Law and Religion Headlines

Wednesday, 15 February 2023

CALL FOR PAPERS, abstracts due 15 February 2023: Legitimate Aims and Ulterior Purposes in International Human Rights Law
(The Hertie School)

Inside the Revelation Spiritual Home. 1. The path of IMboni
(Massimo Introvigne, Bitter Winter: A Magazine on Religious Liberty and Human Rights in China)

Inside the Revelation Spiritual Home. 2. The fast-growing spiritual movement
(Massimo Introvigne, Bitter Winter: A Magazine on Religious Liberty and Human Rights in China)

These Black and White churches began worshiping together during the pandemic and haven’t stopped
(Rona Kobell, The Washington Post)

Notre Dame Law School Religious Liberty Clinic supports Catholic dioceses’ efforts to operate the first faith-based charter school in the U.S.
(Anna Bradley)

Court blocks N.Y. law mandating posting of "hateful conduct" policies by social media platforms (including us)
(Eugene Volokh, The Volokh Conspiracy)

No First Amendment protection for 12 cypress trees
(Eugene Volokh, The Volokh Conspiracy)

Denial of NYPD officer's religious objection to vaccination was arbitrary and capricious
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

SASCE presented at the International Conference on Religion and Freedom of Expression in Lisbon
(Conference of European Churches)

The U.S. is missing a chance to engage the Muslim world
(Arsalan Suleman and Knox Thames, Foreign Policy)

USCIRF condemns Nicaragua’s 26-year prison sentence for Bishop Rolando Álvarez
(U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom)

Business has resources for White House on combatting antisemitism
(Brian Grim, Religious Freedom & Business Foundation)

Church, state, and Jewish education (podcast)
(Michael A. Helfand, 18Forty)

Discrimination is opushing Muslim professionals to leave France
(Alice Kantor, Bloomberg)

How much do Americans know about the faiths around them?
(Ryan Burge, Religion News Service)

Latino evangelicals launch campaign against Florida execution of Donald David Dillbeck
(Alejandra Molina, Religion News Service)

Sporadic and subjective: How Pennsylvania’s religious ‘garb ban’ has impacted teachers
(Aubri Juhasz, WHYY)

Ukraine: Conscientious objector told "to be ready to be taken to prison"
(Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service)

The future for religious charter schools
(Nicole Stelle Garnett and Richard W. Garnett, First Things)

Traditional values backed by two-thirds of American voters, poll finds
(Mark A. Kellner, The Washington Times)

Macau’s Catholic university uses radio to combat hunger
(Union of Catholic Asian News)

India’s religious leaders hail drive against child marriage
(Bijay Kumar Minj, Union of Catholic Asian News)

Indian Catholics resist plan by BJP-led municipality to destroy chapel
(Nirmala Carvalho, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

India: Hindus only: How religious nationalism has spread through India’s villages
(Priyadarshini Sen, Religion News Service)

Looking toward COP28, faith-based organizations ask: Who is creating and co-designing the climate solutions?
(World Council of Churches)

Sri Lanka: 2 NGOs denounce violations of human rights at the UN
(Human Rights Without Frontiers International)

Persecuted Christians belong on Rishi's radar in 2023
(Alexander Stafford, Christian Today)

Fish on Friday to reduce GHG emissions?
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Prayer is becoming criminal in the U.K.
(Elyssa Koren, The Federalist)

Is God They/Them? Church of England considers gender-neutral pronouns.
(Annabelle Timsit, The Washington Post)

Abortion is a religious belief, legislator argues
(Lauren Giella, Newsweek)

Religious freedom bill vetoed 7 years ago, Ga. lawmakers looking to try again
(Richard Elliot, WSB-TV)

Pakistan’s outcasts and their ordeals
(Faisal C K, The New Indian Express)

As faith falters, global Jerusalem Prayer Breakfast becomes a movement
(Felice Friedson/The Media Line, The Jerusalem Post)

Zimbabwe: Strict regulations for faith, traditional healers
(Mukudzei Chingwere, The Herald)

Justice Department secures settlement in religious discrimination suit against Lansing, Michigan
(U.S. Department of Justice)

ACC discusses ‘good differentiation’ amid divisions in Anglican Communion on human sexuality
(David Paulsen, Episcopal News Service)

More Americans see bipartisan common ground on foreign policy than on abortion, other issues
(Amina Dunn, Pew Research Center)

Muslim claims Southwest Airlines fired him from BWI job over religious request
(Mark Kellner, The Washington Times)

Tuesday, 14 February 2023

EVENT, 11-14 February 2023: Youth Peacebuilding: Interfaith Dialogue from Theory to Practice
(Doha International Center for Interfaith Dialogue (DICID) and A Common Word Among the Youth (ACWAY))

WEBINAR, 14 February 2023 (9AM ET): Women of Faith Peacebuilders
(International Center for Religion & Diplomacy)

Indonesian minister against closing church under harsh fiat
(The Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union (COMECE) and The Federation of Catholic Family Associations in Europe (FAFCE))

Monday, 13 February 2023

FUNDING ANNOUNCEMENT, deadline 13 February 2023: DRL FY22 IRF Empower Youth Leaders to Advance Religious Tolerance in Nigeria
(U.S. Department of State)

Egypt’s Coptic Christians outraged at government's mishandling of adoption case
(Shahira Amin, Al-Monitor)

Iran: #Place2Worship campaigner released after nearly five years in prison
(Article 18)

At UN event, American Jewish Committee CEO Ted Deutch urges UN to do more to call out antisemitism
(American Jewish Committee)

Lebanon's once-thriving Christian population dwindling as country approaches collapse
(Brady Knox, Washington Examiner)

An interview with Ambassador Deborah Lipstadt
(Robert Siegel, Moment Magazine)

