Law and Religion Headlines

Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Investigation finds no malicious intent in Quran case
(JIm Garamone, American Forces Press Service)

Kenyan faith leaders urge calm after Mombasa riots
( Fredrick Nzwili, Episcopal News Service)

Kenyans must stop religious violence after deadly riots: PM
(Capital FM News)

Leiter, “Why Tolerate Religion?”
(Princeton University Press)

Moscow art museum attacked by Orthodox Christians
(Interfax Religion News)

Muslim man sues over having to remove cap

Pakistan blasphemy case Christian girl 'is 14'
(BBC News Asia)

Pentagon hands down punishment over burning Korans, urinating on corpses
(Associated Press, Fox News)

Spiritual leader of Dagestani Muslims killed in suicide blast

Turkey's EU minister: Germany's commitment to religious freedom in doubt
(Today's Zaman)

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

‘Priest-less Parishes’ in Ireland, Wales and England
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Addressing religion in high school sports
(David Purdum, AJC (Georgia))

After Anders Breivik's conviction, Norway must confront Islamophobia
(Sindre Bangstad, The Guardian)

Amish beard-cutting trial pits religious freedom vs hate crimes
(James F. McCarty, Religion News Service, Huff Post Religion)

Appeals court to wait on Hasan beard ruling
(Jeremy Schwartz, Austin Legal)

Christian in Pakistan blasphemy case ruled a minor
(Rebecca Santana, Associated Press)

Church sues Fairfax board over zoning law
(The Examiner)

Despite public outcry, Falun Gong practitioner sentenced
(Luo Ya, The Epoch Times)

Egyptian religion: A new chapter?
(H.A. Hellyer, Huffington Post)

European court nixes Italy embryo screening ban
(Frances D'Emilio, Associated Press, Huff Post Tech)

First civil union between three partners in Brazil sparks outrage
(Andrea Madambashi, Christian Post Latin America)

Florida GOP seeks to allow public education funds to pay for religious schools
(Lou Colagiovanni,

France’s ‘No-Go’ Zones: Where non-Muslims dare not tread
(Soeren Kern, The Jewish Express)

German Jews to Israeli Chief Rabbi: Your circumcision commotion did more harm than good
(Jacob Edelist, The Jewish Press)

Hajj scam: Hamid Saeed Kazmi released on bail
(Mudassir Raja, International Herald Tribune)

HHS revises mandate third time; foes say it misses the point
(Michelle Bauman, Catholic News Agency)

In Ukraine, Adventist Church is first Protestant broadcaster to receive license
(Adventist News Network)

Indian government in dilemma over Muslim killings in Myanmar
(Seema Sengupta, Eurasia Review)

Iran: Concern grows for health of imprisoned pastor
(Stoyan Zaimov, The Christian Post)

Judge dismisses Wheaton College's Obama lawsuit
(NBC Chicago)

Misuse of mosque for manufacturing explosives condemned
(Arab News)

Mombasa riots stretch into second day as extremist group tries to rally Muslims
(Whitney Eulich, The Christian Science Monitor)

Pakistan's conservative mullahs question blasphemy law
(Saheed Shah, The Miami Herald)

Priest warns of security risk in pope trip to Lebanon

Religious violence growing in Indonesia
(Australia Network News)

Tajikistan: Further administrative penalties punish religious activity
(Mushfig Bayram, Forum 18 News Service)

The Arab revolts: Impact on Central Asia
(James M. Dorsey, Middle East Online)

Top Libyan officials implicated in mosque desecrations
(Mel Frykberg, The Miami Herald)

US Soldiers punished for Quran burnings
(Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press)

Monday, 27 August 2012

'American Taliban' John Walker Lindh testifies for right to group prayer in prison
(Associated Press, NBC News)

Atheist group removes billboards targeting presidential candidates' religious faith
(Dan Gilgoff and Dan Merica, CNN belief blog)

Benefits of circumcision are said to outweigh risks
(Roni Caryn Rabin, The New York Times)

Catholic church in Scotland steps up campaign against gay marriage
(The Guardian)

Catholic Ireland awaits report on its abortion law
(Claire McCormack, We News)

Christian group to hold conference on blasphemy law
(Robert Evans, Reuters)

Christian groups susceptible to violence in India
(The Evangelical Fellowship of India, International Institute for Religious Freedom)

Churches fight to feed the homeless
(Charles C. Haynes, The Spectrum)

Crosses chopped down: 'Anti-church hysteria' spreads across Russia

Freedom From Religion group to sue Memphis city council
(Adam Hammond, News Channel 3 Memphis)

Germany: Turkish Muslims hope for more Muslims than Christians
(Soeren Kern, Gatestone Institute of International Public Policy)

In Chile, Jews face new dangers and old fears
(Gil Shefler, The Jerusalem Post)

Indonesia: Religious violence kills 2 Shias
(Adnkronos International)

Indonesian security forces turn to Islamic clerics to uproot terrorism
(Andrew Higgins, Washington Post)

