Law and Religion Headlines

Wednesday, 16 August 2023

“Due regard” and statutory guidance (I)
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

The future of safeguarding in the Church of England
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Faith in interpretation
(Aaron J. Walayat, Canopy Forum on the Interactions of Law & Religion)

First cohort of medical doctors trained by Uganda’s Anglican church in 140 years graduates
(John Semakula, Religion Unplugged)

The Vatican’s China deal unravels further
(by George Weigel, First Things)

Indonesia court jails Muslim for halting Christian worship
(Union of Catholic Asian News)

Court reverses child custody order that "no parent will put down Christianity to or in front of the children"
(Eugene Volokh, The Volokh Conspiracy)

WCC condemns attacks against churches in Pakistan
(World Council of Churches)

China: Religious persecution and issues – Bimonthly Digest August 01-15
(Human Rights Without Frontiers International)

Iran human rights report: Sunni religious leaders persecuted for protesting state violence
(JP Leskovich, Jurist)

Iran arrests 9 members of Baha’i faith on charges of smuggling medicine and financial wrongdoing
(Associated Press)

Islam regards women as dignified humans
(Tehran Times)

Brazil: ANAJURE participates in the 2nd Brazilian Symposium on Religious Liberty organized by ICLRS (Portuguese)
(Associação Nacional de Juristas Evangélicos (ANAJURE))

Brazil: The role of advocacy in promoting religious freedom is the theme of a seminar at OAB (Portuguese)
(OAB Nacional)

Brazil: STJ orders church to pay compensation for demolishing historic mansions (Portuguese)

British government officially recognizes Daesh genocide against the Yazidis
(Ewelina U. Ochab, Religion Unplugged)

Tuesday, 15 August 2023

WEBINAR, 15 August 2023 (10AM in Washington, DC): Human Rights in Bangladesh: An Update
(Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, House Committee on Foreign Affairs)

Monday, 14 August 2023

Iran's politicians to debate hijab laws in secret
(BBC News)

Iran blames ISIL for shrine attack, arrests foreign nationals
(Maziar Motamedi, Al Jazeera)

Iran attack: Shiraz shrine shooting leaves at least one dead
(Graeme Baker, BBC News)

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS, due 14 August 2023: Symposium: “Misappropriation and Human Rights Implosion”
(Academy for European Human Rights Protection, University of Cologne)

Burning the Quran is not free speech
(Mobashra Tazamal, Bridge Initiative, Georgetown University)

Türkiye seizes global ‘lone wolf’ database of Daesh
(Abdurrahman Şimşek, Daily Sabah)

Patriarch Bartholomew criticizes Turkish authorities for not permitting liturgy at Sümela Monastery
(Stockolm Center for Freedom)

Swastika spray painted on busy Australian road
(The Jerusalem Post)

‘TTP, Daesh militants’ among 21 arrested by Punjab CTD
(Imran Gabol, Dawn)

More schools to open doors to Rohingya scholars under Philippines’ Complementary Pathways programme
(United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees)

China: New massive wave of persecution against The Church of Almighty God
(Jiang Tao, Bitter Winter)

China represses religions, council says
(Chen Yu-fu and Jonathan Chin, Taipei Times)

Muslim women harassed at northern Italian beach for wearing modest clothing
(Savin Mattozzi, Euronews)

New Jersey Supreme Court protects religious schools
(Becket Law)

Sweden calls for vigilance abroad after Quran desecrations and protests
(AP News)

Copy of Quran desecrated outside Stockholm’s Royal Palace
(Nils Adler, Al Jazeera)

USCIRF calls on Congress to protect religious minorities fleeing Iran
(U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom)

FoRB foundations: Navigating human rights with Prof. Dr. Heiner Bielefedt (podcast)
(Spotify, International Panel of Parliamentarians for Freedom of Religion or Belief (IPPFoRB))

DCF held our faith against us as would-be foster parents (Commentary)
(Mike and Kitty Burke, Mass Live)

What role should religion play in the public square? — A black Christian and a black secular humanist debate and discuss
(Brad R. Braxton and Anthony B. Pinn, Religion Dispatches)

Can Brazil lead on religious freedom?
(Knox Thames, London School of Economics Religion and Global Society Blog)

Around the web - 14 August 2023
(Law and Religion Forum, St. John's Law School Center for Law & Religion)

New book: The State of Desire: Religion and Reproductive Politics in the Promised Land
(Lea Taragin-Zeller, NYU Press)

Afghanistan: The legacy of the Taliban: Poverty, human rights violations and gender apartheid
(Ewelina U. Ochab, Forbes)

Muslim Women, Nikah Marriages, Domestic Abuse and Religious Arbitration in England
(Islam Uddin, Oxford Journal of Law and Religion)

Articles of interest - 14 August 2023
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Global Interfaith Monitor No. 14
(Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)

Parliament of the World’s Religions hopes to harness faith to address world’s ills
(Bob Smietana, Religion News Service)

A throng of interfaith leaders to focus on combating authoritarianism at global gathering in Chicago
(David Crary, AP News)

Hawaii county's denial of permit to temple did not meet strict scrutiny test
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Native Hawaiian sacred sites have been damaged in the Lahaina wildfires – but, as an indigenous scholar writes, their stories will live on
(The Conversation)

Law and religion round-up – 13th August
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Plug-In: Prayers for Maui – houses of worship burned, then people of faith arrived to help
(Bobby Ross Jr., GetReligion)

Baylor University wins exemption from Title IX’s sexual harassment provisions
(Fiona André, Religion News Service)

