Law and Religion Headlines

Saturday, 16 June 2012

Lawmaker wants to ban religious ceremonies in government offices
(Kathrina Alvarez, Sun Star Manila)

New, alarming threat to the life of Asma Jahangir, renowned Pakistani activist
(Rasika Teredesai, Human Rights First)

Police inconsistent in protecting religious freedom
(The Jakarta Post)

Santa Monica park displays banned after atheist dispute
(Adelle M. Banks, Washington Post)

Should the government intervene in the judicial process?
(Natasha Kuilak Mellersh, Huff Post UK)

Study challenges tax exemption for religious organizations
(Kimberly Winston, Religion News Service, USA Today)

Taken question: religious freedom and the human rights report
(Office of the Spokesperson, US State Department)

Tanzania: Bishop Kilani warns against religious fanatics
(Rose Athumani,

The myth of civil religion
(Raymond J. Haberski, Jr., U.S. Intellectual History)

The religious Zionist you didn't know
(Yehudah Mirsky, The Daily Beast)

The use and abuse of religious freedom
(Peter Singer, Project Syndicate [Australia])

Tolerance or equal rights?
(Beata Balogová, The Slovak Spectator)

Tunisian religious tensions and the emerging Bogeyman: Salafism
(Emily Parker, Tunisia Live)

WCC meeting in China looks at changing demography of Christianity, freedom of religion
(World Council of Churches)

Young people play key role in ministry to former Soviet Union
(Jeff Schapiro, The Christian Post)

Friday, 15 June 2012

'Julea Ward' Bill passed In Michigan house allows religious counseling students to deny gay clients
(David Sands, Huffingtonpost)

Christians hail dissolution of Egyptian parliament
(Compass Direct News)

Church leaders appeal for unity in Mexico as national elections draw near
(ENInews Staff , ENInews)

Historic religious liberty win – 25 years ago today at Supreme Court
(Jay Sekulow, ACLJ)

Indonesian man jailed for two-and-a-half years for writing ‘God doesn’t exist’ on his Facebook page
(Sara Malm, Daily Mail)

Kyrgyzstan: 'We need to protect the rights of the majority'
(Mushfig Bayram, Forum 18 News Service)

Religious discrimination lawsuit filed claiming Voss Lighting requires workers to be Christian
(David Harper, Tulsa World)

Religious diversity advanced in Vietnam
(VietNamNet Bridge)

Rosaries, gangs and the battle over religious symbols in school
(Charles C. Haynes, Hernando Today)

Syrian Islamist opposition casts out Christians

The Catholic Church and the global crisis of religious liberty
(Thomas Farr, National Catholic Register)

Tunisia bans rival protests set for Friday
(Bouazza Ben Bouazza, Associated Press)

Thursday, 14 June 2012

Archbishop Carlo Vigano, Pope's ambassador to US, applauds Catholic bishops' fight with government
(Rachel Zoll, Huff Post Religion)

California church fights city to host homeless families
( Chloe Schwarz, FoxNews)

Canada’s first full-time paid Muslim chaplain being sought at the University of Toronto
(Noor Javed, The Star News)

Commission votes to appeal ruling on Murfreesboro mosque

EU urges China to protect Tibetans' human rights, allow access to foreign media
(RTT News)

Germany bans Salafist organization amid raids
(David Rising, Associated Press )

Government defends gay marriage law change plans
(BBC News)

Gutted church building leaves Egyptian Copts with debt
(Compass Direct News)

Haslam under fire for Muslim appointee
(Chas Sisk,

Israel-Vatican continue negotiations on status and taxation of church
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Pew Forum Weekly Religion News Update

S. Korea Buddhists slam China boycott of event
(Straits Times)

School graduations, religion and the courts - an interview with Ira Lupu
(Robert Ruby, The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life)

Some cry 'coup' as Egypt's highest court annuls parliament, military extends power
(Mohamed Fadel Fahmy and Josh Levs, CNN)

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Abortion-rights groups cheer defeat of ND 'religious freedom' measure
(Elise Viebeck, The Hill Healthcare Blog)

Al-Qaida incites Tunisians against ruling party
(Associated Press, CBS News)

Anglicans threaten rift with government over gay marriage
(Ben Quinn, The Guardian)

Bishops conference to address issue of free contraceptive coverage
(Shelia M. Poole, Bradenton Herald)

Car bombs targeting Shiites kill 65 in Iraq
(Sinan Salaheddin, Associated Press )

Chaplain alliance asks Congress to investigate removal of military Bibles
(Alex Murashko, The Christian Post)

China denies visa for former Norwegian PM
(Scott McDonald, Associated Press,

Disappointing concerns about Romney's religion
(Henry Downes, The Crimson White)

