Law and Religion Headlines

Saturday, 3 November 2012

Strasser on Hosanna-Tabor, the ministerial exception, and the Constitution
(CLR Forum)

Syria: More than 110 killed in fighting; video shows possible war crime
(Eurasia Review)

The Council at 50: Religious liberty major worldwide issue for Church today
(Archbishop William E. Lori, USCCBlog)

Ukrainian President’s Meeting with heads of denominations: Is there really a dialogue between the government and the churches?
(Oleksandr Zaiets , Institute for Religious Freedom)

UN experts call on Iran to release Sakharov prize winners
(Pakistan Daily Times)

Upper Tribunal confirms illegality of Catholic Charity’s ban on same-sex couple adoption
(Rosalind English, UK Human Rights Blog)

Vatican ambassador taking part in Notre Dame event
(San Francisco Chronicle)

Veteran sues city of King over religious symbols
(Meghann Evans, The Stokes News)

Vietnam: US diplomat visits restive pagoda
(Parameswaran Ponnudurai, Radio Free Asia)

Yemen’s tattered reality after 'fairytale' revolution: Photographic perspectives

Friday, 2 November 2012

‘If I were a judge, I wouldn’t jail Pussy Riot’ - Medvedev

All politics is local, even the US election as seen by Kenyans
(Fredrick Nzwili, The Christian Science Monitor)

Alleged member of radical Islamist sect Boko Haram in Nigeria sets peace talk conditions
(Associated Press via Washington Post)

At launching point of Mexico's drug war, quasi-religious cartel rules 6 years later
(Michael Weissenstein, Associated Press)

Baptists divided on Florida amendment
(Jeff Brumley, Associated Baptist Press)

Bishop orders priests to read anti-Obama letter at Sunday sermons
(Manya A. Brachear, Chicago Tribune)

Britain's most senior Catholic is named 'Bigot of the Year'
(The Independent)

Catholic Care - Charity Commission Judgment
(In an Appeal to the Upper Tribunal (Tax and Chancery), Crown Copyright)

Court grants Michigan firm relief from ACA contraceptive mandate
(Matt Dunning, Modern Healthcare)

Criswell college files lawsuit against Obama administration over coercive HHS Mandate
(Liberty Institute)

Do volunteers have employment rights?
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Eileen Chamberlain Donahoe, U.S. Ambassador to the Human Rights Council
(US Mission Geneva, Human

Ethiopia Muslims rally on Fridays as tension rises
(Kirubel Tadesse, Associated Press)

Family fact of the week for Hurricane Sandy: Religion promotes volunteering, charitable giving
(Rachel Sheffield, The Foundry)

Federal judge grants preliminary injunction halting enforcement of the HHS mandate against Michigan corporation and its owner
(Thomas Moore Law Center)

Hawaii Democrat poised to be elected first Hindu in Congress
(Omar Sacirbey | Religion News Service, The Washington Post)

Historic church in row over Calvary water bill

Hobby Lobby asks judge to block health care law
(Tim Talley, Associated Press)

Illinois bishop directs priests to read anti-Obama letter at Mass
(David Sherfinski, Washington Times)

Indian artists hope images of Hindu gods will save trees

Islam overtaking Catholicism as dominant religion in France
(Soeren Kern, Gatestone Institute of International Public Policy)

Islamists protest in Cairo, call for Islamic law

Judge: Worker not let go over intelligent design
(Associated Press)

Lahore: extremist crowd sets fire to girls schools over alleged blasphemy
(Jibran Khan,

Muslims in Christian-dominated Ethiopia rally on Fridays as tensions rise and arrests increase
(Associated Press, WWRN)

Ninth Beijing Forum: 【2012 Panel II】Faith and Society: Spiritual Reflections of Global Age
(EVENT 3 November 2012, Peking University)

Opulent Life Church granted injunction against holly springs’ revised ordinance
(Liberty Institute)

Panel analyzes HHS and religious liberty
(Joseph Corbett, The Tower (Catholic University of America))

Religious leaders: Understanding, respect needed to bridge divide
(Wendy Jeffcoat Crider, The Times and Democrat (South Carolina))

Religious liberty defended on college campus
(Ce Ce Heil, ACLJ)

Russia: Religion used as instrument in geopolitical games - MP

Russians see church and state come closer
(Sophia Kishkovsky, The New York Times)

School text book that mixed up Jews and Muslims withdrawn
(The Telegraph)

Some extremist Muslim clerics say Sandy was God’s punishment for American ills
(Associated Press, WWRN)

Splinter groups of Aum Shinrikyo religious cult get security investigations
(Adam Westlake , The Japan Daily Press)

The court process against Archbishop Jovan, the Bishops, monastics and believers of the Orthodox Ohrid Archbishopric has begun

The New Evangelization, aided by the Muslims
(Samir Khalil Samir,

Who is most likely to stray? Christians and Jews
(Jeanie Groh, Washington Post)

Thursday, 1 November 2012

'Baby box' opens in Russia to save abandoned kids
(Irina Titova, AP, USA Today)

