Law and Religion Headlines

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Court sentences Christian bloggers

Defamation of religion
(Sheikh Zakir Elahi, Rupee News)

Extremists establish foothold in the Balkans
(Irfan Al-Alawi, Gatestone Institute)

Federal takeover of B’nai B’rith pension raises questions on group’s future
(Neil Rubin, JTA)

God needs no defense
(Endy Bayuni, Foreign Policy)

HHS mandate allows minors free contraception, sterilization
(CNA/EWTB News, National Catholic Register)

Human Rights First urges Secretary Clinton to speak up for freedom of expression in appearances at United Nations General Assembly
(Brenda Bowser-Soder, Human Rights First)

In Scandinavia, kipah becomes a symbol of defiance for Malmo’s Jews
(Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA)

Iran blocks Google
(Info Security)

Kuwait demands Swiss criminalization of defamation of religions
(Kuwait News Agency)

Lacking a First Amendment, Great Britain is hostile toward religion
(Doug Bandow, Forbes)

Latin American and Caribbean Lutheran churches discuss challenges

Mali Islamists becoming more repressive, report
(Krista Larson, The Associated Press)

Nigeria: 150 arrested in sweep against sect
(CBS News)

Obama defends free speech after asking YouTube to ‘review’ anti-Islam movie
(Spencer Ackerman, Wired)

Shouting ‘fire’ in a crowded world: What blasphemy law debate can mask
(Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite, The Washington Post)

Together for peace at Saint John's Church in Bauchi

Tolerating intolerance
(Editorial, Chicago Tribune)

Toothless hate speech laws fail all religions
(Rob L. Wagner, Al Arabiya News)

UN experts' concern for religious minorities in Iran
(Bahá'í World News Service)

Wiggins tour: Rallies highlight Nov. 6 vote over retention of an Iowa Supreme Court justice
(Jeff Eckhoff, Des Moines Register)

Yom Kippur – my religion, my faith
(Ilana Angel, Jewish Journal)

Monday, 24 September 2012

9 Killed, 12 injured in Indian temple stampede
(Associated Press)

Appeals court sides with pharmacists in emergency contraceptives case
(Deborah L. Shelton, Chicago Tribune)

Barrister: equality laws act as a barrier to tolerance
(The Christian Institute)

Bourbon street preaching limits spawn 2nd lawsuit
(Associated Press)

Brazil faiths urge religious respect

Christian girl exonerated in blasphemy case
(Oman Tribune)

Christians face arrest, persecution in Iran, U.N. experts say
(Stephanie Nebehay, Reuters)

Courts says Illinois cannot make pharmacists give 'morning after pill'
(Phyllis L. Smith Asinyanbi,

German Catholics lose church rights for unpaid tax
(BBC News)

German group slams Catholic 'pay to pray' decree
(Frank Jordans,

Judge blocks New Orleans law that prevents preaching in French Quarter
(Bruce Nolan, Washington Post)

Limits on speech to get U.N. hearing — Speakers may revive debate on blasphemy
(Hannah Allam, Spokesman-Review)

Moving the conversation forward on Muslim women’s rights
(Sheherazade Jafari, Common Ground News)

Pakistan government rejects filmmaker bounty

Pope: Christians in politics shall defend traditional family
(Vatican Radio, Talpa brusseliensis christiana)

Saudi King must impeach his Grand Mufti who demanded the destruction of all churches
(Dr. Hubertus Hoffmann, World Security Network)

Sunni Islam leader calls for peace, urges Muslims to have 'patience and wisdom'
(Ian Lee and Mohamed Fadel Fahmy, CNN)

Symposium highlights challenges to international religious freedom
(Jerry Filteau, National Catholic Reporter)

U.S. says best protection for religious dignity is free speech
(Robert Evans, Chicago Tribune)

U.S. scholar wages battle for secularism
(Laurence Broadhurst, Winnipeg Free Press)

UK to extradite radical Muslim cleric to US
(Sylvia Hui & Angela Charlton, Associated Press)

Uzbekistan: 74-year-old woman among latest police raid victims
(Mushfig Bayram, Forum 18 News Service)

Why Turkey can’t lead a ban on Islamophobia?
(Barçin Yinan, Hürriyet Daily News)

Sunday, 23 September 2012

Fixing Nigeria: Good governance as the missing link
(Kayode Oluwa, Business Day)

Nigerian Military: 2 Radical Sect Leaders Killed

Rise of evangelicals changes Brazilian fashion
(Jenny Barchfield, Associated Press)

Suicide bomber kills two, wounds 46, at Nigerian church
(Funon Inusa, Reuters Canada)

Turkey clips military's wings in landmark verdict
(Ayla Jean Yackley, Reuters)

Saturday, 22 September 2012

Anti-Islam film protest muted among India's Muslims
(Anjana Pasricha, Voice of America)

