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G20 INTERFAITH FORUM 2020: Bringing Faith and Policy Together
(Website, G20 Interfaith Forum Association)

Friday, 20 November 2020

LIVESTREAM EVENT, 20 November 2020: The ECHR Turns 70 – Taking Stock, Thinking Forward
(Human Rights Centre, Ghent University, Belgium)

Sunday, 1 November 2020

CALL FOR PAPERS, deadline 1 November 2020: Theme Issue on Conversion, Proselytization, Secularization
(Bar-Ilan University Faculty of Law, Journal of Law, Religion and State)

Tuesday, 20 October 2020

ZOOM EVENT, invitation to contribute, due 20 October 2020): The First International Scientific-Practical Conference “Modern Tendencies of Dialogue in Multidenominational Society: Philosophical, Religious, Legal View”
(Southern Caucasus Media Group)

Wednesday, 16 September 2020

WEBINAR SERIES: Artificial Intelligence and Religion | AIR2020/21 September 2020-April 2021
(Center for Religious Studies, Foundazione Bruno Kessler, Trento)

Tuesday, 1 September 2020

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS, due 1 September 2020: J. Reuben Clark Law Society Religious Liberty Fellowship, Washington, D.C.
(J. Reuben Clark Law Society)

Announcing the Fifth Biennial Colloquium in Law & Religion (Fall 2020)
(Mark Movsesian, Center for Law and Religion Forum at St. John's University School of Law)

Thursday, 27 August 2020

EVENT, 27 August 2020: Religious liberty & SCOTUS: A banner year for the free exercise of religion
(The Federalist Society)

Thursday, 13 August 2020

SUMMER SCHOOL & INTERRELIGIOUS TRAINING SEMINAR, 2-13 August 2020: Religion in Times of Crisis. Live from Jerusalem
(Elijah Interfaith Institute)

Monday, 10 August 2020

Monthly round-up: Key actions in our nation’s capital helping to advance religious freedom
(Jorge Gomez and Mia Gradick, First Liberty)

Woman among 6 appointed to previous all male Vatican body welcomes move by Pope Francis
(Peter Kenny, Ecumenical News)

Articles of interest - 10 August 2020
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

U.S. Department of Education reaffirms commitment to protecting the religious liberty of students and religious organizations
(U.S. Department of Education)

Italy approves outpatient use for abortion pill
(Associated Press)

Pope may be key to preserving Italy’s social compact on abortion
(John L. Allen Jr., Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Pope Francis: Even in times of darkness, God is there
(Hannah Brockhaus, Catholic News Agency)

Turkmenistan: Two jailed brothers, two second convictions
(Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service)

Turkmenistan: Two years in prison for two Jehovah’s Witnesses objecting to military service
(Human Rights Without Frontiers International)

Church and state in Panama working together to fight Covid-19
(James Blears, Vatican News)

Bishops petition US Congress for emergency aid for Catholic schools
(Zenit: The World Seen from Rome)

Voronezh troops using torture on Jehovah's Witnesses
(Credo.Press, Russia Religion News (Stetson University))

State dept. commission cites religious freedom as ‘foremost’ among rights
(Lauretta Brown, National Catholic Register)

Fighting for the children
(Nicole Russell, Washington Examiner)

State Senator Robert Mills works to protect religious liberties of patients during a declared public health emergency
(Will Phillips, Minden-Press Herald)

What Catholic social teaching says about property rights
(Kelly S. Johnson, America: The Jesuit Review)

Voices from Cuba: Yoel Suárez
(FoRB in Full: A blog by CSW)

How attacks on faith, family, and conscience threaten all our freedoms
(Timothy Goeglein, The Daily Signal)

Ethical Society leader: Religious congregations should lead by example and close their doors
(Carolyn A. Parker, The Statesman)

School choice and the value of religious diversity
(Robert Maranto, National Review)

Google closes YouTube accounts linked to Iranian government
(Al-Monitor Iran Pulse)

Gulf investment woes, COVID economic crisis converge in Egypt
(Karen Young, Al-Monitor: The Pulse of the Middle East)

Cairo denounces Hagia Sophia move, develops Egypt's Christian sites
(George Mikhail, Al-Monitor: The Pulse of the Middle East)

Intel: Syria to build Hagia Sophia replica with Russian backing
(Joe Snell, Al-Monitor: Syria Pulse)

HK Catholic activists arrested, US lawmakers sanctioned in China crackdown
(Catholic News Agency)

Cardinal says Lebanon leaders should resign after Beirut blast
(Courtney Mares, Catholic News Agency)

Catholic groups aid recovery after Beirut explosion
(Catholic News Agency)

Archbishop Carlson: Christ 'welcomes and challenges' those wrestling with gender identity
(Catholic News Agency)

8th Circuit vacates injunction against Arkansas abortion regulations
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Eighth Circuit OKs Arkansas abortion restrictions
(Daniel Conrad, Courthouse News Service)

Priest, a seminary rector, slain in El Salvador
(Associated Press)

Canada must boycott Beijing Olympics
(Don Hutchinson, Convivium: Canada's Premier Hub for Faith in Common Life)

Ukraine’s MFA condemns OCU eviction from cathedral in Russia-occupied Crimea
(Human Rights Without Frontiers International)

Iran: Prison sentences for Rasht converts
(Human Rights Without Frontiers International)

Christian watchdog group warns of “grave concerns” in Sri Lanka
(Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Rethinking American Establishment jurisprudence
(Eric Wang, Canopy Forum on the Interactions of Law & Religion)

