Law and Religion Headlines

Thursday, 24 May 2012

Prosecutor seeks to force rabbis to report on abuse
(Ray Rivera, NY Times)

Protecting our Catholic conscience in the public square
(Cardinal Donald Wuerl, The Washington Post Opinions)

Religion news in brief
(Fox News via Associated Press)

Sikhs move a step closer to separate marriage law
(The Tribune India)

The European Court of Human Rights - A European constitutional court?
(Jacob Mchangama, The Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies)

The religious pragmatist who might be Egypt's next president
(Paul Cruickshank, CNN)

Though religious group’s efforts are noble, tackling issues won’t come without making enemies
(J. Patrick Coolican , Las Vegas Sun)

Women in the Muslim world need genuine reform
(Ida Lichter, Huffington Post)

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

'Revolutionary' law to change rules of marriage
(Jeremy Sharon, The Jerusalem Post)

Ave Maria University discontinues student health insurance because of federal government's mandate
(Jim Towey, Catholic Online)

Ben Emmerson QC: abuse of human rights policies increases terrorism
(Owen Bowcott, The Guardian)

California bishop(s) undermining lawsuits against HHS mandate?
(Kevin Clarke, Angel

City wins church tax fight
( Ben Leubsdorf, Concord Monitor)

Court could thwart Obama with Clinton law in contraception face-off with church groups
(Michelle Goldberg , The Daily Beast)

Culture war: Small time religious bodies slam Banda's move on gay law
(Derek Mapondera, The Marabi Post)

Egypt elections: Sharia can support democracy
(Mahmood Delkhasteh and Hassan Rezaei, The Christian Monitor)

Egyptians vote for new president freely, fervently after Mubarak
(Li Laifang, English News)

European Court in landmark religious freedom ruling
(The Iona Institute for Religion and Society)

First Amendment column: Religion in schools can be constitutional
(Greenbay Press Gazette)

Harassment, bullying and free expression: Guidelines for public schools seek middle ground
(Lauren Markoe, Huffington Post)

Illinois senate rejects anti-bullying measure amid religious objections
(CBS Chicago)

Leading ultra-orthodox group, Agudath Israel, insists abuse claims go to rabbis first
(Paul Berger, Huffington Post)

NC law to tie corporate tax break, private tuition
(Education Week)

Religious order admits another transgression
(Nicole Winfield , The Associated Press via The Columbus Dispatch)

Southern Poverty Law Center Intelligence Report profiles 30 leaders of the rising radical right
(The Wall Street Journal)

Turkey to make religious building donation tax-deductible
(Ali Berat Meric and Emre Peker, Bloomberg)

Twelve more lawsuits, still no case
(Sarah Lipton-Lubet, ACLU)

Vatican protesters gather in NYC
(Anna-Maja Rappard and Nina Melendez, CNN)

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

A true religious freedom fighter (Seamus Hasson)
(Editor's Report, Catholic New York)

Baha'is mark centenary of US visit by religious leader
(Jerome Socolovsky, Voice of America)

Freedom from religion group objects to prayer at county commission meetings
(The Chattanoogan)

Guidelines seek line between free speech, bullying
(Lauren Markoe, The Washington Post)

HHS doesn’t speak for me, or many women
(Helen Alvare, Religion News Service via The Washington Post)

Israel draft law faces change
(Amy Teibel, Philly via The Associated Press)

Judaism a religion of peace – for some
(Rabbi Levi Brackman, Y Net News / Jewish World)

Kazakhstan: Baptist convicted on evidence "fabricated" by police
(Mushfig Bayram, Forum 18 News Service)

Law to tie corporate tax break, private tuition
(The Times News via The Associated Press)

London’s Swiss Church looks to uncertain future
(Andrew Littlejohn,

ObamaCare vs. the First Amendment
(James Taranto, The Wall Street Journal)

Religious liberty but also “strengthening of the sharia” in the joint Declaration of Government and Islamic rebels
(Agenzia Fides [Philippines])

Religious space for crowded schools: Godsend or trouble?
(Fred Mogul, The New York Times)

Russia: Jehovah's Witnesses magazine dispute suspended until May 29
(RAPSI (Russia Legal Information Agency))

Several Harford churches active in petition drive to overturn same-sex marriage law
(Bryna Zumer, Baltimore Sun)

The burqa and the new religious intolerance
(Martha Nussbaum, Religion and Ethics)

Top Muslim groups [in Indonesia] decry attacks on religious liberty
(Agus Triyono, Jakarta Globe)

Universal periodic review must examine Indonesia’s religious intolerance
(Human Rights First)

Uphold religious freedom
(Boston Herald Editorial Staff, Boston Herald)

Watchdog group says Kentucky pastor broke federal law by telling followers to vote out Obama
(The Washington Post via The Associated Press)

White House responds to Cardinal Dolan, says Obama's health care policy "respects religious liberty"
(Christine Delargy, Political Hotsheet)

