Law and Religion Headlines

Monday, 19 September 2022

EVENT, 19-22 September 2022 [see 2021 deadlines!]: Sixth ICLARS Conference Human Dignity, Law, and Religious Diversity: Designing the Future of Inter-Cultural Societies
(Córdoba, Spain, International Consortium for Law and Religion Studies)

Tuesday, 1 March 2022

CALL FOR PAPERS, due 1 March 2022: Submissions open for 2022
(Australian Journal of Law & Religion)

Thursday, 9 December 2021

WEBINAR, 9 December 2021 (9AM ET): 2021 Interreligious Council (IRC) Development Global Webinar Series: Championing Freedom Of Thought, Conscience, and Religion
(Religions for Peace)

Thursday, 2 December 2021

WEBINAR, 2 December 2021 (12:15PM ET): Who is a Convert? The Law of Return and the Legality of Reform and Conservative Conversions in Israel
(Schusterman Center for Israel Studies, Brandeis University)

Wednesday, 24 November 2021

CONFERENCE, 24 November 2021: The ECHR turns 70: Taking Stock, Thinking Forward
(Human Rights Centre Ghent University, Strasbourg Observers)

Saturday, 20 November 2021

CALL FOR PAPERS, deadline 20 November 2021: Governments’ Legal Responses and Judicial Reactions during a Global Pandemic: Litigating Religious Freedom in the Time of COVID-19
(Journal of Church & States, Oxford Academic)

Saturday, 13 November 2021

EVENT, 13 November 2021: Defender of Religious Freedom Award Ceremony
(Religious Freedom Institute)

EVENT, 11-13 November 2021: 'I Have Called You by Name': Human Dignity in a Secular World
(University of Notre Dame)

Sunday, 7 November 2021

EVENT, 5-7 November 2021: Global FoRB Action Summit 2021

Thursday, 4 November 2021

WEBINAR, 4 November 2021 (12:15PM ET): Israel’s Jewish Identity Crisis: What Does It Mean For Israel to be a “Jewish State”?
(Schusterman Center for Israel Studies, Brandeis University)

Wednesday, 3 November 2021

WEBINAR, 3 November 2021 (9AM ET): 2021 Interreligious Council (IRC) Development Global Webinar Series: Nurturing A Sustainable Environment
(Religions for Peace)

Sunday, 31 October 2021

CALL FOR PAPERS, extended deadline 31 October 2021: Law, Religion, Health and Healing in Africa
(African Consortium for Law and Religion Studies and G20 Interfaith Forum)

Friday, 29 October 2021

EVENT, 29 October 2021 (9AM CST): 4th Annual DFW Interfaith Summit
(DFW Alliance for Religious Freedom)

EVENT, 28-29 October 2021: Dignidad Humana y Libertad Religiosa
(Centro Internacional de Estudios de Derecho y Religión (ICLRS), Oficina Nacional de Asuntos Religiosos del Gobierno de Chile, Centro UC de Derecho y Religión)

Wednesday, 27 October 2021

2021–22 BYU Forum Speakers
(Martin Luther King III, Reverend Doctor Andrew Teal, William Barber II, Marilynne Robinson, James Fallows, Amy Chua, Brigham Young University)

VIRTUAL EVENT, 27 October 2021 (10:30AM ET): USCIRF Hearing: Targeted Sanctions - Implications for International Religious Freedom
(U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom)

WEBINAR, 27 October 2021 (3PM PT): Remaking the Human: Technoscience, Dignity and the Meaning of Progress
(Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict, Arizona State University)

Friday, 22 October 2021

Annual Human Rights Lecture
(YouTube Video, Institute for Human Ecology, The Catholic University of America)

KAICIID places spotlight on dialogue and development at the Parliament of World Religions
(KAICIID Dialogue Centre)

DC Circuit: USCIS denial of religious worker visa violated RFRA
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Religious leaders and policymakers unite against hate speech targeting refugees and migrants
(KAICIID Dialogue Centre)

WEBINAR, 22 October 2021 (4PM EDT): The Call of Creation: Responding to “A Joint Message for the Protection of Creation"
(Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)

EVENT, 22 October 2021: Apache Stronghold Spiritual Convoy to the 9th Circuit Court (PDF)
(Apache Stronghold)

