Law and Religion Headlines

Friday, 3 May 2013

Mali war exposes religious fault lines
(Celeste Hicks Bamako, The Guardian)

No right-to-die in Ireland
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Northern Ireland: Co-religious schools plan approved
(Belfast Telegraph)

Of course the 9/11 cross is a religious symbol
(David Silverman, American Atheists, The Washington Post – On Faith)

Pentagon refutes reports of anti-Christian policies
(David Gibson, Religion News Service)

Photo slideshow: National Day of Prayer
(Adelle M. Banks and Sally Morrow, Religion News Service)

Protestant Church congress focuses on dialogue
(Deutsche Welle)

Religious, secular worlds clash in Israel
(Daniel Estrin, Rocky Mount Telegram)

Saudi Arabia reaffirms ban on the building of non-Muslim places of worship
(Christian Post)

Wide majorities of most U.K. faiths support assisted suicide
(Trevor Grundy, Religion News Service)

With Benedict’s return, Vatican experiment begins
(Elisabetta Povoledo, The New York Times)

Thursday, 2 May 2013

Thousands of Egypt's Islamists protest against state security
(Reuters, Aswat Masriya)

Hanging Haman with the Igbo Jews of Abuja
(Shai Afsai, The Times of Israel)

US report into Chinese religious freedom rebutted
(Editor: Sha Sha, Xinhuanet)

Today is National Day of Prayer
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Secular Lebanon
(Irina Papkova, The Revealer (NYU))

May 2: National Day of Prayer
(Carla Garrison, The Washington Times)

On the National Day of Prayer, time for a revival
(Greg Laurie, The Washington Post – On Faith)

Thankful for religious freedom on the National Day of Prayer
(Kayla Griesemer and Sarah Torre, The Foundry)

'Book of Mormon' stars find new depth in religion after seeing its birthplace
(VIctoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press, Ottawa Citizen)

On National Day of Prayer, America needs prayer like never before
(Pastor Greg Laurie, Fox News)

Gay activists push for gov't officials to drop Greg Laurie from National Day of Prayer events
(Alex Murashko, The Christian Post)

What Muslims around the world think about women's rights, in charts
(Olga Khazan, The Atlantic)

Azerbaijan: Harsh fines cancelled, banned books list publication soon?
(Felix Corley, Forum18)

Report on Azerbaijan considered at the session of the UN Human Rights Council

What are you? A review of Searching for Zion: The Quest for Home in the African Diaspora by Emily Raboteau
(David F. Evans, The Revealer (NYU))

Rhetoric heats up in debate over proselytizing in the military
(Matthew Brown, Deseret News)

Pentagon may court martial soldiers who share Christian faith
(Ken Klukowski,

Pentagon taps anti-Christian extremist for religious tolerance policy
(Ken Klukowski,

Government mulls next step on Plan B pill
(Lauran Neergaard and Josh Lederman, Associated Press, USA Today)

New at The Revealer
(The Center for Religion and Media New York University)

The Colombian Senate says no to gay marriage bill
(Elizabeth Reyes L., El País in English)

‘Gaining my religion’: U.S. courts could give lifestyle choices saintly status
(Brian S. Inamine, Workforce)

New church In Bosnia raises tensions between Serbs, Bosnians
(Nicholas Wood, The New York Times)

The secret faith of Washington
(Joshua DuBois, The Daily Beast)

From China: Full text of human rights record of the United States in 2012
(State Council Information Office of the People's Republic of China,

Family feud leads to 3rd Circuit employment precedent
(Carlyn Kolker, Thomson Reuters News & Insight)

Hamilton-based Anglican bishop suing blogger
(Joan Walters, The

Syrian Shias flee to Lebanon to escape Sunni militias
(Ruth Sherlock, The Telegraph)

National Organization for Marriage calls on House to reject same-sex marriage bills
(Randal Edgar, Providence Journal)

Pope Francis condemns 'slave labor' in Bangladesh: 'goes against God'

Brazil Priest excommunicated for defending gay rights
(Paulo Prada, Huffington Post Religion)

Wycliffe Bible translators accept panel report over controversial Muslim context translation
(Alex Murashko, The Christian Post)

Why are Buddhist monks attacking Muslims?
(Alan Strathern, BBC News)

Egyptian professor questioned for insulting religion
(Aswat Masriya)

Religious intolerance poisoning Indonesia
(Jakarta Globe)

In Myanmar, living in fear amid religious violence
(Erika Kinetz, The Miami Herald)

Is a boom in religion just ahead?
(Tom Minnery, Citizen Link)

Bill: Perfect attendance OK if religious absence
(The Detroit News)

Russia: Government to mull bill naming places where religious services can be conducted without notification

US report warns of crisis for Pak minorities
(The Nation)

Rights activists welcome US panel’s report, BJP sees hands of Modi-baiters behind it
(Syed Khalique Ahmed, The Indian Express)

