Law and Religion Headlines

Friday, 17 August 2012

Russian band given 2-year term for stunt deriding Putin
(David M. Herszenhorn, The New York Times)

Russian, Polish churches appeal for forgiveness
(Monika Scislowska, Associated Press)

Summit strengthens drive for Islamic solidarity
(Siraj Wahab, Arab News)

Syrian Archbishop of Aleppo appeals for dialogue, peace
(The Vatican Today)

The Egyptian army gets religion
(Strategy Page)

Turkey: Is alcohol apartheid coming to Istanbul?
(Dorian Jones, Eurasia Net)

Turkmenistan: Another conscientious objector prisoner of conscience
(Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service)

U.S. Freedom from Religion Foundation tries to ban religious songs from school
(Debra Black, The Star News)

Understanding ‘hate’ in the wake of the Family Research Council shooting
(redstar826, ONTD Political)

Uneasy mix of religion, nationalism and politics hurts Quebec
(Paul Russell, National Post)

Virginia man charged in shooting at Family Research Council
(Carol Cratty, CNN U.S.)

Wave of violence in Iraq claims more than 80 lives
(Mohammed Tawfeeq, CNN)

When Putin becomes religion
(Joshua Frost, Registan)

Thursday, 16 August 2012

'Pakistan is a difficult state for religious minorities'
(Smruti Koppikar, Hindustan Times)

'The Right to Be Wrong' now available in paperback
(The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty)

$319,800 reward for info on Japan cult suspects
(Yomiuri Shimbun/Asia News Network, Asia One (Singapore))

Appellate court orders Hasan court martial stayed until further notice
(Fort Hood Public Affairs Office Media Relations)

B&B owners appeal against discrimination ruling
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Bishops Marko and David received by the President of Serbia, Tomislav Nikolic

Britain’s religious freedom in the hands of the European Court of Human Rights
(Kristin Rudolph, Juicy Ecumenism )

Cardinal Dolan: Obama invite is not an award or platform
(Michelle Bauman, Catholic News Agency)

Catholic priest held for insulting Indian flag
(UCAN India)

Don’t even bother trying to stop our religion plan: PQ to Supreme Court
(Peter Rakobowchuk, Canadian Press, National Post)

DR Congo priest honored
(The New Age)

Hungary’s ombudsman asking top court to overturn church law amid rights concerns
(Stefan J. Bos, BosNewsLife)

Indian churches try to broker peace in Assam
(Anto Akkara, ENInews)

Jewish studies flourish in China
(David N. Myers, Jewish Journal)

Korean Buddhist cultural offerings designed to go global
(Cho Chung-un, The Korea Herald)

Ohio teen asks for religious tolerance
(Gurbani Kaur,

Pew Forum Weekly Religion News Update

Poll: Catholics side with bishops on religious liberty
(Religion News Service, National Catholic Reporter)

Punk band protest reveals rift in Russian Church
(Reuters, Emirates 24/7)

Punk band’s Moscow trial offers platform for Orthodox protesters
(Sophia Kishkovsky and David M. Herszenhorn, The New York Times)

Reasonable accommodation, religion come to the fore in Quebec election
(Rhéal Séguin and Campbell Clark, The Globe and Mail)

Rinkle Kumari: Pakistan true story of Hindu girl
(TheMsmaahisingh, YouTube)

Tensions flare in France over veil ban
(Edward Cody, The Washington Post)

That Ten Commandments statue isn’t going anywhere fast
(Joe Palazzolo, The Wall Street Journal)

Trial of accused Ft. Hood shooter stayed
(Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times)

UN Special Rapporteur calls for conflict accountabilty in Burma/Myanmar
(Women News Network)

When majority fasts, social taboos force Ramadan violators underground
(Diaa Hadid, The Associated Press, Winnipeg Free Press)

World Congress of Families leadership letter protests U.S. Embassy participation in Prague “gay pride” parade
(Press Release, The World Congress of Families)

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Al Qaeda in Spain: Alive, well and making trouble
(Soeren Kern, Gatestone Institute of International Public Policy)

Commentary: Stand up for religious minorities in Middle East
(Katrina Lantos Swett, The Detroit News)

Double standard in the Turkish justice system
(Hilal Elver, Today)

Ethiopia - Prominent Muslims detained in crackdown
(Human Rights Watch)

Ex-Syrian PM: Assad government 'Enemy of God'
(Lisa Schlein, Edward Yeranian, Voice of America)

FBI Muslim spying lawsuit against U.S. is tossed by judge
(Victoria Kim, Los Angeles Times)

Fired pastor can pursue breach-of-contract claim
(David L. Hudson Jr., First Amendment Center)

Gay marriage: warning of threat to religious liberty
(The Christian Institute)

