Law and Religion Headlines

Thursday, 17 May 2012

Does your country support free expression?

Equality of religion
(Paul Kokosi, Weekly Blitz)

Fired for a sin or for a blessing?
(Joe Palazzolo, The Wall Street Journal)

Gay marriage not likely to become legal in Israel
(Cliff Savren, Cleveland Jewish News)

Georgetown defends Sebelius invitation
(Louise Radnofsky, The Wall Street Journal)

Georgians marching for gay rights clash with religious activists
(Helena Bedwell, Bloomberg)

IDF set to remove word 'God' from text recited at army memorials
(Gili Cohen, Haaretz)

Israel’s latest battle pits ultra-Orthodox Jews against most other Israelis
(Patrick Martin, The Globe and Mail)

Israeli court holds Jewish resident cannot obtain citizenship outside Law of Return
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Measure invites litigation
(Cheryl Bergian, In Forum)

Nigeria: Echoes From U.S. and UK
(Jideofor Adibe,

Pew Forum Weekly Religion News Update

Reading religious freedom in Sri Lanka
(Benjamin Schonthal, The Immanent Frame: Secularism, religion, and the public sphere)

Religion News: Favorability of same-sex marriage
(Taunton Daily Gazette)

Revisions to Ala. immigration law head to governor
(Andy Brownfield, Daily Comet)

Study argues Romney’s ‘religion problem’ is exaggerated
(David Leonhardt, The New York Times)

The Arab Spring: What has changed and what has not – OpEd
(Talmiz Ahmad, Arab News via Eurasia Review)

The White House’s contraceptive <em>Kulturkampf</em>
(Leroy Huizenga, First Things)

Turkmenistan: Another prisoner of conscience jailed on false charges?
(Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service)

Under new Kansas law, pharmacists can deny birth control prescriptions
(Michael Allen, Opposing Views)

Untangling ethnic and religious violence in Nigeria's 'Middle Belt'
(Heather Murdock, Global Post)

Why one Catholic university chose no care over 'ObamaCare' for its students
(Greta van Susteren with Michael Hernon, Fox News)

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Beware of the cross police . . . or, Let’s make crosses mandatory for Christians
(Richelle Wiseman, Cardus Blog)

Blasphemy bans threaten 'Arab Spring', religious freedom
(M. Zuhdi Jasser and Katrina Lantos Swett, The Hill)

Catholic bishops group GC denounces proposed contraception rule
(Sue Reisinger,

Commack Kosher loses challenge of kosher food laws
(Sara Walsh, Commack Patch)

Crackdown on churches "spreading" in southern Laos
(Stfan Bos, Worthy News)

Iranian rapper fears for his life after fatwa
(Farnaz Fassihi, The Wall Street Journal)

Law banning insulting language 'is strangling free speech'
(The Telegraph)

Legal issues sticky for city, church
(Andrea Torres, Miami Herald)

MPs and campaigners unite to oppose law which 'bans insults' saying it threatens freedom of speech
(Kirsty Walker, Daily Mail)

Muslim professor to speak on religious education, dialogue
(The Press Enterprise)

NLRB finds no violation in requiring clocking out for prayer breaks
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Obama and gay marriage: In U.S. religion, the Golden Rule rules
(David Gibson, Religion News Service)

Pastoral Letter on Freedom of Conscience and Religion
(Permanent Council of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops)

Russia: "Suddenly this case comes and they are regarded as law-breakers"
(Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service)

Speakers stress unity against forced conversion of religion
(Pakistan Today)

The bishops, the sisters, and religious freedom
(Elizabeth A. Castelli, The Immanent Frame: Secularism, religion, and the public sphere)

The Pentagon conveyor belt of enmity towards Islam. - OpEd
(Abid Mustafa, New Civilisation)

Tunisia hosts Jewish pilgrimage
(Houda Trabelsi, Magharebia)

WEA leaders meet with Chinese government minister and church representatives during China visit
(World Evangelical Alliance)

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Belarus: No religious burials for executed prisoners
(Olga Glace, Forum 18 News Service)

Campaigners push for marriage equality worldwide
(Hilary Whiteman, CNN)

Can Islamists be liberals?
(Mstafa Akyol, The New York Times)

Canadians' religious freedom in danger, bishops warn
(Benjamin Mann, Catholic News Agency)

Columbia University Journal of International Affairs: Religious-Freedom Violations in South Asia
(Leonard A. Leo and Katrina Lantos Swett, United States Commission on International Religious Freedom )

Commentary: Anti-Shariah law push could hurt Michigan's tolerant image
(Dawud Walid, The Detroit News)

Copts to shun Islamists in Egypt's presidential vote
(Yasmine Saleh, Reuters)

D.C. area churches grapple with president’s stance on same-sex marriage
(Hamil R. Harris and Pamela Constable, The Washington Post)

Dalai Lama thought English "law abiding" before the riots
(John Bingham, The Telegraph)

