Law and Religion Headlines

Friday, 21 October 2022

India: Country secular, take suo motu action against hate speeches: SC tells 3 states
(The Indian Express)

UN Chief admonishes India to protect rights of minorities
(Meenakshi Ganguly, Human Rights Watch)

Indonesia shamelessly abandons Uyghurs
(Yaqiu Wang, Human Rights Watch)

Brazil: Facts First: Lula is wrong about the creation of a law on religious freedom (Portuguese)
(Luana Cataldi, CNN Brasil)

Wednesday, 19 October 2022

Pax­ton fights to pro­tect reli­gious free­dom of cou­ple being forced to par­tic­i­pate in wed­ding that vio­lates faith
(Texas Attorney General)

Message from the Dicastery for Interreligious Dialogue to Hindus on the occasion of the feast of Deepavali 2022, 17.10.2022
(Holy See Press Office)

Urgent conference on religious slaughter to be held by European Commission
(Zvika Klein, The Jerusalem Post)

How corporate America is becoming faith-friendly
(Brian Grim, Religious Freedom & Business Foundation)

Iran: Christian convert ​​​​​​​released from prison
(Middle East Concern)

Pakistan: Abducted, married and forced to convert to Islam - this human rights atrocity must be stopped
(Tehmina Arora, Premier Christianity)

Macron visits Paris mosque to mark its 100th anniversary
(Associated Press)

Hijabs in the CJEU again: SCRL
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Federal appeals courts rule on legislative, judicial prayers
(Don Byrd, Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty)

Church pressures Angolan government to regularize undocumented immigrants
(Eduardo Campos Lima, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Human rights must remain the guiding light for our work at the UN: UK national statement at Third Committee
(James Kariuki, GOV.UK)

Government poised to drop Schools Bill which aimed to regulate yeshivot
(Lee Harpin, Jewish News)

Irish soccer player calls on English authorities to tackle anti-Irish, anti-Catholic abuse
(Charles Collins, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

U.S. Bishops’ Migration Chairman calls for immigration reform that recognizes the ‘inviolable dignity’ of all newcomers
(United States Conference of Catholic Bishops)

Some Jews ‘do not comply’ with New York gun laws to protect their synagogues
(Jacob Henry, Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

When curriculum standards and religion collide, students and faith traditions lose
(Neil Blumofe, Yahoo)

Same-sex marriage is a religious freedom
(Steven Paulikas, The New York Times)

Archbishops of the Russian Orthodox Church in Europe call on Patriarch Kirill to speak out against the war
(Religious Information Service of Ukraine (RISU))

Pope prays for Ukraine as EU condemns attacks on civilian infrastructure
(Vatican News)

Catholic voters and the midterm elections: Mainstream news blitz ignores major voter bloc
(Clemente Lisi, GetReligion)

The admissibility of Christial pro-life politics
(Matthew P. Cavedon, Canopy Forum on the Interactions of Law & Religion)

Regulating religion in Taiwan: Historical background, changes, and recent controversies
(Rung-Guang Lin, Canopy Forum on the Interactions of Law & Religion)

American religions, Christian and civil
(Joshua Mitchell, Law & Liberty)

CEC’s role in European societies highlighted at church conference in Estonia
(Conference of European Churches)

Iraqi Christians face uncertain future after eviction from ‘Virgin Mary compound’ in Baghdad
(Rody Sher and Charlotte Evans, Catholic News Agency)

India: Government forms commission to review granting of Scheduled Caste status to Dalit Christians and Muslims
(CSW: Everyone Free to Believe)

Hindu nationalist surge in India creating fissures in diaspora
(Al Jazeera)

Q&A: Understanding India’s crackdown on Muslim groups
(Al Jazeera)

Vatican returns three ancient mummies to Peru
(Sebastián Sansón Ferrari, Vatican News)

His Holiness Patriarch Kirill, WCC acting general secretary meet in Moscow, agreeing that war cannot be holy
(World Council of Churches)

