Law and Religion Headlines


Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Professor says he was fired from Atlanta seminary over evangelical beliefs
(Adelle M. Banks, Washington Post)

Regardless of religion, spirituality correlates to better mental health
(Red Orbit)

Religion and charitable giving
(Joseph Knippenberg, First Things)

Religion and modern communication
(Bryan S. Turner, The Immanent Frame)

Religious freedom has limits, for good reason
(Michael J. Broyde, The Jewish Week (New York))

Russian, Polish churches sign reconciliation agreement
(Sophia Kishkovsky, ENInews)

Scandinavia’s Jews brace for fresh attempts to ban circumcision
(Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA)

Secularism: Some concepts and distinctions
(Akeel Bilgrami, The Immanent Frame)

Statement by the President on the occasion of Eid-al-Fitr
(President Barack Obama, Office of the Press Secretary)

The Russian punk band and religious hate crime
(John Coretas, Acton Institute Power Blog)

United Church of Canada votes to boycott some Israeli products
(Kristine Greenaway, Washington Post)

Vatican win: Judge says priests aren't employees
(Nigel Duara, Associated Press)

Monday, 20 August 2012

Profile: the Pussy Riot case (daily broadcasts and summaries)
(RAPSI (Russian Legal Information Network))

Christian pastor on death row to be re-tried
(ICHRI, Iranian.com)

Clinton defends religious liberty – abroad
(Terry Mattingly, NewsOK (powered by The Oklahoman))

Danes frequently confronted by religion
(Lisbet Christoffersen, Press Release, EurkeAlert!)

Danish Regulation of Religion, State of Affairs and Qualitative Reflections
(Niels Valdemar Vinding, Lisbet Christoffersen, Center for European Islamic Thought, Faculty of Theology, University of Copenhagen)

Defending religious liberty: An interview with Eric Metaxas
(Religion & Liberty, Acton Institute)

Fauzi touts religious harmony in Jakarta under his leadership
(The Jakarta Post)

Guilty verdict puts the heat on Putin
(Howard Amos, The Moscow Times)

Illinois governor signs religious tolerance bill at end-of-Ramadan celebration
(Art Golab, Chicago Sun-Times)

Is religion in Canada on the way out?
(John Longhurst, Mennonite World Review)

Magnetics International to pay $30,000 to settle EEOC religious discrimination suit
(US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission)

Maine referendum will present another challenge to marriage
(Justin Bell, National Catholic Register)

Mauritanian salafists renounce al-Qaeda, seek release
(Jemal Oumar, Magharebia)

Myanmar government ends direct media censorship
(Yadana Htun, Associated Press)

Myanmar: Kachin refugees fear ouster from China
(John Zaw, UCA News)

New Air Force document promotes free exercise and government religious neutrality
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Of Putin and punks
(The Wall Street Journal)

Pakistan disabled girl arrested for blasphemy
(BBC News)

Panic seizes India as a region’s strife radiates
(Jim Yardley, New York Times)

Post-Assam incidents: Overt and covert – analysis
(B. Raman, Eurasia Review)

Punk band performance in perspective
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Punk band won't ask Putin for pardon
(Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty)

Putinism is the only religion that matters
(Garry Kasparov, The Moscow Times)

Question of life, IVF and abortion
(Austin Bencini, Times of Malta)

South Sudan: Govt calls for religious tolerance and peaceful coexistence
(All Africa)

Study: U.S. hostile to religious liberty
(Charlie Butts, OneNewsNow)

The Sudanese government’s Minister of Religion has been killed in a plane crash
(Somali Diaspora News)

Saturday, 18 August 2012

Attacks against U.S. Muslims spike during Ramadan
(Yasmin Amer and Moni Basu, CNN Belief Blog)

Australian court’s failure to extradite alleged ex-Nazi raises ire, questions
(Dan Goldberg, JTA)

Can football unite Muslims and Christians in Egypt?
(Mustafa Abdelhalim, Common Ground News Service)

Charlotte billboards will rip religion, politics
(The Charlotte Observer)

Christians not convinced by promise to protect churches
(Christian Today)

Culture Digest: City bans church from town square; Tebow responds to Esiason criticism
(Tom Strode, Erin Roach and Diana Chandler, Baptist Press)

Ethiopian church patriarch Abune Paulos dies
(BBC News Africa)

Family Research Council shooting prompts discourse on hate, religious freedom
(Matthew Brown, Deseret News)

Federal court upholds marriage in Hawaii
(Thomas Messner, Culture Watch / Heritage Foundation)

Freedom From Religion Foundation warns Mississippi's superintendents regarding pre-game prayers
(The Mississippi Press)

Hungarian lawmaker resigns from anti-Semitic Jobbik Party after revealing Jewish origins
(JTA)

