Law and Religion Headlines

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Rocket attack on Muslim school in Nigeria kills 1
(Associated Press)

Row over Kader Khan's movie
(Times of India)

Russian patriarch calls for reconciliation in ceremony at massacre site
(Sophia Kishkovsky, ENInews)

Saudi Arabia: Calls to free editor held under Cybercrime Law
(Eurasia Review)

Scottish cardinal calls for referendum on same-sex 'marriage'
(David Kerr, Catholic News Agency)

Seventh-day Adventists file suit over door-to-door solicitations
(Kent Faulk, Washington Post)

Shiite’s conviction raises concerns about intolerance
(Ahmad Pathoni, The Wall Street Journal)

Squabbles in Egypt court ahead of key ruling
(Associated Press )

Supreme Court asked to review Edie Windsor’s challenge to “Defense of Marriage Act”
(Press Release, ACLU)

Supreme Court urges people to look for new moon on Thursday
(Arab News)

The Future of Islamism in Indonesia: Neo-or-post-Islamism?
(Mohamed Nawab Mohamed Osman, RISIS Commentaries)

Witnesses: man in Mali gets 50 lashes for drinking
(Baba Ahmed, Associated Press )

Monday, 16 July 2012

After attacks, Kenyan Muslims guard Christian churches
(Fredrick Nzwili, Christian Science Monitor)

America: ICSA annual conference on “sect issues”: a step towards dialogue rather than confrontation
(Willy Fautré, Human Rights Without Frontiers, Forum for Religious Freedom Europe)

As refugees flee Islamists in Mali, solutions are elusive
(Adam Nossiter, New York Times)

Bishop Paul Nguyen Thai Hop of Vinh on an attack against Catholics at mass

Boston church prays for pastor abducted in Egypt
(Bizuayehu Tesfaye and Aya Batrawy, Associated Press)

Chaplains say few have left military service ministries over repeal of ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’
(Associated Press, Yakima Herald)

China probing bishop who quit government church
(Christopher Bodeen, Associated Press)

Clinton snubbed by Egyptian Christian leaders
(Larry Clifton, Digital Journal)

Debate reignites over religion at Air Force Academy
(Chris Lisee, Religion News Service, The Washington Post)

EU and religious leaders discuss solidarity between generations
(Anca Gurzu, Europolitics)

Freedom of speech, UFOs and The Sun
(Nelson Jones, New Statesman)

German court’s move to ban circumcision unites religions
(Anatolia News Agency, Hürriyet Daily News)

Haiti constitutional amendments finally take effect
(Joseph Guyler Delva, Reuters)

In current climate, religious tolerance is being redefined
(Rev. Paul R. Fisher, Penn

Interfaith report: Poverty and injustice drive Nigeria’s sectarian violence
(Tom Heneghan, Reuters)

Medics attack religious leaders over HIV/AIDS
(Jeff Andrew Lule, New Vision)

Mob violence victim could be 1st S. African saint
(Donna Bryson, Associated Press)

Polish bishops raise questions over European convention
(News from Poland)

Religion in politics [Pakistan]
(Huma Yusuf,

Saudi Arabia considers law against insulting Islam
(Asma Alsharif, Reuters)

Under the First Amendment, religious freedom favors none, protects all
(Charles Haynes, The Daily World)

Uzbek gov’t restricts Islamic weddings
(OnIslam & News Agencies)

What a real war on religion looks like
(Amy Sullivan, The New Republic)

Sunday, 15 July 2012

46 percent of Austrians in favor of a circumcision ban

Saturday, 14 July 2012

Can women change the face of North American mosques?
(Daood Hamdani, Common Ground News Service)

Catholics support Hindus upset at trivializing of Goddess Kali by game developer
(Eurasia Review)

Guyana legislators to debate controversial bill
(Associated Press)

Highland Park woman says father's religion behind his imprisonment in Iran
(Jeff Danna, Chicago Tribune)

Jordan's Islamists say they will boycott elections
(Jamal Halaby, Associated Press)

Lawmakers OK landmark religious compensation law
(Associated Press)

Leader underlines crucial role of women in Islamic awakening
(Fars News Agency)

Libya: Jibril wins, Muslim Brotherhood steps back
(MISNA, Eurasia Review)

Merkel to allow circumcision in Germany despite ban

Religion and the world, between Riyadh and Cairo
(Jamal Khashoggi, Al Arabiya News)

Religious groups try to shore up confidence by treading carefully on political issues
(Matthew Brown, Deseret News)

Rights of witches ‘violated’
(Ilse de Lange, The Citizen)

Senator Jim Webb insists special envoy for religious freedom would be 'counterproductive'
(Myles Collier, Christian Post)

