Law and Religion Headlines

Saturday, 12 January 2013

Hundreds of French troops drive back Mali rebels
(Rukmini Callimachi and Baba Ahmed, Associated Press)

Ind. legislator introduces bill putting Lord's Prayer into public schools
(Michael Gryboski, The Christian Post)

John Baird's office of religious freedom

Judge okays group prayers for Muslim inmates in Indiana
(Susan Guyett, Colleen Jenkins, and Jackie Frank, Reuters)

Malaysian sect prepared for Mayan 'doomsday': police
(The Sun Daily)

Multicultrual India to boost faith tourism
(IANS, The Times of India)

Muslim scholars demand action against Pakistan
(Deccan Herald)

My business, myself: Piercing the corporate veil
(Howard M. Friedman, Religion Dispatches)

Ohio school's Jesus portrait stays put as religious liberty advocates review display's context
(Associated Press, The Republic)

Quetta witnessing sit in by Shias – OpEd
(Shabbir H. Kazmi, Eurasia Review)

Religion remains heart of Haiti 3 years after devastating earthquake

U.S.-born Taliban fighter wins prison prayer lawsuit
(Charles Wilson, Associated Press)

Unpacking the Giglio imbroglio
(Sarah Posner, Religion Dispatches)

Friday, 11 January 2013

Blasphemy laws : double standards from the European Commission
(, via European Humanist Federation)

Coptic Pope: Discrimination against Christians in Egypt 'hurts us so much'
(MidEast Christian News, The Christian Post)

Former First AME pastor scores small victory in church fight
(Los Angeles Times)

German minister raps Catholic bishops over cancelled sexual abuse study
(Alexandra Hudson, Reuters)

Israeli party pulls “What, you’re not Jewish?” TV ad after Russian complaints
(Allyn Fisher-Ilan, Reuters)

Middle East unrest and 'anxiety' concerns international Catholic delegation
(Christian Post Middle East)

Russia allows Muslim women to wear headscarves in ID photos
(Interfax-Ukraine, Kyiv Post)

Saudi king grants women seats on advisory council
(Abdulla Al-Shihri, Associated Press, Worldwide Religious News)

Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch visits Georgia
(Civil Georgia)

Putin congratulates Georgian Orthodox church leader
(Civil Georgia)

Pakistan blasts: Shia refuse to bury Quetta bomb dead
(BBC News - Asia)

Virginia state senator to introduce constitutional amendment on prayer
(Don Byrd, Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty)

'Virtual' public schools draw interest of religious families
(Omar Sacirbey, Huffington Post)

Kosher food pantries report growing need
(Lauren Markoe, Religion News Service)

Fewer Americans view homosexuality as a sin
(David Gibson, Religion News Service)

Orthodox Christian clergy ask lawmakers to uphold marriage as between a man and a woman
(Richard C. Dujardin, Providence Journal)

Religion news in brief

Gay marriage flap: Gallaudet reinstates official
(Ben Nuckols, ABC News)

Judge won't block New York City circumcision law
(Jonathan Stempel, Reuters)

Indian Christian calls on Saudi Arabia to recognize migrants' religious rights
(Nirmala Carvalho,

Cheektowaga teacher sues over forced removal of religious items
(Jay Tokasz, The Buffalo News)

Minister backs out of speech at inaugural
(Sheryl Gay Stolberg, The New York Times)

Christians and working on Sundays: what the tribunal really said
(Joshua Rozenberg, The Guardian)

Six days shalt thou labour: conscientious objection to Sunday working
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Christians have no right to refuse to work on Sundays… oh no, wait
(Adam Wagner, UK Human Rights Blog)

Union européenne : un Nobel au relativisme et au totalitarisme
(Talpa brusseliensis christiana)

Scottish midwives' abortion conscience appeal may go to Supreme Court
(Christian Concern)

Are radical Muslims opposed to the upcoming parliamentary election in Jordan?
(Khaled Abu Toameh, Gatestone Institute of International Public Policy)

World Watch List 2013: North Korea worst offender in religious persecution
(Open Doors)

Signs of a rift in British coalition over European Union
(Stephen Castle, The New York Times)

'Contraceptive culture' usurps parental consent
(Christian Concern)

After Louie Giglio Bows out, some ask if conservative Evangelicals are welcome in the public square
(Jaweed Kaleem, Huff Post Religion)

Thursday, 10 January 2013

Louie Giglio pulls out of inaugural over anti-gay comments
(Natalie Jennings, Washington Post)

Africa rises, China falls on Christian persecution list
(Lauren Markoe, Religion News Service)

Obama to use MLK, Lincoln Bibles during oath at presidential inauguration
(Nedra Pickler, Huffington Post)

Shas to PM: Uphold status quo on religion and state
(Jeremy Sharon, The Jerusalem Post)

