Law and Religion Headlines

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Danish Union suspends all ministerial ordination until 2015
(Adventist News Network)

Freedom of Conscience: Tensions between the State and religious minorities in regards to family issues
(Marco Ventura, Petar Gramatikoff, Christian Paturel, European Interreligious Forum for Religious Freedom)

Über die Deutsche Islam Konferenz

German homeschool family loses asylum case; home school legal defense association will appeal
(Napp Nazworth, The Christian Post)

Iran: Christians returned to jail after high court upholds sentence for conversion
(Christian Solidarity Worldwide, Christian Today Australia)

Nigeria: Boko Haram attacks hit school attendance in Borno State

State, religion, and Women of the Wall – an Interview with MK Stav Shaffir
(Noga Gur-Arieh, JewishJournal Blog)

Burma: CSW releases new report detailing severe human rights abuses
(Christian Solidarity Worldwide)

Jenny Yang sworn in as EEOC Commissioner
(Press Release, US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission)

European court finds Swiss assisted-suicide laws vague
(Associated Press, NBC News)

UKIP: If the UK leaves Europe, we might back gay marriage
(Gay Star News)

Moroccan king funding preservation of Cape Verde Jewish heritage — but to what end?
(Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA)

UN experts urge Iranian authorities to free jailed Baha’i community leaders
(UN News Centre)

Malaysia elections: Najib vows to be PM for all Malaysians
(Asia One News)

Annual report highlights worsening freedom of belief worldwide
(Elizabeth Lechleitner, Adventist News Network)

Blasphemy laws coming to Bangladesh?
(Mohshin Habib, Gatestone Institute)

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Do the massacres in Bayda and Banyas portend ethnic cleansing to create an Alawite state?
(Joshua Landis, Syria Comment)

Good reading on Islam
(Marvin Olasky, World Magazine)

Azerbaijan: Imam and driver in pre-trial detention, conscientious objector imprisoned
(Felix Corley, Forum 18)

Chinese citizens' rights to religious belief freedom protected
(Xinhua News)

Gosnell is not an aberration
(The Editors, National Review Online)

Vatican brings Genesis to Venice Biennale art show
(The Boston Herald)

Egypt: Detained Christian teacher released on bail
(ABC News)

Church-based scouting alternatives attract interest
(Adelle M. Banks, Religion News Service)

Al-Qaradawi and the new religious conflict with Israel
(Khaled Abu Toameh, Gatestone Institute)

Canterbury Cathedral says it’s not closing its doors
(Trevor Grundy, Huffington Post Travel)

Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s burial angers Va. Muslims
(Gary Strauss, The Washington Post)

Pope Francis addresses tens of thousands of pro-life marchers
(Anugrah Kumar, The Christian Post)

Saudi Arabia eases visa rules to promote religious visits
(Global Post)

Government encourages freedom of children's religious and ethnic rights
(Government Communication and Information System (GCIS), South African Government Information)

Need to tackle intolerance based on religion, beliefs – Malaysia's UN Envoy

Hundreds of Chinese gathered for Patriarch Kirill's service in Harbin

34th German Kirchentag: Hamburg and its visitors learn that enough is enough
(Paul Handley, Church Times)

Minnesota becomes 12th state to legalize same-sex marriage
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Ireland: Church leaders call for 'social dimension' to balance cuts
(The Parliament)

Can religion and gay dating ever coexist?
(Nicholas Martin, Huff Post Religion)

Kermit Gosnell guilty of first-degree murder
(Associated Press, Huffington Post)

Religion mixes with politics in L.A. mayoral race
(Paresh Dave, Neon Tommy (USC))

Don't judge a Book of Mormon by its cover: How Mormons are discovering the musical as a conversion tool
(Danielle Tumminio, Huff Post Religion)

Hindus urge Britney Spears for deeper spirituality exploration beyond yoga
(Eurasia Review)

Why everyone should oppose Ten Commandments in public schools – especially religious people
(Paul Brandeis Raushenbush, Huff Post Religion)

Polygamy and DOMA
(Mark Goldfeder, The Salt Lake Tribune)

Turkey uncovers alleged plot to kill Orthodox patriarch
(Reuters, Istanbul, Al Arabiya)

Pastor Saeed Abedini released from solitary confinement; wife praises 'small victory'
(Stoyan Zaimov, The Christian Post)

Miss India vs. Hindu fundamentalists
(Aarti Virani, The Wall Street Journal)

Islam expert warns Christians may completely disappear from Iraq, Afghanistan, Egypt
(Alex Murashko, The Christian Post)

Tanzania – bomb outside new Catholic church one of worst ‘terrorist’ incidents in years
(Dismas Lyassa, World Watch Monitor)

Israel and Russia leaders to discuss Syria conflict
(BBC News Middle East)

Monday, 13 May 2013

Chief rabbi: David Rosen at TEDxViadellaConciliazione
(TEDxTalks, YouTube)

