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Friday, 18 August 2023

EVENT, 14-18 August 2023: 2023 Parliament of the World's Religions (Chicago, USA)
(A Call to Conscience: Defending Freedom & Human Rights, Parliament of the World's Religions)

Friday, 6 January 2023

CALL FOR PAPERS, abstracts due by 6 January 2023: Global Semiotics and Everyday Legal Claims - Intercultural Use of Law, Interreligious Dialogue and Translation Ethics
(Pontificia Università Antonianum)

Thursday, 1 December 2022

CALL FOR PAPERS (Publication December 2022): Inaugural Issue JSLR
(Journal of the Sociology of Law and Religion)

Friday, 11 November 2022

EVENT, 11 November 2022: Utah [email protected], Veteran’s Day Conference Nov. 11
(Religious Freedom & Business Foundation)

Tuesday, 1 November 2022

CALL FOR PAPERS, proposals due by 1 November 2022: Theology and Jurisprudence Symposium
(Adelaide Law School)

Thursday, 27 October 2022

EVENT, 27 October 2022: Faith in Action Gala
(Outreach Aid to the Americas)

EVENT, 27 October 2022: 5th Annual DFW Interfaith Summit
(DFW Alliance for Religious Freedom)

Friday, 7 October 2022

EVENT, 6-7 October 2022: Freedom of Religion or Belief in Times of Migration
(Observatory on Religious Freedom in the jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights (ORFECT))

Monday, 3 October 2022

CALL FOR PROPOSALS, deadline 3 October 2022: 2023 Chicago Parliament
(Parliament of the World's Religions)

Friday, 30 September 2022

CALL FOR PAPERS, submissions due 30 September 2022: 2023 Ivory Coast Conference
(African Consortium for Law and Religion Studies (ACLARS))

Monday, 19 September 2022

PROVISIONAL PROGRAM, 19-21 September 2022: Sixth ICLARS Conference: Human Dignity, Law, and Religious Diversity: Designing the Future of Inter-Cultural Societies
(Córdoba, Spain, International Consortium for Law and Religion Studies)

Thursday, 15 September 2022

EVENT, 15-22 September 2022: World Week for Peace in Palestine and Israel: Faith, Hope and Love in Action: Towards Justice in Israel Palestine
(World Council of Churches)

LATEST ISSUE of the Journal of Law and Religion (free access through September 15)
(various, Cambridge University Press)

Wednesday, 14 September 2022

EVENT, 14 September 2022 (9:30 ET): Addressing Apostasy and Blasphemy Laws in Muslim Societies Workshop
(Muslims for Progressive Values (MPV))

Thursday, 8 September 2022

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

Tuesday, 6 September 2022

EVENT, 6-7 September 2022: 30th Anniversary of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Persons Belonging to National or Ethnic, Religious and Linguistic Minorities
(UN Special Rapporteur on Minority Issues, Tom Lantos Institute)

Monday, 5 September 2022

ART CONTEST, deadline 5 September 2022: Ministerial Art Contest 2022: Promoting Freedom of Religion or Belief
(Bellwether International)

Monday, 29 August 2022

ONLINE COURSE, 29 August - 7 October: Under Caesar's Sword: Christians in Response to Persecution
(Daniel Philpott, University of Notre Dame)

EVENT, 29 August 2021: The London Interfaith Fun Run

Saturday, 27 August 2022

EVENT, 27 August 2022: Tokyo: Dare to Overcome
(Religious Freedom & Business Foundation)

Wednesday, 24 August 2022

VIRTUAL EVENT, 24 August 2022 (12PM ET): Jihad and Christian Persecution in Nigeria: How to Manage a Persistent and Metastasizing Threat
(In Defense of Christians (IDC))

Monday, 22 August 2022

WEBINAR, 22 August 2022 (4PM in London): The International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief - Turning Words into Action
(The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute)

Thursday, 18 August 2022

WEBINAR, 18 August 2022 (2PM ET): The Fear of "The Great Replacement" and Impact on Society
(Religions for Peace USA)

Monday, 15 August 2022

Ukrainian clergy say Russian occupiers target them with threats, violence
(Ian Lovett, The Wall Street Journal)