USCIRF releases new report about religious freedom in Sri Lanka
(U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom)

Christian leaders in India oppose enactment of new anti-conversion law
(International Christian Concern)

Military targets churches in conflict-torn Myanmar
(Union of Catholic Asian News)

UN experts to Pakistan: Release man charged with blasphemy
(Munir Ahmed, Associated Press)

Forced conversion law rejected in Pakistan: Democracy’s Bitter Winter
(Massimo Introvigne, Bitter Winter)

Benin’s parliament votes to legalise abortion
(Al Jazeera)

US protesters demand release and repatriation of Aafia Siddiqui
(Al Jazeera)

Xinjiang’s ‘architecture of repression’ targets Muslim Uighurs
(Al Jazeera)

43 countries criticize China at UN for repression of Uyghurs
(Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press)

The alarming human rights ruling on freedom of speech
(Andrew Tettenborn, The Spectator)

European Court says tabloid coverage of deceased priest violated privacy rights
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

EU Bishops to discuss the contribution of the Catholic Church to the Conference on the Future of Europe
(The European Times)

S3, Ep. 01: The fondness of magistrates: Is religion really winning at the Supreme Court?
(Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty)

Cameroon bishops warn of increasing violence in separatist campaign
(Catholic News Service)

Capital punishment on the wane in Africa
(Ngala Killian Chimtom, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Vatican cardinal says Europe now becoming a ‘mission territory’
(Ines San Martin, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Balancing the tensions of our Latter-day Saint and LGBTQ conversations
(Ty R. Mansfield, Deseret News)

Greece students arrested for protesting against ‘Beijing 2022’ Olympics
(Forum for Religious Freedom-Europe)

North America has a Hindu nationalist problem, and scholars are on the frontlines of these right-wing attacks
(Manan Ahmed, Rohit Chopra, and Audrey Truschke, Religion Dispatches)

Abductions have increased in Haiti, but religious aid groups are still going there
(Laurel Wamsley, National Public Radio)

Putin asking Western civilization 'to steer clear of our home'

Russian Supreme Court reports decline in application of anti-evangelism law
(SOVA Center for News and Analysis, Russia Religion News (Stetson University))

Belarus treats Jehovah's Witnesses better than does Russia
(Novaya Gazeta, Russia Religion News (Stetson University))

Russia: "Unjustified, unmotivated cruelty against peaceful, unresisting believers"
(Victoria Arnold, Forum 18 News Service)

The new prison ministry lies in Bible education
(Michael Hallett and Byron R. Johnson, Christianity Today)

UK faith leaders take joint stand against assisted suicide legislation
(Peter Kenny, Ecumenical News)

Study: antisemitic myth that Jews benefited from pandemic is widespread
(Lee Harpin, Jewish News)

UK cardinal joins religious leaders in urging House of Lords to reject assisted suicide
(Charles Collins, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

When it comes to Shechita, Brexit actually does mean Brexit
(Shimon Cohen, Jewish News)

Emory's Center for the Study of Law and Religion receives gift from The MirYam Institute for ethics, leadership development
(Emory University)

Why did the Supreme Court stop this particular execution?
(Linda Greenhouse, The New York Times)

U.S. Senate should quickly affirm Texan Rashad Hussain as religious freedom ambassador
(Bob Roberts and Chris Seiple, The Dallas Morning News)

Whip: No plan to remove Bangladesh state religion
(Dhaka Tribune)

Black adults in the U.S. South more likely than those in other regions to attend a Black congregation
(Jeff Diamant and Besheer Mohamed, Pew Research Center)

Worth the price: Colonial Catholics, religious tolerance, and the post-liberal right
(James M. Patterson, Public Discourse: The Journal of the Witherspoon Institute)

Our Dear-Bought Liberty: Catholics and Religious Toleration in Early America
(Michael D. Breidenbach, Harvard University Press)

Chile: Religious leaders ask that new Constitution guarantee religious freedom
(Ines San Martin, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Diocesan offices set on fire during mass protests in Chile
(La Croix International)

Francis has shifted teaching on just war theory, US military instructors say
(Brian Fraga, La Croix International)

Ambassador Akram discusses growing Islamophobia with UN rights expert
(Daily Times)

