Law and Religion Headlines

Saturday, 10 November 2012

Religious education: For tolerance or fanaticism?
(Samsul Maarif, Jakarta Post)

Ukraine’s ultranationalists show surprising strength at polls
(David M. Herszenhorn, The New York Times)

Friday, 9 November 2012

Appeals court drops test of who qualifies as church 'minister'
(Melissa Steffan, Christianity Today)

Azerbaijan: Former prisoners of consciences' homes raided, literature confiscated
(Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service)

Bahrain security boosted around opposition Mosque
(Reem Khalifa, Associated Press via Yahoo! News)

Bahraini police kill teen headed to Friday prayers

Balkan asylum seekers come under suspicion
(Dusan Stojanovic, Associated Press)

Catholic voters weren’t persuaded by ‘religious liberty’ arguments against Obamacare
(Tara Culp-Ressler, Think Progress Health)

Challenge to laws that let schools hire on the basis of religion
(Liam Clarke, Belfast Telegraph)

China mobilizes paramilitary to suppress Tibetan protest after another self-immolation
(Eurasia Review)

Czech parliament approves return of church properties
(Stefan J. Bos, BosNewLife)

Egyptian Islamists rally for Shariah Law
(Aya Batrawy, Associated Press via Times)

Hatred 'locks Myanmar's Rohingya in legal limbo'
(Amélie Bottollier-Depois, AFP via Google News)

How did marriage fare in the 2012 election?
(Ryan T. Anderson and Andrew Walker, Culture Watch - The Heritage Foundation)

Human rights victory for BNP bus driver
(Martin Downs, UK Human Rights Blog)

Militiamen ‘behind Italian priest’s killing’
(Kerima Bulan T. navales, UCA News)

New Anglican head has Indian connection
(UCA News)

Nigeria: CAN alleges conspiracy to cause religious war
(All Africa)

Nigeria: Muslim leader wants veil for female students

Parents, Central Dauphin School District challenge street preacher in court
(Matt Miller, The Patriot-News)

Reaction as Justin Welby becomes Archbishop of Canterbury
(BBC News)

Same-sex marriage votes Tuesday night turn conversations back to family
(Eric Schulzke, Deseret News)

Siberian artist challenges Pussy Riot icon fines at ECHR
(Russian Legal Information Agency)

Sign on woman’s property spurs suit
(Terrie Morgan-Besecker, Times-Leader)

Sikhs urge Obama to ensure religious freedom
(Lalit K Jha, Outlook India)

Spanish Jews demands tougher laws on online anti-Semitism

Statement at the OSCE SHDIM on Freedom of Assembly and Association, Nov 9, 2012, on behalf of the Observatory on Intolerance and Discrimination against Christians in Europe

Ten further questions for the new Archbishop of Canterbury
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

The BNP and Strasbourg: Redfearn v United Kingdom
(James Wilson, A(nother) Lawyer Writes (Blog))

Tibetan official says inciting self-immolation is "crime of murder"
(China Daily)

United plane escorted by military jet after man prays in aisle
(Chicago Tribune)

Why the HHS mandate may have nearly cost Obama the election
(Matthew Schmitz, First Things)

Thursday, 8 November 2012

'I do?' Opposition dogs French president's plans to legalize gay marriage and adoption
(Thomas Adamson, Associated Press, Chicago Tribune)

'Mormon Moment' ends with a loss – but Romney's religion still won
(Peggy Fletcher Stack and Daniel Burke, Huff Post Religion)

‘Ex-gay’ men fight back against view that homosexuality can’t be changed
(Erik Eckholm, The New York Times)

Ansar al-Din new position raises questions
(Jemal Oumar, Magharebia)

Boston: Assisted suicide measure narrowly defeated
(Lisa Wangsness, The Boston Globe)

Buddhist, Hindu make history in new Congress
(Daniel Burke, Religion News Service, The Washington Post)

Civics clashes with religion as women face bans from some Indian shrines
(Arnika Thakur, Reuters Blog - India Insight)

Czech parliament OKs landmark religious compensation law
(Associated Press, The Boston Globe)

Evangelicals, Catholics and “nones” make a mark: Parsing the 2012 God vote
(Eric Gorski , Denver Post Blog - Hark)

Haji Ali curbs women's entry, activists protest
(Hindustan Times)

How the Faithful Voted: 2012 Preliminary Analysis
(The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life)

Human rights review, Pakistan: ‘Govt should admit its helplessness’
(Ali Usman, The Express Tribune)

India: Religion no bar for Diwali celebrations in city
(Mugdha Variyar and Anagha Sawant, Hindustan Times)

Judge rebuffs Arapaho in Eagle case
(WND Faith)

Justin Welby set to be named archbishop of Canterbury on Friday
(Lizzy Davies, The Guardian)

Malawi lauded on anti-gay law moratorium
(Raphael Tenthani, Associated Press)

