Law and Religion Headlines

Saturday, 21 April 2012

Syrian activists: Homs calm as observers expected
(Bassem Mroue , Associated Press )

Tanzania: VP Counsels Religions On New Constitution
(Orton Kiishweko, Tanzania Daily News)

Tunisia government caught between secularists and religious right
(Reese Erlich, Global Post)

Uganda: Pastor Kiwedde Faces Terrorism Charges
(Anne Mugisa and Simon Masaba, All Africa)

Vatican reprimands a group of U.S. nuns and plans changes
( Laurie Goodstein, New York Times)

Friday, 20 April 2012

‘Religion and Discrimination Law in the European Union’ published
(Religion and Society)

An appeasement approach in the European Court of Human Rights?
(Helen Fenwick, UK Human Rights Blog)

Anti-religious amendment before Colorado Court of Appeals
(Emily Hardman, The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty)

Book review: Europe's angry Muslims
(Joshua Sinai, The Washington Times)

Catherine Ashton speech on the report on human rights in the world and the EU's policy on the matter
(The Information Daily)

Catholic activists pushing politicians to turn tide against the death penalty
(Lisa Miller, The Washington Post)

Christian duo held for ‘promoting enmity’ in Kashmir
(DNA Correspondent, Daily News and Analysis)

Contradiction at the intersection of religion and American politics
(David Sirota, Seattle Times)

Defending the European Court of Human Rights
(Jean-Paul Marthoz, Committee to Protect Journalists)

Does religion matter? Time to end profiling
(Engy Abdelkader, Huff Post Religion)

ERLC: Military religious rights need safeguards
(Baptist Press)

Founders' wisdom: Full religious freedom
(Eric Lane, Opinion: My San Antonio)

Freedom of conscience in Russia: Restrictions and challenges in 2011
(Alexander Verkhovsky, SOVA)

In Pakistan, religious leaders help change misconceptions about the polio vaccine
(A. Sami Malik, UNICEF)

Kopimism, Sweden's pirate religion, begins to plunder America
(Jason Koebler, U.S. News)

Parents upset over religious classes in schools
(Maryke Penman, Fairfax)

Q&A: Reforming European Court of Human Rights
(BBC News)

Religion, not responsible for persistent violence – Kukah

Religious crisis: FG urged to amend constitution
(Ganiyu Salman, NIgerian Tribune)

Religious liberty in peril warn speakers at National Catholic Prayer Breakfast
(Thomas Cloud,

Self-immolations shake Tibetan resolve
(Sue Lloyd-Roberts, BBC News)

Sri Lankan woman accused of casting spell on 13-year-old girl could face death
(Rheana Murray , New York Daily News)

Study: Religious hostility escalates worldwide
(Mark Norton, Baptist Press)

The Ganga unites Hindus, Muslims
(Sanjay Pandey, Deccan Herald)

The most pressing issue in global Christianity
(Thomas L. McDonald, Patheos)

Theologians call for increased dialogue between faiths
(Eric J. Lyman, ENI, Anglican Journal)

USCCB appeals ruling that Constitution forbids religious accommodation
(Dennis Sadowski, Catholic News Agency)

Vanderbilt’s policy change: confronting discrimination or infringing on religious freedom?
(Dan Merica, CNN Belief Blog)

Virginia protects adoption agencies’ religious liberty
(Sarah Torre, The Foundry)

What about the religious freedom of Catholic soldiers?
(Katie Grimes, Women in Theology Blog)

Why is the future of the human rights court being decided by so few?
(James A. Goldston, The Guardian)

Thursday, 19 April 2012

5th Annual Meeting of the Fundamental Rights Platform (FRP) is taking place in Vienna, 19-20 April 2012
(European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights)

Arab monarchs attempt to appease Islamic protesters – OpEd
(Jim Kouri, Eurasia Review)

Brighton conference: Britain risks reducing access to court for human rights victims
(Amnesty International)

Brighton has started
(Antoine Buyse, ECHR Blog)

Challenging America's bad religion
(Mark Tooley, The American Spectator)

Church and Salvadoran government broker cease-fire between notorious gangs – Analysis
(COHA, Eurasia Review)

Culture Watch: Does faith matter when it comes to the national budget?
(The Heritage Foundation)

Four Muslim men say Texas IHOP franchise fired them for religion and nationality
(Ashton Marra, ABC News)

German Islam Conference adopts declaration against domestic violence and forced marriage
(The Federal Ministry of the Interior)

Koran giveaway overshadows Germany's annual Islam Conference
(Deutsche Welle)

Mayor: Religion can not be considered in mosque proposal
(Brookfield Patch (Milwaukee))