Global Index of Religion and Atheism – 2012
(Press Release, WIN-Gallup International)

Guesthouse couple win right to appeal
(Press Association, The Guardian)

Hindus hail Russian prosecutors' statement of not seeking Bhagavad Gita Ban
(Eurasia Review)

Hindus leave Pakistan for India amid claims of persecution
(Deutsche Welle)

Inside the First Amendment: Religion a nonfactor in presidential race
(Charles C. Haynes, Green Bay Press Gazette)

My Take: Christianity and Ayn Rand's philosophy are 2 distinct religions
(Stephen Prothero, CNN Belief Blog)

New ECHR publications
(Antoine Buyse, ECHR Blog)

Nigeria: Boko Haram not religious group – Junaid Mohammed
(Soni Daniel, All Africa)

Sect pastor is convicted of assisting in abduction
(Erik Eckholm, The New York Times)

Shen rejects atheist threat over two songs
(Scott Waldman, Times Union (Albany, New York))

The persecuted Rohingyas of Myanmar: Need for political accommodation and India's role
(Gautam Sen, Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses)

Tunisia: Springtime for defamation of religion
(Robert Blitt, The Jurist - Forum)

Tunisian Olympians targeted by Islamist radicals
(Associated Press,

Woman suing El Al for NIS 50k over seat snafu
(David Lev, Arutz Sheva)

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

'Prosperity gospel' attracts many African Christians
(Samuel Okocha and Misheck Rusere, ENInews)

Attacking Shariah, attacking religious freedom
(Dr. Zahid Bukhari , The Nation)

Attorney makes defending religious liberty his mission
(Matthew Brown, Deseret News)

Bahrain uprising: Police fire tear gas, rubber bullets on protesters

Calling the banns in Scotland: a curiosity for canon law anoraks
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

German city to recognize Islamic holidays
(Associated Press)

Hindu groups demand ban on Muslim bodies
(Daily News)

In Burma, violence against Muslim minority stumbles into the spotlight
(Azad Essa, Guardian)

Islamic group asks for investigation of pig legs at mosque site
(Rebecca Trounson, Los Angeles Times)

Jury gets case in VT same-sex custody dispute
(Associated Press)

Liberia: Lawmakers want more subsidies for Catholic, Methodist schools

Mali stonings galvanise citizens against extremists
(Jemal Oumar & Nazim Fethi, Magharebia)

Moroccans becoming ‘less religious,’ reveals report
(Hassan Al-Ashraf, Al Arabiya)

Muslim former employee sues Disney for discrimination

National action plan for tackling child abuse linked to faith or belief
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Orthodox mobilize to defend circumcision
(Josh Nathan-Kazis, The Jewish Daily Forward)

Pakistan's independence celebrations omit Jinnah's words on tolerance
(Jon Boone, The Guardian)

Parents who believe in miracles 'torturing' dying children, doctors warn
(John Bingham, The Telegraph)

Poll shows atheism on the rise in the U.S.
(Kimberly Winston, Washington Post)

Possible infringement proceedings against Russia
(Antoine Buyse, ECHR Blog)

Reformed Islamist extremist spreads virtues of democracy through Pakistan
(Charlotte Higgins, Guardian)

Religiosity slides worldwide
(Tom Heneghan, Ottawa Citizen)

Report highlights Islam’s global diversity
(Chris Lisee, Washington Post)

Tajikistan: Islamic party under pressure
(Eurasia Net)

The strange case of Anand Krishna: Indonesian Supreme Court throws out innocent verdict for spiritualist, sentencing him to 2.5 years of prison
(Bali Discovery Tours)

Tunisians demonstrate for women’s rights in new constitution
(Al Arabiya News)

Uzbekistan: Asphyxiation with a gas mask "amounts to torture"
(Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service)

Vatican: Formal charges in Vatican leaks inquiry
(Vatican Radio)

Women-only city planned In Saudi Arabia to bolster female employment
(Howard Koplowitz, International Business Times)

Yes, they can do that in public school
(Drew Zahn, WND Education)

Monday, 13 August 2012

OIC to expel 'murderous' Syrian regime
(Siraj Wahab, MENAFN – Arab News)

2011 religious freedom trends
(Voice of America)

Atheist billboards mock Romney, Obama religion
(Cathy Lynn Grossman, Faith & Reason, USA Today)

Bishop Jenky files lawsuit against Obama administration over mandate
(The Catholic Post)

Chechen leader Kadyrov aims to be guardian of relics of Prophet Muhammad
(Zach Peterson for RFE/RL, Eurasia Review)

Commentary: The shifting sands of religious liberty
(Michelle Boorstein, The Washington Post via Salt Lake Tribune)

Complaints prompt water park to end discounts for church groups
(KBND News Talk)

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