Law and Religion Headlines

Monday, 18 February 2013

Illinois court shoots down religious contraceptive appeal
(Kevin Gross, The DePaulia)

Iran confiscates Buddha statues; Symbols of 'cultural invasion'
(Nasser Karimi, Huffington Post)

Iraq bombs kill 28 as sectarian tensions simmer ahead of nationwide vote
(Al Bawaba News)

Kenya: Kibaki, Raila attend burial of Kiambu church leader
(Njenga Gicheha, All Africa)

Kenya: Lobbies warn Muslims against backing politicians
(Wesonga Ochieng and Elias Yaa, All Africa)

Photo Slideshow: Gallup’s most religious states in 2012
(Sally Morrow and Sraavani Pere, Religion News Service)

Pope appoints new director of scandal-scarred Vatican Bank
(Alessandro Speciale, Religion News Service)

Pope immunity: Vatican will protect Benedict from sexual abuse prosecution
(Philip Pullella, Reuters)

Protesting yoga in schools, but welcoming Bible study
(Katherine Stewart,

Red line limits for Sunni and Shia sectarian violence
(Brett Daniel Shehadey, Eurasia Review)

Swaziland: Police say prayers were 'political'
(All Africa)

Swaziland: Raid on prayers unconstitutional
(All Africa)

Tanzania: Three held for murder of priest in Zanzibar
(All Africa)

Ten Commandments Party established in Russia
(interfax Religion)

Turkmenistan: Four new conscientious objector prisoners of conscience
(Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service)

Whales, religion, and evolutionary biology
(Mike Keas, The Christian Post)

Sunday, 17 February 2013

Cuomo bucks tide with bill to ease limits on abortion
(Thomas Kaplan, The New York Times)

Saturday, 16 February 2013

<em>Rudewicz</em> and Richard III’s exhumation
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Burma: Arakan officials instructed to restrict Muslims’ travel
(Democratic Voice of Burma)

CPS approves policy, plans to reopen schools to minister visits
(Log Cabin Democrat)

EVENT February 26, 2013: God and Caesar in flux? Shifting boundaries between religion and politics in Europe
(Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs)

Freedom of expression? Not for Palestinians
(Khaled Abu Toameh, Gatestone Institute of International Public Policy)

Laos: police arrest three pastors on charges of spreading the Christian religion
(Christian Solidarity Worldwide)

Muslim world faces fertility crisis – OpEd
(Alsir Sidahmed, Arab News, Eurasia Review)

Nepal: State sovereignty vs. human rights
(Dr. Gyan Basnet, Eurasia Review)

Pope Benedict XVI: A godly man in an ungodly age – OpEd
(Patrick Buchanan, Eurasia Review)

Talks break down in church lawsuit
(Jennifer Feehan, Toledo Blade)

Violence against Christians spreading in India
(Morning Star News, The Christian Post)

Friday, 15 February 2013

Algeria upholds conviction of Christian convert from Islam; prison sentence rescinded, fine increased
(Morning Star News, Christian Post)

Army wants outspoken West Point cadet to pay up
(Kari Huus, NBC News)

Ethiopia airs jihadi film amid sensitive Muslim protest trial
(William Davison, Christian Science Monitor)

House holdshearins on tax reform and charitable contributions
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Illinois Senate OKs same-sex marriage
(Michael Winter, USA Today)

Imprisoned Pastor Saeed Abedini: 80 Congressmen urge John Kerry to intervene
(Stoyan Zaimov, The Christian Post)

Indonesia Valentine's protest: 'Sex Holiday' decried by Muslim officials
(Huffington Post)

Minn. teen finds a religious mandate for gun control after father's death
(Beth Kissileff, Religion News Service)

Pope Benedict addresses priests of Rome
(Laura Smith-Spark and Hada Messia, CNN)

RI court declines to delay release of Legion of Christ docs; records could be unsealed Friday
(David Klepper, Associated Press)

Same-sex marriage: A new urban myth in <em>Hansard</em>?
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Self-immolation milestone: Tibetan becomes 101st protester to set himself ablaze since 2009
(Binaj Gurubacharya, Associated Press)

St. Louis Archdiocese gives up fight for control of breakaway parish
(Tim Townsend, Religion News Service)

Why Syria's Islamists are gaining
(J. Malcolm Garcia, New York Times)

Thursday, 14 February 2013

Illinois Senate to vote on same-sex marriage bill on Valentine's Day
(Michael Martinez, CNN)

Institution of Chief Rabbi has outlived its usefulness
(Keith Kahn-Harris, Jewish Daily Forward)

Is BDS hate speech?
(The Jewish Daily Forward)

Mississippi maintains hold as most religious U.S. state
(Frank Newport, Gallup Politics)

My take: What's next for President Obama's 'pastor-in-chief'
(Joshua DuBois, CNN Belief Blog)

Ohio school board votes to keep Jesus portrait up
(Dan Sewell, Associated Press)

Religious conservatives aaround the world object to Valentine's Day
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Same-sex marriage will put Catholics under ‘intolerable moral pressures’, says bishop
(Madeleine Teahan, Catholic

