Law and Religion Headlines

Monday, 6 May 2013

Sudanese Islamist group comes under fire for gifting Quran to US diplomat
(The Sudan Tribune)

Kenya: Garissa Muslims condemn police raid on mosques
(Ramadhan Rajab, The Star)

Religious militancy: A big challenge to Pakistan stability – OpEd
(Amna Razzaq, Eurasia Review)

Muslim monarch restores Jewish ancient cemetery in Cape Verde: Wonderful lesson of religious tolerance- OpEd
(Said Temsamani, Eurasia Review)

Hungary: Inside the far-Right stronghold where Hungarian Jews fear for the future
(Colin Freeman, The Telegraph)

In our opinion: Americans should encourage spreading religious freedom across the globe
(Editorial, Deseret News)

Burmese refugees flock to Iowa meatpacking town
(Ryan J. Foley, Associated Press)

Religion and Law round up – 5th May
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Demand to have Alevi on ID turns into vicious circle
(Doğan News Agency, Hürriyet Daily News)

Top U.S. court to decide whether to hear Greece prayer case
(Meaghan M. McDermott, Democrat and Chronicle)

Kazakstan: Religious freedom to suffer in anti-extremist programme?
(Felix Corley, Forum 18)

Russian Patriarch prays for peace in Middle East

Struggling Catholic schools strategize to draw new students
(Mary Wisniewski, The Chicago Tribune)

PLO slams Israel over treatment of Palestinian Christians
(The News International)

Many young Muslims in America struggle to understand themselves and their faith
(Michelle Boorstein and Farah Mohamed, The Washington Post)

Prayers for rain in drought plagued western states spurs resurgence of faith
(Susan Montoya Bryan, Huffington Post Religion)

Bangladesh Islamists battle police; 4 dead
(Farid Ahmed and Josh Levs, CNN)

North Carolina school board member resigns over litigation risk from proposal to open meetings with prayer
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Baptist children's home cannot challenge Kentucky's settlement of establishment clause case
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Bangladesh clashes rage over blasphemy law
(Al Jazeera)

Extended prayer at North Georgia school ignites debate
(Aungelique Proctor, My Fox Atlanta)

Lawsuit: Church to blame for rape
(Tim Evans, USA Today)

Sunday, 5 May 2013

American female converts to Islam facing growing scrutiny
(Omar Sacirbey, Religion News Service)

Russia celebrates Easter as Holy Week draws to an end

Growing anti-Semitism: World Jewish Congress takes on Hungary
(Keno Verseck, Der Spiegel)

Despite stalled Arab Spring, Muslim nations grasp for democracy
(The Christian Science Monitor)

State Department withdraws honor for Egyptian activist over anti-American, anti-Semitic tweets
(Hannah Allam, McClatchy)

Debate over Easter greetings roil Egypt’s sensitive religious tension
(Nancy A. Youssef, McClatchy)

No RLUIPA violation in zoning denial for faith-based treatment facility
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Rockingham school board member resigns over prayer
(Winston-Salem Journal)

Saturday, 4 May 2013

‘Religious institutions forcing caste-based voting system’
(B.S. Satish Kumar, The Hindu)

Church of Ireland defends itself after cleric turns down post
(Steven Alexander, Belfast Telegraph)

Dozens of Islamists demonstrate in Khartoum demanding release of detainees
(Sudan Tribune)

Egypt: Shura Council approves final draft of Islamic bonds law
(Aswat Masriya)

Ghana: Presbyterian church speaks on national issues
(William N-Ianjerorr Jalulah, The Chronicle)

Judge's ruling in St. James case puts cloud on many former Episcopal properties in California
(A. S. Haley, Anglican Curmudgeon)

Lebanon’s first civil marriage raises hope for change
(Ya Libnan)

Nigeria: “terrorism and corruption are the main plagues”
(Interview with John Cardinal Onaiyekan by Fr Joe Vella Gauci, EuropeInfos)

Pakistan: Musharraf's party to boycott May elections
(Big News Network)

Palestine: Hamas slams Arab League peace initiative
(Pan Armenian)

Police arrest two in new anti-Muslim unrest in Myanmar
(The West Australian via AFP)

Political Islam is post-Gaddafi Libya
(James Maxwell, Think Africa Press)

Rhode Island becomes 10th US state to allow gay and lesbian marriage
(The Guardian)

South Sudan official defies orders and weds 'underage' girl
(Sudan Tribune)

Tunisians react to Egyptian cleric Mohamed Hassan visit
(Jamel Arfaoui, Magharebia)

Turkish Airlines crew banned from wearing red lipstick and nail polish
(The Guardian)

Uganda: Tension as Masaka braces for Mubajje faction
(Manuel Zinga, The Observer)

Friday, 3 May 2013

64 percent of Muslims in Egypt and Pakistan support the death penalty for leaving Islam
(Max Fisher, The Washington Post)

A distressing map of religious freedom around the world
(Max Fisher, The Washington Post)

