, The Washington Post)

Fears of ‘creeping Sharia’
(Matthew Schmitz, National Review Online)

Justices decline review of religious speech case
(Mark Walsh, School Law)

Ministers signal gay marriage could take place in church
(John Bingham, The Telegraph)

New mosque causes ethnic rift in southwest Macedonia
(Goran Trajkov, Southeast European Times)

Religion news in brief
(The Washington Post)

Religious freedom measure soundly defeated
(John Lamb, Grand Forks Herald)

Religious issues sway voters in Egypt's presidential race (Cairo)
(Leila Fadel, Associated Press, NorthJersey.Com)

Rio+20: Buddhist leader urges paradigm shift
(Ramesh Jaura, IDN-InDepth NewsAnalysis)

The battle for the American conscience
(Elizabeth Garvey, The Foundry)

The bogus threat from Shariah law
(Steve Chapman,

Tunisian Islamists riot over "insulting" art show
(Tarek Amara and Mohammed Argouby, Reuters, The Malaysia Star)

Turkey: Religious groups, expectations of the new Constitution, and the AKP
(Mine Yildirim, Åbo Akademi University, Forum 18 News Service)

Vatican denies it will recognize East Jerusalem
(Reuters, Ma'an News Agency)

What is Boko Haram?
(Special Report by Andrew Walker, United States Institute of Peace)

World Congress of Families signs declaration upholding natural family
(Katie Craine,

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

'In God We Teach' explores fine line between religious freedom and free speech
(Katherine Weber, The Christian Post)

"Government is always a rival, and often an enemy, of religion"
(Walter Olson, [email protected])

Analysis: Dispute with US nuns began decades ago
(Associated Press, The Wall Street Journal)

Canadians must decide if they truly value religious freedom
(Faith Goldy-Bazos, National Post)

China to assist development projects in religious places
(PTI, ZeeNews India)

Church warns over same-sex marriage

Couple’s plea means no appeal of Christian Science faith healing ruling
(Religion News Blog)

Evangelicals in Sri Lanka seek religious equality
(Christian Today)

Gay marriage raises prospect of disestablishment, says Church of England
(John Bingham, The Telegraph)

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