Law and Religion Headlines

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

PQ opens door to ‘improving’ religion plan in charter of values

Religious communities in Kosovo meet
(World Bulletin)

Today’s letters: ‘Government offices no place for religious statements’
(Paul Russell, National Post)

Solving the problem of child marriage
(Moshin Habib, Gatestone Institute)

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, endorses diplomacy over militarism
(Jason Rezaian, The Washington Post)

Sunnis say sect targeted in southern Iraqi city of Basra, with 17 killed in 2 weeks
(Associated Press, Worldwide Religious News)

‘Halal hotels’ lure Turks, not Arabs
(Zehra Aydoğan, Hürriyet Daily News)

Contentious Turkish mosque project stirs sectarian Sunni-Alevi unrest
(Jonathon Burch, Reuters)

Rabbis push Congress on immigration reform
(Katherine Burgess, Religion News Service)

ISR’s Gordon Melton is honored by Methodist historians
(Baylor Institute for Studies of Religion)

Religion no excuse for violence against women
(Shafin Fattah, Dhaka Tribune)

Marrying religion and state
(Yair Sheleg, The New York Jewish Week)

Kyrgyzstan: EU should press leader to free activist, says HRW
(Eurasia Review)

Zanzibar acid attack tied to growing religious tensions
(Fredrick Nzwili, Religion News Service)

Legal limbo: German lawyers seek clarity on headscarves in court
(Joachim Wagner, Speigel Online International)

Turkmenistan: "If you adopt their faith I'll tear off your head"
(Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service)

African countries pledge to tackle terrorism
(Hayam El Hadi, Magharebia)

Humanizing enemies: Iran's post-religious intellectual discourse
(Jahandad Memarian, Huff Post World)

Tunisia Muslims reject terrorism
(Monia Ghanmi, Magharebia)

London soccer club’s fans use banned term ‘Yid’ at match
(Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

Muslims sue Illinois city over mosque permit
(Jewish Press)

Egyptian army saves Christians from Muslim terrorists
(Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu, Jewish Press)

British PM: Holocaust teaches not to ignore Syria crimes
(Jewish Press)

UN Syria commission member Del Ponte agrees that half of Syria's opposition fighters are radical Islamists

Leaders from all of Nepal's faith communities come out against child marriages
(Kalpit Parajuli,

Morocco arrests website editor for airing Al-Qaeda video
(Ahram Online)

Case filed to dissolve Islamic Scholars’ Council in Bahrain
(Habib Toumi, Gulf News)

Montgomery County pays $1.25 million to settle with church
(Ryan Marshall,

Court upholds zoning conditions imposed on residential synagogue
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Religion helps guide students of CSUF
(Andres Martinez, Daily Titan)

Ireland’s debate on education shows little appreciation of experience in other countries
(Denis Tuohy, Irish Times)

Should U.S. intervene in Syria? Debate simmers among Michigan religious leaders
(Niraj Warikoo, Detroit Free Press)

Hindus term Quebec restriction on religious symbols as cynical
(Albany Tribune)

The UNRWA Dilemma
(Timon Dias, Gatestone Institute)

When will religious organisations realise their full potentials as investors?
(Katinka C van Craenburgh, The Guardian)

Australia: Religious boy fights court for right to die
(Rachel Olding, The Sydney Morning Herald)

Remarriage rates plunge as divorced Americans have doubts
(Sharon Jayson, Religion News Service)

Sorry Miley Cyrus, no twerking in Malaysia
(Brian Pellot, Religion News Service)

The Niqaab issue is too important to be left to liberal instinct
(Adam Wagner, UK Human Rights Blog)

In Islamist bastions of Egypt, the army treads carefully, and Christians do, too
(David D. Kirkpatrick, The New York Times)

Video: Thousands protest religious-symbols ban, Montreal, Canada
(Belfast Telegraph)

Lawsuit: Des Plaines zoning denial violates Muslim group's religious freedom
(Manya Brachear Pashman, Chicago Tribune)

Law & Religion in 100,000 page-views
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Diesel’s ‘topless burka-clad model,’ and Islam’s influence on Western fashion – OpEd
(Angel Millar, Eurasia Review)

Monday, 16 September 2013

'It is our right to use the willow cane': Inside the Twelve Tribes Christian fundamentalist sect at centre of childcare controversy
(Jamie Merrill, The Independent)

A rival to Miss World will crown a pious Muslim woman
(Richard S. Ehrlich, Religion News Service)

Al Qaeda leader al-Zawahri urges restraint in first ‘guidelines for jihad’
(Myra MacDonald, Reuters)

Al-Qaeda’s continued core strategy and disquieting leader-led trajectory – analysis
(Bruce Hoffman and Fernando Reinares, Elcano Royal Institute via Eurasia Review)