Russia: First criminal conviction for opposing war in Ukraine on religious grounds
(Victoria Arnold, Forum 18 News Service)

Almost one third of Russians positively see Russian Church's relations with society and state, another third stands for lower activity – poll

Nigeria: Church calls for withdrawal of controversial water bill, says it violates principle of common good
(Arnold Neliba, Catholic Information Service for Africa)

New book: Religion and World Politics: Connecting Theory with Practice
(Erin K. Wilson, Routledge)

Call to cut EU subsidies for anti-Semitic schoolbooks in Palestina
(Christian Network Europe)

Is there a lack of religious freedom in Spain? A reflection against victimisation
(Daniel Hofkamp, Evangelical Focus)

Religious groups to Supreme Court: Skirts-only decision imperils food pantries, hospitals
(Alison Frankel, Reuters)

Air Force urges panel to lift block on Covid vaccine mandate
(Kevin Koeninger, Courthouse News Service)

Editorial: The problem with religious freedom
(Eric Black, Baptist Standard)

USCIRF releases new report on blasphemy in Southeast Asia
(U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom)

Brazil’s Lula issues letter to evangelicals to allay concern
(Mauricio Savarese, Associated Press)

Brazil: Worker forced to pray the “Our Father” before the work day will receive compensation (Portuguese)
(Bom Dia Advogado)

Brazil: Tax immunity of the temples of any worship and the principle of the secular state (Portuguese)
(Junior Lopes, Conjur)

Brazil: Cases of religious violence grow in the country and believers suffer intimidation (Portuguese)
(Tainá Andrade, Correio Braziliense)

Tuesday, 18 October 2022

WEBINAR, 18 October 2022 (3PM EDT): Religious Liberty: How Safe Is Religious Freedom in America?
(American Philanthropic)

VIRTUAL EVENT, 18 October 2022 (14:00 CEST): Women faith-based mediators: Innovation through tradition?
(Berghof Foundation and the the Network for Religious and Traditional Peacemakers)

WEBINAR, 18 October 2022 (14:00 CEST): WHO Faith Network Webinar - The Importance of Language: Faith partner resources for health emergencies
(World Health Organization)

Monday, 17 October 2022

Can a public university advance religious freedom? ASU President Michael Crow’s tenacious take
(Tad Walch, Deseret News)

Why Stanford University apologized to the Jewish community
(Kelsey Dallas, Deseret News)

Notre Dame Religious Liberty Clinic contests expansive interpretation of state-action doctrine that threatens religious organizations
(Anna Bradley, University of Notre Dame Law School)

Can faith-based schools retain their traditional religious values in a changing world?
(Charlie Russo and Keith Thompson, Canopy Forum on the Interactions of Law & Religion)

Australian football executive forced to resign, prompting debate about religious liberty
(Dave Crampton, Christianity Today)

Australia stock exchange gets Islamic ETFs

P.H. v Slovakia: When the concept of discrimination goes out the window at the Strasbourg Court
(Emma Varnagy, Strasbourg Observers)

C.E. & al. v. France: Legal recognition of intended parenthood from previous same-sex relationships (between women)
(Charly Derave & Hania Ouhnaoui, Strasbourg Observers)

Age assessment and the presumption of minority as a prerequisite for effective human rights protection of asylum seekers: a discussion of Darboe and Camara v Italy
(Daniel Simon & Dr. Mark Klaassen, Strasbourg Observers)

Y.P. v Russia: Sterilisation Without Consent, Article 3, and Weak Reproductive Rights at the ECtHR
(Zoe L. Tongue and Lewis Graham, Strasbourg Observers)

Jewish women sue over Kentucky abortion laws, citing religious freedom
(Yonat Shimron, The Washington Post)

Maintaining international religious freedom as a central tenet of U.S. national security
(Knox Thames and Peter Mandaville, The United States Institute of Peace)

