Law and Religion Headlines

Monday, 4 June 2012

Backers of ND religion amendment say it's needed
(Associated Press, CT Post)

Boko Haram claims responsibility for church blast in Nigeria
(Voice of America)

Canadian Anglican and United churches renew dialog
(Diana Swift, ENInews)

Catholic group plans "religious freedom" rallies nationwide June 8
(Hugh Kramer, Examiner)

Civil religion: The revival of a slippery term
(Raymond J. Haberski, Jr., U.S. Intellectual History)

Combat bullying, but protect religious and political speech
(The Daily Iowan)

Court rules town meeting cannot include prayer
(ACLU Press Release)

DOMA unconstitutional ruling: Liberal religious groups hail move, conservatives condemn
(David Gibson, Huffington Post)

Florida's "religious freedom"
(Bridget Gaudette, emilyhasbooks)

Ghana: Of women, human rights and laws
(Mavis Otinkorang, All Africa)

In occupied Tibetan monastery, a reason for fiery deaths
(Edward Wong, The New York Times)

In Timbuktu, harsh change under Islamists
(Adam Nossiter, The New York Times)

IRS: Politics can jeopardize churches' tax-exempt status
(Associated Press, One News Now)

Judge's ruling in mosque case creates confusion
(Chas Sisk, The Tennessean)

Letter: Labor laws are at issue
(Roger Easson, The Commercial Appeal)

NCPCF objects to federal prison refusal to respect religious freedom of prisoners in disregard of court orders
(Mel Fabrikant , The Paramas Post)

Religious liberty advocates debate 'unprecendented threats'
(Tom Strode, Baptist Press)

Religious liberty: What it is and isn't
(Center for American Progress)

Rolling Ridge speaker to discuss religion and violence
(North Andover Patch)

Sri Lanka: MP submits bill on secularism
(UCAN, Eurasia Review)

Stop Sudan stoning of Intisar Sharif Abdallah
(violence is not our culture)

Turkey: Imam blesses abortion ban
(Hürriyet Daily News)

What’s behind the HHS Mandate?
(Gerard V. Bradley, The Witherspoon Institute)

Sunday, 3 June 2012

Global event hails family as solution to modern crises
(Catholic News Agency)

Shirley Chaplin cross fight to be heard at European court
(BBC News)

The face of new Muslim American leadership
(Hussein Rashid, Common Ground News Service)

Saturday, 2 June 2012

Anti-bullying bill ‘an egregious assault on religious liberty,’ priest says
(Thaddeus Baklinski,

China detains hundreds after Tibet immolations
(Voice of America)

Church of England nears vote on women bishops
(Avril Ormsby, Reuters via WWRN)

CSW welcomes UN review of religious freedom issues
(Babu Thomas, Christian Today India)

Curbing disrespect of holy personalities: introduction, implementation of special laws stressed
(Fazal Sher, Business Recorder)

El caso del testigo de Jehová, a la Justicia

Italian bishops publish first clerical sex abuse norms
(Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service)

Judge rejects Ohio Amish hate crime law challenge
(Associated Press, USA Today)

Rowan Williams: Local officials sideline religion
(The Christian Institute)

The HHS whitewash and the obliteration of moral distinctions
(Dr. Jeff Mirus, Catholic

Friday, 1 June 2012

Amnesty International slams Hungary for restricting free speech, religion in 2012

Anti-blasphemy laws in the Arab Spring
(Azizah al-Hibri, Huffington Post)

California senate approves controversial counseling ban
(Pacific Justice Institute, Religious Liberty TV)

Hindus welcome Russian prosecutors' decision to not pursue Bhagava Gita ban
(Eurasia Review)

Kirche lädt zur "Langen Nacht" (Austria invites to the "Long Night of Churches")

Mattingly: Freedom of 'worship' or 'religion'? Obama reopens debate
(Abilene Reporter News)

Measure would protect workplace religious freedom
(Associated Press, The Santa Clarita Valley Signal)

Religion and Israeli politics
(Ira Sharkansky, The Jerusalem Post)

Russian church Is a strong voice opposing Intervention in Syria
(Ellen Barry, New York Times)

Sudan’s stoning sentence: What is beneath religion?
(Hala Alkarib, Sudan Tribune)

Thomas More College challenges legality of mandate
(Thomas More College)

Turkish pianist charged with insulting Islam
(Selcan Hacaoglu, Associated Press )

Thursday, 31 May 2012

ACLU lawsuit challenges Ill. gay marriage ban
(CBS News)

AG Eric Holder, black church leaders mull voter law changes
(Adelle M. Banks, Washington Post)

