Law and Religion Headlines

Friday, 25 May 2012

As conservatives rally on marriage issue, fate rests with high court
(Tom Curry, NBC Politics)

Catholic bishops put religious privilege above others’ rights - OpEd
(Justin Trottier and Michael Payton, National Post [Canada])

Faith groups fight 'rape' of America's religious soul
(Jennifer Wishon, CBN)

Faith leaders vow to fight threats to religious liberties in public sphere
(Lauren Green, Fox News)

Jawi does not need court order to seize Irshad Manji's book
(New Straits Times)

John Baird defends support for Israel, human rights at Washington D.C. religion dinner
(Lee-Anne Goodman, National Post [Canada])

Kazakh Baptist says charges are fabricated
(Baptist Press)

Maine churches raising money to fight gay marriage
(Clarke Canfield, Associated Press)

MP: Azerbaijan must reconsider relations with European Parliament

New Jersey finds NYC police surveillance of Muslims broke no state laws, can't be blocked
(Samantha Henry, Duluth News Tribune)

Paper criticizes candidate Roy Moore's involvement on issue that may come to state Supreme Court
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Protests planned after minister calls for gays to be fenced in
(Wade Rawlins, Chicago Tribune)

Rabbis side with Catholics, urge Obama to drop mandate
(Howard Slugh, The Weekly Standard)

Regional rise of the Muslim Brotherhood
(Yolande Knell, BBC)

Religion briefs
(The Associated Press)

Roman Catholic hierarchy split on lawsuit against Obama
(Jane Little, BBC News)

Twilight vampire films 'take the place of religion' for teenagers
(Rob Waugh, Daily Mail Online)

Vietnam still abuses human rights and religious freedom
(Robert P. George, The Diplomacist: Cornell International Affairs Review)

Why no public appointment hearings for UK’s new European Court of Human Rights judge?
(Adam Wagner, UK Human Rights Blog)

Thursday, 24 May 2012

Florida Baptist Convention liable for sexual abuser in rare verdict that holds more than his congregation accountable
(Peter Smith, Courier-Journal)

3 in 4 say religious rights trump law
(WND Education)

After decade in storage, Washington letter on religious freedom will go public
(Alex Zuckerman, CNN Belief Blog)

Analysis on Egyptian election: Christians will lose
(Michael Carl, WND Faith)

Another good decision from the European Court of Human Rights
(Novitas Catholicus)

Battle brewing over conscience protections for military chaplains
(Dave Bohon, The New American)

Church 'evicted' after 7 years proof of Kuwait's new Islamist policy?
(Luiza Oleszczuk , The Christian Post)

Egypt court gives 12 Christians life sentences
(Aya Batrawy, Associated Press via The Kansas City Star)

Egypt elections: religion first, economy second for voters
(The Telegraph)

First Amendment freedoms hang in the balance this Memorial Day
(Liberty Institute, PR Newswire)

Holy See sees legal action over continued 'Vatileaks'
(David Kerr, Catholic News Agency)

Indiana sued for marriage law
(Lauren Glapa, Indiana Daily Student)

Latter-day politics
(Amy Davidson, The New Yorker)

Liberty Institute sets epic battle--whether the Supreme Court will allow religious imagery on veterans memorials--to acoustic music
(Wall Street Journal)

NH Supreme Court upholds city's partial tax of church property
(Don Byrd, Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty)

Obama and the contraception mandate - OpEd
(The Christian Science Monitor)

Pew Forum Weekly Religion News Update

Prosecutor seeks to force rabbis to report on abuse
(Ray Rivera, NY Times)

Protecting our Catholic conscience in the public square
(Cardinal Donald Wuerl, The Washington Post Opinions)

Religion news in brief
(Fox News via Associated Press)

Sikhs move a step closer to separate marriage law
(The Tribune India)

The European Court of Human Rights - A European constitutional court?
(Jacob Mchangama, The Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies)

The religious pragmatist who might be Egypt's next president
(Paul Cruickshank, CNN)

Though religious group’s efforts are noble, tackling issues won’t come without making enemies
(J. Patrick Coolican , Las Vegas Sun)

Women in the Muslim world need genuine reform
(Ida Lichter, Huffington Post)

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

'Revolutionary' law to change rules of marriage
(Jeremy Sharon, The Jerusalem Post)

Ave Maria University discontinues student health insurance because of federal government's mandate
(Jim Towey, Catholic Online)

Ben Emmerson QC: abuse of human rights policies increases terrorism
(Owen Bowcott, The Guardian)

California bishop(s) undermining lawsuits against HHS mandate?
(Kevin Clarke, Angel

City wins church tax fight
( Ben Leubsdorf, Concord Monitor)

Court could thwart Obama with Clinton law in contraception face-off with church groups
(Michelle Goldberg , The Daily Beast)

Culture war: Small time religious bodies slam Banda's move on gay law
(Derek Mapondera, The Marabi Post)