Brazilian believers of hidden religion step out of shadows
(Lourdes Garcia-Navarro, GPB News)

Egyptian army breaks Islamist grip on Delga
(World Watch Monitor)

Georgian church leader: ‘Often majority is more oppressed than minority’
(Civil Georgia)

NSS concerned over judge’s ruling that woman need only remove niqab to give evidence
(National Secular Society)

Quebec Muslim woman alleges taunts, told to 'change her religion'

Syria’s Christians: A population at risk
(Martin Marty, Religion News Service)

Veils in Court, Grayling and the Left & Legal Aid Anxieties – The Human Rights Roundup
(Sarina Kidd, UK Human Rights Blog)

Russia: Supreme Court rules in Jehovah's Witnesses' favor
(, Russia Religion News (Stetson University))

Michigan lawmakers could vote on faith-based adoption agencies this week
(David Eggert, Associated Press, Battle Creek Enquirer)

‘Burkini’ Compromise? * Pope Hearts Atheists * Dozen Muslim March: Religious Freedom Recap: Sept. 9 – Sept. 16
(Brian Pellot, Religion News Service)

Korea's religious diversity on display
(Sung So-Young, HanCinema)

TSA says passengers may carry Sukkot items through security checkpoints
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Twitter and tragedy: A revamped American religious experience
(Timothy K. Snyder, Religion News Service)

Tibetan monks and endangered cats
(K.M., The Economist)

Malaysians enjoy freedom of religion, belief
(The Borneo Post)

Heiler’s research work on history, psychology of religions released
(Iran Book News Agency)

Transgender Israeli mother recognized as ‘father’
(Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

Tibet: monks sentenced to four years for "unauthorised political activities"

Egypt's new constitution should allow freedom of worship for all religions: Salmawy
(Ahram Online)

Islam to remain state religion in Egypt's new constitution: Spokesperson
(Ahram Online)

Sinhalese Buddhist radicals attack Protestant church

China: When will five-fold state-backed religious monopoly end?
(Magda Hornemann, Forum 18 News Service)

Egypt PM says arrests of Islamists are legitimate
(Ahram Online)

Human rights council condemns attacks on Christians in Upper Egypt
(Ahram Online)

Spain arrests suspected leader who sent jihadists to Syria
(Ahram Online)

Dear Madame Marois (re Quebec's Proposed Secular Charter)
(Matt Friedman, The Undefended Border (Blog))

Home Office minister calls for “national debate” on face-coverings
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Stojan Andov: Archbishop Jovan is a political prisoner

Hong Kong, the Church appeals to the UN: "An end to religious repression in China"

Take a stand for tolerance
(The Roanoke Times)

Conference of Orthodox women’s lobbying group to discuss status of women in religion and state
(Jeremy Sharon, The Jerusalem Post)

India: 'Muslims should not vote just on the basis of religion'
(Madhya Pradesh, Press Trust of India, IBN Live)

Full-face veils are 'inappropriate' in schools, Clegg warns as Tory MP calls for ban because 'they make women invisible'
(Matt Chorley and Chris Brooke, The Daily Mail)

Seminary, private college form Desmond Tutu center
(Sarah Pulliam Bailey, Religion News Service)

Religious leaders rip Kenya vote to withdraw from world court
(Fredrick Nzwili, Religion News Service)

Alexander Nevsky submarine tested with prayer services

"Muslim Quartet" should increase role in Syria settlement - Lavrov

Sunday, 15 September 2013

Is Quebec creating a secular utopia?
(Margaret Somerville, Mercator Net)

New Philippines clashes shatter ceasefire hopes
(AFP, France 24 International News)

Muslims and bathing costumes: All in it together
(B.C., The Economist [Erasmus: Religion and public policy])

Florida county official faces discipline for post critical of Islam on Facebook

Attacks on the members of the Evangelical Church of Yerevan after Archimandrite Komitas’s statements
(Stepan Danielyan, Religions in Armenia)

Canadian charter sparks fears over religious freedom threats
(Adelaide Mena, Catholic News Agency)

Canada province considers ban on religious clothing, crucifixes
(Dave Bohon, The New American)

Ghana: Ban on Muslim students wearing religious veils called off
(Ghana News)

‘Silly’ secularism is the new ‘elf ‘n safety, says MP
(John Bingham, The Telegraph)

Christian leaders meet with Pentagon on religious liberty violations
(Ken Klukowski,

Steve Young says he wants to build bridges with LGBT community
(Whitney Evans, Deseret News)

Assad gets a week to reveal chemical arms stockpile
(Ma'an News Agency)

Religion and law round up – 15th September
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Court denies preliminary injunction in contraceptive coverage mandate case
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

LDS join 'growing chorus' of faiths asking followers to defend religious liberty
(Matthew Brown, Deseret News)

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