Law and Religion Headlines

Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Uganda: Muslims want prophet Muhammad's birthday declared public holiday
(Sadab Kitata Kaaya, AllAfrica)

Nigeria: We remain indivisible, says CAN
(Yemi Akinsuyi, AllAfrica)

Burundi: Central market in Bujumbura destroyed by fire

Evangelical Christian Israel backers push opposition to Chuck Hagel
(The Jewish Daily Forward)

U.S. bishops say they're willing to 'go to jail' over HHS mandate
(Patrick B. Craine,

In shift, an activist enlists same-sex couples in a pro-marriage coalition
(Mark Oppenheimer, New York Times)

Boy Scouts shift on gays wouldn't change rules on atheists
(Brian Shane and Mike Chalmers, USA Today)

Transgender teacher sues Catholic prep school for alleged discrimination
(Moni Basu, CNN Belief Blog)

Nigeria: Caught in the web of politics

Court decision upholds polygamous sect's takeover
(Associated Press)

Mexico breaks up alleged border sex-slavery cult
(Mark Stevenson, Associated Press)

'Jihad' ads come to D.C. Metro stations
(Elizabeth Tenety, Washington Post)

Russian anti-gay bill sets off furor
(Kathy Lally, The Washington Post)

Catholics mobilize to defeat Philippine politicians who backed reproductive law
(Floyd Whaley, New York Times)

Calif. Christian school's demand for proof of faith could test religious liberty ruling
(Associated Press, Fox News)

Nigeria: Presidential pilgrimage committee wants BASA with Israel
(Francis Okeke, AllAfrica)

Lobbying by the Church
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

The future of human rights on these islands
(Colin Harvey, UK Human Rights Blog)

Belarus: Religious freedom survey, January 2013
(Geraldine Fagan, Forum 18 News Service)

Thailand pushes back 200 Rohingya boat people: Navy
(The Hindu Business Line)

Visalia Mall sued after threatening arrest for religious Speech
(Pacific Justice Institute)

Hare Krishna priest gets 3-year term in visa fraud case
(India West)

FFRF sues florist in Rhode Island
(Freedom from Religion Foundation)

Orthodox Rabbis vow to resist consent forms for controversial circumcision rite
(Seth Berkman, The Jewish Daily Forward)

Egypt is warned of 'collapse'
(Matt Bradley, Bill Spindle, Jay Solomon, The Wall Street Journal)

More on same-sex marriage in England and Wales: the Equality (Marriage) (Amendment) Bill
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Arkansas Senate OKs guns in churches
(Doug Stanglin, Religion News Service)

Jewish MP to put religion before politics
(Jonathan Swan, The Age)

Russian government asks parliament to rework bill on offending religion
(Staff, Reuters)

Tibetans mourn as self-immolations near 100
(Calum MacLeod, Religion News Service)

France's Education Minister: We'll fight anti-Semitism
(Israel National News)

Six lessons from death in Belgium
(Michael Cook, Life Site News)

Lebanon Muslim head issues fatwa against civil marriage
(France 24)

France to deport 'radical foreign imams'

Persecuted past: Baha'is find religious freedom in U.S.
(Ellen Jean Hirst, Colorado Springs Gazette)

Succession to the Crown Bill: the Commons committee proceedings
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Boy Scouts' gay policy debate angers religious right, conservative pundits
(Huffington Post)

Irish rank religion dead last in terms of importance, poll suggests
(Stoyan Zaimov, Christian Post)

Episcopal Bishop outlines religious reasons to protect environment
(Susan Bence, Milwaukee Public Radio)

New limitations: Saudi Arabia clips religious police’s wings
(Middle East Online)

Evangelicals most concerned about religious freedom in US
(Matthew Brown, Deseret News)

Yemen's forgotten Christians
(Raymond Ibrahim, Gatestone Institute)

Jerusalem, capital of Israel: An Islamic prophecy
(Ali Salim, Gatestone Institute)

Russia to rework bill on offending religion
(Steve Gutterman, Reuters)

Gambia: Is the attempt to make Friday a non working day in favour of Islam or not?
(Ousman Njie, AllAfrica)

Tanzania: Seek redress in court, victims of police brutality urged
(Issa Yussuf, AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Islamic cleric shot dead in Ogun during masquerade festival
(Sheriff Balogun, AllAfrica)

Court decision on anti-Semitic tweets emboldens European activists
(Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA)

Philippines church protester sentenced to jail

Landmark synagogue seeks right to demolish itself
(Reid Singer, The Jewish Daily Forward)

Tax breaks proposed for religious businesses
(David Lee, Courthouse News Service)

Prince George’s Co. school lets Muslim students out of class to pray
(Valerie Strauss, The Washington Post)

