Law and Religion Headlines

Thursday, 17 June 2021

ONLINE EVENT, 15-17 June 2021: Religious Freedom Annual Review
(International Center for Law and Religion Studies, BYU Law)

Saturday, 15 May 2021

ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS (due date varies by region): KAICIID Fellows Programme
(KAICIID Dialogue Centre)

Friday, 7 May 2021

ONLINE EVENT, 6-7 May 2021: Freedom of Religion in Europe Today: Under Critical Investigation
(Institute for the Study of Freedom of Religion or Belief)

Friday, 30 April 2021

CALL FOR PAPERS, due 30 April 2021: Quaderni di Diritto e Politica Ecclesiastica no. 2/2021
(Observatory of Liberties and Religious Institutions (OLIR))

Thursday, 29 April 2021

WEBINAR, 29 April 2021 (6PM London): Spirituality and Ecology: Religious Wisdom for the Future
(Parliament of the World's Religions)

Wednesday, 28 April 2021

WEBINAR, 28 April 2021 (5:30PM Brussels): CALL Talks #3 - "Remote-Working"
(Church Action on Labour and Life, European Christian Employment and Economy Network)

CALL FOR PAPERS (due 28 April 2021): Law, Religion, and Sustainability: The role of freedom of religion or belief in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals
(The 7th International Colloquium on Law and Religion)

Monday, 26 April 2021

WEBINAR, 26 April (11AM EDT): Interview with Papal biographer, Austin Ivereigh—Let Us Dream: Pope Francis on Faith and Discernment in Times of Crisis
(Newman Centre of McGill University)

Saturday, 24 April 2021

WEBINAR SERIES, 24 April to 23 May 2021: CIGA Ramadan Webinar Series
(Center for Islam and Global Affairs (CIGA))

Thursday, 22 April 2021

WEBINAR, 22 April 2021 (7PM Zurich): Ecumenical Celebration for the 20th Anniversary of Charta Oecumenica
(Conference of European Churches)

ONLINE EVENT, 22 April 2021 (10AM EDT): Faith-Based Approaches Can Positively Impact COVID-19 Vaccination Efforts: Religious Identities and the Race Against the Virus
(PRRI and Interfaith Youth Core)

Wednesday, 21 April 2021

WEBINAR, 21 April 2021 (2PM EDT): USCIRF's 2021 Annual Report Virtual Launch
(U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom)

ONLINE EVENT, 21 April 2021: The right to places of worship between plural disciplines and judicial discourse
(DiReSoM: Diritto e Religione nelle Società Multiculturali/ Law and Religion in Multicultural Societies)

Tuesday, 20 April 2021

WEBINAR, 20 April 2021 (12 noon Rome): DPIHD Biodiversity Webinar
(Parliament of the World's Religions)

Friday, 16 April 2021

Jewish sailor gets temporary reprieve from order to shave beard
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Judge grants Jewish sailor temporary reprieve after Navy orders him to shave beard
(Gina Harkins,

Photos of the Week: Ramadan begins, Notre Dame fire anniversary
(Kit Doyle, Religion News Service)

Pakistan: Another Ahmadi mosque attacked
(Massimo Introvigne, Bitter Winter: A Magazine on Religious Liberty and Human Rights in China)

The emerging Jews of Colombia: Why are so many Christians in this South American country converting to Orthodox Judaism?
(Heidi Paster Harf, The Washington Post)

Behar and Budinova v. Bulgaria: The Rights of Others in Cases of Othering – Anti-victim bias in ECHR hate speech law?
(Margarita S. Ilieva, Strasbourg Observers)

The most wonderful time of the year: Responsibilities as citizens (including taxes) are a cause for gratitude.
(James Christie, Viewpoints: A blog of the G20 Interfaith Forum)

House committee advances anti-abortion bills, including ones aimed at outlawing the procedure in Texas
(Shannon Najmabadi, The Texas Tribune)

It's not just young white liberals who are leaving religion
(Ryan P. Burge and Perry Bacon Jr., FiveThirtyEight)

Anglican, Episcopal leaders call for equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines worldwide
(Egan Millard, Episcopal News Service)

