Law and Religion Headlines

Thursday, 13 September 2012

True and false religious freedom
(Richard Giannone, Huffington Post)

Tunisian police fire tear gas to disperse protest outside U.S. embassy
(Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty)

U.S. embassy's initial statement criticizing anti-Muslim video leads to political controversy
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

US Ambassador killed in Libya. Pastor Terry Jones is to blame?
(John Robles, Voice of Russia)

Vatican balancing calls for democracy, religious freedom in Middle East
(Catholic World News)

World Trade Center relic cross subject of lawsuit
(Press Release, Liberty Center)

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

A bluffer's guide to human rights courts
(David Hart QC, UK Human Rights Blog)

A Christian ethos strengthens our nation
(Eric Pickles, The Telegraph)

Amish beard-cutting is horrid but not a hate crime
(Noah Feldman, Bloomberg News via HeraldOnline)

Anger over a film fuels anti-American attacks in Libya and Egypt
(David D Kirkpatrick, The New York Times)

Anti-Islam filmmaker in hiding after protests
(Shaya Tayefe Hohajer, Associated Press)

Australia PM cancels speech over gay lifestyle row
(AFP, The International Herald Tribune)

Cardinal Dolan spotlights overseas persecution
(Lousie Radnofsky, Wall Street Journal)

Catholic Care and adoption by same-sex couples – the story continues
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

China: The marketisation of religious sites
(Magda Hornemann, Forum 18 News Service)

Church accused of violating federal law by telling parishioners to vote against Obama
(Jeff Schapiro, The Christian Post)

Egypt constitution talks stumble on role of Islam
(Tamim Elyan, Reuters)

EU launches online anti-Semitism survey in nine countries
(JTA, Haaretz)

Exorcism boom in Poland sees magazine launch
(AFP, The International Herald Tribune)

Federal prosecutors, defense lawyers debate religious motivation for Amish beard-cutting attacks
(James F. McCarty, The Plain Dealer)

Hobby Lobby sues over HHS Mandate
(Press Release, The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty)

Israeli lesbian couple awarded NIS 60,000 after turned away from wedding hall
(Llan Lior, Haaretz News)

Karzai condemns anti-Islam movie, Afghan protests feared
(Nathan Hodge, The Wall Street Journal)

Massachusetts religious communities divided over doctor-assisted suicide measure
(Lisa Wangsness, The Boston Globe)

Nigeria: Women call for religious tolerance
(Ojoma Akor, Daily Trust)

Ontario Christian minister forced to conduct same-sex ‘marriages’ or get sacked
(Thaddeus Baklinski, LifeSiteNews)

Rare sects take Uganda by storm
(All Africa)

Religious meeting calls for world peace
(Associated Press)

Russia's fractured society deepens Putin's woes
(Timothy Heritage, Reuters)

St. Louis Catholics react to Bishop Robert Finn's conviction
(Jesse Bogan and Tim Townsend, St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

Study: Religious exemption doesn't require mandatory child education
(Samantha Koon, The Daily Progress)

US opposes penalty for Russia over historic books
(Frederic J. Frommer, Associated Press)

Vatican insists on interreligious dialogue
(Associated Press)

Youcef Nadarkhani is free, but his lawyer still faces threat of imprisonment
(Katherine Weber, The Christian Post)

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

500 lashes, death by stoning: women in Islam
(Khaled Abu Toameh, Gatestone Institute of International Public Policy)

Bosnia: Balkan religious leaders urge reconciliation, tolerance
(ADN Kronos International)

Channel 4 cancels controversial screening of Islam: The Untold Story documentary after presenter Tom Holland is threatened
(John Hall, The Independent )

Christian father sues Ontario school board for 'religious accommodation'
(Matthew Coutts, CTV News)

Congo religious leaders seek to build awareness of war

Court refuses to enforce Islamic premarital agreement that promised wife $677,000 in the event of divorce
(Eugene Volokh, Volokh Conspiracy )

Exclusive: U.S. groups helped fund Dutch anti-Islam politician Wilders
(Anthony Deutsch and Mark Hosenball, Reuters)

Freedom of belief stirs controversy in Egypt constitutional debate
(Al-Masry Al-Youm, Egypt Independent)

Gabriel Vahanian, professor, dies at 85; was linked to ‘Death of God’ movement
(Paul Vitello, New York Times)

German Jews, Muslims unite to protest against circumcision ban
(Reuters, The Chicago Tribune)

Hamas to Israel: Stop the raids, we’re catching the Salafis responsible for rocket attacks
(Jacob Edelist, The Jewish Press)

In Latin America, Jewish communities are booming
(Diego Melamed, JTA)

Indian guru leads huge crowd in Argentina’s capital in mass meditation against violence
(Washington Post)

Islamic police publicly amputate five alleged bandits in Mali
(CTV News)

Jews question their future in Germany
(Spiegel Online)

Koppelman and Paulsen at St. John’s on September 27
(Mark L. Movsesian, Center for Law and Religion)

