Law and Religion Headlines

Thursday, 31 May 2012

There's more than one religious view of the marriage amendment
(Pam Fickenscher , MPR News)

To consider religion a hurdle for quota is unconstitutional: Wali Rahmani
(Two Circles)

Why is the Catholic Church going to court?
(Steve Coll & Amy Davidson, The New Yorker)

World Council of Churches to hold first meeting in China
(ENInews, The Christian Century)

Wednesday, 30 May 2012

'It's the First Amendment, stupid' - OpEd
(William Donohue, Eurasia Review)

‘I want to live in a democracy, not a religious state’
(Francine Klagsbrun, The New York Jewish Week)

ACLU lawsuit to challenge Ill. gay marriage ban
(Sophia Tareen, Bloomberg BusinessWeek)

Assad faces new international pressure after massacre
(Kevin Liffey and Alastair Macdonald, Reuters)

Bahrain: A model of religious freedom
(Gulf Daily News)

Bill protecting religious garb passes CA Assembly
(Jack Katzanek, The Press-Enterprise)

Christian strategy group convenes for Memorial Day
(Jason Torpy, Military Association of Atheists & Freethinkers)

Christmas in May: AFLC attorney defends Nativity display before federal appellate court
(American Freedom Law Center)

Contraception rule is legal
(Judy Waxman, The Hill)

Cuban delegation urges international response to religious freedom violations
(Christian Solidarity Worldwide)

Dire choice for the people of Egypt - OpEd
(Osama Al Sharif, Arab News via Eurasia Review)

Hindus concerned about racist violence against Indians in Ukraine
(Eurasia Review)

Islamic court condemns six Pakistanis to death for dancing at wedding
(Jibran Khan,

Islamic theologians ban use of terms jihad and khalifate in political goals
(Interfax, via Worldwide Religious News)

Israeli government to begin paying salaries of non-Orthodox rabbis
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Jury gives "faith healing" mother prison time in son's death
(Bill Braun, The Richard Dawkins Foundation)

Letter: Law protects many freedoms
(Rev. Lisa Ward, Explore Harford)

Macedonia: 17 Orthodox monks, nuns and believers arrested
(Draško Đenović, International Institute for Religious Freedom)

Murfreesboro mosque construction stops after judge's ruling
(Travis Loller, Associated Press, The Tennessean)

Nepali winter in an era of Arab spring
(Nishchal N Pandey, Institute of Peace & Conflict Studies)

Patriarch Kirill criticizes attempts to promote liberal system of law in world

Politicians, not Catholics, deserve Ontario’s wrath for funding religious schools
(Adam Radwanski, The Globe and Mail)

Religion news in brief
(Associated Press, Fox News)

Religious freedom issues at heart of HHS lawsuits, legal scholars say
(Liz O'Connor, Catholic News Service)

Sharia compliance: Banks hit by a shortage of products
(Camila Hall, Financial Times via WWRN)

Signature count makes a Maryland vote on same-sex marriage a near certainty
( Aaron C. Davis, Post Local)

Violence continues in Nigeria as Akinola criticizes president
(Compass Direct News)

WCC general secretary condemns violence in Syria
(World Council of Churches)

Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Amnesty International criticises Beijing over religious liberty
(Francis Wong, Christian Today)

Anderson says Vatican bank fired president to increase transparency
(Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service)

Appeals court reignites religious row over Ten Commandments in North Dakota
(Dan Rivoli, International Business Times)

Argentina capital recognizes same-sex marriage for tourists
(Rebecca DiLeonardo, The Jurist)

At religious liberty dinner, Canadian foreign minister promotes 'bedrock' human right
(Bettina Krause, Seventh-Day Adventist Church)

Curb the clergy?
(Editorial, The New York Sun)

Defending the right of Christians in Indonesia to freedom of religion
(Answer Styannes, AHRC, Interview reported on Scoop World)

Did Pastor Charles Worley break the law?
(Christian Piatt , Opposing Views)

District Court invalidates DOMA and related care insurance restrictions
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Do you pray? Do you fast? [Toyota accused of religious bias in Turkey]
(Joy Sarıdoğan, Star Gazete)

Egypt: Will Muslim Brotherhood guarantee religious liberty?
(John Newton, ACN)

Federal judge strikes down provision of Defense of Marriage Act
(Max Slater, The Jurist)

Govt: We`ll restore calm in Zanzibar
(IPP Media)

Groups urge balance between censoring, stopping bullies
(Nirvi Shah, Education Week)

Ignorant officials sidelining religion, warns Archbishop of Canterbury
(John Bingham, The Telegraph)

Indonesia: Ahmadiyah members in Batam are threatened, ill-treated and illegally arrested with the acquiescence of the police
(Asian Human Rights Commission)

Is religious liberty being hijacked?
(Michael Sean Winters, National Catholic Reporter)

