Law and Religion Headlines

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Poll: Religiously unaffiliated less likely to vote
(Michelle Boorstein, The Washington Post)

Swedish Court upholds religious freedom in Chabad-Lubavitch homeschooling case
(The Alegeiner)

Tunisian Salafi leader says Islamic-led government is a U.S. puppet
(Tarek Amara, Reuters)

U.S. Institute of Peace hosts discussion on religion & violence

UN experts urge govts to repeal laws that criminalise adultery
(The Nation (Pakistan))

Vatican court: Butler's theft harmed pope, church
(Nicole Winfield, Associated Press)

What does New York City have against ordained ministers?
(Eric Rassbach, The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty)

With Religious Liberty for All: A Defense of the Affordable Care Act’s Contraception Coverage Mandate
(Frederick Mark Gedicks, American Constitution Society)

Monday, 22 October 2012

Buddhist terrorism: No longer a myth
(Dr. Habib Siddiqui, Eurasia Review)

Family explains lawsuit to ban preacher from SACS school
(Charles Wilson, Associated Press, Fort Wayne News-Sentinel)

Freedom should not be destructive – Russian Orthodox Church chief

Germany: "I will answer only to Allah"
(Soeren Kern, Gatestone Institute)

Headscarf debate highlights Russian Muslims' grievances
(Thomas Grove, Reuters)

In-vitro fertilization raises custody rights and family law questions
(Barbara Atkinson, SEO Law Firm)

Lebanon fears new wave of assassinations
(Al Bawaba)

Miami archdiocese sues over 'real threat' from HHS mandate
(Carl Bunderson, Catholic News Agency)

Myanmar leader says open to aid for Muslims

Parents may sue over yoga lessons in Encinitas
(Stacy Brandt, NC Times)

Religion and Law – Continuing threads
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Religious leaders rally against contraception rule
(Timothy Meinch, Des Moines Register)

Religious slaughter and food labelling
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Sharia courts ‘as consensual as rape’, House of Lords told
(John Bingham, The Telegraph)

South Carolina diocese defecting from the Episcopal Church
(Daniel Burke, Religion News Service)

The thorny issue of religious belief and discrimination law (again)
(Alasdair Henderson, UK Human Rights Blog)

Tunisia's Islamists surrender on blasphemy law
(Mohamed Bechri, Fikra Forum)

Two remaining Pussy Riot members sent to prison camps once used as Gulags
(Matthew Feeney,

Saturday, 20 October 2012

'Religious fragmentation based on misinterpretation leads to extremism'
(Sunara Nizami, The International Herald Tribune (Pakistan))


Canada judge says terror suspect can be extradited
(Associated Press)

Charity accused of 'exploiting' controversy over abortion
(Graeme Paton, The Telegraph)

Christians 'frightened to speak about faith'
(Joe Wilson, BBC News Lancashire)

Demoted Christian in court over same-sex 'marriage' comments
(Christian Concern)

Doctors: Wounded Pakistani girl improving
(Voice of America)

France names the date for gay marriage draft law
(Agence France-Presse, Rappler)

Gordon Wilson: Gay marriage a 'step towards state fascism'
(Simon Johnson, The Telegraph)

Health Minister to challenge gay adoption legal move
(BBC News Northern Ireland)

Homosexual Tory MP 'very concerned' about same-sex 'marriage' proposals
(Christian Concern)

In Syria, Sunni rebels besiege Shiite villages
(Hazma Hendawi, AP via ABC News)

Israelis, Hamas fear Salafist takeover of Gaza
(Jim Kouri, Eurasia Review)

It is dangerous for US and Israel to blame religion for actions taken by Muslims and Arabs – El -Asmar
(Terri Giinsberg, Mondoweiss)

Maryland’s referendum on religious liberty
(C. Anthony Muse, The Washington Post)

Mexican authorities detain leader of religious sect that opposes secular education
(Associated Press, The Washington Post)

Minnesota trial opens window on Somalia terror group
(Amy Forliti, Associated Press)

Northern Ireland and abortion: update
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Opponents to Muslim headscarves get a powerful new ally: Vladimir Putin
(Vladimir Isachenkov, National Post)

Religious freedom rallies planned in 145 cities for October 20
(Kirsten Andersen, LifeSiteNews)

Religious implications of N.Y. federal appeals court striking down DOMA
(J. Manny Santiago, The Washington Post)

Shiite protests pose major challenge for Saudi Arabia
(Kevin Sullivan, Washington Post)

Soviet propaganda posters show importance of religious freedom
(Carl Bunderson, Catholic News Agency)

Stand up, already, for religious freedom
(Kathryn Jean Lopez, National Review Online)

US University votes to ban fast-food chain for marriage support
(Christian Concern)

Watershed moment for religious teaching in Egypt
(Joseph Mayton, Common Ground News)

What about religious freedom? The other consequences of Obamacare
(Wesley J. Smith, The Weekly Standard)

Woman jailed for praying aloud at Western Wall barred from holy site for 30 days
(Mordechai I. Twersky, Haaretz)

