Law and Religion Headlines

Monday, 17 December 2012

Religious freedom for military being negotiated by Senate-House conference committee
(Tom Strode, Baptist Press)

Run for the hills! Here come the noisy grasshoppers (UK Commission on a Bill of Rights)
(Adam Wagner, UK Human Rights Blog)

Same-sex marriage in Scotland – the draft Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Same-Sex Marriage, Child Protection and Extraordinary Rendition – The Human Rights Roundup
(Daniel Isenberg, UK Human Rights Blog)

Secretary-General concerned about continuing political deadlock in Nepal
(UN News Centre)

Secular Britain is ruled by religious bureaucrats
(Nick Cohen, The Guardian / The Observer)

Spain threatens to deport filmmaker for anti-Islam documentary
(Soeren Kern, Gatestone Institute)

The call for freedom of religion in conflict-prone countries
(Canada Free Press)

Thrivent Financial for Lutherans commits nearly $7 million in 2013 to Habitat for Humanity International
(Religion News Service)

Treasury and the IRS release tribal General Welfare Guidance
(Internal Revenue Service)

Treasury spells out rules on taxing of tribes
(Suzanne Gamboa, Associated Press via ABC News)

Uzbekistan: Singing and reading Bibles on holiday prosecuted
(Mushfig Bayram, Forum 18 News Service)

WCC blasts U.S. for blocking ecumenical meeting in Cuba
(Peter Kenny, Religion News Service)

Westboro Baptist Church says it will picket vigil for Connecticut school shooting victims
(Timothy Stenovec, Huff Post Religion)

Sunday, 16 December 2012

Hungary's Jews face down new extremism
(Marton Dunai, Reuters)

Saturday, 15 December 2012

Afghanistan Elections: Will the Taliban contest?
(J Jeganaathan, Institute of Peace & Conflict Studies)

Americans must celebrate religious liberty – OpEd
(Ralph Reed, The Washington Times)

China cracks down on "slay red dragon" doomsday cult
(Reporting by Sui-Lee Wee, Additional reporting by Huang Yan, Editing by Jonathan Standing and Elaine Lies, Reuters)

Court to decide whether religious challenge to health care law may proceed
(Michael Doyle, McClatchy Newspapers, The News Tribune)

Domino's founder sues feds over health care law
(Associated Press, Fox News)

Egypt Islamists expect approval of constitution
(David D. Kirkpatrick and Kareen Fahim, The New York Times)

Egyptians vote on controversial constitution
(Ben Brumfield and Amir Ahmed, CNN)

Europe and the Arab Spring that never sprung
(Anis Bajrektarevic, Geopolitical Monitor)

High Court rejects Humanist Association’s challenge to faith school proposals in Richmond
(Rosalind English, UK Human Rights Blog)

Hindus ask for Diwali holiday in Harrow Schools in England
(Eurasia Review)

Hindus want immediate end to segregation of Roma pupils in Czech Republic
(Eurasia Review)

Indonesia arrests fake Islamic prophet for 'sex cult'
(Bankok Post)

Liberalism favors rights of individuals over churches
(James Hitchcock, Crisis Magazine)

Nash Papyrus digitized: Ancient copy of Ten Commandments goes online
(Stoyan Zaimov, The Christian Post Europe)

Pope calls for new economic model, more ethical markets
(Philip Pullella, Reuters)

Religious differences: Calgary bishop warns congregation that the city’s newest Catholic church isn’t really Catholic
(Jen Gerson, National Post)

Romney dominated religion coverage of 2012 race, study says
(Anugrah Kumar, Christian Post U.S.)

Sikhs win school turban ban case against France in the UN
(Mejindarpal Kaur, United Sikhs)

The Media, Religion and the 2012 Campaign for President
(Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism)

Tufts University reverses course, recognizes religious liberty
(Willilam Gonch, American Council of Trustees and Alumni)

Walmart worker says she was fired for praying with customer
(ABC News)

West Point 'weddings' renew fear of chaplain discrimination
(Whitney Williams, World)

Women as bishops: the House of Commons debate
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Friday, 14 December 2012

'Insulting religion': Blasphemy sentence in Egypt sends a chill
(Kristen Chick, The Christian Science Monitor)

American ignorance of Islam results in confused Syria policy
(Frank Kaufman, The Washington Times)

Americans learned little about the Mormon faith, but some attitudes have softened
(The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life)

Anchorage city buses advertise anti-religion campaign
(Mallory Peebles and Mike Nederbrock,

Anti-Islam subway ads by Pamela Geller feature exploding World Trade Center, quote from the Quran
(Huffington Post)

Berkley Center December Newsletter
(Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs)

Buddhism is a thread that binds Nepal and China together
(Prem Kumari Pant, The Weekly Mirror)

CAIR urges Mich. governor to veto anti-Sharia bill
(CBN News)

Chad kidnap NGO was cult, lawyers argue at end of Paris trial
(All Africa)

Charter enshrining Shariah at core of Egypt crisis
(Maggie Michael and Lee Keath, AP, The Seattle Times)

Church and State – an idiot’s guide
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Conscience vctory in final Illinois pharmacist ruling
(National Catholic Register)

