Law and Religion Headlines

Briefing paper calls for more attention to freedom of religion in achieving sustainable development goals
(EIN Presswire)

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)

Wednesday, 24 November 2021

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

Saturday, 20 November 2021

CALL FOR PAPERS, deadline 20 November 2021: Governments’ Legal Responses and Judicial Reactions during a Global Pandemic: Litigating Religious Freedom in the Time of COVID-19
(Journal of Church & States, Oxford Academic)

Saturday, 13 November 2021

EVENT, 13 November 2021: Defender of Religious Freedom Award Ceremony
(Religious Freedom Institute)

EVENT, 11-13 November 2021: 'I Have Called You by Name': Human Dignity in a Secular World
(University of Notre Dame)

Wednesday, 3 November 2021

WEBINAR, 3 November 2021 (9AM ET): 2021 Interreligious Council (IRC) Development Global Webinar Series: Nurturing A Sustainable Environment
(Religions for Peace)

Tuesday, 19 October 2021

EVENT, 18-19 October 2021: The Islamic World Today: Issues and Perspectives
(Brigham Young University)

Sunday, 17 October 2021

VIRTUAL EVENT, 17-18 October 2021: Parliament of the World's Religions
(Parliament of the World's Religions)

Friday, 15 October 2021

APPLICATIONS OPEN (deadline 15 October 2021): Global Ecumenical Theological Institute 2022: “Christ’s Love (Re)moves Borders”
(World Council of Churches)

Tuesday, 12 October 2021

CALL FOR FELLOWSHIP APPLICATIONS (due 12 October 2021: Marie Sklodowska-Curie postdoctoral fellowships

Saturday, 9 October 2021

EVENT, 9 September 2021 (1PM ET): The Power of Faith: Healing and Transforming Ourselves, Our Communities, and Our World
(Religions for Peace)

Thursday, 7 October 2021

EVENT, 4-7 October 2021: Conference of the World Council of Religious Leaders on Faith and Diplomacy: Generations in Dialogue
(Religions for Peace)

VIRTUAL EVENT, September-October 2021: Voices of Hispanic and Latin American Faith Freedom
(Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty)

Wednesday, 6 October 2021

WEBINAR, 6 October 2021 (1PM ET): Vaccines and Workplace Religious Accommodation
(Religious Freedom & Business Foundation)

Tuesday, 5 October 2021

EVENT, 3-5 October 2021: 28th Annual International Law and Religion Symposium
(International Center for Law and Religion Studies (ICLRS), Brigham Young University)

EVENT, 5 October 2021 (17:00 CEST): Gnosticism and New Religions: The case of L. Ron Hubbard

Thursday, 30 September 2021

WEBINAR, 30 September 2021 (11AM ET): USCIRF Conversation: Accountability for Crimes Against Humanity
(U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom)

Tuesday, 28 September 2021

2021–22 BYU Forum Speakers
(Martin Luther King III, Reverend Doctor Andrew Teal, William Barber II, Marilynne Robinson, James Fallows, Amy Chua, Brigham Young University)

Thursday, 23 September 2021

EVENT, 23 September 2021 (7:30PM MDT): Richard L. Evans Memorial Lecture: "Finding My Faith" by UVU Pres. Tuminez
(Utah Valley University President Astrid S. Tuminez., Brigham Young University)

Wednesday, 22 September 2021

WEBINAR, 22 September 2021(9AM ET): 2021 Interreligious Council (IRC) Development Global Webinar Series: Promoting Peaceful, Just, And Inclusive Societies
(Religions for Peace)

WEBINAR, 22 September 2021 (10:30AM ET): USCIRF Hearing: Strategies for Religious Freedom in Fragile States
(U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom)

WEBINAR, 22 September 2021 (11AM EDT): Defending Fundamental Freedoms in Cuba: Faith-Based Perspectives
(Outreach Aid to the Americas)

WEBINAR, 22 September 2021 (2PM EDT): 'The First Amendment: Where America Stands’ Survey Release
(Freedom Forum Institute)

