Law and Religion Headlines

Saturday, 14 April 2012

Lord Carey is a bigger problem for British Christians than any secularist
(Martin Robbins, The Guardian)

Muslim group files lawsuit against feds
(Julie Cannold, CNN)

On Easter eve Patriarch Kirill urges society to leave behind "the spiritual emptiness"
(Interfax - Religion)

Peru: Youths less likely to consider themselves religious
(ENI, Eurasia Review)

Proponents of [religious freedom] ballot measure up for the challenge
(Ben Conarck, The Colorado Statesman)

Proposed Buncombe school policy would allow distribution of religious materials
(Citizen-Times [NC])

Religion could limit procedures at new hospital
(ABC News Online [Australia])

Religious freedom & the U.S. Catholic bishops

Religious Organizations in the US Industry Market Research Report now available from IBISWorld
(PR Web, The San Francisco Chronicle)

Russia: Hundreds Of Believers Meet Holy Fire
(Ria Novosti, Eurasia Review)

Why some Muslims like America
(Mustafa Akyol, Huff Post Religion)

Friday, 13 April 2012

Yemen government says it killed 42 in clashes with militants
(Hakim Almasmari, CNN)

Abdennour Bidar: Mohammed Merah, a monster created by Islam’s illness
(Samir Khalil Samir,

Annual report: Execution of Strasbourg court judgments
(Human Rights Europe)

Arab Spring shifts toward Islamic rule, Sharia law
(Joel Brinkley, Tribune Media Services)

Azerbaijan: Judge "has already decided in her own mind to liquidate us" ?
(Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service)

Britain's Christians are being vilified, warns Lord Carey
(John Bingham, The Telegraph)

Canada's Kenney hopes for lighter hand under new Chinese leadership
(Matthew Little, The Epoch Times)

Catholic Bishops: ‘Constant vigilance and protection’ required for religious liberty
(Thomas Messner, The Foundry)

Christian group to sue Boris Johnson over 'gay cure' bus advertisements
(Jerome Taylor, The Independent)

Church and State: Clearing Thomas Jefferson’s good name
(Christopher Stevens, The Foundry)

Cypriot FM calls on Aram I to condemn Turkey’s illegal actions

Detroit-area Muslims sue US, say agents repeatedly quiz them about their faith at border
(Associated Press, The Washington Post)

Fertility treatment bans in Europe draw criticism
(Associated Press, Fox

Freedom of religion is not absolute
(Robert A. Levine, The Moderate Voice)

German printer of Quran hints at stop amid controversy
(Ozlem Yilmazer, Kristina Dunz and Jean-Baptiste Piggin, The Republic)

Kuwait considers teeth for blasphemy law
(Mission Network News)

Minister Rosenthal talks to religious leaders
(Government of the Netherlands, The Information Daily)

Ministry faces challenges in India's Madhya Pradesh state
(Mission Network News)

Msgr. Girelli to Vietnamese bishops: enter into society and help resurrect Church
(Thanh Thúy ,

Muhammad Khurshid Khan: Muslim Cleans Shoes In Shrines To Atone For Beheading Of Sikh By Islamists
(Sebastian Abbot and Asif Shahzad, Huffingtonpost)

New Zealand: study points to religious revival among youth
(Catholic World News)

Reading, 'rithmetic, and religion: Every American high school student should have a basic education in comparative religion
(Avishai D. Don, The Harvard Crimson)

Religion and peacemaking
(Centers of Innovation, United States Institute of Peace)

Religion in the schools a debate without end
(Helene Sostarich Barsamian, Daily Record )

Religious education being sidelined in UK, Archbishop claims
(S.D. Lawrence, Education News)

Senator Brown reiterates importance of legislation to protect religious freedom in Turkey
(Public Radio of Armenia)

The challenges of U.N. work: A Quaker perspective
(Rene Wadlow, Fellowship of Reconciliation)

The Salafi war on Christians and U.S. indifference
(Nina Shea, Hudson Institute)

Uganda: Muslims ask for protection law on veils
(Saudha Nakandha, All Africa)

Thursday, 12 April 2012

Address religious intolerance to curb sectarian killings: HRCP
(Daily Times [Pakistan])

After contraception controversy, Catholic Church announces 'religious freedom' campaign
(Dan Gilgoff, CNN)

Bishops protest more actions as attacks on religious freedom, call for Catholics to act
(Michelle Boorstein, The Washington Post)

Bishops say Catholics must disobey unjust laws
(Associated Press, The Seattle Times)

Catholic bishops issue rallying cry for 'religious freedom'
(David Gibson, USA Today)

Catholic bishops: “Constant vigilance & protection” required for religious liberty
(Thomas Messner, The Foundry)

Chinese boat people weigh up NZ journey
(Dylan Welch, The Sydney Morning Herald)

Copyright and the religious liberty statement: Not your typical criticism of the bishops
(Thomas Berg, Mirror of Justice)

Darul Uloom Deoband advises against multiple marriages
(Piyush Srivastava , India Today)

