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Oxford University Introduces Journal of Law and Religion

The Oxford Journal of Law and Religion will have a range of articles drawn from various sectors of the law and religion field, including: social, legal and political issues involving the relationship between law and religion in society; comparative law perspectives on the relationship between religion and state institutions; developments regarding human and constitutional rights to freedom of religion or belief; considerations […]

 
 

Pew Forum Reports "Rising Tide of Restrictions on Religion"

The Pew Research Center's Forum on Religion & Public Life has on September 20, 2012 released the third in a series of reports analyzing the extent to which governments and societies around the world impinge on religious beliefs and practices. The new report looks at the extent and direction of change in religious restrictions from the year ending in mid-2009 to the year ending in […]

 
 

BREAKING NEWS: Iran Pastor Nadarkhani Released from Prison

BREAKING NEWS: Iran Pastor Nadarkhani Released from Prison

The American Center for Law and Justice announced this morning that Iranian Pastor Youcef Nardarkhani has been released after spending 1,062 days in prison for his Christian faith. Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani has reportedly been acquitted of apostacy (death penalty), and sentenced for time served for evangelizing Muslims. Pastor Nadarkhani is released from prison in Iran (ACLJ photo) We will have more […]

 
 

Kmiec: Is Paul Ryan Romney's New Religion Problem? (Huffington Post)

Constitutional law scholar Douglas Kmiec shares his views on how the Paul Ryan pick will affect the Catholic vote in an article published today in the Huffington Post. Read the full article at the Huffington Post.

 
 

Judge Allows Muslims to Use Murfreesboro Mosque (NYTimes.com)

Excerpt: "What the judge did was wrong in that he held the mosque to a much higher standard than any other institution applying for a land-use permit in Rutherford County," said Eric Rassbach, a lawyer with the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, a nonprofit law firm that helped file the lawsuit on behalf of the mosque. Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/19/us/judge-allows-muslims-to-use-murfreesboro-mosque.html

 
 

Publisher Pulls David Barton's Controversial Thomas Jefferson Book, Citing Loss Of Confidence. (NPR)

Citing a loss of confidence in the book's details, Christian publisher Thomas Nelson is ending the publication and distribution of the bestseller, The Jefferson Lies: Exposing the Myths You've Always Believed About Thomas Jefferson. The controversial book was written by Texas evangelical David Barton, who NPR's Barbara Bradley Hagerty profiled on All Things Considered Wednesday. The publishing company says it's […]

 
 

Hawaii Judge Upholds Same-Sex Marriage Ban (Honolulu Civil Beat)

Excerpt:  A U.S. District Court judge in Honolulu has rejected arguments from two lesbians who said that Hawaii's 1998 ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. According to court documents released Wednesday, Judge Alan Kay dismissed the lawsuit, Jackson v. Abercrombie, saying that a decision like this should be left to the Legislature – not the courts. http://m.civilbeat.com/articles/2012/08/08/16783-hawaii-judge-upholds-same-sex-marriage-ban/

 
 

Senate to Take Up Condemned Iranian Pastor Youcef Resolution Next Week (American Center for Law and Justice)

The U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations has scheduled to take up the resolution supporting Christian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani next week. The committee is scheduled to consider the resolution,a companion to the resolution that unanimously passed the House earlier this year,next Tuesday,June 19,2012. It is the next step toward bringing S. Res. 385 before the full Senate. The resolution,"Condemning the […]

 
 

Death of Snake Handling Preacher Shines Light on Lethal Appalachian Tradition (CNN)

EXCERPT: When Mack Wolford, one of the most famous Pentecostal serpent handlers in Appalachia, is laid to rest Saturday at his West Virginia church, a week after succumbing to a snake bite, his friends may very well show up with boxes of copperheads, rattlesnakes and cottonmouths. That's the Holiness Pentecostal way in tiny mountain towns like Matoaka, home to Wolford's […]

 
 

California Senate Approves Controversial Counseling Ban (Pacific Justice Institute)

The California Senate today voted in favor of a groundbreaking bill designed to prohibit counselors and therapists from telling young people it is possible to change same-sex attractions.