Law and Religion Headlines

Wednesday, 24 August 2022

Indian legislator from Modi’s BJP arrested after Prophet remarks
(Al Jazeera)

Scientology in Spain will deliver on 23 September the IX edition of the Religious Freedom Awards
(The European Times)

Tip for reporters: Don't assume what Catholics believe based on politics or Internet memes
(Clemente Lisi, GetReligion)

Patriarch Kirill cancels Kazakhstan trip and chance to meet with Pope Francis
(Jack Jenkins, Religion News Service)

Archbishop sees ‘genocidal intent’ in Putin, says Ukrainians will die before surrender
(Elise Ann Allen, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Ukraine – Russia: Gap widening between Russian and Ukrainian Orthodox
(Human Rights Without Frontiers International)

Ukraine: President and the First Lady took part in "Prayer for Ukraine"
(Religious Information Service of Ukraine (RISU))

Texas judge blocks HHS enforcement of emergency room abortions, cites religious objections
(Adelle M. Banks, Religion News Service)

School policy on treatment of transgender students upheld
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Religious objections to Air Force COVID mandate dismissed for lack of standing and ripeness
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Florida activist to send Arabic 'In God We Trust’ signs to Texas schools
(Steven Santana, My SA)

University professors’ organization misunderstands the nature of antisemitism
(Steven Lubet, The Hill)

How SCOTUS rained on the Left’s anti-religious legal parade and reclaimed the First Amendment
(Rachel Chiu, The Federalist)

Vietnam: Foreign embassies in Hanoi issue joint statement on religious freedom
(Radio Free Asia)

Vietnam: Quash conviction of prominent activist
(Human Rights Watch)

Canada: How Québec's Bill 21 could be vanquished by a rarely used Charter provision
(Kerri Anne Froc, EconoTimes)

Human rights provide useful guardrails for economic policies
(Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, United Nations)

Vodou in photos: How followers of an ancient faith are battling stereotypes
(Dieu-Nalio Chery, The Washington Post)

Senegal: Historic agreement with the Muslim World League
(Twitter, Muslim World League)

Afghanistan: Taliban impose 'harsh' limits on Afghans' religious freedom -U.S. panel

Afghanistan: USCIRF releases new report highlighting religious freedom in Afghanistan
(U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom)

Afghan house churches 'continue to grow'
(Jennifer Lee, Christian Today)

Afghanistan: Religious freedom ‘does not exist’ in Afghanistan one year after Taliban takeover, advocates say
(Mark A. Kellner, The Washington Times)

Brazilian authorities register three complaints for religious intolerance per day in 2022; total number is 545 in the entire country (Portuguese)
(Thaiza Pauluze, GloboNews)

Tuesday, 23 August 2022

Youth Interreligious Cooperation to Fight Racism in the Americas
(JoAnne Wadsworth, Viewpoints: A blog of the G20 Interfaith Forum)

Monday, 22 August 2022

Muslims of Middle Eastern or North African descent most likely to report police harassment, study shows
(Amy McCaig, Rice University)

Freedom of religion or belief: a human right
(European External Action Service (EEAS))

Places of worship must be kept safe and accessible in times of peace and in conflict, OSCE human rights head says
(Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe)

International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief | 22 August
(António Guterres, United Nations)

Stand in ‘firm solidarity’ with victims of violence based on religion or belief, urges UN chief
(United Nations)

Should a member of the clergy report sex abuse of the penitent? A look inside the priest-penitent privilege
(Tad Walch, Deseret News)

Protesters demand Utah require clergy to report sex abuse
(Sam Metz, Associated Press)

We must condemn abuse of religion or belief as tool of discrimination and violence
(Ewelina U. Ochab, Forbes)

Where do we go from here? (on persecution and violence)
(Knox Thames)

European Union: victims of acts of violence based on religion or belief
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Vietnam’s religious communities commemorate victims of religious persecution
(Radio Free Asia)

Commemorating the victims of religious persecution
(United Nations)

On UN’s day for religious freedom, WEA highlights abuses in Afghanistan, Algeria, India, Sri Lanka
(World Evangelical Alliance)

Trinidad and Tobago: The right to freedom of religion

WEBINAR, 22 August 2022 (4PM in London): The International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief - Turning Words into Action
(The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute)

Arkansas senator settles lawsuit, will unblock atheist Twitter critics
(The Washington Post)

31 UMC churches in North Carolina demand immediate exit from denomination, threaten lawsuit
(Yonatmron, Emily Mcfarlan Miller, Episcopal News Service)

South Carolina Supreme Court reversal blocks transfer of 6 churches to Episcopal diocese
(Episcopal News Service)

Kansas church hosts workshop on LGBTQ+ rights
(Melodie Woerman, Episcopal News Service)

Appeals court allows priest’s defamation case to proceed against Russian Orthodox Church
(Jeff Brumley, Baptist News Global)

Singapore's religious leaders outline positions on repeal of gay-sex law
(Tham Yuen-C, The Straits Times)

Gays hail Singapore sex-ban repeal, see long way to equality
(Tom Ee Ming and Eileen NG, Associated Press)

