Law and Religion Headlines

Monday, 13 August 2012

Conflict in Syria: The regional fall-out – Analysis
(James M. Dorsey, Eurasia Review)

Egypt's Morsi replaces military chiefs in bid to consolidate power
(Ernesto Londoño, The Washington Post)

FFRF and Whiteville settle lawsuit over crosses
(Freedom From Religion Foundation)

Institutionalized Islamophobia in US
(Rob L. Wagner, Arab News)

Kazakhstan: "Unlawful" fine – but will state do anything about it?
(Mushfig Bayram, Forum 18 News Service)

Liberty Counsel sending religious freedom handbook to every public school in America
(Liberty Counsel)

Muslim-Coptic violence resumes in Egypt
(Chana Ya'ar, Israel National News)

Nigeria: 88 percent of 137 religious-motivated attacks targeted Christians
(Christiana T. Alabi,

Nigerian states propose religion limits as gunmen kill 19 at Bible study
(Jeremy Weber, with Sunday Oguntola in Lagos, Christianity Today)

Nominations for ABA Journal's top 100 legal blogs now open
(ABA Journal)

OIC Extraordinary Summit — empty unity in the absence of a caliphate?
(M A Niazi, New Civilisation)

Olympics 2012: Religion and Law round-up
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

President Obama hosts fourth annual Iftar dinner at the White House
(Katelyn Sabochik, White House)

Public benefit and the Charity Commission’s consultation
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Russian Orthodox Church defiant over trial of female punk rock band
(Tom Esslemont, BBC News)

School stands firm on 'God Bless America'
(Bob Kellogg, OneNewsNow)

Taiwan's first same-sex wedding deld at Buddhist monastery
(Huffington Post)

Tatarstan cracks down on radical Islam after mufti attacks
(Claire Bigg, Alsu Kurmasheva, Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty)

The connection between human rights and faith
(Sonya Nigam, Canadian Lawyer Magazine)

The European Court of Human Rights and free speech schizophrenia
(Tommaso Virgili, The American Thinker)

The Sinai joins the Axis of Resistance – OpEd
(Franklin Lamb, Eurasia Review)

Tibet: Third burning death in a week
(Translated by Karma Dorjee. Written in English by Parameswaran Ponnudurai, Radio Free Asia)

Turkey faces downgrade
(Luke Montgomery, Washington Times)

Zimbabwe's president calls for an end to violence
(Angus Shaw, Associated Press)

Saturday, 11 August 2012

Appeal to the Constitutional Court likely against Belgian new « Anti-Sect » Law
(HRWF, Freedom of Conscience)

Clegg set to open the way for churches to hold gay marriages
(Andrew Grice, The Independent [UK])

Dalai Lama, Twitter rock star: The virtual influence of His Holiness
(Melinda Liu, The Daily Beast)

Dalit Christians observe ‘black day’
(Bijay Kumar Minj, UCAN India)

Grand Ayatollah Ali Khamenei joins Instagram, posts pics
(Kate Freeman, Mashable Social Media)

Obama: Attack at Sikh temple assails religion
(CBS News)

Obamacare’s attack on religious rights of entrepreneurs
(Wesley J. Smith, First Things)

Pakistan's extremists whip up frenzy over Burma's Muslims
(Taha Siddiqui, The Christian Science Monitor)

Protect religious freedom in Egypt
(Voice of America News)

Religious tolerance in a changing world
(Naomi Lede, The Huntsville Item)

Russian rulers get religion
(Cathy Young, The Boston Globe)

US, Turkey plan for worst-case scenarios in Syria
(Matthew Lee, Associated Press)

Friday, 10 August 2012

9th Circuit torpedoes verdict in wiretapping case brought by Islamic charity
(Scott Graham, The Recorder)

Azerbaijan: Ramadan mosque bans, JW jailed, Church ban upheld
(Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service)

Bishops in the Lords: a non-English perspective
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Burma: Sectarian violence not about race or religion
(Voice of America)

Canada, the world less religious now than in 2005: Report
(Toronto Sun)

Christian and Muslim Dalits observe Black Day against discrimination in India
(Nirmala Carvalho,

Christian convert nearly 7 years in Morocco jail
(Bos News Life)

Houston Sikhs hope to avert tragedy by educating on religion
(Ken Chitwood,

Palenville’s pagans lose religious tax exemption case
(Julia Reischel, Watershed Post)

Parliamentary reform and the bishops
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Priest says poisoned nurses threatened (Pakistan)

Rally backs work of US nuns
(Dan Horn,

Religious intolerance (Pakistan)
(Brian Cloughley, The News)

Surveying religious conviction is meaningless
(John Waters, Irish Times)

To my Sikh friends
(James Faulconer, Patheos)

U.S. nuns consider response to Vatican censure
(Jim Salter and Rachel Zoll, Time U.S.)

