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, 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)

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)

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)

WEBINAR, 2 December 2021 (11AM): USCIRF Conversation: Democracy and Religious Freedom
(U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom)

WEBINAR, 2 December 2021 (12:30PM ET): Turkey's Influence on Bosnian Islam: A Conversation with Harun Karčić
(Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)

Wednesday, 1 December 2021

WEBINAR, 1 December 2021 (11:30AM ET): What Happened in France? Listening to the Voices of Survivors
(Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)

WEBINAR, 1 December 2021 (14:00 GMT/21:00 Bangkok): SEAFORB Webinar 5--Myanmar in Crisis: What the Coup and Conflict mean for Freedom of Religion or Belief
(Southeast Asia Freedom of Religion or Belief Conference)

WEBINAR, 1 December 2021 (14:00 CET): EU-Africa partnership: Returning (to) cultural heritage
(The European Times)

Tuesday, 30 November 2021

NEW CALL FOR PAPERS (Sixth ICLARS Conference), Deadline 30 November 2021
(International Consortium for Law and Religion Studies, Sixth ICLARS Conference, Cordoba, 19-21 September 2022)

WEBINAR, 30 November 2021 (11:30AM EST): COVID-19, Children, and Caregiver Loss: From Data to Action
(Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)

Monday, 29 November 2021

WEBINAR, 29 November 2021 (15:00 GMT/22:00 Bangkok): SEAFORB Webinar 4--Vietnam: How to engage international community to combatting intolerance and coping with repression
(Southeast Asia Freedom of Religion or Belief Conference)

Saturday, 27 November 2021

Will Iraqi Kurdistan's youth turn to religious extremism next?
(Cathrin Schaer, Deutsche Welle)

Friday, 26 November 2021

Omar seeks action over House colleague’s remarks on Muslims
(James Anderson, Associated Press)

Church of Sweden apologizes, embarks on reconciliation with Indigenous Sámi people
(John Last, CBC News)

Australian Bishops commend Religious Discrimination Bill
(Vatican News)

Mud mosque dating back to the Umayyad era discovered in Iraq
(Al Jazeera)

EVENT, 26 November 2021 (9:00 CET): Religious freedom before, during and after covid-19 between Europe and the member states
(Università degli Studi di Trieste)

Religious freedom legislation? Yes, because Australians need freedom from the tyranny of equity
(Edie Wyatt, Spectator Australia)

Australian “conversion therapy” laws and religious freedom
(Neil Foster, Law and Religion Australia)

Indonesia kicks off drive to end violence against women
(Katharina R. Lestari, Union of Catholic Asian News)

Indonesian lawyers defend under fire Catholic priest
(Union of Catholic Asian News)

Filipino priest honored with Dutch rights award
(Joseph Peter Calleja, Union of Catholic Asian News)

Ex-leader urges Timor-Leste to adopt papal fraternity deal
(Ryan Dagur, Union of Catholic Asian News)

Pakistani police arrest four for ‘blasphemy’ over mosque argument
(Al Jazeera)

In Pakistan, poverty drives forced conversions
(Kamran Chaudhry, Union of Catholic Asian News)

A Light Unseen: The History of Catholic Legal Education in the United States: A Response to Our Colleagues and Critics
(John M. Breen and Lee J. Strang, Center for Law and Religion, St. John's Law School)

Christians face arrests, jail terms for church meetings and printing religious texts
(CSW: Everyone Free to Believe)

Xinjiang’s vanishing Christians
(Aid to the Church in Need)

Nigeria: Privatising religion
(Minabere Ibelema, Punch)

Lord Polak urges UK to ‘refuse to participate in the Beijing Winter Olympics’
(Lee Harpin, Jewish News)

On freedom of religion or belief, the UK government needs to turn its rhetoric to reality
(FoRB in Full: A blog by CSW)

November 2021 newsletter
(Equality and Human Rights Commission)

A shocking reversal: The US officially turns a blind eye to Nigeria’s endangered Christians
(Lela Gilbert, Providence Mag)

Reflections by Dr Ahmed Shaheed, UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief
(YouTube Video, Institute of Development Studies)

Photos of the week: Christmas and Hanukkah preparations; large trial verdicts
(Kit Doyle, Religion News Service)

New issue of EJIL (Vol. 32 (2021) No. 3) – now published
(European Journal of International Law, Oxford University Press)

Leeds United and Kim Kardashian giving Afghan girls their ‘bend it like Beckham’ moment
(Ewelina U. Ochab, Forbes)

‘Praying to the West’ offers look at America’s diverse Muslim communities
(Joseph Hammond, Religion News Service)

Weaponizing laïcité: How secularism fails France’s Muslim women
(Lucie Guano Dent, The Oxford Student)

Pope Francis and Macron meet at the Vatican amid clergy abuse scandals in France
(Claire Giangravé, Religion News Service)

Bangladesh sends hundreds more Rohingya refugees to island
(Julhas Alam, Associated Press)

ICC judges cut Muslim radical’s sentence in Timbuktu case
(Associated Press)

A Proclamation on: Thanksgiving Day, 2021
(The White House)

9th Circuit: BIA should consider Evangelical Christians separately from all Christians in assessing deportation risk
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Greyhound will pay $45,000 to settle EEOC religious discrimination suit
(U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission)