A positive move on India-Bangladesh Extradition Treaty
(Joyeeta Bhattacharjee, Observer Research Foundation)

Adventists: Florida Amendment 8 harmful not helpful to religious freedom
(Amireh Al-Haddad, ReligiousLiberty.TV)

Believing in Russia – Religious Policy after Communism
(Geraldine Fagan, Routledge)

Children, confirmation and communion
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Christian family converted to Islam, beaten, tried in Tashkent

EUSD and Jois Foundation respond to concerns about religious yoga
(Judd Handler, Encinitas Patch)

Florida Amendment 8 mandates taxpayer support of religion, AU leader says
(Church & State)

ICANN should uphold freedom of expression in new web domains, says Council of Europe
(David Perera, FierceGovernmentIT)

Law prof. answers criticisms of paper detailing weaknesses of legal challenges to contraception coverage
(Frederick Mark Gedicks, ACS Blog)

Nepal: In defence of freedom of expression (OpEd)
(Dr Gyan Basnet, Eurasia Review)

Pew Forum Weekly Religion News Update

Preliminary injunction against HHS mandate in Michigan case
(Ed Whelan, National Review Online)

Religious liberty assaulted in Iran
(Editorial, Voice of America)

Russia: "The Kremlin's failure to uphold its own constitutional commitment to religious freedom"
(Geraldine Fagan, Forum 18 News Service)

Saudi Arabia: Free detainee held since April for tweets, says HRW
(Eurasia Review)

Self-immolations accelerate as Tibet demands its freedom
(Simon Denver, Washington Post, Star Tribune World)

Tanzania: Religious leaders ask govt to review policy
(The Guardian Reporter, IPP Media)

The Church and the World: Secular Morality and the Challenge of Gender
(EVENT 5 November 2012, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs)

Uzbekistan demands Kazakhstan extradite Protestant pastor

Violated in practice, questioned in principle – UN expert urges Governments to protect the right of conversion
(Heiner Bielefeldt, United Nations Human Rights)

Wednesday, 31 October 2012

'A totalitarian sect:' Youth group wants to kick Mormons out of Russia
(Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty)

Americans ready to risk lives to save souls in Monterrey, Mexico
(Richard Fausset, Los Angeles Times)

As Morsi and Brotherhood spur alarm, what to do about Egypt?
(Rom Kampeas, JTA)

Auto lighting company challenges ObamaCare’s view of freedom
(Matt Bowman, Alliance Defending Freedom)

Bangladesh, Myanmar: Rising violence between Buddhists and Muslims
(Angel Millar, Eurasia Review)

Charity Commission is anti-religion, says Tory MP
(Tania Mason, Civil

Church 'losing trust' over 'cloak and dagger' Archbishop of Canterbury selection
(John Bingham, The Telegraph)

Egypt's Brotherhood: Shariah must be charter base
(Maggie Michael, Associated Press)

Europe rights court condemns Poland in abortion rape case
(Reporting by Gilbert Reilhac; writing by Daniel Flynn; editing by Andrew Osborn, Reuters)

Family: Mali military killed 8 Tuareg Herders
(Baba Ahmed, Associated Press)

Germany Catholics wary about major Luther festivities
(Tom Heneghan, Reuters)

Human right campaigners call on Ukraine president to protect religious freedom
(Religious Information Service of Ukraine)

Indian Muslims pose as Hindus to get jobs
(Radio Australia)

Jam-jars – yet again
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Kamchatka court finds site calling for war on non-Muslims to be extremist

Lawsuit over ‘Anti-Hareidi’ Park Rule
(Maayana Miskin, Arutz Sheva)

Lebanon’s Sunnis at risk of radicalization
(Liz Sly, The Washington Post)

Massachusetts high court agrees to hear Pledge of Allegiance case
(Emily Hardman, The Becket Fund)

Minorities fear end of secularism in Egypt
(Daniel Steinvorth and Volkhard Windfuhr, Spiegel Online)

Muslim persecution of Christians: September, 2012
(Raymond Ibrahim, Gatestone Institute)

Muslims of Turkish origin discriminated against in North-Eastern Greece
(Human Rights Without Frontiers,

Myanmar: Call for international monitors in Rakhine

Neutralidad Religiosa y Sociedad Pluralista / Religious Neutrality and Pluralistic Society
(EVENT 15 November 2012, Observatorio del pluralismo religiouso en España)

Obama administration says it won’t oppose reopening religious challenge to health care law
(Associated Press, The Washington Post)

Panel debates gay rights vs. religious liberty
(Anne Reiner, Baptist Press)

Presidential election: Religious voting groups could determine the winner
(Mark J. Rozell, The Washington Post)

Protesters delay vote on new libyan cabinet
(Esam Mohamed, Associated Press)

Religion and politics in Europe vs. America
(Robert Bennett, Deseret News)

Religion news in brief
(The Washington Post)

Religious holiday displays - three wise men and a heap of legal troubles
(Washington University in St. Louis)

Road map for the new evangelization
(Edward Pentin, National Catholic Register)

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