ACLU files First Amendment, religious freedom lawsuit in Westboro Baptist Church flag desecration case
(ACLU of Iowa)

AFLC challenges HHS mandate in D.C. Federal Court on behalf of Catholic company
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Are military leaders and the MSM embracing an anti-Christian extremist?
(David French, National Review Online)

Azerbaijan continues to restrict freedom of religion violating its international obligations
(Eurasia Review, Panorama AM)

Cardinal: Enforcing abortion legislation 'a denial of religious freedom'
(Irish Examiner)

City wins zoning battle with Jewish school
(Bill Smith, Evanston Now)

Conscientious objection to abortion: Catholic midwives win appeal
(Alasdair Henderson, UK Human Rights Blog)

Divided Arizona House overhauls religious freedom bill
(Cristina Silva, Danbury News Times)

Divorce decree's provision allowing mother to take children to Sunday School does not violate establishment clause
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Downturn in religious madness in Jerusalem
(Deutsche Welle)

Ex-FLDS leader Nielsen convicted on 3 counts of bigamy to be paroled from Texas prison
(Associated Press, WWRN)

Mali war exposes religious fault lines
(Celeste Hicks Bamako, The Guardian)

No right-to-die in Ireland
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Northern Ireland: Co-religious schools plan approved
(Belfast Telegraph)

Of course the 9/11 cross is a religious symbol
(David Silverman, American Atheists, The Washington Post – On Faith)

Pentagon refutes reports of anti-Christian policies
(David Gibson, Religion News Service)

Photo slideshow: National Day of Prayer
(Adelle M. Banks and Sally Morrow, Religion News Service)

Protestant Church congress focuses on dialogue
(Deutsche Welle)

Religious, secular worlds clash in Israel
(Daniel Estrin, Rocky Mount Telegram)

Saudi Arabia reaffirms ban on the building of non-Muslim places of worship
(Christian Post)

Wide majorities of most U.K. faiths support assisted suicide
(Trevor Grundy, Religion News Service)

With Benedict’s return, Vatican experiment begins
(Elisabetta Povoledo, The New York Times)

Thursday, 2 May 2013

Thousands of Egypt's Islamists protest against state security
(Reuters, Aswat Masriya)

Hanging Haman with the Igbo Jews of Abuja
(Shai Afsai, The Times of Israel)

US report into Chinese religious freedom rebutted
(Editor: Sha Sha, Xinhuanet)

Today is National Day of Prayer
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Secular Lebanon
(Irina Papkova, The Revealer (NYU))

May 2: National Day of Prayer
(Carla Garrison, The Washington Times)

On the National Day of Prayer, time for a revival
(Greg Laurie, The Washington Post – On Faith)

Thankful for religious freedom on the National Day of Prayer
(Kayla Griesemer and Sarah Torre, The Foundry)

'Book of Mormon' stars find new depth in religion after seeing its birthplace
(VIctoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press, Ottawa Citizen)

On National Day of Prayer, America needs prayer like never before
(Pastor Greg Laurie, Fox News)

Gay activists push for gov't officials to drop Greg Laurie from National Day of Prayer events
(Alex Murashko, The Christian Post)

What Muslims around the world think about women's rights, in charts
(Olga Khazan, The Atlantic)

Azerbaijan: Harsh fines cancelled, banned books list publication soon?
(Felix Corley, Forum18)

Report on Azerbaijan considered at the session of the UN Human Rights Council

What are you? A review of Searching for Zion: The Quest for Home in the African Diaspora by Emily Raboteau
(David F. Evans, The Revealer (NYU))

Rhetoric heats up in debate over proselytizing in the military
(Matthew Brown, Deseret News)

Pentagon may court martial soldiers who share Christian faith
(Ken Klukowski,

Pentagon taps anti-Christian extremist for religious tolerance policy
(Ken Klukowski,

Government mulls next step on Plan B pill
(Lauran Neergaard and Josh Lederman, Associated Press, USA Today)

New at The Revealer
(The Center for Religion and Media New York University)

The Colombian Senate says no to gay marriage bill
(Elizabeth Reyes L., El País in English)

‘Gaining my religion’: U.S. courts could give lifestyle choices saintly status
(Brian S. Inamine, Workforce)

New church In Bosnia raises tensions between Serbs, Bosnians
(Nicholas Wood, The New York Times)

The secret faith of Washington
(Joshua DuBois, The Daily Beast)

From China: Full text of human rights record of the United States in 2012
(State Council Information Office of the People's Republic of China,

Family feud leads to 3rd Circuit employment precedent
(Carlyn Kolker, Thomson Reuters News & Insight)

Hamilton-based Anglican bishop suing blogger
(Joan Walters, The

Syrian Shias flee to Lebanon to escape Sunni militias
(Ruth Sherlock, The Telegraph)

National Organization for Marriage calls on House to reject same-sex marriage bills
(Randal Edgar, Providence Journal)

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