Back religious liberty, and we all will benefit
(Thomas C. Berg, Star Tribune)

Becket Fund enters ring defending Montana Jesus statue
(Emily Hardman, The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty)

Becket Fund launches massive HHS mandate site
(Michelle Bauman, Catholic News Agency)

Berg on religious liberty
(Michael Sean Winters, National Catholic Reporter)

Canada's Catholic bishops issue wake-up call on religious liberty
(Steve Weatherbe, National Catholic Register)

Canadian FM: Religious freedom a 'key element' in foreign policy
(Emily Belz, Assyrian International News Agency)

Contraception rule is legal
(Judy Waxman, The Hill)

Court: Provision in Syariah criminal enactment constitutional
(Bernama, The Malaysia Insider)

Egypt likely to reject sharia law
(Tawfik Hamid, Newsmax)

Finding law in lawless Gaza
(Hani Almadhoun, Huffington Post)

Fissures in the religious liberty debate?
(Jennifer Butler, Faith in Public Life)

Gay marriage motion passes in NSW upper house
(The Telegraph)

Islam is a religion, and therefore protected by the Constitution
(Wendy Kaminer, The Atlantic)

Issues of race, sexuality and gender to be addressed at Mormon apologetics conference
(PR Web)

Kazakhstan: "The Church will be closed down anyway"
(Mushfig Bayram, Forum 18 News Service)

Knights of Columbus joins legal defense of 10th Mountain Division War Memorial
(Knights of Columbus, PR Newswire via Sacaramento Bee)

Law urges SD schools to expand Bible instruction
(Devil's Lake Journal via Associated Press)

Legal pact permits NYC transit workers to don religious head wear
(Jessica Dye, Reuters)

Malaysia at the crossroads: Churches responding to the challenge
(Council of Churches of Malaysia)

Measure would protect workplace religious freedom
(Bakersfield News)

NPR reporter slams priests - OpEd
(William Donohue, Eurasia Review)

Pew Forum Weekly Religion News Update

Religion could tip US presidential race

Romney's religion shapes the man, not his message
(Suzanne Fields, The Washington Times)

Secular Coalition for America organizing state chapters
(Andrew Joseph, National Journal)

Serbian Bosniaks condemn football player's ban
(Bojana Barlovac, Balkan Insight)

The Government’s submissions to the European Court of Human Rights in recent Christian freedom cases
(Pauline Latham OBE MP, Blog)

There's more than one religious view of the marriage amendment
(Pam Fickenscher , MPR News)

To consider religion a hurdle for quota is unconstitutional: Wali Rahmani
(Two Circles)

Why is the Catholic Church going to court?
(Steve Coll & Amy Davidson, The New Yorker)

World Council of Churches to hold first meeting in China
(ENInews, The Christian Century)

Wednesday, 30 May 2012

'It's the First Amendment, stupid' - OpEd
(William Donohue, Eurasia Review)

‘I want to live in a democracy, not a religious state’
(Francine Klagsbrun, The New York Jewish Week)

ACLU lawsuit to challenge Ill. gay marriage ban
(Sophia Tareen, Bloomberg BusinessWeek)

Assad faces new international pressure after massacre
(Kevin Liffey and Alastair Macdonald, Reuters)

Bahrain: A model of religious freedom
(Gulf Daily News)

Bill protecting religious garb passes CA Assembly
(Jack Katzanek, The Press-Enterprise)

Christian strategy group convenes for Memorial Day
(Jason Torpy, Military Association of Atheists & Freethinkers)

Christmas in May: AFLC attorney defends Nativity display before federal appellate court
(American Freedom Law Center)

Contraception rule is legal
(Judy Waxman, The Hill)

Cuban delegation urges international response to religious freedom violations
(Christian Solidarity Worldwide)

Dire choice for the people of Egypt - OpEd
(Osama Al Sharif, Arab News via Eurasia Review)

Hindus concerned about racist violence against Indians in Ukraine
(Eurasia Review)

Islamic court condemns six Pakistanis to death for dancing at wedding
(Jibran Khan,

Islamic theologians ban use of terms jihad and khalifate in political goals
(Interfax, via Worldwide Religious News)

Israeli government to begin paying salaries of non-Orthodox rabbis
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Jury gives "faith healing" mother prison time in son's death
(Bill Braun, The Richard Dawkins Foundation)

Letter: Law protects many freedoms
(Rev. Lisa Ward, Explore Harford)

Macedonia: 17 Orthodox monks, nuns and believers arrested
(Draško Đenović, International Institute for Religious Freedom)

Murfreesboro mosque construction stops after judge's ruling
(Travis Loller, Associated Press, The Tennessean)

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