Friday, 19 October 2012

Army court orders Fort Hood suspect to shave
(Megan Mccloskey, Stars and Stripes)

Calling Catholic groups ‘cult-like’ does not amount to discrimination: Ontario Human Rights Tribunal
(Jen Gerson, National Post)

Droits de l’homme et Christianisme (4) : La négation de la dimension morale de la religion
(Grégor Puppinck, Talpa brusseliensis christiana)

Gay couple turned away from B&B win discrimination case
(Hannah Furness, The Telegraph)

Gay couples, bed, breakfast and human rights
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Governments must protect religious freedom – OpEd
(Katrina Lantos Swett, Eurasia Review)

Holy schism emerges over pot legalization in Colorado, with clergy taking both sides
(AP, Washington Post)

Honing anti-Semitism in France and Sweden
(Shoshana Bryen, Gatestone Institute)

In same-sex marriage fight, Catholic Church gives more than $1 million, human rights campaign reports
(Lila Shapiro, Huffington Post)

Ireland’s 1st abortion clinic opens to protests in the mostly Catholic and Protestant country
(AP, Daily News)

Irish referendum part of a global campaign against the family
(John Smeaton, LifeSiteNews)

Kazakhstan: Criminal investigation, "hallucinogenic" communion drink, "extremist" books?
(Mushfig Bayram, Forum 18)

Lebanon blast: Car bombing in Beirut kills eight
(Caroline Anning, BBC News)

Mali Islamists destroy tombs in Timbuktu
(Amir Ahmed, CNN)

Member of Russian punk rock band takes case to European Court
(Voice of America)

NY federal appeals court becomes 2nd in nation to strike down Defense of Marriage Act
(Larry Neumeister, Associated Press via The Washington Post)

OIC head takes global blasphemy ban off the table, member nations pursue policy
(Press Release, Human Rights First)

Pakistan: Malala Yousafzai is just one of many school-age victims
(Eurasia Review)

Prelates speak about Islam as synod discussion concludes; Cardinal Pell rues decline of fasting
(Catholic World News,

President Obama's Department of Justice once again rejects protection for religious liberty
(Jodan Lorence, Christian Post Opinion)

Religious leaders urged the President of Ukraine to veto amendments to Law on Freedom of Conscience
(Institute for Religious Freedom)

Saudi Arabia plans female religious police
(BBC News)

Tanzania sees tension and unrest after arrest of Muslim leader
(Eurasia Review)

Texas judge, siding with cheerleaders, allows Bible verses on banners at school games
(Manny Fernandez, The New York Times)

The need for establishing a national human rights institution in the UAE
(Gyan Basnet and Mansoor Hassan Albalooshi, Eurasia Review)

Turkish pianist Fazil Say goes on trial accused of insulting Islam on Twitter
(Associated Press, The Washington Post)

U.S. ambassador confirms meeting with Tibetans in western China
(Edward Wong, New York Times)

Why we stay away from the interfaith roundtable
(Abraham Cooper and Yitzchok Adlerstein, Jewish Press)

Thursday, 18 October 2012

‘EU no longer safe haven for Christians; 200 million persecuted’
(Stefan J. Bos, BosNewLife)

30 people killed after Muslim herdsmen attack Christian village in Nigeria
(Akintunde Akinleye, RT)

Attacker of Pakistani schoolgirl was held, freed in 2009: sources
(Editing by Raju Gopalakrishnan, Reuters)

B&B owner who turned away gay couple claims religious freedom under attack in home
(John Bingham, The Telegraph)

Buddhist monks march in Myanmar and thwart OIC Islamic office plan

Canada: Catholic school funding unconstitutional, woman argues in court challenge
(Allison Jones, National Post)

Droits de l’homme et Christianisme (3) : La négation de la dimension social de la religion
(Grégor Puppinck, Talpa brusseliensis christiana)

Egypt teacher fired for cutting girls' uncovered hair
(Yasmine Saleh, Reuters)

Egypt’s Islamist revival most evident at the grass roots
(Abigail Hauslohner, The Washington Post)

Gay couple win Berkshire B&B refusal case
(BBC News England)

Georgia gun group files Supreme Court appeal of ban on guns in ‘places of worship’
(Rhonda Cook, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

HHS Mandate: Update on legal battle
(Quin Hillyer, The American Spectator)

In France, Marseille Jews look to Paris and worry that their calm may be fleeting
(Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA)

In Geneva, IP and the Catholic Church are a match made in heaven
(Maricel Estavillo, Intellectual Property Watch)

Ireland: Jehovah's Witness objects to wife's blood transfusion
(BBC News)

Major publishers protest Saudi textbook content
(Nina Shea, National Review Online)

Malala: Is Pakistan externalizing an internal problem?
(D Suba Chandran, Institute of Peace & Conflict Studies)

Muslim lobbyist represents U.S. at European Human Rights Conference
(Soeren Kern, Gatestone Institute of International Public Policy)

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