Law and Religion Headlines

Monday, 13 September 2021

Survey finds support for balance between gay rights, religious freedom
(Mark A. Kellner, Washington Times)

In Vatican as elsewhere, dialogue’s always easier outside the fold
(John L. Allen Jr., Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Salvadoran bishops call for respect of rule of law, constitution
(Rhina Guidos, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Why these faith leaders want Congress to act now on LGBTQ rights
(Kelsey Dallas, Deseret News)

What you need to know about religious exemptions to vaccine mandates
(Kelsey Dallas, Deseret News)

Ukrainian press sets Moscow church against America
(Religiina Pravda, Russia Religion News (Stetson University))

My Orthodox flashback to 9/11: When will St. Nicholas truly return to Ground Zero?
(Terry Mattingly, GetReligion)

New York pilgrimage celebrates interfaith solidarity in lead-up to 9/11 anniversary
(Renée Roden, The Washington Post)

Preaching ‘true Islam,’ Ahmadiyya Muslims promote peace on 9/11
(Mark A. Kellner, The Washington Times)

Plug-In: At 20th anniversary of 9/11, faith remains big part of this world-shaking story
(Bobby Ross Jr., GetReligion)

[email protected] on 9/11 (Zoom recording)
(YouTube Video, Religious Freedom & Business Foundation)

9/11 became a catalyst for interfaith relations and cooperation
(Adelle M. Banks, The Washington Post)

Law and religion round-up – 12th September
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

A whole generation of human rights defenders may perish in Afghanistan
(Ewelina U. Ochab, Forbes)

The Islamic world has changed over the past 20 years. The Taliban is about to feel it.
(Fareed Zakaria, The Washington Post)

Taliban: Women can study in gender-segregated universities
(Kathy Gannon, Associated Press)

Digital rights can't flourish alone; church, civil society support needed, says German Christian leader, now heading a foundation
(Peter Kenny, Ecumenical News)

Shechita UK ‘confident’ over government’s possible food labelling reforms
(Lee Harpin, Jewish News)

Separation of “church” and state in Israel
(David Lazarus, Israel Today)

Vatican rejects Israeli criticism over pope comments on Jewish law
(Philip Pullella, Reuters)

Jailbreak from Israeli prison shakes up Palestinian public opinion
(Daoud Kuttab, Al-Monitor: The Pulse of the Middle East)

Photos of the Week: Serbian Orthodox tensions; Rosh Hashana
(Kit Doyle, Religion News Service)

Germany: A new way to foster religious tolerance? Put everyone under one roof.
(Lenora Chu, Christian Science Monitor)

The Vatican, the French bishops and anti-gay-marriage
(Loup Besmond de Senneville, La Croix International)

Les Hijabeuses: Muslim women footballers tackle French hijab ban
(Alexander Durie, Al Jazeera)

Two weeks in review, 30 August – 12 September 2021
(Gail Lythgoe, EJIL: Talk! Blog of the European Journal of International Law)

Global religious and interfaith networks engage global governance
(JoAnne Wadsworth, G20 Interfaith Forum Blog)

G20 interfaith policy brief workshop of the anti-racism initiative: A summary
(Dion A. Forster, G20 Interfaith Forum Blog)

Baha’i assemblies in Iran: Those who were kidnapped and those who were shot by firing squad
(Iran Press Watch)

T&T: ERHA’s virtual interfaith service “Rejuvenate”

How Evangelical leaders use social media to support pro-Bolsonaro act (Portuguese)
(Vinícius Lemos, BBC News)

Islamophobia: what oppresses Muslim women in Brazil is not the scarf, says researcher at USP (Portuguese)
(Letícia Mori, BBC News)

Lula: "I am against abortion, but it is every woman's right" (Portuguese)
(José Casado, Veja)

On the day they wounded New York
(Jeffrey Salkin, The Washington Post)

This story has been hot for about 50 years: Religion do's and don'ts in public schools
(Richard Ostling, GetReligion)

Saturday, 11 September 2021

Religion, peace, and world affairs: Reflections on the legacy of September 11 (Part 1)
(Thomas Banchoff, Michael Kessler, Jane McAuliffe, Judd Birdsall, David Little, José Casanova, Katherine Marshall, Erin Cline, Shaun Casey, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)

Friday, 10 September 2021

The absence of religious faith at the 9/11 Memorial
(Eric Patterson, Religious Freedom Institute)

September 11 anniversary spurs reflection, regret on legacy of animus toward American Muslims
(Don Byrd, Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty)

Religion, peace, and world affairs: Reflections on the legacy of September 11 (Part 2)
(Jocelyne Cesari, Drew Christiansen, Gerard J. McGlone, Peter Mandaville, David Hollenbach, Terrence L. Johnson, Paul Elie, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)

What two 9/11 anniversaries can teach us about the role of religion
(Eboo Patel, Religion News Service Opinion)

'Those people are not me': US Muslims reflect on how 9/11 changed their lives and what the future holds for them
(Alaa Elassar, CNN, CNN)

9/11 doubly targeted American Muslims, attacking our country and hijacking our religion
(Ahmed Rehab, USA Today)

9/11 and the racial limitations of religious freedom in America
(Sahar Aziz, Al Jazeera)

RFI President Tom Farr: “Preventing another attack: International religious freedom”
(Religious Freedom Institute)

Western societies need proactive policies to protect institutional religious freedom
(Religious Freedom Institute)

Saudi Arabia, 20 years after 9/11: ‘A country in the making’
(Aya Batrawy, Associated Press)

