Law and Religion Headlines

Tuesday, 21 February 2023

British sharia councils & women
(Susanna Lukács, Juicy Ecumenism, Institute on Religion and Democracy)

Human rights and religious minorities in Sudan
(Timothy Robinson and Louisa Brooke-Holland, House of Commons Library)

EVENT, 21 February 2023 (12:30PM EST in Washington, DC): Do Religion and Religious Freedom Impede or Enhance Security?
(Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)

Harvard, National Council of Churches, Reform Jews seeking reparations blueprint
(Adelle M. Banks, Religion News Service)

Extensive antisemitic prejudice nearly doubled since 2019
(Brian Grim, Religious Freedom & Business Foundation)

Kenya: Address injustices in Lamu before it gets out of hand
(Twitter, Muslims for Human Rights (MUHURI))

Satanic Temple’s disgusting ‘Sam Alito’ abortion facility isn’t a legitimate ‘exercise of religion’
(Jordan Lorence, Fox News)

Around the web - 20 February 2023
(Law and Religion Forum, St. John's Law School Center for Law & Religion)

Germany: Devastating damage to Baroque church by arson and vandalism
(Observatory on Intolerance and Discrimination against Christians in Europe)

Italy’s government following through on promise to aid persecuted Christians
(Edward Pentin, National Catholic Register)

Italy: Church vandalised multiple times in Catanzaro
(Observatory on Intolerance and Discrimination against Christians in Europe)

Uganda: Renewed efforts to keep institution Janani Luwum studied from open
(Denis Opoka, Uganda Christian News)

St. Vartan and the Armenian Christian identity, then and now
(Mark Movsesian, The Eastern Diocese of the Armenian Church of America)

Photos of the week: Earthquake aftermath; Shiite pilgrims
(Kit Doyle, Religion News Service)

In search of religious freedom and social harmony
(Dennis R. Hoover, London School of Economics Religion and Global Society Blog)

10 spiritual principles for climate repentance
(The Elijah Board of World Religious Leaders, Elijah Interfaith Institute)

More than 20 men advocate for gender justice in Malawi
(International Partnership on Religion and Sustainable Development (PaRD))

The issue of religion and war is extremely important for Crimean Tatars, - Mufti Rustemov
(Religious Information Service of Ukraine (RISU))

Ukraine trades 'collaborator' clergy for POWs in swaps with Russia
(reuMax Hunder, Reuters)

All of Ukraine will fast and pray on February 24 for victory and peace
(Institute for Religious Freedom, Ukraine)

Former monarch joins campaign to reinstate Nepal as ‘Hindu State’
(Yubaraj Ghimire, The Indian Express)

Calls for change in Iran reach even Shiite heartland of Qom
(Associated Press)

Bahrain charges religious reformers with questioning Islam
(Associated Press)

5th Circuit rejects pastor's jurisdictional theory of religion clauses
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Articles of interest - 20 February 2023
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Biden-⁠Harris Administration celebrates the second anniversary of the reestablishment of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships
(The White House)

Appellate division rules that a court cannot compel arbitration on get issue absent agreement
(Eliana Baer, JD Supra)

Seattle considers historic law barring caste discrimination
(Deepa Bharath, Religion News Service)

The international community must support the bravery of the Cuban people
(in ful, FoRB in Full: A blog by CSW)

Sweden police refuse permission for new Quran-burning protest, citing security fears
(David Mac Dougall, Euronews)

We can’t understand Islamophobia without recognizing its roots in imperialism
(Deepa Kumar, Jacobin)

Tajikistan: Regime bans Ismaili home prayers, lessons for children
(Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service)

Justices will consider whether tech giants can be sued for allegedly aiding ISIS terrorism
(Amy Howe, SCOTUSblog)

California mulls statewide standards for religious garb in jails
(Brian Osgood, Al Jazeera)

Secular rights and religious freedoms (podcast)
(Mark Bauerlein, First Things)