Pew Forum Weekly Religion News Update

Religious belief highest in developing and Catholic countries
(Annalisa Musarra, The Washington Post)

Religious liberty issue takes center stage at Catholic prayer breakfast
(Mark Pattison, Catholic News Service)

Russia's war on religious literature: If the Kremlin doesn't like it, it's "extremist"
(Alexander Nazaryan, New York Daily News)

Tunisia: Zitouna mosque to resume religious teaching
(Magharebia, Eurasia Review)

When American faith transcended differences: Ross Douthat in 'Bad Religion'
(Mark Oppenheimer, The New York Times)

When religion and spirituality collide
(Diana Butler Bass, Episcopal News Service)

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

A look at the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom
(Dena Sher, ACLU)

ACLU criticizes operations of US Commission on International Religious Freedom
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Activists stage protest against killings of Hazara Shias
(Staff Report, Pakistan Daily Times)

Azerbaijan: Religious freedom survey, April 2012
(Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service)

ELCA, partner to digitize millions of church records
(Michael Gryboski, Christian Post Reporter)

Happy 7th anniversary to Religion Clause!
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Hindu radicals use the law to persecute Christians in Andhra Pradesh

HLI defends life, family, and religious freedom at Summit of the Americas
(Stephen Phelan, Christian Newswire)

International religion reporting gets a boost
(Ruth Eglash, Hurriyet Daily News)

Nepalese Muslims claim their rights in new constitution
(Kalpit Parajuli ,

Nigeria: Islamic Group Restates Plan to Promote Peace
(All Africa)

Pakistani court decides 'forced conversion' case
(Fox News via Associated Press)

Parents lose children after son dies due to 'faith healing'
(Laura Hibbard, Huff Post Religion)

Religion news in brief
(Fox News via Associated Press)

Religious profiling: An unwelcome guest
(Elizabeth Goitein and Falza Patel, The Hill's Congress Blog)

Rights group urges Indonesia to drop atheist case
(AFP, The Sun Daily)

Scouts challenged over religious promise
(John McMannus, BBC News)

Silver lining to HHS mandate
(Fr. Rick Heilman, Knights of Divine Mercy)

The religion story behind the Pulitzer-winning photo

Turkmenistan: Maximum prison sentence for latest conscientious objector
(Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service)

Up in Arms
(Kaz Komolafe, Huffingtonpost)

Vatican orders crackdown on American nuns
(David Gibson, USA Today)

We shall render unto the U.S.
(Daily Maverick)

Whose religious freedom?
(Anthony M. Stevens-Arroyo, The Washington Post)

Will Muslim-Christian relations improve with a new president in Egypt?
(Cornelis Hulsman, Christianity Today)

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

China's policy on Tibet 'must be realistic'
(Renée Montagne, National Public Radio)

Christian acquitted of ‘blasphemy’ charge in Pakistan April 17
(Compass Direct News)

Federal judge allows lawsuit to proceed against ex-Bronx principal who made religious slurs to administrator
(Corinne Lestch, New York Daily News)

For Paul Bhatti, concrete steps needed in interfaith dialogue in Pakistan

Governments must take action to strengthen UN human rights treaty body system (16 Apr 2012)
(Human Rights Law Centre)

Islamic Extremists Attacking Christians, Sikhs in South Asia
(Stoyan Zaimov, Christian Post)

Jordan's parliament bans the Muslim Brotherhood's party

Korean religions: No more nuclear power, it will destroy us
(Theresa Kim Hwa-young,

Kuwait Debates Death for Blasphemers
(David Rosenberg, The Media Line)

Mother Virginia Tech victim wrestles with God, finds peace
(B. Denise Hawkins, Huffington Post Religion)

New kindergarten basks in the ‘Son’
(Adam Hartman , The Namibian )

Religion Journal: The Making of Delhi’s Lotus Temple
(Joanna Sugden, India Realtime)

Two underground bishops released, but many priests are arrested
(Wang Zhicheng,

Victoria to hold wide-ranging inquiry into church sex abuse cases
(John Ferguson, The Australian)

When religion and spirituality collide
(Diana Butler Bass, Religion News Service)

Monday, 16 April 2012

"Our First, Most Cherished Liberty": A problematic document
(Society of Saint Pius X)

BBC - Will & Testament: The politics of religion
(William Crawley, BBC)

Boundaries of freedom
(Ajaz Ahmed, Arab News)

Christian clerics alarmed at growing threats, persecution in Turkey
(Talpa brusseliensis christiana)

Dalai Lama slams Beijing for immolations
(Radio Free Asia)

Distributing religious literature at schools? Bad idea
(Simon Brown, Opposing Views)

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