Law and Religion Headlines

Friday, 28 December 2012

Mali: Destruction of holy shrines continues in Timbuktu‏ – OpEd
(Said Temsamani, Eurasia Review)

Nigeria: NOA partners traditional rulers in peace building
(Patience Ivie Obhafuoso, Leadership for God and Country)

Our fear of criticizing the Brotherhood – OpEd
(Abdulrahman Al-Rashed, MENAFN - Arab News via Duhur)

Politicized religion in Egypt 2012 – for Egypt 2013?
(H.A. Hellyer, Al Arabiya News)

Pope praises Arab Spring and says religion has been misused in war
(James Bone, The Times Europe)

Religious exemptions and the liberal state: A Christmas column
(Stanley Fish, The New York Times Opinionator)

Religious liberty for businesses: Protected freedom or excuse to discriminate?
(Scott Alessi, U.S. Catholic)

Russia’s new required religion class for 4th graders
(Matthew Brunwasser, PRI's The World)

Sotomayor: Contraceptives mandate left intact, for now
(Lyle Denniston, SCOTUSblog)

Statement regarding Sotomayor opinion
(Kyle Duncan, The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty)

Syrian Christians pray for peace on Christmas Eve (PHOTOS)

Top 10 Church-State and Religious Liberty Developments For 2012
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Top Religious Liberty Stories of 2012
(Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty)

US law center defends religious liberty

Where are the humanists?
(Samuel D. Freedman, The New York Times)

Why are Sri Lanka’s policy makers not using Buddhism as a soft-power tool?‏ – OpEd
(Shenali Waduge, Eurasia Review)

Thursday, 27 December 2012

Myanmar or Burma? Debate over nation's name persists
(Mark Magnier, Los Angeles Times)

Ukraine: Council of Churches ready to dialogue with government to correct legislative mistakes
(Religious Information Service of Ukraine)

When prayer really counts in air travel
(Rick Gladstone, The New York Times)

Wednesday, 26 December 2012

NM homeowners protest church where members drink hallucinogenic sacramental tea
(Tom Sharpe, The New Mexican)

Statement from the President and the First Lady on Kwanzaa
(The White House)

The Mid-east reminds the world that this is where Christmas was invented
(Al Bawaba News)

Tuesday, 25 December 2012

Iran: Pastor Nadarkhani jailed again
(Dan Wooding, ASSIST News Service)

Ukraine: Religious organizations are not required to register a database of members and employees
(Institute for Religious Freedom)

Monday, 24 December 2012

Bill of Rights, Hillsborough and Redfearn – The Human Rights Roundup
(Sam Murrant, UK Human Rights Blog)

End of Term Quiz
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Federal court blocks DIFP from enforcing provisions of Senate Bill 749
(Insurance News Net)

Fire and brimstone: the year in politics for a region in flux, part 1
(Al Bawaba News)

Pakistan mob burns man accused of desecrating Koran alive
(Hamid Sheikh, Reuters)

The Islamization of Germany in 2012
(Soeren Kern, Gatestone Institute of International Public Policy)

Worcester, Mass., synagogue, day school building seized by IRS

Sunday, 23 December 2012

Egyptians approve first post-uprising constitution
(Al Bawaba News)

Europe Headlines Digest will return January 2, 2013.

First Freedom: The Fight for Religious Liberty
(Paul Harvey, Religion in American History)

International Headlines Digest will return January 2, 2013.

Iowa court rules boss can fire employee he considers an ‘irresistible attraction’
(Associated Press, via Fox News)

Malaysia lifts curbs on Christian travel to Israel
(Al Arabiya News)

Patriarch Delly resigns: The good and bad news about the Chaldeans’ future
(Vatican Insider)

Religion and Law roundup: 23rd December
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Sri Lanka: Radical Buddhists lash out on churches
(Vatican Insider)

Sudan: Coptic priests arrested after 'baptism' in Khartoum
(Radio Dabanga (Hilversum), All Africa)

US Headlines Digest will return January 2, 2013.

Saturday, 22 December 2012

A time for Christians to engage with the world
(Pope Benedict XVI, Financial Times Opinion)

American Atheists files suit against IRS
(American Atheists)

Buried Christian empire casts new light on early Islam
(Matthias Schulz, Der Spiegel)

Indonesia’s Muslim schools draw Christians
(Izza Rohman, Common Ground News Service)

Weekly Address: The President and First Lady Extend a Holiday Greeting and Thank our Troops for their Service
(The White House)

Friday, 21 December 2012

America and the Muslim Brotherhood: A romance
(Alex Joffe, Jewish Ideas Daily)

As new chief rabbi, Ephraim Mirvis faces a fractious British Jewry
(Miriam Shaviv, JTA)

Canadian Supreme Court rules women can wear religious veil while testifying in court
(Associated Press)

