Law and Religion Headlines

Friday, 22 February 2013

Last 2 of 16 Amish defendants in beard- and hair-cutting attacks appeal convictions in Ohio
(Associated Press, Fox News)

Thoughts on the resignation of Benedict XVI
(Roberto de Mattei, Talpa brusseliensis christiana)

Report says Islamic finance taxed unfairly in MENA region
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Cross border taxation of Islamic finance in the MENA region
(83-page Report, Qatar Financial Centre Authority)

Thursday, 21 February 2013

Lumbees say they’ll keep their eagle feathers, even if it’s against the law
(Rob Hotakainen, Idaho Statesman)

Harper names Christian college dean as ambassador for religious freedom office
(Brandon Chow, Vancouver Observer)

European Court of Human Rights: ban on same-sex second-parent adoption is discriminatory

X. and Others v Austria
(Paul Johnson, ECHR Blog)

Disputed Jewish texts to stay in Russia, Putin says

Armenia struggles to absorb Christian refugees from Syria
(Diana Markosian, Washington Post)

Yoga school program brings separation of church and state law suit in Encinitas, California
(Julie Watson, Huffington Post)

Cardinal Dolan backs Obama on gun control, refutes Second Amendment fears
(Stoyan Zaimov, Christian Post)

Southern Baptists urge Boy Scouts National Council members to keep ban on gay Scouts, leaders
(Associated Press)

U.S. Catholics split on church direction under new pope
(Natalie DiBiasio, USA Today)

Rabat Plan of Action on the prohibition of advocacy of national, racial or religious hatred that constitutes incitement to discrimination, hostility or violence
(Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights)

Tibetan teens reportedly self-immolate to protest Chinese rule
(Agence France Presse, Huffington Post)

Marco Rubio and Benjamin Netanyahu toast Israel ties -- with water bottles

London rabbi arrested on sex abuse counts
(Jewish Daily Forward)

An Indonesian extremist trades rifle for spatula
(Anthony Kuhn, National Public Radio)

Sam Mullet Sr., Amish beard-cutting ringleader, appeals verdict
(Thomas J. Sheeran, Huffington Post)

Computer simulator preps military chaplains for the battlefield
(Mark I. Pinsky, Religion News Service)

Puerto Rico denies gays right to adopt children
(Associated Press)

Obama may weigh in on gay marriage case
(David Jackson, USA Today)

Turkey attempts to retrieve child from foreign gay couple
(Hürriyet Daily News)

UN chief deplores latest terrorist attack against Pakistan’s Shia community
(UN News Centre)

Pew Forum Weekly Religion News Update

Kazakhstan: Bookshop censorship, ban on all non-Hanafi Sunni Muslim literature
(Mushfig Bayram, Forum 18 News Service)

Putting the brakes on abortion trafficking
(Leigh Jones, World Magazine)

German Christian homeschoolers losing deportation fight
(Mary Jackson, World Magazine)

Sri Lanka Muslims try to defuse halal meat row
(Saudi Gazette)

Which congressmen received A+ for international religious freedom?
(Katherine Weber, The Christian Post)

Freedom from religion leads to no freedom
(Rev. Mark H. Creech, The Christian Post)

Lawsuit claims school yoga program is religious
(Sarah Grieco and Elena Gomez, NBC 7 San Diego)

Afghanistan: Karzai looks for religious support to end suicide attacks
(Monish Gulati, eurasiareview)

The Afghan battle over a law to protect women
(Sean Carberry, National Public Radio)

AG Pruitt files brief in support of Hobby Lobby’s religious liberty fight
(Tulsa Business & Legal News)

Australia: Religion to lose protected status
(Annabel Hepworth & Milanda Rout, The Australian)

Kansas: Sharia law ban and Muslim wives
(Rafia Zakaria, Al Jazeera)

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Recession, xenophobia prompting Jews to ditch Hungary
(Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA)

Obama admin. 'Most hostile' to religious freedom in US history, says expert
(Michael Gryboski, The Christian Post)

Indonesia: Church leaders thank SBY for ‘religious liberty’
(Bagus BT Saragih, The Jakarta Post)

The Islamization of Spanish jurisprudence
(Soeren Kern, Gatestone Institute of International Public Policy)

Nigeria: Sultan congratulates Nigerian Christians on Lent
(All Africa)

Somalia: Somali Sheikhs vow to combat extremism after cleric assassinated while praying
(Hassan Muse Hussein, All Africa)

Tanzania forms inter-faith committee to review slaughtering rules
(Deodatus Balile, All Africa)

Tanzania: Demonstrators renounce Sheikh Ponda
(Faustine Kapama, All Africa)

Liberia: Catholic schools shut down
(A. Wehdoe Sloh, All Africa)

Nigeria: Mark warns against abuse of religion
(Chibuzo Ukaibe and Bidon Mibzar, All Africa)

