Law and Religion Headlines

Friday, 14 September 2012

Libyan horror, the religious left, and free speech
(Mark Tooley, American Spectator)

Memorial Peace Cross: Veterans memorial or religious symbol?
(Mark Gail, Washington Post)

N.Y. Appeals Court: Chupah qualifies as a structure

Pope Benedict XVI will bring hope to the Middle East
(Kira Kalinina, Voice of Russia)

Religion, provocation, and fanaticism
(Yusuf Kanali, Hürriyet Daily News)

Secretary Clinton delivers powerful religion speech after Middle East embassy attacks
(Dana Hughes, ABC News)

Secularism ''undermines religious freedom''

Soldiers open fire to disperse Nigerians protesting Prophet Muhammad film
(Associated Press, The Washington Post)

Sudan: Protesters storm Western diplomatic missions over anti-Islam film

US, Zionists prime anti-Islam suspects
(Iran Review)

Victory for religious liberty in Missouri legislature
(Catholic World News, Catholic

What the Libyan Embassy attack teaches us about true religious freedom
(Roy Speckhardt, Huff Post Religion)

Thursday, 13 September 2012

”Making your presence felt”
(Melkam Lidet, MIFTAH)

A UK Bill of Rights and ‘Public Authorities’
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

ACLU report details violations of religious freedom
(Shomial Ahmad, KUHF.FM News)

Beyond religion in the Middle East
(Mimi Hanaoka, Los Angeles Times)

Brigham City banned church flier distribution near new Mormon temple, lawsuit says
(Dennis Romboy, Deseret News)

Does the Dalai Lama want to end all religion?
(Christian Piatt, Opposing Views)

Egypt to take legal action in U.S. against Prophet film makers
(Edmund Blair, Reuters Africa)

Egyptian admits involvement with anti-Islam film, Jewish connection seems unlikely

EU welcomes Iran releasing Christian pastor on death row
(RTT News)

Filmmaker Sam Bacile in hiding after anti-Muslim film sparks violence
(Associated Press, Fox News)

Govt response to religious provocation must be tough: Putin on US embassy attack in Libya

Humiliation and rage in Libya
(Vijay Prashad, counterpunch)

Indonesia's blasphemy law: The regulation of faith by the State

Just because you love Jesus doesn't mean you have to disrespect the Buddha, dishonor Muhammad or disregard Moses
(Brian D. McLaren, Huff Post Religion)

Kenya church attacks are latest sign of tension between Christians, Muslims
(Alan Boswell, McClatchy Newspapers)

Missouri lawmakers override Gov. Nixon's birth control bill veto
(Jason Hancock, Kansas City Star)

Mosque desecrated in France’s Limoges

New wave of attacks on U.S. embassies
(Amy Payne, The Heritage Foundation)

New winds of jihad: Simplified and from the global to the local
(B. Raman, Eurasia Review)

No allowances for conscience in French ‘gay marriage’ bill: French Justice Minister
(Jeanne Smits, LifeSiteNews)

NY Cardinal Dolan: Pro-life movement is ‘premier civil rights movement of today’
(John-Henry Western, LifeSiteNews)

Pakistani Hindus flee to India claiming persecution
(Arab Times)

Panel discussion on "Religious Hostility in America," Sept. 15
(Press Release, Liberty Institute)

Pew Forum Weekly Religion News Update

Presidential election provides great opportunity to talk about religious, secular identity
(Kyle Anderson, Huff Post Religion)

Reaction to anti-Islam film fuels debate on free speech versus hate speech
(Dan Gilgoff, CNN Belief Blog)

Religion as pretext or cause in attacks in Cairo, Egypt and Libya
(Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite, The Washington Post)

Religious violence is all too real
(Brad Hirschfield, Washington Post)

Russia: Raised penalties for demonstrations extended to worship
(Geraldine Fagan and Felix Corley, Forum 18)

Secretary Clinton declares religious freedom a national interest
(Eric Patterson, First Things)

Terzi: "We want freedom of worship"
(Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Farnesina)

True and false religious freedom
(Richard Giannone, Huffington Post)

Tunisian police fire tear gas to disperse protest outside U.S. embassy
(Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty)

U.S. embassy's initial statement criticizing anti-Muslim video leads to political controversy
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

US Ambassador killed in Libya. Pastor Terry Jones is to blame?
(John Robles, Voice of Russia)

Vatican balancing calls for democracy, religious freedom in Middle East
(Catholic World News)

World Trade Center relic cross subject of lawsuit
(Press Release, Liberty Center)

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

A bluffer's guide to human rights courts
(David Hart QC, UK Human Rights Blog)

A Christian ethos strengthens our nation
(Eric Pickles, The Telegraph)

Amish beard-cutting is horrid but not a hate crime
(Noah Feldman, Bloomberg News via HeraldOnline)

