Law and Religion Headlines

Thursday, 11 March 2021

DAY OF ACTION, 11 March 2021: Sacred People, Sacred Earth Day of Action
(Parliament of the World's Religions)

Friday, 12 February 2021

INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP and PUBLISHING PROJECT: 12-13 February 2021: Religion, State, and Society in Post-Communist Countries: Thirty Years after the End of the Cold War
(Elizabeth Clark, Merilin Kivirog, Dmytro Vovk, BYU Law ICLRS, University of Tartu School of Law, Yaroslav Mudryi National Law University’s Center for Rule of Law and Religion Studies)

Friday, 15 January 2021

CALL FOR MANUSCRIPTS, due 15 January 2021: Special Issue - "The Crisis of Religious Freedom in the Age of COVID-19 Pandemic"
(Prof. Adelaide Madera, Guest Editor, Laws)

Thursday, 14 January 2021

ONLINE SEMINAR, 14 January 2021 (17.30-19.30 GMT - London time): Becoming religious: How and why beliefs and practices are transmitted

Friday, 1 January 2021

TIMELINE of the 9th European Court of Human Rights Moot Court Competition (Final Round May 2021)
(The European Court of Human RIghts)

Thursday, 17 December 2020

ONLINE CONFERENCE, 16-17 December 2020: The Hope of Communion: 1920 to 2020
(Conference of European Churches)

Friday, 11 December 2020

CALL FOR EVIDENCE, 11 December 2020: Independent Faith Engagement Review

Thursday, 10 December 2020

CONFERENCE, 10-13 December 2020: The Person in a Post-Religious Society (Moscow, Russia)
(St. Andrew’s Biblical Theological Institute)

WEBINAR, 10 December 2020, 17:30 GMT: Rowan Williams on “Saving our Order: Thomas Becket, Henry II and the Law of Church and State”
(Ecclesiastical Law Society)

Wednesday, 9 December 2020

ONLINE FORUM, 9-10 December 2020: 22nd EU NGO Human Rights Forum - The Impact of New Technologies on Human Rights
(EU NGO Forum)

Thursday, 3 December 2020

SUMMIT, 3 December 2020 (1PM Eastern): How Embracing Religious Diversity & Inclusion Strengthens Workplaces
(The Religious Freedom Center of the Freedom Forum and Religious Freedom & Business Foundation)

Tuesday, 1 December 2020

WEBINAR, 1-2 December 2020: Buddhist-Christian Perspectives on Contemplative Practices and Religious Belonging
(Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)

Monday, 30 November 2020

ONLINE EVENT, 30 November 2020 (9am EST): Elijah Board of World Religious Leaders Opening Event
(YouTube Video, Elijah Interfaith Institute)

WEBINAR, 30 November 2020 (4PM Qatar): France and Islam: Identity, Politics, and Geopolitics
(The Brookings Doha Center)

Thursday, 26 November 2020

ONLINE EVENT, 26 November 2020: Building Back Better Conference: The Church and Social Cohesion
(Theos Think Tank)

Wednesday, 25 November 2020

IFN Bulletin - November 2020 (PDF)
(Inter Faith Network for the UK)

Opinion: Thankful we can speak our minds this Thanksgiving
(Patty Rhule, Freedom Forum Institute)

WEBINAR SERIES, 25 November 2020 (4 PM CEST): The Android and the Fax: AI and Buddhism in Contemporary Japan
(Erica Baffelli (University of Manchester), Center for Religious Studies, Foundazione Bruno Kessler, Trento)

Raphael Warnock, Amy Coney Barrett, and religious tolerance
(Ramesh Ponnuru, National Review)

ZOOM WEBINAR, 25 November 2020 (6:00 pm GMT-3): Celebración del Día de la Libertad Religiosa

ONLINE EVENT, 25 November 2020: Roundtable on Law and Religion "God, law and the Constitution"
(YouTube Video, Lomonosov Moscow State University)

Muslim schools are allies in France’s fight against radicalization – not the cause
(Carol Ferrara, The Conversation)

Muslims have visualized Prophet Muhammad in words and calligraphic art for centuries
(Suleyman Dost, The Conversation)

Justice Alito: If you're worried about religious liberty, follow news in higher education
(Terry Mattingly, OnReligion)