Jamaica: Church ready to pay taxes
(Paul Henry, Jamaica Observer)

Battle over Springfield church heads back to court
(Associated Press)

Lafayette man gets five years in church defacing

Can Utahns, LDS Church find photos of Vietnam fallen?
(Kristen Moulton, The Salt Lake Tribune)

Pastor of Mandeville Catholic church steps down amid turmoil over construction project
(Kim Chatelain, The Times-Picayune)

Report: Megachurches thriving in tough economic times
(Adelle M. Banks, Religion News Service)

Controversy over Cardinal Mahony's conclave vote reaches Vatican
(Alessandro Speciale, Religion News Service)

California may have to hire Wiccan chaplain
(Paul Elias, AP via San Francisco Chronicle)

Separate politics from religion, Kufuor, Atiku, Mark tell politicians
(Emma Ujah, Vanguard)

PM announces the establishment of the Office of Religious Freedom
(Northumberland View)

New Supreme Mufti of Kazakhstan appointed
(Tengri News)

Buddhist party for ban on halal food
(Qadijah Irshad, Khaleej Times)

Final Candy Cane claims melt after 8-year thaw
(Bonnie Barron, Courthouse News Service)

Canada to champion religious liberty globally with new religious freedom office
(Daniel Proussalidis, CNews)

The new religious practice dodge
(Mark Silk, Religion News Service)

Oklahoma committee considers student freedom bill
(Don Byrd, Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty)

House approves storm aid for religious institutions
(Robert Pear, The New York Times)

Rick Warren’s shadow SOTU
(Kathryn Jean Lopez, National Review Online)

George Washington’s example on religious liberty
(Julia Shaw, Morning Bell: The Foundry)

Mississippi bill could lead to prayer in schools
(Jessica Chasmar, The Washington Times)

The Equality and Human Rights Commission, religion or belief at work – and Eweida yet again
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Britain's Equality Commission issues new guidance on workplace religious accommodation
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Religion or Belief - new guidance February 2013
(Equality and Human Rights Commission)

Women in the episcopate consultation: an analysis
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Tanzania: Foreign experts to fortify probe on priest murder
(Issa Yussuf, All Africa)

Egyptian Churches' Council detaches itself from politics
(All Africa)

Jewish candidates skip New York mayor's race, but crowd vies in Los Angeles
(Josh Nathan-Kazis, The Jewish Daily Forward)

World's fastest-growing Lutheran group severs ties with U.S, Swedish partners
(Jeremy Weber, Christianity Today)

Will 'God of Second Chances' ad help Mark Sanford win re-election?
(Jeremy Weber, Christianity Today)

Bishop Eddie Long sued over alleged Ponzi scheme
(Adelle M. Banks, Religion News Service)

All eyes on Texas, S.C. church property fights
(G. Jeffrey MacDonald, Religion News Service)

Anjem Choudary urges Muslims to claim 'Jihad Seeker's Allowance'
(JohnThomas Didymus, Digital Journal)

United Russia deputies want expert's offer to reform Russian Church probed for extremism

Protesters call Dutch MP Geert Wilders a racist as he calls for end to mass migration from Islamic countries
(John Masanauskas, Adelaide Now)

7 Egypt Copts get death sentence over anti-Islam film
(Middle East Online)

Tanzania too: Christians threatened with Islamist violence on Easter
(Nina Shea, The Christian Post)

Feds offer reprieve for Indonesians who spent months in sanctuary in NJ
(Tracy Connor, NBC News)

Local decline in Catholic school enrollment mirrors national trend
(Peter Smith, The Courier-Journal)

U.N. body says U.S. lax on clerical sex abuse cases
(Tom Heneghan, Reuters)

Shiites in Pakistan vow to continue protests of rising attacks by Sunni extremists
(Shaiq Hussain, Washington Post)

Drying out: Islam and the rise of prohibition culture
(Lawrence Osborne, The Independent)

Pakistani clerics to boycott peace conference denouncing violence to protest Taliban bashing
(Associated Press)

Persecution rises in China as plan begins to end house churches
(Morning Star News)

Foreign 'Christian missionaries' arrested in Libya, charge with publishing biblical texts, which carries death penalty
(Jessica Elgot, Huffington Post)

Muslims attack Coptic Christians, church in Egypt
(Cheryl K. Chumley, The Washington Times)

8th Circuit affirms dismissal of suit on Native American inmates' religious rights
(Associated Press,

Doctrine and law – servants or masters?
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Russia: Criminal charges to follow armed Tatarstan raids?
(Geraldine Fagan, Forum 18 News Service)

Judge denies request to turn down Durham church music
(Jim Wise, Durham News and Observer)

President Morsi approves new Grand Mufti
(Ahram Online)

Four 'Christian missionaries' arrested in Libya

Monday, 18 February 2013

Crowds at St. Peter's cry 'viva il papa' to Benedict
(Elisabetta Povoedo, New York Times)

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