Law and Religion Headlines

Friday, 14 June 2013

Atheists up in arms over Bible near Florida mayor’s desk
(Cheryl K. Chumley, The Washington Times)

Court throws out atheist suit against Ariz. 'Day of Prayer'
(Michael Gryboski, The Christian Post)

Secularism does not forbid religion, says French CG
(Anil Datta, International: The News)

Supreme Court to hear Loyola High School’s case against mandatory ethics and religion course
(Karen Seidman, The Montreal Gazette)

Religious parties protest against Muslim killings today
(The News International)

Pitt’s graduate religious studies may end up on chopping block
(Debra Erdley, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

Columnist: Religious beliefs ‘bottom of the pile’ in Scotland
(The Christian Institute)

Trucking company sued for religious discrimination

Bipartisan measure allows 'Merry Christmas' in public schools
(Brooke Conrad,

IRS lectures pro-life group ‘not to force religious beliefs on others’
(Brandon Jones, The Global Dispatch)

Allah in Malaysia - Opinion
(Pierre de Charentenay SJ, Business World)

Clergy lead protests at NC General Assembly
(Anne Blythe and Caitlin Owens, News Observer)

Same-Sex Marriage Bill – some legal issues
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Nigerians’ ethno-religious bigotry blamed on low socio-political devt

Thursday, 13 June 2013

4 reasons why Republicans are rekindling evangelical outreach
(Sarah Pulliam Bailey, Religion News Service)

Adjunct win at religious college
(Coleen Flaherty, Inside Higher Ed)

Americans less accepting of homosexuality than other Westerners – religion may be one reason
(Juliana Menasce Horowitz, Pew Research Center)

Arizona bid to revive lawsuit over ‘day of prayer’ fails
(AZ Central)

Bishop: Pray for religious freedom
(Jessica Valera, the Catholic Free Press)

Called to celibacy unchosen
(Aaron Taylor, First Things (First Thoughts blog))

Can a Christian family ever be too big?
(Ruth Moon, Christian Today)

Caterpillar Inc. no longer giving money to Boy Scouts, cites ban on gay leaders
(Associated Press, The Washington Post)

Christian graves vandalised in Jaffa cemetery: Israeli police
(Ahram Online)

Citizens speak out against religious extremism
(Turkish Weekly)

Croatia says “yes” to the natural family
(Federation Pro Europa Christiana)

Estonian same-sex partnership stalled after family campaigners presented 38,000 signatures
(Federation Pro Europa Christiana)

Expelled for sexuality, and sent a bill
(Allie Grasgreen, Inside Higher Ed)

Faith And Freedom Coalition 2013: GOP leaders court religious conservatives at conference
(Steve Peoples, Findlaw (via AP))

Following complaints from Jewish students, Florida Atlantic U. launches diversity website
(Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

Georgia: land of exile for Egypt’s coptic Christians
(Regis Gente, EurasiaNet)

Gov. Rick Perry signs ‘Merry Christmas’ bill into law
(Jessica Chasmar, The Washington Times)

How should Christians react to more profanity in TV, media?
(Jerry Newcombe, The Christian Post)

How should Christians think about PRISM?
(Daniel Schultz, The Christian Century)

Human genes may not be patented, but synthesised ones can, rules US Supreme Court
(Rosalind English, UK Human Rights Blog)

Iran Embassy demonstrations worldwide today for Pastor Saeed Abendi, human rights
(Stoyan Zaimov, Christian Post)

Islam should be reclaimed as a fine religion
(Belfast Telegraph)

James City ordinance update runs afoul of church
(Cortney Langley, The Virginia Gazette)

Marriage, same-sex relationships, and the Catholic Church
(John Paprocki, Diocese of Springfield in Illinois)

Moore: Religious liberty is top culture issue
(Tom Strode, Baptist Press)

Muslim-Buddhist tensions in Sri Lanka on rise
(IRIN News)

Nancy Pelosi, late-term abortion, & ‘sacred ground’
(Kathryn Jean Lopez, National Review: The Corner)

Nanotechnology and religion: a complex relationship
(Michele Catanzaro, The Guardian)

Obama administration's opposition to Religious Freedom Amendment demonstrates complicity in Pentagon's religious speech scandal
(The Wall Street Journal)

Online Muslim forums foster tolerance and fuel vitriol
(Corrie Mitchell, Huffington Post Religion)

Palestinian medical school grads protest exclusion from Israeli hospitals
(Nir Hasson, Haaretz)

Pentecostal parents face Pa. murder trial after 2nd son’s faith-healing death from pneumonia
(Associated Press, Washington Post)

Pope Francis acknowledges existence of ‘gay lobby’ jnside Vatican
(BBC News)

Protesting Andrew Cuomo’s abortion-expansion legislation
(Kathryn Jean Lopez, National Review: The Corner)

