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Israel and apartheid: Lessons from the South African experience
(Ziyad Motala, TRTWorld)

Sunday, 5 September 2021

EVENT, 5-10 September 2021: "The European Convention on Human Rights in Times of Crises"
(TU Dresden and Leipzig University, 2nd International Summer School "Human Rights in Theory and Practice")

Monday, 30 August 2021

CALL FOR PANELISTS, 30 August-3 September, 2021: 18th Annual Conference of the European Association for the Study of Religions, Panel-Gender Law and Religion During the COVID-19 Health Crisis
(European Association for the Study of Religions (EASR))

CALL FOR PANELISTS, 30 August-3 September, 2021: 18th Annual Conference of the European Association for the Study of Religions, Panel-Religious Minorities and Covid-19
(European Association for the Study of Religions)

EVENT, 30 August to 2 September 2021: #EUARE2021
(European Academy of Religion)

Tuesday, 24 August 2021

VIRTUAL EVENT, 22-24 August 2021: Dare to Overcome: Global “intersectionality conference” highlighting the ways diverse communities support and reinforce one another in building more inclusive workplaces and peaceful societies
(Religious Freedom & Business Foundation)

Friday, 20 August 2021

EVENT, 22-24 August 2021: Dare to Overcome: Global Business Convention & Peace Awards (four-year global business, technology procurement, sustainable development and peace initiative)
(Religious Freedom & Business Foundation)

Friday, 30 July 2021

CALL FOR PAPERS, deadline 30 July 2021: International Institute for Religious Freedom Special Issue on Refugees and FoRB
(International Institute for Religious Freedom)

CALL FOR PAPERS, Proposals due by 30 July 2021: Special Issue on “Refugees and FORB”
(International Journal for Religious Freedom)

CALL FOR PAPERS, Abstract submissions due 30 July 2021: “I Have Called You by Name: Human Dignity in a Secular World”
(de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture)

Wednesday, 28 July 2021

WEBINAR, 28 July 2021, (9AM New York/3PM Brussels): A Digital Revolution? Ethical Implications and Interreligious Engagement
(EU & International Affairs office of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the G20 Interfaith Forum, Ahead of the 2021 Italy G20 Summit Webinar Series)

Wednesday, 14 July 2021

WEBINAR, 14 July 2021, (9AM New York/3PM Brussels): Interfaith Initiatives to Achieve the Agenda 2030 Environmental Goals
(EU & International Affairs office of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the G20 Interfaith Forum, Ahead of the 2021 Italy G20 Summit Webinar Series)

Monday, 5 July 2021

WEBINAR, 7 June - 5 July 2021 (English, German): Comparing the Law of Religions: Different Approaches and Methods (PDF)
(University of Munich)

Thursday, 1 July 2021

CALL FOR PAPERS, Deadline 1 July 2021: Twelfth Annual Religious Liberty Student Writing Competition
(Washington DC/Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society and the International Center for Law and Religion Studies)

Wednesday, 30 June 2021

WEBINAR, 30 June 2021 (9AM New York/3PM Brussels): Freedom of Religion or Belief to Promote Peace, Justice & Stronger Societies
(EU & International Affairs office of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the G20 Interfaith Forum, Ahead of the 2021 Italy G20 Summit Webinar Series)

VIRTUAL EVENT, 30 June 2021 (3PM ET): USCIRF Conversation on the Exodus of Religious Minority Communities in Afghanistan
(U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom)

Tuesday, 29 June 2021

EVENT, 27-29 June 2021: Religious Liberty Summit
(University of Notre Dame)

EVENT, 22-29 June 2021: Religious Freedom Week 2021: Solidarity in Freedom
(United States Conference of Catholic Bishops)

Monday, 28 June 2021

LECTURE SERIES, 28 June 2021, (6:30PM GMT+2): Assisted suicide: an Italian perspective
(Adelaide Madera, Universität Trier)

Thursday, 24 June 2021

ZOOM SEMINAR, 24 June 2021 (5:30-7:30pm BST): 'Cult' Rhetoric in 21st Century
(Hosted by Edward Graham-Hyde and Aled Thomas, Inform Seminar)

Wednesday, 23 June 2021

VIRTUAL EVENT, 23 June 2021 (10:30AM ET): USCIRF Conversation on Ten Years after the Arab Spring: How has Religious Freedom Changed Across the Middle East?
(U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom)

WEBINAR, 23 June 2021 (3PM Brussels): Faith & Society Webinar Series [Ep. 4] | Interfaith Dialogue: The Key to Peace and Pluralism
(The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints European Office)