Compassionate courage moves beyond ‘cancel culture’ to challenge systemic racism – but it’s hard work
(Pushpa Iyer, The Conversation)

Mandatory vaccinations for care home workers – a slippery slope?
(Rosalind English, UK Human Rights Blog)

Turkey's Christians face increasingly dangerous persecution
(Lela Gilbert, Newsweek Opinion)

FDA lifts in-person dispensing requirement for abortion drug during covid emergency
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

HHS proposes reversal of Trump Administration Title X family planning grant rules
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Biden administration moves to undo Trump abortion rules for Title X
(Sarah McCammon, National Public Radio)

Michigan statute protecting parents' faith healing includes subjective religious interpretations
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

After 3 years in sanctuary, mother steps out of Utah church and into newfound freedom
(Annie Knox, Deseret News)

New Zealand: Up to three years in prison for hate speech under reforms
(Marc Daalder, Newsroom)

Poland’s vaccines chief not ruffled by church objections
(Associated Press)

Ramona’s World: The Quiet Christianity of Beverly Cleary’s Beloved Books
(Rebekah Curtis, Public Discourse: The Journal of the Witherspoon Institute)

Abortion, Vaccines, and Moral Imagination
(Mark Perkins, Public Discourse: The Journal of the Witherspoon Institute)

Vatican holds criminal trial for man accused of shoplifting
(Elise Ann Allen, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Statement from Pro-Life Catholic Scholars on the Moral Acceptability of Receiving COVID-19 Vaccines
(Ethics & Public Policy Center)

Catholic aid agency condemns UK Prime Minister’s objection to ICC investigation of Israel
(Charles Collins, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Forced Islamization in Congo’s eastern provinces worries Catholic bishops
(Fredrick Nzwili, Catholic News Service)

Is it time Germany opened up its stores on Sundays?
(Arthur Sullivan, Deutsche Welle)

In Yemen, antisemitism is rampant even though few Jews actually live there
(David Ian Klein, Forward)

German Catholics plan huge blessing of gay unions on May 10
(Ines San Martin, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Where Islam and reason meet
(Mustafa Akyol, The Wall Street Journal)

Utah’s new law could be part of winning pro-life strategy
(Lauretta Brown, National Catholic Register)

Jehovah's Witness faces longest prison term
(OVD.Info, Russia Religion News (Stetson University))

Tandon steals Fulton’s thunder: The most important free exercise decision since 1990
(Jim Oleske, SCOTUSblog)

Kazakhstan: Targeting ethnic Dungan Koran teachers
(Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service)

Recent CDM determinations – II
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Istanbul Convention - Symbol of cultural division of Europe
(Sofia News Agency)

Hungarian mayor wants to keep Jews away from rabbi’s tomb — Chasidic leader
(Michael Daventry, Jewish News)

French row over mosque isn’t simply about state financing – it runs deep into Islamophobia and French secularism
(Carol Ferrara, The Conversation)

A public funding ban for private colleges ‘born in bigotry’?
(Elizabeth Redden, Inside Higher Ed)

The Daily: Who is really winning in the Supreme Court?
(Lauren Jackson, The New York Times)

Got trouble? Have faith, say residents of America’s most religious state -- Alabama
(Nia Hightower, National Geographic)

Biden reverses course on refugee cap after faith groups express outrage
(Emily McFarlan Miller, Jack Jenkins, Religion News Service)

Legal critiques of WWWR: A reply to Napel & Hill QC
(Nigel Biggar, Canopy Forum on the Interactions of Law & Religion)

America, Liberalism, and Catholicism
(Ryan T. Anderson, Public Discourse: The Journal of the Witherspoon Institute)

Despite China's vast religious and political repression, 2022 Olympic boycott still unlikely
(Ira Rifkin, GetReligion)

Argument: Yes, the atrocities in Xinjiang constitute a genocide
(Peter Mattis, Foreign Policy)

Macron visits Notre Dame 2 years after devastating fire
(Thomas Adamson and Jeffrey Schaeffer, Associated Press)

Wednesday, 14 April 2021

Court orders residents of Sredneuralsky Convent to leave its premises

Detention of Jehovah's Witnesses enters a new region
(Yaroslavl Moskovskii Komsomolets, Russia Religion News (Stetson University))

