Law and Religion Headlines

Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Publication of a book on Scientology is cancelled in the UK after legal threats
(Husna Haq, The Christian Science Monitor)

Nepal jails mob for burning suspected ‘witch’ alive
(Agence France-Presse, The Raw Story)

Iran slams French weekly over blasphemous cartoons

Indonesia schools: Less time for science, and more for religion?
(Joyce Lau, International Herald Tribune)

Iraqi Sunnis, Kurds boycott cabinet to back protests
(Patrick Markey and Aseel Kami, Reuters)

Indonesia: Sharia tourism initiated to tap growing Muslim travel market
(Nurfika Osman, The Jakarta Post)

Sharp increase in religious freedom violations in Cuba
(Christian Solidarity Worldwide, Christian Today)

Salvation in Siberia: Inside Russia's end-time cults
(Anna Nemtsova, Newsweek)

French government gags Catholic schools regarding homosexual “marriage”
(Talpa brusseliensis christiana)

The Christian Aid Conference on Peace and Justice in the Holy Land
(Dennis MacEoin, Gatestone Institute of International Public Policy)

Kyrgyzstan: NSC secret police behind "needed" new religious freedom punishments
(Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service)

Police raid Chinese House Church Alliance's Bible study meeting
(China Aid Association, China Aid News)

Supreme Court to hear same-sex marriage cases in late March
(Jonathan Stempel, Reuters)

Ordinary Muslims in Indonesia violating rights, study finds
(Morning Star News)

Traditionalist Catholic leader calls Jewish people ‘enemies of the Church’ – VIDEO
(Cathy Hayes, Irish Central)

Chicago bishops: 'gay marriage' will have consequences for Illinois
(Catholic News Agency)

Christian MP praises freedom of speech in Iran
(FARS News Agency)

Political Islam: The experience of Nigeria and Senegal
(Buya Jammeh and Prince Charles Dickson, SpyGhana)

A moral assessment of the European Court of Human Rights
(John Edwards, UK Human Rights Blog)

Succession to the Crown Bill: La Reine (ou le Prince) le veult?
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

About 100 million Christians persecuted around the world: report
(Tom Heneghan, Reuters)

Dismissing religious belief concerns, federal court rules in favor of Texas school’s expulsion of Andrea Hernandez over objections to RFID tracking badge
(The Rutherford Institute)

USCIRF releases report on “unruly state of law” in Russia

Widow of Medgar Evers to deliver invocation at Obama inauguration
(Michelle Boorstein, The Washington Post)

Non-Muslims must not use ‘Allah’, says Selangor Sultan
(The Malaysia Insider)

Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Fury as Indian guru blames tragic student, 23, for the vicious gang attack which killed her
(Hugo Gye and Suzannah Hills, Mail Online)

Vatican: Calling Jews ‘enemies’ of the church is unacceptable
(Alessandro Speciale, Religion News Service)

Religion, inquiries, judicial review
(Adam Wagner, UK Human Rights Blog)

Update 2 – Russian patriarch says religion law must not go too far

Names in church sex abuse records should be public, judge rules
(Harriet Ryan and Victoria Kim, Los Angeles Times)

Supreme Court won’t take up guns in churches issue
(Rhonda Cook, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Monday, 7 January 2013

American supporter of Uganda's anti-gay movement on trial for crimes against humanity
(Meredith Bennett-Smith, Huff Post Religion)

Amid Orthodox Christmas, Egypt's Christians fear for their rights under Islamist government
(Shahira Amin, CNN)

Anthony Gill on the political origins of religious liberty
(Research on Religion Podcast, Baylor Institute for Studies of Religion)

Anti-Semitism and Germany's movement against circumcision
(Joshua Hammer, The Atlantic)

Avenir de la Culture to the French Bishops: homosexual civil unions are unacceptable
(Talpa brusseliensis christiana)

Brotherhood official urges Egypt's Jews to return
(Sarah El Deeb, Associated Press)

Church of England ends ban on gay bishops
(Tim Castle, Reuters)

Congress takes first steps to protect religious liberty in the military
(The Center for Military Rediness)

Diocese takes appeal of soup kitchen denial to federal court
(Claire Bessette, The Day)

End of Term Quiz: the answers
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

French government: We will “dissolve” “religious pathology” and “excesses” in the church
(Eurasia Review)

Hebei Catholics: Penal code reform means Xi Jinping must free imprisoned bishops and priests
(Bernardo Cervellera,

Hobby Lobby CEO pens tragic letter about loss of religious freedom
(Steven Ertelt,

Indiana state senator wants Lord's Prayer in schools
(Don Byrd, Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty)

Indonesia town to ban women “straddling motorbikes”
(Sina English)

Iraq's Al-Sadr visits church, site of 2010 attack
(Adam Schreck, Associated Press)

Israeli library reveals ancient Afghan manuscripts
(Aron Heller, Associated Press)