Monday, 21 June 2021

ONLINE EVENT, 21 June 2021: Online Academy Europe challenged by populism: Churches as “the salt of the earth”?
(Conference of European Churches)

LECTURE SERIES, 21 June 2021, (6:30PM GMT+2): Religious minorities in Turkey
(Adelaide Madera, Universität Trier)

Friday, 18 June 2021

ONLINE EVENT, 18 June 2021 (1PM ET): Fierce Freedom with Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis
(Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty)

ONLINE EVENT, 16-18 June 2021: Human Rights and the Governance of Religious, Cultural and Gender Diversity
(Summer Courses Foundation, University of the Basque Country)

Title IX rules protect LGBTQ+ students, Dept. of Education says
(Mark A. Kellner, Washington Examiner)

Indonesian vice president: Religion does not teach terrorism
(Antara News)

Faith leaders to meet at Vatican in October to discuss climate change
(Cindy Wooden, The Compass)

Why Africa’s faith leaders hold the key to dispelling vaccine doubts
(Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani, The Optimist)

Former Muslim leader at China's biggest mosque in Xinjiang incarcerated
(The Japan Times)

Indonesia: A call for religious reform based on Marx' theories
(Justin L. Wejak, Eurasia Review Opinion)

US Supreme Court rules for Catholic group in LGBTQ rights dispute

Boris Johnson and Britain are having their own Catholic crisis
(Catherine Pepinster, The Washington Post)

Yazidi survivors of Isis crimes need more help from international community
(Sadhbh Gallagher, The Irish Times)

The Jesuit priest linking Indians and Pakistanis as unlikely pen pals
(Priyadarshini Sen, Religion Unplugged)

Supreme Court rules in favor of Catholic foster care agency, in narrow win for religious rights
(Yonat Shimron, The Washington Post)

Ebrahim Raisi poised to sweep into Iranian presidency despite weak religious credentials
(Jospeh Hammond, The Washington Post)

USCIRF condemns Saudi Arabia’s latest execution of Shi’a man
(U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom)

Russia: Freedom of religion or belief – Special bimonthly FORB (01-15.06.2021)
(Human Rights Without Frontiers International)

Unanimous Supreme Court protects foster moms & 200-year-old ministry
(q, Becket)

Court holds that city’s refusal to make referrals to faith-based agency violates Constitution
(Amy Howe, SCOTUSblog)

Court: If bias rules have exceptions, faith groups qualify
(Peter Smith, Associated Press)

Another victory at the Supreme Court for religious groups
(Jessica Gresko, Associated Press)

Hungary: Lawmakers pass law barring LGBT content for minors
(Balazs Pivarnyik and Bela Szandelszky, Associated Press)

DOE says Title IX bans LGBT discrimination
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Colleges can now be punished for mistreating LGBTQ students
(Kelsey Dallas, Deseret News)

Enforcement of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 with Respect to Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in Light of Bostock v. Clayton County (PDF)
(U.S. Department of Education)

4th Circuit: Governor and Attorney General were wrong defendants in challenge to Maryland conversion therapy ban
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Maryland counseling ban case continues with new defendant
(y couns, Liberty Counsel)

LGBTQ groups, allies see trouble in ruling upholding discrimination in Philly
(Ja’han Jones, Huffington Post)

Why unanimity was so important in the Fulton case
(Roger Severino, National Review)

Supreme Court sides with Catholic agency barred by Philly for denying same-sex foster couples
(Michael Tanenbaum, Philly Voice)

Thursday, 17 June 2021

EVENT, 17-19 June 2021: Religious Pluralism In An Era of Globalization
(Center for Studies on New Religions, Centre de Ressources et d’Observation de l’Innovation Religieuse, International Society for the Study of New Religions)

EVENT, 17-19 June 2021: Foundations of religious liberty seminar: Common moral commitments in an age of individual autonomy
(Religious Freedom Institute)

VIRTUAL EVENT, 17 June 2021: The implications of the COVID-19 pandemic on religious exercises in the context of the United States (PDF)
(Dipartimento di Giurisprudenza, Università degli Studi di Messina)

Wednesday, 16 June 2021

What to read, and why, as Catholic bishops mull plan to deny Biden Holy Communion
(Clemente Lisi, GetReligion)

WEBINAR, 16 June 2021 (1PM ET): Local Faith Communities Respond to Venezuelan Displacement in Latin America and the Caribbean
(Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)

