Law and Religion Headlines

Friday, 15 June 2012

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)

Judge delays Fort Hood shooting hearing after defendant shows up in full beard
(Jeremy Schwartz, McClatchy Newspapers via Sacramento Bee)

Massachusetts court rejects challenge to ‘Under God’ in Pledge of Allegiance
(Press Release, The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty)

Muslim claims bias at US religious freedom panel
(Daily Times [Pakistan])

Muslim, Buddhist mob violence threatens new Myanmar image
(Andrew R.C. Marshall, Reuters)

Nationwide rallies protest birth control mandate

Nigeria: Osun - Promoting religious tolerance and diversity
(John Oyntiloye,

Pakistani Christians demand repeal of blasphemy law; PCP poll
(Pakistan Christian Post)

Poverty in Spain comparable to post-war Europe, charity reports
(Catholic News Agency)

Religious education increasingly 'marginalised' in schools
(Graeme Paton, The Telegraph)

Religious thought and the HHS mandate
(Howard Slugh, American Thinker)

Secularism and religious freedom
(Anne Marie Waters, National Secular Society)

Standing up for religious freedom
(Kathryn Jean Lopez, National Review Online)

Suicide bombing hits another church in Jos, Nigeria
(Compass Direct News)

Tough questions on religious freedom at UN human rights periodic review
(John Malhotra, Christian Today India)

US Federals investigate Mosque denials
(OnIslam Newspaper)

Uzbekistan: Imminent expulsion for exercising religious freedom?
(Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service)

Saturday, 9 June 2012

Argentinian man's relatives battle over transfusion
(Rafael Romo, CNN)

Banning Bibles out of line, Congress told
(Jack Minor, WND Faith)

Belgium arrests Islamist for hate video after riot over face veil arrest
(Ben Deighton, Reuters)

European Court for Human Rights on the absolute protection of ‘human embryo. Abortion, the 194 under review by the Consulta. “Violation of human embryo”
(I Fatto Quotidiano, via Newsessentials Blog)

Evolving wars over religious liberty
(Terry Mattingly,

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