Law and Religion Headlines

Monday, 4 February 2013

Nigeria: Sultan denies call for licensing of preachers
(Maryam Ahmadu-Suka, Weekly Trust)

Kenya: 200 Muslim leaders back Kiraitu's bid
(Martin Murithi, The Star)

Liberia: YWCA scribe wants awareness against violence
(The Liberian Times)

Ghana: Church of Pentecost feeds Ho Prison inmates
(The Chronicle)

Zimbabwe: Satanism fear rocks Remand prison
(Nqaba Matshazi, The Standard)

Egypt: Church blames morsi for protest deaths
(John Pontifex, Independent Catholic News)

Oregon AG investigating baker's refusal to make wedding cake for lesbian couple
(Lee Moran, New York Daily News)

Gambia ratifies Covenant on the Rights of the Child in Islam
(Alieu Ceesay and Aji Fatou Faal, The Daily Observer)

Zambia: By-elections are not our fault, Sata tells Catholic bishops
(Peter Adamu, Zambia Reports)

Religious groups mull Obama's latest birth-control compromise
(Manya A. Brachear, Chicago Tribune)

Pastor in same-sex parent dispute remains jailed
(Wilson Ring, Rutland Herald)

Vatican shoots down claim that Iran backed John paul assassinatino attempt
(Alessandro Speciale, Religion News Service)

Homegrown Muslim-American terrorism down for third year in a row
(Charles Kurzman and David Schanzer, IslamiCommentary)

Obama says Boy Scouts should allow gays as members
(Nedra Pickler, Associated Press)

EWTN pressing on in face of latest HHS notice
(Michael Warsaw, National Catholic Register)

Will legal same-sex marriage result in religious persecution?
(Bryana Johnson, Washington Times)

Sunday, 3 February 2013

Religion and Law round up – 3rd February
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Saturday, 2 February 2013

Freedom from Religion group sues over refusal to deliver roses
(Associated Press)

Timbuktu celebrates defeat of Islamist extremists
(Elizabeth Palmer, CBS News)

Nigeria: Appeal court upholds death sentence on Reverend King
(Akinwale Akintunde, All Africa)

Rwanda: Fighting deadly hate speech requires 'multi-layered approach,' UN official says
(All Africa)

Way opened to Sharia divorce?
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

University of Michigan kicks Christian Club off campus
(Todd Starnes, Fox News)

Friday, 1 February 2013

White House expands religious exemptions to contraception mandate
(David Gibson, Religion News Service)

The Edict of Milan in the history of liberty
(Dylan Pahman, Acton Institute Power Blog)

Protection of Religious Freedom: a new operational set of tools
(Dr Joe Vella Gauci, COMECE, EuropeInfos)

Al-Azhar bids to solve Egypt crisis

Egyptian political parties sign Al-Azhar document renouncing violence
(Middle East Monitor)

Christian therapist faces expulsion for views on homosexuality
(Christian Concern)

Religion as an activity engaged in by consenting adults in private
(Peter Berger, The American Interest)

“Reconciliation is not an empty word a real way forward”
(Cardinal André Vingt-Trois and His Grace Robert Zollitsch, EuropeInfos)

Limits of religious tolerance: Protestantism in Belarus
(Paula Borowska, Belarus Digest)

Kosovo orders ban on headscarves in schools

Putin praises Russian Patriarch's care for citizens' concerns

Forthcoming events in religion and Law – Update: February 2013
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

European rights court orders France to pay four million euros to sects
(Radio France Internationale)

Suicide bomber attacks Pakistani mosque, 23 dead
(Riaz Khan, Huffington Post)

The White House’s contraceptives compromise
(Sarah Kliff and Michelle Boorstein, The Washington Post: Wonkblog)

Still unacceptable and unconstitutional: HHS Proposed Rule still leaves religious Americans at risk
(Press Release, The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty)

Why religious exemptions matter
(Sarah Posner, Religion Dispatches)

Birth control rule altered to allay religious objections
(Robert Pear, The New York Times)

Obama proposal would let religious groups opt-out of contraception mandate
(Dan Mercia, CNN Politics)

The Obama Administration just doesn’t get religious liberty
(Francis J. Manion, ACLJ)

Nigeria: Pastor nabbed over illegal gun
(Hope Abah, Daily Trust)

Zambia: Lusaka maintains Christian nation clause
(Peter Adamu, Zambia Reports)

Liberia: Churches concerned about dismissed GAC workers
(All Africa)

Proposal to amend ObamaCare contraceptive rule met with skepticism
(Fox News)

New Obamacare birth control rules seek middle ground
(Stephanie Condon, CBS News)

Court opens way to divorces by Sharia? Hold on a minute…
(James Wilson, UK Human Rights Blog)

Gambia: Statute of the OIC Women Development Organization ratified
(Alieu Ceesay and Aji Fatou Raal, The Daily Observer)

Tanzania: 'Cleric attacks in Zanzibar not religiously motivated'
(Tanzania Daily News)

Thousands in Egypt defy curfews, protest Morsi
(Associated Press)