Diocese responds to teacher’s suit
(Rebecca S. Green, The Journal Gazette)

Fine on attorney for anti-Catholic statements in court filing upheld
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Germany weighs ban on Salafists after clashes
(Elisa Oddone, Reuters via Chicago Tribune)

Hate crime amendments in parliamentary limbo four months on
(Matthew Vella, Malta Today)

In presidential bid, Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood moves to harder line on Islamic law
(The Washington Post via Associated Press)

Ind. diocese denies discrimination over IVF
(Charles Wilson, Associated Press via Boston Globe)

Iranian officials heighten control on Farsi-speaking church
(Damaris Kremida, Compass Direct News)

Koran Handouts in Germany: Freedom of religion vs fears of Islamism
(RT, YouTube Video)

Muslim leaders explain Sharia law amid mosque concerns
(Lisa Sink, Brookfield Patch)

Parishioners of closed Northampton's St. Mary of the Assumption Church sue city over new ordinance
(Fred Contrada, The Republican)

Religion Journal: Christ statue in Mumbai prompts blasphemy spat
(Joanna Sugden, The Wall Street Journal India)

Religion, adoption addressed in one NJ assembly bill
(Kevin McArdle, New Jersey 101.5)

Religious freedom festival in Indonesia recognizes government, faith leaders
(Gaty Tuballes-Deles, Adventist News Network)

Romney adamantly rejects same-sex marriage
(Bangkok Post)

Source: Obama campaign hires faith outreach director
(Dan Gilgoff, CNN Belief Blog)

Student group law could push Catholic schools into clash with province, observers say
(Lee Greenberg, The Ottawa Citzen)

Tolerance and respect key to our shared future
(Michael O'Flaherty, Belfast Telegraph)

Too many sacred cows
(Hartosh Singh Bal, International Herald Tribure)

Monday, 14 May 2012

ADF attorneys file suit to challenge unconstitutional ban on free speech at Italian festival
(Nate Kellum & Jon Scruggs, Alliance Defense Fund)

AHA leaders meet with U.S. State Dept.'s Office of International Religious Freedom
(American Humanist Association)

Ahemdabad cops search of maulvi behind religious conversions
(DNA Correspondent, Daily News and Analysis)

Announcement of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church on the occasion of the latest imprisonment of Archbishop John

Appeals court certifies N.Y. kosher law as constitutional

Committee OKs allowing chaplains to oppose gays
(Gannett News Service)

Echoing out of Texas, Chinese voice of dissent for religious freedom
(Andrew Jacobs, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

Jordanian law aims to block (some) religious parties
(Abdullah Omar, The MidEast News Source)

Marriage is civil right as well as religious rite
(Cynthia Tucker,

Military chaplains raise gay marriage concerns
(Rachel Martin, NPR)

MPs must rise above religion, caste, serve people: Speaker
(The Indian Express)

One month remains for government consultation on marriage equality
(Stephen Gray, Pink News)

Professors consider nature of religion
(Abbie Kouzmanoff, The Dartmouth)

Religion, state clash over law
(Charles W. Hedrick, News-Leader)

Religious freedom on the docket with North Dakota Measure #3
(Rob Kupec, WDay 6 News)

Romney's address aimed at overcoming religious suspicions
(Maeve Reston, Los Angeles Times, The Ledger)

Sexual, religious biases add fuel to hate crimes
( Brian Haas, The Tennessean)

Voters’ religious views are reflected in ballot box
(Rebecca Hagelin, The Washington Times)

Voters’ religious views are reflected in ballot box
(Rebecca Hagelin, The Washington Times)

When "myths" are truths
(Matthew J. Franck, First Things)

Why Obama and Romney should share their religious beliefs
(Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie, Huff Post Religion)

Why terrorists are after Africa’s Christians
(Fernando Perez, India, International Institute for Religious Freedom)

Sunday, 13 May 2012

After Irshad Manji: Freedom of religion in Indonesia
(Critical Muslims)

Arizona governor signs two bills aimed at protecting religious liberty
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Culture war looms as Israel pledges to end ultra-Orthodox military exemptions
(Karin Brulliard, The Washington Post)

Display of Ten Commandments roils Virginia county
(Richard Simon, The Republic)

Haj Subsidy: Religious and constitutional aspects
(Dr Syed Zafar Mahmood, Two

Nigeria: Imbibing Peaceful Co-Existence in a Contemporary Multi-Religious Society - the NASFAT Roadmap
(Emma Okereh, All Africa)

Religious Freedom: Should the 10 Commandments be promoted in public?
(Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz, JewishJ

Saturday, 12 May 2012

'War' comes to America over religious heritage
(William Murray, WND Faith)

Alabama town vows to defy anti-religion group
(Todd Starnes, Fox News)

Anti-religion campus policies targeted by ADF
(Leigh Jones, Baptist Press)

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