German journalist among top ten anti-Semites of 2012
(Soeren Kern, Gatestone Institute of International Public Policy)

Expectations high for first Hindu member of Congress
(Dan Merica, CNN Belief Blog)

Study: German bigotry shifting from race to religion
(The Local)

New Taipei City focusing on religion
(Tseng Te-feng and Jason Pan, Taipei Times)

Quebec bishops slam court decision forcing private school to teach ‘neutral’ religion/morality class
(Peter Baklinski, LifeSiteNews)

Thursday Religion News Roundup: Invocations and benedictions *virtual vices* Father Bill
(Yonat Shimron, Religion News Service)

The four ECtHR Christian cases versus the United-Kingdom to be issued on 15 January 2013
(Grégor Puppinck, ECLJ)

Russian 'police state' erodes religious liberty
(Diana Chandler, Baptist Press)

White House petitioned to label Catholic Church a 'hate group'
(Michelle Bauman, Catholic News Agency)

Constitution 201: Case Study—Religious Liberty in the Administrative State
(Dr. Thomas West, Hawaii Reporter)

Promoting Hinduism? Parents demand removal of school yoga class
(Kyla Calvert, NPR)

Churches, synagogues press for federal rebuilding aid after Sandy
(Solange De Santis, Religion News Service)

NY teacher files suit over religion items
(Emily Lenihan,

Oxford losing its religion
(Jonathan Mayo, The Oxford Student Online)

Christian who refused Sunday work was not constructively dismissed
(Richard Wayman, UK Human Rights Blog)

Who rules Egypt?
(Abdulrahman Al-Rashed, Arab News)

Khamenei: Enemies seek to target turnout in Iran election
(Iran Review)

USMC lawyers say spouse groups must accept homosexuals
(Blog: God and Country)

USMC: Spouses clubs must admit same-sex spouses
(David Crary, Associated Press)

Archbishop of Canterbury: Vote to confirm Justin Welby

Christians banned from using word 'Allah' in Arabic by new fatwa in Malaysia
(Daniel Burke, Christian Post)

US Pastor Saeed Abedini faces notorious 'Hanging Judge' in Iran
(Stoyan Zaimov, Christian Post)

African Anglicans denounce Church of England gay bishop rule
(Tom Heneghan, Reuters)

Preacher alarms many in Egypt with calls for Islamist vice police
(Yasmine Saleh and Shaimaa Fayed, Reuters)

Stanford Law School launches nation's only religious liberty clinic
(Alex Murashko, The Christian Post)

Battle continues over contraceptive mandate
(Bob Smietana, USA Today)

Creating a Human Freedom Index
(Ian Vásquez, Cato Institute)

Pew Forum Weekly Religion News Update

Belarus: Alternative Service Law "earliest by summer 2014"?
(Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service)

Court rules man no longer on the hook for 655-year-old penance
(Scott Barber, National Post)

Oaths, the Greek judicial system and Article 9
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

300 turn out to support portrait of Jesus at Jackson school
(Randy Ludlow and Jim Woods, The Columbus Dispatch)

Planned Parenthood reports record year for abortions
(CBN News)

Biden's gun panel meets with faith leaders
(Kevin Bohn, CNN)

Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Indonesia envisions more religion in schools
(Sara Schonhardt, New York Times)

French Muslims join opposition to same-sex marriage
(Tom Heneghan, Reuters)

National debate on gay marriage returns to RI
(David Klepper, Associated Press)

ACLU and Americans United challenge New Hampshire state funding of religious schools
(Press Release, ACLU)

God, the Founders, and George Will
(Conrad Black, National Review Online)

Religious freedom & marriage
(Kathryn Jean Lopez, National Review Online)

Chaplin, Eweida, McFarlane and Ladele – upcoming judgment
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Hobby Lobby case could redefine religious liberty
(Benjamin Domenech, Heartland)

Muslim advocates rally after subway pushing death to fight 'climate of hostility'
(Matt Sledge, Huff Post New York)

More ads with inflammatory messages about Islam appear in NYC subway
(CBS New York)

Texas: A high schooler suspended for refusing to wear an ID badge on religious grounds loses her lawsuit
(Natasha Lennard, Salon)

National Cathedral to perform same-sex weddings
(Brett Zongker, Associated Press, USA Today)

Catholic Church in Germany drops sex abuse inquiry
(BBC News Europe)

Iraq shuts Jordan border crossing over Sunni protests
(Raheem Salman, Reuters)

Maldives cleric's murder raises fears of growing religious extremism
(Jason Burke, The Guardian)

Malaysian police raid sect, seize weapons: report
(Agence France-Presse, The Jakarta Globe)

Guestview: Yes to interfaith harmony, no to religious police in Egypt
(Grand Mufti Ali Gomaa, Reuters)

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