Turkey: Four parties agree on scarf freedom in positions of public service
(Ali Aslan Kiliç, Today's Zaman)

Illinois state senators may take a stand on Turkey's treatment of Orthodox
(Mitch Smith, Chicago Tribune)

Minnesota House passes Marriage Equality bill, the Jewish perspective
(Bradley Machov, Twin Cities Daily Planet)

Pakistan: Of particular concern
(Amina Jilani, The Express Tribune)

Muhammadiyah chairman at Jewish congress
(The Jakarta Post)

Minnesota on the precipice of legalized ‘gay marriage’
(Charlie Butts, One News Now)

Pakistan's election: Chez Sharif
(A.R., The Economist)

IRS punished conservative non-profits, perhaps also pro-Israel groups
(Lori Lowenthal Marcus, The Jewish Press)

Religion figures prominently in Pakistan's politics
(Adnan Rashid,

An architect building bridges between religions
(Vercihan Ziflioğlu, Hürriyet Daily News)

First day of historic trial: German court adjourns Neo-Nazi case until May 14
(Der Spiegel)

Right to Die, Grayling v Legal Aid and Abu Qatada Finally Off (?) – The Human Rights Roundup
(Sarina Kidd, UK Human Rights Blog)

Marriage and gender-reassignment in Hong Kong
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

David Cameron would like to forget gay marriage, but it will haunt him
(Charles Moore, The Telegraph)

Of elections and extremes: Pakistan's Pamela Anderson takes on a mullah
(Taha Siddiqui, The Christian Science Monitor)

Religion and Law round up – 12th May
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

U.S. Supreme Court considering Elmbrook graduation case
(David G. Savage, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

Jihadist leader threatens war against Tunisia govt
(Agence France-Press, Naharnet)

Lebanese man gets six years for role in Saudi Arabia conversion case
(Habib Toumi, Gulf News)

Saudi jails Lebanese man for helping woman to convert

Jerusalem clerics slam 'brutal' police acts at Easter
(The Daily Star (Lebanon))

The perils of religious persecution in Iran

Townsend murderer sues prison system, claiming religious rights violated
(Lisa Redmond, Lowell Sun)

Nigeria: Oloyede tasked on religious harmony
(Abdullateef Aliyu, Daily Trust)

President Mahama hails Ghanaians’ religious tolerance
(Ghana Business News)

Russian participant of Eurovision regularly fasts and plans to study in madrasah

Tunisia: revise the draft constitution
(Human Rights Watch)

Mass held in Rome for kidnapped Syrian bishops
(Estefania Aguirre, Catholic News Agency)

Sunday, 12 May 2013

Opinion: It’s all about babies
(Kathryn Lopez, Your West Valley)

Saturday, 11 May 2013

Forthcoming events in religion and law – Update: May 2013
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Muslim, Christian groups clash in NY libel suit
(The Wall Street Journal)

Pennsylvania student charged in nude pope-parody
(Kevin Begos, Huffington Post)

Amnesty International urges release of Egyptian Christian teacher held over anti-Islam remarks
(Fox News)

Poll shows more support for abandoning gay marriage plans rather than plain packaging
(The Telegraph)

Jesuits face a shrinking pool of university presidents
(Tim Townsend, Huffington Post Religion)

Friday, 10 May 2013

Zionism: The Real Enemy of the Jews – Book Review
(Ludwig Watzal, Eurasia Review)

US calls N. Korea to release American from prison
(CBN News)

PACE condemns violence against believers (Audio)
(Roger Kiska and Andrea Williams, The Voice of Russia)

Wagner controversy: Opera cancels Holocaust staging of 'Tannhäuser'
(Der Spiegel)

Judge hopes Keira Knightley wedding will encourage others to wed
(Claire Carter, The Telegraph)

Vatican signs financial transparency accord with U.S. officials
(Alessandro Speciale, Religion News Service)

Religion beyond the Right – OpEd
(Frank Bruni, The New York Times)

In Israel "Women of the Wall" pray with police protection after winning court ruling
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

New jihadi magazine in English focuses on South Asia, including Afghanistan and India – Analysis
(B. Raman, Eurasia Review)

Haredi Orthodox youth mob Western Wall to protest women’s prayer service

Vatican declares Santa Muerte, Mexico's ‘Death Saint' is blasphemous (PICTURES)
(Sara C Nelson, Huffington Post UK)

Freedom of religion (and belief) in external EU-policies
(Geert Plas, Library of the European Parliament)

Team Obama sends message to Catholics – OpEd
(William Donohue, Eurasia Review)

Malcolm Boyd brought Christianity into the streets to promote civil rights
(Gary G. Yerkey, The Christian Science Monitor)

Gay couple told: single beds only, if you stay here
(Mathew Dearnaley, The New Zealand Herald)

Baby sex-selection tours increasingly popular with Australian couples using IVF
(Natasha Bita, The Australian News)

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