Law and Religion Headlines

Friday, 5 April 2013

VIDEO: Kyle Duncan on Fox News discussing Hobby Lobby
(The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, YouTube)

VIDEO: Adventists Sabbath employment & other religious liberty cases
(Stanford Religious Liberty Clinic on NBC Bay Area, YouTube)

Doe v. Elmbrook: A tale of two graduations
(The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty)

Thursday, 4 April 2013

Victory for the Ground Zero Cross
(Gerald J. Russello, National Catholic Register)

Syria becoming new cradle for foreign extremists, research warns
(Alex Spillius, The Telegraph)

Cherished by some as sacred ground, old European Jewish cemeteries now a burden to those who remain
(Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA)

EVENT April 9, 2013: Leavitt to speak on religious freedom at UVU
(Deseret News)

Advocating for peace and religious liberty in the Central African Republic
(ANN Video Full Episode - April 5, 2013, Adventist News Network)

Indonesia shuts down Ahmadiyya Mosque
(Rafiq A. Tschannen, The Muslim Times)

Gay marriage support about civil rights, not religion, pastors say
(Tina Sfondeles, Chicago Sun-Times)

Provocative BBC Good Friday programme – further reflections
(Christian Concern)

Religion proposal: Feds have no constitutional authority
(Associated Press, Citizen-Times)

BJC weighs in on NC religion bill
(Bob Allen, ABP News)

North Carolina's proposed state religion isn't as unprecedented as it sounds
(David A Graham, The Atlantic)

On religion, North Carolina boldy goes where the Constitution forbids
(C. Welton Gaddy, The Washington Post – On Faith)

I.R.S. reversal on ‘church’ pension plan rescues a fund
(Mary Williams Walsh, The New York Times)

Hopis try to stop Paris sale of artifacts
(Tom Mashberg, The New York Times)

How important do you think it is to marry someone with the same religion?
(Michael Gonchar, The New York Times: Student Opinion)

Poll: U.S. Catholics express favorable view of Pope Francis
(Pew Research Center, The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life)

The disturbing persistence of antisemitism in Europe
(Katrina Lantos Swett, The Guardian)

Azerbaijan: Heavy fines follow police raids and confiscations
(Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service)

Indiana University Professor Jamsheed Choksy named scholar to religious freedom panel
(San Francisco Chronicle)

Threats to religious freedom in Cuba
(Christian Today)

Indonesia's mass organizations bill looks set to pass
(Carlos Paath, Jakarta Globe)

The acute Jihadist threat in Europe
(Scott Stewart, Stratfor Global Intelligence)

Punks, Goths, Emos: Hate Crime
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Malta: Transgender woman wins legal right to marry after government drops case
(Scott Roberts, Pink News)

USAid's Donald Steinberg explains why he is focused on gender equality
(Bangkok Post)

Long the bane of Venezuelan Jews, Chavez is gone. Now what?
(Uriel Heilman, JTA)

Playing the Venezuelan anti-Semitism card
(Stephen Lendman,

Big Sky Colony v. Montana Dept. of Labor and Industry (Montana – Hutterite colony)
(Media Essentials, The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty)

Big Sky Colony v. Montana Dept. of Labor and Industry
(Media Information Sheet, The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty)

No abortion funding in 'Obamacare' health exchanges, Virginia decides
(Napp Nazworth, Christian Post)

13 attorneys general urge exemption for businesses under HHS mandate
(Katherine Weber, Christian Post)

Forthcoming events in religion and law – Update: April 2013
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Enforcement of custody in the face of children’s dissent: should law prevail?
(Rosalind English, UK Human Rights Blog)

In Washington, abortion debate counters trend
(Kirk Johnson, The New York Times)

Re-post from March 23: Religious liberty and the same-sex marriage cases: the arguments
(Eric Rassbach, The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty)

Ancient Damascus synagogue hit by looting, shelling in Syrian conflict
(Reuters FaithWorld)

**More on the marriage debates**

**More on challenges to the ACA/HHS contraception mandate**

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Marriage, religious liberty, and the ban myth
(Adam J. MacLeod, The Witherspoon Institute – Public Discourse)

Religion news in brief
(Associated Press, The Washington Post – On Faith)

North Carolina bill allows ‘establishment of religion’ by state government
(David Edwards, The Raw Story)

Nullification meets state religion in Raleigh?
(Jordan Bloom, The American Conservative)

In Southern Mexico, religious liberty continues to grow despite history of intolerance
(Adventist News Network)

Dubai police chief says Muslim Brotherhood sows subversion in the Gulf
(William Maclean, Reuters FaithWorld)

Ireland to build one of Europe's largest mosques
(Soeren Kern, Gatestone Institute of International Public Policy)

Spiritual insecurity: Religious freedom in Russia
(Video interview with Geraldine Fagan, The Economist)

Thousands of Adventist youth march across Brooklyn Bridge against violence
(Adventist News Network)

