Law and Religion Headlines

Thursday, 5 July 2012

Constituent Assembly: Constitution to define religious freedom
(Aswat Masriya )

Demand of separate Christian province is voice of 20 million Pakistani Christians
(Pakistan Christian Post)

Evangelical population explodes in Brazil as Catholic Church shows signs of decline
(Andrea Madambashi, Christian Post)

France must return 4.6 mn euros to Jehovah's Witnesses

Iraqi Christian group: We still want our own independent region
(Abdul-Khaleq Dosky, Niqash)

Kashmiri religious group issues dress code for tourists
(Indo Asian News Service via Yahoo News)

More Reform rabbis agreeing to officiate at intermarriages
(Penny Schwartz, JTA)

Op-ed: The growing abuse of 'religious freedom'
(Frank Debernardo, Advocate)

Pakistanis kill man accused of insulting Quran
(Munir Ahmed, Associated press)

Pew Forum Weekly Religion News Update

Religious liberty & Marriage: FAQs
(United States Conference of Catholic Bishops)

Religious liberty victory for NYC churches
(Sarah Torre, The Foundry)

Right to Religion - HP High Court adjourns hearing (India)
(Law et al. News)

The plight of Egypt’s Copts – Washington Speech – “Respect for religious liberty and minorities – the hallmarks of a civilised society”
(David Alton)

Tunisia university dean in court in veil standoff
(Bouazza Ben Bouazza, Associated Press)

Turkey moves to reduce cesarean surgeries
(Associated Press)

Why scientists don't like the term 'God Particle' for Higgs boson
(Sarah Pulliam Bailey, Christianity Today)

Wednesday, 4 July 2012

A season of civility: Religion and public life
(Parker J. Palmer, Huff Post Religion)

Canadian senators warn United Church over Israel boycott
(Campbell Clark, The Globe and Mail)

CHP criticizes EU for lacking ‘objectivity’
(Hürriyet Daily News)

George Washington's defense of religious freedom
(Jane Eisner, The Takeaway)

Hunting, animals, and the evolving landscape of rights
(Rosalind English, UK Human Rights Blog)

In the beginning: Religious freedom in the country's founding moments
(Michael Meyerson, Huff Post Religion)

Indonesia: Religious violence drops, still 'worrisome
(Adnkronos International)

Is the Quran a 'constitution'?
(Mustafa Akyol, Hürriyet Daily News)

Italian religious liberty expert worries US on path to anti-Christian violence
(David Kerr, Catholic News Agency)

Lawsuits against HHS mandate continue despite Obamacare ruling
(Steven Ertelt, LifeNews)

Muslim pilot linked to suspected terrorists loses case against BA
(Katie Hodge, The Independent)

New book by Global and International Studies scholar examines the politics of headscarves
(USCB Press Release)

Observatory on Religious Liberty commences in Rome
(Ann Schneible, Zenit)

Religious figures meet at conference to back plans to legalise civil gay marriage
(Andrew Grice, The Independent)

Ruling did not expel religion from public schools
(Charles C. Haynes, Daily Record)

Sacred Sufi shrines destroyed by Islamists in Mali
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Uzbekistan: After four years' imprisonment, another 30 months
(Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service)

Vinh: Catholics targeted by thugs and authorities. Dozens of faithful injured.
(Nguyen Hun,

Wisconsin Supreme Court takes faith healing death case
(Religion News Blog)

Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Afghanistan: Draft law threatens media freedom
(Human Rights Watch)

Appeals court upholds off-campus religious classes
(Seanna Adcox, Associated Press via Charlotte Observer)

Austria celebrates 'model' law on Islam
(Bethany Bell, BBC News)

Christian, Muslim leaders condemn church attacks in Kenya
(Fredrick Nzwili, ENInews)

Democracy without tolerance: Violence against minorities in Indonesia
(Andy Budiman, from German by Aingeal Flanagan,

Diplomacy failing, West faces tough Syria choices
(Peter Apps, Reuters)

Ex-Norton police officer files religious discrimination lawsuit against city
(Ed Meyer, Akron Beacon Journal Online)

Followers of Brazil’s Umbanda religion worship despite discrimination
(Somer Wiggins, , McClatchy Newspapers)

Fortnight for Freedom: Whose religious liberty?
(Jessica Coblentz, Religion & Politics)

France: Collateral damage of France's anti-sect policies: societal hostility to the construction of a Mormon temple
(Willy Fautré, Human Rights Without Frontiers)

India: Flaunting unenlightened attitudes – religious discrimination by the BSF
(Asian Human Rights Commission)

Is America a Christian nation?
(David Lose, Huffington Post)

Jew lauded religious freedom in Iran
(Ahlul Bayt News Agency)

Muslims are well-integrated in Britain – but no one seems to believe it
(Leon Moosavi, The Guardian)