Conversations: Stanford’s Religious Liberty Clinic
(Mark L. Movsesian, Center for Law and Religion Forum)

EMU grad student expelled over beliefs wins settlement
(Tom Strode, Baptist Press)

Faith minister concerned over Government's same-sex marriage plans
(Christian Concern)

First Freedom premieres on PBS December 18

France's new monitoring policy deemed religious liberty threat
((Nina Shea and Paul Marshall), Catholic News Agency)

Hindus hail bill ending gender disparity In British royal succession
(Eurasia Review)

Mali: Paris and Africa want to go fast, Washington remains skeptic‏al – OpEd
(Said Temsamani, Eurasia Review)

Muslim American voters: small group had big impact
(Mehrunisa Qayyum, Common Ground News Service)

Muslim cabbie sues St. Louis, taxicab commission over clothing rules
(Denise Hollinshed, St. Louis Post Dispatch)

Myanmar monks protest to demand crackdown apology
(Associated Press, The Oakland Tribune)

Navy cancels Nativity over atheist complaint
(Todd Starnes, Fox News)

Nepal: "Politicians are lampooning basic values of democracy and justice"
(Interview with Dr. Gyan Basnet, The Weekly Mirror)

North Korean rocket launch bodes ill for Christians
(Efrem Graham, CBN News)

Pakistan: Government urged to focus on interfaith harmony
(Daily Times (Pakistan))

Pew Forum Weekly Religion News Update

Planned Parenthood and the Government v. Religious Liberty and Women’s Wellbeing
(Helen Alvaré , The Witherspoon Institute – Public Discourse)

Putin pledges to fight corruption, capital flight
(Steve Gutterman and Douglas Busvine, Reuters)

Radical and moderate Palestinians: Who is more popular?
(Khaled Abu Toameh, Gatestone Institute of International Public Policy)

Religious freedom under assault in U.K., Christians say
(Alex Newman, The New American)

Russia: Why is Falun Gong literature banned?
(Geraldine Fagan, Forum 18 News Service)

Russia's anti-Mormon campaign
(Anna Nemtsova, The Daily Beast)

The Future of Religious Freedom: Global Challenges
(Allen D. Hertzke, Editor, Oxford University Press)

The National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference announces Liberty Counsel as the senior partner for the NHCLC Life Directive
(PR Newswire via Sacramento Bee)

Towards women in the Episcopate – I
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

U.N. summit rejects U.S., Europe hands-off-the-Internet plea
(Declan McCullagh, CNET)

UN expert urges States to stand up for right to education, especially for girls
(UN News Centre)

Vietnam adopts China-style restrictions on religious freedom
(Melissa Steffan, Christianity Today - Gleanings)

Vladimir Putin calls on Russian families to have three children
(Tom Parfitt, The Telegraph)

What if HSBC had been Muslim? A two-tiered justice system bought and sold
(Omid Safi, Religion News Service)

Witnesses may testify anonymously at charity tribunal case on Plymouth Brethren
(David Ainsworth, Third Sector Online)

Thursday, 13 December 2012

'Jedi Knight' most followed alternative religion in UK, says survey
(Myles Collier, Christian Post)

A win for religious freedom in Illinois
(Dominique Ludvigson, Heritage Network)

Activists: 8th Tibetan child self-immolates
(Louise Watt, Associated Press)

Alber Saber convicted of blasphemy by Egyptian Court; sentenced to 3 years in prison
(Associated Press, Huffington Post)

American Atheists' NYC billboard calls for Christmas minus 'myth' of Christ
(Stoyan Zaimov, The Christian Post N. America)

Barbara Kay: Quebec's 'totalitarian' take on religious education in high school
(Barbara Kay, National Post)

Bills limiting abortion options step closer to becoming law in Michigan
(Kathleen Gray and Robin Erb, Detroit Free Press)

Doomsday sect clashes with police
(Radio Free Asia)

Ebbing Protestant power upsets fragile Northern Irish balance
(Ian Graham, Reuters)

Egyptian factions stage final rallies before referendum
(Giles Elgood, Reuters)

Federal judge rules against Tulsa Police Captain Paul Fields in his religious rights case against TPD
(Chris Cordt,

France devises plan to treat ‘religious pathology’
(Tiffany Owens, World)

Gay marriage plans offer 'quadruple lock' for opposed religious groups
(Patrick Wintour, The Guardian)

Germany passes law to protect circumcision after outcry
(Madeline Chambers, Reuters)

Hate graffiti sprayed on Jerusalem Church, extremist Jews connected to settlement movement suspected
(Associated Press, Worldwide Religious News)

In Brazil, church diplomat promotes religious freedom with state governor
(Felipe Lemos and Lucas Rocha, Adventist News Network)

Kyrgyzstan: Censorship amendments to Religion Law signed
(Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service)

Maya banned from performing ceremonies at ancestral temples in Mexico
(John Ahni Schertow, Intercontinental Cry)

New Congress will be missing some of its longtime pro-Israel pillars
(Ron Kampeas, JTA)

Niger's Tuaregs fear spillover from Mali
(Deutsche Welle)

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