Law and Religion Headlines

Thursday, 12 April 2012

Religious minorities in Turkey: 'An endangered species'?
(Nanore Barsoumian, The Armenian Weekley)

Religious questions for PA voter ID law draw fire
(Jan Murphy, The Washington Post)

The politics of evangelism: How Washington is leaving the faithful behind
(Chris Seiple, Foreign Affairs)

The Race: War fever over religion, women and the high court enlivens US presidential race
(Associated Press, The Washington Post)

Uproar in Germany over drive to hand out millions of Qurans
(Agence France-Presse, NDTV)

Virginia approves strong conscience protections for child-placing agencies
(Todd Gilbert, Luray Page Free Press)

Will wearing a cross make the churches more relevant today?
(Lindy McDowell, The Belfast Telegraph)

Wednesday, 11 April 2012

‘Iraqi society won’t welcome segregation of sexes at universities:’ Muqtada al-Sadr
(Dina al-Shibeeb, Al Arabiya News)

‘Religion is not driving extremist violence’ in Nigeria, says Obama official, after church bombings
(Elizabeth Harrington,

12 Christians in Iran await verdicts after Easter Sunday apostasy trial
(Lisa Daftari, FoxNews)

Bahrain violence grows with mob attacks
(Reem Khalifa, Associated Press )

Court flips Egypt’s timetable: Election, then Constitution
(David D. Kirkpatrick, The International Herald Tribune)

Don’t mix politics with religion: ex-minister
(Arab Times)

European Court says Britain can send terror suspects to U.S.
(John F. Burns and Alan Cowell, The New York Times)

Germany monitors Koran distribution by Salafists
(BBC News, Worldwide Religious News)

God and Caesar in America: Why mixing religion and politics is bad for both
(David E. Campbell and Robert D. Putnam, Foreign Affairs)

Human rights in Europe and beyond need to be protected
(Paul Johnston, The Diplomatic Dispatch)

Is religion the cause of most wars?: OpEd
(Rabbi Allan Lurie, Huffington Post Blog)

Is the Pope also barred from entry into Israel?
(Caroline Pinder Cracraft, Mondoweiss)

Mali: Salafists seek emirate
(Raby Ould Idoumou, Eurasia Review)

Maoist government gains control of iconic Pashupatinath Hindu temple
(Kalpit Parajuli ,

Pakistani woman accused of ‘blasphemy’ illegally held in jail
(Murad Khan, Compass Direct News)

Religious education 'downgraded', says Rowan Williams
(Graeme Paton, The Telegraph)

States ignite religion wars
(Charles C. Haynes, Delaware Online)

Texas teacher fired for unwed pregnancy offered to get married
(Christina Ng, ABC News)

The odd couple: Anglican priest who befriended Abu Hamza talks of their friendship and says he will miss their chats
(Jack Doyle, Mail Online)

The war on religion: A view from the trenches
(Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D., Huffington Post Blog)

Uzbekistan: Continuing freedom of movement bans
(Mushfig Bayram, Forum 18 News Service)

Why Christianity needs a church
(Tiffany Gee Lewis, Deseret News)

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Abu Hamza extradition: inside ADX Florence
(Matthew Holehouse, The Telegraph)

Abu Hamza's extradition: European Court approves moving terror suspect to the U.S.
(William Lee Adams, Time)

Ambassador to the Holy See: “Europe’s new democracies can give an impetus to a Christian renaissance”
(Talpa brusseliensis christiana)

Cameron welcomes terror ruling
(Helen Warrell, Financial Times)

Catholic Church mixes it up with politics
(Danny Westneat, The Seattle Times)

Court convicts 23 for Gujarat riots massacre
(Gulf Times)

Educating people, building peace, Islamic-Christian dialogue from Lebanon to Iraq
(Maroun Atallah,

Egypt court suspends Constitutional Assembly
(Voice of America via Associated Press, Reuters, AFP)

Feminist Sikh claims religion ready for women leaders
(Douglas Todd, The Vancouver Sun)

Hindu temple opens in old church hall in England
(Eurasia Review)

IGE co-sponsors event on Capitol Hill, raises profile of international religious freedom
(Institute for Global Engagement)

Immigrants remaking Canada's religious face in surprising ways
(Douglas Todd, Vancouver Sun )

Invitation to a dialogue: Religion in public life
(Rabbi Dennis S. Ross, The New York Times)

Iraqi sectarianism needs reporting, but not like Associated Press did
(Hayder al-Khoei,

Marijuana as a religious right? California Court says it's possible
(Dennis Romero, LA Weekly)

MDC-T hijacks peace prayer programme
(Sydney Kawadza , The Herald)

Mexico's rebel Chiapas state is turning its back on Catholicism
(Frédéric Saliba,

Obamacare: Fairness vs. Justice
(Gary Bauer, Politico)

Priest beaten, insulted and threatened with death during Easter in Orissa
(Nirmala Carvalho,

Religious freedom protection “isn’t what it used to be,” say organizers of 7th World Congress

