Law and Religion Headlines

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Priest beaten, insulted and threatened with death during Easter in Orissa
(Nirmala Carvalho,

Religious freedom protection “isn’t what it used to be,” say organizers of 7th World Congress

Religious right in Egypt hoping for Islamic law
(Jeffrey Fleishman, The Seattle Times)

Report on Irish schools questions primacy of religious education
(Catholic Culture)

Russia: Jehovah's Witnesses magazines ban challenged by distributor

Terror suspects may be sent to U.S., European Court says
(Erik Larson, Bloomberg BuisnessWeek)

The father of mindfulness
(Sylvia Thompson, Irish Times)

The politics of religious freedom: The problem with the history of toleration
(Evan Haefeli, The Immanent Frame)

Twin blasts are an attempt to divert attention away from ex governor case, bishop says
(David Viehland,

Vanderbilt Christian groups, citing religious freedom, follow Catholics off campus
(Annalisa Musarra, RNs via Huff Post Religion)

Voters shouldn't fall for veiled attack on Muslims
(Ahmed Bedier, Orlando Sentinel)

We're all Catholics now
(James Taranto, American Spectator)

Will religious conservatives rally to Mitt Romney?
(David Gibson, The Christian Century)

World religious freedom congress to help advocates identify emerging threats
(Bettina Krause, Adventist News Network)

World religious freedom congress to help advocates identify emerging threats
(Bettina Krause, Adventist News Network)

Monday, 9 April 2012

A global assault on religious liberty: OpEd
(Doug Bandow, Forbes)

Between 5,000 and 10,000 Salafists in France
(Jean-Marie Guénois, Le Figaro (trans. HRWF))

Canadian-designed sport hijab earns FIFA's attention
(QMI Agency, The Sun Times)

Cardinal Burke clarifies: Employers providing contraceptives 'materially and formally' cooperating with sin
(Megan Morris, Christian Newswire)

Clinton hails improvements in Turkish religious rights
(Ümit Enginsoy, Hürriyet Daily News)

Greek orphanage to serve as foundation for environment
(İlyas Koç, Today's Zaman)

Imam marries Muslim homosexual couple in France
(Daniel Clark, News Tribe)

Is the Old Regime seeking a comeback in Egypt?
(Peter Kenyon, National Public Radio)

New wave of well-off Pakistani women drawn to conservative Islam
(Jason Burke, The Guardian)

PA voter ID law a problem for Amish, others
(33 WYTV via Associated Press)

Recent prisoner Free Exercise cases
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Religion and politics are inseparable: Get over it
(Bishop Pierre Whalon, Huff Post Religion)

Religion and the Constitution under attack in America
(Fox Nation)

Salafis In Egypt’s new politics: Ideological adaptation or compromise? – Analysis
(RSIS, Eurasia Review)

State lawmakers reignite school wars over religion
(Charles C. Haynes, The First Amendment Center)

State legislatures reignite war over religion in schools: Reaction
(Valerie Strauss, Washington Post)

The tension between politics and religion in China
(He Qinglian, The Epoch Times)

Thirty-two churches and religions now officially recognized in Hungary
(Klaus Rösler, European Baptist Federation)

Yemen: 64 killed in clashes with al-Qaida fighters
(Ahmed Al-Haj, Associated Press )

Sunday, 8 April 2012

Car bomb near Nigeria churches kills 38
(Jon Gambrell, Associated Press )

Nigeria: Anglican Primate warns Jonathan's critics over church gift
(Caleb Ayansina, All

Psychics' practices protected by religious rights, lawyers say
(Paul McMahon, Orlando Sentinel)

Saudi princess: What I'd change about my country
(Princess Basma Bint Saud Bin Abdulaziz, BBC)

Saturday, 7 April 2012

3500 adults receive baptism at Easter Vigil. Cardinal Tong thanks the catechists
(Annie Lam,

A return to religion: Churches, synagogues extend hand as 'reverts' come back home
(The Tennessean)

Branding Vodka after sacred name stirs anger in Kazakhstan
(The International News [Pakistan])

Christianity remains at the heart of European unity – A study
(Francesca Vella, The Malta Independent Online)

Divided by God: In 2012, no religious center is holding
(Ross Douthat, New York Times)

Good Friday a holiday in Cuba for the first time in 50 years
(Latin American Herald Tribune)

Most Americans say media coverage of religion too sensationalized
(School for Communication and Journalism, USC Annenberg)

North Korea's Bethlehem is birthplace of Kim religion
(Associated Press, FoxNews)

Police pressure on underground community. Easter in the Church of Silence
(Wang Zhicheng,

Friday, 6 April 2012

'Confusingly many perspectives' on Cyprus
(Poly Pantelides, Cyprus Mail)