New book: Sincerely Held: American Secularism and Its Believers
(Charles McCrary, The University of Chicago Press)

Around the web - 17 October 2022
(Law and Religion Forum, St. John's Law School Center for Law & Religion)

Nigeria election: Dangers of being religious in a religious nation
(Chiagozie Nwonwu, BBC News)

Nigeria: Gunmen attack Nigerian church during service, killing 2
(Chinedu Asadu, Associated Press)

Nigerian bishop raps ‘conspiracy of silence’ on Christian persecution
(Aid to the Church in Need)

Cologne’s Central Mosque sounds call to prayer for the first time
(Al Jazeera)

Prominent mosque in Germany sounds 1st public call to prayer
(Martin Meissner and Geir Moulson, Associated Press)

Germany wants Jews
(Marina Sapritsky-Nahum, London School of Economics Religion and Global Society Blog)

Photos of the week: Montenegro Pride, German call to prayer
(Kit Doyle, Religion News Service)

Racism in Europe has reached peak: Senior Turkish lawmaker
(Betül Usta, Daily Sabah)

BIC Brussels: Exploring agricultural policies in light of the oneness of humanity
(Bahá’í World News Service)

“Love for all humanity”: Contributing to the discourse on racial unity in the Netherlands
(Bahá’í World News Service)

Japan PM orders probe of Unification Church problems
(Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press)

Japan leader sends offerings to controversial Tokyo shrine
(Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press)

Queen lauds Minnesota church’s century of Norwegian worship
(Giovanna Dell'Orto, Associated Press)

Religious polarization in India seeping into US diaspora
(Deepa Bharath and Mariam Fam, Associated Press)

Judge gauges if Indiana abortion ban defies religious rights
(Arleigh Rodgers, Associated Press)

Articles of interest - 17 October 2022
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Pakistan agency creates unit to handle blasphemy complaints
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Religious questioning of Muslim travelers by border officers upheld
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

S4, Ep. 02: Justice Alito and religion at the Supreme Court: Previewing the new SCOTUS term
(Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty)

Armenia has had few Jews and a poor relationship with Israel. That could be changing.
(Larry Luxner, Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

Muslim parents defy intersectionality, join Christian parents against sexualizing kids
(Siraj Hashmi, Newsweek)

Tajikistan: Ismaili religious leader jailed, prayer houses closed
(Mushfig Bayram, Forum 18 News Service)

Lebanon: The unmelting Lebanese national pot
(Imad Salamey, Canopy Forum on the Interactions of Law & Religion)

Law and religion round-up – 16th October
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Spanish archbishop objects to labeling pro-lifers as ‘ultra-Catholics’ or ‘extreme right’
(Catholic News Agency)

Religions for Peace’s multi-religious humanitarian fund supports the Interreligious Council of Uganda’s efforts against the Ebola virus outbreak
(Religions for Peace)

Prof. Dr Isabel Apawo Phiri extends greetings to Globethics international conference
(World Council of Churches)

WCC expresses solidarity with those urging end to “collective punishment” via closure of Shuafat Refugee Camp
(World Council of Churches)

Malawi: Catholic bishops express concern on high cost of living and corruption cases in country 
(Catholic Information Service for Africa)

China: Freedom of religion or belief news: China: Special Bimonthly FORB Newsletter (01-15.10.2022)
(Human Rights Without Frontiers International)

Confucius envy: American reactionaries look to China for inspiration.
(Mason L. Wong, Commonweal)

Russia: Special bimonthly FORB digest (01.10-15.10.2022)
(Human Rights Without Frontiers International)

Dushanbe probes reports that Tajik nationals were involved in deadly Russia shooting
(Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty)

Russia’s use of “Spiritual Security”: An interview with Kristina Stoeckl
(Religion & Diplomacy: A Resource of the Transatlantic Policy Network on Religion and Diplomacy)

Patriarch Kirill calls Western civilization unviable

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