Law and Religion Headlines

Monday, 10 December 2012

Vietnam breaks up anti-China protest
(Chris Brummitt, Associated Press)

World’s most dangerous religion: Atheists face worldwide persecution – IHEU report

Trinity Wall Street awards $250,000 grant to expand veterans services
(Episcopal News Service)

Saturday, 8 December 2012

"Argo" and Hollywood's Muslim problem
(Fouad Pervez, Foreign Policy in Focus)

Africa struggles with impact of small arms proliferation
(Addis Ababa, World Council of Churches)

After long disdain, Jamaica gets 1st Patois Bible
(David Mcfadden, Associated Press)

Americans recognize Obamacare's religious liberty problem
(Sarah Torre, The Foundry)

Bahrain: Shiite clerics must 'prohibit' violence
(Reem Khalifa, Associated Press)

Bishops urge Catholics to pray for life, marriage, religious liberty
(United States Conference of Catholic Bishops)

Burma: US officials meet monks, protesters behind monastery’s closed doors
(Aye Nai, Democratic Voice of Burma)

Court says Nativity is expression of free speech on public land
(Jake Jones,

Death penalty in Saudi Arabia
(Khalid Alnowaiser, Arab News)

Death penalty serves as a deterrent
(Safi H. Jannaty, Arab News)

For Amish, fastest-growing faith group in US, life is changing
(Mark Guarino, The Christian Science Monitor)

Freedom of religion - for whom?
(European University Institute)

Gays debate: Culture vs religion
(Veneranda Langa, NewsDay)

India: Muslim League to seek release of Maadani
(Ashraf Padanna, Arab News)

India: Religion cannot be thrust upon a child : HC
(The Hindu Business Line)

Interfaith leaders: Dialogue helps overcome secularism
(Michelle Bauman)

Judge in Fort Hood shooter’s military trial dismissed from case
(Jim Kouri, Eurasia Review)

Justices to hear two challenges on gay marriage
(Adam Liptak, The New York Times)

Liberty Counsel defends senior's Christmas tree
(The Moral Liberal)

Meet the Egyptians fighting interfaith tensions
(Magdy Aziz Tobia, Common Ground News Service)

Morsi 'ready' to postpone controversial referendum, says justice minister
(Al Bawaba News)

Morsi is seen on a path to imposing martial law in Egypt
(The New York Times)

Muslim Brotherhood offices in Cairo set on fire
(Cairo Bureau, Tom Perry, Yasmine Saleh, and Louise Ireland, Reuters)

Myanmar apologizes for violence against monks
(Aye Aye Win, Associated Press)

No Justice? Indonesia struggles to address history of human rights abuse
(The Jakarta Globe)

NYPD asks for dismissal of lawsuit by NJ Muslims
(Samantha Henry, Associated Press)

NYPD Muslim spying lawsuit: Department seeks dismissal of suit alleging unconstitutional surveillance
(Samantha Henry, Huffington Post)

PC (USA)'s West Africa Initiative promotes sustainable food production
(Margaret Mwale, Presbyterian News Service)

Polish government to reinstate religious animal slaughter after court ban

Report says hate crime is a 'reality' in the EU
(Martin Banks, The

Revolting laity attacked by Parliament
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Sectarian violence in Karachi: Is Pakistan closer to the Precipice?
(P. K. Upadhyay, Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses)

Thailand: Leadership Academy for Muslim women
(The Nation)

U.S. Supreme Court to review gay marriage cases
(The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life)

UK Scouts consider removing 'God' from promise
(Christian Concern)

Friday, 7 December 2012

'Stay with us,' new LDS website urges gay Mormons
(Joseph Walker, Deseret News)

Allowing religious gay marriages will avoid human rights challenges
(Adam Wagner, UK Human Rights Blog)

Breaking News : The Court has announced that it will review the constitutionality of both the federal Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Proposition 8
(Lyle Denniston, SCOTUSblog)

Card-writing campaign latest move in effort to release imprisoned Adventists
(Adventist News Network)

China: Self-immolators and their abettors will be charged with murder
(Olga Khazan, Washington Post)

Court says Bentleyville can't restrict preachers to 'First Amendment Zone'
(Mike Creger, Duluth News Tribune)

Despite hate mail, Pasadena church will host Muslim event
(Adolfo Flores, Los Angeles Times)

Egypt protesters march toward president's palace
(Maggie Fick and Maggie Michael, Associated Press)

EU sees faith bias problem, but not sure of solution
(Tom Heneghan, Reuters)

EVENT (webcast) 18 December 2012: Crisis in Mali: Causes and Options
(United States Institute of Peace)

FBI may not begin tracking hate crimes against Sikhs until 2015
( Anju Kaur, Washington Bureau)

Former church members sue Saginaw pastor after lawsuit seeking more than $100,000 in tithes fails
(Mark Tower, Michigan Live)

