Law and Religion Headlines

Saturday, 18 August 2012

Russian punk band found guilty of ‘hooliganism’ and ‘religious hatred’
(Sophia Kishkovsky, Religion News Service via Washington Post)

That old-time religious persecution
(Marc O. DeGirolami, CLR Forum)

The Constitution and the Candidates: Race, Religion, Romney, and Ryan
(Akhil Reed Amar, The Daily Beast)

Tim Bishop’s bar mitzvah episode could spell trouble
(John Bresnahan, Politico)

Wheaton College suit prompts change in contraception ‘safe harbor’
(Marie Wilson, Daily Herald (Chicago))

When can one remove a child from life-support?
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Friday, 17 August 2012

Alawites in Syria and Alevis in Turkey: Crucial differences
(Stephen Schwartz, Gatestone Institute)

Aspects of life and death across the Atlantic
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Assamese flee south India fearing revenge attacks
(Aijaz Rahi, Associated Press)

Bahrain jails prominent activist Rajab for 3 years

Books and art pit freedom of religion against free speech in Tunisia
(John Thorne, The Christian Science Monitor)

Circumcision, long in decline in the U.S., may get a boost from a doctors’ group
(The Washington Post)

Don’t worry people, there is no Muslim Tide
(Chris Selley, National Post)

During Ramadan, Pakistanis dodge tax collectors
(Adil Jawad, Huff Post Religion)

Federal Appeals Court to hold new hearing on Baltimore's regulation of deceptive crisis pregnancy centers
(Center for Reproductive Rights)

Florida prisons sued over end of Kosher meal service (poll)
(Huffington Post)

Floyd Lee Corkins charged in Family Research Council shooting
(Peter Hermann and Keith L. Alexander, Washington Post)

German far right can display Muhammad depictions
(Associated Press)

Hastings: Lawyer who trashed judges should be suspended
(David Hanners, Pioneer Press)

InterVarsity re-instated as New York University decides leadership policy is "common sense, not discrimination"
(Melissa Steffan, Christianity Today)

Jews awarded damages in California hotel case
(Michael Cieply, New York Times)

Locked-in syndrome sufferers lose legal challenge over assisted dying
(Nina Lakhani, The Independent [UK])

Myanmar sets up internal probe of sectarian unrest
(Associated Press)

Nigerian police arrest governor's aide over church massacre

Pakistan: Forced conversions and religious intolerance forcing Hindus to abandon the country
(Altaf Hussain, Asian Human Rights Commission)

Poll shows Africa is most devout region of the world
(Munyaradzi Makoni, ENInews)

Russian band given 2-year term for stunt deriding Putin
(David M. Herszenhorn, The New York Times)

Russian, Polish churches appeal for forgiveness
(Monika Scislowska, Associated Press)

Summit strengthens drive for Islamic solidarity
(Siraj Wahab, Arab News)

Syrian Archbishop of Aleppo appeals for dialogue, peace
(The Vatican Today)

The Egyptian army gets religion
(Strategy Page)

Turkey: Is alcohol apartheid coming to Istanbul?
(Dorian Jones, Eurasia Net)

Turkmenistan: Another conscientious objector prisoner of conscience
(Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service)

U.S. Freedom from Religion Foundation tries to ban religious songs from school
(Debra Black, The Star News)

Understanding ‘hate’ in the wake of the Family Research Council shooting
(redstar826, ONTD Political)

Uneasy mix of religion, nationalism and politics hurts Quebec
(Paul Russell, National Post)

Virginia man charged in shooting at Family Research Council
(Carol Cratty, CNN U.S.)

Wave of violence in Iraq claims more than 80 lives
(Mohammed Tawfeeq, CNN)

When Putin becomes religion
(Joshua Frost, Registan)

Thursday, 16 August 2012

'Pakistan is a difficult state for religious minorities'
(Smruti Koppikar, Hindustan Times)

'The Right to Be Wrong' now available in paperback
(The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty)

$319,800 reward for info on Japan cult suspects
(Yomiuri Shimbun/Asia News Network, Asia One (Singapore))

Appellate court orders Hasan court martial stayed until further notice
(Fort Hood Public Affairs Office Media Relations)

B&B owners appeal against discrimination ruling
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Bishops Marko and David received by the President of Serbia, Tomislav Nikolic

Britain’s religious freedom in the hands of the European Court of Human Rights
(Kristin Rudolph, Juicy Ecumenism )

Cardinal Dolan: Obama invite is not an award or platform
(Michelle Bauman, Catholic News Agency)

Catholic priest held for insulting Indian flag
(UCAN India)

Don’t even bother trying to stop our religion plan: PQ to Supreme Court
(Peter Rakobowchuk, Canadian Press, National Post)

DR Congo priest honored
(The New Age)

