LOFTON / Re: Mass self-flaggelation for the Muslim holiday Ashura
VOLOKH at law.ucla.edu
Tue Jan 22 11:25:21 PST 2008
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[mailto:religionlaw-bounces at lists.ucla.edu] On Behalf Of JOHN LOFTON
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Subject: LOFTON / Re: Mass self-flaggelation for the Muslim
We need to get out of Iraq and return to the days when Iraqis
tortured each others and themselves --- though how this could be I do
not know since Bush said this is a "peaceful" religion.
John Lofton, Editor, TheAmericanView.com
"Accursed is that peace of which revolt from God is the bond,
and blessed are those contentions by which it is necessary to maintain
the kingdom of Christ." -- John Calvin.
From: Volokh, Eugene <VOLOKH at law.ucla.edu>
To: Law & Religion issues for Law Academics
<religionlaw at lists.ucla.edu>
Sent: Tue, 22 Jan 2008 1:46 pm
Subject: Mass self-flaggelation for the Muslim holiday Ashura
A blog reader asked about this; my guess is that there
any generally applicable laws barring the public drawing of
blood in the
first instance, but if there were, it seems to me this would
interesting questions under state statutory or constitutional
provide some heightened scrutiny for burdens on religious
(Note that New York courts have adopted a sort of intermediatish
scrutiny under the state religious freedom guarantee.) But I'd
heard of this practice -- does anyone know whether it is
mandated, not mandated but religiously encouraged, or (to the
these distinctions can be effectively drawn) merely a part of a
tradition that accompanies the religious holiday? Thanks,
Hi Prof. Volokh--
I wonder if you'd be willing to address on the Volokh Conspiracy
legality/illegality(?) of the mass flagellations that are part
Muslim holiday Ashura, which is occurring this week.
really gruesome photos of a public celebration in Queens, New
I'm no lawyer, but it seems to me that having a large group of
draw blood from each other is a huge public health hazard. How
freedom of religion go?
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