Law and Religion Headlines

Thursday, 30 August 2012

Lawsuit filed against haredi radio station for excluding women

Libya officials seem helpless as Sufi shrines are vandalized
(David D. Kirkpatrick, New York Times)

Neologism and nationalism
(Alex Joffe, Jewish Ideas Daily)

Pakistan court postpones bail decision for girl accused of burning Quran
(Nasir Habib, CNN)

Pew Forum Weekly Religion News Update

Religious beliefs should be respected - when rights are not impeded
(Joshua Rozenberg, National Secular Society)

Reports of Iran 'halal' intranet are contradictory
(Info Security)

Russia and Islam: The end of peaceful coexistence?
(The Economist)

Russia: (Jehovah's Witnesses) One month in prison, another to follow
(Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service)

Ryan's Catholic roots reach deep
(Peter Nicholas and Mark Peters, Wall Street Journal)

State alters vaccination waiver form, asking parents to cite religion
(Phaedra Haywood, Santa Fe New Mexican)

Suicide bomber kills Muslim cleric as Putin urges unity
(Gleb Bryanski, Reuters)

Survey: Southeast Asian Muslims among world's most devout
(Eric Bellman, The Wall Street Journal)

Syria's war spills into Lebanon
(Michael J. Totten, Gatestone Institute)

The Mormons’ Joe Lieberman moment
(Stewart Ain, The Jewish Week)

Update: Judge releases decision on Commission prayer
(Gordan Boyd, WRCB TV)

What motivates Christian Zionists?
(Shelley Neese, The Jerusalem Post)

Whig History and the Baptists
(Curtis Freeman, Religion in American History)

Why Jews hold circumcision so dear, and what Germany has to fear
(Rabbi Micah Peltz, Haaretz)

Wednesday, 29 August 2012

"Religious Question" doctrine is the answer to Texas Episcopal church property dispute
(Liberty Institute, Rock Hill Herald Online)

A state separated from God?
(David Martin, Canada Free Press)

Aleppo archbishop flees to Lebanon: Vatican radio
(The Daily Star)

Another coalition for religious freedom?
(George Weigel, First Things)

Are there Muslim evangelists?

BBC bias? Sharia law and Egypt

Beirut Patriarch: EU doesn't care about the fate of Christians in the Middle East
(Jurgen Liminski, Assyrian International News Agency)

Cardinal Dolan to close Democrat convention
(William Donohue, Eurasia Review)

Diverse group of religion leaders delivering prayers at Republican convention
(Daniel Treiman, JTA)

Freedom From Religion Foundation sends second letter to Ridgeland H.S.

HHS broadens mandate 'safe harbor' guidelines
(Michael Foust, Baptist Press)

India’s Billy Graham laid to rest
(UCAN India)

Investigation finds no malicious intent in Quran case
(JIm Garamone, American Forces Press Service)

Kenyan faith leaders urge calm after Mombasa riots
( Fredrick Nzwili, Episcopal News Service)

Kenyans must stop religious violence after deadly riots: PM
(Capital FM News)

Leiter, “Why Tolerate Religion?”
(Princeton University Press)

Moscow art museum attacked by Orthodox Christians
(Interfax Religion News)

Muslim man sues over having to remove cap

Pakistan blasphemy case Christian girl 'is 14'
(BBC News Asia)

Pentagon hands down punishment over burning Korans, urinating on corpses
(Associated Press, Fox News)

Spiritual leader of Dagestani Muslims killed in suicide blast

Turkey's EU minister: Germany's commitment to religious freedom in doubt
(Today's Zaman)

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

‘Priest-less Parishes’ in Ireland, Wales and England
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Addressing religion in high school sports
(David Purdum, AJC (Georgia))

After Anders Breivik's conviction, Norway must confront Islamophobia
(Sindre Bangstad, The Guardian)

Amish beard-cutting trial pits religious freedom vs hate crimes
(James F. McCarty, Religion News Service, Huff Post Religion)

Appeals court to wait on Hasan beard ruling
(Jeremy Schwartz, Austin Legal)

Christian in Pakistan blasphemy case ruled a minor
(Rebecca Santana, Associated Press)

Church sues Fairfax board over zoning law
(The Examiner)

Despite public outcry, Falun Gong practitioner sentenced
(Luo Ya, The Epoch Times)

Egyptian religion: A new chapter?
(H.A. Hellyer, Huffington Post)

European court nixes Italy embryo screening ban
(Frances D'Emilio, Associated Press, Huff Post Tech)

First civil union between three partners in Brazil sparks outrage
(Andrea Madambashi, Christian Post Latin America)

Florida GOP seeks to allow public education funds to pay for religious schools
(Lou Colagiovanni,