Hungary’s ombudsman asking top court to overturn church law amid rights concerns
(Stefan J. Bos, BosNewsLife)

Indian churches try to broker peace in Assam
(Anto Akkara, ENInews)

Jewish studies flourish in China
(David N. Myers, Jewish Journal)

Korean Buddhist cultural offerings designed to go global
(Cho Chung-un, The Korea Herald)

Ohio teen asks for religious tolerance
(Gurbani Kaur,

Pew Forum Weekly Religion News Update

Poll: Catholics side with bishops on religious liberty
(Religion News Service, National Catholic Reporter)

Punk band protest reveals rift in Russian Church
(Reuters, Emirates 24/7)

Punk band’s Moscow trial offers platform for Orthodox protesters
(Sophia Kishkovsky and David M. Herszenhorn, The New York Times)

Reasonable accommodation, religion come to the fore in Quebec election
(Rhéal Séguin and Campbell Clark, The Globe and Mail)

Rinkle Kumari: Pakistan true story of Hindu girl
(TheMsmaahisingh, YouTube)

Tensions flare in France over veil ban
(Edward Cody, The Washington Post)

That Ten Commandments statue isn’t going anywhere fast
(Joe Palazzolo, The Wall Street Journal)

Trial of accused Ft. Hood shooter stayed
(Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times)

UN Special Rapporteur calls for conflict accountabilty in Burma/Myanmar
(Women News Network)

When majority fasts, social taboos force Ramadan violators underground
(Diaa Hadid, The Associated Press, Winnipeg Free Press)

World Congress of Families leadership letter protests U.S. Embassy participation in Prague “gay pride” parade
(Press Release, The World Congress of Families)

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Al Qaeda in Spain: Alive, well and making trouble
(Soeren Kern, Gatestone Institute of International Public Policy)

Commentary: Stand up for religious minorities in Middle East
(Katrina Lantos Swett, The Detroit News)

Double standard in the Turkish justice system
(Hilal Elver, Today)

Ethiopia - Prominent Muslims detained in crackdown
(Human Rights Watch)

Ex-Syrian PM: Assad government 'Enemy of God'
(Lisa Schlein, Edward Yeranian, Voice of America)

FBI Muslim spying lawsuit against U.S. is tossed by judge
(Victoria Kim, Los Angeles Times)

Fired pastor can pursue breach-of-contract claim
(David L. Hudson Jr., First Amendment Center)

Gay marriage: warning of threat to religious liberty
(The Christian Institute)

Global Index of Religion and Atheism – 2012
(Press Release, WIN-Gallup International)

Guesthouse couple win right to appeal
(Press Association, The Guardian)

Hindus hail Russian prosecutors' statement of not seeking Bhagavad Gita Ban
(Eurasia Review)

Hindus leave Pakistan for India amid claims of persecution
(Deutsche Welle)

Inside the First Amendment: Religion a nonfactor in presidential race
(Charles C. Haynes, Green Bay Press Gazette)

My Take: Christianity and Ayn Rand's philosophy are 2 distinct religions
(Stephen Prothero, CNN Belief Blog)

New ECHR publications
(Antoine Buyse, ECHR Blog)

Nigeria: Boko Haram not religious group – Junaid Mohammed
(Soni Daniel, All Africa)

Sect pastor is convicted of assisting in abduction
(Erik Eckholm, The New York Times)

Shen rejects atheist threat over two songs
(Scott Waldman, Times Union (Albany, New York))

The persecuted Rohingyas of Myanmar: Need for political accommodation and India's role
(Gautam Sen, Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses)

Tunisia: Springtime for defamation of religion
(Robert Blitt, The Jurist - Forum)

Tunisian Olympians targeted by Islamist radicals
(Associated Press,

Woman suing El Al for NIS 50k over seat snafu
(David Lev, Arutz Sheva)

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

'Prosperity gospel' attracts many African Christians
(Samuel Okocha and Misheck Rusere, ENInews)

Attacking Shariah, attacking religious freedom
(Dr. Zahid Bukhari , The Nation)

Attorney makes defending religious liberty his mission
(Matthew Brown, Deseret News)

Bahrain uprising: Police fire tear gas, rubber bullets on protesters

Calling the banns in Scotland: a curiosity for canon law anoraks
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

German city to recognize Islamic holidays
(Associated Press)

Hindu groups demand ban on Muslim bodies
(Daily News)

In Burma, violence against Muslim minority stumbles into the spotlight
(Azad Essa, Guardian)

Islamic group asks for investigation of pig legs at mosque site
(Rebecca Trounson, Los Angeles Times)

Jury gets case in VT same-sex custody dispute
(Associated Press)

Liberia: Lawmakers want more subsidies for Catholic, Methodist schools

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