Law and Religion Headlines

Thursday, 8 September 2022

EVENT, 31 August - 8 September 2022: The 11th Assembly of the World Council of Churches
(World Council of Churches)

Thursday, 23 June 2022

EVENT, 20-23 June 2022: Fifth Annual Conference of the European Academy of Religion
(European Academy of Religion)

Monday, 23 May 2022

EVENT, 23-25 May 2021: Dare to Overcome: Promoting mutual respect and allyship among diverse communities
(Religious Freedom & Business Foundation)

Friday, 6 May 2022

CALL FOR PAPERS, 6 May 2022: 2022 Notre Dame Church, State & Society Writing Competition
(Program on Church, State & Society at Notre Dame Law School)

Sunday, 20 March 2022

EVENT, 17-20 March 2022: 3rd European Catholic Social Days. Europe - beyond the pandemic: a new beginning
(Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union, Council of the Bishops’ Conferences of Europe, Slovak Episcopal Conference, Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development)

Monday, 14 March 2022

ESSAY CONTEST, 14 March 2022: Annual Religious Liberty Essay Scholarship Contest (High School)
(Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty)

Thursday, 10 March 2022

EVENT, 10-11 March 2022: 2022 Church History Symposium—Latter-day Saints and Religious Liberty: Historical and Global Perspectives
(BYU Department of Church History and Doctrine and the Church History Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)

EVENT, 10-12 March 2022: Wellbeing of digitalized societies and work place
(Conference of European Churches)

Tuesday, 1 March 2022

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

Friday, 25 February 2022

EVENT, 25 to 27 February 2022: European Regional Pre-Assembly for WCC 11th Assembly
(Conference of European Churches and World Council of Churches, Warsaw, Poland)

Monday, 21 February 2022

EVENT, 21 February 2022 (12:30PM ET): RLI Book Discussion: Why Do People Discriminate Against Jews?
(University of Notre Dame Law School)

Thursday, 3 February 2022

VIRTUAL EVENT, 3 February 2022 (07:00 MST): HRLC Annual Lecture - Women’s Rights are Human Rights: A Perspective from Afghanistan
(Human Rights Law Centre)

Sunday, 30 January 2022

CALL FOR PAPERS, 30 January 2022: Virtual Conference: Freedom of Religion or Belief and Gender Equality in Turkey
(Freedom of Belief Initiative)

Friday, 28 January 2022

VIRTUAL COURSE: January and February 2022: Martyrs, Minorities, Faith And Fidelity: Exploring ‘Loyalty’ In Christianity And Islam
(Emory Continuing Education)

Monday, 24 January 2022

EVENT, 24 January 2022 (12:25PM ET): Law Review Symposium: Re-Thinking the Law to Ensure the Protection of Religious Minorities
(University of Notre Dame Law School)

Thursday, 20 January 2022

VIRTUAL EVENT, 20 January 2022 (14:00 CET): Health and FORB: Promoting health and well-being for all
(The International Panel of Parliamentarians for Freedom of Religion or Belief (IPPFoRB))

WEBINAR, 20 January 2022 (2PM ET): Racism in the Media-Manufacturing Hate
(G20 Interfaith Forum)

WEBINAR, 20 January 2022 (11AM ET): Clergy Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church: Listening to the Voices of Survivors
(Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)

Wednesday, 19 January 2022

FBI, DHS warn faith-based communities 'will likely continue' to be targets of violence
(Geneva Sands, CNN)

A Martin Luther King Day reminder: Religion matters in public life
(Mark Rienzi, National Review)

Warriors minority owner under fire for comments on Uyghurs
(Janie McCauley, Associated Press)

Certiorari denied in Virginia ministerial residence tax exemption dispute
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Gorsuch balks at rejection of religious tax exemption case
(Alexandra Jones, Courthouse News Service)

Over Gorsuch dissent, court denies review in dispute over definition of “minister”
(Amy Howe, SCOTUSblog)

Justices debate speech and religion in spat over flag-flying at Boston city hall
(Amy Howe, SCOTUSblog)

