Law and Religion Headlines

Friday, 12 October 2012

China slams US report on human rights
(China Daily)

Church-state relationships in a pluralistic society
(Aaron Weaver, ABP Blog)

Clerics declare Malala shooting 'un-Islamic'
(Al Jazeera)

Correction: UN-Iran-human rights
(Associated Press)

Despite debt crisis, European Union wins Nobel Peace Prize for fostering peace, democracy
(Associated Press, The Washington Post)

Diverse, Disillusioned, and Divided: Millennial Values and Voter Engagement in the 2012 Election
(Survey Launch, The Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs)

Egyptian Christian boys accused of desecrating Quran cleared of blasphemy
(Katherine Weber, CP Africa)

EU Public Guidelines on Freedom of Religion or Belief, Research, Economic Crisis and Data protection discussed with the Cyprus EU Presidency
(Joint COMECE-CEC Press release, Karpasha)

Fear grows as Mali extremists compile list of unmarried mothers
(Faith Karimi, CNN)

Framing abortion as a religious question
(Sarah Seltzer, The Jewish Daily Forward)

Georgia dioceses challenge HHS Mandate in court
(Mary Anne Cattranio, The Georgia Bulletin)

Gov’t allays fears of Bangsamoro becoming an Islamic state
(Michael Lim Ubac and Philip C. Tubeza, Philippine Daily Inquirer)

Hopes raised for churces’ unification
(Hürriyet Daily News)

In the name of God: ultra-orthodox Jewish education not in children’s best interest, rules Court of Appeal
(Karwan Eskerie, UK Human Rights Blog)

Koran-burning U.S. pastor barred from entering Canada for debate

Malaysia’s transgender lose court battle over dress
(Alisha Hassan, Bikya Masr)

Muslim Newcastle players warned against wearing Wonga shirts
(Johnny Boyle,

Nigeria crackdown risks playing into Islamists' hands
(Tim Cocks, Reuters)

NYC, Rabbis clash over circumcision ritual
(David B. Caruso, Associated Press)

One third of Kazakh religious groups and organizations to be shut down
(Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty)

Plaintiffs against the HHS mandate reach more than 100 strong
(Sarah Torre, The Foundry)

Prime Minister vows to push ahead with same-sex 'marriage'
(Christian Concern)

Rabbis sue over city’s circumcision regulations
(Sean Gardiner, The Wall Street Journal)

Religious liberty - Growing international support for freedom of belief
(VIDEO, Adventist News Network)

Religious liberty - Growing international support for freedom of belief
(Adventist News Network)

The Alawites and the future of Syria
(Harold Rhode, Gatestone Institute)

The Islamic Republic of Catalonia
(Soeren Kern, Gatestone Institute of International Public Policy)

Vice-presidential debate explores candidates' religious views
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Washington bishop emphasizes: SSM will threaten religious liberty
(Blog, National Organization for Marriage)

Catholic institutions and 13 states file amicus briefs opposing HHS mandate before DC Circuit Court of Appeals
(Press Release, The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty)

Thursday, 11 October 2012

Abdul Baha: 100 years of connecting the world's religions
(Shastri Purushotma, Huff Post Religion)

ACLJ files second lawsuit asking federal court to block HHS Mandate for Illinois company

After another Malmo attack, a resolve to keep up new Jewish solidarity rallies
(Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA)

Becket Fund to speak at religious freedom rallies
(The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty)

Blasphemy bans threaten reform
(Ida Lichter, Huffington Post)

Catholicism fast becoming the dominant US religion new poll shows
(Irish Central)

Christian boy in Pakistan arrested for blasphemy
(BBC News)

CSW welcomes new EU strategy on human rights
(Christian Solidarity Worldwide)

Dalai Lama warns against generalizing Islam
(Jakarta Globe)

Draft of Egypt’s new constitution under fire for Islam’s influence
(Jeffrey Fleishman, Hamilton Spectator)

Egypt’s political class needs wider focus
(Roula Khalaf, Financial Times)

European Court of Human Rights to examine Hungary’s church law

German cabinet approves controversial circumcision bill
(Donald Snyder, NBC News)

Grand Chamber hearing concerning second-parent adoption in a same-sex relationship
(X and Others v. Austria, European Court of Human Rights)

Human Rights Watch: Nigeria, radical Islamist sect likely committed ‘crimes against humanity’
(Washington Post)

Iran must release human rights defender Mohammad Ali Dadkhah
(Amnesty International)

Is the Apple logo blasphemous? Depends upon your definition of blasphemy
(Tim Worstall, Forbes)

Islam's inroads in land of Voodoo and Christianity
(Trenton Daniel, Associated Press)

Judge recommends against prohibition on religious-themed fliers at school
(Student Press Law Center)

Legislative caucuses forming in 50 states to fight 'aggressive secularism' and defend 'religious liberty
(God Discussion)

