Law and Religion Headlines

Monday, 2 May 2022

Argument: The Pope, the Patriarch—and a little bit of Putin: The meeting between the heads of the two churches in Cuba on Friday wasn’t just about religion. It was about politics.
(Reid Standlish and Benjamin Soloway, Foreign Policy)

Law students sue U. of Idaho alleging religious discrimination over ‘no-contact’ order
(Mark A. Kellner, The Washington Times)

How should Black churches respond to the fight for LGBTQ rights?
(Kelsey Dallas, Deseret News)

Latino Muslims — a growing group — struggle to find their place in the Islamic community
(Mya Jaradat, Deseret News)

European Parliament denounces persecution of religious minorities worldwide
(European Conservatives and Reformists)

Pakistan's former PM, PTI leaders accused of blasphemy
(Kamran Chaudhry, Union of Catholic Asian News)

Pakistan: Questions to EU Commission about blasphemy laws by an MEP
(Human Rights Without Frontiers International)

China: Special bimonthly: Freedom of religion or belief (16-30.04.2022)
(Human Rights Without Frontiers International)

When a company’s public positions are in tension with employees’ beliefs
(Kent Johnson, Religious Freedom & Business Foundation)

US committed to UN truce and ‘better future’ for Yemen, says US envoy

May 2022 Newsletter
(The Association of Religion Data Archives)

Photos of the week: End of Ramadan approaching, Orthodox Easter
(Kit Doyle, Religion News Service)

Biden restores celebration of Eid al-Fitr at White House
(Will Weissert, Associated Press)

Man accused of setting car ablaze over owner’s religion
(Associated Press)

‘Beatle’ gets life sentence for Islamic State beheadings
(Matthew Barakat, Associated Press)

Recent articles of interest - 2 May 2022
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Statement by President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr
(The White House)

Bioethics: End-of-life scenarios and choices
(Fondazione Bruno Kessler)

Canada: Anglican leader visits Canadian residential school survivors
(Associated Press)

Cameroon: Archbishop says Cameroonians, not foreigners, causing country’s problems
(Ngala Killian Chimtom, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Top Vatican diplomat says ‘Christian values’ no excuse for ‘sacrilegious’ war
(Elise Ann Allen, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Kazakhstan president welcomes bishops of Central Asia at first meeting
(Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Doug Emhoff says being the second gentleman brought him closer to Judaism
(Ron Kampeas, Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

Jewish soldiers are buried under crosses around the world. A rabbi’s nonprofit is changing that.
(Ron Kampeas, Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

The Pope and the Patriarch of Moscow
(George Weigel, First Things)

Antisemitism increased under Trump. Then it got even worse.
(Michelle Goldberg, The New York Times)

Let Coach Kennedy pray
(David French, The Atlantic)

Plug-In: Can a high school coach pray at 50-Yard line? Five SCOTUS hearing takeaways
(Bobby Ross Jr., GetReligion)

Israel outrage at Sergei Lavrov's claim that Hitler was part Jewish
(BBC News)

When sacred symbols and rituals are combined with State power
(Sande Ramage, La Croix International)

Muslim Brotherhood’s influence in US should be confronted and defeated
(Dalia Al-Aqidi, Arab News)

MPs propose to impose sanctions against Kirill and three other figures of the Russian Orthodox Church
(Religious Information Service of Ukraine (RISU))

"Ukraine is standing, Ukraine is fighting, Ukraine is praying", the Head of the UGCC
(Religious Information Service of Ukraine (RISU))

Satanic Temple sues elementary school for not allowing after-school Satan club
(Anne Stych, Religion Unplugged)

Protecting Orthodox Jewish schools
(Moshe Hauer and Michael A. Helfand, First Things)

Philippine bishops' chief urges release of jailed senator
(Joseph Peter Calleja, Union of Catholic Asian News)

Indonesia: Church attack in Indonesia's Papua province wounds two
(Konradus Epa, Union of Catholic Asian News)

Lemon, avatars, and irritable observers
(Josh Blackman, The Volokh Conspiracy)

Thoughts on today’s big #SCOTUS win for religious liberty.
(LoriWindham, Twitter)

Malaysian lawmaker sentenced for criticizing Shariah court system
(International Christian Concern)

California Catholic dioceses ask Supreme Court to hear statute of limitations extension case
(Katie Yoder, Catholic News Agency)

India: Hindu leaders from around the world denounce hate
(Sindh Courier)

India: Assam state leader pushes to replace India's religion-based laws

Mesut Ozil on India: ‘What is happening to human rights in the so-called largest democracy in the world?’
(Express News)

Bolivia: General consul of Bolivia visits WCC to strengthen collaborative work
(World Council of Churches)

The Court and the culture wars: When “religious freedom” gets complicated.
(Lauren Jackson, The New York Times)

Anglicans at UN call for protection of vulnerable in Ukraine
(Anglican Communion News Service)

Why are we uncomfortable with religion in the public square? (podcast)

Israel: The US must support freedom of religion on the Temple Mount
(Farley Weiss, Jewish News Syndicate)

Finland: Päivi Räsänen’s case is not over: Finnish prosecutor appeals
(Evangelical Focus)

Finnish prosecutor will keep prosecuting Christian politician for quoting the Bible
(Joy Pullmann, The Federalist)

Black Satanist candidate faces LA sheriff shakedown
(Joseph Laycock, Religion Dispatches)

Abortion right guaranteed by Roe will be replaced by state power if the Supreme Court adopts the leaked Alito opinion
(Morgan Marietta, The Conversation)