Why isn’t climate change a bigger issue for the Orthodox?
(Haggai Resnikoff, Forward)

Jehovah's Witnesses locked up without bail for two months
(Kavkazskii Uzel, Russia Religion News (Stetson University))

Symposium: Free exercise, RFRA and the need for a constitutional safety net
(Kim Colby, SCOTUSblog)

Tablighi Jamaat literature found in mosques in Mordovia, activists detained

Some 30 Belarusian priests join flash mob against vote-rigging in election

Law and religion round-up – 9th August
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Hospitals’ covid-19 policies face religious-rights checks by Trump Administration
(Stephanie Armour, The Wall Street Journal)

More than a building - why religious minorities are concerned about the Hagia Sophia conversion
(Ewelina U. Ochab, Forbes)

International conference explores religious diversity in higher education
(Sara Weissman, Diverse Education)

A Christian TikTok star says he's lost 'thousands' of followers after denouncing LGBTQ people and other religions
(Kat Tenbarge, Business Insider)

Leaders and thinkers of J&K bat for interfaith dialogue
(Ravi S. Singh, Tribune India)

32 Jharkhand communities seek inclusion of ‘Sarna’ religion
(Animesh Bisoee, Telegraph)

Nigerian singer sentenced to death for blasphemy in Kano state
(BBC News)

Interfaith Mediation Centre calls for renewed commitment to anti-corruption fight
(Nigerian Tribune)

19 rabbis among UK faith leaders calling for ‘justice’ for Uyghurs
(Mathilde Frot, Jewish News)

Cardinals condemn China’s ‘potential genocide’ of Uyghurs
(Courtney Mares, Catholic News Agency)

The story of Rizwangul: A Uyghur woman in search of a brother who “disappeared”
(Ruth Ingram, Bitter Winter: A Magazine on Religious Liberty and Human Rights in China)

Coronavirus, vaccines, and Catholic ethics
(Matt Hadro, Catholic News Agnecy)

Wales pulls out the stops: Pipe organ ban lifted for worship services
(Charles Collins, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

New COVID-19 legislation and guidance: to 15 August
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

COVID-19 – Changes to Church of England guidance finalized
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

His Holiness, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, head of the Worldwide Ahmadiyya Muslim Community writes to world leaders
(Ahmadiyya Muslim Community UK)

Ventura County sues to stop church from meeting indoors
(Micheal Peabody, ReligiousLiberty.TV)

Fact check: Civil Rights Act of 1964 does not create religion-based exemption from mask mandates
(Devon Link, USA Today)

Bishop Arthur Hodges hosting a prayer demonstration outside County Administration Building
(KUSI News)

Religious groups to hold rally Sunday
(Jacqueline Sarkissian, Fox 5)

LA Mayor threatens to shut off electricity and water to churches that meet
(Michael Foust, Christian Headlines)

Church gathering bans, masks: What does the Bible say about religious liberty?
(Jim Denison, The Christian Post)

Weddings in restaurant cannot be limited more than dining
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Amid pandemic, future of many Catholic schools is in doubt
(David Crary, Associated Press)

Trump said Biden ‘hurt God.’ Biden has spent his life drawing from his Catholic faith.
(Julie Zauzmer & Sarah Bailey, The Washington Post)

Joe Biden’s tough road ahead on religious freedom
(Kelsey Dallas, Deseret News Faith)

Arizona prisons change kosher food offering to 'common fare meal'
(Jimmy Jenkins, KJZZ)

How the sound of religion has changed in the pandemic
(Amy Derogatis and Isaac Weiner, The Conversation)

Christmas comes early in Indiana with nativity scene court case
(Catholic News Agency)

Indiana Locals defend beloved Christmas display from outsider

German theology no longer has worldwide impact: Theology professor
(Rudolf Gehrig, Catholic News Agency)

Friday, 7 August 2020

Photos of the Week, 7 August 2020
(Kit Doyle, Religion News Service)

Symposium: The unfolding revolution in the jurisprudence of the religion clauses

Symposium: Religious freedom and the Roberts court’s doctrinal clean-up
(Richard Garnett, SCOTUSblog)

Modi’s textbook manipulations: Under cover of the pandemic, the administration has removed chapters on democracy, secularism, and citizenship from schoolbooks.
(Tish Sanghera, Foreign Policy Argument)

India marks another day of erasure and insult against its Muslim citizens
(Rana Ayyub, The Washington Post - Opinions)

In Modi’s quest to transform India, a grand Hindu temple rises
(Joanna Slater and Niha Masih, The Washington Post)

UN discusses Kashmir for 3rd time since India ends statehood
(Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press)

The last of the Zoroastrians: A funeral, a family, and a journey into a disappearing religion
(Shaun Walker, The Guardian)

Asian religious leaders map agenda for G20 interfaith meeting in Riyadh
(Arab News)

Constitution guarantees equal rights to minorities, says Qadri
(Associated Press of Pakistan)

The Trump Administration says it champions religious liberty. Our research complicates that story
(Matthew Soerens, The Christian Post)

An attack on faith-based exemptions is an attack on the founders’ vision
(Mark David Hall, Christianity Today)

Ideas for churches studying the need for reparations
(Andrew Gardner, Baptist News Global)

Religious liberty and foster care
(Russell Shaw, The Arlington Catholic Herald)

Congressman urges AG Barr to protect religious freedom following reports of church vandalism
(Janita Kan, The Epoch Times)

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