Tibetan sets himself on fire in front of shrine in Nepal
(Manesh Shrestha, CNN Belief Blog)

Warren: Obamacare mandate an attack on religious freedom
(CBN News)

Why the next pope should be African
(Stan Chu Ilo, CNN Belief Blog)

Pew Forum Weekly Religion News Update

Turkmenistan: Raid, two-day detentions, torture, rape threat, fines
(Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service)

Ban remains on Muslim prayer in Spanish cathedral
(Soeren Kern, Gatestone Institute of International Public Policy)

Thursday Religion News Roundup
(Religion News Service)

On Valentine's Day marriage makes fiscal sense
(Culture Watch)

For orthodox religion, a tradition-modernity clash
(Ruth Marcus, The Washington Post Writer's Group, Oregon Live)

Indonesia: Religious intolerance still at red-alert level, group says
(Ismira Lutfia, Khabar South Asia)

Massive protest movement emerges against Islamists in Bangladesh
(Joseph Zeitlyn, Christian Science Monitor)

First ever Hebrew conference held in South Asia
(The Algemeiner)

Proposed bill in Indonesia threatens freedom of religion and association – UN experts
(UN News Centre)

Ohio town latest focus on religion legal debate
(Dan Sewell, Associated Press)

Court dismisses 6-Year-old challenge to ten commandments monument; ACLU to pay costs
(Liberty Counsel)

Orange County settles with ACLU to allow head scarves for Muslim defendants
(San Clemente Patch)

Taking terrorism and the Arab Spring seriously
(Morgan Lorraine Roach, The Foundry)

Muslims, mosques, registration and dubious goings-on in Azerbaijan
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Wednesday, 13 February 2013

An American pope? Eyes turn to New York's Cardinal Timothy Dolan
(David Gibson, Religion News Service)

ARFP supports religious autonomy in European Court of Human Rights
(American Religious Freedom Newsroom)

Case of Fernández Martínez v. Spain
(Michael McConnell et al., Written Comments of Third-Party Interveners Chair for Law and Religions of the Université Catholique de Louvian and the American Religious Freedom Program of the Ethics and Public Policy Center)

Christian Armenians flee Syria, but home is hard to find
(Diana Markosian, USA Today)

Egypt: El-Tayyeb - Religious difference not obstacle before social peace
(All Africa)

Evangelicals embrace a like-minded pope
(Daniel Burke, Religion News Service)

Ghana: Mahama death prophesy is false - Agyin Asare
(All Africa)

House passes bill to give disaster relief to religious groups
(Caleb K. Bell, Religion News Service)

Pope resigns: Sunni authority al-Azhar eyes better ties
(Ahmed Maher, BBC)

St Margaret’s Children and Family Care Society, sexual orientation and discrimination: update
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Tanzania: Geita violence saddens Kikwete
(Pius Rugonzibwa, All Africa)

Uganda: Politicians told to emulate pope
(Aloysious Kasoma, All Africa)

UN warns of reprisal attacks in Mali
(Al Jazeera)

With Pope resignation, gay rights advocates hope for change
(Lila Shapiro, Huffington Post)

Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Among U.S. evangelicals, surprising support for immigration reform
(Alistair Bell, Reuters)

Assisted suicide on legal agenda in several states
(Susan Haigh, Associated Press)

Bringing ultra-Orthodox traditions to Israel’s parliament, olive branch in hand
(Jodi Rudoren, New York Times)

NM medical board exonerates late-term abortion doctor in case that raises privacy issues
(Associated Press)

EVENT Feburary 12, 2013: Pastor Rick Warren to Speak at Georgetown
(Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)

India Pitcher Festival stampede: Death toll climbs to 36 (Video)
(Rajesh Kumar Singh, Huffington Post)

Nigeria: Hajj 2013 - Civil society wants unified registration of pilgrims
(Abdulkadir Badsha Mukhtar, All Africa)

Pope expected to live out a quiet retirement in Vatican monastery
(Alessandro Speciale, Religion News Service)

Tanzania: Tag pastor beheaded in religious skirmishes
(Meddy Mulisa, All Africa)

Successor to Benedict will lead a church at a crossroads
(Rachel Donadio and Elisabetta Povledo, The New York Times)

Gambia bids to host OIC Summit in 2019
(All Africa)

Announcing a new blog on global religion: Belief
(Charles M. Sennott & Kevin Douglas Grant, Global Post)

Mali: Christian or Muslim - 'We are all victims of those terrorists'
(Marc-Andre Boisvert, All Africa)

Obama team to make important, if symbolic, choice on gay marriage
(Nina Totenberg, National Public Radio)

Judges split over birth control coverage and religious liberty
(David G. Savage, Los Angeles Times)

Missouri Synod president apologizes for Newtown interfaith 'debacle'
(Caleb K. Bell, Religion News Service)

Sarah Silverman's sister says Western Wall 'hijacked' by Orthodox Jews
(Yair Ettinger, The Jewish Daily Forward)

Bible class fight: Christian group sues Harrisburg School District over fee demand for after-school program
(Matt Miller, The Patriot-News)

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