Law and Religion Headlines

Thursday, 20 September 2012

Islamic states to reopen quest for global blasphemy law
(Robert Evans, Al Arabiya News)

John Baird vows to prevent Sikh extremism in Canada
(Les Whittington, The Toronto Star)

Lauder urges Europe not to restrict religious freedom
(European Jewish Press)

Libya: UN experts call for a swift and rigorous response to the destruction of Sufi sites
(Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) ,

Magazine cartoon prompts French Embassy closures
(Voice of America)

Massachusetts high court bars religious school teacher from bringing workplace discrimination claim
(John R. Ellement, Boston Globe)

Memphis city council adopts prayer policy to avoid lawsuit
(Candace McCowan, WREG Memphis News)

Nine people accuse Philadelphia church of sexual abuse
(Natalie Pompilio, Reuters)

On secularism Hollande is like Sarkozy
(Fabiana Settanni,

Pew Forum Weekly Religion News Update

Pew: Religious intolerance is on the rise worldwide
(Eyder Peralta, National Public Radio)

Prophet film puts spotlight on US Copts
(Gillian Flaccus, Associated Press)

Prophet Mohammed movie: What should be done?
(Dr. Hubertus Hoffmann, World Security Network)

Religion, marriage and the Constitution
(David Philip Norris, Winona Daily News)

Religious leaders seek inquiry into misuse of Pakistan blasphemy law
(Kristine Greenaway , Episcopal News Service)

Senate hearings on hate crimes included focus on Sikh temple shooting
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Teshuvah and Penn State: the sin of rushing to judgment
(David E. Ostrich, JTA)

Tunisian artists cry for help against religious extremists
(Tarek Amara, Reqq)

Westboro Baptist Church dealt blow: Jerry Brown signs bill restricting protests at funerals
(Melissa Jeltsen, Huffington Post)

Why religious liberty should be the moral center for American diplomacy
(Joe Carter, Acton Institute Power Blog)

Will the Bill of Rights Commission achieve anything at all?
(Alice Donald, UK Human Rights Blog)

World Council of Churches urges revision of Pakistan's 'abusive' blasphemy laws
(CP Europe)

Worries over violence against churches in Israel
(Josef Federman, Associated Press)

More on admissibility, the view from the Court
( Paul Harvey and Pamela McCormick, UK Human Rights Blog)

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

A textbook Islamist: The man who ignited the Muhammad movie rage
(Mudar Zahran, Gatestone Institute)

ACLU in support of ex-teacher - Joins 2nd group in bias suit vs. diocese
(Rebecca S. Green, Journal Gazette)

Amritsar: SGPC urges UP Government to allow Sikh baptized students to wear kirpan in schools
(Jagmohan Singh, Punjab Newsline)

Are radical imams going to redefine freedom of speech?
(Alan M. Dershowitz, Gatestone Institute of International Public Policy)

Australian Christians put global poverty deadline on nation's agenda
(Stephen W, Insights News)

Beyond Bideford – Developments in ‘civic religion’
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

College of the Ozarks suing federal government over health care law
(Cliff Sain, News Leader)

Colombia High Court says religion out in rulings
(Associated Press, ABC News)

Cultural clash fuels Muslims angry at online video
(David D. Kirkpatrick, New York Times)

Denied property sale, gay couple to sue bishop
(Lisa Wangsness, Boston Globe)

Egypt charges Coptic Christians linked to infamous video
(Ed Payne and Saad Abedine, CNN)

Embassy protests and Middle East unrest in context
(Stephen Zunes, Foreign Policy in Focus)

Faith groups in Africa mobilize to protect environment
(Frederick Nzwill, ENInews v. Anglican Journal)

Freedom of expression in the unfree world
(Jacob Mchangama, Voice of Russia)

Germany bars US pastor Terry Jones
(Der Spiegel)

Hezbollah leads massive anti-US protest in Lebanon
(Zeina Karam, Associated Press)

Islamist bullying works: Germany considering a ban on showing of anti-Muslim film
(Tibbi Singer, Jewish Press)

Judge reinstates contempt charges for Somali woman
(Amy Forliti, Associated Press v. San Francisco Chronicle)

Judge: SD prison tobacco ban curbs religion rights
(Dirk Lammers, Huff Post Politics)

Moderate and hardline Muslims struggle within popular rage against anti-Islam film and America
(Brian Murphy, Huffington Post)

Muhammad cartoons: how freedom of expression is curtailed across the globe
(Owen Bowcott, The Guardian)

Muslim riots reach Europe: Free speech under threat
(Soeren Kern, Gatestone Institute)

National Council of Churches approves restructuring recommendation
(ENInews, Episcopal News Service)

New Mexico jury awards $280,000 to employee who claimed his boss pushed religion on him
(The Republic)

No sale of chicken, fish during Jain festival, rules HC
(Express India News Service)