The Taliban and “sovereignty”: Popular vs. divine
(Eric Patterson, Religious Freedom Institute)

Amen to religions in South Africa giving vaccines the nod
(The Citizen)

Conference fuels growing US debate over Hindu nationalism
(Joseph Hammond, Religion News Service)

Safe in the US, Afghan evacuees turn their attention to the families they left behind
(Emily McFarlan Miller, Religion News Service)

R.B. v. Estonia: The ECtHR calls for less strict procedural rules for children’s testimony
(Elena Patrizi, Strasbourg Observers)

Argentine medical association says abortion law goes against principles of ethics
(The Iona Institute)

Church vandalised and set on fire in Behren-Lès-Forbach
(Observatory on Intolerance and Discrimination against Christians in Europe)

Catholic bishops’ commission laments EU religious freedom envoy vacancy
(Catholic World Report)

Christian college continues fight to keep single-sex dorms, showers protected from Biden's LGBT policy
(Leonardo Blair, The Christian Post)

Libya: New hearing date for church
(Middle East Concern)

UK: First Christian preacher to be prosecuted under Covid regulations has fine dropped
(Premier Christian News)

Evangelical families in Mexico lose access to water, services for refusing to deny their faith
(Anugrah Kumar, The Christian Post)

September 2021 Newsletter
(The Association of Religion Data Archives)

IGE Convenes Religious Freedom Education and Dialogue Seminar in Laos’ Phongsaly Province
(Institute for Global Engagement)

Are churches part of the solution to the affordable housing crisis?
(Rick Reinhard, Religion Unplugged)

Why did Uganda suspend 54 faith-based and aid groups backed by the West?
(John Semakula, Religion Unplugged)

Threat closes St. Louis Park synagogue as Sabbath begins
(Associated Press)

Americans less positive about civil liberties: AP-NORC poll
(Meg Kinnard and Emily Swanson, Associated Press)

Pope Francis to visit impoverished Roma quarter in Slovakia
(Karel Janicek, Associated Press)

Boston cardinal meets Cuban leader on visit to Havana
(Associated Press)

Muslim woman can move ahead with suit over required removal of hijab for booking photo
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Court of Federal Claims denies motion for reconsideration of church camp's tax liability
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Muslim police officer can move ahead with complaint on accommodation of beard
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

After 20 years of litigation, suit on religion in child placement is settled and dismissed
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Gov. Noem blocks telemedicine abortions in South Dakota
(South Dakota State News)

Attorney General Merrick B. Garland delivers remarks announcing lawsuit against the State of Texas to stop unconstitutional Senate Bill 8
(U.S. Department of Justice)

From Flanders to Sicily, contradictions abound on Europe’s religious scene
(John L. Allen Jr., Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Mexican Supreme Court invalidates second state law against abortion
(David Agren, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Religious exemptions to the vaccine should be rare — but they should exist
(Jared Cook, Deseret News Opinion)

Egypt: New ruling on hymen repair stirs up controversy
(Jennifer Holleis, Deutsche Welle)

In Turkey, religious cleric joins calls to censor social media
(Arzu Geybullayeva, Global Voices)

Turkish government sees K-pop as a threat
(Ceyda Nurtsch, Deutsche Welle)

More than 100 headstones smashed at Jewish cemetery in Argentina
(Cnaan Liphshiz, Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

Taliban: We want ties with US and rest of the world — but not Israel
(Ron Kampeas, Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

Opposing Roe isn’t about religion
(Alexandra Desanctis, National Review)

God has no place in Supreme Court opinions
(Linda Greenhouse, The New York Times)

Christianity’s walking dead (Identity Politics and American Character: A Symposium)
(Joshua Mitchell, Law & Liberty)

Netflix’s ‘My Unorthodox Life’ spurred ultra-Orthodox Jewish women to talk publicly about their lives
(Jessica Roda and Alexandra Stankovich, The Conversation)

COVID-19 churches’ guidance for “Step 4”
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

20 years ago, the UN Durban Conference aimed to combat racism. It devolved into a ‘festival of hate’ against Jews.
(Ron Kampeas, Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

More countries to boycott Durban conference as New Zealand and Cyprus quit
(Michael Daventry, Jewish News)

Zimbabwe: Church leaders meet President
(Mukudzei Chingwere, All Africa)

India: K'taka govt to omit controversial religious texts from school books
(The Tribune)

Ireland: Government accused of being ‘profoundly disrespectful’ to church
(Irish Times)

New study in Ireland reveals: Catholic students are most affected by bullying
(Observatory on Intolerance and Discrimination against Christians in Europe)

UK bishops urge Catholics to oppose medically-assisted suicide Bill
(Charles Collins, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Islamic NGO in Senegal seeks to block immoral web series
(Lucie Sarr, La Croix International)

A Catholic book purge in Canada
(Jérôme Chapuis, La Croix International)

Religions for Peace and KAICIID sign MoU on multireligious collaboration initiatives
(KAICIID Dialogue Centre)

The United States once again call on Russia to stop the persecution of Crimean Tatars and the OCU in Crimea
(Religious Information Service of Ukraine (RISU))

Russia: Suspended sentence, though she did "nothing apart from study Koran"
(Victoria Arnold, Forum 18 News Service)

Thursday, 9 September 2021

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

WEBINAR, 9 September 2021 (10AM EDT): Secularism and Islam in Foreign Policy: A Conversation with Sarah Wolff
(Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)

VIRTUAL EVENT, 9 September 2021 (1PM ET): [email protected] on 9/11
(Religious Freedom & Business Foundation)

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