Law and Religion Headlines


Tuesday, 27 December 2022

Top 5 First Amendment stories of 2022
(Freedom Forum)

Religion and politics in 2022
(State of Belief Radio, Interfaith Alliance)

Top 10 religious liberty and church-state developments of 2022
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Plug-In: Religion-beat pros share links to their best features from throughout 2022
(Bobby Ross Jr., GetReligion)

Religious freedom stories across the country - 23 December 2022
(First Liberty)

Around the web - 26 December 2022
(Law and Religion Forum, St. John's Law School Center for Law & Religion)

Leading Brazilian Jewish economist targeted by criticism ripped from ‘antisemitism handbook,’ Jewish groups say
(Marcus M. Gilban, Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

Bishops-backed groups press Brazil’s Lula on indigenous rights, environment
(Eduardo Campos Lima, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Brazil: The complex approach of the future Lula government to evangelicals (Portuguese)
(Mariana Scheiber, BBC Brasil)

Brazil: Approved the creation of the Evangelical Parliamentary Front (Portuguese)
(Carol Teixeira, Senado Federal)

Brazil: Recife City Council approves the Religious Freedom Statute and the Religious Assistance Law; check the details (Portuguese)
(Jones Johnson, JC)

Uruguay: Neither China nor North Korea: the story of the Latin American country that “eliminated” Christmas more than 100 years ago (Portuguese)
(Angela Reyes Haczek, CNN Brasil)

Friday, 23 December 2022

Why religious freedom matters to me
(Marian Edmonds-Allen, Talk About: Law and Religion - Blog of the International Center for Law and Religion Studies)

Cost of living crisis: 2.6 million seek help from churches and faith groups
(The Church of England)

UK Jewish youth groups say it is ‘our duty’ to speak out against Israeli far-right
(Jewish News)

Chanukah celebration
(Twitter, Rishi Sunak)

Parochial Fees: CDM and general issues
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Why religious freedom matters to me
(Simran Jeet Singh, Talk About: Law and Religion - Blog of the International Center for Law and Religion Studies)

Volume 20, Issue 4 (2022)
(The Review of Faith & International Affairs)

Introduction: Religion and Comprehensive Security
(Pasquale Annicchino & Judd Birdsall, The Review of Faith & International Affairs)

Freedom of Religion or Belief is Security: The 2019 OSCE Policy Guidance on FoRB and Security
(Gabriele Fattori, The Review of Faith & International Affairs)

Counter-terrorism, Discrimination, and Freedom of Thought, Conscience, Religion, or Belief
(Susan Kerr & Johannes Heiler, The Review of Faith & International Affairs)

Remarks by President Biden in Christmas address to the Nation
(The White House)

43 State Capitols celebrating Christmas 2022 with public displays of the Savior’s birth
(Thomas More Society)

With Zelenskyy in the U.S., faith leaders sign petition calling for a ‘Christmas truce’
(Katie Yoder, Catholic News Agency)

Salvation Army kettles down 8% as high-demand holiday draws near, official says
(Mark A. Kellner, The Washington Times)

Make spirits bright
(Rachel Lu, Law & Liberty)

A Commitment to Religious Freedom as the Bond that Makes Us Free: Reinvigorating Security, Religious Autonomy, and the Good Society
(Brett G. Scharffs, The Review of Faith & International Affairs)

Comprehensive Security and the Environment: The Challenge for Religions
(Marco Ventura, The Review of Faith & International Affairs)

Russia’s Spiritual Security Doctrine as a Challenge to European Comprehensive Security Approaches
(Kristina Stoeckl, The Review of Faith & International Affairs)

Evangelicals and Comprehensive Security
(Judd Birdsall, The Review of Faith & International Affairs)

Comprehensive Security and LGBTQ Rights
(Nausica Palazzo, The Review of Faith & International Affairs)

Comprehensive Security and Religion: Moving Away from the Securitization Zeitgeist in the Digital Transition
(Pasquale Annicchino, The Review of Faith & International Affairs)

Diplomatic Leadership Development after the “Weaponization of Everything”: Approaching Religion or Belief as a Professional Competence
(Francis Davis, The Review of Faith & International Affairs)

COVID-19 and Religion: Pandemic Lessons and Legacies
(Katherine Marshall, The Review of Faith & International Affairs)

Re-framing Common Themes in Religions and Development Research
(Olivia Wilkinson, The Review of Faith & International Affairs)

An Examination of the Anti-impeachment Movement of Conservative Protestantism in Korea
(Hyung Chull Jang & Chull Lee, The Review of Faith & International Affairs)

Book review: We God’s People: Christianity, Islam, and Hinduism in the World of Nations
(Jeffrey Haynes, The Review of Faith & International Affairs)

Faith-based groups on border unswayed after lawmakers’ call to investigate them
(Alejandra Molina, Religion News Service)

Maine bishop asks Catholics to reevaluate voting choices after midterms
(John Lavenburg, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Hundreds of US rabbis pledge to block extremists in Israeli government from speaking in their communities
(Ron Kampeas, Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

A tale of two books, one podcast, and the contest over Christian nationalism
(Paul D. Miller, Christianity Today)

Buried story of 2022? The persecution of Christians keeps surging around the world
(Richard Ostling, GetReligion)

Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Scientology and Sikhism joined at the UN to protect human rights
(The European Times)

Haitian bishops in Christmas message call on gangs to end violence
(Ivan Fernandes, La Croix International)