Pentagon says soldiers sharing faith may be punished by court martial
(Michael Dorstewitz, Bizpac Review)

China rebuts US on religious freedom reports
(The Standard: Hong Kong)

Religious freedom in Tibet worse in past decade – US annual report
(Tibetan Review)

Religious freedom in Burma among the worst in the world: US report
(Paul Vrieze, The Irrawaddy)

Council of Europe resolution on human rights, religion and belief
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

More on immigration reform
(Michael Sean Winters, National Catholic Reporter)

Wednesday, 1 May 2013

EVENT, 7 de mayo 2013: El Dr. Tabaré Vázquez presentará libro sobre el veto al aborto
(Lucía Pastor, El Diaro (Uruguay))

EVENT,14-15 May 2013: Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law
(Academy Course, United States Institute of Peace)

Protect conscience rights and religious liberty: US bishops urge congressional support for H.R. 940
(Today's Catholic News)

Jefferson Bible sparks religion debate in America
(Jerome Socolovsky, Voice of America)

Fontana on Gedicks on Civil Religion
(Lawrence Solum, Legal Theory Blog)

Myanmar Muslims face uncertain future after attack
(Yadana Htun and Todd Pitman, Associated Press)

Iranians accuse Jews of witchcraft
(Gavriel Fiske, The Times of Israel)

Ukrainian Jews worry that rise of Svoboda party will bring anti-Semitism back into vogue
(Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA)

American Humanist Association sues Carroll County Commissioners over Christian prayers at meetings
(Press Release - William Burgess, American Humanist Association)

Uzbekistan: Devout Muslim "may receive up to 15 years" in jail
(Felix Corley, Forum 18)

Religious leaders in Cuba recognize the existence of full freedom of religion
(ACN, [email protected])

Principles of Puritan religion
(David Kenneth, Opposing Views)

Study: Germans see Islam as a threat
(Deutsche Welle)

Saints and sinners, politicians and priests, and the 2013 local elections
(Matthew Flinders, OUP Blog)

American Christian may face death penalty in North Korea
(Whitney Williams, World Magazine)

Vietnam: Flawed on human rights, but a leader in gay rights
(Thomas Maresca, The Atlantic)

Pentagon is urged to crack down on religious proselytizing
(Associated Press,

JRCLS Religious Liberty Panel Moderated by Elder Lance Wickman (Part 1)
(J. Reuben Clark Law Society - Georgetown Law School, 16 February 2013, YouTube)

JRCLS Religious Liberty Panel Moderated by Lance Wickman (Part 2)
(J. Reuben Clark Law Society - Georgetown Law School, 16 February 2013, YouTube)

US bishops name religious freedom advocate as president’s spokeswoman
(Catholic News Agency)

Religious freedom under global threat, Canadian ambassador says
(Mark Kellner, Adventist Review, Adventist News Network)

Atheists win right to pass out materials at Florida high schools
(Cheryl K. Chumley, The Washington Times)

An open letter to Leah Aharoni, on behalf of religious freedom in Israel
(Rabbi Elianna Yolkut, Haaretz)

Race and religion has never been a barrier for Malaysian
(Kanykumari Damodaran, New Straits Times)

American Government-sponsored religious freedom report says “very aggressive secularism” is rife in Western Europe
(National Secular Society)

US watchdog agency releases annual list of religious liberty abusers
(Eric Schulzke, Deseret News)

US agency identifies Egypt, Nigeria, Sudan, others as religious freedom violators
(Afrique Jet: News Informations)

Fifteen countries cited for religious freedom violations
(Lauren Markoe, Religion News Service)

US religious panel for continuing visa ban on Narendra Modi
(Times of India)

US commission on religious freedom sharply criticizes Bahrain
(Human Rights First)

Religious disputes heading to court
(Mark Morris, The Kansas City Star)

Viewpoint: In the war over Christianity, Orthodoxy is winning
(Mary Eberstadt, Time)

Vatican seeks to temper expectations of big reform
(Nicole Winfield, Associated Press via ABC News)

Hungary bans far-right protest ahead of World Jewish Congress assembly

Myanmar anti-Muslim violence injures at least 10 in Okkan as mosques, homes attacked
(Yadana Htun, Huffington Post World)

Gabriel Stone: Jerusalem unveils mysterious Hebrew tablet
(Daniel Estrin, Huffington Post Religion)

Colorado couples celebrate midnight civil-unions ceremony
(Joey Bunch, The Denver Post)

Syrian Christians to unite in prayer; ask Christians worldwide to join them
(Eurasia Review)

Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Many in Muslim world want sharia as law of land

Muslims worldwide support democracy and religious freedom
(Matthew Brown, Deseret News)

Report: Muslims back Islamic law, disagree on meaning
(Cathy Lynn Grossman, USA Today)

Poll: US Muslims more moderate than Muslims worldwide
(Omar Sacirbey, The Washington Post)

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