Myanmar: 30 arrested in the killings of Muslims
(Reuters, New York Times)

Nepal: Beyond the Maoist split: The political impasse to continue
(Monalisa Adhikari, Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses)

New articles on ECHR
(Antoine Buyse, ECHR Blog)

Nigeria: Ban on religious programmes on EBBC - South East CAN condemns Ebonyi govt action
(Peter Okutu, All Africa)

Religious leaders denounce attacks on Timbuktu shrines
(The International News (Pakistan))

Sikh man deported to Afghanistan returned to UK
(New York Daily News)

Somali constitution must defend religious freedom: donors
(AFP via Yahoo News)

Touareg Islamist group Ansar Al-Din seeks support In jihadist forums
(Raby Ould Idoumou , Magharebia)

Monday, 2 July 2012

Al-Madany Center of Norwalk files lawsuit appealing zoning commission ruling
(Robert Koch, The Hour)

Atheist clubs spring up in high schools across the country with help from the Secular Student Alliance
(Huffington Post)

EU and seven governments expressed concern about human rights in Tibet at UN meeting
(Tibet Custom)

German minister moves to calm circumcision fears
(Associated Press, International Wire Story)

German verdict to delay circumcision, not ban it, jurist says
(Tom Heneghan, Reuters)

Islam forbids killing, bombings – Cleric

Israeli PM dissolves committee to reform draft law
(Aron Heller, Associated Press)

Mali Islamists to continue destroying UNESCO sites
(Baba Ahmed, Associated Press)

Saudi Arabia stops issuing visas to Iranian pilgrims
(Radio Zamaneh via Eurasia Review)

Saudi female athletes fear crackdown after London
(Barbara Surk and Hassan Ammar, Associated Press)

The autonomy of churches and religious communities
(Parliamentary Assembly, The Council of Europe)

Sunday, 1 July 2012

Settlement likely re: Mt. Soledad cross
(Charlie Butts, OneNewsNow)

Diocese must give details about past priest abuse investigations
(Tony Rizzo, Kansas City Star)

Gay marriage issue reaches Supreme Court
(Lyle Deniston, SCOTUS Blog)

Hindus shocked at video game developer adding more deities
(The Jet Online (Fiji))

Illicit bishop ordains priests in Leshan
(UCA News)

Kenya police: church attacks kill 15, wound 40
(Jason Straziuso - Associated Press)

Unlocking Nepal's political deadlock: A fresh mandate is best option — OpED
(Dr Gyan Basnet, Eurasia Review)

Saturday, 30 June 2012

Assam Congress lawmaker assaulted for converting to Islam
(IANS via New Kerala)

Berger on religious liberty in the United States
(CLR Forum)

France libel and lies in MIVILUDES' report denounced
(Willy Fautré, Human Rights WIithout Frontiers via

Giles County School Board officially drops fight to post 10 Commandments at Narrows High
(Orlando Salinas, WDBJ7)

Martha Nussbaum and the new religious intolerance
(Giles Fraser, The Guardian)

No religion is an island: Facing injustice in a community not 'our own'
(Rabbi Arthur Waskow, Huff Post Religion Blog)

Religious response to Supreme Court decisions

Religious-freedom violations in South Asia
(Leonard A. Leo and Katrina Landos Swett, All India Christian Council)

Terzi: Strong EU convergence on defence of religious freedom
(Farnesia - Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Italy))

The Islamists and Western blinkers – OpEd
(Aijaz Zaka Syed, Arab News)

U.S. court ruling allows religious groups to use schools for services
(Marc Santora, New York Times)

UNESCO says Nativity Church is endangered
(National Turk)

Washington's letter to Jews Highlight of Religious Freedom Exhibit (VIDEO)
(Paul Berger, The Jewish Daily Forward, Huff Post Religion)

Will reforms end Myanmar monks' spiritual strike?
(Anthony Kuhn, NPR)

Friday, 29 June 2012

10 things you need to know about religious liberty
(Sally Steenland, Huffington Post)

Activists gather to defend religious liberty
(Religion News Service,

Appeals court upholds church veto on membership
(Joseph A. Slobodzian, Philadelphia Inquirer )

Bulgaria faces Human Rights Court over scandalous judicial appointment

Circumcision ruling condemned by Germany's Muslim and Jewish leaders
(Kate Connolly, The Guardian)

Diocese and bishop sued over abuse in exorcism sessions
(James Bridge, Courthouse News Service)

German court circumcision ban meets a wave of criticism
(Elisa Oddone, Reuters)

Guest Post: Recent case-law of the European Court of Human Rights and the U.S. Supreme Court on church autonomy
(Jaco van den Brink, Law, Religion & Politics)

Hertzke (ed.), The Future of Religious Freedom
(Yosefa A. Heber, CLR Forum)

Is blasphemy a crime?
(The Voice of Russia)

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