Law and Religion Headlines

Saturday, 8 September 2012

Religious freedom rally in Garden City
(Patty Knap,

Religious right activists to rally against HHS mandate
(God Discussion)

Roll Call - Opinion: Lautenberg Amendment a lifeline for Iranian refugees
(Katrina Lantos Swett, USCIRF)

Sri Lanka: Bishops denounce human rights violations and education void

The evolving politics of faith - OpEd
(Diane Winston, Los Angeles Times)

Today's public school students don't check religion at the door
(Charles Haynes, Pocono Record)

Violence in Assam: Resource wars, illegal migration or governance deficit?
(Shanthie Mariet D’Souza and Bibhu Prasad Routray, Eurasia Review)

Zuma: Religious sector must promote cohesion and family stability
(Mail & Guardian)

Friday, 7 September 2012

Are Christians really marginalised in this country?
(Rosalind English, UK Human Rights Blog)

Argument at the ECtHR: Highlights
(Mark L. Movsesian, CLR Forum)

Bishop Finn is found guilty of failing to report child abuse suspicions
(Mark Morris and Judy L. Thomas, Kansas City Star)

Christian registrar Lillian Ladele takes battle to European Court of Human Rights
(Andrew Johnson, Islington Tribune)

Christian summer camp in Shaanxi banned; more churches in Guangdong shut down, pastors apply for administrative review
(Radio Free Asia)

Closed: Last synagogue in Egypt
(Shiraz Maher, Gatestone Institute)

Crucifix law hits 'right balance'
(Press Association Ltd., The Bourne Local)

Ecclesiastical Law Journal publishes the final issue of the anniversary volume
(Cambridge University Press)

Even authoritarian Communist countries need religion
(Walter Russell Mead, The American Interest)

Exempting churches from anti-discrimination laws
(Frank Brennan, Eureka Street)

Family life according to the Brotherhood
(Mona El-Naggar, New York Times)

Fort Hood shooting suspect’s beard must be shaved, Military judge rules
(Manny Fernandez, The New York Times)

German public figures call for church unity
(Ruby Russell, ENI)

Indonesia’s Shiite minority feels the heat
(Endy Bayuni, Foreign Policy)

Islam's ancient divide fuels Middle East conflicts
(Christoph Reuter, Spiegel Online)

It’s official: Feds OK Mont Vernon’s Jew Pond being renamed Carelton Pond
(David Brooks, Nashua Telegraph)

Marginalised Christians? Chaplin, Eweida, McFarlane and Ladele – again
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Northeastern University chaplain encouraged students to support convicted terrorists
(Lori Lowenthal Marcus,

Pakistan urged to 'urgently' protect Shiites

Plan for suburban Detroit mosque draws resistance
(Jeff Karoub, Businessweek)

SD court upholds dismissal of school abuse lawsuit
(Sioux City Journal)

Syria's Christians support stability, not regime: church
(Rana Moussaoui, Arab News)

US State Department still refusing to say Jerusalem is capital of Israel
(Lori Lowenthal Marcus,

Women, religion and free expression at core of burgeoning talks on Tunisia’s constitution
(Washington Post)

Thursday, 6 September 2012

Toews nixes Wiccan priest for B.C. prisoners
(The Canadian Press)

Analysis: Some Gulf rulers wary of U.S. shifts on Islamists, Iran
(Andrew Hammond and Rania El Gamal, Reuters)

Anonymity granted to Catholic donor opposed to marriage amendment, but amendment supporters object
(Dale Carpenter, Volokh Conspiracy )

Berlin says ritual circumcision legal, if performed by doctor
(Ofer Aderet, Haaretz)

Bishop: Catholic Church's credibility on abuse 'shredded'
(David Gibson, USA Today)

Carnage of Shia Muslims in Pakistan
(Dr. Ismail Salami, Press TV)

Christian girl hailed as 'daughter of nation' by senior Pakistani cleric
(Jon Boone, The Guardian)

Christians 'must choose between job or their faith': Government lawyers claim at European court
(Steve Doughty, Mail Online)

Christians face systematic discrimination in Chin State
(Hanna Hindstrom, Democratic Voice of Burma)

Dems quickly switch to Include "God," "Jerusalem"
(Jake Tapper, ABC)

EU court affirms asylum for religious persecution
(Dirk Kaufmann, Deutsche Welle)

German Muslims say anti-militant posters offensive
(Chris Cottrell, Reuters)

In the U.S., neither party owns faith
(Rick Cole, Los Angeles Times)

Is it race or religion at issue in Burma?
(Get Religion)

Mali formally requests regional intervention force
(Anne Look, Voice of America)

Mark Craddock, Christian sect doctor, banned for prescribing 'gay cure' drug used for castration
(Cavan Sieczkowski, Huffington Post)

My Take: When it comes to 'God' in our political platforms, less is more
(Stephen Prothero, CNN belief blog)