19 dead, 32 injured in Mexico pilgrimage bus crash
(Associated Press)

Number of priest suicides causing concern in Brazilian Church
(Eduardo Campos Lima, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Some "missionaries" of an extremist organization banned in the Russia convicted in Saratov

The European Court condemns Russia for the enforced expulsion of two missionaries of the Unification Church
(Forum for Religious Freedom-Europe)

In Poland, plans to build a museum on Schindler survivors’ former camp spark environmental protest
(Cnaan Liphshiz, Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

In coalition agreement, German parties vow to defend Jewish life and Israel’s security
(Cnaan Liphshiz, Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

Some US Christian schools believe religious freedom means they can fire gay teachers
(Josiah Hesse, The Guardian)

Activities of the organization of Ukrainian evangelicals
(RISU, Russia Religion News (Stetson University))

Blasphemy laws remain an impediment to religious freedom worldwide
(Rob Boston, Americans United for Separation of Church and State)

Russian Orthodox Church expects the Ukrainian authorities to "stop the persecution of the UOC-MP"
(Religious Information Service of Ukraine (RISU))

Patriarch Kirill invited to Kazakhstan to Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions

Uzbekistan: Religious freedom survey, November 2021
(Mushfig Bayram and John Kinahan, Forum 18 News Service)

America's secular and religious death-by-choice debate is perennial and always newsworthy
(Richard Ostling, GetReligion)

India: Muslim body opposes demand for anti-blasphemy law
(The Hindu)

Modi’s growing crackdown on Bollywood
(Anchal Vohra, Foreign Policy)

Pope further implements marriage annulment reforms in Italy
(La Croix International)

How Zayed Award for Human Fraternity amplifies open-minded voices of all faiths and cultures – analysis
(Caline Malek, Arab News)

The story behind the new Our Lady of Arabia cathedral in Bahrain
(Catholic News Agency)

Christian-Muslim dialogue needs a foundation in everyday friendship, French Dominican says
(Kevin J. Jones, Catholic News Agency)

Thursday, 25 November 2021

WEBINAR, 25 November 2021 (8:00 GMT/15:00 Bangkok): SEAFORB Webinar 3--What do women's rights have to do with freedom of religion or belief? Stories from women of faith in Southeast-Asia
(Southeast Asia Freedom of Religion or Belief Conference)

WEBINAR, 25 November 2021 (10.00 CET): Strengthening the Protection of Freedom of Religion or Belief in Western Balkans: A Roadmap for Parliamentarians
(The International Panel of Parliamentarians for Freedom of Religion or Belief (IPPFoRB))

Wednesday, 24 November 2021

Robust human rights and religious liberty: Dr. Angela Wu Howard on legal philosophy, CEDAW, and Uyghur oppression
(David Rubinstein, Columbia Journal of Transnational Law)

UK to host international conference to promote freedom of religion or belief next summer in London
(Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office, GOV.UK)

Project aimed at bringing about world peace launched in Lampeter
(Cambrian News)

Pope sends message to Mass remembering slain UK lawmaker
(Sylvia Hui, Associated Press)

UK: Faiths working together set an example for multi-cultural harmony
(The European Times)

Burials, groundwater activities and related surface water discharge activities
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Church of England parochial fees 2022
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Emergency services: Ministers of religion
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

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

Sri Lanka begins trial of 25 accused of plotting 2019 Easter bombings
(Uditha Jayasinghe, Reuters)

Bringing people of different faiths together to solve the world’s problems is a noble goal – but it’s hard to know what it achieves
(Katherine O'Lone and Julian Hargreaves, Sight)

Weekly Highlight #183: COVID-19: Exploring faith dimensions: Religion and conspiracy theories: It’s complicated
(Berkley Center, Joint Learning Initiative, WFDD)

Sulema Jahangir full interview
(YouTube Video, Tina Ramirez, Hardwired Global)

US delisting: Buhari govt has never been a religious violator, says MURIC
(Kayode Oyero, Punch)

Christian groups furious at Blinken for removing Nigeria from religious violence list
(Nahal Toosi, Politico)

In case with global implications, Finland puts Christians on trial for their faith
(Joy Pullmann, The Federalist)

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

India: Over 50 churches stop holding worship services after authorities impose ban on Christian gatherings
(Anugrah Kumar, Christian Post)

“Overjoyed!”: Colombian Social Media star wins censorship case
(Alliance Defending Freedom)

Ortega’s political prisoners, like my husband, denied Bibles, but their faith endures
(Berta Valle, Miami Herald Opinion)

Burghardt: Churches called to be agents of positive change
(The Lutheran World Federation)

Court revives lawsuit of teacher fired for same-sex marriage
(Associated Press)

Driver charged with desecrating cemetery during car chase
(Associated Press)

Countries of Particular Concern, Special Watch List Countries, Entities of Particular Concern
(U.S. Department of State)

Supreme Court could redefine when a fetus becomes a person, upholding abortion limits while preserving the privacy right under Roe v. Wade
(Morgan Marietta, The Conversation)

Military under a microscope and federal employees entitled to religious exemption
(Liberty Counsel)

11th Circuit rejects nuclear protesters' RFRA defense
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Free Exercise challenge to mandate for masks on public transit is rejected
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Conspiracies about a ‘catastrophic takeover’ by Jews have long been an American problem
(Jonathan D. Sarna, Religion News Service)

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