Law and Religion Headlines

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Report on Intolerance against Christians submitted to UN Human Rights Commission
(Rebecca Oas, Ph.D., Catholic Family & Human Rights Institute)

Rights community welcomes first U.N. statement on Tibet
(Carey L. Biron, Inter Press Service)

Romanian Christians battle Orthodox Church in human rights complaint
(Human Rights Europe)

Sahel clerics plead for release of hostages
(Walid Ramzi & Jemal Oumar, Magharebia)

Same-sex marriage proponents win 4 out of 4 yesterday
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Saudi sharia judges decry "Westernizing stench" of legal reforms
(Angus McDowall, editing by Mark Heinrich, Reuters)

The biggest slice of Obama's religious coalition? The unaffiliated
(Lauren Markoe, Religion News Service)

The first victim of the fight against "agents" Pro-government activists held a rally against the Mormon Church [in Russian]
(Nikolai Terentiev, NG Religion (НГ Религии))

Tunisia combats radical speech
(Houda Trabelsi, Magharebia)

UK’s relationship with the Council of Europe soon to reach a turning point
(Joshua Rozenberg, UK Human Rights Blog)

Ukrainian Parliament refused to cancel illegal decision to adopt draft law № 10221
(Institute for Religious Freedom)

Watchdog group accuses Catholic bishops of campaigning for Romney, asks IRS to investigate
(David Gibson, Religion News Service)

We should support and not condemn Human Rights Act
(Adam Wagner, The Jewish Chronicle)

WEBCAST of Grand Chamber hearing of Sindicatul 'Pastorul cel Bun' v. Romania
(European Court of Human Rights)

Wednesday's religion news roundup: 2012 election winners & losers edition
(Kevin Eckstrom, Religion News Service)

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

6 ways religious demographics could determine Tuesday's winner
(Dan Gilgoff, CNN Belief Blog)

Anger as UK homosexualists declare Edinburgh cardinal “bigot of the year”
(Hilary White, LifeSiteNews, Talpa brusseliensis christiana)

Armenia’s President attends church diocesan assembly session

Caymanians now have rights
(Cayman News Service)

China rebuffs UN for criticizing Tibet unrest
(Voice of America)

China seeks to halt Tibetan self-immolations
(Barbara Demick, Los Angeles Times)

Court ruling: Catholic adoption charities must work with gay couples
(Charles Maggs,

Egyptian teacher sentenced in headscarf case
(Associated Press via

Ethiopia presents new Islamic Council
(Martha Van Der Wolf, Voice of America)

Grand Chamber hearing in the case of Sindicatul 'Pastorul cel Bun' v. Romania
(EVENT 7 November 2012, 9.15 am, European Court of Human Rights)

Jewish vote in Ohio, Florida presidential election key
(Andrea Stone, Huffington Post)

Kazakhstan: The number of religious institutions slashed by 1/3 following obligatory registration requirement
(Tengri News)

Liberal Mormon and conservative Catholic join forces for religious freedom
(Eric Schulzke, Deseret News)

Merkel urges German churches to agree on Luther fest
(Tom Heneghan, Reuters)

Merkel's 'Christian persecution' comments draw ire
(Associated Press)

Minister of Education of Armenia Armen Ashotyan urges definition of improper proselytism
(Religions in Armenia)

Minnesota medical supply company and entrepreneur join Obamacare challengers

New pope says Egypt's constitution must be inclusive
(Edmund Blair and Yasmine Saleh, Reuters)

New York Gov. slams Orthodox Rabbi for linking storm to gay marriage
(Vos Iz Neias?)

Patriarch Maxim of Bulgaria dies at age 98
(Veselin Toshkov, Associated Press)

Religion-driven IT to generate over $40bn by 2017: Gartner
(The Times of India)

Roy Moore, Bob Vance face off in Alabama chief justice race
(Associated Press via AL)

Russia: Religious freedom "the only viable option for consolidating Russia's extraordinary diversity"
(Geraldine Fagan, Forum 18 News Service)

Saudi women must uncover faces for security checks, council says
(Amena Bakr and Pravin Char, Reuters)

Sikhs allowed to carry daggers at Calif. school
(Associated Press)

Strong Swiss franc forces Reformed church group out
(Tom Heneghan, Reuters)

Thailand: Buddhist minority declines in the 'deep south' due to protracted armed conflict

The Law in These Parts – this Sunday, 2:30pm [UK Jewish Film Festival]
(Adam Wagner, UK Human Rights Blog)

Utah can keep control of polygamous sect's land: federal court
(Jennifer Dobner, Chicago Tribune)

Vietnam, common home for beliefs and religions
(VNA, TuoiTreNews)

Virginia victory: Wiccan priestess wins right to perform weddings
(Joseph L. Conn, Wall of Separation)

Monday, 5 November 2012

'Pop-star priest' aims to use mammoth new church in Brazil to battle Catholics' indifference
(Associated Press, Fox News)

Abortion and rape, Poland and the ECHR
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

AP Photos: Egypt's Copts choose new pope
(Thomas Hartwell, Associated Press)

