Law and Religion Headlines

Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Council of Europe passes Religious Freedom measure: Experts say the measure isn't perfect, but is a good step in the right direction
(Patrick Hertzog, Aleteia)

Divided EU to preach religious freedom abroad
(Leonoor Kuijk, PressEurop)

Europol sees rise in terrorist attacks in Europe
(Eurasia Review)

Cabinet agrees abortion draft legislation after marathon talks
(The Irish Times)

Fleming’s partner reflects on ‘very difficult’ process after Supreme Court rejects assisted suicide appeal
(Ruadhan Mac Cormaic, The Irish Times)

Bishop Aloysius Jin Luxian's legacy for religious freedom in China
(Adam Minter, The Atlantic)

Mumbai university plans diploma in religion
(The Times of India)

2013 Annual Report on the State of International Religious Freedom Identifies World’s Worst Violators, April 30, 2013
(Press Release, United States Commission on International Religious Freedom)

United States Commission on International Religious Freedom Annual Report 2013
(The Full Report)

USCIRF issues 2013 Annual Report
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Monitoring religious repression: A (contentious) list of violators
(B.C., The Economist [Erasumus: Religion and public policy])

Uniao Do Vegetal Church in New Mexico opens up to NPR
(Hunter Stuart, Huff Post Religion)

Religious leaders to government: We must get our fiscal house in order
(Jim Wallis, Religion & Politics)

Following Boston attacks, uptick in Islamophobia, gestures of tolerance
(Richard Solash, Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty)

Muslims see little backlash after Boston bombing
(Rachel Zoll, Associated Press)

More than half of Evangelicals view Islam as a violent religion
(Jeff Schapiro, The Christian Post)

US Muslim opposition to suicide bombing revealed in extensive study
(Ewen MacAskill, The Guardian)

Michigan’s Muslim inmates are denied proper nutrition during Ramadan, lawsuit claims
(Carol Kuruvilla, New York Daily News)

Female converts to Islam facing growing scrutiny
(Omar Sacirbey, Huffington Post Religion)

Holder speaking to ADL commits to protect all religious and ethnic minorities
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Huy urges action on indigenous prisoners' religious freedom
(Gale Courey Toensing, Indian Country)

Five takeaways from Pew’s comprehensive study on Islam
(Dan Mercia, CNN Belief Blog)

Religious groups fear Christian purge from military
(Todd Starnes,

Attorneys general demand broader religious exemptions to contraception mandate
(Mary Petrides Tillotson, Heartlander)

Why ENDA's religious exemption must be narrowed
(Ian S. Thompson, ACLU Washington Markup)

Michigan bill would extend conscience provisions
(Don Byrd, Baptist Joint Committee)

Rhode Island, marriage, and religious liberty: Some questions for Michael Perry
(Rick Garnett, Mirror of Justice)

Google 'as trusted as the Church' by Britons
(Jennifer O'Mahony, The Telegraph)

NYC and Israel museums jointly purchase ancient Torah that would have been auctioned in NYC
(Fox News)

BC religion poll finds majority of British Columbians are non-religious
(Huffington Post British Columbia)

Religion, morality and marriage equality: A zeitgeist of contradictions?
(Rebecca Theodore, Baltimore Post Examiner)

Pope accepts Peres' invitation to Israel
(Philip Pullella, Reuters)

US panel: Afghans need more religious freedom
(Thomas Wagner, ABC News)

Religious leaders hold forum on gun violence
(Suzanne Laurent, Seacoast Online)

University of San Diego holds drag show despite Catholic protests
(Fox News)

Reps. King, Ellison clash over surveillance of Muslim community
(Jeremy Herb, The Hill)

Rosemarie Smead: woman ordained priest by Roman Catholic dissident group
(Mary Wisniewski, Reuters)

Will former Palin adviser help or hurt bishops’ media woes?
(David Gibson, Religion News Service)

Is evolution missing link in some Pennsylvania high schools?
(David Templeton, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

Monday, 29 April 2013

Finding true essence of marriage
(Rex Adhar, Society for Promotion of Community Standards Inc.)

Mich. Arab festival being moved after religious tensions
(Niraj Warikoo, Detroit Free Press, USA Today)

Ambassador Bennett visits Washington

CONFERENCE CALL ALERT 30 April 2013: Pew Research Center to discuss new report on social and political attitudes of Muslims worldwide
(The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life)

Radical religion at war and at peace
(D.C. Innes, World Magazine)

Neuhaus’ law and religious liberty
(Jordan J. Ballor, Acton Institute Power Blog)

Did religion motivate the Boston bombers?
(Dwight Longenecker, The Washington Post – On Faith)

Why religion and terrorism are opposites
(Hesham A. Hassaballa, Patheos Blog: An American Islam)

Religion and the Boston Marathon
(Peter Berger's Blog, The American Interest)

Religion and the Yasukuni Shrine controversy
(Mark Movsesian, First Things)

About the Anglican religion
(Ben Gabriel, Opposing Views)

Chicago offers compromise on water bill exemptions for nonprofits
(Mitch Smith and Manya A. Brachear, Chicago Tribune)

