Law and Religion Headlines

Thursday, 7 June 2012

Tokyo cult attack suspect relieved by her arrest
(Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press)

Utah distillery to challenge Idaho ban on "Five Wives Vodka"
(Joanthan Turley, Res Ipsa Loquitur)

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

"Fatwa is a feature of countries governed by Islamic law"
(Ayça Söylemez, Bianet)

9th Circuit won't rehear Prop 8 case
(Ginny LaRoe, The Recorder)

Abortion qualms on morning-after pill may be unfounded
(Pam Belluck, New York Times)

Analysis: Ontario Catholic Church chooses quiet diplomacy to fight gay-straight alliances
(Charles Lewis, Holy Post)

Another legal challenge to public crosses fails over taxpayer standing
(Jeremy Weber, Christianity Today)

Arab Spring: Link between thought and reality – OpEd
(Khaled Al-Dakheel, Arab News via Eurasia Review)

As crisis bites, Spanish Church pressed on taxes
(Reuters, Worldwide Religion News)

As expected, Prop. 8 headed for Supreme Court
(Becky Yeh, One News Now)

Chinese police raid religious school, 12 kids hurt
(Alexa Olesen, Associated Press via

Do Religious Freedom Restoration Acts apply when courts enforce civil causes of action?
(Eugene Volokh, The Volokh Conspiracy)

Education appeals await as U.S. Supreme Court term nears finish
(Mark Walsh, Education Week)

Federal suit filed against Philadelphia’s new regulations on homeless feeding programs
(Vernon Clark,

Glenwood church gets zoning exception from Board of Appeals
(Lindsey McPherson, Explore Howard)

Montgomery County school leaders to discuss closing for Muslim holidays
(Jen Bondeson, The Washington Post)

Nigeria: Attack in Bauchi, death toll increases, Boko Haram claims responsibility
(MISNA, Eurasia Review)

Religious freedom walks hand in hand with freedom of speech
(The China Post)

Russia: Many long "extremism" trials, few convictions
(Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service)

San Juan OKs defining 'church,' prompted by Bible study case
(Frank Shyong, The Orange County Register)

Sudan's haphazard sharia legal system has claimed too many victims
(Nesrine Malik, The Guardian)

The bishops and religious liberty
(William Galston | Peter Steinfels | Michael P. Moreland | Mark Silk | Douglas Laycock | Cathleen Kaveny, Commonweal)

Uptick in church closures, attacks in Indonesia
(Vishal Arora and Victor Ambarita, Compass Direct News)

When defendants refuse to stand in court
(Chelsea Phipps, Wall Street Journal)

Young Muslims confused by Sharia, religious leader claims
(Raby Ould Idoumou, Magharebia)

Tuesday, 5 June 2012

A Turkish war of religion: Kurdish activists sense a conspiracy
(Piotr Zaleski / Diyarbakir, Time World)

Christians in the Arab World: One year after the Arab Spring
(Fr Joe Vella Gauci, COMECE, europeifos)

Commentary: Combat bullying, but protect religious and political speech
(Charles Haynes , Northwestern)

Court: Gov't interests trump religious beliefs
(Charlie Butts and Jody Brown, One News Now)

Defend religious liberty for Muslims
(Robert George, First Things)

Do states need to pass laws against Islamic laws?
(News Chief)

Is Measure 3 extra protection or extraneous?
(John Lamb, In Forum)

Islam is a religion, and therefore protected by the Constitution
(Wendy Kaminer, The Atlantic)

Legal expert counters claim that mandate is not religious persecution
(Michelle Bauman, Catholic News Agency)

Mali Islamists impose harsh Sharia
(Jemal Oumar, Magharebia)

New draft law to mandate religious facilities, permit coastal nuclear plants
(BIA News)

North Dakota weighs religious liberty
(William Donohue, Eurasia Review)

Planned Parenthood takes on North Dakota religious liberty measure
(Steven Ertelt,

Rallying cry for religious liberty goes out this Friday
(Matthew A. Rarey, National Catholic Register)

Religion: Freedom of 'worship' or 'religion'? Again.
(Terry Mattingly, Courier Press)

Religious persecution: a serious ground for granting asylum
(José Luis Bazán, COMECE, europeifos)

RI needs law on hate speech: Activists
(Jakarta Post)

Russia's state church: An analysis
(David Satter, Foreign Policy Research Institute)

Sharia law a mask of political interest: Charta Politika
(Jakarta Post)

Tajikistan: Could showdown with popular cleric backfire?
(Eurasia Net)

The Church pushes back
(Mark L. Rienzi, National Review Online)

The reform of the European Court of Human Rights: backlogs and power struggles
(Alessandro Calcagno, COMECE, europeifos)

Vatican censors nun's book on sexual ethics
(Alessandro Speciale, USA Today)