Law and religion scholars: Attend this program!
(Paul Horwitz, PrawfsBlawg)

Mexico extradites San Jose mosque imam accused of Hezbollah membership
(Lori Lowenthal Marcus, The Jewish Press)

Morning Bell: Remembering 9/11 in a volatile world
(Amy Payne, The Foundry)

Parents worry about radicalisation in schools
(Khabar Southeast Asia)

Patriarch Kirill says Russian Orthodox Church under attack
(Nastassia Astrasheuskaya and Steve Gutterman, Reuters)

Relatives of 16 Muslim clerics slain in Mali seek answers; Mauritania calls killings odious
(Washington Post)

Russian authorities' shocking nighttime demolition of a Pentecostal church in Moscow
(Mark Adomanis, Forbes)

Spain: Muslim war on meter maids
(Soeren Kern, Gatestone Institute)

Sri Lanka youth pledge to ‘Nunca Mas’ mantra
(Salma Yusuf, Eurasia Review)

Syria conflict casts shadow over Pope Lebanon trip-envoy
(Philip Pullella, Reuters)

Terrorism and Palestinian statehood
(Alan M. Dershowitz, The Wall Street Journal via Gatestone Institute)

UN independent experts condemn destruction of Sufi religious sites in Libya
(UN News Centre)

Uzbekistan: Raid, beating, literature destruction – but fine annulled
(Mushfig Bayram, Forum 18 News Service)

Was Cardinal Carlo Martini the last liberal Catholic bishop?
(Alessandro Speciale, Washington Post)

What happens when the two Israels meet
(Kfar Vradim, New York Times)

Monday, 10 September 2012

Are parliament’s theocrats about to have their day?
(Terry Sanderson, National Secular Society)

British Christians must find a louder voice
(Jenny McCartney, The Telegraph)

California Gov. Brown signs bill banning religious discrimination
(Stephen Magagnini, The Sacramento Bee)

EU expresses ‘great disappointment’ as Bosnia misses deadline for changes in the country’s constitution barring Jews and Roma from standing for high office
(European Jewish Press)

EU to raise Tibet's human rights issue with China
(Harold Mandel,

First-Person: Why blasphemy laws are wrong
(Russell D. Moore, Baptist Press)

Gordon Brown backs archbishop in sharia law row
(Riazat Butt & Louise Radnofsky, The Guardian)

In the face of the State: The Church too is a <em>res publica</em>, a public thing
(Dr. Jeff Mirus, Catholic

Iraq attacks kill at least 92 as Sunni VP sentenced to death
(Voice of America)

Jihadists join fight, eye ‘Islamic state’
(Hürriyet Daily News)

Kazakhstan: Fears over latest Uzbek extradition case
(Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service)

Muslim Americans reach out to Sikhs
(Craig Phillips, Common Ground News)

Nigeria: Regulate religion, for societal sanity
(Tope Fasau,

President declares weekend as days of prayer and remembrance for 9-11 victims
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Religion freedom bill by Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada signed into law
(The Reporter)

Religion, politics collide at interfaith Notre Dame forum
(Catherine M. Odell, National Catholic Reporter)

Religion's role in Arab Spring is promoting dignity, official says
(Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service)

Religion’s “return” to higher education
(Douglas Jacobsen and Rhonda Hustedt Jacobsen, OUP Blog)

Rowan Williams admits failings over Church split
(Cassandra Vinograd, Huffington Post)

Siegel resigns as Palm Beach Democratic chair after Christians vs. Jews remark
(George Bennett, The Palm Beach Post)

Syria: Car bomb kills at Least 17, wounds over 40 in Aleppo
(Ria Novosti, Turkish Weekly)

The untold story of Iran's religious minorities
(Mark Hetfield, The Hill)

The World Association for Christian Communication: Supports gender aware journalism
(Maria Teresa Aveggio, WACC)

Saturday, 8 September 2012

A more religious world
(David Ignatius, The Washington Post)

Cardinal Dolan’s pro-life, pro-family prayer rocks the Democratic convention
(John Jalsevac, Life Site News)

Egypt town's Muslim-Christian unrest speaks to bigger challenges
(Jeffrey Fleishman, Los Angeles Times)

Iranian Christian pastor released from jail
(Saeed Kamali Dehghan, The Guardian)

Is Palestine a lost cause?
(Eurasia Review)

Is religion on the way out?
(Nigel Barber, Huffington Post)

More states challenge US anti-gay marriage law
(Associated Press)

Our View: Burmese Muslims face severe persecution
(Azizah al-Hibri and Robert P. George, Indy Star)

Our yawning religious divide
(Anna Williams, First Things)

Pakistan: Sunni militants killing Shias
(Devinder Kumar, Kabul Press)

Pakistani Christian girl accused of blasphemy released on bail
(Reza Sayah and Nasir Habib, CNN)

Religion has big impact on how America gives
(Tony Spence, Catholic News Service)

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