Law and Religion Headlines

Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Hannah Smith, Hunger Games, and the HHH mandate
(RJ Moeller podcast, A Voice in the Wilderness)

Interfaith 'pilgrims' circle world on faith quest
(Associated Press, The Wall Street Journal)

Jewish leader blasts Austria's UN record on Israel
(Benjamin Weinthal, The Jerusalem Post)

Lecture at Baylor delves into dangers of mixing religion, politics
(Mallory Hisler, The Baylor Lariat)

Minorities have the right to freedom of religion and worship, former Nepal king says
(Kalpit Parajuli,

Muslim Brotherhood shocks Egypt with presidential run
(Ayman Mohyeldin, MSNBC World News)

Muslim societies debate religion and the civil state
(Imtiyaz Yusuf, The Nation [Thailand])

Myanmar elections: Aung San Suu Kyi, opposition leader, wins parliament seat
(Todd Pitman and Aye Aye Win, Huff Post World)

Opposition grows to religious freedom nominee
(Omar Sacirbey, The Washington Post)

Polygamy decision helped shape religious minority experience in U.S.
(Lindsay Whitehurst, The Salt Lake Tribune)

Religion and the 2012 Republican primaries: Maryland and Wisconsin
(The Pew Forum on Religion &Public Life)

Religion poses workplace challenges
(Steve Jordan,

Russia: Regional targeting of religious "sects"
(Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service)

US press on with Russian NGO financing despite warning

Wave of Tibet immolations among history's biggest
(Gillian Wong, Associated Press via Worldwide Religion News)

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Alabama Voices: Alabama's stand for religious liberty
(Luther Strange, Montgomery Advertiser)

Broad religious representation at World Congress of Families VI in Madrid, May 25-27
(Don Feder, Christian Newswire)

Cameron calls for a 'Christian fightback' at attempts to ban wearing crosses and town hall prayers
(James Chapman, Daily Mail Online)

Couple fired for being 'too religious' settle
(Bob Unruh, WND)

Death of a pope: The worsening position of Egypt's Copts
(Emma Hayward, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy)

Do not cross the religion boundary, says Raja Nazrin
(Bernama, New Straits Times [Malaysia])

Every Society is at risk where religious freedom is violated: European Churches
(Vatican Radio)

France orders deportation of five Islamist radicals
(AFP, France 24 International News)

God, Bush, and President Obama
(Andrew Preston, Foreign Affairs)

Mayoral election in Russia showcases religious bias against Evangelicals
(Michael Gryboski, The Christian Post)

My spirit is American (a religious manifesto) — OpEd
(Mondoweiss, Eurasia Review)

Reconsidering the authority of religious liberty within the liberal order
(Zachary R. Calo, Liberty Forum)

Seven states file suit against Obama administration's contraception mandate
(Loren Heal, Heartlander)

The EU takes on extremism. Can it win?
(Michael Goldfarb, GlobalPost)

The illusion of religious neutrality
(Steven D. Smith, Liberty Forum)

Who speaks for religion?
(Thomas David DuBois, Huff Post Religion)

World calls for unconditional release of Baha'i leaders and other Iranian prisoners of conscience

Monday, 2 April 2012

Candidates' religious appeals may be losing sway with voters
(Dave Nyczepir, Southern Maryland Online)

Churches – EU Commission dialogue seminar on freedom of religion
(ECLJ News)

Egypt’s Coptic Church withdraws from ‘futile’ Islamist-dominated panel drafting constitution
(Associated Press, The Washington Post)

France: Sectarian deviations of Muslim groups: MIVILUDES & FECRIS keep silent
(Stéphanie Le Bars, Human Rights WIithout Frontiers)

IGE co-conducts seminar with Evangelical Churches of Northern Vietnam (ECVN-N)
(Institute for Global Engagement)

Italy: "Mosques springing up like mushrooms"
(Soeren Kern, Gatestone Institute)