France’s ‘No-Go’ Zones: Where non-Muslims dare not tread
(Soeren Kern, The Jewish Express)

German Jews to Israeli Chief Rabbi: Your circumcision commotion did more harm than good
(Jacob Edelist, The Jewish Press)

Hajj scam: Hamid Saeed Kazmi released on bail
(Mudassir Raja, International Herald Tribune)

HHS revises mandate third time; foes say it misses the point
(Michelle Bauman, Catholic News Agency)

In Ukraine, Adventist Church is first Protestant broadcaster to receive license
(Adventist News Network)

Indian government in dilemma over Muslim killings in Myanmar
(Seema Sengupta, Eurasia Review)

Iran: Concern grows for health of imprisoned pastor
(Stoyan Zaimov, The Christian Post)

Judge dismisses Wheaton College's Obama lawsuit
(NBC Chicago)

Misuse of mosque for manufacturing explosives condemned
(Arab News)

Mombasa riots stretch into second day as extremist group tries to rally Muslims
(Whitney Eulich, The Christian Science Monitor)

Pakistan's conservative mullahs question blasphemy law
(Saheed Shah, The Miami Herald)

Priest warns of security risk in pope trip to Lebanon

Religious violence growing in Indonesia
(Australia Network News)

Tajikistan: Further administrative penalties punish religious activity
(Mushfig Bayram, Forum 18 News Service)

The Arab revolts: Impact on Central Asia
(James M. Dorsey, Middle East Online)

Top Libyan officials implicated in mosque desecrations
(Mel Frykberg, The Miami Herald)

US Soldiers punished for Quran burnings
(Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press)

Monday, 27 August 2012

'American Taliban' John Walker Lindh testifies for right to group prayer in prison
(Associated Press, NBC News)

Atheist group removes billboards targeting presidential candidates' religious faith
(Dan Gilgoff and Dan Merica, CNN belief blog)

Benefits of circumcision are said to outweigh risks
(Roni Caryn Rabin, The New York Times)

Catholic church in Scotland steps up campaign against gay marriage
(The Guardian)

Catholic Ireland awaits report on its abortion law
(Claire McCormack, We News)

Christian group to hold conference on blasphemy law
(Robert Evans, Reuters)

Christian groups susceptible to violence in India
(The Evangelical Fellowship of India, International Institute for Religious Freedom)

Churches fight to feed the homeless
(Charles C. Haynes, The Spectrum)

Crosses chopped down: 'Anti-church hysteria' spreads across Russia

Freedom From Religion group to sue Memphis city council
(Adam Hammond, News Channel 3 Memphis)

Germany: Turkish Muslims hope for more Muslims than Christians
(Soeren Kern, Gatestone Institute of International Public Policy)

In Chile, Jews face new dangers and old fears
(Gil Shefler, The Jerusalem Post)

Indonesia: Religious violence kills 2 Shias
(Adnkronos International)

Indonesian security forces turn to Islamic clerics to uproot terrorism
(Andrew Higgins, Washington Post)

Interfaith and intercultural dialogue ‘a big litmus test for the EU’
(Dr. Nazila Isgandarova, Turkish Weekly)

Interfaith crisis on the borderlands of Burma (Myanmar), Bangladesh, and India
(Irfan Al-Alawi, Gatestone Institute of International Public Policy)

Is John Turner's Brigham Young biography better than Broadway's The Book of Mormon? Pre-pub reviewers think so!
(Edward J. Blum, Religion in American History: A Group Blog on American Religious History and Culture)

John Walker Lindh sues for prison prayer group
(Carrie Johnson and Margot Williams, NPR)

Libyan Islamists raze Sufi sites in bold attacks
(Reuters, The New York Times)

Mauritanian imams plead for moderation
(Bakari Gueye, Magharebia)

Merkel vows to allow religious circumcision in Germany, aide says
(Ofer Aderet, Jewish World News)

Morocco: the police forces assault on the peaceful demonstrations is an assault on the freedom of expression
(The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information)

Mozambique: Headscarves allowed, burqas banned
(Agência de Informação de Moçambique, AllAfrica)

Pussy Riot team appeals 'punk prayer' jailing
(AFP, France 24 International News)

Religion returns to college campuses
(Bruce Walsh, Metro (New York))

Religious circumcision, the rights of the child and the ECHR
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Riots in Mombasa after killing of Muslim cleric
(San Diego News)

Same-sex marriage: Scotland urged to resist Catholic church campaign
(Lizzy Davies, The Guardian)

Seventeen Afghan partygoers beheaded by Taliban
(The Guardian)

Saturday, 25 August 2012

8 ways faith will matter at the Republican National Convention
(Dan Gilgoff and Eric Marrapodi, CNN Belief Blog)

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