Law and Religion Headlines

Thursday, 11 October 2012

The Impact of X. v. Turkey: Homosexuality and the ECHR
(Paul Johnson, Jurist)

Tunisia: In search of Salafists, the West’s new bad guys
(Sabria S. Jawhar, Arab News)

Which Model, Whose Liberty? Differences between the U.S. and European Approaches to Religious Freedom
(Conference at Georgetown University)

Why a global blasphemy law is the wrong response to Islamaphobia
(Courtney C. Radsch, Huffington Post)

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

63 ex-Catholic priests in Washingon: We back gay marriage
(San Francisco Chronicle)

A role in international courts
(Soheila Vahdati,

Afro-Peruvians honor heritage with religious fete
(Associated Press)

Al-Qaida making comeback in Iraq, officials say
(Qassim Abdul-Zahara and Lara Jakes, Associated Press)

Algeria, Mauritania discuss Mali crisis
(Jemal Oumar, Magh)

American court enforces united Arab Emirates divorce, Mahr, and child custody judgment
(Eugene Volokh, The Volokh Conspiracy)

Christians 'not offended' by Jesus jokes – poll
(John Bingham, The Telegraph)

Concert for Tolerance thrills Moroccans
(Hassan Benmehdi, Magharebia)

East Texas Baptist University and Houston Baptist University sue over HHS Mandate
(Emily Hardman, The Becket Fund)

Egypt's radical preachers enjoying freedom of airwaves
(Shaimaa Fayed and Yasmine Saleh, Reuters)

European Court of Human Right hears most important religious liberty case in years
(The Becket Fund)

Faisalabad: 24-year old Christian abducted, forced to convert to Islam and marry her abuser
(Shafique Khokhar,

Le cardinal Erdö dénonce au Synode la “disparition de la mémoire du christianisme” en Europe
(Talpa brusseliensis christiana)

Limits of free speech tested as anti-Islam pastor is coming back to Dearborn
(Niraj Warikoo, Detroit Free Press)

Man behind anti-Muslim film to appear in court
(Associated Press)

Moderate Islamic preachers gain followers in Indonesia
(James Hookway, Wall Street Journal)

Monetary benefits on religious lines is violation of Constitution: Gujarat HC
(Saeed Khan, The Times of India)

Nation's first state religious freedom caucuses announced
(Sarah Mueller, American Religious Freedom)

New Jersey police charge six Christians for evangelizing in public park
(Heather Clark, Christian News)

Observatory reports human rights violations to UN
(Observatory on Intolerance and Discrimination against Christians in Europe)

One Pussy Riot member freed on appeal by Russian court
(Maria Tsvetkova, Reuters)

Pope Benedict recalls Vatican II with praise and criticism
(Francis X. Rocca, Catholic News Service)

Pussy Riot member Yekaterina Samutsevich freed
(Steve Rosenberg, BBC News Europe)

Religion and human rights: safe in the hands of HMG?
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Russia: "The crime he is being accused of does not envisage the existence of victims"
(Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service)

Sierra Leone: Supreme Islamic Council ends delegates conference
(Alhaji Mansaray, Concord Times via All Africa)

Tens of thousands of Egyptians take to the streets a year after the massacre of Copts at Maspero

The emerging social, political force: 'Nones'
(Cathy Lynn Grossman, USA Today)

The quiet Muslim revolution in Europe
(Ari Varon, Haaretz)

Thousands march to mark killing of Egyptian Coptic protesters, demand trial of ex-army rulers
(Washington Post)

Turkey’s EU accession talks in deadlock
(Emre Peker, The Wall Street Journal Europe)

With over 100 plaintiffs, lawyers for mandate objectors are hopeful
(Michelle Bauman, Catholic News Agency)

Yemen holds US citizen for suspected Al-Qaida ties
(Ahmed Al Haj, Associated Press)

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

A model of inclusion for Muslim women
(Didi Kristen Tatlow, The New York Times)

Belgian minister condemns hate campaign against Jewish aide

Brazilian court orders YouTube to remove Anti-Islam film from site
(Fox News Latino and Associated Press)

Brazilian Jews help organize mass march for religious freedom
(The Global News Service of the Jewish People)

Buddhists, Hindus in Tripura protest against attack on Bangladesh temples

Canada cuts non-Christian prison clergy

Canada urges religious freedom and pluralism in Nigeria
(Bikya Masr)

East Texas Baptist University and Houston Baptist University sue over HHS mandate
(Press Release, The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty)

ENInews suspends service, seeks further funding

EVENT at Georgetown University, 11 October 2012: " Which Model, Whose Liberty?: Differences between the U.S. and European approaches to religious freedom"
(International Center for Law and Religion Studies and the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs)

Germany: Co-ed swimming goes to court
(Soeren Kern, Gatestone Institute)

In our opinion: Religious liberty is more than freedom of worship
(Editorial, Deseret News)