Monday, 28 January 2013

Religious freedom advocates, often ignored, find a friend in UN representative Heiner Bielefeldt
(Emily Belz, World News Service)

Jihadists and secular activists clash in Syria
(Hania Mourtada and Anne Barnard, New York Times)

Thousands rally in Paris for same-sex marriage
(Steven Erlanger, New York Times)

Washington casts wary eye at Muslim Brotherhood
(Lara Jakes, Associated Press)

Women-in-combat approval debated
(Peter Smith,

Don't preach to the preacher: Rabbis tweak readings to make inaugural service 'Jewier'
(Ron Kampeas, JTA)

Birth control lawsuits: Obama health care mandates loosen legal challenges
(Rachel Zoll, Huffington Post)

Kyrgyzstan: Extradition "would violate our international human rights obligations"
(Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service)

Event: Crucial debate on therapy for unwanted same-sex attraction
(Christian Concern)

Boy Scouts close to ending ban on gay members, leaders
(Pete Williams, NBC News)

Holocaust Memorial Day marked in UK
(BBC News)

Religious leaders call upon Obama administration to take initiative on Mideast peace
(Catholic World News)

Royal succession bill raises religious questions
(Janyce McGregor, CBC News)

Nigeria: Tambuwal tasks religious leaders on peaceful co-existence

Mali town recalls Islamist invaders as both terrifying and gentle
(Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times)

RH activist convicted of religious offense
(RH activist convicted of religious offense, Philippine Star)

Obama proposals on gun control align with religious leaders' pleas
(Jerry Filteau, National Catholic Reporter)

British MP may face disciplinary action over Israel remarks
(Jewish Press)

RI judge unseals documents related to disgraced Roman Catholic organization Legion of Christ
(David Klepper, Associated Press via Star Tribune)

Christian school in Thousand Oaks files religious liberty lawsuit
(Tom Kisken, Ventura County Star)

U.S. condemns sentencing of American pastor in Iran
(Arshad Mohammed and Sarah N. Lynch, Reuters via. Chicago Tribune)

More on public benefit, charitable status and “closed” congregations
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Sunday, 27 January 2013

Royal Interference, CourtTube and Religious Freedom – The Human Rights Roundup
(Daniel Isenberg, UK Human Rights Blog)

Saturday, 26 January 2013

CA Christian school files religious liberty suit
(Associated Press, Mercury News)

A flood of suits fights coverage of birth control
(Ethan Bronner, The New York Times)

Global Faiths: Buddhism, a religion of enlightenment
(Marlin Jeschke, Goshen News)

Sat: Mishra should focus on goods and services, not religion (Row over Hinduism)
(Julien Neaves, Trinidad Express)

In Obama’s inauguration speech, a new American religion
(Diana Butler Ross, The New York Times)

Acting as a mediator at the crossroads of faith and film
(Samuel G. Freedman, The New York Times)

The Gambia: Letter from B’ham: On feeble politicians and religious leaders
(P.K. Jarju, Jollofnews)

Catholic bishops to investigate Catholic hospital group that argued in lawsuit that fetuses are not people
(Jaweed Kaleem, Huffington Post)

A brush with justice turns sect inward
(Josh Dawsey and Pervaiz Shalwani, Wall Street Journal)

Catholic church birth-control suit thrown out by U.S. judge
(Andrew Zajac, Washington Post)

Episcopal leader to visit 'continuing Episcopalians' in breakaway SC diocese
(Michael Gryboski, Christian Post)

40 years after Roe v. Wade, thousands march to oppose abortion
(Ashley Parker, New York Times)

Pope Benedict tweets support for US pro-life rallies
(Catholic News Agency)

RI judge delays unsealing of Legion of Christ docs
(David Klepper, Huffington Post)

UK government source: Teachers may face firing for refusing to teach gay marriage
(Katherine Weber, Christian Post)

Islam and science: The road to renewal
(The Economist)

Catholic Church's new envoy to Malaysia wants closer ties with Muslims
(Jason Ng and Celine Fernandez, Wall Street Journal)

Nigerian church leader suggest gay marriage could wipe out human race
(Stoyan Zaimov, Christian Post)

Egypt: Christian leaders call for prayer on 2nd anniv. of Mubarak's ousting
(Alex Murashko, Christian Post)

Manifesting inconsistency in marriage equality rights
(Allison Jernow, Jurist)

Medicine, Strasbourg, and conscientious objection
(Julian Sheather, BMJ Group Blogs)

The House of Lords “doing God” again – freedom of religion and conscience
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Friday, 25 January 2013

State Duma passes bill banning propaganda of homosexuality among children in first reading

Germany's Bremen to recognize Islam officially

UC Riverside: Lecture to explore religion in China
(Bettye Miller, UCR Today)

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