Law and Religion Headlines

Monday, 23 April 2012

60 Minutes: Christians of the Holy Land – OpEd
(Paul Woodward, Eurasia Review)

Catholic bishops take on Obama
(Vincent Phillip Muñoz, The Weekly Standard)

Cornish teachers should 'explore' Paganism, Church of England says
(Lucy Sherriff , The Huffington Post UK)

Free speech found guilty by Europe
(Soeren Kern , Jewish Press)

Freedom of religion = Freedom of worship?
(David Cortman, The Christian Post)

Hindus in Pakistan accuse Muslims of kidnapping teens as wives
(Alex Rodriguez, Chicago Tribune)

Intersection of religion, politics isn’t always right
(David Sirota , Chicago Sun-Times)

Lebanese pastor explains his conversion to Christianity
(Chase Wright, The Hour)

Moscow, tens of thousands with Kirill in defense of the faith
(Nina Achmatova,

Mosque responses ignorant
(Ryan Plesh, Huffington Post Blog)

No to forced conversions to Islam and marriage without consent, says Justice and Peace

Palestinian sentenced to death for selling a home to Jews
(Daniel Halper, The Weekly Standard)

Russia: Standing firm for faith
(VOR, Eurasian Review)

School vouchers and the religious subversion of church-state separation
(Katherine Stewart, The Guardian)

Sudan, South Sudan swap accusations of attacks, church raided
(Alexander Dziadosz and Hereward Holland, Reuters)

Tanzania's remarkable religious coexistence impresses neighbors
(Lawi Joel, Tanzania Daily News)

Teaching intolerance
(Eman Al Nafjan , Foreign Policy Magazine)

The bishops on freedom
(Louise Melling, New York Times)

Turkish Catholic Church calls for a return of 200 properties. Better to ask for legal recognition

Vatican and Japan, 60 years of dialogue
(Pino Cazzaniga,

West Java, Islamic extremists attacked an Ahmadi mosque
(Mathias Hariyadi,

Why we have gone to court against the Obama mandate
(William Armstrong, Ken Smith, and Joe Aguillard from the Becket Fund, The Wall Street Journal)

Sunday, 22 April 2012

China begins crack down on terror in areas bordering PoK
(Ananth Krishnan, The Hindu)

Commission publishes research on European Court of Human Rights judgments relating to UK government
(Equality and Human Rights Commission)

Depriving women of inheritance violates Islam: Egyptian cleric
(Dina Al-Shibeeb , Al Arabiya News)

Ethiopia Muslims decry Ahbashism campaign
(Ahlul Bayt News Agency)

Islamic teacher under fire for calling on Welsh Muslims to support fight for Sharia law abroad
(James McCarthy, Wales Online)

Mali group ready to free Swiss hostage: security source
(Agence France Presse)

Muslim mob burns Catholic church in Sudan capital
(Mohamed Saeed, Associated Press )

Organ donation not un-Islamic: Naek
(Recorder Report, Business Recorder)

Sri Lanka orders relocation of mosque

Syria: The battleground between Sunnis and Shiites
(Alon Ben-Meir, The Jerusalem Post)

Saturday, 21 April 2012

Hye Jin, fled famine, filled by Christ

Indian Muslims cautioned to remain vigilant to safeguard Islamic Sharia
(Pervez Bari, Ummid)

Indonesia: An atheist on trial for religious defamation in Padang, West Sumatra
(Asian Human Rights Commission)

Islamists and education in the Arab world
(Muhammad Faour, Carnegie Endowment)

Mattingly: Religious bias in the newsroom?
(Terry Mattingly, Scripps Howard News Service)

McClellan to live in Southeast Asia to help churches
(Jimmy Smothers, Gadsden Times)

Most Utahns support governor’s veto of sex ed bill
(Lisa Schencker, The Salt Lake Tribune)

Religious liberty: Why a battle 1,700 years ago is relevant today
(Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service)

Rights group: Kenya police executed terror suspect
(Tom Odula, Associated Press)

Sacred music, hymns and traditional songs to evangelize Vietnam
(J.B. Vu,

Study: Religious hostility escalates worldwide
(Mark Norton, Baptist Press)

Syrian activists: Homs calm as observers expected
(Bassem Mroue , Associated Press )

Tanzania: VP Counsels Religions On New Constitution
(Orton Kiishweko, Tanzania Daily News)

Tunisia government caught between secularists and religious right
(Reese Erlich, Global Post)

Uganda: Pastor Kiwedde Faces Terrorism Charges
(Anne Mugisa and Simon Masaba, All Africa)

Vatican reprimands a group of U.S. nuns and plans changes
( Laurie Goodstein, New York Times)

Friday, 20 April 2012

‘Religion and Discrimination Law in the European Union’ published
(Religion and Society)