Religious liberty and inclusion

Republican leaders court religious conservatives as fight for soul of GOP intensifies
(The Washington Post)

Section 25 Burial Act 1857 (again)
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Social media use by Pastors, churches spikes
(Jeff Schapiro, The Christian Post)

Student pleads guilty to stabbing Muslim cabbie in New York
(Jonathan Allen, Reuters)

Texas school district draws fire for prayer at preschool graduation

Thai Muslims debate their future as peace talks raise hope
(Amy Sawitta Lefevre, Reuters)

Tunisia jails three Europeans for topless feminist protest

Twitter must reveal names behind anti-Semitic tweets, rules French Court
(Lance Whitley, CNet)

Where atheism stops and religion begins
(Andrew Schwartz, Huff Post Religion)

Why is Christianity losing in America (Part 2)
(S. Michael Cravem)

10 years later, Mister Rogers is still making neighbors
(Beth Kissileff, Religion News Service)

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Banks call in €20 million debt after Revenue axes cult church's charitable status
(Jim Gallagher, The Sunday World)

Russian Duma passes law banning 'gay propaganda'
(Steve Rosenberg, BBC News)

Russia introduces jail terms for 'religious offenders'
(Tom Parfitt, The Telegraph)

Gay people, religion offenders are criminals now in Russia
(Eko Armunanto, Digital Journal)

Bill on fines for homosexual propaganda among minors passes Duma
(Interfax (Russia))

N.J. religious communities have responsibility to educate about Death with Dignity bill
(Richard F. Address, Times of Trenton)

Pope Francis and Archbishop of Canterbury to meet for the first time
(Allasandro Speciale, Religion News Service)

Southern Baptists pass resolution urging all abuse allegations to be reported to authorities
(Washington Post (via AP))

Autocam disputes birth control coverage
(Wood TV 8 (Grand Rapids, Michigan))

Obama 'strongly objects' to religious liberty amendment
(Todd Starnes,

Southern Baptists condemn Boy Scout policy on gays
(Amanda Orr, Reuters)

Fortnight for Freedom emphasizes religious liberty
(John Wester, Intermountain Catholic)

Pennsylvania Senate approves abortion opt-out for federal exchanges
(Matthew Gambino, Catholic News Service)

Kenya: Adventist soldier sues KDF over Saturdays
(Jillo Kadida, The Star)

Egypt's worrying rise in criminal blasphemy cases
(Amnesty International)

Prayers at Upstate graduation ceremony draw protests
(Katie Jones, The Greenvile News (S. Carolina))

What Southern Baptists must do to slow their decline
(Jonathan Merritt, Religion News Service)

As a result of forced sterilisations, 4.6 million women can no longer have children in India

Are you willing to stand for marriage after a court ruling?
(Penny Young Nance, The Christian Post)

Saudi Arabia smashes 'sinful' horse statues on cleric's orders
(Ahram Online)

Crucified 'Skeleton Santa' and 'Flying Spaghetti Monster' vs. Christianity
(Kyle Duncan, Christian Post)

What is Anthony Kennedy Thinking?
(Sonja West, Slate)

Religious liberty for the rest of us
(Anthony Hatcher, Huffington Post (blog))

Timbuktu artifacts destroyed in Northern Mali fighting
(Huffington Post Religion)

Lay preacher turned union boss wages South African class war

UN says 8,000 flee Nigeria’s crackdown on Islamists in Northeast
(Maram Mazen, Bloomberg)

Orthodox Yeshiva set to ordain three women, just don’t call them ‘Rabbi.’
(Batya Ungar-Sargon, Tablet)

7% of Israeli Jews are reform or conservative
(Yair Ettinger, The Jewish Daily Forward)

Pope Francis: Vatican scrutiny should not worry religious orders
(Alessandro Speciale, Huffington Post Religion)

Players oppose temple at city’s SAI regional centre
(Shruti Tomar, Hindustan Times)

Religion in the digital age
(Trent M. Kays, Minnesota Daily)

Myanmar monks to meet over deadly religious unrest
(Australia Network News)

What will the Supreme Court do on gay marriage?
(Richard Wolf, Religion News Service)

Faith in the Community: how local authorities relate to faith groups
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Belgian parliament posed to approve child euthanasia law
(Connor Adams Sheets, International Business Times)

Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Duma passes bill criminalizing insults to religious believer's feelings

Egypt breaks faith on religious freedom
(Katrina Lantos Swett and Mary Ann Glendon, Al-Monitor)

Killing of Syrian youth for 'blasphemy' fuels tension in Aleppo
(Raja Abdulrahim, Los Angeles Times)

Utah scouting leaders on new BSA policy: good for all involved
(Cameron Gabriel, Daily Universe - Brigham Young University)

Report: ‘Catholic McCarthyism’ threatens bishops’ anti-poverty push
(David Gibson, Religion News Service)

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