Law and Religion Headlines

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

When politics gets trumped by religion
( David Macaray, Huffington Post)

Monday, 17 September 2012

Anti-Islam film an exception to free speech protection – OpEd
(Rob L. Wagner, Eurasia Review)

Change of Pakistan's blasphemy laws unlikely
(Rebecca Santana, The Seattle Times)

Child of polygamous marriage refused entry to UK
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

EEOC posts web page on employment discrimination against Muslims and Sikhs
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

FFRF sues to remove decalogue from Pa. high school
(Freedom From Religion Foundation)

Greater religious freedom for Christians in India – OpEd
(Benjamin Bull, The Christian Post)

Happy Constitution Day everyone!
(Don Byrd, Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Freedom)

How do you “exhaust local remedies” for the purpose of applying to Strasbourg?
(Rosalind English, UK Human Rights Blog)

Is a truce between religions possible?
(Abdul Rahman Al-Rashed, Arab News)

Law's Virtues: Fostering Autonomy and Solidarity in American Society - 20 September 2012
(Event (Cathleen Kaveny), Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs)

Leading Sunni clerics demand global ban on insults to Islam
(Patrick Goodenough, CNS News)

Middle East violence no excuse for vile provocation
(Ernest Corea, ISN Insights, Eurasia Review)

Mob rule replaces rule of law
(Shiraz Maher, Gatestone Institute)

My Take: It’s time for Islamophobic evangelicals to choose
(Brian D. McLaren, CNN Belief Blog)

Nasrallah calls for ban on attacks on religion
(Tehran Times)

Ontario Christian dad fighting for parental rights smeared in local press
(Thaddeus Baklinski, LifeSiteNews)

Protests over contentious film spread to Afghanistan, Indonesia
(Matthew Rosenberg, The New York Times)

Publication Schedule: Look for the next new posting on Religion Clause on Wednesday morning
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Racism, anti-Mormonism won't affect election, expert believes
(Napp Nazworth, The Christian Post)

Salman Rushdie: Free speech under threat from 'religious extremists'
(Daily News)

Selected list of pending and resolved cases alleging religious and national origin discrimination involving the Muslim, Sikh, Arab, Middle Eastern and South Asian communities (as of September 10, 2012)

Syria's battle in Aleppo takes on religious tone
(David Enders, Seattle Times)

The wrongs of human rights
(Jonathan Fisher, The Jewish Chronicle)

Tunisians condemn US embassy attack
(Monia Ghanmi, Magharebia)

UK churches fear being 'forced' to perform same-sex ceremonies
(Myles Collier, CP Europe)

Uzbekistan: "Sacred primary source of one of world's major religions" destroyed
(Mushfig Bayram, Forum 18)

Violent anti-U.S. protests continue in Pakistan
(CBS News)

Would-be frat house can't sell monastery line
(Lorraine Bailey, Courthouse News Service)

Saturday, 15 September 2012

Religious minority oppression is not helped by hate
(Jeffrey Imm, Pakistan Christian Post)

A fight against religious extremism
(Ahmed Salah, Washington Post)

After anti-Islam movie, Egypt’s Christians anxious watching Islamists’ street mobilization
(Washington Post)

Amish Shunning is central to Ohio hate crime trial
(John Seewer, Associated Press)

Anger for Islam ties players behind prophet film
(Michael R. Blood, Associated Press)

Beyond religion: Getting to the heart of the violence
(Manal Omar, CBS News)

California Muslims feel cold front
(Tamara Audi, Wall Street Journal)

Denouncing city’s move to regulate circumcision
(Sharon Otterman, New York Times)

Egypt's Christians anxious about anti-Islam film, Coptic community anticipate troubles
(Maggie Michael, Huff Post Religion)

Is religion good for women?
(Bettany Hughes, BBC News)

Landmark ruling for oppressed Christians
(Eurasia Review)

Latest developments on anti-Islam film protests
(Associated Press)

Lebanon Christians feel under siege; find hope in pope
(Samia Nakhoul, Reuters)

Mali opens probe into preacher slayings
(Jemal Oumar, Magharebia)

Our values: Freedom of speech or of religion?
(Jeremy Waldron, The Brian Lehrer Show (WNYC audio))

Pope calls for religious freedom in Middle East
(Associated Press, Time World)

Protesters burn flags outside US embassy in London
(The Telegraph)

Protesters set fire to U.S. school in Tunis

Protests against anti-Islam film spread; assaults on US, Western embassies and peacekeepers
(Washington Post)

Religious faith cannot be allowed to make us unequal before the law
(Graeme Archer, The Telegraph)

Religious group Media for Christ made Mohammed film
(Leila Macor, The Australian)

ROAC appeal against arbitration court online
(Dn Joseph Suaiden, NFTU)