ONLINE EVENT, 15-17 June 2021: Religious Freedom Annual Review
(International Center for Law and Religion Studies, BYU Law)

America must rethink its unique and contradictory advocacy of Israel’s Jewishness
(Shibley Telhami, The Brookings Doha Center)

Will Naftali Bennett’s diverse coalition lead Israel to recognize Jewish diversity?
(Michele Chabin, Religion News Service)

Haredi parties boycott Haredi consultants working with Bennett's government
(Sam Sokol, Haaretz)

Israel’s ultra-Orthodox parties, shorn of influence, vow to unseat new leader
(Felicia Schwartz, Dov Lieber, The Wall Street Journal)

Ireland: Children being bullied at school because they practice their religion
(Jess Casey, Irish Times)

Catholic bishops this week will discuss if Biden qualifies for Communion
(Michelle Boorstein, The Washington Post)

Ramadan at Starbucks: How companies can profit by respecting religious diversity
(Eboo Patel, USA Today)

Evangelicals are losing their climate skepticism
(Mark Silk, Religion News Service)

Council’s admission shows Christians can’t be cancelled
(Lois McLatchie, The Times)

Nadine Maenza elected as Chair of Bipartisan U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, Nury Turkel as Vice Chair
(United States International Religious Freedom)

Faith Leaders tell G7 Leaders to strengthen the international rules-based order and respond to Uyghur Genocide
(David Alton, Lord Alton of Liverpool)

Street preacher lacks standing to challenge COVID restrictions
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

College seeks injunction pending appeal to 8th Circuit in suit against HUD's transgender policy on student housing
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

MO college asks appeals court to halt Biden order that opens dorms, showers to opposite sex
(Alliance Defending Freedom)

Michigan Governor bans use of state funds for conversion therapy
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Whitmer bans government funds for conversion therapy on minors, calls for practice to be outlawed in Michigan
(Malachi Barrett, M Live)

Christian candidates to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights should not face discrimination
(ADF International)

Open letter to the Sovereign States of the Organization of American States (PDF)
(multiple signatories)

Iran expels Italian nun who served 26 years at leprosarium
(Union of Catholic Asian News)

50th Anniversary of COPIC (PDF)
(Conference of European Churches)

Conference of European Churches president congratulates COPIC on 50th anniversary and signing of climate memo
(Conference of European Churches)

Edinburgh Council apologises for the cancellation of a church conference
(Evangelical Focus Europe)

Vietnam: Religious leaders call for prayer, fairness over church-linked COVID outbreak
(CSW: Everyone Free to Believe)

Spanish High Court defends Christian television: opinions about homosexuality are not hate speech
(Evangelical Focus Europe)

More Singapore residents identifying as having no religion: census
(Yahoo News)

20% of Singapore residents have no religion, an increase from the last population census
(Cheryl Lin, CNA)

5 things to watch for as Catholic bishops conference debates Communion ban
(Jack Jenkins, Religion News Service)

Southern Baptist Convention elects Ed Litton as president in victory for moderate forces
(Ian Lovett, The Wall Street Journal)

Archdiocese of Los Angeles issues new guidelines to fully reopen parishes
(Alejandra Molina, Religion News Service)

Weekly Highlight #160: COVID-19: Exploring Faith Dimensions: Masks and secularism; vaccine rates; nationalism and COVID-19
(Berkley Center, Joint Learning Initiative, WFDD)

‘Am I the worst thing a person can be?’: Witches fight media bias
(Heather Greene, Religion News Service)

Florida to require daily moment of silence in schools for students to 'reflect, pray as they see fit'
(Emily Wood, The Christian Post)

A call for religious reform
(Justin L. Wejak, Union of Catholic Asian News)

China: Freedom of religion or belief: Special bimonthly newsletter (01-15.06.2021)
(Human Rights Without Frontiers International)

Churches become refuges for fleeing civilians in Myanmar
(Union of Catholic Asian News)

China: UN human rights experts alarmed by ‘organ harvesting’ allegations
(UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights)

China offers glimpse of Tibetan life without the Dalai Lama
(Sam McNeil, Religion News Service)

Netanyahu Is Out, Islamic Party Is In – OpEd
(Rabbi Allen S. Maller, Eurasia Review Opinion)

Perspective: Why this lesbian is for religious liberty
(Meg Mott, Deseret News Faith)

Texas Supreme Court: First Amendment bars clergyman’s million-dollar suit against Catholic Church
(Becket: Press Release)

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