Law and Religion Headlines

Friday, 11 May 2012

Catholic Middle East expert believes Arab Spring is 'no more'
(Catholic News Agency)

Chile passes anti-discrimination law that had been pending for 7 years
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Critics of Sharia law push Mich. foreign law bills
(Jeff Karoub, My San Antonio via Associated Press)

Gay-led Los Angeles parish breaks with Presbyterian Church
(Ronnie Cohen, Reuters, Worldwide Religious News)

Germany braces for clashes between Islamists, right-wing activists
(Los Angeles Times, Worldwide Religious News)

High Court confronts religious panel over ban on female attorneys
(Jack Khoury, Haaretz)

How the Chinese Communist Party first split on Falun Gong
(Qi Xianyu, The Epoch Times)

Iran’s Baha’i minorites risk persecution to get an education
(Cassandra Morrill, Borderzine)

Measure 3 would add protection to religious beliefs
(Kari Lucin, The Jamestown Sun)

Military class suspended for its view on Islam
(Pauline Jelinek and Robert Burns , Salt Lake Tribune via Associated Press)

New York kosher label act is constitutional, court says
(Bob Van Voris, Bloomberg)

Obama accused of targeting Christians
(Bob Unruh, WND Faith)

Radical cleric Qatada loses European appeal bid
(Peter Griffiths, Reuters, Chicago Tribune)

Religious exemption to premise registration focus
(Jane Fyksen, Agri-View)

Thou shalt not display the Ten Commandments at a public school?
(Richard Simon, Los Angeles Times)

Top Egyptian presidential candidates debate — including views on religion and state
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Thursday, 10 May 2012

At issue: Religious freedom in India
(Charlie Butts, One News Now)

Azerbaijan court closes church: Others could follow
(Cross Rhythms)

Debate: Should churches get tax breaks?
(The New York Times Opinion)

Dick Lugar, international religious liberty stalwart
(Mark Silk , Religion News Service)

EU Parliament Platform for Secularism in Politics promotes assisted self-killing of dying patients
(Talpa brusseliensis christiana)

In effect, Measure 3 a stealth attack on religious liberty in North Dakota
(Dustin White, Inforum)

Indiana's marriage statute violates constitution: ACLU of Indiana files suit on behalf of secular group
(Kokomo Perspective)

Measure 3 would protect religious liberty In North Dakota
(Rob Port,

New Harford Democratic Club: Supporters of gay marriage seek support for the new law in order to protect families
(The Dagger)

Noida prioritizes places of worship
(Joanna Sugden, The Wall Street Journal India)

Obama's same-sex marriage support riles religious conservatives
(Dan Gilgoff, CNN)

Pew Forum Weekly Religion News Update

Religious groups present proposal to preserve Nativity scene displays
(Ashley Archibald, Santa Monica Daily Press)

Secular group sues state over its marriage law
(Carrie Ritchie, Indystar)

Tax breaks: Good for religion, good for America
(Mark L. Rienzi, The New York Times)

Washington's iconic letter to be displayed after decade, message of tolerance comes to Jewish museum
(Paul Berger, The Jewish Daily Forward)

Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Algeria questions religion's role in campaigns
(Fidet Mansour, Magharebia)

Catholic business group challenges health insurance mandate
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Contra a crise econômica, Portugal corta quatro feriados nacionais
(EFE, Mundo)

Egyptians remain optimistic, embrace democracy and religion in political life
(Pew Research Center)

European court turns down Abu Qatada request
(Al Jazeera)

Georgetown University to assume stewardship of Building Bridges Seminar
(Berkley Center)

Inaction against vigilantes, Indonesia in auto-pilot mode
(Al Makin, The Jakarta Post)

Israeli politician Yair Lapid tells rabbis Israel needs religious equality

Lawyer for Iranian pastor sentenced to death for being a Christian, sentenced to jail
(Deacon Keith Fournier, Catholic Online)

Marriage rights versus rites: OpEd
( Peter Bella, The Washington Times)

Muslim man granted judge-only trial in NSW

North Carolina passes Amendment 1 banning same-sex unions
(Karen McVeigh , The Guardian)

SC orders Haj subsidy phase-out
(Samanwaya Rautray , The Calcutta Telegraph)

Supreme Court decision on religion upends campus religious groups
(Adelle M. Banks, RNS via The Washington Post)

The budget and religion: Principles for informing policy
(Ryan T. Anderson, The Heritage Foundation)

The Politics of the Un-Political: Religious Protest in Contemporary Vietnam
(Colloquium with Lan Chu, UCLA Asia Institute)

Uzbekistan: An "unsanctioned meeting in a private home" - with a bomb?
(Mushfig Bayram, Forum 18 News Service)

When religious rules and women's health collide
(Julie Rovner, Shots: NPR Health Blog)

White House: [In gay marriage comments,] We're not talking about faith
(Maggie Haberman, Politico)