New York museums required to acknowledge art stolen under Nazis
(Julianne McShane, NBC News)

In Brazil's politics, populism and religion make natural bedfellows
(Mathew Guest, The Wire)

Brazil: how populist politicians use religion to help them win
(Mathew Guest, The Conversation)

Iran: UN experts alarmed by escalating religious persecution
(Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, United Nations)

Iran: You were born a Muslim, Shiite blood runs in your veins
(Article 18)

Around the web - 22 August 2022
(Law and Religion Forum, St. John's Law School Center for Law & Religion)

Nury Turkel’s “No Escape”: Yes, there is a genocide of the Uyghurs
(Marco Respinti, Bitter Winter: A Magazine on Religious Liberty and Human Rights in China)

China arrests Cardinal Zen and religious freedom now faces a grim future in Hong Kong
(Frank Wolf, Fox News)

Photos of the week: Dormition of Mary; Hindus celebrate Krishna
(Kit Doyle, Religion News Service)

Joint statement on the International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief
(Kingdom of the Netherlands)

New Dutch Commissioner of Religion: Diplomat Ten Tusscher appointed
(Christian Network Europe)

77% in West face discrimination over ethnicity, religion: Research
(Daily Sabah)

Montenegro government toppled by no-confidence vote
(Dusica Tomovic, Balkan Insight)

Montenegrin government falls over ties with Serbian Church
(Predrag Milic, Associated Press)

On Chile rivers, Native spirituality and development clash
(Giovanna Dell'Orto, Associated Press)

Demolition of shuttered church begins after long battle
(Associated Press)

Pope voices worry over bishop’s detention in Nicaragua
(Frances D'Emilio, Associated Press)

Massachusetts student receives uniform violation for hijab
(Associated Press)

Iraq: Officials: Landslide at Shiite shrine in Iraq kills 8
(Associated Press)

No state action involved in barring of plaintiff from Moorish Science Temple
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Some of fired pastor's claims can move ahead
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Articles of interest - 22 August 2022
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Christian groups step up harassment of pagan festivals
(Heather Greene, Religion News Service)

The rise of antisemitism in Charlotte
(Jen Tota McGivney, Charlotte Magazine)

Patriarch Kirill calls nationalism a cancerous tumor that can affect entire nation

Freedom of religion is a human right: The Russian aggression has created infinite havoc at sites of religious worship
(Zbigniew Rau, Times of Malta)

400 Ukrainian Baptist churches lost
(Dominic Pino, National Review)

Q&A: Why Catholic groups are focusing on mental health in Ukraine
(Helen Lock, Devex)

Plug-In: Why my old school district pulled 41 books from libraries – including the Bible
(Bobby Ross Jr., GetReligion)

Look at a United Methodist timeline: Why are conservatives going nuclear with lawsuits?
(Terry Mattingly, GetReligion)

Sex abuse in Africa: Church still being protected over victims
(Lucie Sarr, La Croix International)

How Guyanese Hindus are preserving their religion in South America
(Manmeet Sahni, Religion Unplugged)

South Africa’s faith groups counter rising xenophobic attacks on migrants
(Kim Lawton, Religion Unplugged)

Egypt’s Copts want changes to law after deadly church fire
(Jacky Habib, Al Jazeera)

Europe was born in pilgrimage
(Itxu Díaz, First Things)

Publication: Law and Religion in the Commonwealth: The Evolution of Case Law
(Renae Barker, Paul Babie, Neil Foster, Bloomsbury)

South Korea: Drop charges against first conscientious objector to refuse alternative service
(Amnesty International)

South Korea: Jehovah’s Witness member faces S. Korea trial over conscientious objection, military service refusal
(Mark A. Kellner, The Washington Times)

Nigeria: Gunmen kidnap Catholic nuns in Nigeria's Imo state
(AFP, Union of Catholic Asian News)

Pakistan: 10 killed, over 100 injured as mosque roof collapses in Khairpur
(Waseem Ali Soomro, AAJ TV)

Four new books available on different facets of the WCC Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace
(World Council of Churches)

ACLU abandons First Amendment in Colorado gay wedding web-hosting case
(Scott Shackford, Reason)

Only 24 Norwegian religious organisations received foreign money
(Christian Network Europe)

Belarus: Two years after power grab, Belarus ‘closes’ church on car park
(Christian Network Europe)

Christian political ethics are upside down
(David French, Dispatch: The French Press)

Aid to the Church in Need highlights plight of persecuted Christians
(Lydia O’Kane, Vatican News)

Japan government calls for officials to review ties with Unification Church

Video: The Church of Social Justice: As traditional religions wane in Britain, Helen Lewis asks if political movements are taking their place.
(Helen Lewis, BBC News)

Young, Christian and gaining momentum: meet Britain’s anti-abortionists
(Rosie Kinchen, The Times)

Christians to take steps to combat climate emergency
(The Church of Scotland)

Law and religion round-up – 21st August
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Canada: More dialogue needed to address religion-based violence, say faith groups
(CBC News)

Australian Anglicans split over same-sex marriage
(Kathryn Post, Episcopal News Service)

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