Indian Buddhist organization says no to Beijing-appointed Dalai Lama successor
(Radio Free Asia)

Turkey urges Taliban to reverse university ban for women
(Turkish Minute)

Read the latest news from the Ecumenical Institute at Bossey
(World Council of Churches)

GOP lawmaker blocks IVF protection bill
(Elizabeth Nolan Brown, Reason)

Seventh Circuit rejects free speech / free exercise arguments against mask mandate
(Eugene Volokh, The Volokh Conspiracy)

Russia: 3 trials in 3 weeks: 11 Jehovah’s Witnesses sentenced in all to 67 years
(Human Rights Without Frontiers International)

Indonesia’s new criminal code leads to conflict with U.S.
(Paul Marshall, Providence Mag)

Jews in Norway tend to hide their identity
(Christian Network Europe)

Senegal: 40 years of conflict in the Casamance region
(Carlos Rosas Jiménez, Aid to the Church in Need)

The values that led humanity forward this year
(Erika Page, The Christian Science Monitor)

Pictures of the year: Religion
(Reuters)

USCIRF condemns sentencing of Baha’i women in Iran
(U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom)

Kazakhstan issue update
(U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom)

The Vatican and permanent neutrality: A book discussion addressing the Holocaust, the Cold War, and Ukraine
(YouTube Video, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)

Wednesday, 21 December 2022

Judgment Zemmour v. France - Criminal conviction for inciting discrimination and religious hatred against the French Muslim community: no violation of the Convention
(The European Court of Human Right)

Court upholds French far-right leader’s conviction over anti-Muslim comments
(Nicolas Camut, Politico)

ECHR upholds hate speech conviction against Eric Zemmour
(Deutsche Welle)

“Religious hatred”: Eric Zemmour dismissed by the European Court of Human Rights (French)
(Franck Johannès, Le Monde)

Article 10 ECHR and inciting religious hatred: Zemmour
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Bahrain: National forums highlight religion’s pivotal role in social progress
(Bahá’í World News Service)

A fear-filled advent for Armenian Christians
(Mark Movsesian, First Things)

Legal Spirits Episode 046: Sunday closing laws and New Year’s Eve
(Law and Religion Forum, St. John's Law School Center for Law & Religion)

Interreligious perspectives on peace and development: A conversation with Jeffrey Sachs
(YouTube Video, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)

New book: Faithful Disobedience: Writings on Church and State from a Chinese House Church Movement
(Wang Yi; edited by Hannah Nation and J. D. Tseng, InterVarsity Press)

USCIRF releases report on religious freedom in Cuba
(U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom)

Vietnam: HCM City leader congratulates local Catholics
(Vietnam Plus)

Remarks by President Biden and First Lady Jill Biden at a Hanukkah holiday reception
(The White House)

Holocaust survivors share message of hope during Hanukkah
(Kirsten Grieshaber, Associated Press)

Congregants of Buddhist temple have standing to sue in factional dispute
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Congress passes National Defense Authorization Bill with various provisions impacting religion
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Court upholds conversion therapy ban
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Far-right coalition in Israel sparks furor over education and values
(Neri Zilber, The Christian Science Monitor)

Who’s who in Israel’s new far-right government, and why it matters
(Andrew Lapin, Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

At the lighting of the Christmas tree at Jaffa Square, prayers lifted up for hope and reconciliation
(World Council of Churches)

Signs invited Jews to visit the Temple Mount. Why Israel’s chief rabbi forbade them.
(Avi Shafran, Religion News Service)

Russia: Refusing to "carry out orders aimed at destruction and utter defeat of living people"
(Victoria Arnold, Forum 18 News Service)

Defaming religious beliefs: Tonchev
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Syria Yazidi cemetery vandalised on religious festival
(CSW: Everyone Free to Believe)

CEC and WCC denounce blockade of ethnic Armenian region
(Conference of European Churches)

Bishops highlight concerns over Gender Reform Bill
(Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh)

How faith actors are preventing food loss in Rwanda
(KAICIID Dialogue Centre)

Christians from Myanmar celebrate passage of US BURMA Act
(Isabella Meibauer, Religion Unplugged)

‘My heart is bleeding’: Afghan women devastated by university ban
(Ruchi Kumar, Al Jazeera)

CAIR welcomes Johns Hopkins University’s commitment to solicit input, address safety of Muslim students on Baltimore campus
(Council on American-Islamic Relations)

A peek at the future of high school cafeterias [including halal options]
(Darla Miles, ABC 7 News)

Indian tribal Christians protest social boycott, violence
(Union of Catholic Asian News)

Dalai Lama says India respects all religions, asks youths to maintain secular tradition
(Deccan Herald)

Indian Church against rollback of scholarships for minorities
(Michael Gonsalves, Union of Catholic Asian News)

Korean inter-faith group pays tribute to Halloween victims
(Union of Catholic Asian News)

Canada: Interest-free, but not without charges: Islamic mortgages hit the Canadian housing market
(Anis Heydari, CBC News)

The ERLC’s religious liberty advocacy
(Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission)

Anglicanism in the Public Square Conference - Session 4
(YouTube Video, John Wesley Institute)

German politicians distance themselves from churches
(Christian Network Europe)

Nearly 1,000 faith leaders call for Christmas cease-fire in Ukraine
(Kathryn Post, The Washington Post)

Pope meets with wife and son of Ukrainian prisoner of war
(Vatican News)

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