Law and Religion Headlines

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Rising religious restrictions around the world include wearing of religious symbols
(Pew Research Center)

Westboro Baptist Church gets permit to protest President Barack Obama inauguration
(Cavan Sieczkowski, Huff Post Religion)

Pakistan’s newest martyrs: Why anti-Shi‘ite violence may be the country’s biggest problem
(Omar Waraich, Time)

Aum successor wins damages, apology from Tokyo government
(The Japan Times)

How much Quran belongs in the classroom?
(Ariel Zirulnick, The Christian Science Monitor)

Muslims demolish church building in Egypt
(Mary Abdelmassih, Assyrian International News Agency)

15 years in jail: Egyptian family charged for attempting to restore Christian names
(Russia Today (RT))

Judge halts Illinois state mandate of contraceptives and abortifacients coverage in his HHS lawsuit
(Thomas More Society)

ObamaCare a drain on freedom: plumbing supply co.’s suit enters pipeline
(Kevin Theriot, Alliance Defending Freedom)

Cross will stay in parliament, Polish court rules
(Polskie Radio)

U.S. to mark 20th Religious Freedom Day
(David Ward, Deseret News)

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Cross case nurse Shirley Chaplin plans to appeal ruling
(BBC News)

Kosovo: 56 Orthodox Tombstones Seriously Vandalized
(Draško Đenović, Centar 9)

International religious freedom: A human right for everyone
(Ben Rogers, Conservative Home)

Something to celebrate on Religious Freedom Day
(John Ragosta, Religion News Service)

Human rights panel: 'gay' trumps 'faith'
(Alex Newman, WND Faith)

Mixed religious-freedom rulings at European Court of Human Rights
(Catholic World News,

European court rejects three UK faith bias complaints
(Claire Davenport, Reuters)

Stanford University appoints atheist 'chaplain'
(Thomas Kidd, World News Service, Religion Today)

A loss for the Christian lobby: the ECHR ruling reinforces the crucial point that religious rights don't automatically trump the rights of others
(Jerome Taylor, The Independent)

Ontario police investigate and lay polygamy charges, while B.C. dithers
(Daphne Bramham, The Star Phoenix)

The Atlantic’s Scientology problem, start to finish
(Erik Wemple, The Washington Post)

Satanists plan rally in support of Florida Gov. Rick Scott
(Christina NG, ABC Nightline)

NY teacher sues over classroom religious displays
(Carolyn Thompson, AP, Worldwide Religious News)

Faith in religion good for mental health, says new study

More than 1,000 Catholic priests in England sign open letter railing against gay marriage proposal
(Cavan Sieczkowski, Huff Post Religion)

Polish court rejects motion to remove crucifix from parliament
(Reuters FaithWorld)

The EHF welcomes the European Court of Human Rights’s judgement about supposed “Christian discrimination” and joins its member organisation BHA’s analysis about it
(European Humanist Federation)

Vatican II and religious liberty
(Joe Carter, Acton Institute Power Blog)

Saudi clerics protest against appointing women to advisory body
(Asma Alsharif, Reuters)

Religious freedom across the pond
(Kathryn Jean Lopez, National Review Online)

The puzzle of religious liberty
(Benjamin Wiker, The Catholic World Report)

European Court: Religious beliefs do not trump anti-discrimination law
(Peter Montgomery, Religion Dispatches)

Religion and Downton Abbey
(Rev. Ian Markham, Religion & Ethics Newsweekly)

Christians win and lose at European human rights court
(Whitney Williams, World News Service)

Europe's top human rights court defines limits of religious freedom
(Daniel DeFraia and Paul Ames, Global Post)

Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims are threatened by an increase in sectarian violence – Myanmar Rohingya refugees rescued in Thailand
(Al Jazeera)

My human rights wish-list
(Benedict Rogers, Huffpost Impact, United Kingdom)

Religious coalition takes on the gun lobby
(Lauren Markoe, Religion News Service)

In Cuba, Hugo Chávez gets spiritual support from Jesus - not Marx
(David Paulin, The American Thinker)

Landmark ruling: Human Rights Court rules religious beliefs do not trump LGBT rights
(David Badash, The New Civil Rights Movement)

Obama: ‘Israel doesn’t know what its best interests are’
(Jeffrey Goldberg, Bloomberg)

What U.S. Jews don’t get about European anti-Semitism
(Jonathan Freedland, The Daily Beast)

AALS Law and Religion Section Newsletter (including comprehensive bibliography): 2012
(Law and Religion Section, American Association of Law Schools)

Indonesian women told how to ride motorbikes
(Sara Schonhardt, New York Times)

Cross ban did infringe BA worker's rights, Strasbourg court rules
(Owen Boycott, The Guardian)

Indonesia: Religious freedom under attack as Shi'a villagers face eviction
(Amnesty International)

Vietnamese diaspora: freedom for unjustly sentenced Catholics

Vietnam: Carmelite monastery and Church property targeted, archbishop of Hanoi says

Kenya: Bishops call govt's neglect of IDPs 'a disgrace'
(Mathew Ndanyi, All Africa)

Egypt: Shura committee rejects quota for Copts in Parliament
(Aswat Masriya, All Africa)

