Law and Religion Headlines

Monday, 28 May 2012

Egypt’s election results: Palestinian victory and Zionist defeat? – OpEd
(Franklin Lamb, Eurasia Review)

Fact-checking Cardinal Wuerl & Archbishop Lori
(Grant Callicho, Commonweal)

Faith beyond religion
(Video, The Indian Express )

Hard-line Muslims test Indonesia's tolerance
(Anthony Kuhn, NPR)

Islamist mob descrates Church in Indonesia; pastor receives death threats
(Compass Direct News)

Louisiana appeals ruling in religious freedom case
(Bill Lodge, The Advocate)

Memorial Day becomes religious battleground
(Brad Hirschfield, The Washington Post)

Memorial Day video asks that Mt. Soledad Veterans' Memorial Cross not be torn down
(Tiffany Gabbay, The Blaze)

Obstructing sermons “a great war to destroy religion”: Adhaalath
(Ahmed Naish, Minivan News [Maldives])

Pakistan: Calls to prosecute Ahmadi massacre suspects
(Eurasia Review)

Religion and Africa's liberation
(Wonder Guchu, Southern Times [Southern Africa])

Religious leaders in three countries rally to eradicate polio
(John Zarocostas, Anglican Journal)

RFRA and the HHS mandate
(Elise Viebeck, The Hill)

Russian Orthodox Church faces criticism for government links

(Mansur Mirovalev, Associated Press via Seattle Times)

The great awakening of scholarship on religion and race in early America
(Paul Harvey, Religion in American History)

Turkmenistan: Prisoner of conscience freed, but remains under restrictions
(Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service)

Two Tibetans burn themselves in Lhasa
(Written in English by Parameswaran Ponnudurai, Radio Free Asia)

Sunday, 27 May 2012

Archbishop: Networks 'missed the boat' on coverage of church's ObamaCare lawsuits
(Fox News)

Are military chaplains being muzzled?
(Karen Gushta, Truth in Action)

Around China: Religion embraced even by the irreligious

Bahrain urges greater global religious tolerance
(Habib Toumi, Gulf

Catholics can decide the 2012 election, expert says
(Hillary Senour, Catholic News Agency)

China hits back at critical U.S. human rights report
(Chris Buckley and Ben Blanchard, Reuters)

Christian Jordanian woman sues her Muslim employer
(Jamal Halaby, Associated Press via One News Now)

Iran 9th parliament token of religious democracy
(IRIB News Agency)

Is Nigeria a secular or non-secular state?
(Kehinde Adegbite, Nigerian Muse)

Korean churches plan peace train ahead of 2013 gathering
(Kristine Greenaway, ENInews)

Lady Gaga cancels Indonesian gig over Islamist threats

My Take: The Christian case for gay marriage
(Mark Osler, CNN Belief Blog)

ND Voters to Decide on Religious Liberty Amendment in June
(Don Byrd, Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty)

Pope Benedict’s butler arrested for stealing confidential correspondence – OpEd
(Igor Ogorodnev, RT via Eurasia Review)

Repeal anti-conversion laws, Delhi told
(Aditi Tandon, The Tribune India)

Route 28 cross rapped as unlawful
(Christine Legere, Boston Globe)

Shafik vows to defend Egypt revolution

The Politics of Religion
(Editorial, The New York Times)

Saturday, 26 May 2012

'Church-state' issue baffling city officials
(Jeff Mitchell, The Californian)

"The reason is religion, Mom"
(The Algemeiner)

Amnesty International Human Rights Report 2012

Appeals court reverses decision on Fargo monument
(Associated Press, The Dickinson Press)

Aziz Poonawalla column: Get the state out of all marriages
(Aziz Poonawalla, Wasau Daily Herald)

Bhatti murder case in Pakistan increasingly murky
(Compass Direct News)

CAIR: Kansas anti-muslim bill 'invites' legal challenge
(Council on American-Islamic Relations, The Sacramento Bee)

Canada's Catholic schools may have to allow gay-straight alliances
(Minot Daily News)

Europe's dilemma: Immigration and the Arab Spring
(Anya Barry, Foreign Policy in Focus)

Expert: American misunderstandings on religious liberty affect efforts abroad
(Michael Gryboski, The Christian Post)

For the government, what counts as Catholic?
(John Garvey, The Washington Post)

God, gays, ganja and Mexican politics
(Kent Patterson,

India’s human rights record to face scrutiny
(Elizabeth Roche,

Maine churches raising money to fight 'gay marriage'
(Clarke Canfield, Associated Press via One News Now)

Month of May marks Eritrea's religious freedom abuses
(United States Commission on International Religious Freedom)

Mufti's candidacy highlights minority rights in Serbia
(Bojana Milovanovic, Southeast European Times)

