Law and Religion Headlines

Monday, 15 October 2012

Court rejects petition to block anti-Islam film trailer in Israel
(Philip Podolsky, The Times of Israel)

CP World Report: Pakistani Girl shot by Taliban, religious freedom study, Israel
(The Christian Post)

Deafening silence: The 2012 pro-life day of silent solidarity
(Alliance Defending Freedom)

Droits de l’homme et Christianisme (1) : Le pouvoir exorbitant de la Cour européenne des droits de l’homme
(Grégor Puppinck, Talpa brusseliensis christiana)

Faith meets football and a dispute ensues in East Texas
(Morgan Smith, The Texas Tribune)

Fight for the Word: Two West Tenn. religious leaders continue fight over church name
(Tracie Simer, Jackson, Tennessee Sun)

HRW says Tunisia must confront extremist assaults
(Associated Press)

Iran: Seven Christians detained following raid on prayer meeting
(CSW, Christianity Today Australia)

Italy will not tax church property
(The Right Perspective)

Keep politics and religion separate, but groups can air views: DPM Teo
(Asia One (Singapore))

Landmark mosque in Aleppo burned in fighting
(Zeina Karam, Associated Press via. Arizona Daily Star)

Lawsuit filed to overturn ban on Santa Monica Nativity scenes
(CBS Local)

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

Officials: Deadly attack hits north Nigeria mosque
(Jon Gambrell, Associated Press via ABC News)

Ontario Catholics should not be intimidated by education minister’s warnings
(Teresa Pierre, National Post)

Pro-abortion protesters storm church chanting, ‘If Mary had aborted, we wouldn’t have this nonsense’
(Peter Balinski, Life Site News)

Questions rise over Tunisian party's moderateness
(Paul Schemm and Bouazza Ben Bouazza, Associated Press)

Religions vary on birth-control views
(JoAnne Viviano, The Columbus Dispatch)

Renowned legal scholar (Robert George) speaks about religious liberty
(Mary B. Worthington, Catholic News Herald)

Romney vs. Obama: Where they stand on religious freedom
(Stoyan Zaimov, The Christian Post N. America)

Russia: Pussy Riot, blasphemy, and freedom of religion or belief
(Geraldine Fagan, Forum 18 News Service)

Sudan: Protecting the freedoms of religion and speech
(Ambassador Joseph Stafford, Sudan Tribune)

The hijacking of the ‘true face’ of Islam
(Rob L. Wagner, Arab News)

The making of Buddhism as a world religion
(Geoffrey Goble, Dissertation Reviews)

Tibetan man dies after self-immolation to protest China rule, rights group say
(Did Tang, The Republic)

What do the Chinese people believe?
(Robert Lawrence Kuhn, China Daily USA)

Why Iran can’t follow China’s lead
(Ray Takeyh, The New York Times)

Why the Pussy Riot case still matters
(Cathy Young, Real Clear Politics)

Wole Soyinka: 'If religion was taken away I'd be happy'
(Peter Godwin, The Telegraph)

Sunday, 14 October 2012

Mid-October events and non-events: religion and law round-up
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Saturday, 13 October 2012

New U.S. policy seeks to end legal battle over eagle feathers
(Terry Frieden, CNN Belief Blog)

21 people killed in attacks in central, north Nigeria as ethnic, religious unrest simmers
(Washington Post)

Bahraini protesters emboldened by police teargassing

Canada to partner Nigeria on security

Catholic church to lose historic property tax exemption in Italy

Dignity, death and deprivation of liberty: Human rights in the Court of Protection
(Rosalind English, UK Human Rights Blog)

HRW accuses Boko Haram, Nigerian Security Forces of 'crime against humanity'

Interfaith Summit in Chicago to reclaim religious liberty in US
(Anugrah Kumar, The Christian Post U.S.)

Manifestation of belief and religious upbringing: when parents disagree
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Religion and politics, now: Scholars ponder the role that faith plays in 2012 election
(Colleen Walsh, Harvard Gazette)

Religion as a private pursuit, science for everyone
(G. Elijah Dann, Huffington Post)

Syria’s fundamentalist opposition hints at tentative jihad
(Eurasia Review)

Taliban vows to kill Malala Yousafzai, Pakistani peace activist, if she survives attack
(Hani Yousuf and Janelle Dumalao, Huffington Post)

The boom in religious research
(Carl Bialik, The Wall Street Journal)

Where the Pakistani state fails, religion steps in
(Doug Saunders, The Globe and Mail)

Why 14-year-old Malala is important for Pakistan
(Mazhar Iqbal, Eurasia Review)

Catholic bishops rebuke Biden over contraception mandate claims
(Kevin Eckstrom, Religion News Service)

Friday, 12 October 2012

Resource offers guide to churches engaging the political process
(Robert Dilday, Religious Herald, The Baptist Standard)

Abortion debate heats up in Ireland as law revision looms
(Jason Walsh, The Christian Science Monitor)

