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)

Monday, 14 March 2022

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

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, 10 January 2022

CALL FOR PAPERS, 10 January 2022: Digital persecution, an international interdisciplinary academic conference
(Open Doors UK, University of Birmingham, University of Roehampton)

Thursday, 16 December 2021

WEBINAR, 16-17 December 2021 (9AM CET): Mapping Religious Difference in Europe: The Atlas of Religious or Belief Minority Rights
(University of Trento)

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)

WEBINAR, 9 December 2021 (7:30 GMT/14:30 Bangkok): SEAFORB Webinar 6--Protecting the Social Space Needed to Optimize Religious Contributions to Society: Fostering Collaboration for Sustainable Development, Peace Building, and COVID Recovery
(Southeast Asia Freedom of Religion or Belief Conference)

Wednesday, 8 December 2021

WEBINAR, 8 December 2021 (10:30AM ET): State-Sanctioned Religious Freedom Violations and Coercion by Saudi Arabia and Iran
(U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom)

American states must stop discriminating against religious schools
(Richard Garnett, Olivia Rodgers, Religious Freedom Institute)

Kyrgyzstan: Jehovah's Witnesses books will not be banned as 'extremist'
(Massimo Introvigne, Bitter Winter: A Magazine on Religious Liberty and Human Rights in China)

EVENT, 8 December 2021, 6:00 pm CST (US): Everyone Everywhere: The Rights that Unite Us – Bill and Barbara Benac Human Dignity and Fairness for All Lecture, Dallas, Texas, United States
(World Affairs Council Dallas Fort Worth)

Will Roe v Wade be overturned, and what would this mean? The US abortion debate explained
(Prudence Flowers, The Conversation)

A history of destruction: why the WA Aboriginal cultural heritage bill will not prevent another Juukan Gorge-like disaster
(Joe Dortch, Anne Poelina, Jo Thomson, and Kado Muir, The Conversation)

Tuesday, 7 December 2021

WEBINAR, New Date: 7 December 2021 (11AM): USCIRF Conversation: Democracy and Religious Freedom
(U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom)

Monday, 6 December 2021

Body of Sri Lankan lynching victim arrives from Pakistan
(Associated Press)

Why Pakistan’s blasphemy legislation has no basis in law or religion
(Faizan Mustafa, The Indian Express)

Supreme Court to decide: can Maine take the religion out of religious schools?
(Becket: Press Release)

This Supreme Court case could take a 'wrecking ball' to separation of church and state
(Madeleine Carlisle and Katie Reilly, Time)

Do taxpayers have to fund religious education? The Supreme Court may say yes
(Rachel Laser, The Washington Post Opinion)

The Supreme Court should end religious discrimination in school choice programs once and for all
(Andrew Wimer, Forbes)

Just how big is the Mississippi abortion case at U.S. Supreme Court? Well, THIS BIG
(Bobby Ross Jr., GetReligion)

ADF asks US Supreme Court: Must rescue missions choose either their faith or accepting parolees?
(Alliance Defending Freedom)

What an America without Roe would look like
(Claire Cain Miller and Margot Sanger-Katz, The New York Times)

From Syria to Slovakia, buildings are lit up in support of persecuted Christians
(Catholic News Agency)

Program explores how social media can help young people engage their faith
(Catholic News Service)

EU scraps inclusive language guidelines advising Christmas be replaced with 'holiday times'
(Anugrah Kumar, The Christian Post)

Nearly two-thirds of likely voters say Biden not doing enough to fight rising gas prices, poll finds
(Michael Gryboski, The Christian Post)

51% of US Evangelicals believe Jews are ‘still God’s chosen people’: poll
(Michael Gryboski, The Christian Post)

Why ‘sorcery’ was the fastest-growing search term on Bible Gateway in 2021
(Emily McFarlan Miller, Religion News Service)

USCIRF welcomes diplomatic boycott of Beijing Winter Olympics
(U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom)

Iran: FORB monthly digest -News about Baha’is and Christians in November (07.12.2021)
(Human Rights Without Frontiers International)

German court agrees to hear appeal over prayer vigil ban near Planned Parenthood affiliate
(Anugrah Kumar, The Christian Post)

Christians must be ready to pay the price for their beliefs, says Finnish bishop facing trial for sexuality views
(Christian Today)

Pastor sentenced to jailtime for prayer and evangelism in Nepal
(ADF International)

Rohingya sue Facebook for $150bn for fueling Myanmar hate speech
(Al Jazeera)

U.S. commission dings Facebook in report calling for social media to fight religious hate speech
(Mark A. Kellner, The Washington Times)

The man behind the Magnitsky Laws to be nominated for Nobel Peace Prize
(Ewelina U. Ochab, Forbes)

Bahrain's invite to Pope Francis is a power-balancing act
(Ben Joseph, Union of Catholic Asian News)

Protesting Orthodox priest heckles Pope on Greece visit
(Iliana Mier, Associated Press)

Migrants on Greek island hope pope will move needle on asylum backlog
(Elise Ann Allen, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

In Athens speech, Pope Francis regrets global 'retreat from democracy'
(Peter Kenny, Ecumenical News)

Message of His Holiness Pope Francis to the participants at the G20 Interfaith Forum 2021
(Pope Francis, G20 Interfaith Forum Blog)

Hong Kong's new bishop promises bridge building, healing
(Union of Catholic Asian News)

In Greece, Pope Francis rues democracy's decline in Europe
(Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service)