Aziz Bari explains ‘No compulsion’ verse
(Leven Woon, FMT News (Malaysia))

Breezy Point Catholics meet for Mass after Hurricane Sandy, taking 'strength in faith'
(Jaweed Kaleem, Huffington Post)

Buddhists launch bid to build temple in Cambridge
(Andrew Dickens, Cambridge News)

Catholic teaching: The new zeitgeist for Britain's Left
(Matthew Taylor, BBC)

Churches not necessarily for public good, says charity watchdog
(Rowena Mason, The Telegraph)

Coptic Church chooses pope who rejects political role
(David D. Kirkpatrick, New York Times)

Down-ballot votes to watch tomorrow
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

French left hits back at Church over same-sex marriage
(Tom Heneghan, Reuters)

Genocide of the Rohingyas of Myanmar
(Dr. Habib Siddiqui, Eurasia Review)

Group: Myanmar ethnic tensions block medical aid
(Grant Peck, Associated Press)

Irish women suffer the economic consequences of absolute ban on abortion
(D. Beeksma, God Discussion)

Islamic radicalism a real threat in Malaysia
(Radio Australia)

Jewish Committee: Reject Amendment 8
(Sue Jacobson, Herald-Tribune ((Sarasota, FL))

Kazakhstan: "What difference does it make whether you are registered or not?"
(Mushfig Bayram, Forum 18 News Service)

Makeshift Islamic courts fill void in the Sinai
(Matt Bradley, The Wall Street Journal)

Mormon faith may have helped, not hurt, Romney
(Thomas Burr, The Salt Lake Tribune)

My comments on religion twisted, says Nurul Izzah
(The Sun Daily (Malaysia))

No schools taking up new school prayer law yet
(Kathleen Haughney, Sun Sentinel)

Organ donation: Jewish, Muslim presumed consent worries
(BBC News)

Presidential scorecard by religiously unaffliated yields no ‘clear-cut option’
(Edwina Rogers, The Washington Post)

Protect high school students’ rights to free speech
(Jeffrey Mateer and Erin Leu, The Washington Post Opinions)

Pussy Riot member turns to European human rights court
(Hindustan Times)

Religion and Law Weekly – Continuing threads #3
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Religious bodies, lawyers to look into HC view on talaaq
(Bashaarat Masood, The Indian Express)

Support for Amendment 8 expands
(Cizans for Religious Freedom and Non-Discrimination, PR Newswire via Sacramento Bee)

The Muslim Brotherhood are turning into Leninists in Islamist dress. Egypt is in real trouble
(Alan Johnson, The Telegraph)

Thousands of Russian nationalists rally against Putin
(Writing by Alissa de Carbonnel; Editing by Timothy Heritage and Peter Graff, Reuters)

Three pastors from Rimsha's hometown perplexed about religious liberty
(Shamim Masih, Salem-News)

Wahhabi vandalism in Morocco and Tunisia
(Irfan Al-Alawi, Gatestone Institute)

Sunday, 4 November 2012

Religion dominates Iraqi politics
(Deutsche Welle)

This week in religion history: The start of an embryonic stem cell debate
(Canadian Press, National Post)

Saturday, 3 November 2012

Anti-Semitic incidents in U.S. declined by 13 percent in 2011, ADL audit finds

Bahrainis protest against ban on public gatherings

Bible banner controversy prompts community rally
(Melissa McKinney, WSFA 12 News)

Catholic Care: can an adoption agency restrict its services to heterosexual adoptive parents?
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

CLR co-hosts briefing with UN’s Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief
(Mark L. Movsesian, CLR Forum)

Essay scholarship contest focuses on religious diversity, ‘Christian nation’ claims
(Associated Baptist Press)

Good and bad at the UN
(Mark Movsesian, First Things)

In Turkey, a break from the past plays out in the streets
(Tim Arango, The New York Times)

India chokes NGOs dependent on Western charity
(John Dayal, Christian Today India)

India law bans the Golden Rule
(Benjamin Bull, Christian Post Opinion)

IRS not enforcing rules on churches and politics
(Rachel Zoll, Associated Press)

More God on the quad: Religions on campus
(Frederick Borsch, Huffington Post)

Mormons latest target in Kremlin’s anti-spy campaign
(Dan Peleschuk, RIA Novosti)

Morocco's Mohammed VI: A popular reform minded king‏ – OpEd
(Said Temsamani, Eurasia Review)

New Publications on the ECHR
(Antoine Buyse, ECHR Blog)

New USCCB website launched to inform the culture on the importance of religious liberty
(Frank Weathers, Patheos Blog - Why I Am a Catholic)

Nigerian forces making Islamist insurgency worse: Amnesty
(Joe Brock, Reuters)

Patriarch 'threatens to close Sepulchre church' over bank freeze
(Ma'an News Agency)

Pennsylvania bishops discuss religious liberty in election statement
(Catholic World News)

Religious freedom and healthcare
(James F. McGrath, Patheos Blog - Exploring Our Matrix)

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