As Congress debates, Black Baptist leader calls denial of voting rights ‘evil’
(Adelle M. Banks, Religion News Service)

Tuesday, 18 January 2022

WEBINAR, 18 January 2022 (12PM ET): National Committee for Religious Freedom Launch Event
(National Committee for Religious Freedom)

Monday, 17 January 2022

Italy: Friendship between cardinal and politician cemented comeback of ‘Bologna school’
(John L. Allen Jr., Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Tibetan Muslims straddle faith and tradition in China and India
(Radio Free Asia)

Hostages safe after Texas synagogue standoff; captor dead
(Jake Bleiberg, Eric Tucker And Michael Balsamo, Associated Press)

Don’t gaslight the Jews. We know exactly what happened yesterday in Colleyville.
(Jeffrey Salkin, RNS Column: Martini Judaism)

U.S. Jews to increase vigilance, training after Texas synagogue attack, experts say
(Mark A. Kellner, The Washington Times)

Texas synagogue hostage crisis: A case study in downplaying antisemitism
(David Harsanyi, National Review)

Manchester police arrest two teenagers in connection with Texas synagogue siege
(Ray Hanania, Arab News)

Hostages safe, invader dead as standoff at Dallas-area synagogue ends
(Yonat Shimron, Religion News Service)

Michigan city council becomes first all-Muslim led government in US
(Arab News)

India: Hindu monk jailed after calling for ‘genocide’ of Muslims
(Sheikh Saaliq, Associated Press)

India: Expert warns of impending ‘genocide’ of Muslims in India
(Al Jazeera)

India: Bishop rape ruling raises questions about role of church
(Murali Krishnan, Deutsche Welle)

India: ‘Make in India’s’ Muslim marginalisation
(Christian Kurzydlowski, East Asia Forum)

India: 200 Hindu radicals attack Christians at house church in India
(Anugrah Kumar, The Christian Post)

Share of Americans who donated to religious organizations remains at all-time low: Gallup
(Ryan Foley, The Christian Post)

Protesters demonstrate against vaccine mandate in nation's capital: 'This is loving your neighbor'
(Ryan Foley, The Christian Post)

President Nelson commemorates Martin Luther King Jr. Day
(Newsroom: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)

Jews and Muslims can walk a common path. Martin Luther King Jr. showed us how.
(Eboo Patel and Joshua Stanton, Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

Statement in observance of Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday
(Parliament of the World's Religions)

Preaching the Dream: 5 important speeches by Martin Luther King Jr.
(Michael Gryboski, The Christian Post)

African American Muslims among those targeted by anti-Muslim group
(Joseph Hammond, Religion News Service)

Syria: Last Christian in Idlib recalls his community
(Mouneb Taim, Al-Monitor: Syrian Press)

Israeli ultra-Orthodox leaders push for children to get vaccinated
(Israel Hershkovitz, Al-Monitor: Israeli Press)

Libyan government's push to promote marriages faces backlash
(Mustafa Fetouri, Al-Monitor: Libyan Press)

Turkish teen suicide revives secular-pious debate
(Amberin Zaman, Al-Monitor: Turkey Press)

Northeast Syria’s experience signifies challenge of ending use of children in conflicts
(Nadia Al-Faour, Arab News)

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

China: An open letter to United Nations Secretary General, António Guterres 
(Human Rights Without Frontiers International)

Vietnam: IGE convenes training for lecturers at Vietnam's premier leadership development institute for government officials
(Institute for Global Engagement)

America must strengthen its commitment to religious pluralism
(Christopher Walsh, Deseret News)

American secularism is growing — and growing more complicated
(Michelle Boorstein, The Washington Post)

At many churches, pandemic hits collection plates, budgets
(Holly Meyer and Haleluya Hadero, Associated Press)

Ethiopian diaspora torn by ethnic tensions in Tigray war
(Associated Press)

Italian high court faults prosecutors in Vatican-linked case
(Nicole Winfield, Associated Press)

Virginia Governor creates commission to combat antisemitism
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

California settles suit over Aztec prayer in ethnic studies curriculum
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

