Law and Religion Headlines

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Punitive psychiatry making a comeback in Russia?
(Innokenty Grekov, Human Rights First)

Religious freedom, foreign policy, and just government
(Paul E. Rondeau, Common Sense, The Washington Times Communities)

Sharia law, the Arbitration Act 1996 and the Arbitration and Mediation Services (Equality) Bill
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Tanzania: Islamist riots threaten Zanzibar's stability

The Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty: Interview with Brig. Gen. Douglas Lee
(Kevin Mungons, Baptist Bulletin)

Ukrainian Commission on rights of religious organizations held its first meeting for last three years (PHOTO)
(Institute for Religious Freedom)

Vatileaks: Judges note “reprehensible” damage of Gabriele's theft
(Vatican Radio)

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Ambassador Johnson Cook, specialists consider role of civil society in religious coexistence
(United States Institute of Peace)

Attorney: Church gun ban infringes religious liberty
(Steve Kiggins,

Azerbaijan: Government blames "errors" for negative Venice Commission/OSCE Opinion
(Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service)

Baha'is most persecuted religion in Iran: U.N. investigator
(Louis Charbonneau, Reuters)

Clergy-led rally stokes attack on health care mandate
(Susan Brown, NWI Times)

Diocese Budimljansko-Niksicka could not legitimately expect restitution of property expropriated in Montenegro after World War II
(Press Release, European Court of Human Rights)

Discrimination complaint filed against area farm for refusing to host same-sex marriage ceremony
(Ian Benjamin, The Saratogian)

Egypt's draft constitution leans towards conservative Islam
(Khaled Diab, The Guardian)

Faith-based initiatives deserve a place in the public sphere
(Ryan Messmore, The Australian (may require subscription))

French Muslims demand group ban after mosque attack
(Reporting by Tom Heneghan, editing by Jon Hemming, Reuters)

Gay rights and religious liberties
(Skye Jethani, Q: Ideas for the Common Ground)

High Court ruling on same-sex adoption in Northern Ireland
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Hindus welcome completion of long-delayed Berlin Holocaust memorial for Roma
(Eurasia Review)

Indonesia experiencing increase in religious intolerance
(Kate Lamb, Voice of America)

Interim report of the Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief
(Heiner Bielefeldt, United Nations General Assembly)

Islam comes to the classroom in Russia's Chechnya
(Writing by Thomas Grove, editing by Ralph Boulto, Reuters)

It’s a girl: The three deadliest words in the world
(Ram Mashru, The Independent)

Let there be education
(The Nation (Pakistan))

North Park school wins $1.1M verdict against city
(Dana Littlefield, San Diego News)

Pilgrims arrive in Mecca for haj amid regional turmoil
(Mahmoud Habboush, Reuters)

Poll: Religiously unaffiliated less likely to vote
(Michelle Boorstein, The Washington Post)

Swedish Court upholds religious freedom in Chabad-Lubavitch homeschooling case
(The Alegeiner)

Tunisian Salafi leader says Islamic-led government is a U.S. puppet
(Tarek Amara, Reuters)

U.S. Institute of Peace hosts discussion on religion & violence

UN experts urge govts to repeal laws that criminalise adultery
(The Nation (Pakistan))

Vatican court: Butler's theft harmed pope, church
(Nicole Winfield, Associated Press)

What does New York City have against ordained ministers?
(Eric Rassbach, The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty)

With Religious Liberty for All: A Defense of the Affordable Care Act’s Contraception Coverage Mandate
(Frederick Mark Gedicks, American Constitution Society)

Monday, 22 October 2012

Buddhist terrorism: No longer a myth
(Dr. Habib Siddiqui, Eurasia Review)

Family explains lawsuit to ban preacher from SACS school
(Charles Wilson, Associated Press, Fort Wayne News-Sentinel)

Freedom should not be destructive – Russian Orthodox Church chief

Germany: "I will answer only to Allah"
(Soeren Kern, Gatestone Institute)

Headscarf debate highlights Russian Muslims' grievances
(Thomas Grove, Reuters)

In-vitro fertilization raises custody rights and family law questions
(Barbara Atkinson, SEO Law Firm)

Lebanon fears new wave of assassinations
(Al Bawaba)

Miami archdiocese sues over 'real threat' from HHS mandate
(Carl Bunderson, Catholic News Agency)

Myanmar leader says open to aid for Muslims

Parents may sue over yoga lessons in Encinitas
(Stacy Brandt, NC Times)

Religion and Law – Continuing threads
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Religious leaders rally against contraception rule
(Timothy Meinch, Des Moines Register)

Religious slaughter and food labelling
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Sharia courts ‘as consensual as rape’, House of Lords told
(John Bingham, The Telegraph)

South Carolina diocese defecting from the Episcopal Church
(Daniel Burke, Religion News Service)

The thorny issue of religious belief and discrimination law (again)
(Alasdair Henderson, UK Human Rights Blog)