Why the bishops are suing the U.S. government
(Mary Ann Glendon, The Wall Street Journal)

Monday, 21 May 2012

Anti conversion law mooted in state
(Hueiyen News Service, E-Pao)

Arizona law endorses malpractice and discrimination in defense of "religious liberty"
(Jessica Mason Pieklo, RH Reality Check)

Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor: religious intolerance will wipe out Christianity
(BST, The Telegraph)

China: The media, popular opinion and religious freedom
(Magda Hornemann, Forum 18 News Service)

Church charities, govt. cash, and the law
( Michael F. Bird , Patheos)

Church sues ex-members for defamation on blog
(Andrew Chow, Reuters via Worldwide Religious News)

Economy trumps religion in Egypt's election
(Kersten Knipp, Deutsche Welle)

Franciscan University sues government for 'right to live the faith we believe'
(Catholic Online)

Group warns Santa Monica about nativity scene proposal
(LookOut News)

In the Spirit: UW aims to treat religions fairly
(Doug Erickson, Wisconsin State Journal)

Indonesia's rising religious intolerance
(Benedict Rogers, The New York Times)

Israel prime minister urges lawmakers to find ‘just’ replacement to draft law
(The Washington Post via the Associated Press)

Minimum marriage age in Israel to rise to 18
(Moran Azulay, Y News)

Muslim Persecution of Christians: April, 2012
( Raymond Ibrahim, Front Page Mag)

Notre Dame, dioceses sue over Obama mandate
(Rachel Zoll, Associated Press)

Pakistan restores Twitter after block for blasphemous material
(Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty)

Polish agriculture minister rejects challenge to ritual slaughter
(JTA, via Religion Clause)

Religion and Ethiopia
(Yilma Bekele, Abugida Info)

Religious groups criticize government for weak support of religious freedom
(Didit Sidarta & Agus Triyono, Jakarta Online)

Religious groups protest Lady Gaga tour through Asia
(Hrvoje Hraniski , Associated Press)

Religious intolerance grows
(Sita W. Dewi and Novia D. Rulistia, The Jakarta Post)

Religious law plays central role in new firm
(Wayne Heilman, The Gazette)

Religious right versus government interest
(Alan Garfield, Delaware Online)

Tbilisi says agreed with Baku to restore status quo in disputed area of monastery complex
(Civil Georgia)

The Georgetown debate rages on
(Washington Post Opinions)

Timing of city council prayer stirs outcry
(Lori Kurtzman, The Columbus Dispatch)

Sunday, 20 May 2012

‘Exorcist’ author prepares canon lawsuit against Georgetown
(Michelle Bauman, Catholic News Agency)

Agents of religious intolerance
(Cokie and Steven V. Roberts , Billings Gazette)

Closer Look: Religious concerns over bullying bil
(Christopher Wills, The Associated Press, KFOX14 [Illinois])

Community View: Let clergy judge gay issue
(The Rev. Edward Mulraine,

Congressman: There is a war on religious belief in the military
(Todd Starnes, Fox News)

In the Spirit: UW aims to treat religions fairly
(Doug Erickson, Wisconsin State Journal)

India: Protestant Christian recommended as presidential candidate
(Ritu Sharma, UCAN via Eurasia Review)

Marilynne Robinson on democracy, reading, and religion in America
(Joe Fassler, The Atlantic)

Obama adviser Axelrod: Religion not a campaign issue
(Ben Wolfgang, The Washington Times)

Opposition to Islamists appears in northern Mali
(Jemal Oumar, Magharebia)

Religion is about support
(The Rev. John F. Hudson, Wicked Local Ashland)

Romney's faith, silent but deep
(Jodi Kantor, The New York Times)

The end of racial and religious profiling in America?
(Nadia S. Mohammad, Common Ground News Service)

The same-sex non-marriage debate
(Fr Joe Borg, The Times of Malta)

Tunisia denies entry to Moroccan salafists
(Houda Trabelsi, Magharebia)

Saturday, 19 May 2012

African-American pastors call on Obama to reconsider gay marriage stance
(Paul Stanley, The Christian Post)

Baird to address religious liberties dinner

Convert’s burial: PAS defends state govt
(FMT News)

Groups urge veto of anti-Sharia law bill
(Scott Rothschild, LJ World)

Inside Abu Qatada’s luxurious prison in Jordan
(Ruth Sherlock, The Telegraph)

Iranian minority gets local help: Louisvillian among those educating persecuted members of Baha'i faith
(Peter Smith, Courier Journal)

JUI blasts rulers’ over law, order failure in Karachi
(Nazir Siyal, Pakistan Observer)

Live sentences for 'blasphemy' in Pakistan overturned
(Murad Khan, Compass Direct News)

Muslim Brotherhood in pre-election conflict
(Diana Hodali, Deutsche Welle)

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