NY City Council member loses claim this his expulsion was because of hostility to his Christian anti-LGBT views
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Articles of interest - 17 January 2022
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Split en banc 9th Circuit denies review of refusal to enjoin school vaccine mandate that lacks religious exemption
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Ecclesiastical abstention doctrine bars adjudication of some claims in dispute between church factions
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

5 ways to observe UN World Interfaith Harmony Week 2022
(Parliament of the World's Religions)

Philippine bishop rebukes Marcos supporters
(Joseph Peter Calleja, Union of Catholic Asian News)

Pakistan: Protecting religious minorities, especially women: the commitment of Christian and Muslim leaders
(Agenzia Fides)

Pakistan: Christians demand direct voting for MPs
(Kamran Chaudhry, Union of Catholic Asian News)

Kazakhstan: Religion doesn’t play central role among youth in Kazakhstan, two new polls show
(Paul Goble, Eurasia Review)

Kazakhstan Catholics 'shocked' by January riots
(Jonathan Luxmoore, Union of Catholic Asian News)

Sri Lankan Catholics seek justice for Easter attack victims
(Quintus Colombage, Union of Catholic Asian News)

UN: Taliban attempting to exclude women, girls from public life
(Al Jazeera)

Iran to reopen OIC representative office in Saudi Arabia
(Al Jazeera)

Ukrainian priests appeal for support as Russian threat grows
(Religious Information Service of Ukraine (RISU))

Is Lebanon on the brink of civil religious war?
(The European Times)

Russian foreign minister injects religious dimension of Ukrainian issue
(Liudmila Troptsenko, Korrespondent, Russia Religion News (Stetson University))

Russia: Freedom of religion or belief: Special Bimonthly FORB Digest (01–15.01.2022)
(Human Rights Without Frontiers International)

Legal Journal Number 4 (17): January 2022 (Spanish)
(Observatorio de Libertad Religiosa de América Latina y El Caribe)

Reviving Protestant natural law
(Jordan J. Ballor, Public Discourse: The Journal of the Witherspoon Institute)

#Abortion: The religious right meets TikTok
(Rachel Wagner, Canopy Forum on the Interactions of Law & Religion)

War & penance: What the Church can offer soldiers—and the rest of us.
(Philip G. Porter, Commonweal)

Germany: Holocaust survivor Charlotte Knobloch leads Germany’s Jews into an uncertain future
(Cnaan Liphshiz, Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

No, religious freedom doesn’t send people to hell
(Russell Moore, Christianity Today)

Boston was right to refuse to fly Christian flag
(Rachel Laser and Brian Kaylor, Boston Globe)

Boston’s refusal to fly a Christian flag over city hall raises First Amendment questions
(Amy Howe, SCOTUSblog)

New podcast: Reformed Church in America split points to rising tensions in Calvin country
(Terry Mattingly, GetReligion)

Variations on old questions: What do U.S. churches believe on transgender issues?
(Richard Ostling, GetReligion)

Netherlands: Driving licences, colanders and Pastafarians: De Wilde
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Georgia: Failure to protect LGBT demonstrators from mob violence: Women’s Initiatives Supporting Group
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

UK: Catholic agency calls for reform of UK asylum process after Channel death
(Charles Collins, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Law and religion round-up – 16th January
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

White evangelicals only U.S. group to say marriage, children should be priority, poll shows
(Peter Kenny, Ecumenical News)

Australia: 'Profoundly disappointed' Serbian Orthodox Church calls on Australia to revoke Novak Djokovic's deportation
(Peter Kenny, Ecumenical News)

Poland: Threatening church means threatening Poland and cannot be tolerated, says Kaczyński
(Ben Koschalka, Notes from Poland)

Myanmar: Catholic Church in Kayah State attacked as fighting intensifies
(International Christian Concern)

New book: The Universe Is on Our Side: Restoring Faith in American Public Life
(Bruce Ledewitz, Oxford University Press)

Frankly Speaking: ‘I was attacked during the 2016 campaign simply because I was Muslim,’ says former Hillary Clinton staffer Huma Abedin
(Frank Kane, Arab News)

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