The head of the UGCC announced the readiness of the Apostolic capital to mediate negotiations between Ukraine and Russia
(Religious Information Service of Ukraine (RISU))

Rada passes law on military chaplaincy
(Religious Information Service of Ukraine (RISU))

102 chaplains officially serve in the Armed Forces of Ukraine
(Religious Information Service of Ukraine (RISU))

Ukraine: The prime minister thanked religious leaders for popularizing vaccination against COVID-19
(Religious Information Service of Ukraine (RISU))

Russian occupation of Crimea has caused infringement of freedom of conscience and religion, - expert opinion
(Religious Information Service of Ukraine (RISU))

Most Russians say mocking church, national history, customs of other peoples unacceptable – poll

Russian summit held on antisemitism
(Jewish News)

Russian Orthodox Church says Patriarch Kirill of Moscow might meet with Pope Francis, no date, venue planned so far

Three more hostages released in Haiti, US missionary group says
(Al Jazeera)

Tennessee pastor shares effort to erect black soldier statue
(Bethany Johnson, Religion Unplugged)

Iowa to pay $1.9M to settle religious, speech rights cases
(David Pitt, Associated Press)

$6.6M awarded to Tree of Life synagogue, site of massacre
(Michael Rubinkam, Associated Press)

Maine city inaugurates first Muslim mayor
(Associated Press)

Swiss Catholic church orders study of past sexual abuse
(Jamey Keaten, Associated Press)

Turkey says mosque attacks on Cyprus won’t go ‘unanswered’
(Associated Press)

Ultra-Orthodox ‘in war for honor of God’ over gov't religious reforms - Deri
(Jeremy Sharon, The Jerusalem Post)

Czech FM: We changed our UN vote on Jerusalem to say no to antisemitism
(Tovah Lazaroff, The Jerusalem Post)

Police kill Palestinian attacker after Jerusalem stabbing
(Joseph Krauss, Associated Press)

Two weeks in review, 22 November – 5 December 2021
(Gail Lythgoe, EJIL: Talk! Blog of the European Journal of International Law)

EJIL Announcements
(Mary Guest, EJIL: Talk! Blog of the European Journal of International Law)

Younger abstention applied while Santeria priestess is tried criminally
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Synagogue can move ahead with damage claim for zoning denial
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Articles of interest - 6 December 2021
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Seventh Day Adventist can sue over forced sedation
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Both sides planning for new state-by-state abortion fight
(Ashraf Khalil, Associated Press)

A united Ireland? It may be only a matter of time.
(John Connelly, Commonweal)

Bishops condemn school attacks in Cameroon
(Ngala Killian Chimtom, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Can officials pray in public? It’s complicated
(Kelsey Dallas, Deseret News)

A Massachusetts town apologizes after using Christian menorah in holiday display
(Philissa Cramer, Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

Muslim students are being bullied in California public schools. What can we do to stop it?
(Lallia Allali, The San Diego Union-Tribune)

Covid trauma seems not to have shaken American Christians’ faith
(Michael Gerson, The Washington Post Opinion)

Progress for American Jews? Tis the season for lots and lots of Hanukkah junk
(Terry Mattingly, GetReligion)

Emerging split inside old mainline: Is U.S. Christianity becoming two different religions?
(Richard Ostling, GetReligion)

How we marry is changing, and the law needs to keep up
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Ecclesiastical court judgments – November (II)
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Law and religion round-up – 5th December
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

China to promote 'sinicization of religion', says Xi Jinping
(Deccan Herald)

Australia: Labor reaches out to religious communities with faith and climate summit
(Paul Karp, The Guardian)

African faith leaders combat misleading theologies that promise cures for COVID-19
(Fredrick Nzwili, Religion News Service)

Does religion make people more likely to welcome refugees? It’s complicated.
(Carol Kuruvilla, Religion News Service)

The importance of queer visibility in religion reporting
(Julia Métraux, The Poynter Institute for Media Studies)

An evaluation of religious exemptions from covid-19 vaccine requirements
(Samuel L. Bray and Nathan S. Chapman, Canopy Forum on the Interactions of Law & Religion)

CEC celebrates 1920 Encyclical of the Ecumenical Patriarchate
(Conference of European Churches)

Stop violence, promote coexistence, plead bishops of East Africa
(La Croix International)

Friday, 3 December 2021

Supreme Court signals shift on abortion – but will it strike down Roe or leave it to states to decide when ‘personhood’ occurs?
(Morgan Marietta, The Conversation)

Xinjiang: Twitter closes thousands of China state-linked accounts spreading propaganda
(Helen Davidson, The Guardian)

Takeaways from oral argument in Dobbs
(Hadley Arkes, First Things)

As the fate of legal abortion hangs in the balance, Americans United reminds Supreme Court that reproductive freedom is religious freedom
(Americans United for Separation of Church and State)

Why pro-lifers can be (cautiously) optimistic about Dobbs
(Joe Carter, The Gospel Coalition)

Buddhist body threatens stir over ‘conversion’ of Buddhist girl, couple says ‘married with consent’
(Free Press Kashmir)

China: Special bimonthly FORB Newsletter (16-30.11.2021)
(Human Rights Without Frontiers International)

WEBINAR, 3 December 2021 (12:30PM EST): Authoritarianism and Misinformation in Eastern Europe
(Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)

Why India is witnessing spike in attacks on Christians, churches
(Neel Madhav and Alishan Jafri, Al Jazeera)

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