British Airways Christian employee Nadia Eweida wins case
(BBC News)

Germany and Israel: A relationship full of misunderstandings
(Christiane Hoffmann and René Pfister, Speigel Online)

'Insulting' to be dropped from section 5 of Public Order Act
(Robert Booth, The Guardian)

'American Taliban' fighter wins prison prayer lawsuit
(Kristine Guerra, Indianapolis Star)

Pakistan: Shia anger against Kayani – Analysis
(B. Raman, Eurasia Review)

Iran: MPs line up behind supreme leader on election issue
(Radio Zameneh)

Christian employees in the UK: a second class category
(Grégor Puppinck, ECLJ, Talpa brusseliensis christiana)

Islamists threaten France following troops deployed to Mali, Somalia‏
(Jim Kouri, Eurasia Review)

More young people are moving away from religion, but why?

Avenir de la Culture welcomes the outstanding success of the January 13th rallies in support of Traditional Marriage
(Press Release, Avenir de la Culture)

The issue of the legal recognition of “same-sex couples” before the Grand Chamber of the European Court
(Grégor Puppinck and Andrea Popescu, Talpa brusseliensis christiana)

ECtHR Announces Judgment in UK Religious Freedom in Employment Cases: The "right to manifest religion at work is protected but must be balanced against rights of others".
(The European Court of Human Rights, reported by The Strasbourg Consortium)

Monday, 14 January 2013

Why can't we read the Scientology book Going Clear in the UK?
(Steve Rose, The Guardian: Books)

“Liberté, égalité, homoparentalité” : EHF President speaks on French gay marriage debate
(Pierre Galand, European Humanist Federation)

Algeria to redefine role of mosques
(Fidet Mansour, All Africa)

Landmark European court judgment on religious freedoms due
(Owen Boycott, The Guardian)

Human rights barristers await European ruling in joined religious liberty cases
(Sam Chadderton, The Lawyer)

Egypt's top religious adviser: 'Islam will have a place in Egypt's democracy'
(Katherine Weber, Christian Post)

Emile Durkheim: religion – the very idea, part 6: do we need the sacred?
(Gordon Lynch, The Guardian)

Vatican criticizes gay adoption while topless women protest before Pope Benedict
(Catherine Hornby, Reuters)

Religion, caste, controversy and the Marathi sahitya sammelan
(Yogesh Pawar, Daily News & Analysis)

French protest at Eiffel Tower against plan to legalise gay marriage and adoption
(Tom Heneghan, Reuters)

Florida agrees to provide inmates with kosher food

Formidable power of Pakistan's anti-Shia militants
(By M Ilyas Khan, BBC News Asia)

U.S. Rep. Walter Jones opposes federal grant to provide books about Muslim culture to Craven Community College
(Patrick Gannon,

Satanists plan rally for Rick Scott for his 'defense of religious liberty'
(Huffington Post)

Why Christian conservatives oppose Chuck Hagel's nomination
(Jordan Sekulow and Matthew Clark, Washington Post)

EVENT: Civil rights in Muslim democracies
(January 28, 2012, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs)

Myrlie Evers-Williams talks about upcoming inaugural invocation
(Adelle M. Banks, Religion News Service)

Gay marriage could signal return to ‘centuries of persecution’, - say 1,000 Catholic priests
(John Bingham, The Telegraph)

In (partial) support of a secular lawyers?
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

As polls shift, gay marriage becomes a uniter, not a divider
(Chuck Raasch, Religion News Service)

Sunday Working, Deportation and Judicial Review Reform – The Human Rights Roundup
(Daniel Isenberg, UK Human Rights Blog)

Missionary murder suspect threatens judge in courtroom
(Yakup Çetin / Eşref Akgün, Today's Zaman)

Turkey agrees to return land to famous Orthodox seminary
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

EU’s non-disclosure of UK EU Charter “opt-out” documents is a breach of the EU Charter
(David Hart, QC, UK Human Rights Blog)

Anti-Semitism in Europe
(Guy Millière, Gatestone Institute of International Public Policy)

French airstrikes in Mali deter Islamist rebels
(Steven Erlanger and Scott Sayare, The New York Times)

Saturday, 12 January 2013

'Swedish prayer call debate treats Islam like a static religion'
(Nima Gholam Ali Pour, The Local)

10 trends in global religion
(Douglas Todd, Vancouver Sun)

Behind the headlines
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Bristol's first Muslim Lord Mayor

Court rules against Lancaster County company on Healthcare Reform Act case
(Cherri Gregg, CBS Philly)

Egypt opposition pushes for “guarantees” ahead of key polls

Egypt's Nour Party to run against Muslim Brotherhood in election
(Nadine Marroushi, Bloomberg)

Gun issue divides religious community
(Athena Jones, CNN Belief Blog)

Hindus upset at BBC calling Yoga “fad”‏
(Eurasia Review)

Hindus welcome Saudi Arabia move of appointing women to Shura council‏
(Eurasia Review)

Hobby Lobby finds way around $1.3-million-a-day Obamacare hit - for now
(Eric Marrapodi, CNN Belief Blog)

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