Interfaith and intercultural dialogue ‘a big litmus test for the EU’
(Dr. Nazila Isgandarova, Turkish Weekly)

Interfaith crisis on the borderlands of Burma (Myanmar), Bangladesh, and India
(Irfan Al-Alawi, Gatestone Institute of International Public Policy)

Is John Turner's Brigham Young biography better than Broadway's The Book of Mormon? Pre-pub reviewers think so!
(Edward J. Blum, Religion in American History: A Group Blog on American Religious History and Culture)

John Walker Lindh sues for prison prayer group
(Carrie Johnson and Margot Williams, NPR)

Libyan Islamists raze Sufi sites in bold attacks
(Reuters, The New York Times)

Mauritanian imams plead for moderation
(Bakari Gueye, Magharebia)

Merkel vows to allow religious circumcision in Germany, aide says
(Ofer Aderet, Jewish World News)

Morocco: the police forces assault on the peaceful demonstrations is an assault on the freedom of expression
(The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information)

Mozambique: Headscarves allowed, burqas banned
(Agência de Informação de Moçambique, AllAfrica)

Pussy Riot team appeals 'punk prayer' jailing
(AFP, France 24 International News)

Religion returns to college campuses
(Bruce Walsh, Metro (New York))

Religious circumcision, the rights of the child and the ECHR
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Riots in Mombasa after killing of Muslim cleric
(San Diego News)

Same-sex marriage: Scotland urged to resist Catholic church campaign
(Lizzy Davies, The Guardian)

Seventeen Afghan partygoers beheaded by Taliban
(The Guardian)

Saturday, 25 August 2012

8 ways faith will matter at the Republican National Convention
(Dan Gilgoff and Eric Marrapodi, CNN Belief Blog)

Appeals court panel says federally funded embryonic stem cell research can continue
(Associated Press, The Washington Post)

Atheist group at odds with ethnic festivals
(Dave Umhoefer and Annysa Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Online)

Bodo-Muslim conflict in Assam – historical roots
(R. Upadhyay, South Asia Analysis Group)

Buddhist group demands stern action against US company manufacturing shoes with Buddha image
(Nepal News)

Commission on a Bill of Rights second consultation: a reminder
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Congressmen charge mandate 'an issue negatively impacting employers of all faiths'
(WND Faith)

EEOC harassment of Belmont Abbey College among top religious liberty concerns
(Campus Notes, The Cardinal Newman Society Blog)

Faith and rights groups call for hate crime hearings
(Chris Lisee, Religion News Service, The Washington Post)

Faith leaders in India harbor refugees from Assam violence
(Anto Akkara, ENInews)

IRS should Investigate Missouri Baptist group for election intervention, church-state watchdog says
(Press Release, Americans United)

Is nothing sacred? Thoughts on Mormon undergarments
(Robert A. Rees (via Jana Riess), Religion News Service)

Muslim ministry launches new website
(Chris Meehan, Christian Reformed Church)

Myanmar government can’t hide its crimes
(Dr. Habib Siddiqui, Eurasia Review)

New poll finds Americans evenly divided in views of Muslims
(Omar Sacirbey, Religion News Service)

Religious freedom, in Murfreesboro and Mecca
(Eric Patterson, The Washington Examner)

Yildirim on Turkey’s draft constitution
(Mark L. Movsesian, CLR Forum)

Friday, 24 August 2012

Action of punk rock band would be definitely regarded as a crime in any Western country
(Massimo Introvigne, Interfax-Religion)

Anglican Church in North America joins amicus brief in religious liberty appeal
(Press Release, VirtueOnline)

Arizona legislative session ‘best ever’ on religious issues
(Ron Johnson, The New Vision)

Bahrain rights activist Nabeel Rajab acquitted over tweet, still in jail

Bangkok conference on the Rohingyas of Myanmar – OpEd
(Dr. Habib Siddiqui, Eurasia Review)

Burger King sued for discrimination after allegedly firing Pentecostal Christian for wearing skirt
(Meredith Bennett-Smith , Huff Post Business)

Cardinal speaks out over abortion in Ireland
(Irish Examiner)

China: Buddhist monk sentenced to 7 years for spreading information about Tibet‏
(Eurasia Review)

Christian opposition to abortion pill mandate grows, two more colleges sue
(Gregory S. Baylor, Alliance Defending Freedom)

Confronting religion: Sikh prohibited from carrying kirpans at airport
(Riaz Ahmad, International Herald Tribune)

Conservative groups release survey on religious hostility in US
(Lauren Markoe, Religion News Service, The Christian Century)

Edinburgh cardinal suspends discussion with govt’ over ‘gay marriage’
(Hilary White, LifeSiteNews)

Elizabeth Warren on health care and religion
(E.J. Dionne, The Washington Post)

FFRF intercepts prayer-football entanglement
(Press Release, Freedom From Religion Foundation)

Five people die in intra-Islamic fighting in West Java
(Mathias Hariyadi,

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