Controversial 'Defeat Jihad' ad to appear in NYC subways
(Erinn Cawthon, CNN)

Germany closes embassies in Muslim countries
(Der Spiegel)

Hindus in Pakistan are a forgotten community
(Naveen Qayyum, World Council of Churches)

Joint statement by the European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, OIC Secretary General, Arab League Secretary General, and African Union Commissioner for Peace and Security

Korean church celebrates 100th anniversary
(World Communion of Reformed Churches)

Louvre opens Islamic art wing amid cartoon row
(Razia Iqbal, BBC News)

OIC shocked by cartoon, urges calm
(Arab News)

Pastors to challenge IRS ban on political speech with 'Pulpit Freedom Sunday'
(Meredith Bennett-Smith, Huffington Post)

Protests over anti-Muslim film leave 15 dead in Pakistan
(National Post)

Religious freedom forum in NY commits to protecting marriage, life
(Stoyan Zaimov, The Christian Post)

Social values, not religion, at the heart of Muslim protests
(Leena El-Ali, Common Ground News)

Which Model, Whose Liberty? Differences between the U.S. and European Approaches to Religious Freedom
(Conference at Georgetown University, 11 October 2012)

Friday, 21 September 2012

Conclusiones del XII Coloquio: “Libertad Religiosa, Conflicto y Reconciliación”
(Dra. Carmen Asiaín, Consorcio Latinoamericano de Libertad Religiosa)

16 Amish convicted in beard cutting attacks
(Michael Muskal, The Medina Gazette)

Albanian Muslims give anti-US protests a miss
(Besar Likmeta, Balkan Insight)

Archbishop: Gay ‘marriage’ would leave the family ‘harmed beyond repair’
(Johanna Dasteel, Life Site News)

Assad’s grandfather’s 1936 letter predicts Muslim slaughter of minorities, praises Zionists
(Dr. Mordechai Kedar, Jewish Press)

Assisted suicide (Scotland) bill
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

BBC backs down; threats of physical violence
(Soeren Kern, Gatestone Institute)

Blasphemy for fun and prophet
(Daniel Greenfield, Gatestone Institute of International Public Policy)

Four injured in kosher market explosion at Paris suburb
(Jewish Press)

France condemns the Holocaust and antisemitic atrocities of the past
(Michael Curtis, Gatestone Institute)

Freedom of speech and 'Innocence of Muslims'
(Lyombe Eko,

German bishops get tough on Catholics who opt out of church tax
(Tom Heneghan, Reuters)

Germany debates blasphemy law
(Michael Gessat, Deutsche Welle)

Illinois appeals court: State cannot punish pharmacists with religious objections to abortion-inducing drugs
(Jeff Gasser, The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty)

Involuntary sterilisation threatens rights of disabled women
(Gosia Stawecka, Inter Press Service)

Salman Rushdie's new nightmare: Bounty upped amid mideast protests
(Omid Memarian, The Daily Beast)

Texas school bars Bible banners at football games
(Ramit Plushnick-Masti, Associated Press)

Thursday, 20 September 2012

Acting against intolerance
(Jorge Sampaio, New Straits Times)

Actress in anti-Muslim film sues for its removal
(Anthony McCartney, Associated Press)

Armenia: Jailings of conscientious objectors resume
(Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service)

Assisted dying – update
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

At Uman clinic, Jewish pilgrimage of thousands presents unique challenges
(Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA)

Australian lawmakers uphold ban on gay marriage
(Kristine Gelineau, Associated Press)

Benghazi, Cairo, Tunis, Sanna’a and beyond – a wake-up call for bold action
(Jorge Sampaio, TransConflict)

Comment: Calls for international 'blasphemy' law must be resisted
(Andrew Copson ,

Council of Europe calls for respect of religious beliefs
(Stanislava Gaydazhieva, New Europe Politics)

Cult following
(James Gray, New Humanist)

Egypt: Pressing the charges of insulting the religion to the activist “Albir Saber”, is a serious violation to the freedom of expression
(The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information)

EU tells UNHRC its concern about tragic situation in Tibet
(The Tibet Bureau Geneva, The Tibet Post)

Free speech and prosecution in the age of Twitter
(Adam Wagner, UK Human Rights Blog)

Free speech, religion clash over anti-Muslim film
(Gillian Flaccus, Associated Press, Yahoo! Finance)

French magazine runs cartoons that mock Muhammad
(Scott Sayare and Nicola Clark, The New York Times)

Germany postpones posters aimed at countering radical Islam
(Chris Cottrell, Reuters)

Happy (Un)constitution(al) Day
(Linda Greenhouse, The New York Times)

How to talk to China
(Elliott Abrams, Council on Foreign Relations)

In defense of the right to offend
(Charles C. Haynes, The Washington Post)

Islamic bloc revives drive to outlaw 'religious defamation' worldwide
(Patrick Goodenough, CNS News)

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