Law and Religion Headlines

Monday, 16 April 2012

"Our First, Most Cherished Liberty": A problematic document
(Society of Saint Pius X)

BBC - Will & Testament: The politics of religion
(William Crawley, BBC)

Boundaries of freedom
(Ajaz Ahmed, Arab News)

Christian clerics alarmed at growing threats, persecution in Turkey
(Talpa brusseliensis christiana)

Dalai Lama slams Beijing for immolations
(Radio Free Asia)

Distributing religious literature at schools? Bad idea
(Simon Brown, Opposing Views)

EC justice head says will probe Hungarian church law further

Hanoi authorities and police assault Catholic orphanage, a priest in a coma
(Trung Tin ,

IDF’s religion problem displayed in assault
(Liel Leibovitz, Tablet Magazine)

In Morocco, suicide, uproar over marriage law tests Islamist government
(Edward Cody , The Washington Post)

Islam without extremes: A Muslim case for liberty
(Mustafa Akyol by Jeffrey Tucker, YouTube Inverview)

Killings heighten ethnic tensions in Macedonia
(Matthew Brunwasser, New York Times)

Mosque growth study good news for Americans
(Reverend Chloe Breyer, Common Ground News Service)

Nigeria: Religious leaders urge Nigerians to embrace peace, unity

Nigeria: Stop using religion to destabilize south-west, ACN warns PDP
(Nnamdi Ojiego, All Africa)

Norway: Mass-Murderer Breivik Feared To Use Trial To Showcase Radical Views
(PanArmenian, Eursia Review)

Open letter to Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban : "NO" to the new law on religions
(Willy Fautré et al., New Europe)

Outflanking the Bishops Conference on the right
(Mark L. Mosvesian, CLR Forum)

Parents' wishes count on denominational schools
(Ronan Mullen, The Irish Times)

Protests in name of religion a dangerous trend: PC
(Zee News)

Religion in U.S. foreign policy, pt. 1
(annasu, CLR Forum)

Religious liberty vs. secularism in modern Turkey
(Dr. Bruce Prescott, Mainstream Baptist)

Terror group aims to rid Somalia of Christians
(Sandi Roberts , The Examiner)

Tourism trumps Islam in Tunisia
(Gabe Kahn, Israel National News)

Will the tragedy in Toulouse unite France?
(Rabbi François Garai, Common Ground News Service)

Sunday, 15 April 2012

Fr Lazzarotto and the future of the Church in China
(Angelo S. Lazzarotto,

Guest column: Keep religion and public schools separated
(Patrick Hughes, St.

Hundreds Attend Anti-Islam Rally in Waukesha
(Rory Linnane, Brookfield Patch)

Ignorance of Europe, how long can it take?
(Weronika, Europe News)

Indonesian-Egyptian dialogue tackles contemporary political Islam
(Ahmed Mahmoud, English Ahram)

Losing our religion
(Klaus Vella Bardon, The Sunday Times of Malta)

Mufti says ignoring traffic law is sinful
(Anna Zacharias, The National)

Muslim opposition grows to religious freedom nominee
(Lauren Markoe, The Christian Century)

My Take: Catholics bishops against the common good
(Stephen Prothero, CNN Belief Blog)

Patriarch Kirill: Easter is a day of great hopes
(Milena Faustova, VOR, Eurasia Review)

Petition seeks fix for mandate problem
(Catholic Sentinel)

Quillen: The latest in stupid ideas to amend our constitution: OpEd
(Ed Quillen, Denver Post)

Religion and private life clash in Rockwall
(The Daily Campus)

Religion still has a role to play: OpEd
(Philadelphia Inquirer)

Religious extremism: PDP, Christian leaders warn Aregbesola • I have told Presidency of plans to implicate me - Aregbesola
(Stephen Gbadamosi and Adewale Ajayi, Sunday Tribune [Nigeria])

Religious leaders appeal for peace
(The Hindu Times [Pakistan])

Religious liberty advocates watch court case
(Brian Fraga, Our Sunday Visitor)

Russia: Duma to guard Christianity: MPs battle ‘evil’ ideologies
(RT, Eurasia Review)

Smith and RFRA and the bishops’ claims
(Cathleen Kaveny, Commonweal)

Spratly monks to pray for ‘Vietnamese souls’
(RFA, Eurasia Review)

Suit: U.S. border agents target Mich. Muslims
(Ed White, National News via Associated Press)

The ‘security council’ for fatwas! – OpEd
(Tariq Alhomayed, Arab Times, Eurasia Review)

The politics of religious freedom
(Abdus-Sattar Ghazali, OEN (

UK schools to put witchcraft and druids on religious education syllabus

Saturday, 14 April 2012

ACLJ: Decision on Camp Pendleton Memorial Cross imminent
(Alberto Vargas,

Actor Andy Garcia fights for religious freedom in 'For Greater Glory'
(Tim Drake, National Catholic Register)

