Law and Religion Headlines

Sunday, 28 July 2013

Religion and law round up – 28th July
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Saturday, 27 July 2013

Mary Ann Glendon and the structure of religious freedom
(Richard W. Garnett, Witherspoon Institute - Public Discourse)

Can the Tunisian Government survive the assassination of Mohamed Brahmi?
(Fuad Ferhavi, The Journal of the Turkish Weekly)

The 18th U.S. – China Human Rights Dialogue announced
(United States Department of State)

Abortion rights protesters vandalize Chile cathedral, clash with police
(Associated Press, The Washington Post)

State Dept. seeks to broaden religious reach
(Elizabeth Tenety, The Washington Post)

Pope to Brazilians: Don’t ignore the periphery
(Janet Tappin Coehlo, The Washington Post)

Bill passes in India jailing converts, clergy for failure to give prior notice of conversion
(Morning Star News)

Christian students in Eritrea punished for their faith
(Morning Star News)

Pastor Saeed marks 300 days in Iranian prison
(CBN News)

At Western Wall, showdown between two women’s groups
(Ben Sales, The Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

Hungarian ruling party sponsors festival with anti-Semitic books
(The Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

Friday, 26 July 2013

Atheist weddings on the rise
(Jim Denison, Religion Today)

Bosnia Muslims condemn hardline foes of shorts
(Elvira M. Jukic, Balkan Insight)

Christian jailed for text messages in Gojra, Pakistan
(World Watch Monitor)

Conservative Princeton law prof. Robert P. George is new USCIRF Chair; Democrat predecessor praises successor
(Tyler O'Neil, The Christian Post Politics)

Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood first casualty of US verdict: Saudi Arabia not Qatar, to lead Arab world – OpEd
(Zayd Alisa, Eurasia Review)

India: Al Qaeda’s call to Muslim youth – Analysis
(Dr. Bibhu Prasad Routray, Eurasia Review)

Iranian Christians continue to face arrest, imprisonment for faith
(World Watch Monitor, Christian Today Australia)

NC Muslims hope Gov. Pat McCrory vetoes anti-Shariah bill
(Omar Sacirbey, Religion News Service)

Russian court rules to keep Pussy Riot member in jail
(Anna Smolchenko, AFP, Foxs News)

Thousands take to the streets after opposition leader gunned down in Tunisia

Religious freedom is about more than religion: U.S. foreign policy should promote liberty of belief—and unbelief.
(Robert P. George and Katrina Lantos Swett, The Wall Street Journal)

Appeals court: For-profit companies don't have religious rights
(Joe Palazzolo, Wall Street Journal (Law Blog))

Courts split on contraception law
(Lyle Denniston, SCOTUSblog)

Third Circuit upholds contraception mandate (ruling, Conestoga Wood v. HHS)
(Third Circuit Court of Appeals)

Kazakhstan: Atheist and pastor still detained with little evidence to convict either
(Forum 18 News Service)

USCIRF urges the Kazakh government to release two activists
(United States Commission on International Religious Freedom)

The hazards of religious travel: The final pilgrimage
(B.C., The Economist [Erasmus: Religion and public policy])

Lukashenko: Orthodox Church on threshold of reform

Court bans Ukrainian nationalists's Kiev rally

Muslims criticize Bloomberg veto of NYPD watchdog
(Omar Sacirbey, The Washington Post)

House debates atheist/humanist chaplains in Defense Appropriations bill
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Lawmakers push ban on Islamic law in family court
(WFAE 90.7)

Wonga row: Archbishop of Canterbury 'embarrassed' over Church funds
(BBC News)

Republican leaders urge Latino Evangelicals not to see 'one outlier' as voice of party
(Elise Foley, Huff Post Politics)

Concord bans mom from praying at steps of school each morning
(Bill Smith, New Hampshire Union Leader)

Petition for religious freedom in India
(Christian Today)

In facing anti-religion bias, charity never faileth
(Michael K. Erickson, Meridian Magazine)

Change sought to ban guns in houses of worship
(Manya Branchear Pashman, The Chicago Tribune)

Mental capacity v legal capacity in Ireland
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Kentucky couple challenges ban on same-sex marriages in federal court
(Associated Press, WFPL (NPR-Louisville)

Malaysia court quashes Hindu kids' conversion to Islam
(AFP, Fox News)

Study: world is turning more religious; Atheism declining
(Anugrah Kumar, The Christian Post)

Meeting on religious freedom in Vietnam
(US Department of State)

Trouble in Trappes: Violence erupts over the controversial burqa ban
(The Economist)

Indonesia: Java, Ahmadi mosque shut down
(Mathias Hariyadi,

Israel: PA Arab arrested on way to carry out terrorist attack
(The Jewish Press)

Tehran, volleyball sparks protest against ayatollahs

Tashkent, pensioners fined and bibles destroyed: 'The state is obsessed with religion'

