Law and Religion Headlines

Thursday, 14 March 2013

New pope must deal with divided church in United States
(Mary Wisniewski, Reuters)

New Zealand: Gay bill bolts over hurdle
(Isaac Davison, The New Zealand Herald)

Gay marriage and preserving religious freedom for celebrants
(Rex Ahdar, Pundit)

Kazakhstan: Court-ordered religious book burning a first?
(Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service)

Oklahoma House OKs bill on religion in schools
(Associated Press)

Nonbelievers seek to take God off currency
(Freedom from Religion Foundation)

Netanyahu prepares to accept new coalition
(Jodi Rudoren, The New York Times)

His ancestors escaped religious persecution in 1626; yesterday he filed a federal lawsuit to escape religious persecution—under the HHS Mandate
(Thomas More Law Center)

Yuba City Sikh man sues California to drop gun ban because he says it's against his religion
(Damany Lewis, News10 ABC)

Boy Scouts sends survey to members about ban on gays
(Kirk Johnson, The New York Times)

Labour suspends Lord Ahmed over alleged Jewish conspiracy comments
(The Guardian)

Proposed law calls for freedom of religion and conscience
(Israel Hayom)

Nicolás Maduro claims Chávez had divine role over new pope
(Virginia Lopez, The Guardian)

Halal school sausages contained pork DNA, Westminster survey found
(The Guardian)

Former BJC General Counsel named head of White House faith-based office
(Press Release, Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty)

A church, a school, and a very hard rock
(Catherine Sasman, The Namibian)

Don’t sensationalise satanism: Police
(The Herald Online (Zimbabwe))

EU “concerned” about religious freedom and rights in Libya
(Libya Herald)

Church challenges Kabimba on constitution time frame
(George Mwenya, Zambia Reports)

High court bars demolition of Methodist church building
(Dainal Nemukuyu, The Herald (Zimbabwe))

Taiwan urges China to improve religious freedom
(Rogge Chen and Scully Hsiao, Focus Taiwan News Channel)

Chula Vista man objects to his daughter, who is a Jehovah’s Witness, singing patriotic songs against her beliefs
(Danya Bacchus, Nicole Gonzales and R. Stickney, San Diego 7 (NBC))

Pope Francis hints at impatience for scandal
(Jason Horowitz, The Washington Post)

China urges Vatican to drop Taiwan ties day after pope elected
(Ben Blanchard and Michael Martina, Reuters)

Pope's partial lung shouldn't affect duties
(Maria Cheng, Yahoo! News)

Religion among Americans hits low point, as more people say they have no religious affiliation
(Katherine Bindley, Huffington Post)

Israel's new government excludes ultra-religious
(Ben Brumfield and Mike Schwartz, CNN)

Americans say homosexuality a civil rights issue
(Russ Rankin, Baptist Press)

World Jewish Congress head praises Pope Francis
(Tom Heneghan, Jewish Journal)

Debating the 'religious freedom' bill: Gov. Beshear shouldn't allow misguided law

Catholic church committed to recovering of infrastructures
(Angola Press via All Africa)

Church condemns sack of corps member over refusal to wear trousers
(Vanguard (Nigeria))

Swaziland: Riot police force halt prayer meeting
(Catholic Information Service for Africa)

Pope Francis, first day after election - live updates
(The Guardian)

Melissa Rogers a shot in the arm for faith-based office
(Mark Silk, Religion News Service)

Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Crowd in St. Peter's Square joyously welcomes Pope Francis I
(Carol Zimmermann and Carol Glatz, Catholic News Service)

Vatican spokesman releases pope's initial schedule, speaks of election
(Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service)

Pope Francis breaks another barrier as first Jesuit pontiff
(M. Alex Johnson, NBC World News)

Pope Francis: A saintly name, hold the 'I'
(Bill Chappell, NPR)

CNN Vatican analyst: Pope Francis' name choice 'precedent shattering'
(CNN World)

Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina elected pope, takes name Pope Francis
(Jason Horowitz and Anthony Faiola, The Washington Post)

Religious Freedom in the Liberal State
(Rex Ahdar and Ian Leigh, Oxford University Press)

Hearing on religious freedom next week
(Peter Kirsanow, National Review Online)

Religious liberty clinic files first brief
(L Marshall, Milla Legal Clinic, Stanford Law School)

Philadelphia Catholics rejoice for new pope
(Jeff Gammage, Aubrey Whelan and Sulaiman Abdur-Rahman,

For-Profit Free Exercise
(William J. Haun, First Things)

The bones of Richard III, state funerals and the law
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

The peculiar dynamics of Conclave 2013
(George Weigel, Religion & Ethics)

Habemus Papam – Francis I
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Espagne : interdit de critiquer le “mariage homosexuel”
(Correspondance européenne)

Group marriage is next, admits Dutch ‘father’ of gay ‘marriage’
(Hilary White, LifeSiteNews)

Will Egypt’s political leaders heed their citizens and their Western partners?
(Marc Pierini, Carnegie Europe)

