Law and Religion Headlines

Monday, 28 June 2021

COVID-19 legislation and guidance: update to 3 July
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Law and religion round-up – 27th June
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

What it means to be a Jewish American: Survey finds Jews worry about anti-Semitism
(Peter Kenny, Ecumenical News)

New book: Religious Liberty in Crisis: Exercising Your Faith In An Age of Uncertainty
(Ken Starr, Encounter Books)

The unholy alliance of religion and politics
(Tom Mockaitis, The Hill)

My child learned he was ‘low caste’ from a school textbook: An American Shudra story
(Smitha Raj, Religion News Service Opinion)

Ultra-Orthodox MK compares Reform Jews to pigs
(Jeremy Sharon, Jerusalem Post)

Muslim man in Canada stabbed has beard cut as assailants yelled about his clothing, religion
(Katherine Fung, Newsweek)

When data privacy becomes a subject of faith
(Aysha Khan, Yes! Magazine)

Controversy over Communion in the Catholic Church goes back some 2,000 years
(Mathew Schmalz, The Conversation)

This tiny minority of Iraqis follows an ancient Gnostic religion – and there’s a chance they could be your neighbors too
(James F. McGrath, The Conversation)

China operated the largest data base of legal decisions in the world. Until it realized it offered ammunition to critics
(Yang Feng, Bitter Winter: A Magazine on Religious Liberty and Human Rights in China)

Looking for God after Surfside collapse
(Joshua Ceballos, Miami New Times)

Friday, 25 June 2021

Religious freedom week: Celebrate freedom to live faith publicly, work to protect it, says Arlington’s Bishop
(The Dialog)

Religious freedom week 2021: Solidarity in freedom
(Mark Rothe, Catholic Standard)

Southern Baptist leader wants to 'iron out our differences'
(Bob Smietana, The Washington Post Opinion)

Unholy post-Trump trinity: Bannon, Pompeo and Pence
(Doug Pagitt, The Washington Post)

Faith in silence in America
(Robin Givhan, The Washington Post)

US law: vaccination requirements and religion
(Robert Iafolla, The Washington Post)

Why choosing the next dalai lama will be a religious – as well as a political – issue
(Brooke Schedneck, The Conversation)

Mali’s global illicit antiquities trade is decimating the nation’s rich cultural heritage
(Allan Ngari, Daily Maverick)

Religion does not make you exempt from lockdown rules in South Africa, churches told
(The Citizen)

Pride and prejudice among Jews in South Africa – it’s up to us
(Rabbi Greg Alexander, Jewish Report)

South African Judge comes out swinging against apology ruling
(Tali Feinberg, Jewish Report)

A defense against religious critics' critiques of South Africa's amendments to Equality and Unfair Discrimination Act
(Pierre de Vos, Daily Maverick)

Lack of burial space is changing age-old funeral practices, and in Japan ‘tree burials’ are gaining in popularity
(Natasha Mikles, Religion News Service)

Muslim group to petition for burial sites in Japan
(NHK World - Japan)

Religious freedom group wants Bible removed from POW/MIA table at Navy base in Japan
(Erica Earl, Stars and Stripes)

Does contemporary Japan need religion?
(Michael Hoffman, The Japan Times)

Dutch leader tells Hungary: If you don’t like LGBT rights, you can leave the E.U.
(Adam Taylor, The Washington Post)

To prevent violent extremism in Tajikistan, promote religious freedom
(Tony Perkins, Nury Turkel, The Diplomat)

EEOC complaint charges Stanford University with anti-Jewish hostile work environment
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

This new social justice theory is making academia dangerous for Jews
(David Bernstein, Forward Opinion)

Cockfighting ban does not violate Establishment Clause
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Random COVID screening in parochial schools not an Establishment Clause violation
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

NY Governor signs Gender Recognition Act
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Governor Cuomo signs the Gender Recognition Act
(Press Release, New York State)

Two weeks in review, 7 – 20 June 2021
(Gail Lythgoe, EJIL: Talk! Blog of the European Journal of International Law)

Photos of the week: Summer/winter solstice; Manila Archbishop installment
(Kit Doyle, Religion News Service)

Disgraced Polish archbishop elected mayor; more bishops sanctioned
(Jonathan Luxmoore, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Poland backs property restitution reforms slammed by Israel
(Associated Press)

AP-NORC poll: Most say restrict abortion after 1st trimester
(David Crary And Hannah Fingerhut, Associated Press)

Tens of thousands attend Pride parade in Israel’s Tel Aviv
(Ariel Schalit, Associated Press)

Irish Gaelic on memorials? Re St Giles, Exhall in the Court of Arches
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Biggest Northern Ireland unionist party endorses new leader
(Pan Pylas, Associated Press)

Saving 'friendless' churches from demolition in England and Wales
(Terry Mattingly, Religion Unplugged)

Global Latter-day Saint leaders support measures enhancing spiritual healing of religiously oppressed
(Newsroom: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)

Gibraltar approves changes to strict abortion law in ballot
(Associated Press)

University of California sets rules for religious hospitals
(Associated Press)

Vatican moves to tamp down spat with Italy over LGBT rights
(Colleen Barry, Associated Press)

Alfeyev & Lavrov: A glimpse into Church-state relations in Russia
(John Chryssavgis, Commonweal)

Pope’s top aide says Vatican not trying to block anti-homophobia bill
(Elise Ann Allen, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Pittsburgh congregation asks DOJ to reverse course on death penalty for shooter
(Molly Boigon, Forward)

The Jewish stake in the battle against Critical Race Theory
(Jonathan S. Tobin, Jewish Journal)

Where did white Evangelicalism’s hatred of Critical Race Theory really begin?
(Andre E. Johnson, Religion Dispatches)