Italy blocks Vatican credit card payments over financial transparency concerns

Judge dismisses Notre Dame lawsuit against HHS mandate
(Steven Ertelt,

Morsi expands Brotherhood influence in Egyptian cabinet
(Egypt News)

Myrtle Beach, Conway parishes join lawsuit against the Episcopal Church
(Steve Jones, Myrtle Beach Online)

Noted theologians unite to oppose government-imposed religious "neutrality" in prayer
(Liberty Institute)

Ohio middle school's Jesus portrait sparks protest

Paedophilia, gay marriage and the year that was – The Human Rights Roundup
(UK Human Rights Blog)

Parliamentary reform after the Arab Spring
(Edward Burke, FRIDE)

Part of case dismissed against polygamous towns
(Ladd Egan, KUTV)

Philippines contraceptives law harmful to families, says Catholic leaders
(Stoyan Zaimov, The Christian Post)

Police foil terrorist attacks plotted for Christmas
(RIA Novosti)

Practical church-sharing – or not
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Prosecutors portray South Florida Muslim clerics as terrorist supporters in federal trial
(Jay Weaver, The Miami Herald)

Raelians defend Old Bridge third-grader who drew swastika for school assignment
(Anthony G. Attrino, The New Jersey Times)

Religion and Law roundup: 6th January
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Stem cell dispute near end? (FINAL UPDATE)
(Lyle Denniston, SCOTUSblog)

Study: Catholic, Protestant support for in-school prayer falls
(Jason Koebler, U.S. News)

Suffering fools gladly
(David Brooks, The New York Times)

Supporting our own demise: Part 1 – Terror Finance
(Samuel Westrop, Gatestone Institute of International Public Policy)

The C of E, ordination, episcopacy and civil partnerships
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

The Julea Ward settlement: A win for religious liberty
(Jeremy Tedesco,

Tulsi Gabbard, first Hindu in Congress, uses Bhagavad Gita at swearing-in
(Jaweed Kaleem, Huff Post Religion)

UK: Christian group makes legal appeal for charity status
(James Gray, The Guardian)

Veganism a "religion," ADA interactive process fails, and costly severance mistake
(Robin E. Shea, JD Supra Law News)

Why pastors suffer fools (in response to David Brooks)
(Martin Marty, Religion News Service)

Sunday, 6 January 2013

Catholic dorms to debut at two secular universities
(Today's Catholic)

Saturday, 5 January 2013

Cameroon: Same sex marriages are crimes against humanity, says Archbishop Bakot
(Catholic Information Service for Africa, All Africa)

Houses of worship seeking FEMA grants face Constitutional barrier
(Sharon Otterman, New York Times)

Friday, 4 January 2013

Bus ads aim to explain the meaning of 'jihad'
(Doug Stanglin, USA Today)

House adopts rules for new session authorizing continued House defense of DOMA in courts
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Pew Forum Weekly Religion News Update

Succession to the Crown Bill: some reflections
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

The biggest human rights stories of 2012 – Part 4
(Adam Wagner, UK Human Rights Blog)

The most persecuted religion in the world
(Kelly James Clark, Huffington Post)

Thursday, 3 January 2013

After Assad, is strict Islamic rule ahead for Syria?
(Tom A. Peter, USA Today)

Burma’s Chin Christians face persecution in Buddhist Na Ta La schools
(Shaikh Azizur Rahman, Toronto Star)

Catholic Church closes London’s gay-friendly Soho Masses
(Tom Heneghan, Reuters)

Iran: 50 Christians temporarily arrested in Christmas raid
(Michael Ireland, ASSIST News Service, Religion Today)

Iraq orders release of 11 female detainees
(AFP, Worldwide Religious News)

Maryland ushers in New Year with same-sex ceremonies
(Christian News)

Muslim couple sue school who banned their nine-year-old daughter from wearing a hijab
(Sam Webb, Mail Online)

Nigeria leader: Islamists won't stop godly Worship
(CBN News)

Nigerian-Americans call on U.S. government to help end Christian persecution in Nigeria
(J.C. Derrick, Religion Today)

Polygamous towns face smaller lawsuit
(Associated Press, Casa Grande Dispatch)

Saudi activists urge release of writer who 'insulted' Islam
(AFP, Hindustan Times)

Swaminarayan sect opens $100-million quake-proof temple near Hollywood
(Daily News & Analysis)

Judicial theocrats against religious liberty
(Ed Whelan, National Review Online)

Antwerp Jewish girls' school forced to admit boys

Appellate court understands HHS mandate’s burden on religion
(Edward White, ACLJ)

Chicago cardinal leads new fight against gay marriage
(David Gibson, Religion News Service)

Concerns new decree restricts religious freedom in Vietnam
(Christian Today)

Cult leaders no reflection of religion
(WKS Hosein, Trinidad Express)

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