Cuban Jewish leaders bring jailed American Alan Gross latkes, prayers to celebrate Hanukkah
(Associated Press)

Decisions by the House of Bishops
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Did you know...? (USCIRF religious freedom reports)
(United States Commission on International Religious Freedom)

District court modifies Wilmington Diocese bankruptcy order, eliminating ban on payments to accused priests
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Does a businessman in America have religious conscience rights?
(Kathryn Jean Lopez, National Review Online)

Egypt: Islamists and opposition fight in Alexandria
(Robert Tait, Telegraph)

Fiji: Calls to maintain impartiality on religion
(Nanise Loanakadavu, Fiji Times Online)

Hobby Lobby forced to ask Supreme Court to halt abortion drug mandate
(Emily Hardman, The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty)

India: BJP asks SP how could it demand Muslim quota in govt jobs
(Deccan Herald)

Indonesia: Mothers cry over widespread bigotry
(The Jakarta Post)

Indonesia: Politicians fuel raging hatred and intolerance
(Margareth S. Aritonang, The Jakarta Post)

Irish government plans to legalize abortions in life-threatening cases, including suicide risk
(Associated Press, The Washington Post)

Journalists vote for contraception fight as top 2012 U.S. religion story, pick Cardinal Dolan as top newsmaker
(Debra L. Mason, Religion Newswriters)

Judge: Louisiana woman has right to offensive holiday display
(Associated Press, The Washington Post)

London: A rising island of religion in a secular sea
(Eric Kaufmann, The Huffington United Kingdom)

Marriage, places of worship and Scientology
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

MPs and Peers launch campaign opposing same-sex marriage
(Christian Concern)

Muslims angry over Spanish citizenship for Jews
(Soeren Kern, Gatestone Institute of International Public Policy)

Obama must remind Vladimir Putin of human rights, religious freedom concerns
(Katrina Lantos Swett, The Christian Science Monitor)

Pope signals inter-faith alliance against gay marriage
(Phillip Pullella, Reuters)

Religion: Rabbis oppose Israeli plan in disputed area
(Laurie Goodstein, New York Times)

Security Council urges implementation of UN strategy against Lord’s Resistance Army
(UN News Centre)

Tunisian imam sued for call to ‘sterilize the wombs of Jewish women’
(Michael Bassin, The Times of Israel)

UN Security Council authorizes African-led intervention force in Mali
(UN News Centre)

US in contact with family claiming Iranian-American pastor held in Tehran
(Associated Press)

Watch MP Peter Bone on Christianity and public benefit
(Christian Concern)

Western Europe vs. Religious Freedom
(Mary Ann Glendon, Azizah al-Hibri, The National Interest)

Which Islamists?: Religion and the Syrian Civil War
(Haroon Moghul, Religion Dispatches)

Thursday, 20 December 2012

Witness may be required to remove niqab while testifying: top court
(Kirk Makin, The Globe and Mail)

Almost 1,000 doomsday cult members arrested in China
(BBC News China)

Avortement : l’Irlande se soumet à la jurisprudence européenne
(L'Observatoire de l'Europe)

Burma: Arakan, displaced
(Francis Wade, The Revealer)

Canada's Supreme Court, in split decision, sets out balancing test on right of witness to wear niqab
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Charitable status, public benefit and “closed” congregations: an update on Preston Down
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Christmas exposes atheist divide on dealing with religion
(Dan Mercia, CNN Belief Blog)

Contraception opponents hail DC court ruling
(Lauren Markoe, Religion News Service)

December 21: the 'Arab Spring of the spiritual movement', looms
(Reuters, The National)

Does anyone still practice the Mayan Religion?
(Brian Palmer, Slate)

Equal rites: The Episcopal Church & same-sex marriage
(Becky Garrison, The Revealer)

French village prepares 'to be spared the 21-12-2012 Maya apocalypse'
(Colin Randall, The National)

High Court rebuffs woman's bid to marry in Church of Scientology
(The Telegraph)

Hypocrisy: UN adopts 9 resolutions on Palestinians & Golan, yet silent on Syrian massacre of Palestinians
(UN Watch)

International forum on religion and state starts in Baku

Law firm and church official accused of aiding Chinese immigrants’ false asylum claims
(Joseph Goldstein and Kirk Semple, The New York Times)

Man pleads guilty to mosque arson fire
(Toledo Blade)

Mayan apocalypse: believers flock to Serbia's pyramid mountain
(AFP, The Telegraph)

Pa. man seeks freedom from religion
(Bill Wellock, Citizens Voice)

Pew Forum Weekly Religion News Update

Potential consequences of Egypt’s constitutional referendum – Analysis
(Richard Rousseau, Eurasia Review)

Religion in the National Intelligence Council Report
(Mark Movsesian, First Things)

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