Party on, America? The concept of loyalty offers hope for our democracy—but only a loyalty that transcends party spirit
(William Schweiker, Sightings: The Martin Marty Center, University of Chicago Divinity School)

Lightning bolts, abortion bans and the glorious history of women going on strike
(Lucy Delap, The Conversation)

Faith groups are vital to the social safety net. But volunteers they rely on are aging and their denominations are shrinking.
(Bob Smietana, The Washington Post)

6th Circuit allows Tennessee "reason" abortion ban
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Court lets part of Tennessee abortion ban take effect

New York AG sues Buffalo Diocese and former bishops for handling of sex abuse complaints
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Attorney General James takes action against Catholic Diocese of Buffalo for failing to protect minors from sexual abuse by clergy
(New York Attorney General)

Church seeks Supreme Court relief against California COVID-19 restrictions
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Kentucky AG sues its governor over religious school closures
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Attorney General Cameron joins Kentucky school in filing lawsuit to stop Governor’s unconstitutional order banning in-person instruction at religious schools

Firing only unmarried pregnant teachers is not proper enforcement of Catholic school's morals code
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Fired NJ Catholic school teacher can sue over premarital sex, court rules
(Mike Deak, Bridgewater Courier News)

Christians, others in Egypt arrested for ‘insulting Islam’
(Morning Star News)

South Korea: Kim Ju-hye: Kidnapped and forced into a coercive de-conversion programme for 51 days by her family
(Human Rights Without Frontiers International)

Legal Spirits Episode 029: “What it means to be human”–a discussion with Professor Carter Snead
(Law and Religion Forum, St. John's Law School Center for Law & Religion)

USCIRF releases new report about countering violent extremism in Tajikistan
(U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom)

Cameroon cardinal says he ‘refused to be tortured psychologically’ during kidnapping
(Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Man admits to defecating twice at Catholic parish church in England
(Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Bishop says cockfighting erodes ‘societal moral fiber’ of the Philippines
(Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Faith, history, and politics: A transatlantic conversation about the role of religion in the American story
(Howard L. Muncy and Richard Carwardine, Public Discourse: The Journal of the Witherspoon Institute)

Religion-making in Japan’s courts of law
(Ernils Larsson, Canopy Forum on the Interactions of Law & Religion)

Biden can restore America’s credibility on religious freedom
(Judd Birdsall, Religion & Politics: Fit for Polite Company)

Indian state criminalises religious conversions by marriage

Allahabad HC says previous orders on interfaith marriages not ‘good law’
(The Indian Express)

Indian state criminalizes 'forced' religious conversions by marriage
(Saurabh Sharma, Reuters)

Several Jehovah's Witnesses leaders detained in Russia - Investigative Committee

UK Christian charities urge prime minister not to cut development aid budget
(Peter Kenny, Ecumenical News)

The last children of Down Syndrome: Prenatal testing is changing who gets born and who doesn’t. This is just the beginning.
(Sarah Zhang, The Atlantic)

The Atlantic offers faith-free take on this question: Should Down Syndrome kids be allowed to live?
(Julia Duin, GetReligion)

‘America, nobody can serve God and the military’: What happens when the dogma lives loudly within a Democrat.
(David French, Dispatch: The French Press)

Protestants find amicable arrangement for their church building
(Aleksei Kucheriavykh, Tolk, Russia Religion News (Stetson University))

Cabinet Office statement on “Christmas bubbles”
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Quebec to allow gatherings during Christmas, but not Hanukkah, frustrating province’s Jews
(Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

‘Never again: Confronting the global rise of anti-Semitism’– US Embassy to Holy See & Holy See join forces
(Deborah Castellano Lubov, Zenit: The World Seen from Rome)

Rethinking religion and U.S. refugee resettlement
(Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)

Refugee resettlement in Utah: Lessons on community and religious engagement (Responding to: Rethinking religion and U.S. refugee resettlement)
(Coby Vail, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)

An inauguration charge for Joe Biden: Reform asylum with anti-racist immigration protocols (Responding to: Rethinking religion and U.S. refugee resettlement)
(Helen T. Boursier, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)

For refugee resettlement to “Build Back Better,” let communities take the lead
(Emily Crane Linn, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)

