Law and Religion Headlines

Monday, 25 March 2013

Liberia: Muslim Council urges legislature on Christian group's petition
(The Inquirer)

Nigeria: Clerics appeal for peace as Christians observe Holy Week

Lawmaker backs plans plans for Liberia's restoration to Christian nation
(Heritage News)

Buddhist-Muslim violence spreads in Myanmar
(Aye Aye Win, Associated Press, ABC News)

Buddhist-Muslim clashes in Meikhtila – Analysis
(B. Raman, Eurasia Review)

Nepal: Truth and reconciliation law betrays victims, says HRW
(Eurasia Review)

The never-ending pogroms in Myanmar – Analysis
(Dr. Habib Siddiqui, Habib Siddiqui)

Myanmar government warns religious violence could threaten democratic reforms
(Associated Press, The Washington Post)

University apologizes for 'stomp on Jesus' lesson
(Michael Gryboski, Christian Post)

Commission sounds alarm on religious liberty threats
(Paul Strand, CBN News)

Malaysian Hindu Temple holds Kumbaahisegam after yearlong renovation
(Eurasia Review)

The hardline Buddhists targeting Sri Lanka's Muslims
(BBC News Asia)

Civil Rights Commission: Can nondiscrimination, religious liberty principles coexist?
(Alex Murashko, Christian Post)

Crowds protest same-sex marriages in French capital
(RIA Novosti)

Ashrawi slams lack of permits for Christians on Palm Sunday
(Ma'an News Agency)

The good, the bad, and the unsettling: On the “New American Haggadah”
(Sharon Brous, Los Angeles Review of Book)

The kerfuffle over wearing foreign clothing
(Sabria S. Jawhar, Arab News)

B’nai B’rith welcomes normalization of relations between Israel and Turkey
(Eurasia Review)

Typologies: A hindrance to understanding Islamist movements in post New Order Indonesia – Analysis
(Vinay Kumar Pathak, Eurasia Review)

Pope Francis v. The New Evangelization?
(Mark Silk, Religion News Service)

Gay marriage support hits new high in Post-ABC poll
(Jon Cohen, Washington Post)

Religious freedom in Bulgaria
(John Feffer, Huffington Post)

Sen. Mark Warner announces gay marriage support
(Catalina Camia, USA Today)

Pope Francis tells Benedict: 'We're brothers'
(Associated Press, Fox News)

New Pope opens Holy Week at Vatican on Palm Sunday
(Frances D'Emilo, ABC News)

Williston pastors say churches should have option to decide on whether to allow concealed guns
(Associated Press, Yahoo! News)

Russian Church hopes new head of Anglican Church will not allow female bishops, same-sex marriage

Jewish community makes considerable contribution to strengthening of ethnic, religious dialogue in Russia

MP govt to set up budget hotels at religious tourist sites
(The Indian Express)

Oy vey, Christian soldiers
(Maud Newton, The New York Times Global Magazine)

Melissa Rogers speaks!
(Mark Silk, Religion News Service)

Sunday, 24 March 2013

Colorado approves same-sex unions
(Jack Healy, The New York Times)

On marriage and religious liberty
(Ed Whelan, National Review Online)

Will gay rights infringe on religious liberty?
(Mark Stern, CNN Opinion)

(WARNING: This is a roundtable debate. You may want to turn down your speakers before clicking.) Keeping the Faith: The role religion plays in the gay marriage debate
(Elizabeth Tenety, The Washington Post Politics)

Teachers may proceed with Free Exercise challenge to board's ending of sick leave use for religious holidays
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Evangelical leaders pushing immigration reform
(David Olson, The Press-Enterprise)

Kentucky governor vetoes "flawed" religious freedom bill
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Another ACA mandate challenge by Catholic non-profits dismissed on ripeness grounds
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Religion and Law round up – 24th March
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Muscat wants civil courts supreme on marriage laws
(Kristina Chetcuti, Times of Malta)

Militant atheism has become a religion
(Frans de Waal, Salon)

This week in religion history: Good times, bad times for Joseph Smith
(Canadian Press, National Post)

Social media, religion in the new Arab world
(H.A. Hellyer, Al Arabiya News)

Malta's new prime minister seeking to amend Concordat with Vatican on marriages
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Number of Christians rises, but their share of world population stays stable
(Pew Research Center)

Moaz al-Khatib – Moderate Syrian leader resigns as Islam Front and Nusra move on Damascus. Will the US build a counter-force?
(Joshua Landis, Syria Comment)

Leicester scout hut at centre of religion protests to reopen
(BBC News)

Syrian regime loses last credible ally among the Sunni ulama – OpEd
(Thomas Pierret, Syria Comment)

Claims that Pope supported gay civil unions disputed
(Catholic News Agency)

On prayer and the establishment of religion
(Kendal P. Mobley, Salisbury Post)

Saturday, 23 March 2013

Rob Bell affirms gay marriage
(Erin Benziger, Christian Research Network)

Appeals court says Church of Cognitive Therapy is not a "religion"
(Howard Friedman, Religion News Service)

