Law and Religion Headlines

Thursday, 13 December 2012

Philippines: House passes reproductive health bill on second reading
(Karen Boncocan, Inquirer News)

Poll: More than one-third of Americans see signs of end times in extreme weather
(Lauren Markoe, Religion News Service)

Religious leaders gather in Geneva to discuss faith and refugee protection

Sweden: Appeals court reversal stuns parents of boy seized by the state
(Home School Legal Defense Association)

Swedish missionary shot in Pakistan dies in Sweden
(Geo TV News)

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Archbishop Williams honored by for promoting interfaith harmony
(The Nation (Pakistan))

Are we still committed to human rights for all?
(Paul Seils, The Nation (Pakistan))

At issue: The marginalization of religious freedom

Cairo court sentences man to 3 years for insulting religion
(David D. Kirkpatrick, New York Times)

Case reviews could test Obama’s ‘evolution’ on same-sex marriage
(Robert Barnes, The Washington Post)

Catholics delegates praise spiritual life in Vietnam

China reportedly strips Shanghai bishop of his title
(Andrew Jacobs, The New York Times)

Christian body calls for increased protection of freedom of religion
(Christian Today India)

Demand for Islamic bonds seen rising strongly - report
(Bernardo Vizcaino, Reuters)

Divining the tricky line on God, free speech and schools
(Jennifer Rudinger, The Charlotte Observer)

Doctors with moral objection could refuse services to patients under bill House panel passed
(Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free Press)

Document: Freedom of Thought 2012: A Global Report on Discrimination Against Humanists, Atheists and the Non-religious
(International Humanist and Ethical Union)

EU has 'moral responsibility' to challenge China on human rights
(Martin Banks, The

Fla. atheist erects 'Festivus' sign next to Nativity scene
(Anugrah Kumar, Christian Post)

France steps up struggle against religious radicals
(Tom Heneghan, Reuters)

Gender reassignment, same-sex marriage and the religious opt-out: obscure but relevant?
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Hamas: We'll never surrender 'Palestine'
(Chris Mitchell, CBN News)

Jews in Copenhagen are being warned not to wear religious symbols in public
(Business Insider)

Lancaster County wood component business challenges HHS regulations
(Independence Law Center)

Modeling the virtues of Christmas
(J. Brent Walker, Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty)

National Menorah lit in Washington
(Stacey Samuel, CNN)

NC college, other schools to argue against birth control rules
(Michael Doyle, McClatchy Newspapers, News Observer)

New decree implementing religion law takes effect Jan. 1 in Vietnam
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

New Jersey Department of Corrections announces pilot program for use of candles during menorah lighting
(State of New Jersey)

New report focuses on global discrimination against humanists and atheists
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Northern Ireland census 2011: religion and identity mapped
(The Guardian)

Not-so-safe harbor: Court allows archdiocese’s HHS mandate challenge to proceed
(Dominique Ludvigson, The Foundry)

Parliament bars Church of England from hosting gay weddings
(Trevor Grundy, Religion News Service)

Partition, then and now
(Allan Arkush, Jewish Ideas Daily)

Plaintiffs in New Kensington 10 Commandments case allowed to stay unnamed
(Liz Hayes, Trib Live (PA))

Quebec court forces Catholic school to teach 'neutral' course on religion and morality
(Peter Baklinski, LifeSiteNews)

Religion in England and Wales 2011
(Office for National Statistics)

Religious freedom, not just for the religious
(Charles C. Haynes, The Washington Post)

Stanford Religious Liberty Clinic
(Stanford Law School)

The breakneck speed of Islamist transformation in Egypt
(Barry Rubin, Jewish Press)

The Roger Williams Code
(Ben Schreckinger, Slate)

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

'Choose Life' license plates ruled unconstitutional in North Carolina
(Joe Sutton, CNN Belief Blog)

A season of hope for religious freedom
(Dominique Ludvigson, The Bellingham Herald)

A vibrant, but different, future for religion in the U.S
(Frank Newport, The Washington Post)

Atheists around world suffer persecution, discrimination: report
(Robert Evans, Reuters)

Bishop launches attack on David Cameron over gay marriage
(Simon Johnson, The Telegraph)

Canada: Religious beliefs cannot trump right-to-live decisions, Supreme Court told
(Kirk Makin, The Globe and Mail)

Community education on Sikh religion continues
(Mark Schaaf, Caledonia Patch)

Coptic Christians asking free world to cut ties with Egypt under Morsi
(Alex Murashko, Christian Post)

Costa Salafis speak against Mursi, demand religion out of politics
(Al Arabiya News)

Daily, Daily – Parliament and Church interests
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Ethics and Religion Talk: Jewish, Christian and Muslim views on divorce
(Matt Vande Bunte, M Live (Grand Rapids, MI))