Liberty and justice for all in Maryland
(Gene Robinson, The Washington Post)

Malaysia transsexuals lose challenge against law
(Associated Press)

Nineteenth Annual International Law and Religion Symposium Concludes in Provo, Utah

Pew Forum Weekly Religion News Update

Radicalism prompts warnings in France
(Maïa de la Baume, The New York Times)

Russia: Article 20.29 causes 60-day community ban, fines, and bookshop closure
(Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service)

Salafis work to counter intolerance
(Nada Zohdy, Common Ground News)

The Impact of X. v. Turkey: Homosexuality and the ECHR
(Paul Johnson, Jurist)

Tunisia: In search of Salafists, the West’s new bad guys
(Sabria S. Jawhar, Arab News)

Which Model, Whose Liberty? Differences between the U.S. and European Approaches to Religious Freedom
(Conference at Georgetown University)

Why a global blasphemy law is the wrong response to Islamaphobia
(Courtney C. Radsch, Huffington Post)

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

63 ex-Catholic priests in Washingon: We back gay marriage
(San Francisco Chronicle)

A role in international courts
(Soheila Vahdati,

Afro-Peruvians honor heritage with religious fete
(Associated Press)

Al-Qaida making comeback in Iraq, officials say
(Qassim Abdul-Zahara and Lara Jakes, Associated Press)

Algeria, Mauritania discuss Mali crisis
(Jemal Oumar, Magh)

American court enforces united Arab Emirates divorce, Mahr, and child custody judgment
(Eugene Volokh, The Volokh Conspiracy)

Christians 'not offended' by Jesus jokes – poll
(John Bingham, The Telegraph)

Concert for Tolerance thrills Moroccans
(Hassan Benmehdi, Magharebia)

East Texas Baptist University and Houston Baptist University sue over HHS Mandate
(Emily Hardman, The Becket Fund)

Egypt's radical preachers enjoying freedom of airwaves
(Shaimaa Fayed and Yasmine Saleh, Reuters)

European Court of Human Right hears most important religious liberty case in years
(The Becket Fund)

Faisalabad: 24-year old Christian abducted, forced to convert to Islam and marry her abuser
(Shafique Khokhar,

Le cardinal Erdö dénonce au Synode la “disparition de la mémoire du christianisme” en Europe
(Talpa brusseliensis christiana)

Limits of free speech tested as anti-Islam pastor is coming back to Dearborn
(Niraj Warikoo, Detroit Free Press)

Man behind anti-Muslim film to appear in court
(Associated Press)

Moderate Islamic preachers gain followers in Indonesia
(James Hookway, Wall Street Journal)

Monetary benefits on religious lines is violation of Constitution: Gujarat HC
(Saeed Khan, The Times of India)

Nation's first state religious freedom caucuses announced
(Sarah Mueller, American Religious Freedom)

New Jersey police charge six Christians for evangelizing in public park
(Heather Clark, Christian News)

Observatory reports human rights violations to UN
(Observatory on Intolerance and Discrimination against Christians in Europe)

One Pussy Riot member freed on appeal by Russian court
(Maria Tsvetkova, Reuters)

Pope Benedict recalls Vatican II with praise and criticism
(Francis X. Rocca, Catholic News Service)

Pussy Riot member Yekaterina Samutsevich freed
(Steve Rosenberg, BBC News Europe)

Religion and human rights: safe in the hands of HMG?
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Russia: "The crime he is being accused of does not envisage the existence of victims"
(Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service)

Sierra Leone: Supreme Islamic Council ends delegates conference
(Alhaji Mansaray, Concord Times via All Africa)

Tens of thousands of Egyptians take to the streets a year after the massacre of Copts at Maspero

The emerging social, political force: 'Nones'
(Cathy Lynn Grossman, USA Today)

The quiet Muslim revolution in Europe
(Ari Varon, Haaretz)

Thousands march to mark killing of Egyptian Coptic protesters, demand trial of ex-army rulers
(Washington Post)

Turkey’s EU accession talks in deadlock
(Emre Peker, The Wall Street Journal Europe)

With over 100 plaintiffs, lawyers for mandate objectors are hopeful
(Michelle Bauman, Catholic News Agency)

Yemen holds US citizen for suspected Al-Qaida ties
(Ahmed Al Haj, Associated Press)

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

A model of inclusion for Muslim women
(Didi Kristen Tatlow, The New York Times)

Belgian minister condemns hate campaign against Jewish aide

Brazilian court orders YouTube to remove Anti-Islam film from site
(Fox News Latino and Associated Press)

Brazilian Jews help organize mass march for religious freedom
(The Global News Service of the Jewish People)

Buddhists, Hindus in Tripura protest against attack on Bangladesh temples

Canada cuts non-Christian prison clergy

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