Law and Religion Headlines

Saturday, 25 August 2012

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,

Forget the Mormon moment; it's about Catholics
(Rachell Zoll, Associated Press)

House of Worship Protection Act's speech recognition

Integrating Islam the key to “modern culture” in Xinjiang – OpEd
(Dr. Liang Zheng, Eurasia Review)

Is it really ‘McCarthyite’ to ask teachers at Catholic schools to make a declaration of faith?
(Gillan Scott, God and Politics in the UK)

Israel welcomes Palestinians without permits
(Khaled Abu Toameh, Gatestone Institute of International Public Policy)

More violations of religious freedom by local Vietnamese authorities
(Paul. N. Hung,

Obamacare sued by “Best Place to Work for Women” to stop forced group coverage for abortifacients, sterilization, and contraception
(Press Release, Thomas More Society)

Pakistani Muslims: Disabled 11 yr-old Christian should be punished
(Jibran Khan,

Puerto Rico church council welcomes referendum results
(Jorge Zijlstra, ENInews)

Punk band sentence raises some questions - presidential human rights council

Russia’s rights ombudsman decries punk rocker verdict
(Gabriela Baczynska, The Washington Post)

Russian Muslims express solidarity with Syrian govt

Sectarian jihad in Syria: Made in the USA?
(Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed, Foreign Policy in Focus)

Sunday observance
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Tanzania: TB Joshua's evangelists to visit Tanzania
(All Africa)

The Pussy Riot trial and the church-state crisis in Russia
(Mark L. Movsesian, CLR Forum)

This week’s news and links: Who wants to keep Sunday special?
(God and Politics in the UK)

UK commission plans religion or belief seminars
(Equality and Human Rights Commission)

Vermont's Wildflower Inn settles gay marriage lawsuit with lesbian couple
(Dave Gram, Huff Post Gay Voices)

Video: Biola University joins suit over HHS contraception mandate
(Ed Morrissey, Hot Air)

West Point survey blasted for religion questions
(Associated Press, The Wall Street Journal)

What should Jews do about the circumcision crisis?‎
(Shmuel Rosner, Jewish Journal)

When does the free exercise of religion become hate?
(Anthony Michael Kreis, Huff Post Gay Voices)

Why science can't replace religion
(Keith Kloor, Discover Magazine)

Thursday, 23 August 2012

Back to things that matter: Actual violations of religious liberty
(David French, National Review Online)

A 'Christian' Europe without Christianity?
(David Gibson, Religion News Service, Huff Post Religion)

Activist seeks release of girl jailed for blasphemy
(Kamran Chaudry, UCAN)

Atheist jailed in Indonesia over Facebook posts
(Steve Williams, Care2)

Editorial: Morsi the pragmatist?
(Dr. Anthony Rusonik, Geopolitical Monitor)

Elane Photography v. Willock resource page
(Press Release, Alliance Defending Freedom)

French Catholic Church pro-marriage prayer provokes gay rights row
(Tom Heneghan, Reuters)

Islam and technology: The online ummah
(The Economist)

Looking at the tangled roots of violence in northern Nigeria
( Matt McCann, The New York Times)

Mexico religious cult refuses to allow teachers in
(Mark Stevenson, Associated Press)

Mumbai riots: Danger signals
(A. K. Verma, South Asia Analysis Group)

News Rep. Akin could use, from Missouri’s neighbor to the south
(Eugene Volokh, The Volokh Conspiracy)

Nigeria: 'Jonathan should not resign' – OPC
(Business Day)

NM photographer's religious freedom case goes to state Supreme Court
(Thomas Messner, Culture Watch)

Persecuted Christians: Intolerance grows in Pakistan
(Elizabeth Kendal, Continental News)

Pew Forum Weekly Religion News Update (the complicated politics of abortion)

Poll: Americans split on mixing faith and politics
(Napp Nazworth, Christian Post)

Religious freedom group targets Ga. high school coach
(David Purdum, AJC)