Betrayal of the Crucifix: As PM urges support of Christianity, his own Minister tells Europe Britons do not have right to wear cross at work
(Steve Doughty and Jack Doyle, Daily Mail Online)

Court in Egypt sentences young Christian for 'insulting Islam'
(Wayne King, Compass Direct News)

Group formed to push for Florida religion amendment
(Associated Press, The Miami Herald)

In Kon Tum, Catholics pray in private homes since the government seized their church
(Nguyen Hung,

Lao officials confiscate church buildings
(Sarah Page, Compass Direct News)

Mississippi, Utah most religious states, says Gallup
(Dave Bohon, The New American)

Moderator visits church partners in China
(The Church of Scotland)

More than 2,000 people arrested on Qingming Day

Nigeria braces for possible Easter attacks
(Anne Look , Voice of America)

Religion and politics the right way: OpEd
(E.J. Dionne Jr., Philly Inquirer)

Southern Sudanese Christians fear forced repatriation
(Compass Direct News)

Tufts Community Union Senate votes to reject religious liberty resolution
(Laina Piera, The Tufts Daily)

U.K. businesses given okay to ban crosses worn by employees
(James Kelly, National Catholic Register)

White House hosts Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood as rocket hits Israel
(James Phillips, The Foundry)

Thursday, 5 April 2012

'We fought for freedom, not Sharia law'
(Al-Ahram Online)

'Protestant Ethic' 2.0: The new ways religion is driving economic outperformance
(Joel Kotkin, Forbes)

Arab Spring turns into a dark winter for religious liberty
(Thomas S. Kidd, Patheos)

Catholic nuns group ‘stunned’ by Vatican slap
(Andrew Stern, The Washington Post)

Confusion about discrimination
(Richard W. Garnett, The Witherspoon Institute)

Democrats' chosen witness derides Catholics
(Kathryn Jean Lopez, National Catholic Register)

Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood meets with White House officials in Washington
(Ria Novosti, Eurasia Review)

European Court set for landmark abortion and eugenics cases
(Stoyan Zaimov, The Christian Post)

Extradition case man Babar Ahmad seeks UK trial
(PA, The Independent [UK])

Francesco Sessa v. Italy: A dilemma majority religion members will probably not face
(Saïla Ouald Chaib, Strasbourg Observers)

HHS-religious freedom battle yields unexpected rewards
(Joan Frawley Desmond, National Catholic Register)

ICC prosecutor makes right call on Palestinian Declaration, but grave concerns remain – OpEd
(The Heritage Foundation, Eurasia Review)

Laotian Christians challenge official ban and celebrate Holy Week

Mali rebels announce ceasefire
(Wexford People)

Noting Cyprus' religious diversity, UN expert calls for more inter-faith dialogue
(UN News Centre)

Pew Forum Weekly Religion News Update

Pierik on State neutrality in Europe
(Yosefa A. Heber, CLR Forum)

PM on Eilat rocket: We can never stop fighting terror
( Staff, The Jerusalem Post)

Problems cited on access to Cyprus religious sites
(Menelaos Hadjicostis, The Boston Globe)

Religion and politics: An unholy mix
(Steve Chapman, The Washington Examiner)

Russia and the Arab Spring – Analysis
(Mark N. Katz, Eurasia Review)

Saudi Arabian newspaper says kingdom may not send women to London to compete at the Olympics
(Associated Press via Washington Post)

State lawmakers reignite school wars over religion
(Charles C. Haynes,

Terror suspect wanted in US seeks trial in Britain
(Associated Press,

Thailand: Don't make fun of Muslims, says Prince
(UCAN, Eurasia Review)

Turkey's top Muslim cleric slams Saudi mufti over his call to destroy churches
(Abdullah Bozkurt, Sunday)

Why there's no 'war on Easter': Its unequivocally religious message
(Michael Medved, The Daily Beast)

Xavier University will end contraception coverage in insurance policy
(Catholic News Agency, National Catholic Register)

Wednesday, 4 April 2012

'Religion' and 'Christian' suggest shifting vocabulary of faith
(Nancy Haught,

A kinder mix of religion and politics during Holy Week
(E.J. Dionne, Jr., The Washington Post)

Clinton pledges continued pressure on Turkey to return churches

Cristero martyrs show importance of religious freedom in Mexico
(Marta Jimenex, Catholic News Agency)

Cuban authorities declare Good Friday 2012 a holiday
(Alejandro Bermudez, Catholic News Agency)

Cyprus Foreign Minister meets with UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief
(Famagusta Gazette)

France targets 'lone wolf' radicalisation in prisons
(News Wires, France 24)

Freedom from religion or freedom for religion?
(Roger Trigg, Norwich & Norfolk)

Freedom of religion claim against Durban mall
(Lungelo Mkamba, IOL News [South Africa])

From religious contemplation to activism
(Karen Armstrong, The Washington Post)

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