CAIR calls on Maryland county’s schools to modify bathroom policies following reports of student privacy violations
(Council on American-Islamic Relations)

Taking a stance on feminists’ prejudice against religious minority women
(Mariz Tadros, Inter Press Service)

French parliamentarians call on Macron to save rural churches
(Christian Network Europe)

Notre Dame Law School Religious Liberty Initiative supports criminal complaint against Chinese government for Uyghur genocide
(Anna Bradley, University of Notre Dame Law School)

Recognition of new Dalai Lama must be conducted in China
(Global Times)

Monday, 20 February 2023

New book: Modern Jewish Philosophy and the Politics of Divine Violence
(Daniel H. Weiss, Cambridge University Press)

New book: Christian–Muslim Relations in Syria
(Andrew W. H. Ashdown, Routledge)

The banality of anti-Judaism
(Matthew Cavedon, Canopy Forum on the Interactions of Law & Religion)

2022 Annual Report
(Parliament of the World's Religions)

Volume 74, Issue 5: Special Issue: Healing Wounded Memories Through Interreligious Perspective and Engagement
(World Council of Churches, Wiley Online Library)

Afghanistan: Inside the Taliban campaign to forge a religious emirate
(Susannah George, The Washington Post)

Malaysia: Religious scholars play important role in govt policies: Zahid
(New Straits Times)

Media: Friends or foes of religious freedom?
(Marco Respinti, Bitter Winter)

Brazil: Religion and foreign policy webinar: Lula's Presidency and the future of Brazil
(Council on Foreign Relations)

Brazil: Carnival 2023: Singing against religious intolerance, Gaviões da Fiel seeks to overcome the turmoil of 2022 (Portuguese)
(Rafael Ribeiro, Canal Daqui)

Friday, 17 February 2023

Treaty Interpretation at the Human Rights Committee: Reconciling International Law and Normativity
(David H. Moore, SSRN)

Response to the UN’s “Call for Input to a Thematic Report: Freedom of Religion or Belief (FoRB) and Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI)”
(W. Cole Durham, Jr., Alexander Dushku, Scott E. Isaacson, Denise Posse Lindberg, and David H. Moore, Talk About: Law and Religion - Blog of the International Center for Law and Religion Studies)

The Catholic Bar Association joins a friend-of-the-court brief in support of lawsuit to hold FDA accountable for illegally approving RU486
(Catholic Bar Association)

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS, deadline 17 February 2023: Religion, Property Law, and the Crisis of Houses of Worship: A Virtual Conference
(Canopy Forum on the Interactions of Law & Religion)

Inside the Revelatiion Spiritual Home. 3. Walking on two legs, African indigenous spirituality and economic empowerment
(Massimo Introvigne, Bitter Winter: A Magazine on Religious Liberty and Human Rights in China)

Inside the Revelation Spiritual Home. 4. Opposition
(Massimo Introvigne, Bitter Winter: A Magazine on Religious Liberty and Human Rights in China)

USCIRF expresses concern for the integrity of religious sites in Jerusalem area
(U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom)

Islam and religious freedom in a post-Christian America
(YouTube Video, The Bech-Loughlin First Amendment Center)

UAE: Abrahamic Family House ‘changes all the rules’ of interfaith understanding
(Knox Thames, Religion News Service)

States have become the new battleground for religious liberty
(Kate Anderson, The Daily Caller)

South Africa: Upcoming IGE Conference (interview)
(YouTube Video, Freedom of Religion South Africa)

Iranian President joins Chinese Muslims for prayers at historic Beijing mosque
(Tasnim News Agency)

Iran: Religion and foreign policy webinar: The protests in Iran
(Council on Foreign Relations)

AJFF film examines right to die issues
(Bob Bahr, Atlanta Jewish Times)

Analysis: As Ethiopians long for peace and stability, religious leaders, scholars in search of irreplaceable roles of religion in peace building
(Molla Mitiku, Addis Standard)