RPT-Militant S. Africa union marches with Bible, witchcraft

Russia kowtows to Beijing in advance of APEC (re: Falun Gong)
(Andrey Volkov, Epoch Times)

Scottish Christians oppose Dawkins’ book festival appearance
(Trevor Grundy, ENInews)

Suu Kyi’s silence: Nobel winner faces rare criticism for failing to defend Muslim minority
(Associated Press, The Washington Post)

Tribune Health Group sues Obamacare to stop coverage of abortifacients, sterilization, and contraception
(Christian Newswire, Opposing Views)

U.S., Israel, Jewish groups apprehensive about Iran-hosted non-aligned summit
(Ron Kampeas, JTA)

US government and politics no longer run by WASPs. Does it matter?
(Brad Knickerbocker, Christian Science Monitor)

Why US must oppose blasphemy laws, not just their abuse
(Nina Shea, Hudson Institute)

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Accord sought in Germany over circumcision issue
(Melissa Eddy, New York Times)

Air Force rules limit size of tattoos, role of gospel
(Kari Huus, ABC News)

Bid to stop male circumcision (Tasmania)
(ABC News)

Blog: 5 lessons on religion from the killing fields of Syria
(Clay Farris Naff, Huff Post World)

Criminal charges filed against German rabbi for performing circumcisions
(Raphael Ahren, The Times of Israel)

Do US prisons violate European Human Rights law? – An interview with Hamja Ahsan and Aviva Stahl
(Angola 3 News,

Federal judge to allow questioning of Amish beard-cutting defendant on sexual counseling
(James F. McCarty, The Plain Dealer)

Lawsuit: Students should be able to distribute religious literature
(Elaine Silvestrini, The Tampa Tribune)

Myanmar gov't refutes accusations of religious persecution, discrimination in Rakhine incident
(Xia Hua News)

Nigeria: Religious harmony - Christian youths visit El-Zakzaky in Kaduna
(Isaiah Benjamin, All Africa)

Report shows 5,000+ multisite churches
(Adelle M. Banks, Religion News Service)

Revivalist preacher Todd Bentley refused entry to UK
(LIzzy Davies, The Guardian)

Syria Christian refugees in Lebanon fear Islamist rebels
(Alexandra Sandels and Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times)

The future of religious minorities in the Muslim world
(Imam Mohamed Magid, Huff Post Religion Blog)

Today: FRC, Liberty Institute release survey on religious hostility in U.S.
(Family Research Council)

Turkey: How far will new Constitution protect freedom of religion or belief?
(Mine Yildirim, Forum 18 News Service)

WCC to hold hearing on religious minorities in Pakistan
(Christianity Today)

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Amid pressures of daily life, more Koreans revive interest in shamanism
(Jason Strother, Christian Science Monitor)

Austria investigates alleged anti-Jewish cartoon
(George Jahn, Huff Post World)

Bhopal to host global conclave on Hinduism and Buddhism
(Business Standard)

Conservative group challenges atheists' effort to exclude cross from September 11 Museum
(Steve Strunsky, The Jersey Journal)

Ethiopian strongman and Western ally, Meles, dies
(Reuters, Terra)

French tourists guilty in Sri Lanka over Buddha photos
(Charles Haviland, BBC News)

Gilgit Baltistan: sectarian offensive in Pakistan
(Ajit Kumar Singh, South Asia Intelligence Review)

Girl held on Pakistan blasphemy charge
(Katie Hunt and Nasir Habib, CNN Belief Blog)

Hindus welcome Australia's tough posture against tobacco promotion
(Eurasia Review)

Iranian Christian convert granted asylum in the United States

Muslim leaders say suspected hate crime on Staten Island fits national pattern
(Deborah Young, Staten Island Live)

Myanmar to curb censorship of Media
(Thomas Fuller, The New York Times)

Niger struggles against Islamist militants
(Sudarsan Raghavan, Washington Post)

NYPD: Muslim spying led to no leads, terror cases
(Matt Apuzzo, Associated Press via AJC)

OIC emergency summit in Mecca
(Video, Press TV)

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