Law and Religion Headlines

Monday, 25 June 2012

A new case study has been published: “Muslim community needs more space to pray”
(International Network on Religions and Mediation in Urban Areas)

Blaze at Sufi shrine triggers violence in Indian Kashmir
(Sheikh Mushtaq, New York Times)

California bill would shield churches from performing gay marriage ceremonies
(Hannah Madans, Kansas City Star)

Catholics call lesbian employee's lawsuit an attack on religion
(Diane Anderson-Minshall, Advocate)

Chief rabbi voices opposition to gay marriage
(John Bingham, The Telegraph)

Church leaders release open letter on religious liberty
(Adrienne Dorr, National Right to Life News)

CJ: Parliament can’t make any law against Islam, Constitution
(Pakistan Observer)

Hindus welcome Saudi Arabia move of women participation in Olympics
(Eurasia Review)

New section of spiritual resources for conflict mediation
(International Network on Religions and Mediation in Urban Areas)

Petition filed against MP for promoting enmity between religious groups
(The Times of India)

Prophet pic in school book irks Muslims
(HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times)

Religion is not the biggest enemy for Arab women, poll finds
(Moni Basu, CNN)

Supreme Court won't take up Mount Soledad cross case
(Greg Moran and J. Harry Jones, U-T San Diego)

The end of America? The HHS Mandate's threat to freedom
(Eric Metaxas and Jennifer Roback Morse, You Tube / Acton Institute)

Three Lao, two Thai Christians arrested in Laos
(Compass Direct News)

Sunday, 24 June 2012

Autonomy of religious organizations and European Court of Human rights
(Vakhtang Kipshidze, The Voice of Russia)

Islamist joy as Morsy elected Egypt president
(Yasmine Saleh and Arwa Awad, Reuters)

Lawmakers claim Air Force culture becoming 'hostile towards religion'
(Fox News)

Nigerian Christian worship subdued by church bombs
(Augustine Madu and Joe Brock, Reuters)

Our model of religious education limits choice
(Eoin Daly, Irish Times)

Revolutionary sermons that rang with “notes of freedom”
(Ryan Messmore, The Foundry)

World summits of religious leaders - analysis from sociological point of view
(Vakhtang Kipshidze, The Voice of Russia)

Saturday, 23 June 2012

Abortion proponents admit defeat at Rio Conference
(Timothy Herrmann, Talpa brusseliensis christiana)

Appeals judge in Azerbaijan to decide fate of church
(Compass Direct News)

Cardinal's aide is found guilty in abuse case
(Jon Hurdle and Erik Eckholm, The New York Times)

Connecting Islam and international law to help refugees
(Fahad Faruqui, Huffington Post)

En Algérie, les protestants réclament leur droit
(Natalia Trouiller, La Vie)

Eric Rassbach talks religious freedom at the Council of Europe
(The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty)

HHS Mandate, Religious Liberty and the Martyrs of Tyburn
(Archbishop William Lori, National Catholic Register)

Homosexual minister brands church leaders ‘intolerant’ over gay marriage stance
(Rebecca Seales, Mail Online)

Iraqi Kurdistan: ‘Insulting’ religion bill threatens free speech
(Human Rights Watch)

Muslim Emiratis call for a law on dress code and behavior
(Rania El Gamal , GMA News)

New EU human rights ambassador should promote LGBT toolkit
(Talpa brusseliensis christiana)

New Video: HHS Mandate and Religious Liberty (Eric Metaxas)
(Micheal Matheson Miller, Acton Institute Power Blog)

Nigeria: United States puts 3 Boko Haram Leaders on Terror List
(Tokunbo Adedoja and Muhammad Bello,

On the religion beat: Religions unite in support of Tibet
(Rose French, Star Tribune)

Special account for the European Court of Human Rights
(Antoine Buyse, ECHR Blog)

Sri Lanka citizens group concerned over weakening rule of law, religious freedom
(Lanka Business Online)

The paradox of Indonesia’s democracy and religious freedom
(M. Syafi’i Anwar, Freedom House)

UN human rights chief condemns Boko Haram attacks
(Lisa Schlein, Voice of America News)

Why Americans are celebrating and defending religious freedom now
(Ryan Messmore, Culture Watch)

Friday, 22 June 2012

A fight to the finish for Tennessee mosque
(Blake Farme, National Public Radio)

Atheist group launches efforts to help Facebook user in Indonesia
(Michael Gryboski, The Christian Post)

Bill vs religious rites in gov't offices withdrawn
(Kathrina Alvarez, Sun Star Manila)

Bishops take religious freedom fight to each state
(Rachel Zoll, Associated Press, The Seattle Times)

Catholic group calls lesbians' suit vs. Harrison hospital an attack on religious liberty
(Ned P. Rauch, The Journal News)

China should embrace house churches
( Lijia Zhang, The Guardian)

European Court of Human Rights announces inadmissibility in Hizb Ut-Tahrir and Others v. Germany

How religion fosters freedom
(Colleen Carroll Campbell, STL Today)

