Law and Religion Headlines

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Roe a matter of religious liberty
(Nancy K. Kaufman, The Washington Post)

Common misconceptions about religion
(Huff Post Religion)

Does religion belong in the business-school curriculum?
(Warren Bennis, Bloomberg Businessweek)

Chinese bloggers, seeing Obama’s Bible, ask if religion is the secret to democracy
(Lily Kuo, Quartz)

Developments in the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships
(Nan Futrell Liles, Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty)

A 'no religious test' scorecard
(J. Brent Walker, Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty)

First religious liberty symposium in Guadeloupe spurs civic engagement
(Adventist News Network)

Former chaplain: Eastern religion in military training reflects desperation
(Chad Groening, OneNewsNow)

Saeed’s bail rejected – Will Iran uphold religious liberty?
(Jordan Sekulow, ACLJ, The Moral Liberal)

Consumer rights defender charged with slandering Christ the Savior Cathedral Fund

Latina immigrants: The new ambassadors of Islam
(The Washington Informer)

USCCB approves a Call to Prayer during Year of Faith
(The Diocese of Alexandria)

'God' dropped from UK Air Cadet Organization pledge for atheists
(The Christian Post)

Lutherans bristle at suggestion of joining Catholic Church
(Tom Heneghan, Reuters)

Homophobic 'vigilante' video appears online
(BBC News London)

In Egypt, coalition of groups opposed to Islamists is fracturing
(Abigail Hauslohner, The Washington Post)

At Stanford, clinical training for defense of religious liberty
(Ethan Bronner, The New York Times)

Activists of extremist religious organization Nurjular to stand trial in Novosibirsk

Why Germans distrust Islam
(Deutsche Welle)

Liberal Irish priest says threatened with excommunication
(Stephen Mangan, Thomson Reuters, Global Post)

Traditional religious parties scramble to win over 'new Haredim'
(Yair Ettinger, Haaretz)

Israel considers ban for far-right candidate over gaffe on blowing up shrine
(Allyn Fisher-Ilan, Reuters FaithWorld)

Islamic cleric sentenced to death for Bangladesh war crimes
(Serajul Quadir, Reuters)

South Koreans face lonely deaths as Confucian traditions fade
(Christine Kim, Reuters)

UN team set to arrive in Mali to assist Government resolve ongoing crisis
(UN News Centre)

Burger King settles claims of Pentecostal employee
(David Lee, Courthouse News Service)

L.A. church leaders sought to hide sex abuse cases from authorities
(Victoria Kim, Ashley Powers and Harriet Ryan, Los Angeles Times)

Kazakhstan: Seven large fines for "illegal missionary activity" – so far
(Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service)

Monday, 21 January 2013

ECOWAS seeks Maghreb support for Mali action
(Jemal Oumar, Magharebia)

Five years after the Orissa pogroms, Christians still live in appalling conditions
(Nirmala Carvalho,

Right to rites: Russia may ban unsanctioned public prayer

Tibet rights reach ‘new low’
(Radio Free Asia)

World Religion Day fosters community in Ottawa
(Fiona Buchanan, Ottawa Citizen)

European Court of Human Rights: Jurisprudence on Some Sect/Cult Issues Within the Framework of Freedom of Religion or Belief
(Eliza Van Ruiten & Willy Fautré, Report: Human Rights Without Frontiers)

Freedom of Religion or Belief in Tunisia and Egypt: Beyond the Arab Spring Revolutions
(Riccardo Benvenuti & Mark Barwick, Report: Human Rights Without Frontiers)

Obama extols a biblical vision of equality for all in second inaugural
(David Gibson, Religion News Service)

Tensions over the place of religion in America play out in presidential inaugural
(Associated Press, Fox News)

Lots of prayer services surround Inauguration today—diversity and controversy
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Iran says American tried to turn children against Islam
(Compass Direct News)

Eweida et al v United Kingdom: some thoughts on the wider ramifications
(Christopher Luff, Law & Religion UK)

The Cost of Faith: Persecution of Christian Protestants and Converts in Iran
(Report, International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran)

Eweida and Others Judgment Part I - The Sexual Orientation Cases
(Paul Johnson, ECHR Blog)

Pakistan Supreme Court confirms decision to drop blasphemy case
(World Watch Monitor, Compass Direct News)

Dublin parents petition for mixed-religion secondary school
(The Irish Times)

Religion and people
(Rasul Bakhsh Rais, The International Herald Tribune)

We observe World Religion Day
(Manilla Bulletin Publishing Corporation)

Turkmen v. Ashcroft
(Center for Constitutional Rights)

“Liberty and justice for all”: Roe v. Wade’s betrayal
(Jim Graves interview with Robert P. George, The Catholic World Report)

Christians killed in North Korea
(Christian Today)

Denmark Queen forwards Hindu prayer request to Danish Parliament
(Eurasia Review)

Northern Nigeria - The conflict within
(Zainab Sandah, All Africa)

Why the anti-Muslim ads in New York City were not hate speech
(Abira Ashfaq, The Express Tribune: The Big Picture Blog)