One in four Americans identify as Nones. Why are millions leaving organized religion?
(Deena Yellin,

Pakistan: Statistics about victims of blasphemy laws (1987-2021)
(Akmal Bhatti, Human Rights Without Frontiers International)

Eritrea: 15 Christians re-arrested
(Release International)

Monday, 20 September 2021

Indonesian G20 Presidency promises to put a ‘battle for the soul of Islam’ on the front burner – analysis
(James M. Dorsey, Eurasia Review)

G20 Interfaith Forum in Bologna
(G20 Italia)

The importance of Christ’s name at the G20 Interfaith Forum
(Tad Walch, Deseret News)

Bologna G20 Forum endorses Malta’s call for conference on security, co-operation in Med

Aram I addresses international forum ahead of G20 Summit

G20 Interfaith Forum provides real opportunity for convergence, cultural dialogue: Higher Committee of Human Fraternity
(Emirates News Agency)

The world’s hunger calamity is spiraling out of control. Here’s how Latter-day Saint Charities has responded
(Tad Walch, Deseret News)

We must stand up to those who exploit religion - Draghi. Premier addresses Interfaith G20 Forum in Bologna

Bahrain's commitment to promoting religious tolerance highlighted at G20 Interfaith Forum
(GDN Online)

Pope to G20 Interfaith Forum: Peace is a universal right
(Devin Watkins, Vatican News)

Global interfaith youth activists to promote dialogue for peace ahead of the G20 Summit
(EIN Presswire)

Study: Religion soothed evangelicals at start of COVID. Politics put them at risk.
(Bob Smietana, The Washington Post)

Gantt named executive director of Program on Biblical Law and Christian Legal Studies at Harvard Law School
(Brett Milano, Harvard Law Today)

GL highlights need for WB ‘debt forgiveness’ in current emergency situation
(The Island Online)

Advancing human fraternity falls on everyone, HCHF secretary-general says
(Arab News)

Ways to enhance Bahrain, UNAOC partnership on global dialogue discussed
(GDN Online)

Oman rejects all forms of extremism, hatred and violence
(Times of Oman)

ISESCO chief calls for consolidating a culture of peace and restoring universal human values
(Saudi Gazette)

Evangelical colleges join effort to promote faith in the vaccine
(Maria Baer, Christianity Today)

Faith and the COVID vaccine: What religions have doctrinal reasons for being unvaccinated?
(Danae King, The Columbus Dispatch)

Turkey faces gathering storm in Syria
(Al-Monitor: The Pulse of the Middle East)

Victorian proposals to further limit religious freedom rights
(Neil Foster, Law and Religion Australia)

Archbishop calls new Aussie assisted dying laws a ‘defeat for life’
(Elise Ann Allen, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Meet new University of Utah president Taylor Randall — academic freedom guardian, returned missionary and loyal ‘Ute’
(Jason Swensen, Church News)

Bedouin society is undergoing a historic change, still has further to go
(Udi Shaham, Jerusalem Post)

Legal Spirits 036: Looking back and ahead at law and religion cases at the Supreme Court (podcast)
(Law and Religion Forum, St. John's Law School Center for Law & Religion)

Russia: Dmitry Terebilov is the 23rd Jehovah’s Witness sentenced to a prison term in 2021
(Human Rights Without Frontiers International)

Russia: Special bimonthly Freedom of religion or belief digest (01-15.09-2021)
(Human Rights Without Frontiers International)

EU urged to act over 'continued rights abuses' by Pakistan

Berlin: Thousands demonstrate over abortion, euthanasia laws
(Deutsche Welle)

Thousands march for LGBTQ+ rights in Ukraine despite some opposition

Hungary's Viktor Orban accuses EU of blocking recovery plan over LGBT dispute

EU's Special Envoy for freedom of religion steps down after just 5 months
(Cara Bentley, Premier Christian News)

EU Resolution on Afghanistan demonstrates a “guilty lack of attention to Christians”, says Co-Chair of Intergroup on FORB
(ADF International)

