Some interesting law & religion stories from around the web this week:
- On Wednesday, Egypt’s military removed Mohamed Morsi, the country’s first democratically elected president. Muslim Brotherhood leaders and other Islamist supporters vow to reinstate Morsi and end military rule.
- As Ramadan approaches, prisoners at Guantanamo Bay are asking a federal court to halt the force-feeding that is intended to prevent prisoners from starving to death. They say the force-feeding is inhumane, violates medical ethics, and deprives them of their right to practice their religion as guaranteed by the Geneva Conventions.
- A broad coalition, led by Catholic and Southern Baptist leaders, is pushing back against the contraception mandate, saying the rules threaten religious liberty for people of all faiths.
- In related news, the requirement that businesses provide their workers with health insurance or face fines, a key provision in President Obama’s healthcare law, will be delayed by one year
- The Obama administration will not label the Westboro Baptist Church a hate group, saying it’s not the government’s practice to apply the designation
- Sri Lanka has banned this week’s issue of Time magazine over its cover story on Myanmar’s sectarian violence between Buddhists and Muslims because it could affect religious sentiments in the country.
- Religious groups in the Dominican Republic are outraged by the nomination of a gay U.S. ambassador to the conservative country.
- The Vatican has announced that Popes John XXIII and John Paul II will be declared saints