Civil Rights Commission: Can nondiscrimination, religious liberty principles coexist?
(Alex Murashko, The Christian Post)

Reclaiming religious liberty for my family
(Dr. Mitch Randall, Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty)

How the Catholic Church lost Argentina
(Emily Schmall, Foreign Policy)

Bishop labels Church of England 'hypocritical’ over civil partnerships
(Edward Malnick, The Telegraph)

Pope Francis breaks the mould again with ceremony at prison instead of St Peter's
(Nick Squires, The Telegraph)

‘Ex-gay’ London bus advert ban procedurally flawed – but still lawful
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Ban on ‘ex-gay, post-gay and proud’ bus advert criticised but lawful
(Alasdair Henderson, UK Human Rights Blog)

Supreme Court to rule on gay marriage in US
(Jim Malone, VOA News)

President Obama visits Jewish and Christian landmarks
(Eurasia Review)

Tunisian nude photo draws Islamist ire
(Yasmine Najjar, Magharebia)

Jihad in Syria
(Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi, Syria Comment)

Gov. Steve Beshear vetoes religious freedom bill, says it threatens public safety, civil rights
(Tom Loftus, The Courier-Journal)

Martial law declared in Meikhtila as mobs threaten journalists
(Aye Nai, Democratic Voice of Burma)

Analysis: Can Burma negotiate with ethnic rebels for genuine peace?
(Zin Linn, Asian Correspondent)

Faith & Works: Religious-liberty laws have had limited effect nationwide
(Peter Smith, Courier-Journal)

New PRA report exposes right’s “religious liberty” campaign
(Andrew Padgett, Political Research Associates)

Ohio Judge rejects bid to withdraw guilty plea in mosque arson
(David Yonke, Religion News Service)

Death-row inmates may testify, Former Aum members may be called in Hirata lay judge trial
(The Yomiuri Shimbun)

American pastor jailed in Iran says he was beaten, refused treatment because of his faith
(Fox News)

From 'The Bible' to the Amish, why religion is hot on cable
(Kimberly Nordyke, The Hollywood Reporter)

Friday, 22 March 2013

Tunisian salafist announce al-Qaeda support
(Monia Ghanmi, Magharebia)

International Good Faith: An Introduction to the 10th Anniversary Issue
(Chris Seiple, The Review of Faith & International Affairs)

Report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights on the right of the child to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health (HRC/22/31)
(Policy Brief, Family Watch International)

UN resolution recognizes "the family" as fundamental unit of society [PP5 (bis)]
(United Nations Economic and Social Council, Preparations for and observance of the twentieth anniversary of the International Year of the Family)

Making anti-gay Christian-right views law, at home and abroad (Kenya, Zimbabwe, Brazil)
(Rev. Kapya Kaoma and Jandira Queiroz, Huff Post Gay Voices)

Sectarian clashes are reported in central Myanmar
(Thomas Fuller and Wai Moe, The New York Times)

Toll rises as sectarian violence in Myanmar spreads to nearby villages
(Thomas Fuller and Wai Moe, The New York Times)

Ethnic violence erupts in Burma leaving scores dead
(Kate Hodal, The Guardian)

Liberia: Christian group petitions legislature
(The Inquirer)

Edinburgh Airport security ask passengers religion

Kazakhstan's spiritual landscape can change drastically: Lama Sharif
(Renat Tashkinbayev, Tengri News)

Tanzania: Witness accuses founding fathers of destroying Muslim association
(Daily News)

Nigeria: Hijab controversy - kids also face persecution
(Ishola Balogun, Vanguard)

Tanzania: Ponda's followers land in jail
(Faustine Kapama, Daily News)

Kenya: Catholic church seeks Uhuru, Raila petition vow
(Wambui Ndonga, Capital FM News)

Kenya: Catholic church slams condom advert
(Wambui Ndonga, Capital FM News)

Religious freedom at school
(Charles C. Haynes, The Washington Post)

Egypt: Salafi Nour Party to file appeal against Islamic bonds law
(Aswat Masriya)

Gay Marriage Research Package (first posted on Dec 12, 2012)
(The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life)

Marriage and politics: Why the debate matters; why the conjugal view can prevail
(Sherif Girgis, Ryan T. Anderson & Robert P. George, National Review Online)

Top pro-Assad Sunni cleric killed as attack on Damascus mosque kills 42
(Russian Times)

Paraguayan church invites Pope Francis to visit Caacupe
(Peter Tase, Eurasia Review)

Hindus urge new Archbishop of Canterbury to advance interfaith dialogue
(Eurasia Review)

Archbishop Welby enthroned in Canterbury Cathedral
(Eurasia Review)

The Constitution and same-sex marriage – Opinion
(Michael McConnell, The Wall Street Journal)

Pope Francis says the ‘nones’ can be allies for the church
(Alessandro Speciale, Religion News Service)

Bishops say mandate still threatens religious liberty
(Adelaide Darling, Catholic News Agency)

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