Uzbekistan Christians sentenced for "teaching religion"
(Bos News Life)

Thursday, 9 August 2012

Aly Raisman, Olympic gymnast, honors 'Munich 11' and her Jewish heritage after winning gold
(Meredith Bennett-Smith , Huff Post Religion)

American Muslims and Christians petition Egypt not to include Shariah in Constitution
(Omar Sacirbey, Huffington Post)

Being Muslim in the age of globalisation
(Malaysia Chronicle)

Christian baker criticized for ban on gay wedding cakes
(Todd Starnes, Fox News & Commentary via Baptist Press)

Equal parts tolerance and extremism in Indonesian Islam
(Jakarta Globe)

Federal judge rules against Hawaii gay marriage
(Jennifer Sinco Kelleher, Associated Press)

Hutterites want apology for NATGEO television show
(Matt Volz, Associated Press)

Is a defective (sharia) wedding effective in English law?
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

London "street pastors" help Olympic visitors
(Jo Siedlecka, ENInews)

Missouri prayer amendment passes
(Kellie Kotraba, Religion News Service, USA Today)

Morocco: Should pre-marital sex be legal?
(Nora Fakim, BBC News)

Namibia: The issue of Bible studies in schools
(Dr. Ngarikutuke Tjiriange, New Era)

No genuine religious freedom in North Korea
(Voice of America)

Petition on religious education in Spartanburg School District 7 denied by appeals court
(Lee G. Healy, Go Up State)

Pew Forum Weekly Religion News Update

Population bill tests Philippine Catholic Church's clout
(Maurice Malanes, ENInews via The Christian Century)

Religious freedom begins with freedom from hatred, violence
(The Rev. Pamela Dolan, St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

Russian Falun Gong takes case to European Court of Human Rights
(NTDTV, via YouTube)

Syrian rebels driven by religion, but on their own terms
(Roula Khalaf and Abigail Fielding-Smith, The Washington Post)

Tatarstan cracks down on radical Islam after Mufti attacks
(Claire Bigg and Alsu Kurmasheva, Radio Free Europe)

The Baha'is of Semnan: A community under fire
(Baha'i World News Service)

The churches' stance on gay marriage is not homophobic
(Jonathan Chaplin, The Guardian)

The ultra-Orthodox tighten their grip in Israel
(Ruth Marcus, Washington Post)

Venice Commission opinion on Russian extremism law
(Human Rights Without Frontiers, Sapientia: La Portail de la Liberté de Conscience)

Wednesday, 8 August 2012

'Right to pray' measure passes by wide margin
(Tim Townsend, St. Louis Today)

‘Global religiosity index’ released: Ghana most religious, China most atheistic
(Catholic World News)

Appeals court upholds hate crime law in Ark. case
(Chuck Bartels, Associated Press via San Francisco Chronicle)

Attack against Nigeria evangelical church leaves several dead

Australian Jewish preschools get state security funds

Complaint: Eruv crosses constitutional line
(Mitchell Freedman, Newsday)

Congolese churches issue a 'cry of distress' over war
(Fredrick Nzwili, ENInews)

Education Ministry introduces secular-orthodox integration programs in schools across Israel
(Itamar Marilus, Y Net News)

Faith groups condemn shootings at Wisconsin Sikh temple
(Chris Herlinger, ENInews)

Girls (in India) threatened for wearing jeans
(UCA News)

Is religious freedom necessary for other freedoms to flourish? [online conversation open through August 13]
(Thomas Farr, Big Questions Online)

Israeli scholar completes mission to 'fix' Bible
(Aron Heller, Associated Press)

Jordan king fears Alawite enclave if Syria breaks up
(Tom Perry, Reuters)

Latvia: Religious hatred still evident
(The Baltic times)

Moderator rejects Freedom From Religion complaint
(Matt Tota, Milford Daily News, The MetroWest Daily News)

Nigeria: No compulsion in religion
(Hannatu Musawa, All Africa)

Norwegian official: Jews, Muslims should replace circumcision with ‘symbolic’ ritual

Penang Islamic council to probe claim of attempt to convert Muslims
(Malaysia Chronicle)

Religion, politics do mix in Canada
(The Province)

Religious profiling is condemned in resolution
(Debra Cassens Weiss, ABA Journal)

Republic of Ireland abandoning religion faster than almost every other country
(Breda Heffernan and Colm Kelpie, Belfast Telegraph)

Russia: Underground sect charged with abuse
(Mansur Mirovalev, Associated Press)

Russian punk rockers rest case in court of world opinion
(Leonid Bershidsky,

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