Law and Religion Headlines

Monday, 18 March 2013

The BBC and religion
(Fraser Nelson, The Spectator)

Book of Mormon – religion hits the West End
(Robert Gore-Langton, The Spectator)

Maharashtra I-T department says Hinduism not a religion, Shiva a ‘superpower’
(Niti Central (India))

The paradox of religion in Erdogan’s Turkey
(Tulin Daloglu, Al-Monitor)

A week full of religion starts now
(Technician Online)

Court says ban on picketing near homes survives constitutional challenge
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

New Pope inherits troubled China relations
(Radio Free Asia)

Flap between China and the Vatican has nothing to do with religious freedom
(Jinyoung Park, Policymic)

Jihadists in the Syrian Civil War: On the Road to Damascus?
(Ahmed S. Hashim, RSIS Commentaries)

Wrong interpretations by Maulvis defaming Islam – OpEd
(Tanveer Jafri, Eurasia Review)

Wikileaks shows US Vatican embassy profiled Pope Francis in 2005
(Kevin J. Jones, Catholic News Agency)

Arab nations to monitor jihadist websites
(Jemal Oumar, Magharebia)

Pope Francis will shake up more than Vatican schedules
(Andrea Gagliarducci, Catholic News Agency)

Kazakhstan: Religious freedom fines multiply – criminal penalties to come?
(Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service)

Congressional Testimony: USCIRF Chair Dr. Katrina Lantos Swett before the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission at hearing on The Worsening Plight of Religious Minorities in Iran
(United States Commission on International Religious Freedom)

Swett and Jasser: Bahrain's choice
(Katrina Lantos Swett and M. Zuhdi Jasser, Roll Call)

Bharatiya Janata Party plans 'march to Dhaka' to protest against attacks on religious minorities

Religious freedom in Egypt? Ask the Sphinx
(Ken Blackwell and Bob Morrison, Huffington Post)

Louisiana religious leaders speak out against Jindal tax plan
(Jeff Adelson, The Times-Picayune)

Prisoner free exercise cases – March 17, 2013
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Yemen’s parties, social and religious groups meet for 1st time to discuss new political system
(Associated Press, The Washington Post)

AALS Jewish Law Newsletter (including Bibliography of 2012 Jewish law and publications)
(Section on Jewish Law, American Association of Law Schools)

Orthodox women’s group sets sights on Jewish life in UK
(Miriam Shaviv, The Times of Israel)

Hosanna-Tabor and the Exaggerated Decline of Separationism
(Alan Hurst, Social Science Research Network)

Pennsylvania: Middle schooler's church flyers upheld by court
(Chris Fry, Courthouse News Service)

Orthodox patriarch to Rome for pope's installation
(Susan Fraser, ABC News)

Pope Francis explains why he chose his name, urges a ‘church of the poor’
(David Gibson and Alessandro Speciale, Religion News Service)

Cartoon history of nuns in Ireland needs to be challenged
(Diarmaid Ferriter, Irish Times)

Violence against women has no religious justification
(Badria al-Bishr, Al Arabiya)

Egypt: Islamist preacher faces 'contempt of religion' charges
(Aswat Masriya)

Sunday, 17 March 2013

Strasbourg Controversies, Deportation Amendments and Secret Court fallouts – The Human Rights Roundup
(Sarina Kidd, UK Human Rights Blog)

Saturday, 16 March 2013

Benedict XVI, Francis, and St. Augustine of Hippo
(Miles Hollingsworth, OUP Blog)

Jackson school district moves Jesus portrait
(Lisa Cornwell, Associated Press, The Columbus Dispatch)

Orthodoxy pledges for teachers and dress codes for customers pose religious liberty questions on both coasts
(Matthew Brown, Deseret News)

Russian fundamentalists, opposing gay marriage, sue US, want Alaska back
(RIA Novosti)

Schuette announces second Michigan win for religious liberty: Federal Judge blocks implementation of Obamacare Mandate in Domino's Farms case
(Joy Yearout, Michigan Attorney General's Office)

An unconvincing secularism at the Karachi Literature Festival
(Uthman Badar, New Civilisation)

France will soon repent for backing al-Qaeda terrorists in Syria – OpEd

Friday, 15 March 2013

150 arrested in Pakistan after burning Christian homes
(Xaheer Babar, Associated Press, The Christian Science Monitor)

Queen Elizabeth II expected to sign charter supporting gay rights
(JohnThomas Didymus, Digital Journal)

Nobel prize winner says Pope not connected to Argentine dictatorship
(Catholic News Agency)

World Evangelical Alliance congratulates Pope Francis; hopes to continue dialogue with Catholic Church
(Alex Murashko, Christian Post)

UCL investigating after Islamic group debate segregated seating by gender
(Conal Urguhart, The Guardian)

Francis & the Jews
(Editorial, The Jerusalem Post)

Vatican rejects claims of Pope’s ties to Argentina’s ‘Dirty War’
(Daniel J. Wakin, The New York Times)

Beijing cautions new pope on meddling in China
(Gerry Mullany, The International Herald Tribune)

Police clash with Sunni worshippers in Baghdad
(Sameer N. Yacoub, Associated Press, Yahoo! News)

