Law and Religion Headlines

Saturday, 20 April 2013

Second attempt to bar religious law in Oklahoma courts succeeds
(Melissa Steffan, Christianity Today)

Human Rights Report questions religious freedoms in Russia
(NTD Television)

Top ten ways Islamic Law forbids terrorism
(Juan Cole, AlterNet)

Pakistani Christians do not support Pervez Musharraf nor any other Muslim leader
(Pakistan Christian Post)

Friday, 19 April 2013

How fear brings us together
(Geoff Mitelman, Rabbis Without Borders – My Jewish Learning)

Religious youth could swing Pakistani poll
(Zofeen Ebrahim, Inter Press Service)

European Parlianment on human rights: Vietnam, Kazakhstan, Guantanamo
(Press Release, European Parliament)

Warstler Elementary School in Ohio shuts down mindfulness program due to parent complaints
(Carolyn Gregoire, Huff Post Lifestyle)

Religious leaders urge Iraqis to vote in local elections
(Mohammed al-Qaisi, Al-Shorfa)

‘Indian secularism useful for religious fraternity’
(Saudi Gazette)

Pastor's suit for defamation dismissed under ecclesiastical abstention doctrine
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Boy Scouts propose lifting ban on gays, but only for youth
(Atossa Araxia Abrahamian, Reuters)

Analysis on Russia’s new blasphemy law: 28 February 2013
(Report, THE INSTITUTE on Religion & Public Policy)

Papal resignation and incapacity
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Lesson from Waco: Religion matters when dealing with the nonconventional
(Matthew Brown, Deseret News)

Belgium vs. Islamic jihadists
(Soeren Kern, Gatestone Institute)

At desert monastery, Egypt's monks join new Christian assertiveness in face of Islamist power
(Fox News)

Frugal pope nixes bonus for Vatican employees
(USA Today)

After failed self-immolation, Tibetan says ‘I won’t repeat it’
(Vishal Arora, Religion News Service)

Saudi Arabia opens luxury ‘religious extremist’ rehab center for Al-Qaeda militants
(The Raw Story)

Yoga doesn’t violate the Establishment Clause
(The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty)

Episcopal Church wins Virginia Supreme Court ruling
(Michelle Boorstein, The Washington Post)

Backers rally for fired gay teacher
(JoAnne Vivano, The Columbus Dispatch)

Beatings intensify: American pastor Saeed's condition worsens in Iranian prison
(Jordan Sekulow, American Center for Law and Justice)

ACLJ joins global coalition to highlight plight of Christians in Syria
(Tiffany Barrans, American Center for Law and Justice)

Minnesota: Interfaith religious leaders send letter urging legislators to oppose same-sex marriage bill
(PR Newswire)

N.J.: At Tenafly church, interfaith panel discuss women's role in religion
(Paige Leskin, North Jersey)

Conscience vs. Religion
(Peter Lawler, First Things)

Thursday, 18 April 2013

‘We must all take responsibility to evangelise,’ says Pope Francis
(Francis X Rocca, Catholic

Imam Daayiee Abdullah welcomes gay Muslims to worship, marry
(Emily Wax, The Washington Post)

Muslim woman says she was attacked over Boston bombings
(Hunter Stuart, Huff Post Religion)

The limits of James Madison’s “Memorial and Remonstrance”
(Richard Reinsch, Library of Law and Liberty)

INVITATION TO APPLY due 15 May 2013: An International Course on Legal Pluralism
(1-4 August 2013, University of Manchester, Commission on Legal Pluralism)

Protesters ‘intimidate’ South African Jews
(Sam Sokol, The Jerusalem Post)

Twist in race for Chief Rabbinate
(Jeremy Sharon, The Jerusalem Post)

Striking a balance on religion and state
(Jeremy Sharon, The Jerusalem Post)

Raja Naeem: Muslim driver says taxi officials still harassing him over religious garb
(Sam Levin, Riverfront Times)

Advisory group will not weaken Pope's power, analyst explains
(Andrea Gagliarducci, Catholic News Agency)

Does a good cause justify an ethically questionable act?
(Eloy del Potro; Guido Stein Martínez; José R. Pin Arboledas; Juan Carlos Vázquez-Dodero de Bonifaz, IESE Insight)

Lessons in tolerance from Indonesian Muslim leaders
(Laode Arham, Common Ground News Service)

In Europe, a growing case for banning Hezbollah
(Benjamin Weinthal, The Atlantic)

Church shelled, seven Christians killed in Central African Republic
(World Watch Monitor)

On “emergency contraceptives” and religious liberty
(Ed Whelan, National Review Online)

Alarm over exodus of Christians from Syria
(Quentin Vacheron, Christian Today)

Archbishop Lori: ‘We cannot evangelize if we cannot engage’
(Andrew T. Walker, National Catholic Register)

Hostility against religion: It’s a rising tide
(Elise Hilton, Acton Institute Power Blog)

Another state expands religious freedom: Kansas follows in footsteps of Kentucky, Mississippi and Missouri
(Melissa Steffan, Christianity Today)

SBC leader says life begins in vitro
(Bob Allen, ABP News)

A redeeming reporter: John McCandlish Phillips dies at 85
(Emily Belz, World Magazine)