President Obama: “My commitment to protecting religious liberty is and always will be unwavering”
(Institute on Religion & Democracy)

President Obama's Rosh Hashanah greeting
(White House, Office of the Press Secretary)

Prophet Mohammed cartoons to be published in Paris – Police at ready
(Malkah Fleisher, Jewish Press)

Religious freedom veto in Missouri overturned
(Catholic San Francisco)

Report says religion at heart of illegal ivory trade
(Jeanie Groh, The Washington Post)

Some religious leaders see a threat as Europe grows more secular
(Jack Ewing, The New York Times)

South African church leaders plead for mining dispute resolution
(Munyaradzi Makoni, ENInews v. Episcopal News Service)

Univ. of Tenn.: Prayer before games not unconstitutional

Universal periodic review of Indonesia at Human Rights Council
(Press Release, Human Rights First)

US House passes bill to promote human rights in Vietnam
(Michelle Bauman, Catholic News Agency)

Why Eric Pickles is in a pickle over religion
(Nelson Jones, New Statesman)

Why the vitriol when discussing religious liberty today?
(Bill Tammeus, National Catholic Reporter)

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

An open letter to Daw Aung San Suu Kyi regarding the Rohingya issue
(Aung Aung Oo, Eurasia Review)

As Muslims rage, churches hit Pakistan blasphemy law
(Robert Evans, Reuters)

Burmese gov't fosters religious intolerance: US official
(Lalit K Jha, The Irrawaddy)

Controversial writer Rushdie releases memoirs as anti-Islam film protests rage
(Jakarta Globe)

Former diplomat prods US to widen worldwide religious freedom efforts
(Dennis Sadowski, Catholic News Service)

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

Hezbollah warns US over film as protests spread
(Agence France-Presse, Jakarta Globe)

In the courts, equality trumps tolerance
(Jon Holbrook, Spiked Online)

Indonesian president urges UN and OIC to issue regulations against religious defamation
(Jakarta Globe)

Is Islamic ideology totalitarian?
(Michael Curtis, Gatestone Institute of International Public Policy)

Israeli police intolerant of Christianity: clergyman
(Adrian Bloomfield, The Daily Telegraph, National Post)

Libya: Video shows Libyans trying to rescue U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens

Religious education should not be an oxymoron
(Charles Negy, PhD, Huff Post Colleg)

Religious liberty, hate and every American's rights
(Tony Perkins, William G. Boykin, J. Kenneth Blackwell, Fox News)

Remarks by Denis McDonough on international religious freedom
(Denis McDonough, The White House)

Same-sex marriage issue heats up in France as introduction of legislation nears
(Jeanne Smits, LifeSiteNews)

Strasbourg applications: some aspects of the “six months” rule
(Rosalind English, UK Human Rights Blog)

The last three months: “law and religion” in 100 posts?
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Turkey’s "problematic" secular and religious cultures
(Dr. Nazila Isgandarova, Turkish Weekly)

UK Channel 4 film controversy suggests media may be the problem, and solution, to image of Islam
(Nihal Magdy, Common Ground News)

UN faults 16 gov'ts for reprisals against critics
(John Heilprin, Huffington Post)

US urged to take action against filmmaker
(The News)

Uzbekistan: "Leave only one spoon, one mug and one mattress for each"
(Mushfig Bayram, Forum 18 News Service)

When politics gets trumped by religion
( David Macaray, Huffington Post)

Monday, 17 September 2012

Anti-Islam film an exception to free speech protection – OpEd
(Rob L. Wagner, Eurasia Review)

Change of Pakistan's blasphemy laws unlikely
(Rebecca Santana, The Seattle Times)

Child of polygamous marriage refused entry to UK
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

EEOC posts web page on employment discrimination against Muslims and Sikhs
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

FFRF sues to remove decalogue from Pa. high school
(Freedom From Religion Foundation)

Greater religious freedom for Christians in India – OpEd
(Benjamin Bull, The Christian Post)

Happy Constitution Day everyone!
(Don Byrd, Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Freedom)

How do you “exhaust local remedies” for the purpose of applying to Strasbourg?
(Rosalind English, UK Human Rights Blog)

Is a truce between religions possible?
(Abdul Rahman Al-Rashed, Arab News)

Law's Virtues: Fostering Autonomy and Solidarity in American Society - 20 September 2012
(Event (Cathleen Kaveny), Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs)

Leading Sunni clerics demand global ban on insults to Islam
(Patrick Goodenough, CNS News)

Middle East violence no excuse for vile provocation
(Ernest Corea, ISN Insights, Eurasia Review)

Mob rule replaces rule of law
(Shiraz Maher, Gatestone Institute)

My Take: It’s time for Islamophobic evangelicals to choose
(Brian D. McLaren, CNN Belief Blog)

Nasrallah calls for ban on attacks on religion
(Tehran Times)

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