Tunisia's Islamists surrender on blasphemy law
(Mohamed Bechri, Fikra Forum)

Two remaining Pussy Riot members sent to prison camps once used as Gulags
(Matthew Feeney,

Saturday, 20 October 2012

'Religious fragmentation based on misinterpretation leads to extremism'
(Sunara Nizami, The International Herald Tribune (Pakistan))


Canada judge says terror suspect can be extradited
(Associated Press)

Charity accused of 'exploiting' controversy over abortion
(Graeme Paton, The Telegraph)

Christians 'frightened to speak about faith'
(Joe Wilson, BBC News Lancashire)

Demoted Christian in court over same-sex 'marriage' comments
(Christian Concern)

Doctors: Wounded Pakistani girl improving
(Voice of America)

France names the date for gay marriage draft law
(Agence France-Presse, Rappler)

Gordon Wilson: Gay marriage a 'step towards state fascism'
(Simon Johnson, The Telegraph)

Health Minister to challenge gay adoption legal move
(BBC News Northern Ireland)

Homosexual Tory MP 'very concerned' about same-sex 'marriage' proposals
(Christian Concern)

In Syria, Sunni rebels besiege Shiite villages
(Hazma Hendawi, AP via ABC News)

Israelis, Hamas fear Salafist takeover of Gaza
(Jim Kouri, Eurasia Review)

It is dangerous for US and Israel to blame religion for actions taken by Muslims and Arabs – El -Asmar
(Terri Giinsberg, Mondoweiss)

Maryland’s referendum on religious liberty
(C. Anthony Muse, The Washington Post)

Mexican authorities detain leader of religious sect that opposes secular education
(Associated Press, The Washington Post)

Minnesota trial opens window on Somalia terror group
(Amy Forliti, Associated Press)

Northern Ireland and abortion: update
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Opponents to Muslim headscarves get a powerful new ally: Vladimir Putin
(Vladimir Isachenkov, National Post)

Religious freedom rallies planned in 145 cities for October 20
(Kirsten Andersen, LifeSiteNews)

Religious implications of N.Y. federal appeals court striking down DOMA
(J. Manny Santiago, The Washington Post)

Shiite protests pose major challenge for Saudi Arabia
(Kevin Sullivan, Washington Post)

Soviet propaganda posters show importance of religious freedom
(Carl Bunderson, Catholic News Agency)

Stand up, already, for religious freedom
(Kathryn Jean Lopez, National Review Online)

US University votes to ban fast-food chain for marriage support
(Christian Concern)

Watershed moment for religious teaching in Egypt
(Joseph Mayton, Common Ground News)

What about religious freedom? The other consequences of Obamacare
(Wesley J. Smith, The Weekly Standard)

Woman jailed for praying aloud at Western Wall barred from holy site for 30 days
(Mordechai I. Twersky, Haaretz)

Friday, 19 October 2012

Army court orders Fort Hood suspect to shave
(Megan Mccloskey, Stars and Stripes)

Calling Catholic groups ‘cult-like’ does not amount to discrimination: Ontario Human Rights Tribunal
(Jen Gerson, National Post)

Droits de l’homme et Christianisme (4) : La négation de la dimension morale de la religion
(Grégor Puppinck, Talpa brusseliensis christiana)

Gay couple turned away from B&B win discrimination case
(Hannah Furness, The Telegraph)

Gay couples, bed, breakfast and human rights
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Governments must protect religious freedom – OpEd
(Katrina Lantos Swett, Eurasia Review)

Holy schism emerges over pot legalization in Colorado, with clergy taking both sides
(AP, Washington Post)

Honing anti-Semitism in France and Sweden
(Shoshana Bryen, Gatestone Institute)

In same-sex marriage fight, Catholic Church gives more than $1 million, human rights campaign reports
(Lila Shapiro, Huffington Post)

Ireland’s 1st abortion clinic opens to protests in the mostly Catholic and Protestant country
(AP, Daily News)

Irish referendum part of a global campaign against the family
(John Smeaton, LifeSiteNews)

Kazakhstan: Criminal investigation, "hallucinogenic" communion drink, "extremist" books?
(Mushfig Bayram, Forum 18)

Lebanon blast: Car bombing in Beirut kills eight
(Caroline Anning, BBC News)

Mali Islamists destroy tombs in Timbuktu
(Amir Ahmed, CNN)

Member of Russian punk rock band takes case to European Court
(Voice of America)

NY federal appeals court becomes 2nd in nation to strike down Defense of Marriage Act
(Larry Neumeister, Associated Press via The Washington Post)

OIC head takes global blasphemy ban off the table, member nations pursue policy
(Press Release, Human Rights First)

Pakistan: Malala Yousafzai is just one of many school-age victims
(Eurasia Review)

Prelates speak about Islam as synod discussion concludes; Cardinal Pell rues decline of fasting
(Catholic World News,

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