What is a 'church'? Bible studies prompt San Juan to decide
(Frank Shyong, The Orange County Register)

What's changed in Egypt?
(Deepak Tripathi, The Palestine Chronicle)

Why one black minister is risking his church to support gay marriage
(Jennie Rothenberg Gritz, The Atlantic)

Monday, 4 June 2012

'Lakshmi Gold' online slot gambling game withdrawn after Hindus' protest
(Eurasia Review)

Andrews: Defending freedom of religion
(John Andrews, Denver Post)

Backers of ND religion amendment say it's needed
(Associated Press, CT Post)

Boko Haram claims responsibility for church blast in Nigeria
(Voice of America)

Canadian Anglican and United churches renew dialog
(Diana Swift, ENInews)

Catholic group plans "religious freedom" rallies nationwide June 8
(Hugh Kramer, Examiner)

Civil religion: The revival of a slippery term
(Raymond J. Haberski, Jr., U.S. Intellectual History)

Combat bullying, but protect religious and political speech
(The Daily Iowan)

Court rules town meeting cannot include prayer
(ACLU Press Release)

DOMA unconstitutional ruling: Liberal religious groups hail move, conservatives condemn
(David Gibson, Huffington Post)

Florida's "religious freedom"
(Bridget Gaudette, emilyhasbooks)

Ghana: Of women, human rights and laws
(Mavis Otinkorang, All Africa)

In occupied Tibetan monastery, a reason for fiery deaths
(Edward Wong, The New York Times)

In Timbuktu, harsh change under Islamists
(Adam Nossiter, The New York Times)

IRS: Politics can jeopardize churches' tax-exempt status
(Associated Press, One News Now)

Judge's ruling in mosque case creates confusion
(Chas Sisk, The Tennessean)

Letter: Labor laws are at issue
(Roger Easson, The Commercial Appeal)

NCPCF objects to federal prison refusal to respect religious freedom of prisoners in disregard of court orders
(Mel Fabrikant , The Paramas Post)

Religious liberty advocates debate 'unprecendented threats'
(Tom Strode, Baptist Press)

Religious liberty: What it is and isn't
(Center for American Progress)

Rolling Ridge speaker to discuss religion and violence
(North Andover Patch)

Sri Lanka: MP submits bill on secularism
(UCAN, Eurasia Review)

Stop Sudan stoning of Intisar Sharif Abdallah
(violence is not our culture)

Turkey: Imam blesses abortion ban
(Hürriyet Daily News)

What’s behind the HHS Mandate?
(Gerard V. Bradley, The Witherspoon Institute)

Sunday, 3 June 2012

Global event hails family as solution to modern crises
(Catholic News Agency)

Shirley Chaplin cross fight to be heard at European court
(BBC News)

The face of new Muslim American leadership
(Hussein Rashid, Common Ground News Service)

Saturday, 2 June 2012

Anti-bullying bill ‘an egregious assault on religious liberty,’ priest says
(Thaddeus Baklinski,

China detains hundreds after Tibet immolations
(Voice of America)

Church of England nears vote on women bishops
(Avril Ormsby, Reuters via WWRN)

CSW welcomes UN review of religious freedom issues
(Babu Thomas, Christian Today India)

Curbing disrespect of holy personalities: introduction, implementation of special laws stressed
(Fazal Sher, Business Recorder)

El caso del testigo de Jehová, a la Justicia

Italian bishops publish first clerical sex abuse norms
(Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service)

Judge rejects Ohio Amish hate crime law challenge
(Associated Press, USA Today)

Rowan Williams: Local officials sideline religion
(The Christian Institute)

The HHS whitewash and the obliteration of moral distinctions
(Dr. Jeff Mirus, Catholic

Friday, 1 June 2012

Amnesty International slams Hungary for restricting free speech, religion in 2012

Anti-blasphemy laws in the Arab Spring
(Azizah al-Hibri, Huffington Post)

California senate approves controversial counseling ban
(Pacific Justice Institute, Religious Liberty TV)

Hindus welcome Russian prosecutors' decision to not pursue Bhagava Gita ban
(Eurasia Review)

Kirche lädt zur "Langen Nacht" (Austria invites to the "Long Night of Churches")

Mattingly: Freedom of 'worship' or 'religion'? Obama reopens debate
(Abilene Reporter News)

Measure would protect workplace religious freedom
(Associated Press, The Santa Clarita Valley Signal)

Religion and Israeli politics
(Ira Sharkansky, The Jerusalem Post)

Russian church Is a strong voice opposing Intervention in Syria
(Ellen Barry, New York Times)

Sudan’s stoning sentence: What is beneath religion?
(Hala Alkarib, Sudan Tribune)

Thomas More College challenges legality of mandate
(Thomas More College)

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