Law and Religion Headlines

Thursday, 5 September 2013

Religion News in Brief
(Associated Press, The Washington Post – On Faith)

Iranian president's surprising message to Jews
(Daniel Burke and Mitra Mobasherat, CNN Belief Blog)

Kazakh activist released from pretrial detention
(Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty)

Pope Colbert? * Banning Yoga * Hot Hasid: Wednesday’s Religion News Roundup
(David Gibson, Religion News Service)

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Fight erupts in Hollywood over religion in charter schools
(Uriel Heilman, Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

Sinai's St. Catherine's starves, monastery shuts down
(Mohannad Sabry for Al-Monitor, Almonitor)

Canada: Keeping religion (and atheism) out of public schools
(Chris Selley, National Post)

61% of Israelis: Separate state, religion
(Rabbi Levi Brackman, Jewish World)

Religion: UK courts failed to protect rights of Christian employee prevented from wearing cross at work
(Editor's choice, Xpert HR)

Freedom From Religion Foundation to investigate new complaints about 'religiosity' at Troy University
(Evan Belanger, All Alabama)

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne criticizes Quebec’s plan to restrict religious symbols — without directly naming province
(Canadian Press, National Post)

French high court set to rule on Scientology Case
(Rhonda Richford, The Hollywood Reporter)

Coptic Christians killed for ransom in Egypt
(Raymond Ibrahim, The Christian Post Opinion)

Kazakhstan: Atheist freed, but criminal case continues; Pastor transferred from psychiatric hospital
(Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service)

Netanyahu in New Year’s message spotlights Jewish unity, Israeli democracy
(News Brief, JTA)

Dozens of ‘noisy’ churches silenced in Cameroon
(World Watch Monitor)

The Islamic world: Religion, Philosophy, Politics and History
(Abdallah Zbir, Morocco World News)

Mubarak to Morsi, Assad to Sisi: To rebel or not rebel? – OpEd
(Reza Pankhurst, New Civilisation)

India: New anti-Christian violence in Karnataka, but religious freedom non-negotiable for Sajan George
(Nirmala Carvalho,

Tongren, Guizhong: Religious affairs bureau interrupts house church gathering, detains preachers, requires church to join Three-Self Patriotic Movement
(China Aid)

Mass. Supreme Court weighs challenge to Pledge of Allegiance
(G. Jeffrey MacDonald, Religion News Service)

Religious freedom, beyond the First Amendment
(Brian Pellot, Religion News Service)

10 years after Gene Robinson, African Anglicans to take stock
(Fredrick Nzwili, Religion News Service)

Tel Aviv eyeing way to let businesses open on Sabbath
(News Brief, JTA)

Ambiguous religion policy backfires on Tunisia's ruling Islamists
(Tom Heneghan, Reuters)

Jordan slams new Western Wall Plaza area for egalitarian prayer
(News Brief, JTA)

Legitimizing Israel's destruction
(Samuel Westrop, Gatestone Institute)

Adventists stage anti-abuse campaigns throughout South America
(Adventist News Network)

The changing face of Egyptian Constituent: 5 women and 20 Christians

Diocese of Gallup in NM to file for reorganization
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

Vegetarian inmate says he was told fish isn't meat
(Pat Eaton-Robb, Associated Press via ABC News)

Vermont federal court has general jurisdiction over New York diocese in abuse case
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

President Obama announces intent to appoint Dr. James J. Zogby to USCIRF
(Press Release, United States Commission on International Religious Freedom)

Gunmen kill 16 members of Shi'ite family in Iraq
(Kareem Raheem, Reuters)

Jordan calls ‘Women of the Wall’ prayer site an ‘attack on Islam’
(Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu, The Jewish Press)

Arabs stone Temple Mount visitors, try to block Jewish entry
(Tazpit News Agency, The Jewish Press)

Five Saudi 'Qaeda' members go on trial in Yemen
(Ahram Online)

Iranian regime intensifies crackdown on Christians
(International Christian Concern, Religion Today)

Senate committee approves resolution authorizing U.S. strike on Syria
(Anne Gearan, Ed O’Keefe and William Branigin, The Washington Post)

Christians in Middle East: U.S. attack on Syria would be detrimental
(Sarah Pulliam Bailey, Religion News Service)

What will become of Syria?
(A Syrian priest, EuropeInfos)

Striking Syria: Illegal, immoral, and dangerous
(Phyllis Bennis, The Palestine Chronicle)

The Arab divide on Syria
(C. Raja Mohan, Observer Research Foundation via Eurasia Review)

Canon law, schools admission and the state
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

UK judges have breathed new life into Human Rights Convention, says former court president – Sanchita Hosali
(1 Crown Office Row, UK Human Rights Blog)

Nidal Hasan's beard shaved off by force
(Associated Press, The Telegraph)

Religious liberty: a right for all people
(Rev. Richard L. Killmer, Huff Post Religion)