ADL pulls out of Jewish-Christian dialogue over Israel
(Michele Chabin, Huffington Post)

Anti-blasphemy tool a diplomatic blunder
(Mohamad Mova Al’Afghani, The Jakarta Post)

Anti-Islam film prompts Saudi call for net censorship body
(Christopher Williams, The Telegraph)

Are free speech and Muslim relations at odds in D.C. transit ads?
(SOP newswire 2)

Argentina Supreme Court ok's sex slaves abortion
(Michael Warren, Associated Press)

Ave Maria President: HHS mandate threatens millions in fines, harms faculty, drains resources and endangers future
(Press Release, The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty)

British counselling association denies clients right to change
(Christian Concern)

China slams US report on human rights
(China Daily)

Church-state relationships in a pluralistic society
(Aaron Weaver, ABP Blog)

Clerics declare Malala shooting 'un-Islamic'
(Al Jazeera)

Correction: UN-Iran-human rights
(Associated Press)

Despite debt crisis, European Union wins Nobel Peace Prize for fostering peace, democracy
(Associated Press, The Washington Post)

Diverse, Disillusioned, and Divided: Millennial Values and Voter Engagement in the 2012 Election
(Survey Launch, The Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs)

Egyptian Christian boys accused of desecrating Quran cleared of blasphemy
(Katherine Weber, CP Africa)

EU Public Guidelines on Freedom of Religion or Belief, Research, Economic Crisis and Data protection discussed with the Cyprus EU Presidency
(Joint COMECE-CEC Press release, Karpasha)

Fear grows as Mali extremists compile list of unmarried mothers
(Faith Karimi, CNN)

Framing abortion as a religious question
(Sarah Seltzer, The Jewish Daily Forward)

Georgia dioceses challenge HHS Mandate in court
(Mary Anne Cattranio, The Georgia Bulletin)

Gov’t allays fears of Bangsamoro becoming an Islamic state
(Michael Lim Ubac and Philip C. Tubeza, Philippine Daily Inquirer)

Hopes raised for churces’ unification
(Hürriyet Daily News)

In the name of God: ultra-orthodox Jewish education not in children’s best interest, rules Court of Appeal
(Karwan Eskerie, UK Human Rights Blog)

Koran-burning U.S. pastor barred from entering Canada for debate

Malaysia’s transgender lose court battle over dress
(Alisha Hassan, Bikya Masr)

Muslim Newcastle players warned against wearing Wonga shirts
(Johnny Boyle,

Nigeria crackdown risks playing into Islamists' hands
(Tim Cocks, Reuters)

NYC, Rabbis clash over circumcision ritual
(David B. Caruso, Associated Press)

One third of Kazakh religious groups and organizations to be shut down
(Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty)

Plaintiffs against the HHS mandate reach more than 100 strong
(Sarah Torre, The Foundry)

Prime Minister vows to push ahead with same-sex 'marriage'
(Christian Concern)

Rabbis sue over city’s circumcision regulations
(Sean Gardiner, The Wall Street Journal)

Religious liberty - Growing international support for freedom of belief
(VIDEO, Adventist News Network)

Religious liberty - Growing international support for freedom of belief
(Adventist News Network)

The Alawites and the future of Syria
(Harold Rhode, Gatestone Institute)

The Islamic Republic of Catalonia
(Soeren Kern, Gatestone Institute of International Public Policy)

Vice-presidential debate explores candidates' religious views
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Washington bishop emphasizes: SSM will threaten religious liberty
(Blog, National Organization for Marriage)

Catholic institutions and 13 states file amicus briefs opposing HHS mandate before DC Circuit Court of Appeals
(Press Release, The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty)

Thursday, 11 October 2012

Abdul Baha: 100 years of connecting the world's religions
(Shastri Purushotma, Huff Post Religion)

ACLJ files second lawsuit asking federal court to block HHS Mandate for Illinois company

After another Malmo attack, a resolve to keep up new Jewish solidarity rallies
(Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA)

Becket Fund to speak at religious freedom rallies
(The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty)

Blasphemy bans threaten reform
(Ida Lichter, Huffington Post)

Catholicism fast becoming the dominant US religion new poll shows
(Irish Central)

Christian boy in Pakistan arrested for blasphemy
(BBC News)

CSW welcomes new EU strategy on human rights
(Christian Solidarity Worldwide)

Dalai Lama warns against generalizing Islam
(Jakarta Globe)

Draft of Egypt’s new constitution under fire for Islam’s influence
(Jeffrey Fleishman, Hamilton Spectator)

Egypt’s political class needs wider focus
(Roula Khalaf, Financial Times)

European Court of Human Rights to examine Hungary’s church law

German cabinet approves controversial circumcision bill
(Donald Snyder, NBC News)

Grand Chamber hearing concerning second-parent adoption in a same-sex relationship
(X and Others v. Austria, European Court of Human Rights)

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