Poland’s anti-abortion push highlights pandemic risks to democracy
(Brian Grodsky, The Conversation)

France is about to become less free: In the aftermath of recent terrorist attacks, the French government has introduced new legislation that threatens the very freedoms it vows to defend.
(Mira Kamdar, The Atlantic)

Right of blasphemy? (French)
(Christian Krieger, UEPAL)

Taking stock one year after Sierra Leone’s gender violence ‘emergency’
(Laura S. Martin and Simeon Koroma, The Conversation)

#ShutItAllDown in Namibia – the fight against gender-based violence
(Henning Melber, The Conversation)

New report ranks how friendly – or not – African governments are towards girls
(Rondayi Fambasayi, The Conversation)

5th Circuit en banc holds medicaid patients cannot challenge Planned Parenthood defunding
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Fifth Circuit reverses itself, dealing significant setback to Planned Parenthood in Texas
(Elura Nanos, Law and Crime)

China mulls new rules on foreigners to 'prohibit religious extremism'
(James Giffiths, CNN)

"No one is immune from raids": Life of Uighurs in the Xinjiang Region, China
(CSWPress, FoRB in Full: A blog by CSW)

China criticizes pope over comment on Uighur Muslim minority
(Associated Press)

China proposes new rules for religious activities by foreigners
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Forum voor Democratie wants to install wiretapping equipment in Salafist mosques
(NL Times)

Weekly highlight #133: Religious coping, Holidays hampered, and rituals shifting in the continued fight against COVID-19
(Berkley Center, Joint Learning Initiative, WFDD)

SNP announce further changes to controversial Hate Crime Bill
(Alistair Grant, The Herald (Scotland))

Russia carries out mass raids on Jehovah's Witnesses, makes arrests

Banned Catholic pro-life midwifery student at Nottingham Uni wins apology and payout
(Gabriella Swerling, The Telegraph)

The Egyptian Initiative calls for the release of an Azhar teacher accused of spreading "Quranism" and the end to the prosecution of people with different religious affiliations
(Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights)

Counting religion in Britain, October 2020
(Clive D. Field, British Religion in Numbers)

Faith, Race and Hate Crime Grants scheme announces £1.8 million in project support

What are the hate crime laws and should they be reformed?
(Simon Perfect, Theos Think Tank)

Growing good; growth, social action and discipleship in the Church of England
(Hannah Rich, Theos Think Tank)

Prayer as Transgression? The Social Relations of Prayer in Healthcare Settings
(Sheryl Reimer-Kirkham, Sonya Sharma, Rachel D. Brown and Melania Calestani, McGill Queen University Press)

Together in tribulation: British Muslims and the COVID-19 pandemic
(The Muslim Council of Britain)

Keeping the Faith: Partnerships between faith groups and local authorities during and beyond the pandemic (PDF)
(The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Faith and Society)

Religion and Belief Literacy: Reconnecting a Chain of Learning
(Adam Dinham, Policy Press)

British Gods: Religion in Modern Britain
(Steve Bruce, Oxford University Press)

Worldview Literature Review
(Religious Education Council of England and Wales)

Tuesday, 24 November 2020

WEBINAR, 24 November 2020 (3PM EST): Lunch Series on Religion and Nationalism: China
(Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)

Views of President Nelson’s video climb into the millions as #GiveThanks trends on Twitter
(Tad Walch, Deseret News)

Monday, 23 November 2020

Islamic State claims sabotage attack on Egypt’s gas pipeline to Israel
(Al-Monitor: Israel Pulse)

Egypt criticized for arrests of human rights advocates
(Al-Monitor: Egypt Pulse)

Egypt adds leading activist, politician to terror watch list
(Associated Press)

Egypt cracks down on blasphemy in wave of arrests
(Al-Monitor: The Pulse of the Middle East)

Pope Francis encourages young economists to learn from the poor
(Hannah Brockhaus, Catholic News Agency)

18 states file brief supporting Tennessee's discrimination abortion ban
(Catholic News Agency)

Unborn are America's 'most vulnerable citizens': 18 states defend fetal heartbeat ban in court
(Michael Foust, Christian Headlines)

Christian group sends 27,000 Bibles, books to Albania
(Jackson Elliott, The Christian Post)

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