Religious right in Egypt hoping for Islamic law
(Jeffrey Fleishman, The Seattle Times)

Report on Irish schools questions primacy of religious education
(Catholic Culture)

Russia: Jehovah's Witnesses magazines ban challenged by distributor

Terror suspects may be sent to U.S., European Court says
(Erik Larson, Bloomberg BuisnessWeek)

The father of mindfulness
(Sylvia Thompson, Irish Times)

The politics of religious freedom: The problem with the history of toleration
(Evan Haefeli, The Immanent Frame)

Twin blasts are an attempt to divert attention away from ex governor case, bishop says
(David Viehland,

Vanderbilt Christian groups, citing religious freedom, follow Catholics off campus
(Annalisa Musarra, RNs via Huff Post Religion)

Voters shouldn't fall for veiled attack on Muslims
(Ahmed Bedier, Orlando Sentinel)

We're all Catholics now
(James Taranto, American Spectator)

Will religious conservatives rally to Mitt Romney?
(David Gibson, The Christian Century)

World religious freedom congress to help advocates identify emerging threats
(Bettina Krause, Adventist News Network)

World religious freedom congress to help advocates identify emerging threats
(Bettina Krause, Adventist News Network)

Monday, 9 April 2012

A global assault on religious liberty: OpEd
(Doug Bandow, Forbes)

Between 5,000 and 10,000 Salafists in France
(Jean-Marie Guénois, Le Figaro (trans. HRWF))

Canadian-designed sport hijab earns FIFA's attention
(QMI Agency, The Sun Times)

Cardinal Burke clarifies: Employers providing contraceptives 'materially and formally' cooperating with sin
(Megan Morris, Christian Newswire)

Clinton hails improvements in Turkish religious rights
(Ümit Enginsoy, Hürriyet Daily News)

Greek orphanage to serve as foundation for environment
(İlyas Koç, Today's Zaman)

Imam marries Muslim homosexual couple in France
(Daniel Clark, News Tribe)

Is the Old Regime seeking a comeback in Egypt?
(Peter Kenyon, National Public Radio)

New wave of well-off Pakistani women drawn to conservative Islam
(Jason Burke, The Guardian)

PA voter ID law a problem for Amish, others
(33 WYTV via Associated Press)

Recent prisoner Free Exercise cases
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Religion and politics are inseparable: Get over it
(Bishop Pierre Whalon, Huff Post Religion)

Religion and the Constitution under attack in America
(Fox Nation)

Salafis In Egypt’s new politics: Ideological adaptation or compromise? – Analysis
(RSIS, Eurasia Review)

State lawmakers reignite school wars over religion
(Charles C. Haynes, The First Amendment Center)

State legislatures reignite war over religion in schools: Reaction
(Valerie Strauss, Washington Post)

The tension between politics and religion in China
(He Qinglian, The Epoch Times)

Thirty-two churches and religions now officially recognized in Hungary
(Klaus Rösler, European Baptist Federation)

Yemen: 64 killed in clashes with al-Qaida fighters
(Ahmed Al-Haj, Associated Press )

Sunday, 8 April 2012

Car bomb near Nigeria churches kills 38
(Jon Gambrell, Associated Press )

Nigeria: Anglican Primate warns Jonathan's critics over church gift
(Caleb Ayansina, All

Psychics' practices protected by religious rights, lawyers say
(Paul McMahon, Orlando Sentinel)

Saudi princess: What I'd change about my country
(Princess Basma Bint Saud Bin Abdulaziz, BBC)

Saturday, 7 April 2012

3500 adults receive baptism at Easter Vigil. Cardinal Tong thanks the catechists
(Annie Lam,

A return to religion: Churches, synagogues extend hand as 'reverts' come back home
(The Tennessean)

Branding Vodka after sacred name stirs anger in Kazakhstan
(The International News [Pakistan])

Christianity remains at the heart of European unity – A study
(Francesca Vella, The Malta Independent Online)

Divided by God: In 2012, no religious center is holding
(Ross Douthat, New York Times)

Good Friday a holiday in Cuba for the first time in 50 years
(Latin American Herald Tribune)

Most Americans say media coverage of religion too sensationalized
(School for Communication and Journalism, USC Annenberg)

North Korea's Bethlehem is birthplace of Kim religion
(Associated Press, FoxNews)

Police pressure on underground community. Easter in the Church of Silence
(Wang Zhicheng,

Friday, 6 April 2012

'Confusingly many perspectives' on Cyprus
(Poly Pantelides, Cyprus Mail)

Betrayal of the Crucifix: As PM urges support of Christianity, his own Minister tells Europe Britons do not have right to wear cross at work
(Steve Doughty and Jack Doyle, Daily Mail Online)

Court in Egypt sentences young Christian for 'insulting Islam'
(Wayne King, Compass Direct News)

Group formed to push for Florida religion amendment
(Associated Press, The Miami Herald)

In Kon Tum, Catholics pray in private homes since the government seized their church
(Nguyen Hung,

Lao officials confiscate church buildings
(Sarah Page, Compass Direct News)

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