Catholic bishops demand religious liberty in US
(Press TV)

Catholic bishops vow to resist 'totalitarian incursions' of the Obama administration
(MIchael Brendan Dougherty, Business Insider)

Clergy issue statement on contraception
(Ann Rodgers, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

Fort Wayne Lutherans plan show of support for Catholics on religious freedom
(Kevin Kilbane, Fort Wayne News-Sentinel)

Gay marriage is a human right, law professor says
(Mary J. Loftus, Huff Post Religion)

Group puts Christian spin on Titanic disaster, anniversary
(Ron Csillag, ENI, Eurasia Review)

Heavy-handed courts are persecuting Christians and driving them underground, says Lord Carey
(Daily Mail Online)

India Muslim youths protest dowry threats

Kentucky law now changed to accommodate Amish buggies
(Roger Alford, Associated Press, My San Antonio)

Lord Carey is a bigger problem for British Christians than any secularist
(Martin Robbins, The Guardian)

Muslim group files lawsuit against feds
(Julie Cannold, CNN)

On Easter eve Patriarch Kirill urges society to leave behind "the spiritual emptiness"
(Interfax - Religion)

Peru: Youths less likely to consider themselves religious
(ENI, Eurasia Review)

Proponents of [religious freedom] ballot measure up for the challenge
(Ben Conarck, The Colorado Statesman)

Proposed Buncombe school policy would allow distribution of religious materials
(Citizen-Times [NC])

Religion could limit procedures at new hospital
(ABC News Online [Australia])

Religious freedom & the U.S. Catholic bishops

Religious Organizations in the US Industry Market Research Report now available from IBISWorld
(PR Web, The San Francisco Chronicle)

Russia: Hundreds Of Believers Meet Holy Fire
(Ria Novosti, Eurasia Review)

Why some Muslims like America
(Mustafa Akyol, Huff Post Religion)

Friday, 13 April 2012

Yemen government says it killed 42 in clashes with militants
(Hakim Almasmari, CNN)

Abdennour Bidar: Mohammed Merah, a monster created by Islam’s illness
(Samir Khalil Samir,

Annual report: Execution of Strasbourg court judgments
(Human Rights Europe)

Arab Spring shifts toward Islamic rule, Sharia law
(Joel Brinkley, Tribune Media Services)

Azerbaijan: Judge "has already decided in her own mind to liquidate us" ?
(Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service)

Britain's Christians are being vilified, warns Lord Carey
(John Bingham, The Telegraph)

Canada's Kenney hopes for lighter hand under new Chinese leadership
(Matthew Little, The Epoch Times)

Catholic Bishops: ‘Constant vigilance and protection’ required for religious liberty
(Thomas Messner, The Foundry)

Christian group to sue Boris Johnson over 'gay cure' bus advertisements
(Jerome Taylor, The Independent)

Church and State: Clearing Thomas Jefferson’s good name
(Christopher Stevens, The Foundry)

Cypriot FM calls on Aram I to condemn Turkey’s illegal actions

Detroit-area Muslims sue US, say agents repeatedly quiz them about their faith at border
(Associated Press, The Washington Post)

Fertility treatment bans in Europe draw criticism
(Associated Press, Fox

Freedom of religion is not absolute
(Robert A. Levine, The Moderate Voice)

German printer of Quran hints at stop amid controversy
(Ozlem Yilmazer, Kristina Dunz and Jean-Baptiste Piggin, The Republic)

Kuwait considers teeth for blasphemy law
(Mission Network News)

Minister Rosenthal talks to religious leaders
(Government of the Netherlands, The Information Daily)

Ministry faces challenges in India's Madhya Pradesh state
(Mission Network News)

Msgr. Girelli to Vietnamese bishops: enter into society and help resurrect Church
(Thanh Thúy ,

Muhammad Khurshid Khan: Muslim Cleans Shoes In Shrines To Atone For Beheading Of Sikh By Islamists
(Sebastian Abbot and Asif Shahzad, Huffingtonpost)

New Zealand: study points to religious revival among youth
(Catholic World News)

Reading, 'rithmetic, and religion: Every American high school student should have a basic education in comparative religion
(Avishai D. Don, The Harvard Crimson)

Religion and peacemaking
(Centers of Innovation, United States Institute of Peace)

Religion in the schools a debate without end
(Helene Sostarich Barsamian, Daily Record )

Religious education being sidelined in UK, Archbishop claims
(S.D. Lawrence, Education News)

Senator Brown reiterates importance of legislation to protect religious freedom in Turkey
(Public Radio of Armenia)

The challenges of U.N. work: A Quaker perspective
(Rene Wadlow, Fellowship of Reconciliation)

The Salafi war on Christians and U.S. indifference
(Nina Shea, Hudson Institute)

Uganda: Muslims ask for protection law on veils
(Saudha Nakandha, All Africa)

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