Law and Religion Headlines


Monday, 10 October 2022

Law and religion round-up – 9th October
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Aberdeen University rejects IHRA in favour of rival antisemitism definition
(Lee Harpin, Jewish News)

Kenyan President William Ruto criticized for favoring Pentecostal Christians
(Tom Osanjo, Religion Unplugged)

Native Americans’ struggle for control over sacred lands is making progress
(Rosalyn R. LaPier, Religion Unplugged)

Haiti: Religions for Peace’s statement on Haiti – October 10, 2022
(Religions for Peace)

India: Supreme Court seeks Centre’s response to plea challenging instant divorce among Muslims
(Scroll)

India’s Hindu nationalism is exporting its Islamophobia
(Omar Suleiman, RNS Column: Islam Beyond Phobia)

India: Christians back Anglo-Indian quota in parliament
(Union of Catholic Asian News)

WCC acting general secretary visits Korean Peninsula
(World Council of Churches)

These four religious organisations in Norway lose money because of grant cuts
(Christian Network Europe)

Christian nationalism will lead to Christian persecution, SBC President Bart Barber warns
(Leonardo Blair, The Christian Post)

Iran’s hijab protests are of Raisi’s own making
(Kourosh Ziabari, Foreign Policy)

Indonesia: Religious leaders in Indonesia use social media to combat radicalism
(International Christian Concern)

In Nicaragua, crackdown on religious actors further imperils return democracy
(Maria Antonia Montes and Savarni Sanka, The United States Institute of Peace)

Ambassador Hussain travels to Utah and Tennessee
(U.S. Department of State)

International Christian Embassy Jerusalem holds annual Sukkot event
(The Jerusalem Post)

Brazil: Did you suffer religious intolerance? Know what are your rights (Portuguese)
(Itatiaia Juiz de Fora, Redação)

Brazil: Father Kelmon says he is a victim of religious intolerance in Globo [TV] debate (Portuguese)
(UOL São Paulo)

Video: Ukrainian religious actors and organizations after Russia’s invasion
(Religion & Diplomacy: A Resource of the Transatlantic Policy Network on Religion and Diplomacy)

The world must know: IRF presented a report on targeted Russian attacks on religious communities in Ukraine
(Maksym Vasin, Institute for Religious Freedom, Ukraine)

UN concerned by state harassment of Ukrainian Orthodox Church
(Interfax-Religion)

UCCRO Statement on Russian terrorist attacks on the cities of Ukraine
(Institute for Religious Freedom, Ukraine)

Friday, 7 October 2022

Remedies for religious persecution in China: An international human rights perspective
(Michelle Coleman, Canopy Forum on the Interactions of Law & Religion)

UN rights body rejects Western bid to debate Xinjiang abuses
(Jamey Keaten, Associated Press)

RFI’s Paul Marshall discusses religious persecution on Catholic radio
(Religious Freedom Institute)

EVENT, 6-7 October 2022: Freedom of Religion or Belief in Times of Migration
(Observatory on Religious Freedom in the jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights (ORFECT))

Canada: MAiD expansion takes us to a ‘dark place’
(Charles Lewis, The Catholic Register)

The never-ending persecution of Jack Phillips
(David Harsanyi, The Federalist)

Jack Phillips asks CO Court of Appeals to protect his right to create freely
(Alliance Defending Freedom)

The Persecution of Ex-Muslim Christians in France and in Europe
(European Centre for Law and Justice)

Supreme Court to hear case of designer who won’t create websites for same-sex weddings
(Edie Heipel, Catholic News Agency)

Religious Pro-Life Americans Under Attack: A Threat Assessment of Post-Dobbs America
(Religious Freedom Institute)

Photos of the week: Durga Puja, Sukkot preparations
(Kit Doyle, Religion News Service)

Orthodox Church leads protest against Montenegro pride
(Predrag Milic, Associated Press)

Jewish women cite faith in contesting Kentucky abortion ban
(Bruce Schreiner, Associated Press)

Pope Bahrain trip blends Muslim outreach, Catholic ministry
(Associated Press)

5th Circuit: Confiscation of prisoner's religious material upheld
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Revival sought for pastor’s lawsuit over COVID restrictions
(Kevin McGill, Associated Press)

School counselor's employment agreement sufficient to invoke ministerial exception doctrine
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Alternatives for employees with religious exemptions from vaccination are not discriminatory
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Attacks on worshippers in Nigeria lead to calls for higher U.S. priority on religious freedom in Nigeria policy
(Don Byrd, Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty)

“Insulting or ridiculing church” to be jailable crime under bill supported by Polish justice minister
(Notes from Poland)

Half of pupils opt out of Catholic catechism classes in Polish city
(Notes from Poland)

Appeals court affirms chaplain-led courtroom invocations
(Jorge Gomez, First Liberty)

In the news: Breaking religious freedom stories across the country
(First Liberty)

EU Bishops empower young people and launch the COMECE Youth Net
(The Catholic Church in the European Union)

WCC welcomes Nobel Peace Prize award to human rights advocates from Belarus, Russia, and Ukraine
(World Council of Churches)

No implicit requirement of sharia mediation or arbitration
(Eugene Volokh, The Volokh Conspiracy)

Even Christians who are Democrats are abandoning the Social Gospel
(Ryan Burge, Religion News Service)

Australia: A statement from the Archbishop of Melbourne (on Essendon FC)
(Peter Andrew Comensoli, Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne)

In landmark ruling, Spanish top court says Israel boycotts are always discriminatory
(Cnaan Liphshiz, Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