Malaysia: Leaders blast Nurul over religion remark that sparked outrage
(Asia One News)

Man behind anti-Muslim film gets 1 year in prison
(Greg Risling and Linda Deutsch, Associated Press via ABC News)

Mojave Desert cross stolen 2 years ago turns up in San Francisco
(Associated Press)

Moroccans will continue to stand against extremism – OpEd
(Said Temsamani, Eurasia Review)

Morocco dismantles 'Ansar al-Sharia' terror cell
(Mawassi Lahcen, Magharebia)

My Take: Stop using churches as polling places
(Rev. Barry W. Lynn, CNN Belief Blog)

Pakistan: Religion and politics
(Zubeida Mustafa ,

Pakistan's minority Hindus feel under attack
(Rebecca Santana, Associated Press)

Pew Forum Weekly Religion News Update

Presumed consent to organ donation: Wales
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Profile: Anglican Bishop of Durham Justin Welby
(Mick Ord, BBC)

Religion and politics, circa 2012
(Paul Horwitz, PrawfsBlawg)

Religion in China, a freedom with limits: official and unofficial Christian churches
(Duncan Hewitt and Baptiste Fallevoz, France 24 International News (VIDEO))

Russia's State Duma plans new law to defend the rights of believers following Pussy Riot protest
(Roman Vorobyov, Rossiyskaya Gazeta via The Telegraph)

Scientology makes few waves in Israel
(Lauren E. Bohn, Associated Press)

Stop abuse of religions
(Abdulrahman Al-Zuhayyan, Kuwait Times)

Tennessee Muslims instrumental in getting the vote out
(Remziya Suleiman, Common Ground News Service)

The dharma of religion
(Bhartendu Sood, Hindustan Times)

Tunisia arrests salafist imam
( Houda Trabelsi, Magharebia)

U.N. loses focus on the human rights they ought to protect
(Grace Melton, The Foundry)

UK Catholics might lose charitable status for not offering communion to everyone
(Hilary White, LifeSiteNews)

UK: Culture secretary seeks to reduce religious fears over equal marriage
(Scott Roberts, Pink News)

UN expert: Free speech is central to deterring hate speech
(Actualité Africa – Africa News)

Understanding the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights
(Roland Adjovi,

Voters exercise their liberty of conscience at the polls
(Becky Garrison, The Washington Post)

What do religious leaders want for Obama's next four years?
(Adelle M. Banks, Washington Post)

What's next for religious conservatives?
(David Gibson, Religion News Service)

Who is politicising Islam? Not PAS
(Comments, Malaysiakini)

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Resonance changes to law of Ukraine on freedom of conscience are directed to President for signature
(Institute for Religious Freedom)

'Staggering' consequences of Poland's abortion rules
(Johanna Westeson, Public Service Europe)

27 personnalités pro-vie sur une liste noire à Bruxelles
(Talpa brusseliensis christiana)

Bahrain strips Shiite activists of citizenship amid unrest
(Saad Abedine and Mustafa Al-Arab, CNN)

Becket Fund defends rights of photographer in New Mexico Supreme Court
(Asma Uddin, The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty)

Brazil's truth commission to investigate church
(Associated Press)

Charitable status, public benefit and “closed” congregations: update
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Court allows hearings in Nevada abortion case
(Martin Griffith, Associated Press)

Crew asks IRS to investigate U.S. conference of Catholic Bishops

Curbing free speech extreme, U.N. says

Election 2012: A new day for religion in America
(Paul Brandeis Raushenbush, Huffington Post)

Election results raise questions about Christian right's influence
(Dan Gilgoff, CCN Belief Blog)

Florida voters reject most constitutional amendments, including 'religious freedom' proposal
(Toluse Olorunnipa and Brittany Alana Davis, Tampa Bay Times)

In Egypt streets, Islamists throw weight around
(Yasmine Saleh, Reuters)

Minnesota voters reject marriage amendment
(Don Davis, Duluth News Tribune)

Pact ends dispute over Sikh company
(Sherri Buri, The Register Guard)

Parents view yoga in elementary school as religious indoctrination
(Tony Perry, McClatchy-Tribune)

Pei on burqa bans and the European Court of Human Rights
(Dylan W. Sherwood, CLR Forum)

Pope, Cardinal Dolan urge Obama to respect life and religious freedom

Redefining marriage threatens social advances of women, rights of children: UK law professor (Julian Rivers)
(Hilary White, LifeSiteNews)

Redefining Marriage: the case for caution
(Julian Rivers, Jubilee Centre (Cambridge Papers))

Religion creeping into some B.C. public schools, group warns education minister
(Janet Steffenhagen, Vancouver Sun)

Religion, marriage and the GOP's demographic challenge brought to the fore by 2012 election
(Eric Schulzke, Deseret News)

Religious freedom in Europe – when both sides go too far
(Linda Woodhead, The Guardian)

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