Martin Rogers: Soccer and religion meet on the pitch, where the English Premier League considers a change
(Martin Rogers,

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

ACLU fights to remove Ten Commandments display
(Sam Favate, The Wall Street Journal)

Ask the Rabbi: Can a judicial court nullify a conversion?
(The Jerusalem Post)

Becket Fund launches online petition against leading protagonist in Admin.’s assault on religion
(The Becket Fund)

Buddhist abbey a dream fulfilled for U.S. nuns
(Tracy Simmons, RNS via USA Today)

California may ban gay teen 'conversion' therapy
(Associated Press, Fox News)

Call to boost EU-UAE ties
(Ali Zafar, Khaleej Times)

Catholic Church a powerful force in marriage amendment debate
(Sasha Aslanian, Minnesota Public Radio)

Catholic Church supports marriage amendment with prayers, dollars
(Sasha Aslanian, MPR News)

Chen affair highlights Christian ties
(Brian Spegele, The Wall Street Journal)

Controversial Colorado ballot measure withdrawn
(Charles Mahtesian, Politico)

French faith groups hope for unity after presidential vote
(A.D. McKenzie, The Christian Century)

Georgetown’s Kathleen Sebelius invitation called a ‘direct challenge’ to bishops
(Elizabeth Tenety, The Washington Post)

German Bundestag’s Committee on Human Rights and Humanitarian Aid meets on situation of Christians and other religious minorities in North Africa and the Middle East
(Deutscher Bundestag)

Greek far right win is a reminder of why we need European human rights standards
(Adam Wagner, UK Human Rights Blog)

House members blast Vanderbilt for policy 'hostile' to religious groups on campus
(John Roberts, Fox News)

Kazakhstan: How many religious books await compulsory state censorship?
(Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service)

New ECHR readings
(Antoine Buyse, ECHR Blog)

Orthodox patriarch calls Putin Russia's legitimate leader
(Ecumenical News Highlights)

Secular group continues legal challenges against national day of prayer
(Michael Gryboski, U.S.)

Should creationist teachers have academic freedom?
(David Moshman, Huffington Post Education)

The Mezuzah needs federal protection
(Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld, The Huffington Post)

UK worshippers told 'migrant workers must not become scapegoats'
(Jo Siedlecka, ENI, Anglican Journal)

United Methodists in Tampa: Looking for scapegoats, living in fear
(Christopher H. Evans, The Huffington Post)

Vatican reverses Cleveland Catholic Diocese's closing of 13 parishes
(Michael O'Malley,

Monday, 7 May 2012

Al-Qaeda allies destroy sacred Timbuktu shrine
(Jemal Oumar, Magharebia via Eurasia Review)

Allocation of playing fields did not violate Establishment Clause
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

American female defense lawyer covers up in traditional Islamic dress at 9/11 Guantanamo trial 'out of respect' for her client's religious beliefs
(Daily Mail Online)

British Muslims defend Halal slaughter after calls for ban
(Al Arabia News)

Churches differ on marriage amendment
(Mary Katherine Murphy, Laurinburg Exchange)

Controversial Tunisian court ruling reflects dilemmas of the Arab Spring
(Vivienne Walt)

Counter Islamists and Islam: The new religious opposition
(H.A. Hellyer, The Washington Post)

Does divorce in Lebanon mean losing faith?

Feds to speak with Sullivan County sheriff about religious complaints
(James Shea, TriCities)

Important judgment in hate speech case by the European Court of Human Rights
(Coalition )

Marriage amendment highlights clergy divisions in Statesville
(Bethany Fuller, Winston-Salem Journal)

Muslims massacred in Ethiopia
(Nejashi Justice Council, Sacramento Bee)

New Israeli law puts religious discrimination in medical treatment
(David Shabtai, Haaretz)

Q & A on Mosque with Muslim Leader, Brookfield Physician Mushir Hassan
(Rory Linnane, Brookfield Patch)

Religious groups support Brookfield mosque
(Annysa Johnson, Journal Sentinel)

Religious intolerance in Muslim societies
(Yasser Latif Hamdani, The Pakistan Daily Times)

Sharia4Belgium spokesman convicted
(Flanders News)

Somalis find niche in Green Bay
(Karen Jellal, Fourth Estate)

With liberty, justice and dissent for all
(Ruth Ann Dailey, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

Sunday, 6 May 2012

Compassion for the persecuted? (Canada's new Office of Religious Freedom)
(Mike Milne, The United Church Observer)

European Court of Human Rights reforms welcomed
(Dr Phillip Lee MP , Get Bracknell)

Morality, religion dominate legislative session
(Howard Fischer,

Murder in the name of which God?
(Josiah Idowu- Fearon Ph.D. (ABU), Bishop of Kaduna, Vanguard)

New Zambian draft constitution has lengthy religious freedom provisions
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

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