The photos Saudi Arabia doesn't want seen – and proof Islam's most holy relics are being demolished in Mecca
(Jerome Taylor, The Independent)

Center of gravity: The election of Pope Francis
(Ann Neumann, The Revealer)

Pakistan’s blasphemy laws: Christians come under attack in Lahore
(Saba Imtiaz, The Revealer)

Pakistan: When will cases of Blasphemy be filed against the Muslim attackers?
(Asian Human Rights Commission)

Pakistani Christians have no right to protest misuse of blasphemy law
(Shamim Masih, Salem-News)

UK same-sex marriage bill moves to next stage
(Parliament UK)

Saudi King’s interfaith initiative inspires Indians
(P.K. Abdul Ghafour, Arab News)

Nuri Al-Maliki’s battle is not with the Sunnis
(Abdul Rahman Al-Rashed, Arab News)

Priorities for next Pope: Religious freedom in Russia and China
(Rome Reports (Video))

Raphael Aron: Jehovah's Witnesses 'a cruel cult'
(Chris Johnston, The Age (Australia))

UN officials congratulate Pope Francis on assuming leadership of Catholic Church
(UN News Centre)

Kazakhstan to burn bibles?
(Joanna Lillis, EurasiaNet)

Critics: State Department is ‘AWOL’ on Iran’s religious freedom
(Adelle M. Banks, Religion News Service)

World powers express concern for Tibet at UN Human Rights Council
(The Tibet Post)

Universal human rights challenged in Switzerland
(Frederic Burnand, Swiss Info)

Humilitas christiana: What Francis reminds us about the papacy
(Scott Stephens, Religion and Ethics)

Living out of wedlock in Iran: A quiet social revolution
(Deutsche Welle)

Germany vs. radical Islamists
(Soeren Kern, Gatestone Institute of International Public Policy)

North Dakota Senate approves "heartbeat" abortion ban
(Dave Thompson, Reuters)

HHS Mandate open for public comment
(HHS Mandate Information Central, The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty)

Terrorism Reviewer: Control Order successor “broadly acceptable”
(Adam Wagner, UK Human Rights Blog)

Hungary amends constitution; religious-freedom concerns
(Catholic World News)

Hungarian premier Orban rejects constitutional criticism
(Deutsche Welle)

Pope Francis I – Issues facing the new pontiff, Vatileaks
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Court refuses to enforce settlement in Good News Club lawsuit
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Courts become a battleground for secularists, Islamists in Syria
(Deborah Amos, NPR: All Things Considered)

Evangelicals urge S.C. Christian voters to back changes to immigration law
(Franco Ordonez, McClatchy Newspapers)

Do countries lose religion as they gain wealth?
(Kazi Stastna, CBC News)

EVENT: Endowed Rutgers law–Camden lecture explores counseling faith-based organizations April 4
(Rutgers University)

UK's Cameron disagrees with pope over Falklands
(Cassandra Vinograd, The Seattle Times)

Non-Catholics greet Pope Francis with guarded optimism
(Alia E. Dastagir, Religion News Service)

Religion should not be taught in schools as a ‘history of superstition’
(John Waters, The Irish Times)

Why the first Jesuit pope is a big deal
(Caleb K. Bell, Religion News Service)

Religious artifacts illegally dumped in Lakewood
(Margaret F. Bonafide, Asbury Park Press)

Church's zoning challenge dismissed on ripeness grounds
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Breaking: TMLC obtains order enjoining enforcement of HHS Mandate against Thomas Monaghan and his Domino’s Farms Corporation
(Thomas More Law Center)

Judge erred in handling aspects of FLDS trust, high court rules
(Emiley Morgan, Deseret News)

Thursday, 14 March 2013

Italian bishops thank God for wrong pope
(Reporting By Philip Pullella; Editing by Crispian Balmer and Peter Graff, Reuters)

London could become western hub for Islamic finance, says Government

Conclave elects Pope Francis
(The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life)

Jorge Mario Bergoglio, now Pope Francis, known for simplicity and conservatism
(Anthony Faiola, The Washington Post)

Belgium proposes limiting influence of Islamic political party
(Katerina Nikolas, Digital Journal)

Why preserve marriage? Experts weigh in with Supreme Court briefs
(Ryan T. Anderson, The Foundry)

Hungary, constitutional change, registration of religious groups and Article 9 ECHR
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Out of the spotlight, Moroccan Islamic party promotes interfaith dialogue
(Hind Al-Subai Al-Idrisi, Common Ground News Service)

50th lawsuit filed against abortion mandate
(Michael Foust, Baptist Press)

World religious leaders welcome Pope Francis
(Voice of America)

The new Pope: symbol of changes
(Sergey Duz, Voice of Russia Radio)

Pew Forum Weekly Religion News Update

New pope, Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina, has Jewish connections

3rd Circuit: Elementary student has free speech right to distribute religious flyer
(Don Byrd, Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty)

Judge throws out free-speech lawsuit over arrest outside DeWitt church
(John O'Brien, The Post-Standard)

Pope Francis shuns perks as papal duties begin
(Clifford Ndujihe, Vanguard (Nigeria))

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