Imam training good for Germany, Muslims

Is religion free?
(Michael Lambek, The Immanent Frame: Secularism, religion, and the public sphere)

Israeli synagogue vandalized with Arabic graffiti
(Associated Press )

Judaism is a way of life as well as a religion
(Joyce Fishman Klein, Independent Mail (South Carolina))

Justice Department files lawsuit against the twin cities of Colorado City, Arizona, and Hildale, Utah, and local utility companies alleging religious discrimination
(United States Department of Justice)

Marzouki at Oasis: Christians, Muslims, Jews and atheists, all brothers in Tunisia
(Bernardo Cervellera,

Much-debated scholarship program for D.C. students is renewed
(Adeshina Emmanuel, The New York Times)

Orissa: 50 Hindu nationalists attack Christians. Fear of new pogroms
(Nirmala Carvalho,

Politics of headscarves
(UCSB, edhat Santa Barbara)

Raelians banned from displaying ancient swastikas in Germany on 'World Swastika Rehabilitation Day'
(PR Newswire)

Religion has a role in restoring civility to our society
(Helen Gray, The Montreal Gazette)

Religion without holes
(Elizabeth Waibel, Jackson Free Press)

Religious liberty: A cause for all seasons
(Ashley E. McGuire, The Washington Post)

Reviewing ‘The Harm in Hate Speech,’ by Jeremy Waldron
(Michael W. McConnell, The New York Times)

Science and religion and a fine point from Newport
(John Farrell, Forbes)

Separating fact, fiction in Vatican leaks case
(Alessandro Speciale, RNS, USA Today)

Should America be a Christian nation?
(Rob Kerby, BeliefNet News)

Time to fight back
(Carlo Strenger, Haaretz)

Thursday, 21 June 2012

A fortnight of facts about religious liberty
(Robert P. Jones, Figuring Faith, The Washington Post)

Archbishop Chaput's five points on religious freedom
(Frank Weathers, Patheos)

Baltimore archbishop opens religious liberty initiative with ‘Fortnight for Freedom’ Mass
(Associated Press, The Washington Post)

Church-state watchdog claims local taxpayer-funded charter school more parochial than public
(Michael Barajas, San Antonio Current)

Concerns voiced on Maine gay marriage wording
(Clarke Canfield, Associated Press, via The Boston Globe)

Content, context determine if Houston schools violated religion clause in Constitution
(Caryn Grant, The Telegraph (Georgia))

Coptic Christian ex-patriates keep a wary eye on Egyptian elections
(Lilly Fowler, RNS, via The Washington Post)

Does Hebrew National 'answer to a higher authority'?
(Renee Ghert-Zand, The Forward)

Forthcoming: The Routledge Handbook of Religion and Security
(Institute for Global Engagement)

How can religious cultures become less fundamentalist?
(Christopher Lane, Huff Post Religion Blog)

My Take: In America, equality trumps religion
(Don Bergman, Holland Sentinel)

Pew Forum Weekly Religion News Update

Religion trumps business in debate over alcohol

Religious freedom: Why Americans are celebrating and defending it now
(Ryan Messmore, The Foundry)

Religious liberty is not optional
(William E. Lori, The Washington Post)

Revision of religious holidays debated in Durban
(Mail and Guardian South Africa)

Russian court refuses to free punk band
(Gabriela Baczunska, Reuters,

Rwanda: Religion leaders advised to emphasize on elections
(Gahiji Innocent,

Timbuktu Islamists open fire on aircraft
(Jemal Oumar, Magharebia)

Tunisian radicals travel to Syria
(Bouazza Ben Bouazza and Paul Schemm, Associated Press, via The Boston Globe)

Venice Commission opinion on Russian extremism law
(Human Rights Without Frontiers, Sapientia)

Wednesday, 20 June 2012

<em>Fortnight for Freedom</em> — U.S. Catholics and Religious Liberty: The Origins
(George Weigel, First Things)

Activists plea to clear civilians in Syria
(Sam Dagher and Joe Lauria, The Wall Street Journal)

Admin. discipline recommended in Quran burning
(Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press)

Baptist gathering approves statements on homosexuality and government’s treatment of religion
(Nina Cardona, Nashville Public Radio)

Catholics intensify outcry over mandate
(Tim Townsend, St. Louis Post Dispatch, via The Republic)

Chaplains safe despite High Court ruling: Roxon
(Dan Harrison and Bianca Hall, The Sydney Morning Herald)

Convert from Islam in Sudan loses wife, children
(Compass Direct News)

Did acknowledging threats to religious liberty across the globe help the bishops' cause?
(Liz Lefebvre, U.S. Catholic)

Diocese settles sex-abuse case for $2 million
(Greg Hardesty, The Orange Country Register)

Duquesne U. appeals NLRB order for union vote
(Associated Press, Times Online)

Dutch upper house rejects ban on ritual slaughter
(Reuters, The Chicago Tribune)

Episcopal clergy convicted after N.Y. 'Occupy' demonstration
(Sharon Sheridan, ENINews, Religious News Service)

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