Law and Religion Headlines

Monday, 3 December 2012

Hijab ban goes into effect at southern Russian school
(Reuters, Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty)

How Israel's ceasefire terms are a security disaster
(Lee Kaplan, Gatestone Institute)

In defense of religious freedom in Ethiopia
(Prof. Al Mariam, Abugidainfo)

Is Malaysia ready for an Islamist prime minister?
(Farish M Noor, RSIS Commentaries)

Keeping the faith: ND ranks No. 2 in religious adherence
(Anna G. Larson, The Dickinson Press)

Leveson Lands, Cameras in Court and Secret Courts – The Human Rights Roundup
(Sam Murrant, UK Human Rights Blog)

Myanmar police apologizes for wounding monks in dispersal
( (Philippines))

Pakistan's Imran Khan: We can defeat "Jihad Syndrome"
(Faisal J. Abbas, Al Bawaba News)

Pentecostals denounced by Zimbabwe president
(Michael McGuire,

Poll: Most Americans say employers should cover contraception
(Daniel Burke, Religion News Service)

Raelians file complaint against Swiss government at U.N., alleging Vatican conspiracy to destroy the Raelian religion for exposing Vatican crimes
(Market Watch)

Religion and Law roundup: 2nd December – Advent I
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Religious rights don't trump human ones in Canada
(Shahla Khan Salter, The Huffington Post Canada)

Report: Iran court suspends death sentence against programmer
(Based on reporting by AFP, Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty)

Rick Warren: Religious liberty the civil rights issue of the next decade
(David Ward, Deseret News)

Robert Putnam: How the religious/secular divide polarizes America
(Marylynne Pitz, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

Russia may soften religion law over Putin concerns
(Gabriela Baczynska, Reuters)

Should any genetic information be a trade secret?
(Rosalind English, UK Human Rights Blog)

Sultan: Don't twist my position as state head of religion
(New Straits Times)

Theologian says China to have largest Christian population
(Estefania Aguirre, Catholic News Agency)

Tibet owes its religion to India
(Lobsang Sangay, The Times of India)

UK event draws questions on faith
(Jessica Abrahams, Common Ground News Service)

Violence against Afghan women "more extreme"
(Mina Habib, Institute for War and Peace Reporting)

Vouchers ruled unconstitutional
(Debbie Glover, The Daily News)

What do we mean by an organic Christian society?
(Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira, Talpa brusseliensis christiana)

Why Hamas and Islamic Jihad supported Abbas's statehood bid
(Gatestone Institute)

With some anxiety, Poles see ritual slaughter prevailing
(Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA)

Saturday, 1 December 2012

'Religion and Society' photo exhibition opens in Spain
(Fahmi Bin Khalid Al Harthi, Observer)

'Religious enthusiasm' among U.S. Catholics on decline, study finds
(David Gibson, National Post)

Campus atheists score big funding from Wisconsin university
(Kimberly Winston, Washington Post)

Egypt's Islamists rally in support of President Morsi
(Jeffrey Fleishman, Los Angeles Times)

Egyptians fear decades of Muslim Brotherhood rule, warn Morsi is no friend to US
(Richard Engel, NBC)

Gender vs religion: Woman refused haircut by Muslim barber highlights problem of colliding rights
(Sarah Boesveld, National Post)

Hindus want desegregation of gypsy children In Macedonia schools‏
(Eurasia Review)

Judge denies actress' request to remove anti-Islam film from YouTube
(Reuters, NBC)

Legal implication of the United Nations Resolution on Palestine
(Alan M. Dershowitz, Gatestone Institute of International Public Policy)

Lighting of Menorah brings message of freedom of expression and religion
(Mario Toneguzzi, Calgary Herald)

Muslim says Shreveport restaurant locked him because of his religion
(Associated Press)

NYPD Muslim spying: New Jersey Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa visits mosque listed in secret report
(Samantha Henry, Huffington Post)

Paris Muslim activist to test Islamic taboos with gay-friendly mosque

Philippines: Church-gov't ties thawing
(Michael Lim Ubac, Philip C. Tubeza, Inquirer)

Questioning a defense of religious liberty challenges to ACA’s contraception policy
(Frederick Mark Gedicks, American Constitution Society for Law and Policy)

Religion in public schools: America is religious, but also illiterate of religion
(David Ward, Deseret News)

Seven house church Christians in Henan Province charged with cult activities
(China Aid Association, China Aid News)

Some wish Islam would inform climate debate
(Associated Press)

Syria sees incidents of Anti-Christian violence increase as war intensifies
(Albany Tribune)

Terry Mattingly: What may happen if gay marriage becomes a civil right
(Terry Mattingly, San Angelo Standard Times)

Tibetan immolations, security measures escalate
(Eurasia Review)