Thomson Reuters lines up against gay marriage ban
(Patrick Condon, Associated Press)

Timbuktu: A city losing its soul
(Patrick Kelly, Africa News)

Friday, 13 July 2012

Ancient monastery in Turkey faces destruction in anti-Christian lawsuit
(Talpa brusseliensis christiana)

Bible museum planned for Washington, D.C.
(Adelle M. Banks, ENInews)

Five things to know about religious violence in Nigeria
(Lauren Markoe, Religion News Service, The Washington Post)

German circumcision ban unites religions, worries doctors
(Elisa Oddone, Jewish Journal)

German government seeks to reassure Jews and Muslims
(Steve Hayes, Digital Journal)

Human rights dialogues can prove bitter
(Global TImes, People's Daily Online)

In Malaysia, ruling party uses Islamic values to bolster support
(Ivy Sam and Mark Magnier, Los Angeles Times)

Is religious liberty vulnerable, or is religious liberty talk too insulated?
(Paul Horwitz, PrawfsBlawg)

Islamists take full control of northern Mali
(Jemal Oumar, Magharebia)

Judge blocks city's homeless-feeding crackdown
(Joseph A. Slobodzian, Troy Graham, & Julie Zauzmer, Philadelphia Inquirer)

Members of Congress urge religious freedom in China
(Gary Feuerberg, Epoch Times)

Mounties instructed to avoid 'inflammatory' Islamist terms
(Daniel Proussalidis, Frontenac This Week)

Muslim civil rights groups boycott NYPD’s Ramadan conference
(Alex Kane, Mondoweiss)

Muslim organizations say police training teaches bigotry
(James D. Davis, Sun Sentinel)

Nigeria: Kaduna begins inter-religious exchange program for schools
(Christiana T. Alabi, All

Religion on campus: Status of religious student groups is challenged by court ruling
(Amy Choate-Nielsen, Deseret News)

Religion vs. religion
(David Suissa, Jewish Journal)

Religious tolerance: Beware players of the ‘religion card’
(Dewi Anggraeni, Melbourne, The Jakarta Post)

Russian clergymen granted draft deferment - decree

Salafists battle for a religious state in Egypt
(Gamal Essam El-Din, Ahram Online)

Swiss ban on UFO posters was legal: ECtHR
(AFP, The Local (Switzerland))

The freedom of the hijab
(Ayesha Nusrat, New York Times)

Third of new free schools are religious
(Jeevan Vasagar, Guardian)

Thursday, 12 July 2012

Cardinal Zen and Hong Kong Catholics protest China's violations of religious freedom
(Eugenia Zhang,

China: Changing climate for religious NGOs?
(Magda Hornemann, Forum 18 News Service )

Church of Christ in Nigeria reeling from massacre
(Compass Direct News)

Egypt: Agreement reached over Article 2 of new constitution
(Al-Masry Al-Youm, Egypt Independent)

Europe's new anti-Semitism
(Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks, Huff Post Religion)

European Court of Human Rights condemns MIVILUDES
(CAPLC (source NRWF),

France penalizes boycott of Israeli products
(Peter Martino, Gatestone Institute of International Public Policy)

Indonesia: Shia cleric convicted of blasphemy
(Human Rights Watch)

Islam key to Afghan Dream
(Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf and Daisy Khan, CNN)

Life, religious liberty at heart of Obamacare repeal bill
(Dominique Ludvigson, Culture Watch)

Merkel signals religious tolerance in Indonesia
(Monia Griebeler, DW)

Nigeria’s Christian leader criticizes US decision on Islamist group
(Voice of America)

Nixon vetoes 'religious freedom' and sales tax on out-of-state-vehicle purchase laws
(Bob Watson, The Fulton Sun)

Pew Forum Weekly Religion News Update

Pew survey: Middle East Muslims support democracy, Islam in politics
(Laura Koran, CNN)

Rights groups and activists slam Iraq Internet law
(AFP via Bangkok Post)

Russian accession to WTO; suppression of religious freedom
(Martin Banks, The

Russian punk rock group case sent to European Court of Human Rights
(The Moscow Times)

The myth of the Nadia Eweida case gets another dishonest outing
(National Secular Society)

Will freedom of speech include insulting the Prophet?
(Daniel Loehr, Tunisia Live)

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

In the repeal, a vote for conscience rights
(Kathryn Jean Lopez, National Review Online)

'A very dark future for the local populations in Northern Mali', warn UN experts
(United Nations Press Release)

Alliance Defense Fund now Alliance Defending Freedom
(Press Release, ADF)

Azerbaijan: "They were praying where they weren't allowed"
(Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service)

Bradford Co. served lawsuit over Ten Commandments monument

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago joins lawsuit against HHS
(Press Release, The Catholic Charities)

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