An appeasement approach in the European Court of Human Rights?
(Helen Fenwick, UK Human Rights Blog)

Anti-religious amendment before Colorado Court of Appeals
(Emily Hardman, The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty)

Book review: Europe's angry Muslims
(Joshua Sinai, The Washington Times)

Catherine Ashton speech on the report on human rights in the world and the EU's policy on the matter
(The Information Daily)

Catholic activists pushing politicians to turn tide against the death penalty
(Lisa Miller, The Washington Post)

Christian duo held for ‘promoting enmity’ in Kashmir
(DNA Correspondent, Daily News and Analysis)

Contradiction at the intersection of religion and American politics
(David Sirota, Seattle Times)

Defending the European Court of Human Rights
(Jean-Paul Marthoz, Committee to Protect Journalists)

Does religion matter? Time to end profiling
(Engy Abdelkader, Huff Post Religion)

ERLC: Military religious rights need safeguards
(Baptist Press)

Founders' wisdom: Full religious freedom
(Eric Lane, Opinion: My San Antonio)

Freedom of conscience in Russia: Restrictions and challenges in 2011
(Alexander Verkhovsky, SOVA)

In Pakistan, religious leaders help change misconceptions about the polio vaccine
(A. Sami Malik, UNICEF)

Kopimism, Sweden's pirate religion, begins to plunder America
(Jason Koebler, U.S. News)

Parents upset over religious classes in schools
(Maryke Penman, Fairfax)

Q&A: Reforming European Court of Human Rights
(BBC News)

Religion, not responsible for persistent violence – Kukah

Religious crisis: FG urged to amend constitution
(Ganiyu Salman, NIgerian Tribune)

Religious liberty in peril warn speakers at National Catholic Prayer Breakfast
(Thomas Cloud,

Self-immolations shake Tibetan resolve
(Sue Lloyd-Roberts, BBC News)

Sri Lankan woman accused of casting spell on 13-year-old girl could face death
(Rheana Murray , New York Daily News)

Study: Religious hostility escalates worldwide
(Mark Norton, Baptist Press)

The Ganga unites Hindus, Muslims
(Sanjay Pandey, Deccan Herald)

The most pressing issue in global Christianity
(Thomas L. McDonald, Patheos)

Theologians call for increased dialogue between faiths
(Eric J. Lyman, ENI, Anglican Journal)

USCCB appeals ruling that Constitution forbids religious accommodation
(Dennis Sadowski, Catholic News Agency)

Vanderbilt’s policy change: confronting discrimination or infringing on religious freedom?
(Dan Merica, CNN Belief Blog)

Virginia protects adoption agencies’ religious liberty
(Sarah Torre, The Foundry)

What about the religious freedom of Catholic soldiers?
(Katie Grimes, Women in Theology Blog)

Why is the future of the human rights court being decided by so few?
(James A. Goldston, The Guardian)

Thursday, 19 April 2012

5th Annual Meeting of the Fundamental Rights Platform (FRP) is taking place in Vienna, 19-20 April 2012
(European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights)

Arab monarchs attempt to appease Islamic protesters – OpEd
(Jim Kouri, Eurasia Review)

Brighton conference: Britain risks reducing access to court for human rights victims
(Amnesty International)

Brighton has started
(Antoine Buyse, ECHR Blog)

Challenging America's bad religion
(Mark Tooley, The American Spectator)

Church and Salvadoran government broker cease-fire between notorious gangs – Analysis
(COHA, Eurasia Review)

Culture Watch: Does faith matter when it comes to the national budget?
(The Heritage Foundation)

Four Muslim men say Texas IHOP franchise fired them for religion and nationality
(Ashton Marra, ABC News)

German Islam Conference adopts declaration against domestic violence and forced marriage
(The Federal Ministry of the Interior)

Koran giveaway overshadows Germany's annual Islam Conference
(Deutsche Welle)

Mayor: Religion can not be considered in mosque proposal
(Brookfield Patch (Milwaukee))

Pew Forum Weekly Religion News Update

Religious belief highest in developing and Catholic countries
(Annalisa Musarra, The Washington Post)

Religious liberty issue takes center stage at Catholic prayer breakfast
(Mark Pattison, Catholic News Service)

Russia's war on religious literature: If the Kremlin doesn't like it, it's "extremist"
(Alexander Nazaryan, New York Daily News)

Tunisia: Zitouna mosque to resume religious teaching
(Magharebia, Eurasia Review)

When American faith transcended differences: Ross Douthat in 'Bad Religion'
(Mark Oppenheimer, The New York Times)

When religion and spirituality collide
(Diana Butler Bass, Episcopal News Service)

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

A look at the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom
(Dena Sher, ACLU)

ACLU criticizes operations of US Commission on International Religious Freedom
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Activists stage protest against killings of Hazara Shias
(Staff Report, Pakistan Daily Times)

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