Gay marriage: David Cameron backs church role

German poll indicates a widespread fear of Muslims and Islam
(National Secular Society)

Guestview: “Do you know of any people in Paris who go to church in these conditions?”
(Nadeem Hakemi, Reuters)

Kazakhstan: "There can be no Tatar, Chechen or Tajik mosques"
(Mushfig Bayram, Forum 18)

Leon County Judge Accused of Trying to Sell Religious Materials at Courthouse
(Associated Press, WCTV)

Malaysia storm over female circumcision
(ABC News)

Mark Driscoll: 'Puff or pass. Should Christians smoke pot or not?'
(Alex Murashko, Christian Post)

Mayan Apocalypse: Cuban beach hosts sacred rites by sages
(Anne-Marie Garcia, Huffington Post)

Morsi turns to his Islamist backers as Egypt’s crisis grows
(David D. Kirkpatrick, The New York Times)

Moving menorahs for Chanukah
(Jonah Lowenfeld, Jewish Journal)

Muslim men in youth jails rises by a quarter
(Huffington Post)

New premature birth data and the abortion limit
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

No new trial, no acquittal for Amish sect leader convicted in Ohio beard-cuttings
(Torsten Ove,

Obama at National Christmas Tree lighting: 'A chance to remember what Christ taught us'
(Elizabeth Tenety, Washington Post)

Pew Forum Weekly Religion News Update

Reporter who broke Savita story admits: there may have been no request for a ‘termination’
(Hilary White, Life Site News)

Rising religious sectarian violence in Pakistan
(Qamar-ul Huda, Olive Branch Post)

Same-sex marriage latest: Prime Minister supports church weddings
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Supreme court asked to bypass 9th Circuit to review Nevada same-sex marriage case
(Dale Carpenter, The Volokh Conspiracy)

Syria: Human rights, minorities, and the challenge of Accountability
(Steven Heydemann, United States Institute of Peace)

There is no ‘Trust us’ clause in Constitution: NY Archdiocese wins ruling on HHS mandate
(John Jalsevac, Life Site News)

United State Supreme Court takes up same-sex marriage for first time
(Terry Barnes, Reuters)

Voodoo in Africa: Christian demonisation angers followers
(Monica Mark, The Guardian)

WCC delivers climate change statement at COP 18
(World Council of Churches)

More on A, B and C v Ireland and reforming abortion law
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Thursday, 6 December 2012

Anglican Communion must not drift apart, Archbishop Williams says in farewell letter
(Tom Heneghan, Reuters)

Announcing Law Student Externships for Summer 2013
(The International Center for Law and Religion Studies)

Anvers accueillera le grand évènement de la “communauté LGBT” en 2013
(Talpa brusseliensis christiana)

Being 'forgiven' makes people more generous, psychologists find
(John Bingham, The Telegraph)

Blake Page, West Point Cadet, quits military academy over religion (VIDEO)
(Michael Hill, Associated Press via Huffington Post)

Catholics to be allowed into the royal club (sort of)
(Matthew Fitzgerald, CNN)

Christians in Kurdish region of Iraq faring well, say experts
(Michael Gryboski, Christian Post Reporter)

Columnist Will speaks on religion in American politics
(Sadie Smeck, Washington University in St. Louis)

Dutch blasphemy law to fall and Irish one may follow
(Tom Heneghan, Reuters)

EVENT 14 December 2012: Inaugural Symposium: Christianity and Freedom: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives
(The Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs)

First AME Church files lawsuit against former pastor
(Angel Jennings, Los Angeles Times)

Gay marriage: France is not uptight … but some French politicians are
(Romain Burrel, The Guardian)

Interview with Egypt women's rights activist, Samira Ibrahim
(Human Rights Without Frontiers, Facebook)

Islamic finance faces growth challenges
(Jennifer Pak, BBC)

Islamist Intimidation: The battle for the future of Tunisia
(Alexander Smoltczyk, Der Spiegel)

La laïcité turque a du plomb dans l’aile, selon La Vie
(Talpa brusseliensis christiana)

Minorities in Lebanon are wary of Syrian war
(Josh Wood, New York Times)

N.Y. shul’s rabbis ‘regret’ email praising U.N. Palestine vote

Nigeria: Tony Blair’s religious reconcilatory efforts
(John Amoda, Vanguard Nigeria)

Plans for new east London 'mega-mosque' rejected by local council
(Andrew Hough, The Telegraph)

Professor Robert T. Smith Discusses the Battle over the Meaning of Religious Freedom
(The International Center for Law and Religion Studies)

Religion on the rise in the US, Christian denominational church membership dropping
(Napp Nazworth, Christian Today)

Religious leaders tell Congress no new laws are needed to curb abuse
(Suzanne Perry, The Chronicle of Philanthropy )

Rubio clarifies age of the Earth answer
(Ashley Killough, CNN)

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