Law and Religion Headlines

Wednesday, 31 October 2012

US, EU to ethnic serbs: you have a home in Kosovo
(Bradley Klapper, Associated Press)

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

16 seconds for religious liberty
(Kathryn Jean Lopez, National Review Online)

‘Wings of the Dove’ brings Ethiopia’s Jews to Israel
(Avi Hoffman, The Jerusalem Post)

AJC convenes dialogue with UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief
(AJC, Global Jewish Advocacy)

Analysis: Should religion stay and science go from Indonesia primary schools?
(Debnath Guharoy, Roy Morgan, The Jakarta Post)

Bitten: Apple's 'blasphemous' logo under fire in Russia
(Eric Mack, CNET)

Bulgarian radical Islam trial hears witnesses amid nationalist demo

Can neuroscience challenge Roe v. Wade?
(William Egginton, The New York Times Opinionator)

Chilliwack parent asks education minister to boot Bibles out of schools
(The Vancouver Sun)

Chinese Christian was tortured for helping other believers
(John Evans, Baptist Press)

COFACE urges MEPs to sign a Written Declaration to designate 2014 the European Year for Reconciling Work and Family Life
(Talpa brusseliensis christiana)

Egypt: Coptic church moves toward picking new pope
(Sarah El Deeb, Associated Press)

Egyptians in Hajj divided over Islam in politics
(Aya Batrawy, Associated Press)

Ethiopia charges 29 Muslims under anti-terror law

EU awards rights prize to 2 Iranian dissidents
(Voice of America)

Florida 'religion' amendment isn't about freedom
(Brant Copeland and Jack Romberg,

Hobby Lobby: Government can’t strip business owners of religious liberty
(Press Release, The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty)

In heart of France, Islamic school trains imams
(Pauline Talagrand, AFP)

Iran’s Sunnis demand greater religious freedom
(Joanna Paraszczuk, The Jerusalem Post)

Is religious violence in Nigeria the whole story?

Islamic nations relinquish demand for defamation laws
(Jerome Socolovsky, Voice of America)

Judge lets archdiocese bankruptcy abuse ruling stand
(Annysa Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

La laïcité est-elle toujours l’un des piliers de la Turquie?
(Natalia Trouiller, Talpa brusseliensis christiana)

Lake Elsinore cross latest religious freedom controversy
(David Olson, The Press-Enterprise (Riverside, California))

Only a free market in religion will save Anglicanism
(Ed West, The Telegraph)

Pakistani militant offers Americans storm aid
(Associated Press)

Polish court rules against rocker who tore up Bible on stage

Religious extremism is not allowed (Blog)
(Engr. Nasir Jamal, The International News (Pakistan))

Russia Caucasus: Imam shot dead in Derbent, Dagestan
(BBC News Europe)

Saudi Arabia offers sacrificial meat for 7,200 Syrian families
(Eurasia Review)

States urge Swiss to improve human rights record
(Simon Bradley, Swiss Info)

Study: Hindus and Muslims most likely to abstain from premarital sex
(Jeanie Groh, Religion News Service)

The 'triple jeopardy' facing Britain
(re Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali, Christian Today UK)

Twitter, France, and group libel
(Marie-Andree Weiss, Citizen Media Law Project)

U.S. Supreme Court declines to allow Oklahoma 'personhood' initiative to move forward
(Chris Casteel, NewsOK)

Vietnam: Make rights a priority on EU visit
(Human Rights Watch)

Monday, 29 October 2012


Burma: HRW satellite images 'show Rakhine destruction'
(BBC News Asia)

Christian group campaigns against Schmidt in judicial race
(Bernard Schoenburg, The State Journal-Register)

Christian owners of NY farm defend religious liberties while facing discrimination complaint
(Katherine Weber, The Christian Post)

Does Jacob hate Esau?
(Jerome A. Chanes, Jewish Ideas Daily)

Event: "Religious Discrimination in Japan"
(31 October 2012 in Geneva, Human Rights Without Frontiers)

For growing number of Polish gentiles, Jewish culture seen as part of their own heritage
(Katarzyna Markusz, JTA)

Freedom of religion of religion needs support, says UN expert
(VIDEO, South-South News)

Hindus welcome Australia’s plan to introduce Hindi in schools
(Eurasia Review)

India: National religious meeting gets underway
(Ivan Fernandes, UCAN, Eurasia Review)

International Religious Freedom Day – October 27
(Editorial, Voice of America)

Judge: OK for boy to pass out Easter invitations
(Associated Press via WTSP)

Kazakhstan: 15 years' jail for UNHCR-recognised refugee if deportation to Uzbekistan proceeds?
(Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service)

Last quango in Paris? Why the fate of the EHRC is important for all of us
(Neil Crowther, UK Human Rights Blog)

Myanmar: Communal clashes worsen in Rakhine State – Analysis
(B. Raman, Eurasia Review)