Thursday, 25 July 2013

A Jewish renaissance, tucked away in a Budapest apartment
(Andrew Connelly, Helene Bienvenu)

Wedded to Scientology: A case for equal marriage?
(B.C., The Economist [Erasmus: Religion and public policy])

The rise and fall of the “Turkish Model”
(Ihsan Bal, The Journal of the Turkish Weekly)

Montenegrin priest consecrates Budva after gay pride
(BIRN, Balkan Insight)

Prime Minister thanks campaigners and workers for helping to bring about equal marriage legislation

SBC's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission President: What's at stake with internet pornography
(Russell D. Moore, Christian Post CrossMap)

French MP faces legal action for Hitler Roma remark
(Shona Bhattacharyya (video), France 24 International News)

The rise of the Christian Left in America
(Jonathan Merritt, The Atlantic)

Rabbi shot in southern Russia in possible anti-Semitic attack

Russia's chief rabbi calls for eliminating "jihadist underworld"

Religious freedom – a secondary right?
(J. Randy Forbes, Baptist Press)

Haredim Yosef and Lau elected chief rabbis of Israel
(Gil Hoffman, The Jerusalem Post)

Yitzhak Yosef, David Lau win chief rabbi posts
(Debra Kamin and Joshua Davidovich, The Times of Israel)

Is religion what you think or what you do?
(Rod Dreher, The American Conservative)

Chaplain ordered to remove religious essay from military website
(Todd Starnes, Fox News Radio)

Shariah 101: What is it and why do states want to ban it?
(Omar Sacirbey, Religion News Service)

Alabama Public Service Commission prays against abortion, gay marriage
(Evan Bleier, Opposing Views)

Michigan schools try to silence prayer
(Alliance Defense Fund)

The relevance of religion
(Mormon Newsroom)

Advocating religious freedom: A well-schooled watchdog (Robert George)
(B.C., The Economist (Erasmus blog))

Inquiry into alleged sexual abuse by the late Dean of Manchester
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Americans have religious freedom every day of the week
(Leslie Grimard, Heritage Foundation (The Foundry blog))

What is religious freedom?
(Robert P. George, The Witherspoon Institute (Public Discourse blog))

Small steps toward a healthier relationship with the Republican Party
(Pete Spiliakos, First Things (First Thoughts blog))

Utah Mormons celebrate Pioneer Day
(Michael Lipka, Pew Research Center Fact Tank)

Putin concerned about violation of rights of Orthodox Christians in Mideast, N. Africa

Putin to discuss interests of Christian Orthodox communities in different countries

Survey: UK Muslims give more to charity than Jews, Christians
(Trevor Grundy, The Washington Post)

Court: Law designating ‘Israel’ as birthplace unconstitutional
(Lauren Markoe, The Washington Post)

Beyond churches, Sudan regime targeting foreign aid workers
(Eden Nelson, Baptist Press)

Obama judicial nominee questioned on abortion, religion
(USA Today)

For most Americans, gay equality trumps religious objections
(Charles C. Haynes, Gazette Extra)

Editorial: Religious freedom for Vietnam
(The Washington Times)

Pakistan's Christians and other religious minorities should take sweeper jobs, says one minister
(Christian Today)

Muslim group demands tougher response to mosque attacks
(Vikram Dodd, The Guardian)

Halal Google gives Muslims an internet free of vice
(Yasmine Hafiz, Huffington Post Religion)

Evolution and God: only 21% of Americans believe humans evolved without divine guidance
(Huffington Post Religion)

The failures of U.S. international religious freedom policy
(George Weigel, First Things (First Thoughts blog))

Pa. gay couple marries as county defies state ban
(Associated Press, The Washington Post)

Hotel settles EEOC suit charging failure to accommodate Seventh Day Adventist employee
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Another contraceptive coverage mandate challenge-- this time by PLC Law Firm and its principals
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Arab terrorists suspected in two stabbings of Jews in Jerusalem
(The Jewish Press)

Malaysia: Non-Muslim pupils forced to eat in bathroom because of Ramadan

Nigeria: Boko Haram: Christian girls kidnapped and Islamized, schools targeted
(Agenzia Fides)

Rabbinical group aims to standardize circumcision in Europe
(Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

Russian migration service denies entry to 4 Dutch citizens for homosexuality propaganda

Sanghar: Catholic nurse living in fear because she does not want to marry Muslim man
(Jibran Kahn,

Two Nepalese women accused of witchcraft and tortured in a Buddhist monastery
(Kalpit Parajuli,

U.S. court invalidates passport law on status of Jerusalem
(David Ingram, Reuters)

Blue Mosque spokesman Ansari: “Islam is peace” – OpEd
(Hubertus Hoffmann, Word Security Network via Eurasia Review)

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