US Air Force Academy pledges to ‘correct’ process that scheduled key training day for Yom Kippur
(Ron Kampeas, Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

Once again, New York is sticking it to religious schools
(Ian Kingsbury, Real Clear Policy)

Latvian Church could follow the path of Estonia, - OCU spokesman
(Religious Information Service of Ukraine (RISU))

Occupied Ukraine: Masked soldiers seize Mariupol pastor and wife
(Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service)

Texas executes John Ramirez, whose pastor was allowed by SCOTUS to touch him and pray aloud as he died
(Dakin Andone, CNN)

CAR: Cardinal denounces "poisonous" climate in Central African Republic
(Lucie Sarr, La Croix International)

Journalists from the Arab world receive dialogue training in Lisbon
(KAICIID Dialogue Centre)

Federal gov. aims to stop violence at houses of worship with faith-based council
(Tom Campisi, Religion Unplugged)

Iranian women have been rebelling since the 1979 Islamic Revolution
(Pardis Mahdavi, Religion Unplugged)

India police flogging Muslims ‘serious rights violation’: Amnesty
(Al Jazeera)

CAIR files brief before 5th Circuit in Muslim discrimination lawsuit against Mesa Airlines
(Council on American-Islamic Relations)

The persecution of Cardinal Zen
(Sean Nelson, First Things)

Let Yeshiva be Yeshiva
(Mark Gottlieb, First Things)

The Decline of Natural Law: How American Lawyers Once Used Natural Law and Why They Stopped
(Stuart Banner, Oxford University Press)

West Virginia’s top court upholds private school scholarships in victory for parents, advocates say
(Mark A. Kellner, The Washington Times)

Remedial peoplehood: Russia’s new theory on self-determination in international law and its ramifications beyond Ukraine
(Loqman Radpey, EJIL: Talk! Blog of the European Journal of International Law)

Church-led political watchdog launched in Philippines
(Joseph Peter Calleja, Union of Catholic Asian News)

Ethiopian bishop urges action to save millions in Tigray
(Fredrick Nzwili, Catholic News Service)

Anti-Muslim attitudes prevalent in Germany, research says
(Anadolu Agency)

Churches’ fight over Santa Clara County Covid restrictions on thin ice
(Natalie Hanson, Courthouse News Service)

Evangelicals reflect on the effects of blasphemy laws on religious freedom
(Evangelical Focus)

Türkiye to form institutional body to address Alevi citizens' problems
(Daily Sabah)

Euthanasia and the right to life under Article 2 ECHR: Mortier
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Wednesday, 5 October 2022

USCIRF chair rebukes Azerbaijan for imprisoned Jehovah’s Witness conscientious objector
(Adelle M. Banks, Religion News Service)

WEBINAR, 5 October 2022 (10AM ET): Exploring the Role of Religious Actors in Diplomatic Processes
(Alliance for Peacebuilding and the International Center for Religion and Diplomacy)

Iran: Will protests in Iran end the Islamic Republic?
(Suzanne Maloney and David Dollar, Brookings Institution)

Iran: News digest about Baha’is and religious issues in Iran
(Human Rights Without Frontiers International)

How Iran’s hijab protest movement became so powerful
(Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker)

Rights court OKs Belgium euthanasia law but faults review of depressed woman’s death
(Molly Quell, Courthouse News Service)

European Court of Human Rights rules that Belgium failed to conduct proper investigation into circumstances of the 2012 euthanasia of Godelieva de Troyer
(ADF International)

Belgium violated right to life in euthanasia case, European Court of Human Rights rules
(AC Wimmer, Catholic News Agency)

The way to come together in an age of polarization
(Brian Grim, Religious Freedom & Business Foundation)

October 2022 Newsletter
(The Association of Religion Data Archives)

Weekly Highlight #224: COVID-19: Exploring faith dimensions: Nairobi Indaba on child protection; terrorism and extremism during COVID-19 emergencies
(Berkley Center, Joint Learning Initiative, WFDD)

Turkey: Hate crimes targeting religious minorities on the rise
(Uzay Bulut, Providence Mag)

Erdogan calls for hijab rights to be made constitutional
(Middle East Monitor)

Afghanistan: Suicide bomber strikes at a center of Taliban power, kills 4
(Associated Press)

The religion cases to watch in the Supreme Court’s new term
(Kelsey Dallas, Deseret News)

Across Ukraine, a somber High Holiday season captures how war has ravaged a growing Jewish community
(David Saveliev and Nicholas Bennett, Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

Vice President Harris claims Americans don’t need to ‘abandon their faith’ to be pro-abortion
(Caroline Downey, National Review)

The Russian Church says its relations with Vatican actually frozen
(Interfax-Religion)

Putin officially embraces theories accusing the West of “Satanism”
(Massimo Introvigne, Bitter Winter)

Russia: Four-year jail term if Russia gets back exiled Muslim?
(Victoria Arnold, Forum 18 News Service)

Church of England issues Past Cases Review 2
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

The Bible and the Constitution: Of monkeys, babies and original intent
(Larry W. Caldwell, Canopy Forum on the Interactions of Law & Religion)

What conservatives have forgotten about subsidiarity and the common good
(Andy Smarick, Public Discourse: The Journal of the Witherspoon Institute)

Berit Hagen Agøy: “Together our voices become louder”
(Susan Kim, Conference of European Churches)

Women of the Tokyo Peace Roundtable, an interview series
(Religions for Peace)

At a Crossroads: An intergenerational and multireligious response to the social and environmental crisis press release
(Religions for Peace)

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