WEBINAR, 14 April 2021 (10:30AM Eastern): USCIRF Conversation: New Report on Antisemitism in the OSCE Region and U.S. Policy Responses
(U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom)

WEBINAR, 14 Apri 2021 (5PM Eastern): Walter B. and Kay W. Shurden Lectures on Religious Liberty and Separation of Church and State
(Religious Liberty Has Been White Too Long: Voices of Black Scholars featuring Dr. Teresa Smallwood, Dr. Anthony Pinn, Dr. Nicole Turner and Dr. David Goatley., Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty)

Statement from the President on the Beginning of Ramadan
(The White House)

For interfaith couples, Ramadan can deepen ties to faith and each other
(Silma Suba, Religion News Service)

Ramadan began Monday night; Minnesota gives religious exemption from curfew order
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Russian opposition leader Navalny sues prison officials to obtain a Quran
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Putin foe Navalny says he sues prison for withholding Quran
(Daria Litvinova, Associated Press)

Navalny sues Russian prison for withholding Quran
(Lexi Lonas, The Hill)

Official claims that Russian church agitates in Estonia for Kremlin goals
(Credo.Press, Russia Religion News (Stetson University))

Jehovah's Witnesses cell busted in Russia's Tula

Russia: Flagship Protestant colleges stripped of right to offer higher education
(Victoria Arnold, Forum 18 News Service)

Multi-faith group issues statement questioning religious exemptions from covid orders
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

'Sex over religion': Legal scholars discuss America's shifting religious freedom landscape
(Emily Wood, The Christian Post)

China's communist regime is detaining Christians in mobile brainwashing camps: report
(Anugrah Kumar, The Christian Post)

Faith organizations' statement regarding state legislation granting religious exemptions to emergency orders (PDF)
(Interfaith Alliance)

Hasidic, devout, and mad as hell about COVID-19: Op-Ed
(Emma Green, The Atlantic)

A small victory for Christians in communist Laos
(Union of Catholic Asian News)

6th Circuit en banc upholds Ohio's ban on doctors knowingly performing abortions because of Down syndrome
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Judges cite Holocaust, eugenics in divided ruling allowing Ohio to enforce Down Syndrome abortion ban
(Jessie Balmert, Cincinnati Enquirer)

6th Circuit judges debate eugenics in yesterday's abortion decision
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

US Catholic educators seek ways to tackle racism in the Church
(Carol Zimmermann, Union of Catholic Asian News)

Christians decry Myanmar military's search of churches
(Union of Catholic Asian News)

Civil rights group sues Facebook over anti-Muslim posts
(Alejandra Molina, Religion News Service)

Pope Francis and Mario Draghi could become a powerful duo in shaping Europe’s future
(Claire Giangravé, Religion News Service)

New book explores how Desmond Tutu’s Christian mysticism helped unite a nation
(Yonat Shimron, Religion News Service)

As policies shift, Protestants and other faith groups join Catholics in helping immigrants at the border
(Jack Jenkins and Alejandra Molina, Religion News Service)

Muslims open Ramadan with social distanced prayers, vaccines
(Niniek Karmini, Religion News Service)

Haitian archbishop demands release of abducted Catholics
(Catholic News Agency)

Abducted priest freed in Nigeria
(International Christian Concern)

USCIRF alarmed by deteriorating religious freedom conditions & security in Nigeria
(U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom)

Christian leaders in Nigeria allege Islamization attempt after recent judicial appointments
(Catholic News Agency)

Democratic Republic of the Congo: bishops warn of threat of Islamism
(Aid to the Church in Need)

Catholic bishops in DR Congo worried by killings, forced conversions in east
(Jude Atemanke, Catholic News Agency)

COMECE and CEC: “Churches have an important message and value to add to the Conference on the Future of Europe”
(Conference of European Churches)

Turkey tightens COVID-19 restrictions as Ramadan holy month begins
(Diego Cupolo, Al-Monitor: Turkey Pulse)

Israel is now situated in the new Middle East
(Emily Schrader, The Jerusalem Post)

New ultra-Orthodox residents make Israel's Dimona nervous
(Danny Zaken, Al-Monitor: Israel Pulse)

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