Kiobel v Shell: US Supreme Court on corporate accountability for foreign human rights abuses
(Wessen Jazrawi, UK Human Rights Blog)

Islam has image problems in France
(Cheradenine Zakalwe, Islam versus Europe)

How the past still haunts Germans and Poles
(Judy Dempsey, Strategic Europe)

Rights court urges Russia not to extradite Tajik
(Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty)

Syrian patriarch asks Vatican to increase peace efforts
(Estefania Aguirre, Catholic News Agency)

Spain: Protest launched over clerical sex abuse video game
(Catholic News Agency)

Opinion: We're to have freedom of religion, not from it
(Michael W. Reece, Greenville Online)

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon: Governments have a duty to uphold the rights of LGBT people

EVENT 23 April 2013: Oxford Journal of Law and Religion Lecture Series, Trinity Term 2013 first lecture
(Cole Durham, 'Freedom of Religion or Belief – Emerging Tensions', Oxford Centre for Christianity and Culture)

Cheers and Maori song as lawmakers make New Zealand 13th country to legalize gay marriage
(Associated Press, The Washington Post)

The Muslims who saved Jews from the Holocaust
(Tom Bousfield and Catrin Nye, BBC News)

Archbishop of Canterbury conducts historic meeting with gay-rights activist

Brazilians’ ordeal in Senegal prison over, but legal challenges remain
(World Watch Monitor, Christian Today)

Nigeria, beset by violence from Islamic extremists, sets up committee on offering amnesty deal
(Associated Press, The Washington Post)

A modest case for civil marriage equality
(Ben Greenberg, My Jewish Learning)

Judge OKs controversial $700,000 settlement in Muslims' lawsuit over McDonald's food
(Niraj Warikoo, Detroit Free Press)

9th Circuit oral arguments available in challenge to California teen reparative therapy ban
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

U.S. court gives green light for Adventist’s workplace discrimination trial
(Ansel Oliver, Adventist News Network)

Utah college and Christian club settle lawsuit
(Brooke Adams, The Salt Lake Tribune)

Turkey's backward freedom agenda
(Tulin Dalgolu, Al-Monitor)

Kazakhstan: Imprisoned atheist mad, bad, or neither?
(Felix Corley, Forum 18)

Rising diversity in evangelicalism shifting immigration debate
(Michelle Boorstein, The Washington Post)

Former ‘Jesus freak’ traces the evolution of Christian rock
(Don Lattin, The Washington Post)

Pope Francis likely to cut staff bonus, citing hard times

Catholic rebel group begins criticizing new pope
(Tom Heneghan, Yahoo! News)

President Obama's address at Boston Memorial Service (FULL TEXT)
(Huffington Post)

Boston Marathon’s holy ground and sacred bonds
(Daniel Burke, Religion News Service)

How hostile to religion must the state be?
(Robert P. George, Washington Times)

Pennsylvania: Washington County church property dispute lands in appeals court
(Ann Rodgers, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

Humphrey School Dean Eric Schwartz to serve on religious freedom commission
(Joe Kimball, Minnesota Post)

Valve refunded BioShock Infinite gamer upset over religious scene
(Eddie Makuch, Gamespot)

Saudi religious police aren’t funny
(Terry Sanderson, National Secular Society)

Australia: Fraser warns MPs religious conflict is imminent
(John Masanauskas, The Herald Sun)

Parliament of the World’s Religions survives financial crunch
(Adelle M. Banks, Religion News Service)

Penalizing religious belief: No bed of roses
(Andrew T. Walker, The Foundry)

Tax or fee? Pastors push back against city’s ‘annual registration fee’
(Tim Townsend, Religion News Service)

Baptist pastor: Don’t teach religion in public schools!
(Phil Plait, Slate Magazine)

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Egyptian religious ministry bans interactions with Evangelical Church
(Myles Collier, The Christian Post)

Human rights court blocks extradition of UK-based terror suspect to US
(Owen Bowcott and Vikram Dodd, The Guardian)

New Zealand approves same-sex marriage
(Rachel Cooper, World Magazine)

Opinion: A time for modern Orthodox leaders to speak out
(Rabbi Yitz Greenberg, The New York Jewish Week)

Professors and religious leaders write to Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe re: French attitude against religious minorities at European level
(European Interreligious Forum for Religious Freedom)

Supreme Court blocks overseas human rights cases from U.S. courts
(David G. Savage, Los Angeles Times)

Monks gone bad
(Swe Win, International Herald Tribune Global Opinion)

Frum dress codes v. human rights?
(Jonathan Mark, The (New York) Jewish Week)

California law banning gay ‘conversion therapy’ gets day in court
(Erik Eckholm, The New York Times)

Three-year jail term for candidate if ethnicity, religion used to gain votes: ECP
(The Express Tribune (Pakistan))

At a checkpoint, watching for bombs, the talk turned to religion
(Robert Fisk, The Independent)

Gay marriage: church leaders at odds with opinion in the pews, study suggests
(John Bingham, The Telegraph)

US author corrects Shari`ah misconceptions

May Catholic supporters of marriage equality receive Communion?
(Charles J. Reid, Jr., Huffington Post)

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