Lebanon: Patriarch-Christians will be extinct if West does nothing
(Fionn Shiner, Aid to the Church in Need)

Catherine Lhamon confirmed by Senate to head DOE's Office for Civil Rights
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Manitoba Chief Justice rules Public Health Officials shouldn’t be “second guessed”
(Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms)

Orthodox Church’s top patriarch to visit US, meet with Biden
(Peter Smith, Religion News Service)

Tehran holds first public Friday Prayers in almost 2 years
(Associated Press)

Italian parliament poised to move on euthanasia, homophobia
(Elise Ann Allen, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Brazilian legislator causes outrage for calling Pope Francis a ‘bum’
(Eduardo Campos Lima, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Adventures in navigating an interfaith marriage
(Mya Jaradat, Deseret News)

New podcast: Are 'parental rights' references (inside scare quotes) the new 'religious liberty'
(Terry Mattingly, GetReligion)

Court of Justice of the EU allows prohibition of religious symbols in the workplace
(Tehreem Sultan, UK Human Rights Blog)

At interfaith conference, Iran overlooks its religious freedom violations
(International Christian Concern)

Mali denies asking Islamic body to negotiate with al-Qaeda
(Al Jazeera)

Democrats’ assault on religious liberty began with an innocuous-sounding phrase
(Sean Spicer, National Review)

Religion takes center stage in politics again
(Union of Catholic Asian News)

Southern African bishops call for dialogue to ensure peace in Eswatini
(La Croix International)

Christians and Muslims in Côte d'Ivoire reinforce alliance for peace
(Guy Aimé Eblotié, La Croix International)

Lisbon to host King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz International Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue (KAICIID)
(KAICIID Dialogue Centre)

Thursday, 21 October 2021

EVENT, 19-21 October 2021: 3rd European Policy Dialogue Forum on Refugees and Migrants
(KAICIID Dialogue Centre)

WEBINAR, 21 October 2021 (3PM EDT): Community in Time of Corona
(Institute for Social Policy and Understanding)

Wednesday, 20 October 2021

Interview: Catherine Wanner on Religion in Post-Communist Countries
(Dmytro Vovk, Talk About: Law and Religion - Blog of the International Center for Law and Religion Studies)

BYU conference: Elder Bednar and Elder Gong call for unity with world’s Muslims
(Jason Swensen, Church News)

With Afghanistan’s war over, Taliban faces a new hurdle: Enforcing the law — and protecting Afghans from the Islamic State
(Sudarsan Raghavan, Washington Post)

‘Islamophobia is irrational,’ antithetical to American values, BYU Islam conferencegoers told
(Tad Walch, Deseret News)

A century after partition, Ireland’s churches are cooperating more closely than ever
(Ger FitzGerald, The Conversation)

U.S. Hispanic beliefs about policy, pluralism, and the future of the country
(Diana Orces, PRRI)

High-level dialogue on youth-proposed G20 Interfaith Education Policy Brief
(Scherto Gill, Viewpoints: A blog of the G20 Interfaith Forum)

Mainstream press is building unity in America. Who says so? Cardinal Gregory of DC
(Terry Mattingly, OnReligion)

What worries families the most in 2021
(Jennifer Graham, Deseret News)

American Family Survey — Reports: Full survey reports from the annual, nationwide study
(Deseret News)

En Indonésie, la plus grande organisation islamique du monde promeut un islam modéré
(Ahmet T. Kuru, The Conversation)

Most Americans who go to religious services say they would trust their clergy's advice on COVID-19 vaccines
(Justin Nortey and Mike Lipka, Pew Research Center)

In historically Black Protestant churches, regular attenders more likely to have received COVID-19 shot
(Stephanie Kramer, Pew Research Center)

Across religious groups, a majority of Black Americans say opposing racism is an essential part of their faith
(Kiana Cox, Pew Research Center)

Diversity and division in advanced economies: Most embrace diversity but see conflicts between partisan, racial and ethnic groups
(Laura Silver, Janell Fetterolf, and Aidan Connaughton, Pew Research Center)

Americans see stronger societal conflicts than people in other advanced economies
(Aidan Connaughton, Pew Research Center)

USCIRF releases new report on religious freedom conditions in Algeria
(U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom)

Violations against Muslims in Africa Factsheet
(U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom)

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