The Kerala Story: secular yet nationalistic and Islamophobic
(Ashraf Kunnummal, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)

Unstable equilibrium and the possibility of Uniform Civil Code in India
(Swayam Bagaria, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)

In Modi’s India, press freedom is curbed and journalists are under threat for doing their jobs
(Kalpana Jain, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)

India: Debate over separate Lingayat religion resurfaces in K'taka
(Lokmat Times)

Two weeks in review, 31 July – 13 August 2023
(Tal Gross, EJIL: Talk! Blog of the European Journal of International Law)

EU image suffers in Malaysia, Indonesia over Quran burning
(David Hutt, Deutsche Welle)

2 synagogues evacuated during livestreamed Shabbat services as wave of bomb threats enters 4th week
(Andrew Lapin, Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

Meet Germany's first Islamic affairs consultant
(Christoph Strack, Deutsche Welle)

Anti-Semitism Commissioner calls for duty to report hate against Jews
(Christian Network Europe)

Parliament of the World's Religions hopes to show people the good that faith can do
(Jason DeRose, NPR)

Christian nationalism’s opponents are getting organized
(Jack Jenkins, Religion News Service)

The state will never allow any of the Ukrainian religious communities to be used by the aggressor state, Volodymyr Zelenskyy
(Religious Information Service of Ukraine (RISU))

Russian Orthodox priests face persecution from state and church for supporting peace in Ukraine
(Kostya Manenkov, Associated Press)

Religion Watch Volume 38 No. 9
(Baylor Institute for Studies of Religion)

Ortega dictatorship in Nicaragua freezes bank accounts, assets of Jesuit university
(Diego Lopez Marina, Catholic News Agency)

Kenya’s oldest Anglican cathedral gets new provost, promises to speak truth to political power
(Tom Osanjo, Religion Unplugged)

Muslim charity honors Singaporean nun for interfaith work
(Union of Catholic Asian News)

Thousands march for rights of religious minorities in Pakistan
(Aftab Alexander Mughal, Union of Catholic Asian News)

Pakistan: concerns about two Bills that increase blasphemy punishment and fail minorities
(CSW: Everyone Free to Believe)

U.S. lawmakers send letter in support of Finns on trial for citing Bible
(National Catholic Register)

Saturday, 12 August 2023

VIRTUAL EVENT, 12 August 2023 (8PM in Lahore): Issues Faced by Hindus in Pakistan
(Panchanada Organization)

Friday, 11 August 2023

2023 Oxford Conference: Foundations and Founding Figures of Human Dignity
(International Center for Law and Religion Studies, BYU Law)

Attorney General Todd Rokita releases Parents' Bill of Rights on religious freedom
(Kayla Dwyer, Indianapolis Star)

Elder Soares praises religious freedom as foundation for peace at event in Brasília, Brazil
(Ryan Jensen, Church News)

Al-Issa to Asharq Al-Awsat: Backwards constitutions fuel hatred
(Asharq Al Awsat)

Press Release: War crimes by Myanmar military are more frequent and brazen – Myanmar Mechanism Annual Report
(United Nations)

Is Myanmar’s junta turning a corner?
(Priscilla A. Clapp and Ye Myo Hein, The United States Institute of Peace)

Report of the Independent Investigative Mechanism for Myanmar
(United Nations)

Kyrgyzstan: 60 mosques, madrasas shuttered in Osh region

Milwaukee religious leaders denounce the rise of Christian nationalism
(Corrinne Hess and Margaret Faust, Wisconsin Public Radio)

Progressive National Baptists gain partners to address voting rights, gun violence
(Adelle M. Banks, Religion News Service)

Will the Supreme Court take up the denial of religious exemptions for unvaccinated schoolchildren?
(Mark Silk, Religion News Service)

Meet the Christian creators designing chatbots ‘with a biblical worldview’
(Fiona André, Religion News Service)

Afghanistan: Repression worsens 2 Years into Taliban rule
(Human Rights Watch)

Judge rules that Southwest failed to follow his order in a flight attendant’s free-speech case
(David Koenig, Associated Press)

Clergy-lay political (mis)alignment in 2019–2020
(Joseph Roso and Mark Chaves, Cambridge University Press)

Pakistan: Senate passes bill to ramp up punishment for blasphemy to at least 10 years
(Nadir Guramani, Dawn)

Afghanistan: Taliban repression of women a crime against humanity, says Gordon Brown
(Andre Rhoden-Paul, BBC News)

Afghanistan: Amid Taliban repression, Afghan media are a beacon of hope
(Barry Salaam, The United States Institute of Peace)

The Latest: 3 things to know on Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh (Youtube video)
(Geoffrey Macdonald, The United States Institute of Peace)

Turkish Muslims in Germany anxious over threats to mosques
(Daily Sabah)

Denmark tightens border control after Koran burnings
(Johannes Birkebaek, Reuters)

Attacks on Quran 'extremist acts,' say British academics
(Behlul Cetinkaya and Zuhal Demirci, Anadolu Agency)

CNews Islamophobic remarks spark outrage on World Cup hijab moment
(Daily Sabah)

At least 23 Syrian troops killed in suspected Daesh attack on bus
(Daily Sabah)

Parliament of the World's Religions seeks understanding and action
(Jason DeRose, NPR)

Rohingya: At least 23 dead, 30 missing after boat sinks
(Jonathan Head, BBC News)

Supreme Court goes postal: A rapid response to Groff v. DeJoy
(YouTube Video, ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice)

Defending belief for all
(Knox Thames)

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