Saturday, 13 August 2022

VIRTUAL EVENT, 7-13 August 2022: 6th Annual Interfaith Awareness Week
(World Interfaith Network)

Friday, 12 August 2022

Southern Baptists say denomination faces DOJ investigation
(Holly Meyer and David Crary, Associated Press)

Justice Department is investigating the Southern Baptist Convention for alleged mishandling of sexual abuse
(Michelle Boorstein, The Washington Post)

Russia: "Retroactively depriving Russian citizens of the right to international protection"
(Victoria Arnold, Forum 18 News Service)

"No religion can justify the war in Ukraine", Archbishops of Finland
(Religious Information Service of Ukraine (RISU))

Russia’s threats to shut down Jewish Agency raise alarm bells for those who remember the past
(Shaul Kelner, The Conversation)

Religious Nationalism in Contemporary South Asia
(Andrea Malji, Cambridge University Press)

At 75, Pakistan has moved far from the secular and democratic vision of its founder, Mohammad Ali Jinnah
(Farah N. Jan, The Conversation)

Saif Ul Malook, winner of the Jinnah Award for Religious Tolerance
(Facebook, APPG for Pakistani Minorities)

Pakistan: Rights, education and religious freedom: effective laws and policies for the protection of minorities are urgently needed
(Agenzia Fides)

India at 75: dreams of a Hindu nation leave minorities sleepless
(France 24)

Two Utah lawmakers seek to end ‘clergy exception’ to child abuse reporting
(Marjorie Cortez, Deseret News)

Mormon lawmaker pushes abuse reporting reform in Utah
(Brady McCombs, Associated Press)

Colorado to spar over discrimination case in Supreme Court
( Jesse Bedayn, Associated Press)

Iraq: Rival Shia groups square off over Iraq leadership vacuum
(Al Jazeera)

Iraq: Rival Iraq protests underscore inter-Shiite power struggle
(Qassim Abdul-Zahra, Associated Press)

Fear, shock, questions follow the fatal shootings of four Muslim men in Albuquerque
(Bobby Ross Jr., Religion Unplugged)

Albuquerque Muslims help bid to keep killings suspect jailed
(Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press)

ReAwaken Tour host says he feels harassed by NY prosecutor
(Associated Press)

Pope Francis meets transgender guests of Rome church
(Nicole Winfield, Associated Press)

Afghanistan: Taliban say bombing kills prominent Afghan cleric in Kabul
(Associated Press)

Australia: NSW becomes second state to ban Nazi flag and symbols
(Australian Associated Press, The Guardian)

Nicaragua: Religious freedom in Nicaragua in 2022
(U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom)

Nicaragua: The history behind the persecution of the Catholic Church in Nicaragua
(Eduardo Berdejo, Catholic News Agency)

Nicaraguan police prohibit religious procession in capital
(Associated Press)

Suspension of attorney did not violate her free exercise rights
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Opinion: Mohamed Sabra v. Maricopa County Community College District
(United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit)

CAIR responds to Appeals Court ruling on college curriculum that forces Muslim students to denigrate Islam
(Council on American-Islamic Relations)

9th Circuit: Prof gets qualified immunity in suit challenging his course presentation of Islam
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

9th Circuit hears oral arguments in suit by Fellowship of Christian Athletes on high school rules
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

With climate bill passed, Democrats deliver on top policy concern for American Jews
(Asaf Elia-Shalev, Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

Two Muslim men file federal discrimination suit against Alaska Airlines after they say they were removed for texting in Arabic
(Justin Gamble, CNN)

Ukrainian President thanks Pope Francis for prayers in phone call
(Religious Information Service of Ukraine (RISU))

Alito’s call to arms to secure religious liberty
(Linda Greenhouse, The New York Times)

USCIRF welcomes President Joe Biden’s appointment of Mohamed Hag Magid to U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom
(U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom)

Synagogue of judge who approved Trump’s search warrant cancels Shabbat service
(Yonat Shimron, Religion News Service)

Axios looks at the hot political (of course) trend of Latinos becoming evangelical voters
(Terry Mattingly, GetReligion)

Natural law, the common good, and limited government: Friends, not foes
(Melissa Moschella, Public Discourse: The Journal of the Witherspoon Institute)