Crosses, Undercover Cops and Rocknroll – The Human Rights Roundup
(Sam Murrant, UK Human Rights Blog)

Backed by state money, Georgia scholarships go to schools barring gays
(Kim Severson, The New York Times)

Religion and Law round up – 20th January
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Bishop Thomas Paprocki’s letter in defense of marriage
(ChurchMilitantTV (YouTube), Talpa brusseliensis christiana)

Stanford Law Clinic: ‘To litigate and protect’
(Emily Belz, World News Service)

Military rules leave gay spouses out in cold
(Rachel L. Swarns, The New York Times)

America must protect religious freedom abroad
(M. Zuhdi Jasser, Fox News)

Books: ‘A Martyr’s Crown’: A wake up call to threats on religious liberty
(Robert Curtis, The Catholic Sun)

Saturday, 19 January 2013

Republicans use iaxpayer dollars to insert religion into public education
(Rmuse, Politics USA)

Friday, 18 January 2013

‘No varsity based on religion’
(Express News Service, The New Indian Express)

Apology to Pussy Riot might be reason for shutting priest out of church
(Yulia Ponomareva, Russia Beyond the Headlines)

Conway School District embroiled in church and state fight
(Jonathan Athens, Arkansas Matters)

Media Reports on the European Court rulings in Eweida and others v. United Kingdom
(Video Reports, Christian Concern)

Pakistan's envoy to US faces potentially deadly blasphemy accusation
(Fakkar Rehman and F. Brinley Bruton, NBC News)

Proposed Christian law school at Trinity Western under fire because of university’s anti-gay rules
(Douglas Todd, The Vancouver Sun)

Some Uruguayan doctors refuse to perform abortions despite law
(Malena Castaldi, Global Post (Thomson Reuters))

US officials call for Iran to release Iranian-American pastor
(Associated Press)

Nigeria detains suspects from military church bombing

Violence in Mali, Algeria raises fresh fear of radical Islam
(Becky Bratu, NBC Worldwide News)

Ecclesiastical Law Journal - First 2013 issue now available
(Mark Hill, QC, editor, Cambridge Journals)

Muslims, Christians clash in southern Egypt over accusations in Luxor
(Haggag Salama, AP, Worldwide Religious News)

Israel’s Knesset set for record influx of Orthodox lawmakers after Jan 22 vote
(Allyn Fisher-Ilan, Reuters FaithWorld)

Tax court rejects Free Exercise and Equal Protection challenge to exclusion of Navajo clan relatives as children
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Colo. civil unions bill could endanger Catholic child services
(Kevin J. Jones, Catholic News Agency)

Could Britain move away from EU and toward the Commonwealth?
(Ben Quinn, The Christian Science Monitor)

Secularism and Christianity
(Fr Alfred Micallef, The Times of Malta)

Legal Regulation of Religious Communities in EU Member States: A Human Rights Perspective
(Willy Fautré, Human Rights Without Frontiers)

Gideon Bible distribution in school causes conflict in NC county
(Don Byrd, Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty)

Egyptian court sentences Christian family to 15 years for converting from Islam
(Benjamin Weinthal, Fox News)

Reformed church organization granted corporate status in Germany
(World Communion of Reformed Churches)

Violence erupts after Mulsim protesters attack Upper Egypt Church
(Ahram Online)

Lawmakers' presence raises questions of religion and nationality for Hindus
(Deepti Hajela, Washington Post)

40 years after Roe v. Wade, abortion foes are winning -- and losing
(David Gibson, Religion News Service)

Methodist pastor Adam Hamilton to preach at inaugural National Prayer Service
(Daniel Burke, Religion News Service)

Creve Coeur passes funeral protest law targeting Westboro Baptist
(Gregg Palermo, Creve Couer Patch)

Catholic schools in Blitar agree to provide Islamic lessons
(Indra Harsaputra, The Jakarta Post)

Victims seek public release of documents in archdiocese bankruptcy
(Annysa Johnson, Journal Sentinel)

Press Release: USCIRF Calls charges against Iranian-American Pastor bogus, urges immediate release

USA: Egypt needs to do more on religious violence

Thursday, 17 January 2013

On detention and beating of Orthodox Christians by Kosovo police
(Statement of the Department for External Church Relations’ Communication Service, Interfax-religion)

The "victimology" subterfuge
(Christine Williams, Gatestone Institute of International Public Policy)

The self-delusions of secular Jews
(Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie, Huff Post Religion)

Roe and religion: A surprising history
(Sally Steenland, Huff Post Religion)

Nigeria’s northern insurgency and the selfishness of the nation’s elite
(Emeka Mamah, Clifford Ndujihe, Okey Ndiribe & Dapo Akinrefon, Vanguard)

State Committee: “Fact of religious intolerance has been revealed in the books, which the Jehovah's Witnesses religious community attempted to bring to Azerbaijan”
(Mubariz Aslanov, APA)

Questions for the House of Laity (and the Church)
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Chaplin, Eweida, Ladele and McFarlane: the judgment
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Europeans launch campaign to declare life starts at conception
(Alessandro Speciale, Religion News Service)

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