Law and Religion Headlines

Friday, 19 March 2021

Gay MK ‘worried, anxious and frightened’ election will give hate a foothold
(Nathan Jeffay, Jewish News)

Should Church and State be separated?
(Cook Islands News)

The reckoning of religious studies and colonialism
(Laura Ammon, Canopy Forum on the Interactions of Law & Religion)

Human Struggle: Christian and Muslim Perspectives
(Mona Siddiqui, Canopy Forum on the Interactions of Law & Religion)

Catholic opinions on Johnson & Johnson vaccine highlight debate between hardliners on abortion and others in the church
(The Conversation)

Spain’s bishops decry decision to legalize euthanasia
(Inés San Martín, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Spain approves euthanasia law and becomes the fifth country in the world to regulate it (Spanish)
(Emilio de Benito, El Pais)

Bogota mayor Claudia López speaks out on gay marriage after Vatican statement (Spanish)
(El Tiempo)

Thursday, 18 March 2021

VIRTUAL EVENT, 18 March 2021 (12PM EST): The Tyranny of Choice and the Interpretation of Standards: Why the European Court of Human Rights Uses Consensus
(Daniel Peat, Anne van Aake, Kanstantsin Dzehtsiarou, Laurence Burgorgue-Larsen, NYU Journal of International Law & Politics)

WEBINAR, 18 March 2021 (4PM Eastern): The Diakonia Project: Religious Faith in Action
(Diakonia Project, Cardus Religious Freedom Institute)

WEBINAR, 18 March 2021 (12:30PM EDT): Reflections on Faith and Secularity in Our Global Secular Age: A Conversation with Fr. Tomáš Halík
(Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)

U.S. Protestant pastors see gender change as Immoral
(Aaron Earls, Lifeway Research)

Wednesday, 17 March 2021

Law, Religion, and Freedom: Conceptualizing a Common Right: A new book considers issues critical to our times
(Donlu Thayer, Talk About: Law and Religion - Blog of the International Center for Law and Religion Studies)

Drowning migrants, the Human Rights Committee, and extraterritorial human rights obligations
(Marko Milanovic, EJIL: Talk! Blog of the European Journal of International Law)

The ethics of leadership and the ethics of teaching
(Kevin L. Flannery, First Things)

Conference ECHR - Beyond a Treaty
(Kushtrim Istrefi, ECHR Blog)

Vatican reiterates Church's ban on blessing same-sex couples
(Loup Besmond de Senneville and Malo Tresca, La Croix International)

Re B: soldiers and the criminal process in Northern Ireland
(Anurag Deb, UK Human Rights Blog)

The Holy See publishes most transparent budget ever
(Vincent de Féligonde, La Croix International)

USCIRF releases new report about Shari’a and LGBTI persons
(U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom)

Zoe's prayer, Jeremiah's question, and the unbearable burden of being: Empathy and Education
(James Christie, Viewpoints: A blog of the G20 Interfaith Forum)

China: Special Bimonthly newsletter on freedom of religion or belief (01.03 -15.03.2021)
(Human Rights Without Frontiers International)

3rd Circuit: State legislators have immunity in suit by Islamic group over blocking its land purchase
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Poland: 4 churchmen allegedly didn’t report sex abuse claims
(Associated Press)

Poland monitors Christianophobia

Fears new laws overhauling UK justice system could threaten free speech
(Flora Thompson, Evening Standard)

Same-sex union blessings ban upsets gay Catholics in Asia
(Rod McGuirk, Associated Press)

Jesuits in US pledge $100M for racial reconciliation
(David Crary, Associated Press)

Bolivian bishops protest arrest of former president
(Inés San Martín, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Bishops support measure to protect faith-based foster agencies
(John Lavenburg, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

California curriculum accuses Christians of ‘theocide,’ encourages chanting to pagan gods
(Cameron Hilditch, National Review)

California ethnic studies debate: Whose stories get told?
(Jocelyn Gecker, Associated Press)

Moscow Jewish museum organizes an exhibition about the Holocaust in PACE

Turkmenistan: Police detain, threaten, swear at Muslims
(Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service)

