- From the Baltimore Sun: Missouri says Yoga centers must pay sales tax despite the practitioners' claims that it is religion that should not be taxed.
- From Florida Today: the self-titled "pot pastor" is found guilty in a Florida court of illegally growing marijuana, though he claims it is used for religious purposes.
- From Religion Clause here and here: a West Virgina court ruled that requiring students to get immunizations does not violate religious freedoms, while a teacher sues her school claiming that forcing her to submit fingerprints violates her religious freedom.
- From the NY Times: a British court must confront how to define who is and who is not a Jew.
- From the Wall Street Journal: a debate in Switzerland centers on whether Muslim buildings can have certain external features.
- From The Globe and Mall: a French court finds Scientology guilty of "organized fraud."
- From Forum 18: Jehovah's Witnesses are denied legal status in Nagorno-Karabakh (an internationally unrecognized region in Azerbaijan).
- From WorldWide Religion News: there is a proposed law to place restrictions on evangelizing in Russia.
Monday, November 9, 2009
Religious Regulation in Recent News
If you want to get a glimpse of how religion is regulated in the real world, just follow the news. In the past two weeks, I have seen dozens of stories that illustrate how the rules of the religious game are currently being negotiated. Here are a bunch of them, some from in the U.S. and some from out of the U.S. You do not need to read all of these; just get a sense of the variety of ways that religion is regulated.