Ethiopia: Joint security, intelligence task force cautions against unauthorized rallies, threatens to take actions as Orthodox Church schism takes toll
(Addis Standard, All Africa)

Tanzania: Work closely with religious leaders, Kilimanjaro RC tasks new DCs
(Heckton Chuwa, Daily News)

Morocco: The Jewish cemetery of Fez, a symbol of cultural harmony
(United Nations)

Gambia: 'We will assess Imams’ salaries’ request - Barrow'
(Adama Jallow, The Point)

Ministerial exception bars disability discrimination suit against Zen Center
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Bankruptcy reorganization plan for Harrisburg Diocese approved by court
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

LAPD amps up patrols near Jewish worship spaces after shootings outside synagogues
(Alejandra Molina, Religion News Service)

For strictly observant Jews in Brooklyn, the Sabbath expands
(Joseph Berger, The New York Times)

Why students at a Kentucky Christian school are praying and singing round the clock
(Bob Smietana, Religion News Service)

Marathon Kentucky prayer meeting goes viral, fueling talk of nationwide Christian revival
(Mark A. Kellner, The Washington Times)

In the news: breaking religious freedom stories across the country - 17 February 2023
(First Liberty)

Religious liberty’s imperative
(Mark Tooley, Juicy Ecumenism, Institute on Religion and Democracy)

London mosques receive offensive letters in quake aftermath
(BBC News)

Fr. Sean Gough, Isabel Vaughan-Spruce receive “Not guilty!” verdict for silent prayer thoughtcrime
(ADF International)

Abortion clinic charges dropped against Wolverhampton priest
(BBC News)

Exclusion zones and abortion clinics: Vaughan-Spruce and Gough
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Young Muslim and Jewish ambassadors choose dialogue over stereotypes and conflict
(KAICIID Dialogue Centre)

Man pleads guilty to breaking into, vandalizing St. Cloud mosque
(CBS News)

Russia: Religious persecution and issues – Bimonthly digest Feb 01-15
(Human Rights Without Frontiers International)

Taiwan: The EU and Taiwan, partners for human rights and the defence of democracy
(Zsuzsa Anna Ferenczy, Human Rights Without Frontiers International)

China: Religious persecution and issues – FORB Bimonthly digest Feb 01-15
(Human Rights Without Frontiers International)

UN Economic, Social and Cultural Rights committee addresses China’s assimilation of Tibetans
(International Campaign for Tibet)

China: Tibetan children forced to assimilate, independent rights experts fear
(United Nations)

Report documents rampant Christian persecution in China
(Union of Catholic Asian News)

More than 10,000 Church of Almighty God members were arrested in 2022
(Massimo Introvigne, Bitter Winter)

Jim Stoner: “Catholicism and Constitutionalism: An American Perspective”
(YouTube Video, Notre Dame’s Center for Citizenship & Constitutional Government)

India: Theocratic judges who find source of law in religion than constitution have sharply increased: Dr Mohan Gopal
(Padmakshi Sharma, Live Law)

Australia: Is declining to print a Pride poster unlawful?
(Neil Foster, Law and Religion Australia)

Indians in Australia demand strict actions against vandalisation of Hindu temples

ADF Director: Christians are bearing the brunt of cancel culture
(Dániel Deme, Hungary Today)

EU ends legal action against Poland over anti-LGBT zones
(Notes from Poland)

Is religion the ecstasy of some constitutionalists? (Portuguese)
(Jorge Bacelar Gouveia, Diário de Notícias)

Podcast: Is the Asbury revival a 'news' story? Let's seek journalism advice from Screwtape
(Terry Mattingly, GetReligion)

Wednesday, 15 February 2023

Five years is too long: the Nigerian government must deliver on its promises to secure the release of Leah Sharibu
(FoRB in Full: A blog by CSW)

Nigeria’s election: six dangers of mixing religion with politics
(Adeyemi Balogun, The Conversation)

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