Law and Religion Headlines

Monday, 15 April 2013

Can they patent your genes?
(Daniel J. Kevles, The New York Review of Books)

Myanmar's Muslims fear toxic fallout of reform
(The Times of India)

Expect Pope Francis to do something about the worldwide persecution of Christians
(Daniel Philpott, Aleteia)

Higher education for displaced people in Africa with UNHCR-JRS initiative
(Bernadine Racoma, Day News)

The crisis of Islam
(Amin Farouk, Gatestone Institute)

Battle of the sexes at Western Wall
(Sara Sidner, CNN Belief Blog)

Exploring the role of caliphs and popes
(Sharique Naeem, New Civilisation)

Saudi Arabia: Free detainee in ‘eye-for-an-eye’ case, says HRW
(Eurasia Review)

Cartoon abuses religious liberty double standard
(Carole Duncan, Napa Valley Register)

Men, women and marriage, and the Church in Wales
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Bid for state religion fails
(Nathan C. Walker, The Martin Marty Center for the Advanced Study of Religion (University of Chicago))

Fifty years later, church leaders respond to King’s “Birmingham Jail” letter
(Adelle M. Banks, Religion News Service)

Burundi court jails 182 followers of Catholic cult
(Global Post)

Pope Francis supports crackdown on US nuns
(ABC News)

Religious march sparks tension in Sambalpur
(Times of India)

India: Violent clashes in Udaipur over inflammatory remarks on religion
(The Times of India)

Pakistan: Seeking votes in name of religion, sect banned
(Mumtaz Alvi, International: The News)

North Carolina: Local youth explore religion
(Carson Capshaw-Mack, Winston-Salem Journal)

Turkish pianist receives suspended jail sentence for ‘denigrating religion’ on Twitter
(Frank Jordans in Berlin, AP via Washington Post)

Ireland: Convention votes 79% in favour of referendum on civil marriage for same-sex couples
(Ciarán Hanna, Inside Ireland)

Pope sets up cardinals’ group to advise on Vatican reform
(Alessandro Speciale, Religion News Service)

My three wives
(Joe Darger, Salon)

Pope Francis tasks cardinals with studying reform of Catholic Church
(Hada Messia and Laura Smith-Spark, CNN)

Takeover of polygamous community beset by conflict
(Paul Foy, Associated Press, Deseret News)

John Locke, freedom of religion & America
(Kelly O'Connell, Canada Free Press)

Reclaiming religious liberty: Rep. Forbes defends faith in the military
(VIDEO: Tucker Carlson interview, Fox News)

Sunday, 14 April 2013

Beliefs in the workplace
(Paul Clark, Bdaily)

Religion and Law round up – 14th April
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Saturday, 13 April 2013

Conservative icons disagree on gay marriage in Utah speeches
(Eric Schulzke, Deseret News)

Hagel dodges questions on religious liberty in the military
(Matthew Boyle,

Jackie Robinson's faith missing from '42' movie
(Eric Metaxas, Huffington Post)

Same-sex marriage approved by French Senate
(Bernadine Racoma, Day News)

Ohio Amish families struggle as beard-cutting prison terms get underway
(Reuters FaithWorld)

Uzbekistan: "All believers are backward-looking fanatics who drag society down"
(Mushfig Bayram, Forum 18)

Religious tribunals in the United Kingdom and the United States
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Remembering Jackie Robinson’s fight with black nationalists over anti-Semitism
(Ami Eden, JTA)

Friday, 12 April 2013

Pope meets Vatican administrators ahead of changes at top

Jewish students weren't kicked out of Palestinian event at Brooklyn College because of religion: report
(Ginger Adams Otis, New York Daily News)

Richard Land, controversial Southern Baptist leader, gets a new job
(David Gibson, Religion News Service, The Washington Post – On Faith)

Egypt's new sukuk law "incompatible with Islamic Shari’a law"
(Al Bawaba)

Burma: Promoting ‘rule of law’ will end violence, Suu Kyi tells Muslim leaders
(Kyaw Phyo Tha, The Irrawaddy)

Hamas segregates Gaza schools by gender
(Abeer Ayyoub, Al Jazeera)

Okla. Muslim group urges veto of foreign law ban
(San Francisco Chronicle)

Scholarly study from international lawyer Roberto Aron is released
(Books News Desk)

Receiving advisory council recommendations to end human trafficking
(Melissa Rogers, The White House)

Islamists storm Tunisian school after it bars veiled student
(Reuters - Tarek Amara, Al Arabiya)

Friday’s religion news roundup: Warren on guns * Rand’s ‘decadent’ DC * Condom portrait
(David Gibson, Religion News Service)

Vatican seeks to rebrand its relationship with science
(Florence Davey-Attlee, CNN)

