Law and Religion Headlines

Friday, 29 June 2012

Kyrgyzstan: Tightened censorship from September?
(Mushfig Bayram, Forum 18 News Service)

New judges elected in respect of Sweden, the UK, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic and Poland
(Antoine Buyse, ECHR Blog)

Obamacare: HHS mandate redefines religion, say Christian legal experts
(Alex Murashko, The Christian Post)

PACE elects judges to the European Court of Human Rights in respect of the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Poland and the United Kingdom
(Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe)

Paul Mahoney appointed UK's new judge in Strasbourg
(Owen Bowcott, The Guardian)

Pharmacist denies meds because religion
(Katie Kim, KRQE)

Should Chilean banks force ‘no hijab’ on Muslim women customers?
(Vanessa Rivera de La Fuente, Women News Network)

Sudanese authorities demolish two church buildings
(Compass Direct News)

The burdens and benefits of Brighton
(Laurence R. Helfer, European Society of International Law)

The Future of Blasphemy: Speaking of the Sacred in an Age of Human Rights, by Austin Dacey
(John Gray, The Globe and Mail)

They preached liberty
(Joseph Loconte, The Wall Street JournalJ)

Tunisia asserts control over mosques
(Houda Trabelsi, Magharebia via Eurasia Review)

Turkey: UN Human Rights Committee and European Court of Human Rights again judge in favour of conscientious objection
(Internacional de Resistentes a la Guerra)

Zimbabwe: Religion - an African's dilemma

Thursday, 28 June 2012

All India Christian Council condemns recommendation to introduce anti-conversion law in Manipur

Azerbaijan: Not arrested, merely detained
(Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service)

Be true to religious liberty, Baptists urged
(Bob Allen, ABP News)

Christian pregnancy center freed from posting abortion stand

Egypt's new president to pick woman, Christian VPs

Fighting for freedom at Georgetown
(Kathryn Jean Lopez, National Review Online)

Health care’s messy morality
(Matthew J. Franck, Washington Post)

Individual mandate survives—Religious liberty challenges move forward
(Emily Hardman, Becket Fund for Religious Liberty)

Iran plans to execute two for consuming alcohol
(Lisa Daftari, FoxNews)

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan urges birth control
(BBC News)

Nothing safe, nothing sacred: Syrian rebels desecrate Christian churches?

Pew Forum Weekly Religion News Update

Quarrel over definition of political prisoners leads to split in the Council of Europe
(Azerbaijan Monitor, PR Newswire)

Rape victim can sue for denied contraception
(Marimer Matos, Courthouse News Service)

Religion and the law: Sharia-compliant wills in Australia
(The Conversation)

Religious liberty concerns grow greater as Obamacare upheld
(Jennifer Marshall and Sarah Torre, Culture Watch)

Religious responses to Supreme Court Obamacare decision
(James D. Davis, Sun Sentinel)

Somalia adopts Ethiopia’s federal constitution with Sharia Law
(Qalinle Hussein, Somaliland Press)

Supreme Court ruling promises religious fights for the forseeable future
(Michelle Boorstein, The Washington Post)

Trouble in paradise
(Annapoorna Karthika, Asia Sentinel )

UNESCO to vote on Bethlehem Holy Sites
(Maan via Eurasia Review)

Vietnamese officials destroy two new church buildings
(Compass Direct News)

What Egyptian Christians think about their new Islamist president
(Jayson Casper, Christianity Today)

Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Ministry of Justice agreed with proposals of Ukrainian Council of Churches of legislative changes
(Institute for Religious Freedom (Ukraine))

Amid violence and fundamentalist pressure, hopes fade for new media laws
(Reporters sans Frontières)

At the door of the temple: Religious freedom and the new orthodoxy
(Philip Tartaglia, The Witherspoon Institute)

Bangladesh's Hindu women fight for divorce rights
(Shafiq Alam, Agence France Presse)

Belarus: Non-existent offences prosecuted
(Olga Glace, Forum 18 News Service)

CA assemblywoman's workplace religious freedom act advances
(Daily Democrat)

Christian legislator in Pakistan stuck with Muslim ID
(Compass Direct News)

Christians must confront their own disgust over homosexuality, says Archbishop
(John Bingham, TheTelegraph)

Diverse clergy celebrate religious liberty
(Abe Levy, My San Antonio)

Ecumenical groups address issues in Indonesia, Papua New Guinea
(ENInews Via Anglican Communion News Service)

Egypt: Let's give the Muslim Brotherhood a chance
(Abdul Rahman Al-Rashed, Arab News)

German court rules child’s religious circumcision can be a criminal offence – Analysis
(Adam Wagner, UK Human Rights Blog)