Detonating Myanmar's ethnic powder keg
(Yohei Sasakawa, DNA India)

Prof. Bhullar’s death sentence – Canadian Sikhs urges India to abolish death penalty – Rights Group calls for Global Boycott of “Air India”
(Jagdeep Singh, Sikh Siyasat Network News)

Sikh bodies to protest in front of UN Office at Switzerland on April 25 against death sentence to Prof. Bhullar
(Prabh Singh, Sikh Siyasat Network News)

Russia looks to close off adoptions to France
(Steve Gutterman,

Op-Ed: UN probing Canada's human rights record — Really?
(Karl Gotthardt, Digital Journal)

Malaysia: Religion in elections
(Tay Tian Yan (translated by Dominic Loh, Sin Chew Daily)

Turkish pianist's conviction for blasphemy provokes debate
(Dorian Jones, Voice of America)

Indonesia, Islam and democracy – Analysis
(Bawono Kumoro, Eurasia Review)

Challenges for Democracy: Religion, Law and Dialogue in the CIS and Baltics
(Held 25-27 April 2013, Baltic International Academy, Riga)

Disasters and their side-effects: Islam, the Caucasus and Boston
(B.C., Economist [Erasmus: Religion and public policy])

Physician, heal thyself: Serbia, Kosovo and the Church
(B.C., Economist [Erasmus: Religion and public policy])

Denouncing human rights, Legal Aid woes and animal rights advertising – The Human Rights Round
(Sarina Kidd, UK Human Rights Blog)

Government U-turn on EHRC’s General Duty – Neil Crowther
(1 Crown Office Row, UK Human Rights Blog)

Christian villages “turned into battlefields” in Pakistan
(Shamim Masih, International Christian Concern)

Islamic Council proposes death penalty for apostates in Morocco
(International Christian Concern)

China releases US preacher; local Christians receive prison terms
(BosNewsLife Asia Service)

<em>Sharia</em> and the English legal system: the Government’s view
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

True dialogue is made of sterner stuff
(Fr Joe Borg, Times of Malta)

How does Islam see itself in relation to Judaism & Christianity?
(Timothy Peckinpaugh, Opposing Views)

Ethnic-minority churches dismiss Cameron's 'diversity' arguments for gay marriage
(John Bingham, The Telegraph)

Poll shows growing support for marijuana legalization among Christians
(Thomas H. Clarke, The Daily Chronic)

Russia continues efforts to help free abducted Christian bishops

Supreme leader urges Muslim Ulema to show vigilance about western plots in Bahrain
(Fars News Agency)

West Bank convent loses appeal over Israeli separation barrier route
(Harriet Sherwood, The Guardian)

Chile: three surrender over ritual baby killing
(Eurasia Review)

Dutch rabbi upset over royal event scheduled for Yom Kippur
(The Times of Israel)

Suit challenges school's ban on 6th grader handing out anti-abortion flyers
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Minn. school says it has ‘every right to prohibit student speech’
(Alliance Defending Freedom)

Supreme Court denies review in church property ownership dispute
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

China's ancient Jewish community is re-emerging – but to unexpected problems
(Jonathan Romain, Huffington Post)

Liberation theologians see Pope Francis as able to fix a church “in ruins”
(The Washington Post)

El Ghriba, Africa's oldest synagogue, welcomes Jewish pilgrims back to Tunisia amidst tight security
(Tarek Amara, Huffington Post Religion)

Sunday, 28 April 2013

Church Safeguarding in Jersey – Progress
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Islamist rebels create dilemma on Syria policy
(Ben Hubbard, International Herald Tribune)

Religion and Law round up – 28th April
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

TEDx Talk: The numbers of religious freedom
(Brian J. Grim at Tedx Via Della Conciliazione, the Weekly Number)

Saturday, 27 April 2013

Marcella Pattyn, the world’s last Beguine, died on April 14th, aged 92
(The Economist)

9th Circuit judge rules federal public defender entitled to same-sex spousal health benefits
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Ninth Circuit Court judge: Oregon gay marriage ban is 'unconstitutional'
(Hannah Hoffman, Statesman Journal)

What are implications of judge's opinion on same-sex marriage?
(Laura Fosmire, Statesman Journal)

Sikhs share religion during community open house
(Satpal Singh Sidhu, The Bellingham Herald)

Awful bill re-legalizes anti-gay bias
(Danny Westneat, The Seattle Times)

Vatican official cautions of ‘subtle’ religious freedom violations
(EWTN News, National Catholic Register)

Poland to step up ritual animal slaughter regulations to minimize suffering
(Associated Press, The Globe and Mail)

Scout’s honor
(Ron Belgau, First Things)

‘No religion teaches the killing of other fellow beings’
(Paul Russell, National Post)

Religious freedom at stake in dispute over Harbor Community Church in Ventura, proponents say
(Arlene Martinez,

Seventh-day Adventists, friends, celebrate religious liberty in Chiapas
(Adventist News)

"Protecting Same-Sex Marriage and Religious Liberty"
(Thomas Berg, Mirror of Justice)

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