'We accept all': Calgary mayor says all residents welcome, regardless of faith
(CTV News)

Oregon religious leaders will convene against death penalty
(Catholic Sentinel)

More college dorm rules based on religious beliefs
(Sarah Petersen, Deseret News)

Religion above the law, divorce court hears
(9 News National)

What's religion got to do with politics?
(702 ABC Sydney)

In New Mexico, a stunning ruling against religious freedom
(Alan Sears, Alliance Defending Freedom)

Poland's top court asked to rule on kosher, halal ban
(Business Standard)

Church leaders seek freedom to discriminate against homosexuals on religious grounds
(Ayo Johnson, The Royal Gazette)

Pastor Terry Jones wins case against the City of Dearborn, victory for TMLC
(Christopher Collins,

Southern Baptists issue guidelines for military chaplains
(Chad Groening, One News Now)

Indonesian Muslim clerics: Cancel Miss World pageant
(Richard S. Ehrlich, Religion News Service)

Feminists call temporary Western Wall prayer platform a ‘sundeck’
(Michele Chabin, Religion News Service)

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Egyptian court advised to abolish Muslim Brotherhood
(Voice of America)

Egyptian media: Morsi to be put on trial
(Voice of America)

Five Nigerian Christians forced from vehicle, executed in ditch in latest attack by Islamist extremists
(Morgan Lee, The Christian Post World)

French interfaith imam assaulted, called ‘Zionist’ in Tunisia
(Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

Indonesia: East Java: civil servants forced to pray to Allah
(Mathias Hariyadi,

Jewish groups back Obama on Syria, but downplay Israel angle
(Ron Kampeas, JTA)

Kathmandu: Christians have no right to a cemetery
(Kalpit Parajuli,

Obama holds pre-Rosh Hashanah conference call with rabbis, clergy
(The Jewish Press)

Pakistan: Lahore: Christian widow threatened by husband’s Muslim family, Islam or death
(Jibran Kahn,

Pledge in Court * Christians on Syria* Pope Takes Selfie : Tuesday’s Religion News Roundup
(Lauren Markoe, Religion News Service)

Polish Jews take Kosher Slaughter Ban to court
(The Jewish Press)

Russian gay rights leader takes hit for anti-Semitic tweets
(Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

Second global Anglican future conference in Nairobi will address gay consecration and biblical faithfulness
(Fredrick Nzwili, Worldwide Religion News)

The Other Jubilee! 60 years of Human Rights Protection
(British Institute of Human Rights)

United States: Without unemployment insurance, synagogue employees lacking a safety net
(Josh Lipowsky, Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

Why we would be mad to leave our European Convention on Human Rights
(Adam Wagner, UK Human Rights Blog)

Canadian court dismisses religious discrimination challenge to royal succession rules
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Russia grants asylum to Iraqi citizen facing death penalty at home for conversion to Christianity

Oregon bakery that denied same-sex wedding cake closes
(Evan Sernoffsky, KVUE News)

Religious intolerance defames harmony of society: Armenia's FM

Faith leaders 'should preach conservation'
(Herald Sun)

Muslim group seeks bias review in St. Louis attack
(Seattle Post Intelligencer)

Bangladesh: ‘AL believes in religious harmony’
(Dhaka Tribune)

Kazakhstan: Inviting to religious worship a new offence
(Mushfig Bayram, Forum 18 News Service)

One third see religious discrimination at work
(CBN News)

Indonesia’s rising intolerance
(Phelim Kine, CNN News)

Does science really say everything that can be said about life?
(Joe Humphreys, Irish Times)

In defense of secularism (column)
(Richard Baker, York Daily Record)

On Syrian conflict, three Christian perspectives
(Jonathan Merritt, Religion News Service)

Monday, 2 September 2013

North India church destroyed by 1,000-strong mob
(Christian Today)

Times Topic – Conflict in Syria
(The New York Times)

Syria - 3 things to know as U.S. preps for strikes & Pope Francis calls for prayer
(Brian J. Grim, the Weekly Number)

Syria: There is a lot more crying for attention
(Jayantha Dhanapal and Paolo Cotta-Ramusino, IDN-InDepthNews)

Religion and law round up – 1st September
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Legality of war, more Miranda and judicial review moving out – The Human Rights Roundup
(Sarina Kidd, UK Human Rights Blog)

Qur’an courses attract millions in Turkey

Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis is installed as UK chief rabbi
(BBC News UK)

New Chief Rabbi hails inspiration of Charles as Prince becomes first Royal to attend installation
(Mail Online)

Hindus urge new UK Chief Rabbi to advance interfaith dialogue
(Eurasia Review)

The King Legacy: Marching Forward
(Voice of America)

West Bengal govt's allowance for imams unconstitutional, rules High Court
(Kanchan Chakraborty, The Indian Express)

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