Coronavirus and ecclesiastical law – II
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

California bill proposes removing cops who express religious or conservative beliefs
(Gabe Kaminsky, The Federalist)

From right to faith to peace for all: India must support Faith for Rights
(Upendra Baxi, The Indian Express)

Christians asked to vote for secularism in eastern India
(Union of Catholic Asian News)

Sri Lanka to take time to consider proposed ban on burqa
(Bharatha Mallawarachi, Associated Press)

Budinova and Chaprazov v Bulgaria – A guide to public statements degrading minorities
(Emma Várnagy, ECHR Blog)

Mediation with Marina Wheeler QC on Law Pod UK
(Episode 138 Emma-Louise Fenelon, UK Human Rights Blog)

Why children are prime targets of armed groups in northern Nigeria
(Hakeem Onapajo, The Conversation)

Forced marriages, sex slavery on the rise for Christian women around the globe: Report
(John Paluska, Christian Headlines)

Unaccompanied minors, a pandemic and politics mix at the border
(Rhina Guidos, Catholic News Service)

Patrick: The saint who knew what it was like to be a slave
(Kevin Jones, Catholic News Agency)

How the Irish built Catholic America
(Kevin Jones, Catholic News Agency)

Questions continue over decree ending private Masses in St. Peter’s Basilica
(Catholic News Agency)

Dead Sea Scrolls unearthed by Israeli archaeologists in desert cave
(Al-Monitor: Israel Pulse)

Hamas appoints woman in its politburo for first time in its history
(Rasha Abou Jalal, Al-Monitor: The Pulse of the Middle East)

Christian mass shooter Robert Long was tired of ‘temptation’ posed by massage parlors: police
(Leonardo Blair, The Christian Post)

Will Asian cultures be included in the Vatican's fraternity efforts?
(Ben Joseph, Union of Catholic Asian News)

House chaplain criticizes lawmakers in prayer for ‘failing’ to unite around pandemic relief
(Jack Jenkins, Religion News Service)

Natural by nature, pagans expect some digital rituals to survive the pandemic
(Heather Greene, Religion News Service)

Tory MPs call for re-opening of Office of Religious Freedoms
(Brian Dryden, The B.C. Catholic)

Belgium: The decision of the Court of Ghent against Jehovah’s Witnesses is dangerous for the Catholic Church
(Willy Fautré, Human Rights Without Frontiers International)

Belgique: La décision du tribunal de Gand contre les témoins de Jéhovah est dangereuse pour l’Eglise catholique
(Willy Fautré, Human Rights Without Frontiers International)

Litigation between Indian tribes over burial sites dismissed on sovereign immunity grounds
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

USCIRF commemorates fifth anniversary of ISIS genocide recognition
(U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom)

Weekly highlight #147: COVID-19: Exploring faith dimensions: One year on: Unequal impact, inequitable response?
(Berkley Center, Joint Learning Initiative, WFDD)

Can religious insights help corporations regain trust? A discussion with Philip Morris International COO and others
(Religious Freedom & Business Foundation)

Interreligious advisers in WCC member churches reflect on solidarity in a wounded world
(World Council of Churches)

Fire festival incidents kill 10, injure hundreds in Iran
(Associated Press)

Pope says he symbolically kneels in plea for Myanmar peace
(Associated Press)

Chilean bishop calls for civil disobedience over Mass restrictions
(Inés San Martín, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Dublin Archbishop: Don’t put business before faith when lifting lockdown
(Charles Collins, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Clergy seen as ‘fourth branch of government’ in coup-stressed Mali
(Mark Pattison, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Liberal Jewish scholars present anti-Semitism definition that allows more freedom for Israel criticism
(Ron Kampeas, Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

Austrian authorities accused of violating Muslim children’s rights during police raids
(5 Pillars UK)

Faith leaders herald growing support for Equality Act in meeting with Sen. Coons
(Center for American Progress)

Equality Act is creating a historic face-off between religious exemptions and LGBTQ rights
(Michelle Boorstein and Samantha Schmidt, The Washington Post)