Settlement will allow Va. inmates to grow beards
(Associated Press,

Terry Jones asked by Pentagon to stop support of Anti-Islam film
(Jeff Schapiro, Christian Post)

Turkish professor given prison sentence over headscarf ban
(Today's Zaman)

Where's the reaction from the US religious community?
(Global Post)

Friday, 14 September 2012

15 photos of Libyans apologizing to Americans
(Jessica Testa, BuzzFeed)

Ambassador's killing shines light on Muslim sensitivities around Prophet Mohammed
(Dan Gilgoff and Eric Marrapodi, CNN Belief Blog)

American Foreign Service Assn opposes offending “religious feelings”
(Libby Sternberg, Hot Air)

Beyond Park 51: Religious leaders denounce anti-Muslim bigotry and call for respect for America’s tradition of religious liberty
(Islamic Society of North America)

Board votes to regulate circumcision, citing risks
(Sharon Otterman, New York Times)

Cairo embassy statement in tune with Obama U.N. resolution
(Helle Dale, The Foundry)

Catholic leaders condemn murders in Libya
(Dierdre Haggerty,

Church of England advances legislation for female bishops
(Anglican Journal)

Contraception and conscience: A symposium on religious liberty, women’s health, and the HHS rule on provision of birth control coverage for employees
(Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs)

Controversy over anti-Islamic film shines light on Coptic Christianity
(Eric Marrapodi, CNN Belief Blog)

Ecumenical voices in Brazil urge “communication for life, justice and peace”

Egypt: Comedian’s anti-Islam conviction overturned
(The Associated Press v. The New York Times)

European Union expands asylum for religious persecution
(Melissa Steffan, Christianity Today)

In Lebanon visit, pope denounces religious fundamentalism
(Victor L. Simpson, Anchorage Daily News)

Interfaith leaders: “Silence is not an option”
(Patti Jette Hanley, interviewer, Religion & Ethics (PBS) Video)

Is Eric Pickles deliberately trying to mislead us?
(Terry Sanderson, NSS, Huff Post Politics UK)

Is it time to come home?
(Patrick Buchanan, Real Clear Politics)

Judge dismisses lawsuit against Legionaries of Christ
(Jason Berry, National Catholic Reporter)

Libyan horror, the religious left, and free speech
(Mark Tooley, American Spectator)

Memorial Peace Cross: Veterans memorial or religious symbol?
(Mark Gail, Washington Post)

N.Y. Appeals Court: Chupah qualifies as a structure

Pope Benedict XVI will bring hope to the Middle East
(Kira Kalinina, Voice of Russia)

Religion, provocation, and fanaticism
(Yusuf Kanali, Hürriyet Daily News)

Secretary Clinton delivers powerful religion speech after Middle East embassy attacks
(Dana Hughes, ABC News)

Secularism ''undermines religious freedom''

Soldiers open fire to disperse Nigerians protesting Prophet Muhammad film
(Associated Press, The Washington Post)

Sudan: Protesters storm Western diplomatic missions over anti-Islam film

US, Zionists prime anti-Islam suspects
(Iran Review)

Victory for religious liberty in Missouri legislature
(Catholic World News, Catholic

What the Libyan Embassy attack teaches us about true religious freedom
(Roy Speckhardt, Huff Post Religion)

Thursday, 13 September 2012

”Making your presence felt”
(Melkam Lidet, MIFTAH)

A UK Bill of Rights and ‘Public Authorities’
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

ACLU report details violations of religious freedom
(Shomial Ahmad, KUHF.FM News)

Beyond religion in the Middle East
(Mimi Hanaoka, Los Angeles Times)

Brigham City banned church flier distribution near new Mormon temple, lawsuit says
(Dennis Romboy, Deseret News)

Does the Dalai Lama want to end all religion?
(Christian Piatt, Opposing Views)

Egypt to take legal action in U.S. against Prophet film makers
(Edmund Blair, Reuters Africa)

Egyptian admits involvement with anti-Islam film, Jewish connection seems unlikely

EU welcomes Iran releasing Christian pastor on death row
(RTT News)

Filmmaker Sam Bacile in hiding after anti-Muslim film sparks violence
(Associated Press, Fox News)

Govt response to religious provocation must be tough: Putin on US embassy attack in Libya

Humiliation and rage in Libya
(Vijay Prashad, counterpunch)

Indonesia's blasphemy law: The regulation of faith by the State

Just because you love Jesus doesn't mean you have to disrespect the Buddha, dishonor Muhammad or disregard Moses
(Brian D. McLaren, Huff Post Religion)

Kenya church attacks are latest sign of tension between Christians, Muslims
(Alan Boswell, McClatchy Newspapers)

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