Myanmar ignored warning signs, U.N. says
(UPI Asia)

Our continuing religious liberty problem
(Kathryn Jean Lopez, National Review Online)

Sudan's Arab Spring?
(Alsir Sidahmed, Arab News)

Ohio school says Jesus portrait has been taken down
(Dan Sewell, Associated Press, MSN News)

Syria in danger of replicating Christian exodus in Iraq
(Christian Post)

Where's the respect for religion on TV?
(Jim Bennett, Deseret News)

Liberia: Latter-day Saints identify with less fortunate – dedicated latrines, water wells
(The New Republic)

Three Bangladeshi bloggers arrested for offending Islam
(Sumon Francis Gomes,

Talking about religion and schools
(Kyle Church, Scoop Independent News (New Zealand))

In the quest for a better world religion and ideology should be equal partners
(Geoff Gallop, WA Today (Western Australia))

Alabama Senate committee approves bill saying religious employers not required to offer contraception coverage
(Mike Carson,

Requiring religious non-profit to pay rent for parking lot does not violate RLUIPA
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Israel set to jail teenage conscientious objector for eighth time
(Harriet Sherwood, The Guardian)

EVENT 12-30 August 2013: Building an Interfaith Community – Summer Course 2013
(The Ecumenical Institute, Bossey, Switzerland)

Les éditions LexisNexis publient le Traité de Droit français des religions
(Communiqué de presse, LexisNexis)

The Pope and China's Communist Party: More similar than you think
(Jeffrey Wasserstrom, Asia Society: Asia Blog)

Canadian court says police religious ruse did not violate murder defendants' religious freedom
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Virginia law on marriage officiants discriminates against Sikhs
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Fairfax judge strikes down law on licenses to perform marriages
(Press Release, ACLU)

Archbishop challenged on remedy for clergy error: Jones v Archbishop of Wales
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Uganda: Marriage bill and police war on Imams can only fail
(Ssemujju Ibrahim, The Observer)

Tunisia: NCA commission votes against enshrining Higher Islamic Council in constitution
(Agence Tunis Afrique Presse)

Egypt opposition demands ban of religious slogans in electoral campaigns
(Aswat Masriya)

Tanzania: Council demand release of priest's killer
(Issa Yussuf, Daily News)

Christian minister dies in Vietnam police custody
(Charisma News)

Wednesday’s religion news roundup: Shaming the divorced * guns and gays * faith and footwear
(David Gibson, Religion News Service)

Bracketing morality – The marginalization of moral argument in the same-sex marriage debate
(Dr. R. Albert Mohler, Jr., Black Christian News)

New study finds high clergy internet use; guidelines lacking
(Religion News Service)

In Burma, satellite images show extent of religious violence
(Charlie Campbell, Time)

Pope Francis stresses "fundamental" importance of women in church
(Naomi O'Leary, Reuters)

Canadian prisoners sue over lack of chaplains
(Ron Csillag, Religion News Service)

Women’s group objects to religious exemption on covering contraceptives
(Sara Jerde, The Columbus Dispatch)

Interests of all religions must be ensured in Jerusalem - Russian Foreign Ministry

North Carolina may declare official state religion under new bill
(John Celock, Huffington Post)

Defining marriage in the context of U.S. democracy
(Matthew Zaro Fisher, Huffington Post)

Whatever the Supreme Court decides, these nine charts show gay marriage is winning
(Sarah Kilff, The Washington Post Wonkblog)

Tuesday, 2 April 2013

How long will the pope’s honeymoon last?
(David Gibson, Religion News Service, The Washington Post – On Faith)

French veil ban: Government wants to broaden restrictions on wearing headscarf
(Jamey Keaten, Huffington Post)

Islam Europe’s reality: Turkey’s EU minister, Egemen Bağış
(Hürriyet Daily News)

Care for your job? Hide your religion
(Alessandro Calcagno, COMECE, EuropeInfos)

EVENT April 10, 2013: Faith, Public Life, and the Common Good featuring Jim Wallis and Michael Gerson
(Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs)

Supreme Court asked to weigh in on religious group’s right to live communally
(Press Release (Emily Hardman), The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty)

The rise of interfaith marriage
(OUP Blog)

Gender segregation now mandatory in Gaza schools
(Dalia Nammari, Ibrahim Barzak, NBC News)

Africa finds an effective weapon against AIDS: religion
(Peggy Fletcher Stack, The Salt Lake Tribune)

Jihadis' exploitation of Muslim girls
(Khaled Abu Toameh, Gatestone Institute of International Public Policy)

Venezuela tries to weaken human rights watchdog
(Yvette Betance, The Heritage Foundation)

Myanmar police failed to stop killing, arson: HRW
(The Indian Express)

Northern Ireland's ban on gay marriage to be challenged by Amnesty in court
(Henry McDonald, The Guardian)

SEA’s biggest church opens amid rising religious debate in Malaysia
(Boo Su-Lyn, The Malaysian Insider)

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