Equality Act would cancel religious freedom
(Thomas Jipping, The Heritage Foundation)

Black pastors sign letter supporting compromise bill on LGBTQ equality
(Yonat Shimron, Religion News Service)

Stand against unjust discrimination: Oppose the Equality Act
(Timothy Dolan, Public Discourse: The Journal of the Witherspoon Institute)

The Equality Act and the rise of the anti-theological state
(R. Albert Mohler, Jr., Public Discourse: The Journal of the Witherspoon Institute)

Commentary: Equality Act would cancel religious freedom
(Thomas Jipping and Sarah Parshall Perry, The Daily Signal)

57 Black Christian Leaders Send Open Letter to Senate Committee Warning against the Equality Act
(Milton Quintanilla, Christian Headlines)

Black pastors slam Equality Act as 'a danger' to religious institutions, back 'Fairness for All'
(Ryan Foley, The Christian Post)

As Equality Act hearing begins, faith leaders meet with Sen. Coons to voice support
(Jack Jenkins, Religion News Service)

Why Sen. Lee and other Republicans criticized the Equality Act during its first Senate hearing
(Kelsey Dallas, Deseret News)

Democratic witness falsely claims the Equality Act doesn’t affect religious institutions
(John McCormack, National Review)

RFI board member testifies before Senate Judiciary Committee on the Equality Act
(Religious Freedom Institute)

Diocese of Carlisle: Statement – The Rev Robert Bailey Reference
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Religious versus LGBT protections roil landmark rights measure
(Erin Mulvaney and Andrew Kreighbaum, Bloomberg Law)

Analog faith in a digital age
(Eli Gottlieb, Religion & Politics: Fit for Polite Company)

WEBINAR, 17 March 2021 (2PM in Brussels): How valuable are the EU's external FoRB activities? A conversation with the EEAS
(Conference of European Churches and European Evangelical Alliance)

Tuesday, 16 March 2021

ANNOUNCING the ACLARS WEBINAR SERIES, 19 January - 16 March 2021 (14:30 UCT, 16:30 South Africa): COVID-19 in Africa: Religious Responses and Legal Implications
(African Consortium for Law and Religion Studies)

WEBINAR, 16 March 2021 (14:30 UCT): ACLARS Webinar Series--COVID-19 and the rise of poverty and social inequalities
(African Consortium for Law and Religion Studies)

SIDE EVENT via ZOOM: 16 March 2021 (2PM EST): High-level expert panel discussion on the worsening situation for women and girls caused by the Covid-19 pandemic
(UN Women Conference for 2021, International Federation for Peace & Sustainable Development (IFPSD))

WEBINAR, 16 March 2021 (12:30PM EDT): Faith and COVID Vaccination Challenges: Global Initiatives
(Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)

Monday, 15 March 2021

CALL FOR PAPERS, Deadline: 15 March 2021: 18th Annual Conference of the European Association for the Study of Religions
(European Association for the Study of Religions)

‘Because of sex’: The coming battle between the Free Exercise Clause and The Equality Act
(Christine M. Venter, EJIL: Talk! Blog of the European Journal of International Law)

In pursuit of criminal accountability for “grievous religious persecution”
(Werner Nicolaas Nel, EJIL: Talk! Blog of the European Journal of International Law)

The tyrannical threat of new blasphemy laws, in Scotland?
(Miles P.J. Windsor, Religious Freedom Institute Blog)

BJP trying to divide people in the name of religion: Akhilesh Yadav
(Anuj Kumar, The Hindu)

Iranian government orders teachers to identify children of persecuted Baha'i minority
(Verity Bowman, The Telegraph)

Statement of Baha’i International Community on persecution in Iran
(Weekly Blitz)

Iran: Leaked document reveals plans to intensify suppression of Baha’is and other religious minorities
(International Federation for Human Rights)

New pressure on Baha'is in Iran revealed
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Exposed: Sinister plan by Iranian authorities to monitor and suppress Baha’is
(Bahai International Community)

South Africa: state institution created to protect religious communities
(Paul Hoffman, Daily Maverick)

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