Anger over a film fuels anti-American attacks in Libya and Egypt
(David D Kirkpatrick, The New York Times)

Anti-Islam filmmaker in hiding after protests
(Shaya Tayefe Hohajer, Associated Press)

Australia PM cancels speech over gay lifestyle row
(AFP, The International Herald Tribune)

Cardinal Dolan spotlights overseas persecution
(Lousie Radnofsky, Wall Street Journal)

Catholic Care and adoption by same-sex couples – the story continues
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

China: The marketisation of religious sites
(Magda Hornemann, Forum 18 News Service)

Church accused of violating federal law by telling parishioners to vote against Obama
(Jeff Schapiro, The Christian Post)

Egypt constitution talks stumble on role of Islam
(Tamim Elyan, Reuters)

EU launches online anti-Semitism survey in nine countries
(JTA, Haaretz)

Exorcism boom in Poland sees magazine launch
(AFP, The International Herald Tribune)

Federal prosecutors, defense lawyers debate religious motivation for Amish beard-cutting attacks
(James F. McCarty, The Plain Dealer)

Hobby Lobby sues over HHS Mandate
(Press Release, The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty)

Israeli lesbian couple awarded NIS 60,000 after turned away from wedding hall
(Llan Lior, Haaretz News)

Karzai condemns anti-Islam movie, Afghan protests feared
(Nathan Hodge, The Wall Street Journal)

Massachusetts religious communities divided over doctor-assisted suicide measure
(Lisa Wangsness, The Boston Globe)

Nigeria: Women call for religious tolerance
(Ojoma Akor, Daily Trust)

Ontario Christian minister forced to conduct same-sex ‘marriages’ or get sacked
(Thaddeus Baklinski, LifeSiteNews)

Rare sects take Uganda by storm
(All Africa)

Religious meeting calls for world peace
(Associated Press)

Russia's fractured society deepens Putin's woes
(Timothy Heritage, Reuters)

St. Louis Catholics react to Bishop Robert Finn's conviction
(Jesse Bogan and Tim Townsend, St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

Study: Religious exemption doesn't require mandatory child education
(Samantha Koon, The Daily Progress)

US opposes penalty for Russia over historic books
(Frederic J. Frommer, Associated Press)

Vatican insists on interreligious dialogue
(Associated Press)

Youcef Nadarkhani is free, but his lawyer still faces threat of imprisonment
(Katherine Weber, The Christian Post)

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

500 lashes, death by stoning: women in Islam
(Khaled Abu Toameh, Gatestone Institute of International Public Policy)

Bosnia: Balkan religious leaders urge reconciliation, tolerance
(ADN Kronos International)

Channel 4 cancels controversial screening of Islam: The Untold Story documentary after presenter Tom Holland is threatened
(John Hall, The Independent )

Christian father sues Ontario school board for 'religious accommodation'
(Matthew Coutts, CTV News)

Congo religious leaders seek to build awareness of war

Court refuses to enforce Islamic premarital agreement that promised wife $677,000 in the event of divorce
(Eugene Volokh, Volokh Conspiracy )

Exclusive: U.S. groups helped fund Dutch anti-Islam politician Wilders
(Anthony Deutsch and Mark Hosenball, Reuters)

Freedom of belief stirs controversy in Egypt constitutional debate
(Al-Masry Al-Youm, Egypt Independent)

Gabriel Vahanian, professor, dies at 85; was linked to ‘Death of God’ movement
(Paul Vitello, New York Times)

German Jews, Muslims unite to protest against circumcision ban
(Reuters, The Chicago Tribune)

Hamas to Israel: Stop the raids, we’re catching the Salafis responsible for rocket attacks
(Jacob Edelist, The Jewish Press)

In Latin America, Jewish communities are booming
(Diego Melamed, JTA)

Indian guru leads huge crowd in Argentina’s capital in mass meditation against violence
(Washington Post)

Islamic police publicly amputate five alleged bandits in Mali
(CTV News)

Jews question their future in Germany
(Spiegel Online)

Koppelman and Paulsen at St. John’s on September 27
(Mark L. Movsesian, Center for Law and Religion)

Law and religion scholars: Attend this program!
(Paul Horwitz, PrawfsBlawg)

Mexico extradites San Jose mosque imam accused of Hezbollah membership
(Lori Lowenthal Marcus, The Jewish Press)

Morning Bell: Remembering 9/11 in a volatile world
(Amy Payne, The Foundry)

Parents worry about radicalisation in schools
(Khabar Southeast Asia)

Patriarch Kirill says Russian Orthodox Church under attack
(Nastassia Astrasheuskaya and Steve Gutterman, Reuters)

Relatives of 16 Muslim clerics slain in Mali seek answers; Mauritania calls killings odious
(Washington Post)

Russian authorities' shocking nighttime demolition of a Pentecostal church in Moscow
(Mark Adomanis, Forbes)

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