Heavy sentences in China for 2 Tibetans over self-immolations

Gays can be good parents, but same-sex marriage is still unjust, says U.K. Catholic Church
(Dominique Mosbergen, Huffington Post)

Four US states considering laws that challenge teaching of evolution
(Paul Harris, The Guardian)

Schools tussle over sex standards: Why are fired teachers still suing Christian schools?
(Ken Walker, Christianity Today)

Update 1 - Suit claiming Hebrew Nat'l hot dogs not kosher dismissed

Judge dismisses archdiocese's lawsuit against HHS mandate
(Jennifer Brinker, St. Louis Review)

Retired Los Angeles cardinal punished over abuse revelations
(David Gibson, Religion News Service)

Germans press Morsi on slurs against Jews as Berlin marks somber anniversary
(Robert Mackey, The New York Times: The Lede)

Disgruntled former head of Bush Faith-Based Office praises Obama’s
(Sarah Posner, Religion Dispatches)

Thursday, 31 January 2013

Pew Forum Weekly Religion News Update

Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights holds hearing on right of religious groups to make employment decisions based on religious affiliation
(Stefan Kirchner, Turtle Bay and Beyond)

Review: Believing in Russia—Religious Policy after Communism
(Geraldine Fagan, The Economist)

UN Special Rapporteur discusses freedom of religion or belief in Canada
(Canada Civil Liberties Association)

Egypt Copts get death in absentia over film
(Al Jazeera)

Evangelical churches refine message on gay issues
(Travis Loller, Associated Press)

Kenya: Clerics applaud Mutula's call
(Brian Otieno, All Africa)

Nigeria: Sultan, CAN president differ on licensing of preachers
(Ikechukwu Nnochiri, Sam Eyoboka and Abdallah El-Kurebe, All Africa)

Zimbabwe: Prove you're a true prophet, Makandiwa told
(Daniel Nemukuyu, All Africa)

Egypt: Preparations finalized for hosting OIC Summit
(All Africa)

Divorce reasons: North Carolina man, Warren Pegram, blames Quaker Church for his divorce
(Huffington Post)

Chick-fil-A keeps growing despite uproar
(Leon Stafford, Atlanta Journal-Constiution)

Israeli election rekindles debate over military service
(Larry Abramson, National Public Radio)

LA Catholic Church abuse files: Archdiocese gives up on fight to redact names
(Gillian Flaccus, Huffington Post)

Exclusive: Gay marriage foes suffer from fundraising shortfall
(Dan Levine and Peter Henderson, Reuters)

Westboro Baptist Church files Proposition 8 amicus brief
(Mollie Reilly, Huffington Post)

Uzbekistan: Raids, criminal charges and Christmas Bible destruction
(Mushfig Bayram, Forum 18 News Service)

India: Govt doesn’t identify terrorism with any religion
(Manish Tewari, Firstpost.India)

From Brooklyn's mix of politics and religion, confict arises
(Sarah Goodyear, The Next America)

Organ donation – with church support
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Minister can't sue church agency over firing: judge
(Karen Freifeld, Thomson Reuters News & Insight)

New FBI hate crime training manual published
(Access ADL)

World Religion Day offers cultural experience
(Shakari Briggs, Shreveport Times)

‘New Evangelical’-Progressive alliance? Not so fast
(Sarah Posner, Religion Dispatches)

Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Kuwait: ‘Political parties tied to religion, sects harmful’
(Bassam Al-Qassas, Arab Times)

The politics of religious liberty: Three perspectives
(Marc DeGirolami, Mirror of Justice)

Guns in Churches: Arkansas senate approves bill to allow concealed firearms in churches
(Hunter Stuart, Huff Post Religion)

U.S. Roman Catholic Church and Protestant denominations agree to recognize each other's baptisms
(Jaweed Kaleem, Huff Post Religion)

Pope Benedict XVI says lack of ‘faith’ could be used in marriage annulments
(Alessandro Speciale, The Washington Post)

Appeal will be launched for convicted American Pastor, sentenced to eight years in prison in Iran
(Dan Wooding, ASSIST News Service)

Christians in Syria fleeing country as crisis reaches 'unprecedented levels of horror'
(Stoyan Zaimov, Christian Post)

Baptist leaders predict 'mass exodus' from Scouts over gay leader decision
(Alex Murashko, Christian Post)

Brooklyn College Political Science Department denies equal free speech and academic freedom to pro-Israel students and faculty
(Alan M. Dershowitz, Gatestone Institute of International Public Policy)

Muslim group threatens Egypt's Coptic Christians; tells them to 'pay tribute'
(MidEast Christian News, Christian Post World)

Webcast of the hearing in the case Fernández Martínez v. Spain (30 January 2013) (Original in French)
(European Court of Human Rights)

Nigeria: CAN passes confidence vote on Oritsejafor
(Caleb Ayansina, AllAfrica)

Webcast of the hearing in the case Fernández Martínez v. Spain (30 January 2013) (English)
(European Court of Human Rights)

Religion ruling shows difficulty of balancing rights in workplace
(Joshua Rozenberg, Irish Times)

Belgian twin euthanasia story is just the tip of a chilling iceberg
(Peter Saunders, LifeSiteNews)

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