Egypt elections: Sharia can support democracy
(Mahmood Delkhasteh and Hassan Rezaei, The Christian Monitor)

Egyptians vote for new president freely, fervently after Mubarak
(Li Laifang, English News)

European Court in landmark religious freedom ruling
(The Iona Institute for Religion and Society)

First Amendment column: Religion in schools can be constitutional
(Greenbay Press Gazette)

Harassment, bullying and free expression: Guidelines for public schools seek middle ground
(Lauren Markoe, Huffington Post)

Illinois senate rejects anti-bullying measure amid religious objections
(CBS Chicago)

Leading ultra-orthodox group, Agudath Israel, insists abuse claims go to rabbis first
(Paul Berger, Huffington Post)

NC law to tie corporate tax break, private tuition
(Education Week)

Religious order admits another transgression
(Nicole Winfield , The Associated Press via The Columbus Dispatch)

Southern Poverty Law Center Intelligence Report profiles 30 leaders of the rising radical right
(The Wall Street Journal)

Turkey to make religious building donation tax-deductible
(Ali Berat Meric and Emre Peker, Bloomberg)

Twelve more lawsuits, still no case
(Sarah Lipton-Lubet, ACLU)

Vatican protesters gather in NYC
(Anna-Maja Rappard and Nina Melendez, CNN)

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

A true religious freedom fighter (Seamus Hasson)
(Editor's Report, Catholic New York)

Baha'is mark centenary of US visit by religious leader
(Jerome Socolovsky, Voice of America)

Freedom from religion group objects to prayer at county commission meetings
(The Chattanoogan)

Guidelines seek line between free speech, bullying
(Lauren Markoe, The Washington Post)

HHS doesn’t speak for me, or many women
(Helen Alvare, Religion News Service via The Washington Post)

Israel draft law faces change
(Amy Teibel, Philly via The Associated Press)

Judaism a religion of peace – for some
(Rabbi Levi Brackman, Y Net News / Jewish World)

Kazakhstan: Baptist convicted on evidence "fabricated" by police
(Mushfig Bayram, Forum 18 News Service)

Law to tie corporate tax break, private tuition
(The Times News via The Associated Press)

London’s Swiss Church looks to uncertain future
(Andrew Littlejohn,

ObamaCare vs. the First Amendment
(James Taranto, The Wall Street Journal)

Religious liberty but also “strengthening of the sharia” in the joint Declaration of Government and Islamic rebels
(Agenzia Fides [Philippines])

Religious space for crowded schools: Godsend or trouble?
(Fred Mogul, The New York Times)

Russia: Jehovah's Witnesses magazine dispute suspended until May 29
(RAPSI (Russia Legal Information Agency))

Several Harford churches active in petition drive to overturn same-sex marriage law
(Bryna Zumer, Baltimore Sun)

The burqa and the new religious intolerance
(Martha Nussbaum, Religion and Ethics)

Top Muslim groups [in Indonesia] decry attacks on religious liberty
(Agus Triyono, Jakarta Globe)

Universal periodic review must examine Indonesia’s religious intolerance
(Human Rights First)

Uphold religious freedom
(Boston Herald Editorial Staff, Boston Herald)

Watchdog group says Kentucky pastor broke federal law by telling followers to vote out Obama
(The Washington Post via The Associated Press)

White House responds to Cardinal Dolan, says Obama's health care policy "respects religious liberty"
(Christine Delargy, Political Hotsheet)

Why the bishops are suing the U.S. government
(Mary Ann Glendon, The Wall Street Journal)

Monday, 21 May 2012

Anti conversion law mooted in state
(Hueiyen News Service, E-Pao)

Arizona law endorses malpractice and discrimination in defense of "religious liberty"
(Jessica Mason Pieklo, RH Reality Check)

Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor: religious intolerance will wipe out Christianity
(BST, The Telegraph)

China: The media, popular opinion and religious freedom
(Magda Hornemann, Forum 18 News Service)

Church charities, govt. cash, and the law
( Michael F. Bird , Patheos)

Church sues ex-members for defamation on blog
(Andrew Chow, Reuters via Worldwide Religious News)

Economy trumps religion in Egypt's election
(Kersten Knipp, Deutsche Welle)

Franciscan University sues government for 'right to live the faith we believe'
(Catholic Online)

Group warns Santa Monica about nativity scene proposal
(LookOut News)

In the Spirit: UW aims to treat religions fairly
(Doug Erickson, Wisconsin State Journal)

Indonesia's rising religious intolerance
(Benedict Rogers, The New York Times)

Israel prime minister urges lawmakers to find ‘just’ replacement to draft law
(The Washington Post via the Associated Press)

Minimum marriage age in Israel to rise to 18
(Moran Azulay, Y News)

Muslim Persecution of Christians: April, 2012
( Raymond Ibrahim, Front Page Mag)

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