Saturday, 30 April 2022

LATEST ISSUE of the Journal of Law and Religion (free access through April 30)
(various, Cambridge University Press)

Friday, 29 April 2022

Church Reporter, Vol. 7, 23 April 2022 - Newsletter for the English speaking members and friends of the Church Law Society
(Jiří Rajmund Tretera and Záboj Horák, eds., Church Law Society Prague – Brno – Olomouc – Stříbro – České Budějovice)

Finnish prosecutor revives ‘Bible Trial’ hate speech charges against Christian politician
(Mark A. Kellner, The Washington Times)

EVENT, 29 April 2022 (4:30PM ET): Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together
(International Law Society)

WEBINAR, 29 April 2022 (9AM EDT): Listening to the Stories of Local Faith Actors on COVID-19 Responses: A Canvas of Experiences from Around the World
(Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)

Canada: B.C. Muslim Association 'gravely concerned' after worshipper nearly struck by vehicle outside mosque
(CBC News)

For Muslims in Ukraine, war revives questions of faith and belonging
(Hannah Allam, The Washington Post)

The ECtHR and the Russian Foreign Agents’ Law – a devastating case of judicial passivity
(Jessica Gavron, Strasbourg Observers)

Sympathy for the devil: The anti-cult federation FECRIS, China, and Russia. 6. The Russian FECRIS’ support for the invasions of Ukraine
(Luigi Berzano, Boris Falikov, Willy Fautré, Liudmyla Filipovich, Massimo Introvigne, and Bernadette Rigal-Cellard, Bitter Winter)

EVENT, 29 April 2022: Religious Liberty on Trial at the Supreme Court
(Faith & Law)

Archdiocese of Seattle settles 2 sex abuse claims for $375K
(Associated Press)

Interfaith Trolley offers tour of religion in America
(Bob Smietana, Associated Press)

Survivors unite to deliver message on Holocaust remembrance
(Luis Andres Henao, Associated Press)

1st Circuit: Employees with religious objection to vaccine mandate not entitled to injunction
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Suit challenges Maine's ban on Sunday hunting
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Lawsuit contends Maine’s right-to-food amendment allows for Sunday hunting
(Deirdre Fleming, Portland Press Herald)

Parents sue over school's nondisclosure of children's gender identity issues
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Parents’ lawsuit claims school secretly helped kids adopt new gender identities
(Samantha Kamman, The Christian Post)

Police department blurs church/state lines in AHA lawsuit
(Kate Uesugi, The Humanist)

Health-sharing ministry's bankruptcy shows need for good standards, scrutiny, insiders say
(Kevin J. Jones, Catholic News Agency)

City approves church's private school after allegations of stonewalling over religious beliefs
(Michael Gryboski, The Christian Post)

Diaconal work in Europe is shaped by response to humanitarian crisis in Ukraine
(World Council of Churches)

Colombian human rights advocates engage in strategic talks in the US
(World Council of Churches)

A framework for analyzing a church autonomy defense
(Lael Weinberger, The Volokh Conspiracy)

Timor-Leste president-elect pledges to work with Church
(Ryan Dagur, Union of Catholic Asian News)

India: For Dr. Kezevino Aram, joy comes from serving the most vulnerable
(KAICIID Dialogue Centre)

In India, religion and neoliberal individualism have converged
(Ajay Gudavarthy, The Leaflet)

India: 26,000 more loudspeakers removed from Uttar Pradesh religious places taking the total to 37,000, volume of 55,000 lowered: Police
(Op India)

Indian prelate denies claims of conversion at Christian school
(Union of Catholic Asian News)

Florida city ordered to pay church $250,000 in legal fees over parking lot dispute
(Mark A. Kellner, The Washington Times)

Charles Malik, Christian diplomat
(Habib C. Malik, First Things)

Baylor University charters LGBTQ group
(Carl R. Trueman, First Things)

What will the next chapter of Islam look like?
(Al Jazeera)

Southern Baptist Convention sexual abuse investigation tops $1.7 million
(Anne Stych, Religion Unplugged)

Russians set up a recreation area at the Muslim cemetery in Bakhchisarai, - Denisova
(Religious Information Service of Ukraine (RISU))

Putin targets Jehovah’s Witnesses because he assumes few will come to their defense
(Paul Goble, Eurasia Review)

Serbia’s Pedro Arrupe Integration House — providing unaccompanied refugee children the childhood they deserve
(KAICIID Dialogue Centre)

Marjorie Taylor Greene showed that the most brutal anti-Catholicism can come from Catholics
(Bill McCormick, America: The Jesuit Review)

Marjorie Taylor Greene feuds with conservative Catholics over ‘Satan’ remarks
(Jack Jenkins, Religion News Service)

30 years after Rodney King unrest, one faith leader’s vision still inspires LA
(Richard Flory, Najuma Smith-Pollard, Religion News Service)

Jewish, Muslim groups voice concerns over Musk Twitter takeover
(Jack Jenkins, Religion News Service)

China seeks stricter control of religious groups' finances
(Union of Catholic Asian News)

China: USCIRF: Religious liberty situation worse, not better, in China
(Massimo Introvigne, Bitter Winter)

Statement from Rahima Mahmut on #YomHashoah
(Twitter, Stop Uyghur Genocide)

Interview: China has more tools than ever to target Uyghurs abroad
(Reid Standish, Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty)

China: Persecution of Christians in China growing under Xi Jinping
(Ines San Martin, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Supreme Court can save religious liberty for football coaches, and for all Americans
(Mike Pence, Fox News)

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