New development: Can Mary Ann Glendon reverse government policy on religious liberty?
(Kathy Schiffer, Patheos)

NYPD Muslim surveillance in NJ 'permissible' according to attorney general report
(Ted Sherman, Huffington Post)

Religious liberty at stake in battle over contraception rule
(Mary Matalin, CNN)

Richard Land: Constraint on gov't, not citizens regarding religious freedom issues
(Michelle A. Vu, The Christian Post)

Robert George connects conscience and religion rights at National Religious Freedom Conference
(EWTN News, National Catholic Register)

The media's religion deficit
(Cal Thomas, The Baltimore Sun)

Thousands pray for Istanbul landmark to become mosque
(Ayla Jean Yackley, Reuters)

Under the Dome: 'Church-state' issue baffling city officials
(Jeff Mitchell, The Californian)

Vietnam jails Catholic activists
(Times Live [South Africa])

Vietnam: Court sentences four Catholic students
(UCA News)

Will 'Twilight' and 'True Blood' replace religion in teenagers?
(Carol Pinchefsky, Forbes)

Women in the Muslim world need genuine reform
(Ida Lilchter, M.D., Huff Post Religion Blog)

Friday, 25 May 2012

'For Greater Glory': Catholics see a rallying cry for 'Religion Freedom' in new film
(Lauren Markoe, Huffington Post)

As conservatives rally on marriage issue, fate rests with high court
(Tom Curry, NBC Politics)

Catholic bishops put religious privilege above others’ rights - OpEd
(Justin Trottier and Michael Payton, National Post [Canada])

Faith groups fight 'rape' of America's religious soul
(Jennifer Wishon, CBN)

Faith leaders vow to fight threats to religious liberties in public sphere
(Lauren Green, Fox News)

Jawi does not need court order to seize Irshad Manji's book
(New Straits Times)

John Baird defends support for Israel, human rights at Washington D.C. religion dinner
(Lee-Anne Goodman, National Post [Canada])

Kazakh Baptist says charges are fabricated
(Baptist Press)

Maine churches raising money to fight gay marriage
(Clarke Canfield, Associated Press)

MP: Azerbaijan must reconsider relations with European Parliament

New Jersey finds NYC police surveillance of Muslims broke no state laws, can't be blocked
(Samantha Henry, Duluth News Tribune)

Paper criticizes candidate Roy Moore's involvement on issue that may come to state Supreme Court
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Protests planned after minister calls for gays to be fenced in
(Wade Rawlins, Chicago Tribune)

Rabbis side with Catholics, urge Obama to drop mandate
(Howard Slugh, The Weekly Standard)

Regional rise of the Muslim Brotherhood
(Yolande Knell, BBC)

Religion briefs
(The Associated Press)

Roman Catholic hierarchy split on lawsuit against Obama
(Jane Little, BBC News)

Twilight vampire films 'take the place of religion' for teenagers
(Rob Waugh, Daily Mail Online)

Vietnam still abuses human rights and religious freedom
(Robert P. George, The Diplomacist: Cornell International Affairs Review)

Why no public appointment hearings for UK’s new European Court of Human Rights judge?
(Adam Wagner, UK Human Rights Blog)

Thursday, 24 May 2012

Florida Baptist Convention liable for sexual abuser in rare verdict that holds more than his congregation accountable
(Peter Smith, Courier-Journal)

3 in 4 say religious rights trump law
(WND Education)

After decade in storage, Washington letter on religious freedom will go public
(Alex Zuckerman, CNN Belief Blog)

Analysis on Egyptian election: Christians will lose
(Michael Carl, WND Faith)

Another good decision from the European Court of Human Rights
(Novitas Catholicus)

Battle brewing over conscience protections for military chaplains
(Dave Bohon, The New American)

Church 'evicted' after 7 years proof of Kuwait's new Islamist policy?
(Luiza Oleszczuk , The Christian Post)

Egypt court gives 12 Christians life sentences
(Aya Batrawy, Associated Press via The Kansas City Star)

Egypt elections: religion first, economy second for voters
(The Telegraph)

First Amendment freedoms hang in the balance this Memorial Day
(Liberty Institute, PR Newswire)

Holy See sees legal action over continued 'Vatileaks'
(David Kerr, Catholic News Agency)

Indiana sued for marriage law
(Lauren Glapa, Indiana Daily Student)

Latter-day politics
(Amy Davidson, The New Yorker)

Liberty Institute sets epic battle--whether the Supreme Court will allow religious imagery on veterans memorials--to acoustic music
(Wall Street Journal)

NH Supreme Court upholds city's partial tax of church property
(Don Byrd, Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty)

Obama and the contraception mandate - OpEd
(The Christian Science Monitor)

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