Kudos to USCCB [re: Arizona immigration law]
(Michael Sean Winters, National Catholic Reporter)

New Baltimore archbishop prepares to take on controversial issues
(Mary Bubala, CBS Baltimore)

On school choice, Jews can have their Lekach and eat it, too
(Andrew J. Colson, Cato@Liberty)

Religious practice alive and well in America
(Sarah Torre, The Foundry)

Why sign the Manhattan Declaration?
(Blog, Manhattan

Will the Obamacare decision influence the HHS mandate?
(Mark Rienzi, National Review Online)

Sunday, 1 April 2012

Anti-bias policies drive some religious groups off campuses
(Bob Smietana, USA Today)

Concert at U.S. military post geared toward atheists
(USA Today)

J'accuse ... France of institutionalized discrimination
(Mallika Kaur,

Saturday, 31 March 2012

Amid global suspicion and mayhem, a route to religious understanding
(Douglas Todd, The Vancouver Sun)

Ballot language on Missouri Free Exercise constitutional amendment upheld
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Film banned for blasphemy to be released after two decades
(Jasper Copping, The Telegraph)

French candidate wants to put church-state separation into constitution
(Michael J. Strauss, The Christian Century)

Friday, 30 March 2012

Church subsidy reform signals Polish revolution
(AFP, France 24 International News)

Drive to release rights attorney in China pushes forward
(Edward Ross, Compass Direct News)

Malaysia in religious row over 'threat of Christianity'
(AFP, Yahoo! News)

Slide from secularism: Turkey's education bill
(The Daily Activist)

Turkish lawmakers adopt disputed education bill
(Suzan Fraser, Associated Press)

Thursday, 29 March 2012

Arizona immigration law threatens religious liberty, USCCB argues in court brief

Faith, Freedom, and the First Amendment: The guarantee of religious liberty
(Thomas Berg, The Heritage Foundation)

Religious freedom and the health-care law
(Kathryn Jean Lopez, National Review Online)

Wednesday, 28 March 2012

"Religious liberty" argument doesn't win over Arizona lawmakers
(Scott Alessi, U.S. Catholic)

Baptist leader says NC crucial in marriage debate
(Tom Breen, Myrtle Beach Online)

Katrina Lantos Swett Appointed USCIRF Commissioner
(Lantos Foundation for Human Rights and Justice)

North Dakota religious liberty measure a reaction to 1990 ruling
(Stephen J. Lee, Grand Forks Herald)

The politics of religious freedom: Religious freedom between truth and tactic
(Samuel Moyn, The Immanent Frame: Secularism, religion, and the public sphere)

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Forced religious conversions hike Pakistan minorities' fears
(Associated Press, Fox News)

Monday, 26 March 2012

Can religious freedom be saved?
((An online symposium), National Review Online)

The Constitution vs. Obamacare
(Editorial, National Review Online)

Two USCIRF Commissioners appointed
(Press Release,

Sunday, 25 March 2012

Guest column: The HHS Mandate and the First Amendment
(Patrick T. Gillen, Naples

Saturday, 24 March 2012

UN Human Rights Council extends mandate of Iran monitor

Friday, 23 March 2012

The Annual Report of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF)
(Consulate General of Turkey)

U.S. silent on top Saudi cleric’s call to ‘destroy churches’
(Patrick Goodenough, CNS News)

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Pussy Riot appeal to the European Court of Human Rights
(Grigory Tumanov, Pavel Korobov, Kommersant, Russia Beyond the Headlines)

Wednesday, 4 January 2012

Pope: "gratuitous speculation" on the issue of stolen documents, "renewed confidence in my staff"

Saturday, 31 December 2011

Ahmedabad couple in trouble for religious conversion
(The Times of India)

Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Essex dads to sue over same-sex marriage ban
(Christian Concern)

Wednesday, 1 January 1653

Southern Africa bishops want more coordination on migrants
(La Croix International)

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