Islamists in Egypt blame Christians for voting
(Mary Abdelmassih, AINA (Assyrian International News Agency))

Israel parliament rejects civil marriage bill
(Rebecca DiLeonardo, The Jurist)

Israeli minister: I will retire if forced to pay non-Orthodox rabbis' salaries
(Yair Ettinger, Haaretz)

Jacksonville gay rights ordinance would discriminate against residents, Brunson tells City Council
(Joni B. Hannigan, Florida Baptist Witness)

Jordanian Christian sacked over dress-code sues Muslim employer
(Anugrah Kumar, The Christian Post)

Kansas governor signs law prohibiting use of foreign law
(Jaimie Cremeans, The Jurist)

Law urges South Dakota schools to expand Bible instruction
(Chet Brokaw, Sioux City Journal)

Mainstream religions still strong, but numbers drop
(Kelli Wynn, Dayton Daily News)

Measure 3 would create system of inequality in laws
(Steven R. Morrison, INFORUM)

Pakistan judges pressured to use blasphemy law
(Fox News via the Associated Press)

Polarizing candidates emerge for Egypt's runoff election
(Suzy Hansen, Bloomberg)

Proposed mosques spark opposition in some U.S. communities
(Judy Keen, USA Today)

Religion-based quota not legally sustainable: BJP
(PTI, The Hindu [India])

Religious groups urge David Cameron to maintain equal marriage support
(Stephen Gray, Pink News)

Russia: Police raid and charge "people in strange clothes"
(Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service)

State appeals ruling in religious freedom case
(Bill Lodge, The Advocate)

Tulsa Senator vows to re-introduce foreign law bill
(Glenn Schroeder, KRMG)

US appeals court allows suit opposing Ten Commandments monument to proceed
(Jamie Davis, The Jurist)

Vatican faces widening of leaks scandal
(Phillip Pullella, Reuters)

Monday, 28 May 2012

Abu Qatada could be freed as judges decide whether to grant bail
(Tom Whitehead, The Telegraph)

Abu Qatada: Can he get a fair trial in Jordan?
(Steve Swann, BBC News)

Catholics' mandate suit draws dividing line for Obama
(Susan Crabtree, The Washington Times)

Egypt’s election results: Palestinian victory and Zionist defeat? – OpEd
(Franklin Lamb, Eurasia Review)

Fact-checking Cardinal Wuerl & Archbishop Lori
(Grant Callicho, Commonweal)

Faith beyond religion
(Video, The Indian Express )

Hard-line Muslims test Indonesia's tolerance
(Anthony Kuhn, NPR)

Islamist mob descrates Church in Indonesia; pastor receives death threats
(Compass Direct News)

Louisiana appeals ruling in religious freedom case
(Bill Lodge, The Advocate)

Memorial Day becomes religious battleground
(Brad Hirschfield, The Washington Post)

Memorial Day video asks that Mt. Soledad Veterans' Memorial Cross not be torn down
(Tiffany Gabbay, The Blaze)

Obstructing sermons “a great war to destroy religion”: Adhaalath
(Ahmed Naish, Minivan News [Maldives])

Pakistan: Calls to prosecute Ahmadi massacre suspects
(Eurasia Review)

Religion and Africa's liberation
(Wonder Guchu, Southern Times [Southern Africa])

Religious leaders in three countries rally to eradicate polio
(John Zarocostas, Anglican Journal)

RFRA and the HHS mandate
(Elise Viebeck, The Hill)

Russian Orthodox Church faces criticism for government links

(Mansur Mirovalev, Associated Press via Seattle Times)

The great awakening of scholarship on religion and race in early America
(Paul Harvey, Religion in American History)

Turkmenistan: Prisoner of conscience freed, but remains under restrictions
(Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service)

Two Tibetans burn themselves in Lhasa
(Written in English by Parameswaran Ponnudurai, Radio Free Asia)

Sunday, 27 May 2012

Archbishop: Networks 'missed the boat' on coverage of church's ObamaCare lawsuits
(Fox News)

Are military chaplains being muzzled?
(Karen Gushta, Truth in Action)

Around China: Religion embraced even by the irreligious

Bahrain urges greater global religious tolerance
(Habib Toumi, Gulf

Catholics can decide the 2012 election, expert says
(Hillary Senour, Catholic News Agency)

China hits back at critical U.S. human rights report
(Chris Buckley and Ben Blanchard, Reuters)

Christian Jordanian woman sues her Muslim employer
(Jamal Halaby, Associated Press via One News Now)

Iran 9th parliament token of religious democracy
(IRIB News Agency)

Is Nigeria a secular or non-secular state?
(Kehinde Adegbite, Nigerian Muse)

Korean churches plan peace train ahead of 2013 gathering
(Kristine Greenaway, ENInews)

Lady Gaga cancels Indonesian gig over Islamist threats

My Take: The Christian case for gay marriage
(Mark Osler, CNN Belief Blog)

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