Hindus upset at online video game using Kali and other gods as combat tools
(Eurasia Review)

Is Sudan joining the Arab Spring?
(Alsir Sidahmed, Arab News)

Is the Arab Spring over?
(R. S. Kalha, Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses)

Judge tosses Georgia counseling student's First Amendment lawsuit
(Sydni Dunn, Student Press Law Center)

Lawsuit dropped against Nederland ISD
(Julie Chang, Beaumont Enterprise)

New version of HUDOC search engine launched
(Antoine Buyse, ECHR Blog)

Pluralism was easy until now
(Don Byrd, Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty)

Reform congregations in Hungary turn to court for recognition

Religion, a hurdle to the future
(Gautam Chikermane, Hindustan Times)

Senator introduces bill to protect Indonesia Christians in the US
(Voice of America)

The quiet influence of Kuwait's Salafis
(Sylvia Westall, Reuters)

Why freedom of worship is not freedom of religion
(Peg Luksik, Catholic Online)

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

American imams too few to meet the demand in American Muslim community
(Omar Sacirbey, Religion News Service, Huff Post Religion)

Annicchino on Religious Freedom in European Foreign Policy
(Mark L. Movesian, CLR Forum)

Arab women and men see eye to eye on religion's role in law
(Dalia Mogahed, Gallup)

Austrian President: We are very proud to have recognized Islam for 100 years
(Seyit Arslan, Today's Zaman)

Bishops rebel against Church marriage policy
(Edward Malnick and Cole Moreton, The Telegraph)

Chafee to let cross bill become law
(Boston Globe)

DC religious freedom event stresses role of liberty in America
(Michelle Bauman, Catholic News Agency)

Egypt: Christians tell Morsi 'We want a civil, modern and democratic state'

El-Haddad: Egypt will not use law to 'impose religion'
(BBC News)

Equal marriage: Church’s submission “erroneous”, says lawyer
(National Secular Society)

Ethiopia: Genomics and African queens

Eugenics: a New Human Right? Theme of an upcoming panel discussion at the Council of Europe
(Press Release, European Centre for Law and Justice)

Global alliance calls for religious freedom in Sri Lanka
(The Voice of the Martyrs)

High court rejects part of Arizona immigration law
(BDN staff, The Bangor Daily News)

Moscow Patriarchate representative to Council of Europe meets with president of European Court of Human Rights

Mozambique: Religious denominations to pay taxes
( Agencia de Informacao de Mocambique, AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Kaduna/Zaria Mayhem - the Tempestuous Response From Christians and Muslims - 'You Have Not Seen Anything Yet'
(Luka Binniyat,

Nigeria's Boko Haram free 40 in prison break - police
(Reuters, Lagos, Today)

Religion Journal: The Indian Muslims with ties to Israel
(Joanna Sugden, The Wall Street Journal)

Religious circumcision of kids a crime - German court

Religious liberty and state power
(Ed Brayton, Dispatches from the Culture Wars)

Rio +20: A vision unfulfilled
(Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance)

Russian Orthodox leader visits the church in China
(Francis Wong, ENInews)

Two pillars of religious-atheist dialogue
(Be Scofield, Huff Post Religion Blog)

You Remember the Recent Religious Liberty Case ...
(Thomas Berg, Mirror of Justice)

Monday, 25 June 2012

‘Religious rhetoric won’t help Egypt’s new head solve real problems’
(Interview with Amre Moussa, RT)

50 years later: High court's school prayer ruling still fuels religious liberty debate
(Matthew Brown, Deseret News)

A new case study has been published: “Muslim community needs more space to pray”
(International Network on Religions and Mediation in Urban Areas)

Blaze at Sufi shrine triggers violence in Indian Kashmir
(Sheikh Mushtaq, New York Times)

California bill would shield churches from performing gay marriage ceremonies
(Hannah Madans, Kansas City Star)

Catholics call lesbian employee's lawsuit an attack on religion
(Diane Anderson-Minshall, Advocate)

Chief rabbi voices opposition to gay marriage
(John Bingham, The Telegraph)

Church leaders release open letter on religious liberty
(Adrienne Dorr, National Right to Life News)

CJ: Parliament can’t make any law against Islam, Constitution
(Pakistan Observer)

Hindus welcome Saudi Arabia move of women participation in Olympics
(Eurasia Review)

New section of spiritual resources for conflict mediation
(International Network on Religions and Mediation in Urban Areas)

Petition filed against MP for promoting enmity between religious groups
(The Times of India)

Prophet pic in school book irks Muslims
(HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times)

Religion is not the biggest enemy for Arab women, poll finds
(Moni Basu, CNN)

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