Nirj Deva MEP: Scrap Pakistan’s blasphemy laws
(Eurasia Review)

NYPD Muslim spying in New Jersey has ended, attorney general tells religious leaders
(Samantha Henry, Associated Press, Huffington Post)

Pew Forum Weekly Religion News Update

Politics of power: Burying truth through resolutions
(William A. Cook, Palestine Chronicle)

Religious worker visas at issue in 9th Circuit
(Nick McCann, Courthouse News Service)

Rising anti-Islamic sentiment in America troubles Muslims
(Moni Basu, CNN belief blog)

Russia: Shock at Moscow church demolition
(Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service)

Salafists raid Tunisian hotel bar for serving alcohol
(BBC News)

Sri Lankan pilgrims flee mob attack
(Chennai and Colombo,

The "No Foreign Law" statement
(Karen Lugo, Gatestone Institute)

The Manhattan Declaration Crosses the River
(September 20, 2012, Event Announcement NYC)

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Antisemitism alive and well in Romania or how the Holocaust never happened
(Michael Curtis, Gatestone Institute)

Britons take workplace religion fight to Europe rights court
(Gilbert Reilhac/Alexandria Sage, Reuters,

Catholic Church condemns 'price-tag' attack on monastery, urges Israel to change 'culture of contempt'
(Nir Hasson, Haaretz)

Christian discrimination: Former Archbishop Lord Carey accuses government and courts of 'double standards'
(Jessica Elgot, Huffington Post)

Christians claim workplace discrimination in landmark case
(Harvey Morris, International Herald Tribune)

Democrats release 2012 platform: Provisions on faith in America, civil rights, and social issues
(Eric W. Dolan, The Raw Story)

Did the Moonies really brainwash millions? Time to dispel a myth
(Eileen Barker, The Guardian)

Doomed to disappear? Religious minorities in Turkey
(Luke Montgomery, Washington Times)

Ethnic Chin Christians in Burma denied religious freedom, coerced to convert to Buddhism
(Kangla Online)

Euro imams, rabbis pledge zero tolerance for hate preachers
(Tom Heneghan and Nicholas Vinocur, Reuters)

European Court of Human Rights ruling "could change UK law on religious discrimination"
(Personnel Today)

Faith in the 2012 Election
(Resources on Faith, Ethics, and Public Life, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs)

Fired for being Christian? Religious employees have their day in court
(Christopher Zara, International Business Times)

Germany: New ad campaign to counter Muslim radicalization
(Soeren Kern, Gatestone Institute)

GOP platform calls for marriage amendment, religious liberty
(Family Council)

Islamic revival in China: CCP tolerance or strategy?
(Faaria Volinski, Huffington Post)

Liberia’s deadly religious campaign against gay marriage
(Steve Williams,

Maldives teenage girl faces lashing for pre-marital sex
(New York Daily News)

Moderate Muslims need to speak up
(Jakarta Globe)

Pakistan's Christian cabinet member urges blasphemy rethink
(Rob Crilly, The Telegraph)

Progressive groups call on Democrats to support religious freedom
(Jodi Jacobson, RH Reality Check)

Religious leader ordered detained pending sentencing
(John Diedrich, The Journal Sentinel)

Sectarian divide: The modern warfare
(Farooq Yousaf`, Eurasia Review)

The 2012 Democratic National Party Platform: "Moving America Forward"
(New York Times)

The Republican Platform 2012: "We Believe in America"
(The Republican National Committee)

The United Nations and Palestinian options
(Fadi Elhusseini, Eurasia Review)

Timur catches heat for ‘lazy’ resolution
(Ezra Sihite, Febriamy Hutapea & Ismira Lutfia, Jakarta Globe)

Turkmenistan: Upsurge in raids, threats, fines
(Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service)

Veto override attempt a matter of religious liberty - OpEd
(Mike Hoey, Kansas City Star)

What's at stake for international religious freedom in the US contraception debate?
(Peter Henne, Huffington Post)

Wheaton College keeps pushing suit against contraceptive mandate
(Marie Wilson, Daily Herald (Chicago))

Workplace Religious Freedom Act passes California legislature
(Sunita Sohrabji, India West News)

World Hijab Day: Muslims debate where the headscarf belongs
(Ilene Prusher, Christian Science Monitor)

Yarmulke flash mob: Protests continue over Berlin anti-Semitic attack
(Spiegel Online)

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

10,000 Syrians stuck at Turkish border as violence continues
(Al Bawaba News)

Blasphemy and the law
(Chloe Breyer, New York Times)

Calls in China for ending labor camp system
(Li Ping, The Epoch Times)

Children to carry on Rev. Moon's religious movement, but feuding could endanger the empire
(Hyun-Ah Kim, Daily Reporter)

Christian fightback: Equality watchdogs take on Cameron and back the right to wear cross at work
(Steve Doughty, Mail Online)

Confronting religious bigotry in America and elsewhere
(Charles Negy, Huffington Post)

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