Biden faces pressure to help Nigerian Christians
(Susan Crabtree, Real Clear Politics)

Around the web - 13 February 2023
(Law and Religion Forum, St. John's Law School Center for Law & Religion)

First Annual Faith & Belief @ Work MBA case competition
(Brian Grim, Religious Freedom & Business Foundation)

New book: Religious Speech and the Quest for Freedoms in the Anglo-American World
(Wendell Bird, Cambridge University Press)

Majority of Canadians opposes MAiD for mental illness

The forgotten urgency of religious liberty
(Mike Berry, World)

How Russia's FSB embraced religion in the face of a baffling war
(Andrei Soldatov and Irina Borogan, The Moscow Times)

Russia: In the shadow of the war, what is next for the Russians?
(Human Rights Without Frontiers International)

Is Russia’s invasion of Ukraine still a religious war?
(Lucian N. Leustean, London School of Economics Religion and Global Society Blog)

Religion Watch, Volume 38 No. 3
(Baylor Institute for Studies of Religion)

Bishops around the world condemn unjust persecution of the Church in Nicaragua
(Felipe Herrera-Espaliat, Vatican News)

Religious freedom violations more than double in Cuba in one year
(Ken Camp, The Baptist Paper)

Uganda: Fight same-sex marriage head-on, Kaziimba tells MPs
(Simon Peter Emwamu, Monitor)

Kenya seeks divine help to end crippling, ongoing drought
(Wanjohi Kabukuru, Associated Press)

Priest killed in Mexico, threats force concert to cancel
(Associated Press)

Articles of interest - 13 February 2023
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Germany sees shortage of graves for Muslim immigrants
(Christoph Strack, Deutsche Welle)

In first, Polish priest sentenced on charges of spreading antisemitic hate speech
(David I. Klein, Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

Belarus: Lukashenka’s crusade against the Roman Catholic Church
(Camilla Gironi, New Eastern Europe)

Daesh kills 11, kidnaps 64 near Syria's Palmyra: SOHR
(Middle East Monitor)

Al-Azhar: Muslims’ support for Al-Aqsa Mosque based on religious beliefs
(International Quran News Agency (IQNA))

Arab leaders warn Israeli actions threaten regional turmoil
(Samy Magdy, Associated Press)

Indonesian university honors Vatican official for interfaith dialogue
(Katharina R. Lestari, Union of Catholic Asian News)

Two weeks in review, 30 January – 12 February
(Tal Gross, EJIL: Talk! Blog of the European Journal of International Law)

Uyghurs languish in forced labor, re-education camps as Chinese governor preps European visit
(Mark A. Kellner, The Washington Times)

The life and times of the faith-based initiative
(Tevi Troy, Mosaic)

Washington Post looks at 'school choice' bills, and (#surprise) omits 'equal access' info
(Terry Mattingly, GetReligion)

For Christians in Memphis, Tyre Nichols’ death a cause for concern, action
(Bobby Ross Jr., Religion Unplugged)

The conscience rights of health care professionals under the Affordable Health Care Act and its regulations: An emerging controversy
(Charles J. Russo, Canopy Forum on the Interactions of Law & Religion)

Saudi columnists bolster calls for reform of Muslim religious law – analysis
(James M. Dorsey, Eurasia Review)

Pakistan: Sindh: Stifling minorities
(Tushar Ranjan Mohanty, South Asia Intelligence Review (SAIR))

UK Islamic charity head: Jews and Muslims should be allies over Islamophobia day
(Jewish News)

Law and religion round-up – 12th February
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Ordination training and employment status: Grabe
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Australian PM reaffirms commitment to allow religious schools to hire staff based on faith
(Paul Karp, The Guardian)

India: Kerala HC: Religion does not propagate terrorism; fundamentalists have distorted religion

Harvard alum petitions Supreme Court of India to legalize same-sex marriage
(Marina Qu, The Harvard Crimson)

Indian tax agents raid BBC offices in wake of Modi documentary
(Al Jazeera)

The freedom of religion or belief movement needs to be honest and talk about this
(Floyd Brobbel, The Christian Post)

Ethiopia news: President Sahle-Work cautions against using “race and religion” for political gain, calls it “crossing red line” after meeting with Orthodox Church leaders
(Addis Standard)

Rio de Janeiro: The fight against religious intolerance gains a strong ally, the Permanent Forum on Law and Religions (Portuguese)
(Blog Tais Paranhos)

Brazil: Report on growing cases of intolerance is released during the National Week to Combat Religious Intolerance (Portuguese)

Antisemitism fears up last year by 33% among U.S. Jews, poll says
(Mark A. Kellner, The Washington Times)

Friday, 10 February 2023

Fidei Defensor
(Reverend Dr. Andrew Teal, Talk About: Law and Religion - Blog of the International Center for Law and Religion Studies)

IRF Summit 2023: Recordings available
(International Center for Law and Religion Studies (ICLRS), Brigham Young University)

Muslim couple give big to autism and promoting religious understanding
(Maria Di Mento, Philanthropy Today)

A bill banning Chinese citizens from buying property has some wondering if they’re welcome in Texas
(Dana Liebelson, Los Angeles Times)

Sacred spaces threatened: 3 times places of worship faced barriers
(Freedom Forum)

New book: Sacred Foundations: The Religious and Medieval Roots of the European State
(Anna M. Grzymała-Busse, Princeton University Press)

Fewer and fewer marriages in Croatia, especially church-registered
(Katarina Anđelković, Total Croatia News)

Mexico’s Supreme Court decisions during the Cristero Rebellion
(Alejandro Díaz Domínguez, Journal of Church and State)

Religious conversion and citizenship: The rise of limbo between secular and Islamic citizenship in Malaysia
(Myengkyo Seo, Journal of Church and State)

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