No Supreme Court review of ban on Jehovah's Witnesses magazines in Russia
(Russian Legal Information Agency)

Oxford Journal of Law and Religion, Volume 1, Issue 2
(electronic version now available free of charge)

Politics, religion tangled up in lawsuit
(Niraj Warikoo, Detroit Free Press)

Religion and Law Weekly – Continuing threads #2
(David Pocklington)

Religious exemption at some Florida children's homes shields prying eyes
(Alexandra Zayas, Tampa Bay Times)

Statement by the President on Hajj and Eid al-Adha
(The White House)

Texas association in Shabbat hoops controversy with Beren Academy adopts new policy

The Bones of Richard III – Leicester, York, or Worksop?
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

The European left and its trouble with Jews
(Colin Shindler, The New York Times)

Vatican synod warns of "eclipse" of faith in rich countries
(Philip Pullella, Reuters)

Saturday, 27 October 2012

Afghanistan: Suicide bombing at mosque kills 41 during Eid Al-Adha celebration
(Amir Shah, Associated Press via Huffington Post)

Deadly attacks hit Iraq as Muslims mark Eid festival
(Mohammed Tawfeeq, CNN)

Egypt: Male activists try to stop sex harassment during Muslim holiday
(Maggie Fick, Associated Press)

Ethiopia Muslims accuse government of religious meddling
(Jenny Vaughan, AFP)

Fears for thousands after 'near total destruction' of Myanmar city's Muslim quarter
(NBC News)

Jehovah's Witness who needed bloodless transplant dies
(Brad Cooper, Kansas City Star)

Kentucky’s religious-freedom clause equals First Amendment protections, state Supreme Court rules in Amish buggy case
(Peter Smith, Courier Journal)

Mahama commends Ghanaians for religious tolerance
(Daily Guide)

The nuns not on the bus
(Mark Oppenheimer, Religion & Politics)

Friday, 26 October 2012

Addressing Assembly, UN expert urges States to do more to protect the right of religious conversion
(UN News Centre)

Advancing freedoms of expression and religion in the Islamic world
(Ambassador Ukuk Gokcen, Huff Post Religion)

Alabama justice ousted over Ten Commandments monument poised to regain post
(Kaija Wilkinson, Reuters via WWRN)

America's religious past fades in a secular age
(David Aikman, The Wall Street Journal)

Amish lose in court but law grants buggy exemption
(BrettBarrpiqiere and Dylan Lovan, Associated Press via San Francisco Chronicle)

Brazil's evangelical churches rewrite the rules of politics
(Vincent Bevins, Los Angeles Times)

CAIR features imam with ties to Hamas
(Joe Kaufman, Gatestone Institute)

China wants to stop profiteering at temple sites
(Louise Watt and Flora Ji, Associated Press, Huff Post World)

Church of England set for November 20 vote on women bishops

Ethiopia Muslims accuse government of religious meddling
(Jenny Vaughan, AFP via Worldwide Religious News)

EU: the human rights choice
(Austin Bencini, Times of Malta)

Gay marriage pits laymen against religious hierarchy
(Esmé E. Deprez and William Selway, Bloomberg Businessweek)

Imams’ trial tests Bulgaria’s religious tolerance
(Krasimir Yankov , Washington Times)

Is religious freedom really primary?
(Peter Manseau, New York Times)

Liberman: Reduce factions, religion's role in gov't
(Lahav Harkov, The Jerusalem Post)

Massachusetts high court to hear Pledge of Allegiance challenge
(Fox News)

Missionaries rescue trafficked Koreans in China
(Jason Strother, Deutsche Welle)

Modern Christianity in the Holy Land
(Rev. Hanna Kildani, Ph. D., Web Site)

My Take: Muslims must engage politically, look outside themselves
(Imam Khalid Latif, CNN Belief Blog)

Myanmar violence toll surges as troops fire to stop clashes

On holiday of sacrifice, many Syrians cannot celebrate
(Salma Abdelaziz, CNN)

Religion and belief diversity as social capital rather than a trigger for increasing social tension and violence
(Press Release, CEJI)

Religious freedom at the Wall is a right, not an option
(Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie, Haaretz)

Sixth Circuit: Michigan can ban anti-Islam ads from buses
(Joe Palazzolo, Wall Street Journal)

Sudan vows no retreat from supporting Hamas in aftermath of Israeli 'aggression'

Suicide bomber at Afghan mosque shatters holiday that celebrates peace
(Masoud Popalzai and Chelsea J. Carter, CNN)

This Liberty Mutual commercial mixes theology and politics
(Sally Steenland, Center for American Progress)

Tiny Amish Mullet sect clings together after beard-cutting convictions
(John Caniglia, Religion News Service, Huff Post Religion)

UK mother fails in Court of Appeal bid to halt her children’s adoption by homosexuals
(Thaddeus Baklinski, LifeSiteNews)

Utah couple’s Mormon mission: Ease Syrian suffering
(James Stack, The Salt Lake Tribuned)

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