Legal Journal Number 8 (16): June 2021 (Spanish)
(Observatorio de Libertad Religiosa de América Latina y El Caribe)

Why is Islamophobia wrong at home and acceptable against Palestinians?
(Omar Suleiman, Religion News Service)

Evangelicals of south Russia face charges
(Kavkaz Realii, Russia Religion News (Stetson University))

Russia readies implementation of new law affecting religion
(RIA Novosti, Russia Religion News (Stetson University))

Prosecutor demands harsh sentences for elderly Jehovah's Witness couple
(OVD.Info, Russia Religion News (Stetson University))

Russia: "Extremist organisations" suspended sentences and fines - list
(Victoria Arnold, Forum 18 News Service)

Vatican challenges Italian bill on homophobia saying it infringes on civil liberties
(Peter Kenny, Ecumenical News)

After Fulton, religious foster care agencies still vulnerable
(Richard W. Garnett, First Things)

Perspective: Supreme Court case goes beyond LGBTQ+ versus Catholic rights
(David Callaway, Freedom Forum Institute)

Supreme Court unanimously upholds religious freedom for foster parents
(Chelsea Langston Bombino, Religion Unplugged)

The Fulton opinion and the originalist future of religious freedom
(John O. McGinnis, Law & Liberty)

In France's military, Muslims find a tolerance that is elusive elsewhere
(Norimitsu Onishi and Constant Méheut, The New York Times)

US website seizures targeting Iran cast wide net over dissident and religious broadcasters
(Matthew Petti, The Intercept)

Targeting religious liberty -- Why no faith is safe under the Biden administration
(Robert Jeffress, Fox News Opinion)

German Islamic teacher's license revoked for being too liberal
(Leah Carter, Deutsche Welle)

Religion as an instrument for either national unity or division
(Muyiwa Adetiba, Vanguard Nigeria)

The religion behind a divided America and its conflict with China
(Peter T. C. Chang, South China Morning Post)

China implements policies on freedom of religious belief
(Xinhua, Shanghai

Thursday, 24 June 2021

ZOOM SEMINAR, 24 June 2021 (5:30-7:30pm BST): 'Cult' Rhetoric in 21st Century
(Hosted by Edward Graham-Hyde and Aled Thomas, Inform Seminar)

WEBINAR, 24 June 2021 (10AM ET): Book Launch: Religious Soft Diplomacy and the United Nations
(Religions for Peace)

WEBINAR, 24 June 2021 (1:30PM in Santiago): G20IF Religion and Sustainable Development - Latin American Perspectives
(G20 Interfaith Forum)

Wednesday, 23 June 2021

Freedom of religion and belief in Turkey: Recent challenges and recommendations in the context of European integration
(Özgür Heval Çɪnar, Talk About: Law and Religion - Blog of the International Center for Law and Religion Studies)

Options for Turkey’s religious and cultural minorities
(Abijah Crawford, Providence Mag)

Advancing religious freedom in different political regimes in theory and practice
(Elizabeth A. Clark, Talk About: Law and Religion - Blog of the International Center for Law and Religion Studies)

VIRTUAL EVENT, 23 June 2021 (10:30AM ET): USCIRF Conversation on Ten Years after the Arab Spring: How has Religious Freedom Changed Across the Middle East?
(U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom)

WEBINAR, 23 June 2021 (3PM Brussels): Faith & Society Webinar Series [Ep. 4] | Interfaith Dialogue: The Key to Peace and Pluralism
(The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints European Office)

Christians, religious minorities protest establishment of Islam as state religion in Bangladesh
(Anugrah Kumar, The Christian Post)

White Gen X and millennial evangelicals are losing faith in the conservative culture wars
(Terry Shoemaker Share Tweet, Religion News Service)

France’s Macron pushes controls on religion to pressure mosques
(Noemie Bisserbe, Stacy Meichtry, The Wall Street Journal)

Let Jack Phillips bake cake
(William McGurn, The Wall Street Journal)

PM Draghi defends Italy from Vatican objections to LGBT law
(Associated Press)

On Italian ‘homophobia’ bill: will people believe the pope is Catholic?
(Ed. Condon, JD Flynn, The Pillar)

The power worshippers: Inside the dangerous rise of religious nationalism
(Jessica T. Mathews, Foreign Affairs)

Testimony submitted to the Senate committee hearing on Health Education, Labor and Pension: Vaccines: America's Shot at ending the Covid-19 Pandemic
(Curtis Chang, United States Senate)

How Evangelical conservatives are gaining power in Brazil
(Chayenne Polimédio, Foreign Affairs)

Guys, interrupted: Indonesian trans men set their sights on more visibility
(Amahl S. Azwar, The Jakarta Post)

What is the religious exemption to Title IX and what’s at stake in LGBTQ students’ legal challenge
(Kif Augustine-Adams, The Conversation)

From pews to politics: Religious sermons and political participation in Africa
(Noah Nathan, Foreign Affairs)

Responses to anti-Asian hate crimes
(JoAnne Wadsworth, Viewpoints: A blog of the G20 Interfaith Forum)

A work in progress; progress in the work (religious diplomacy)
(James Christie, Viewpoints: A blog of the G20 Interfaith Forum)

An issue without borders: Finding solutions to the refugee crisis
(Elizabeth Ferris, Viewpoints: A blog of the G20 Interfaith Forum)

UChicago Divinity School research center names executive director
(Religion News Service)

Supreme Court rules for Catholic foster care agency in major religious freedom case
(Kelsey Dallas, Deseret News)

Kentucky religious leaders celebrate Supreme Court decision
(Brandon Porter, Mark Maynard, Kentucky Today)

Hard-liner Raisi wins Iran presidency amid record low turnout
(Sarbas Nazari, Al-Monitor: Israel Pulse)

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