USCIRF releases new report about protests in Cuba and religious freedom
(U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom)

Supporters: School cut coach because of same-sex marriage
(Associated Press)

Vandalism at Sikh temple investigated as possible hate crime
(Associated Press)

Festival season returns to Nepal amid declining COVID cases
(Binaj Gurubacharya, Associated Press)

Indonesia retrieves most-wanted militant’s body from jungle
(Mohammad Taufan, Associated Press)

Automatic stay of suits in bankruptcy prevents state court defamation suit against diocese
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Muslim women can move ahead with suit challenging NYPD arrest photo policy
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Articles of interest - 20 September 2021
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Faith-based adoption provider forced to sue NY officials second time for harassment over marriage views
(Alliance Defending Freedom)

India should share its ancient knowledge with the world: Dalai Lama

France’s Notre Dame cathedral secured at last. Next: rebuild
(Associated Press)

Chile has a growing Muslim community – but few know about it
(Michael Vicente Perez and Matthew Ingalls, The Conversation)

Chile cardinal pushes politicians to honor ‘non-negotiable values’
(Ines San Martin, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Quebec judge OKs class action against congregation for ‘spiritual abuse’
(Francois Gloutnay, Catholic News Service)

The Black church can depolarize religious freedom
(Justin Giboney, Deseret News Opinion)

Data suggests Trump’s evangelical voting bloc may grow stronger by 2024
(Mya Jaradat, Deseret News)

For Mallorca’s Jews, their first ‘public’ sukkah is a triumph over the Spanish Inquisition
(Cnaan Liphshiz, Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

Major abortion case set for argument on Dec. 1
(Amy Howe, SCOTUSblog)

Plug-In: As COVID-19 vaccine wars rage, press focuses on religious-exemption claims
(Bobby Ross Jr., GetReligion)

Iraq, call for bids: John Bunyan Fund for Freedom of Religion or Belief
(British Embassy Baghdad, UK Government)

Can Francis and ‘Super Mario’ position Europe between AUKUS and China?
(John L. Allen Jr., Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

‘Binding promises in God’s presence’ bars abdication for Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, biographer says
(Mark A. Kellner, The Washington Times)

Law and religion round-up – 19th September
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Religion Watch, Volume 36 No. 10
(Baylor Institute for Studies of Religion)

Humanists urge Supreme Court to protect reproductive rights in Mississippi abortion case
(American Humanist Association)

Whose religious freedom is at stake with Texas’s new abortion law?
(The Christian Century)

Moroccan Christians welcome end of a decade of Islamist government
(Jayson Casper, Christianity Today)

Colombia: Bishops decry violence against Afro-Colombians, indigenous people
(La Croix International)

Eastern African bishops' delegation visits Ethiopia to help restore peace
(La Croix International)

Friday, 17 September 2021

Transition to Indonesia at the IF20: Speech for closing ceremony (PDF)
(H. Yaqut Cholil Qoumas, G20 Interfaith Forum)

Constitution Day reminds us to safeguard the guarantee of No Religious Test
(Don Byrd, Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty)

Perspective: First Amendment Day is a reminder we get to have a say
(Karen Hansen, Freedom Forum Institute)

Church of Scientology celebrates 41 years rooted in Spain, “providing indispensable help to society”
(Juan Sanchez, The European Times)

EVENT, 17 September 2021 (3PM MDT): Constitution Day Lecture: Judge Thomas Griffith
(Brigham Young University)

Removing the obstacles to freedom of religion or belief in Africa
(Yunusa Nmadu, FoRB in Full: A blog by CSW)

Court to hear case on religious schools barred from Maine choice program
(Carol Zimmermann, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Court date set for Finnish MP charged over Bible-Tweet
(ADF International)

UK would be ‘delighted and thrilled’ if pope attends Glasgow climate summit
(Inés San Martín, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

UK: The pitfalls of defining ‘Islamophobia’
(Wasiq Wasiq, Jewish News)

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