Friday, 30 November 2012

'First Freedom: The Fight for Religious Liberty,' Dec. 18, PBS
(CNS, Catholic Sentinel)

1001 reasons for Muslim pride
(Lucy Chumbley, Common Ground News Service)

A place for religion
(Roger Cohen, New York Times Opinions)

Atheists challenge ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’

Ban Ki-Moon’s message on international day of solidarity with Palestinian people – Transcript
(Eurasia Review)

Ban says Israelis, Palestinians must break out of ‘zero-sum mentality’
(Eurasia Review)

Christian proselytizers may add Arab-American Chamber of Commerce as Sec. 1983 defendant

Court in Russia bans video clips of Pussy Riot online
(BBC News)

Court ordered to hear Christian college's health care challenge
(Michelle Bauman, Catholic News Agency)

Egypt draft constitution sparks mass protest
(Aya Batrawy and Maggie Michael, Associated Press )

Egypt: New constitution mixed on support of rights
(Human Rights Watch)

Fédération Pro-Europa Christiana devant l’ambassade d’Irlande
(Talpa brusseliensis christiana)

Free schools must teach evolution, ministers announce
(Peter Walker, The Guardian)

Holy See welcomes UN recognition of Palestine
(Estefania Aguirre, Catholic News Agency)

In Russia, pro-Putin youths protest Mormons as 'cult'
(Cory Flintoff, NPR)

Iranian embassy attacked in Berlin
(Radio Zameneh)

Islamic leader calls for common language to reduce tensions
(Aleksandar Pavlevski, SE Times)

Israel okays new West Bank settlement construction
(Associated Press)

Jam-jars: the last word
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

LA judge dismisses suit over park Nativity scenes
(Associated Press)

Legal opinion: Can employees be dismissed for their political opinions?
(Laurence O'Neill, Personnel Today)

Macedonia: Islamic leader calls for common language to reduce tensions
(Aleksandar Pavlevski, Southeast European Times)

Major victory in case to safeguard religious liberty against abortion-pill mandate
(Francis J. Manion, American Center for Law and Justice)

Mali: 6 young people get 100 lashes in Timbuktu
(Associated Press)

Ministers criticise agency's decision to exclude 'God' from school Advent services
(Christian Concern)

Muslim scholar wins prestigious Grawemeyer Award
(Omar Sacirbey | Religion News Service, The Washington Post)

Muslims press for blasphemy laws in Europe
(Soeren Kern, Gatestone Institute of International Public Policy)

O’Brien business granted emergency relief from HHS mandate in 8th Circuit
(Emily Hardman, The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty)

Of Vesture – I
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Our history of religious intolerance must come to an end
(Rev. Gary R. Hall, Amb. Thomas R. Pickering and Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, Huff Post Religion)

Religious activist group files suit against Plainfield
(Shannon Antinori, Plainfield Patch (Illinois))

Rice stresses UN resolution doesn't establish Palestine as a state
(Eurasia Review)

Rising voice stems police prejudice in India – OpEd
(Nilofar Suhrawardy, Arab News, Eurasia Review)

Secession theology runs deep in American religious, political history
(G. Jeffrey MacDonald, Religion News Service)

There is religious freedom in Cuba, says Episcopal bishop
(Prensa Latina)

UN grants Palestine non-member observer state status
(Eurasia Review)

Video: Religious tensions in Myanmar
(Poypiti Amatatham, New York Times)

Vietnam: New law limits religious freedom
(Radio Free Asia)

Vietnamese Catholics continue their fight for peace and religious freedom
(Nguyen Hung,

Thursday, 29 November 2012

'Locator' microchip in student IDs sparks privacy, religious freedom fight
(Paul J. Weber, The

‘Amma’ to speak at Shanghai UN meet
(Daily News and Analysis)

ACLJ applauds appeals court order blocking implementation of HHS Mandate on behalf of MO business owner

AIPMC backs UN calls for Rohingya assistance
(Mizzima News)

Ancient Persian religion on the decline in Pakistan
(PRI's The World)

Atheist group likely to get $67,000 in UW student fees
(Annysa Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

Church of England to start again on female bishops; unclear when a vote could happen
(Associated Press)

Church responds to Assisted Dying Bill Consultation
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Court says Catholic businessman can fight contraception mandate
(Robert Patrick, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Religion News Service)

Crystal Cathedral: Schullers lose in court
(Roxana Kopetman, The Orange County Register)

David Cameron faces ‘biggest Tory rebellion in modern times’ over gay ‘marriage’ plans
(Hilary White, LifeSiteNews)

Dutch approve move to scrap blasphemy law

Egypt rushes to vote on new constitution
(David D. Kirkpatrick, New York Times)

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