Extreme anti-Islam posters to cover New York subway stations next week
(National Post)

Human Rights Day 2012: 4 of the worst human rights offenders are also on the UN Human Rights Council
(Patricia Levi, Policymic)

India: This time, caste trumps religion
(Vinod Sharma, Hindustan Times)

Inter-religious education essential for NZ schools
(Tapu Misa, The New Zealand Herald)

Iran arrests 28 over links to foreign-based TV networks advocating banned Baha’i religion
(Associated Press, The Washington Post)

Iran arrests 28 over links to religious networks
(AP via ABC News)

Judge rules ‘Choose Life’ license plates violate the First Amendment
(Ben Johnson, Life Site News)

Kazakhstan: Mosques and churches forcibly closed
(Mushfig Bayram, Forum 18)

London rejects plan for mega-mosque
(Soeren Kern, Gatestone Institute)

Mayan apocalypse: panic spreads as December 21 nears
(Nick Allen, Malcolm Moore and Tom Parfitt, The Telegraph)

Metropolitan Hilarion calls on Orthodox Christians, Muslims to unite in fight against Wahabis

Morsi’s opponents describe abuse by president’s allies
(David D. Kirkpatrick, The New York Times)

Muslim students look to shed light on religion, culture in first Muslim Monologues event
(Laura Blasey, The DiamondBack (University of Maryland))

My Take: Let's protect religious counselors amid 'conversion therapy' debate
(Gabe Lyons, CNN Belief Blog)

Northern Ireland’s Protestants fall below 50 percent of population for first time

Religion and the state in Egypt: An intractable problem
(MENAFN - Arab News)

Religion in Great Britain, 2011
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Religious display? City says Rotary Lights do not cross line separating church and state
(Pat Anderson, La Cross Tribune (WI))

Religious reasons for supporting assisted dying
( Jonathan Romain, Huffington Post)

S. Africa's churches accuse Zuma, ANC of moral decay
(Ed Cropley, Reuters)

Same-sex marriage in England and Wales: the Government’s proposals
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Somali security forces ‘evict’ Al Shabaab from biggest town
(Jim Kouri, Eurasia Review)

Threatened by faith in Santa Monica
(Michael Gortlieb, Los Angeles Times)

To protect religious freedom, the Supreme Court should abolish marriage as we know it
(Clay Farris Naff, Huffington Post)

Turkey's human rights record '12 - Part I
(BIA News)

Turkey's human rights record '12 - Part II
(BIA News)

Udupi: No religion preaches terrorism
(Sri Sugunendratirtha Swamiji,

UK government says it will legalize gay marriage, but bar Church of England from involvement
(AP via Washington Post)

UN Human Rights Council: new President will help promote human rights equitably
(UN News Centre)

UN urges Pacific action on human rights
(Radio Australia)

Video: Novak Award winner says religion inspires hope, creativity in crisis
(Michael Severance, Acton Institute Power Blog)

Working Paper: Two Concepts of Religious Freedom in the European Court of Human Rights
(Nehal Bhuta, Cadmus, European University Institute)

Monday, 10 December 2012

Archdiocese, parishes win key victory in bankruptcy
(Annysa Johnson, Journal Sentinel)

Both sides brace for Supreme Court battle on gay marriage
(Richard Wolf, Washington Post)

Call for religious freedom on human rights day
(Christian Today)

Canada’s witch trials: Fake sorcerers and sham psychics abound despite hundred-year-old law to protect people
(Tristin Hopper, National Post)

Censored: How European "Hate Speech" Laws Are Threatening Freedom of Speech
(Paul Coleman, Observatory on Intolerance and Discrimination Against Christians in Europe)

Charities fight possible changes on tax deductions
(Jackie Kucinich, USA Today)

Comment: The world is silent while atheists are persecuted
(Andrew Copson,

Egypt: Defeat would be a blow to Islamic state
(Richard Spencer, Sydney Morning Herald)

FBI releases 2011 hate crimes data; 19.8% are motivated by anti-religious bias
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

First AME Church files lawsuit against former pastor
(Angel Jennings, Los Angeles Times)

France : vers un modèle de « laïcité à la chinoise » ?
(Talpa brusseliensis christiana)

François Hollande veut un "Observatoire de la laïcité"
(Natalia Trouiller, La Vie)

Germany: Image of Islam 'devastating'
(Soeren Kern, Gatestone Institute)

Government breaks promises on same-sex marriage in churches
(Christian Concern)

HMG and votes for prisoners: maybe not such a cunning plan
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Human Rights Day celebrated by activists around the world (PHOTOS)
(Associated Press, Huff Post Impact)

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