Egypt's choice between Islamism and the Old-Guard
(Daniel Steinvorth, Der Speigel Online)

Evangelicals press U.S. Congress on immigration
(Chris Lisee, Religion News Service, The Washington Post)

Fears of ‘creeping Sharia’
(Matthew Schmitz, National Review Online)

Justices decline review of religious speech case
(Mark Walsh, School Law)

Ministers signal gay marriage could take place in church
(John Bingham, The Telegraph)

New mosque causes ethnic rift in southwest Macedonia
(Goran Trajkov, Southeast European Times)

Religion news in brief
(The Washington Post)

Religious freedom measure soundly defeated
(John Lamb, Grand Forks Herald)

Religious issues sway voters in Egypt's presidential race (Cairo)
(Leila Fadel, Associated Press, NorthJersey.Com)

Rio+20: Buddhist leader urges paradigm shift
(Ramesh Jaura, IDN-InDepth NewsAnalysis)

The battle for the American conscience
(Elizabeth Garvey, The Foundry)

The bogus threat from Shariah law
(Steve Chapman,

Tunisian Islamists riot over "insulting" art show
(Tarek Amara and Mohammed Argouby, Reuters, The Malaysia Star)

Turkey: Religious groups, expectations of the new Constitution, and the AKP
(Mine Yildirim, Åbo Akademi University, Forum 18 News Service)

Vatican denies it will recognize East Jerusalem
(Reuters, Ma'an News Agency)

What is Boko Haram?
(Special Report by Andrew Walker, United States Institute of Peace)

World Congress of Families signs declaration upholding natural family
(Katie Craine,

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

'In God We Teach' explores fine line between religious freedom and free speech
(Katherine Weber, The Christian Post)

"Government is always a rival, and often an enemy, of religion"
(Walter Olson, Cato@Liberty)

Analysis: Dispute with US nuns began decades ago
(Associated Press, The Wall Street Journal)

Canadians must decide if they truly value religious freedom
(Faith Goldy-Bazos, National Post)

China to assist development projects in religious places
(PTI, ZeeNews India)

Church warns over same-sex marriage

Couple’s plea means no appeal of Christian Science faith healing ruling
(Religion News Blog)

Evangelicals in Sri Lanka seek religious equality
(Christian Today)

Gay marriage raises prospect of disestablishment, says Church of England
(John Bingham, The Telegraph)

Indonesia/Islam: Aceh to ban shops from selling tight clothing
(International Islamic News Agency)

Islam's place in Europe
(Jonathan Laurence, CNN)

Justices deny review over students' religious messages in classroom
(Bill Mears, CNN)

JWs see overtures from Armenian government after successes at ECHR
(Gohar Abrahamyan, Armenia Now)

Lao police arrest pastor for spreading faith
(Compass Direct News)

Moscow court upholds ban on ‘gay pride’ marches for next hundred years
(Matthew Cullinan Hoffman,

Police bar 3 veiled women from entering France
(Angela Charlton, Associated Press )

Salafi Islamists, police clash in Tunis: witnesses
(Tarek Amara and Mohammed Argouby, Reuters)

State Department purges religious freedom section from its Human Rights Reports
(Pete Winn,

Theresa May: churches will not be forced to host same-sex marriages
(The Telegraph)

What will it take for the EU to act on Hungary?
(Lydia Gall, Public Service Europe)

Whose religious freedom is under attack?
(Rabbi Arthur Waskow, Huff Post Religion)

Will the European Court force churches to perform gay marriages?
(Adam Wagner, UK Human Rights Blog)

Monday, 11 June 2012

EU to hold regular conferences to uphold human rights in Pakistan
(Pakistan Christian Post)

Iranian authorities shut church in Tehran
(Compass Direct News)

Archbishop Jovan transferred to the detention section in Suto Orizari

Boko Haram: Government rejects calls for foreign intervention
(Augustine Ehikioya, The Nation Newspaper)

Cardinal warns over teaching of gay marriage in schools
(Christian Today)

Church of Cyprus to mark EU Presidency with various events
(Cyprus Mail)

Commonweal Symposium part II
(Michael Sean Winters, National Catholic Reporter)

Commonweal Symposium, U.S. v. Lee, and Rocky Mountain Religious Freedom Tour
(Michael Moreland, Mirror of Justice)

Finland's war on free speech
(Soeren Kern, Gatestone Institute)

Hasidic Jew fired from NYPD over beard length
(Associated Press )

Hindus ask Poland-Ukraine-UEFA to ensure 'racism-free' Euro 2012
(Eurasia Review)

Indonesia: Blasphemy law should be repealed
(Asian Legal Research Centre, Scoop World)

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