Losing our religion: One in five Americans are now ‘nones’
(Kimberly Winston, Washington Post)

Moroccan navy prevents Dutch abortion ship from entering waters
(Catholic News Agency)

Nigerian Christians, Muslims protest against common enemy
(Osun Defender)

Pakistani teen girls' activist Malala Yousufzai shot on school bus by Taliban gunman
(Associated Press, CBS News)

Philippine rebel group agrees to peace accord to end violence in south
(Floyd Whaley, The New York Times)

Professor Silvio Ferrari receives 2012 Distinguished Service Award
(International Center for Law and Religion Studies)

Radical Islamist threatens Balkans with terror attacks
(Ivana Jovanovic, Muhamet Brajshori and Paul Ciocoiu, Southeast European Times)

Religious freedom being stifled around the globe, says study
(Myles Collier, Christian Post)

Religious views should be welcomed in our public life
(John Witte Jr., Faith & Leadership)

Report: US Protestants lose majority status
(Rachel Zoll, Associated Press)

Republican lawmakers fighting for 'religious freedom' in N.H.
(Jim Haddadin, Foster's Daily Democrat)

Requirements for religious holidays
(Keisha-Ann G. Gray, Human Resource Exectutive)

Rights group: Egypt draft charter curbs freedom
(Sarah El Deeb, Associated Press)

Slovenia, Estonia announce new shechitah restrictions

Veils pose problems for Brazilian Muslims who want driver's licenses
(Luis Vieira, Fox News Latino)

Venice Commission to issue opinion on Azerbaijan’s draft law on freedom of religious faith

Monday, 8 October 2012

‘Religious freedom’ sends the wrong message to the wrong people
(Doug Saunders, The Globe and Mail (Canada))

A debate on religious liberty in America (VIDEO)
(John G. Malcolm and Sarah Morris, The Foundry)

Chaplain cuts raise ire across spectrum
(Tobi Cohen, The Windsor Star)

Christian publisher Tyndale files suit against contraception mandate
(Dave Bohon, The New American)

CRSS report: 52 murdered in two decades over blasphemy
(Umer Nangiana, The International Herald Tribune (Pakistan))

Decade after Bali, Indonesian terror aims at gov't
(Niniek Karmini, Associated Press)

Egypt releases Coptic children held in blasphemy case
(BBC News)

Eurel conference 2012: Religion and territory, 25-56 October

Europe takes action to protect freedom of religion
(Translation from French by HRWF, La Croix via Human Rights Without Frontiers)

Freedom to worship, speak debated at UN
(The Scranton Times-Tribune)

Hate speech and hypocrisy
(Wlliam Saletan, Opinion, Philadelphia Inquirer)

Hindus cautiously welcome Vienna Centre for Interreligious Dialogue
(Eurasia Review)

India: Dalit Christians protest non-inclusion of priests‏ in Tamil Nadu
(UCAN, Eurasia Review)

Interfaith harmony, respect for religions stressed
(Daily Times (Pakistan))

Iran using religion to achieve political ends
(Ali Bluwi, Al Arabiya News)

Jews in France fear wave of attacks
(Lori Hinnant, Associated Press)

Kentucky's and Indiana's diverse religious scene
(Peter Smith,

My Take: The five biggest misconceptions about secularism
(Jacques Berlinerblau, CNN Belief Blog)

No public funding of religion
(Editorial, Tampa Bay Times)

Northern Ireland vote against same-sex marriage
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Pulpit freedom Sunday: Pastors defy tax rules, back political candidates
(Nanette Byrnes, Huff Post Religion)

Religion Newswriters Association honors top religion reporting
(Religion Newswriters)

Reparative therapy cannot be justified
(Sarah Cueva, Daily Trojan)

Russia allows clerics to join upcoming elections
(Hürriyet Daily News)

Saudi Arabia religious police chief announces new curbs
(BBC News)

Suspected arsonist in jail, faces federal hate crime charges
(Taylor Dungjen, Toledo Blade)

Switzerland: Urge Turkmen leader to end persecution
(Human Rights Watch)

Terror suspect Hamza appears in court after extradition
(Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty)

The Obama Mandate: The gravest threat to religious freedom in 226 years
(Ken Blackwell,

Tibetan man self-immolates, dies in latest protest
(Associated Press, ABC News)

Sunday, 7 October 2012

Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine decided to prevent terrorism, based on religious hatred
(Translation by Svitlana Sydorenko, Institute for Religious Freedom)

In Yalta representatives of various faiths study the art of coexistence
(Religious Information Service of Ukraine)

International Conference on Islamic Religious Education Held in Kyiv
(Religious Information Service of Ukraine)

Saturday, 6 October 2012

65 detained at violent Azerbaijan headscarf rally
(Associated Press)

Alawite group calls on sect to join Syria revolt
(The Daily Star)

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