'Clock ticking' for Indonesia to tackle religious intolerance
(Phelim Kine, Public Service Europe)

And the Sweet Sistine winner is ….
(David Gibson, Daniel Burke, Kevin Eckstrom, David Herrera, Adelle M. Banks and Sally Morrow, Religion News Service)

Free speech case settled over Sinclair Community College violations
(Thomas More Society)

Court upholds parent church body's closing of church and takeover of assets
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Los Angeles archdiocese settles 4 sex abuse cases for $10M
(Associated Press, Fox News)

Colorado civil unions for gay couples clear legislature, head to governor
(Associated Press, Politico)

Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires. Pope Francis. The first Jesuit pope of all time.
(Paul Owen and Tom McCarthy, The Guardian)

Argentina's Bergoglio becomes Pope Francis

Live coverage: Jorge Mario Bergoglio chosen as Pope Francis during day two of papal conclave
(Elizabeth Tenety, The Washington Post)

Congress to hold hearing on American pastor being tortured in Iranian prison
(Heather Clark, Christian News)

Religion and politics: Polarizing, but no longer a prerequisite in the U.S.
(David T. Jones, Yahoo! News)

Can atheists and Muslims support freedom of conscience together?
(Qasim Rashid and Chris Stedman, Religion & Politics)

Iraqi Christians fear fate of departed Jews
(Tengri News)

Denver archbishop laments passage of civil unions bill
(Catholic News Agency)

Namibia: National framework on gender equality for churches
(Selma Shipanga, The Namibian via All Africa)

Pocono Mountain fifth-grader wins appeal in religious liberty case
(Maryclaire Dale, Pocono Record)

Beshear being pressured on religious freedom bill
(Ben Finley,

Rabbi Ben-Dahan to head religious services
(Maayana Miskin, Arutz Sheva 7)

Students feel religious freedom under attack
(Oregon Faith Report)

Cardinals pick Pope Francis, first South American pontiff
(Marco della Cava, Eric J. Lyman and John Bacon, USA Today)

Melissa Rogers named to top White House religious outreach job
(Dan Mercia and Adam Aigner-Treworgy, CNN Belief Blog)

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Jonathan charges Nigerian governors against discrimination in religious pilgrimage
(Elizabeth Embu, Daily Times (Nigeria))

Ghana cautioned against homosexuality
(Sebastian R. Freiku, The Chronicle via All Africa)

Ghana: Archbishop Palmer Buckle blasts police
(Issah Alhassan, The Chronicle via All Africa)

Kenya: Kitui bishop tells media to help in war on graft
(Musembi Nzengu, The Star via AllAfrica)

Kenya: Muslim cleric says new president will protect rights of all Kenyans
(Brian Otieno, The Star via AllAfrica)

Hungarian Parliament passes constitutional amendment giving parliament power to recognize religious communities
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Jury without Jews request rejected by New York City judge
(Russell Goldman, ABC News)

Westminster Theological Seminary sues Federal Government over HHS regulations, files motion to intervene in the Becket Fund lawsuit
(Religion Press Release Services, Religion News Service)

As conclave begins, why the next pope won’t be French
(Luke Shrago (video) Marc Daou (text), France 24 International News)

An adult training programme funded by the European Commission promotes “LGBT*I” theory & lifestyle
(Source: European Commission and Ilga-Europe, Talpa brusseliensis christiana)

"Euro-Islam" and its problems: "Playing two different pianos"
(Andrew E. Harrod, Gatestone Institute of International Public Policy)

With the help of Knesset members, Women of the Wall get to pray
(Ben Sales, JTA)

Review of Church’s safeguarding provisions in Jersey
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani still alive; execution claim false, says group
(Anugrah Kumar, Christian Post)

Pakistan: The changing political economy of religion
(Manzur Ejaz, The Friday Times)

Russian, French experts discuss project to build Russian Orthodox center in Paris

What Muslims want in a new pope
(Omar Sacirbey, Religion News Service)

Opus Dei accused of lobbying to prevent Irish abortion reform
(Henry McDonald, The Guardian)

On eve of conclave, record criticism of Church for its handling of sexual abuse scandals
(Gary Langer, ABC News)

URJ hopes new gov't will stand for religious freedom
(Sam Sokol, The Jerusalem Post)

Phoenix human-relations ordinance causes Catholic concern
(Steve Weatherbe, National Catholic Register)

Roman Catholic Church feels Europe slipping from its hands
(Henry Chu, Los Angeles Times, via Chicago Tribune)

Conclave: the secretive end to unannounced campaigns
(Tom Heneghan, Reuters)

632 anti-Muslim hate incidents recorded by Tell Mama
(Catrin Nye, BBC News)

Fighting fire with fire - Syria calls for jihad on jihadists
(Oliver Holmes, Reuters UK)

Iran puts five Christians on trial for their faith
(Lisa Daftari, Fox News)

Egyptian ‘missionary’ tortured to death in Libya – human rights lawyer

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