What public schools can and can’t do
(Jessica Schurz, Public Discourse: The Journal of the Witherspoon Institute)

From Vienna to Lisbon and beyond, KAICIID continues its work of convening dialogue
(KAICIID Dialogue Centre)

Catholic groups warn of increased church vandalism, call for more news coverage
(Clemente Lisi, Religion Unplugged)

CAIR-SFBA welcomes San Francisco school board’s decision to close schools on Eid holidays
(Council on American-Islamic Relations)

Taiwan: Christians in Taiwan fear ‘severe’ persecution should China conquer island, advocates say
(Mark A. Kellner, The Washington Times)

Joint message of Thursdays in Black ambassadors on gender-based violence, sexual abuse and faith communities
(Religions for Peace)

Thursdays in Black ambassadors: “we cannot be silent” about gender-based violence in faith communities
(World Council of Churches)

World Council of Churches leader looks to assembly in Germany to mobilize action for climate justice
(World Council of Churches)

Rev. Dr Lydia Mwaniki reflects on deep roots of gender justice—and hope for the future
(World Council of Churches)

Zambia: Bishop Phiri Admonishes the use of churches as political platforms
(Odiwuor Opiyo, Catholic Information Service for Africa)

World: The FoRB Int’l Ministerial Conference in London, a great mass
(Human Rights Without Frontiers International)

San Diego Symphony agrees to stop discrimination against a church
(Ethan Tong, First Liberty)

Prayer out of bounds? First Liberty appeals Cambridge Christian School case
(Ethan Tong, First Liberty)

Religious freedom in decline? Major wins at the Supreme Court suggest the tide is turning
(Ethan Tong and Jorge Gomez, First Liberty)

Major U.S. and British government-sponsored summits defend global religious freedom
(Eric Patterson, Providence Mag)

Republicans keep mostly mum on calls to make GOP ‘party of Christian nationalism’
(Jack Jenkins, Religion News Service)

Indonesia: Yet another victim of Indonesia’s blasphemy law
(Andreas Harsono, Human Rights Watch)

Believing Jews control everything is a moral, intellectual deficiency
(YouTube Video, Jewish News Syndicate)

Does faith have a place in mental health?
(Vimeo, The Associated Press, The Conversation and Religion News Service)

Montana seeks more religious exemptions to vaccination requirements
(Matt Volz, Montana Free Press)

FFRF deplores assault on Salman Rushdie
(Freedom From Religion Foundation)

Bahá’í World Publication: New article examines the pursuit of social justice
(Bahá’í World News Service)

The future of religion in the Metaverse
(Chris Karnadi, Religion & Politics: Fit for Polite Company)

Photos of the Week: Ashoura; ELCA Churchwide Assembly
(Kit Doyle, Religion News Service)

The London-based Ukrainian Welcome Centre is providing support to thousands of Ukrainians who escape the bloodshed in their country
(Religious Information Service of Ukraine (RISU))

UK: Truss sets out plan to ‘protect British Jewry’ with attack on ‘woke civil service’
(Lee Harpin, Jewish News)

American diplomacy abandons religious freedom
(Thomas Farr, The Wall Street Journal)

Imam Mohamed Magid appointed to international religious freedom commission
(Adelle M. Banks, Religion News Service)

Malaysia: The impact of Malaysia’s dual legal system on religious freedom
(U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom)

Canada: New research shows Bill 21 having 'devastating' impact on religious minorities in Quebec
(Steve Rukavina, CBC News)

Germany denies refuge to Christian convert – after family member tortured, killed for his faith
(ADF International)

Religious Freedom after the Sexual Revolution: A Catholic Guide
(Helen M. Alvare, Catholic University of America Press)

The Church and Employment Law: A Comparative Analysis of The Legal Status of Clergy and Religious Workers
(John Duddington, Routledge)

Germans dislike pro-life stance of Roman Catholic Church
(Christian Network Europe)

Thursday, 11 August 2022

WEBINAR, 11 August 2022 (2PM ET): Religious Liberty at the Supreme Court 2022
(The Federalist Society)

Wednesday, 10 August 2022

Fear turns to shock among Albuquerque Muslims as police say the shooter is a Muslim
(Becky Sullivan, National Public Radio)

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