Hungary’s dropping of claims against alleged Nazi arouses suspicions, potential counter charges
(Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA)

Malawi churches unite to promote better management
(Frank Jomo, ENI, Episcopal News Service)

Middle TN schools make religious accommodations for students
(Bob Smietana, The Tennessean)

Miscellaneous news
(Antoine Buyse, ECHR Blog)

Moscow court rejects appeal, reaffirms 100-year ban on LGBT pride events
(LGBTQNation)

Myanmar (Burma): Government forms commission to investigate Arakan violence
(Hanna Hindstrom, Democratic Voice of Burma)

Nigeria: ‘Boko Haram wears the face of religion but it is political’
(Jimitota Onoyume, All Africa)

Poll: Religious groups divided on gun control, but united against guns in churches
(Lauren Markoe, The Oklahoman)

Religious liberty in context
(Chris Lombardi, Secular Coalition for America)

Religious liberty resolution passed by Knights of Columbus
(Andrew T. Walther, Oregon Faith Report)

Russian Orthodox Church asks authorities to show mercy on convicted band members
(OCP Blog)

Russian punk band found guilty of ‘hooliganism’ and ‘religious hatred’
(Sophia Kishkovsky, Religion News Service via Washington Post)

That old-time religious persecution
(Marc O. DeGirolami, CLR Forum)

The Constitution and the Candidates: Race, Religion, Romney, and Ryan
(Akhil Reed Amar, The Daily Beast)

Tim Bishop’s bar mitzvah episode could spell trouble
(John Bresnahan, Politico)

Wheaton College suit prompts change in contraception ‘safe harbor’
(Marie Wilson, Daily Herald (Chicago))

When can one remove a child from life-support?
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Friday, 17 August 2012

Alawites in Syria and Alevis in Turkey: Crucial differences
(Stephen Schwartz, Gatestone Institute)

Aspects of life and death across the Atlantic
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Assamese flee south India fearing revenge attacks
(Aijaz Rahi, Associated Press)

Bahrain jails prominent activist Rajab for 3 years
(RT)

Books and art pit freedom of religion against free speech in Tunisia
(John Thorne, The Christian Science Monitor)

Circumcision, long in decline in the U.S., may get a boost from a doctors’ group
(The Washington Post)

Don’t worry people, there is no Muslim Tide
(Chris Selley, National Post)

During Ramadan, Pakistanis dodge tax collectors
(Adil Jawad, Huff Post Religion)

Federal Appeals Court to hold new hearing on Baltimore's regulation of deceptive crisis pregnancy centers
(Center for Reproductive Rights)

Florida prisons sued over end of Kosher meal service (poll)
(Huffington Post)

Floyd Lee Corkins charged in Family Research Council shooting
(Peter Hermann and Keith L. Alexander, Washington Post)

German far right can display Muhammad depictions
(Associated Press)

Hastings: Lawyer who trashed judges should be suspended
(David Hanners, Pioneer Press)

InterVarsity re-instated as New York University decides leadership policy is "common sense, not discrimination"
(Melissa Steffan, Christianity Today)

Jews awarded damages in California hotel case
(Michael Cieply, New York Times)

Locked-in syndrome sufferers lose legal challenge over assisted dying
(Nina Lakhani, The Independent [UK])

Myanmar sets up internal probe of sectarian unrest
(Associated Press)

Nigerian police arrest governor's aide over church massacre
(AFP)

Pakistan: Forced conversions and religious intolerance forcing Hindus to abandon the country
(Altaf Hussain, Asian Human Rights Commission)

Poll shows Africa is most devout region of the world
(Munyaradzi Makoni, ENInews)

Russian band given 2-year term for stunt deriding Putin
(David M. Herszenhorn, The New York Times)

Russian, Polish churches appeal for forgiveness
(Monika Scislowska, Associated Press)

Summit strengthens drive for Islamic solidarity
(Siraj Wahab, Arab News)

Syrian Archbishop of Aleppo appeals for dialogue, peace
(The Vatican Today)

The Egyptian army gets religion
(Strategy Page)

Turkey: Is alcohol apartheid coming to Istanbul?
(Dorian Jones, Eurasia Net)

Turkmenistan: Another conscientious objector prisoner of conscience
(Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service)

U.S. Freedom from Religion Foundation tries to ban religious songs from school
(Debra Black, The Star News)

Understanding ‘hate’ in the wake of the Family Research Council shooting
(redstar826, ONTD Political)

Uneasy mix of religion, nationalism and politics hurts Quebec
(Paul Russell, National Post)

Virginia man charged in shooting at Family Research Council
(Carol Cratty, CNN U.S.)

Wave of violence in Iraq claims more than 80 lives
(Mohammed Tawfeeq, CNN)

When Putin becomes religion
(Joshua Frost, Registan)

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