Persecution of non-Muslims spreading to UK from OIC countries – The case of a Heathrow airport worker
(International Civil Liberties Alliance)

Thursday, 11 April 2013

Montana Hutterite colony asks Supreme Court to hear religious liberty case
(Matthew Brown, Deseret News)

Russian lawmakers back prison terms for religious offence
(The Globe and Mail)

TEDx Conference coming to Vatican
(Vatican Radio)

Germany: Islam becomes campaign issue
(Soeren Kern, Gatestone Institute)

Men and Women in Marriage and the Church of England
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Christian dismissed after Muslim opposition seeks European hearing
(Christian Concern)

Obama Administration hears from thousands against its mandate
(Sarah Torre, Culture Watch)

A nun or not? Panel says it's not up to courts
(Michael Tarm, Associated Press, San Francisco Chronicle)

Governor signs Kan. religious freedom measure
(John Milburn, Associated Press, The Houston Chronicle)

Increasing role of religion in Pak elections remain a worry
(Mehr F. Husain, India Today)

Thomas Farr delivers lecture on religious freedom at Oklahoma University
(Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs)

India: Govt defends caste, religion, region names of Army units
(The Indian Express)

New and surprising discoveries about mysterious Easter Island statue: Origin of the Birdman Cult
(Catherine Griffin, Science World Report)

Uzbekistan: "Unbelievable" fines after no trial and raid with no warrant
(Mushfig Bayram, Forum 18)

Florida Republican’s anti-Sharia bill would ban courts from recognizing Jewish divorces
(Stephen C. Webster, The Raw Story)

The other Salem witch trials
(Owen Davies, OUP Blog)

Chinese government gives house churches 'silent approval', says expert
(Quan Wei, The Gospel Herald)

Cemetery desecration signals power of Libyan Islamists
(Geoffrey York, The Globe and Mail)

Nigerian Christians denounce pressure to grant Boko Haram amnesty
(The Christian Post)

North Korea continues to make threats as Christians suffer

Gay marriage around the world
(The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life)

State legislation restricting use of foreign or religious law
(The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life)

Religious courts in the West: We're not in Kansas any more
(The Economist [Erasumus: Religion and public policy])

Duma approves 'blasphemy bill' in first reading
(Alexander Winning, The Moscow Times)

California bill would eliminate tax breaks to punish Boy Scouts for excluding gays
(Associated Press, Fox News)

Can Pope Francis and Xi Jinping normalize Vatican-China relations?
(David Gosset, Huff Post Religion)

Prof. Robert P. George: Religious liberty cannot exist without marriage
(The Sutherland Institute, YouTube)

Singapore's High Court throws out challenge to gay sex ban
(Jessica Seah,

Petition in support of German homeschooling family passes 100,000 mark
(Michael Gryboski, Christian Post)

The Constitution and graduation ceremonies in church
(Lyle Deniston, National Constitution Center, Yahoo! News)

Austria recognizes Alevis as religious community
(World Bulletin)

UK: LibDem MP wants to separate marriage registration from religion
(National Secular Society)

‘Allahu Akbar’ at Israeli ambassador's Paris residence
(Itamar Eichner, Ynet News)

Ireland Communion and Confirmation funds end

ACLU: Prison not allowing Muslim prayer

Ancient Chinese Buddhist temple faces demolition
(The West Australian)

Authorities promise Russia's Buddhists their full support
(Lyudmila Alexandrova, Itar-Tass)

Liberia: Administrator advises Muslim Congress students
(The Inquirer)

Protesters march to cathedral, chanting for unity of Egyptians
(Aswat Masriya)

Religion and politics: High office, low church
(The Economist [Erasumus: Religion and public policy])

Nigeria: Anglican cleric condemns proposed amnesty for Boko Haram
(Jide Jegede, Premium Times)

Human Rights Watch urges Egypt to solve Muslim-Christian strife
(Aswat Masriya)

Somalia: Information Minister accuses Al Shabaab of attack on Sheikh
(Garowe Online)

France’s top rabbi leaves post after accusations of plagiarism, lying about education
(Associated Press, The Washington Post Europe)

Religious freedom must not violate the rights of children - Oye Lithur
(Ghana Web)

Russia becomes definitive owner of cathedral building in Nice

Arizona weighs unemployment tax break for churches
(Arizona Daily Sun)

Clergy join gun control debate with pleas, prayers in 24-hour vigil
(Jaweed Kaleem, Huffington Post)

Possible saint gets a big military honor from White House
(Caleb K. Bell, Religion News Service)

Egypt: Address recurring sectarian violence, says HRW
(Eurasia Review)

Vatican spokesman denies report that Benedict XVI is ill
(Marta Jiménez, Catholic News Agency)

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