India: Religion may be taken out of marriage registration
(Mahenra Kumar Singh, The Times of India)

Indonesian democracy deserves closer scrutiny, David Cameron
(John Sidel,

Islamic extremists beat, mock Christians in India
(Compass Direct News)

Kuwaiti sentenced to 7 years for offending Shiites on Twitter
(Kuwait Times, Los Angeles Times)

Leading member of Moscow’s Muslim community killed
(Nina Achmatova,

Liberty Institute discusses Christian school's constitutional religious liberty right to terminate
(Liberty Institute)

NBC apologizes for attacking Romney's religion
(Fox Nation)

New association gives religious journalism a boost
(Ruth Eglash, Huff Post Blog)

Pakistan: Losing your religion?: ‘NADRA should not be deciding people’s faith’
(Aroosa Shaukat, The Express Tribune)

Pew Forum Weekly Religion News Update

Religion makes people happier—but why?
(Phillip Moeller, U.S. News & World Report)

Religion or history? Court will decide in Narrows High School's Ten Commandments case
(Laurence Hammack, The Roanoke Times)

Religious minorities in Turkey: 'An endangered species'?
(Nanore Barsoumian, The Armenian Weekley)

Religious questions for PA voter ID law draw fire
(Jan Murphy, The Washington Post)

The politics of evangelism: How Washington is leaving the faithful behind
(Chris Seiple, Foreign Affairs)

The Race: War fever over religion, women and the high court enlivens US presidential race
(Associated Press, The Washington Post)

Uproar in Germany over drive to hand out millions of Qurans
(Agence France-Presse, NDTV)

Virginia approves strong conscience protections for child-placing agencies
(Todd Gilbert, Luray Page Free Press)

Will wearing a cross make the churches more relevant today?
(Lindy McDowell, The Belfast Telegraph)

Wednesday, 11 April 2012

‘Iraqi society won’t welcome segregation of sexes at universities:’ Muqtada al-Sadr
(Dina al-Shibeeb, Al Arabiya News)

‘Religion is not driving extremist violence’ in Nigeria, says Obama official, after church bombings
(Elizabeth Harrington,

12 Christians in Iran await verdicts after Easter Sunday apostasy trial
(Lisa Daftari, FoxNews)

Bahrain violence grows with mob attacks
(Reem Khalifa, Associated Press )

Court flips Egypt’s timetable: Election, then Constitution
(David D. Kirkpatrick, The International Herald Tribune)

Don’t mix politics with religion: ex-minister
(Arab Times)

European Court says Britain can send terror suspects to U.S.
(John F. Burns and Alan Cowell, The New York Times)

Germany monitors Koran distribution by Salafists
(BBC News, Worldwide Religious News)

God and Caesar in America: Why mixing religion and politics is bad for both
(David E. Campbell and Robert D. Putnam, Foreign Affairs)

Human rights in Europe and beyond need to be protected
(Paul Johnston, The Diplomatic Dispatch)

Is religion the cause of most wars?: OpEd
(Rabbi Allan Lurie, Huffington Post Blog)

Is the Pope also barred from entry into Israel?
(Caroline Pinder Cracraft, Mondoweiss)

Mali: Salafists seek emirate
(Raby Ould Idoumou, Eurasia Review)

Maoist government gains control of iconic Pashupatinath Hindu temple
(Kalpit Parajuli ,

Pakistani woman accused of ‘blasphemy’ illegally held in jail
(Murad Khan, Compass Direct News)

Religious education 'downgraded', says Rowan Williams
(Graeme Paton, The Telegraph)

States ignite religion wars
(Charles C. Haynes, Delaware Online)

Texas teacher fired for unwed pregnancy offered to get married
(Christina Ng, ABC News)

The odd couple: Anglican priest who befriended Abu Hamza talks of their friendship and says he will miss their chats
(Jack Doyle, Mail Online)

The war on religion: A view from the trenches
(Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D., Huffington Post Blog)

Uzbekistan: Continuing freedom of movement bans
(Mushfig Bayram, Forum 18 News Service)

Why Christianity needs a church
(Tiffany Gee Lewis, Deseret News)

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Abu Hamza extradition: inside ADX Florence
(Matthew Holehouse, The Telegraph)

Abu Hamza's extradition: European Court approves moving terror suspect to the U.S.
(William Lee Adams, Time)

Ambassador to the Holy See: “Europe’s new democracies can give an impetus to a Christian renaissance”
(Talpa brusseliensis christiana)

Cameron welcomes terror ruling
(Helen Warrell, Financial Times)

Catholic Church mixes it up with politics
(Danny Westneat, The Seattle Times)

Court convicts 23 for Gujarat riots massacre
(Gulf Times)

Educating people, building peace, Islamic-Christian dialogue from Lebanon to Iraq
(Maroun Atallah,

Egypt court suspends Constitutional Assembly
(Voice of America via Associated Press, Reuters, AFP)

Feminist Sikh claims religion ready for women leaders
(Douglas Todd, The Vancouver Sun)

Hindu temple opens in old church hall in England
(Eurasia Review)

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