Law and Religion Headlines

Friday, 12 April 2024

EVENT, 12 April 2024 (9AM MT): 2024 Religion, Culture & Diversity Symposium (Orem, Utah, USA)
(Anthea Butler, Lauren Horn Griffin, Julie Ingersoll, Benjamin Park, Utah Valley University)

Changing partisan coalitions in a politically divided nation
(Pew Research Center)

A year of conflict in Sudan – the international community must act now
(FoRB in Full: A blog by CSW)

3 shot and 5 in custody after gunfire disrupts Philadelphia Eid event, police say
(Claudia Lauer, Associated Press)

Transgender Catholics say new Vatican document shows no understanding of their lives
(David Crary, Religion News Service)

9 facts about U.S. Catholics
(Justin Nortey, Patricia Tevington, and Gregory A. Smith, Pew Research Center)

Germany’s antisemitism battle needs focus on education
(Almaz Teffera, Human Rights Watch)

Palestinians forgo Eid celebrations to mourn for Gaza
(Rob Schmitz, NPR)

Public school board listed ‘Christian values’ among desires for superintendent
(Corrinne Hess, Wisconsin Public Radio)

Meeting with Kazakhstan's Chair of the Committee for Religious Affairs
(X, Office of International Religious Freedom)

Catholic nuns head to court to fight New York mandate forcing them to fund abortions
(Steven Ertelt, Life News)

Pakistan: UN experts alarmed by lack of protection for minority girls from forced religious conversions and forced marriage
(Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, United Nations)

Portugal: Freedom of religion or belief
(World Evangelical Alliance, European Evangelical Alliance, Portuguese Evangelical Alliance)

COMECE 'saddened' by vote to add abortion access to EU Charter of Fundamental Rights
(Deborah Castellano Lubov, Vatican News)

Quebec ‘not alone’ in commitment to secularism, says French Prime Minister Attal
(Toronto Star)

France records almost 1,000 hate crimes against Christians in 2023
(Observatory on Intolerance and Discrimination against Christians in Europe)

The single judge and the single-sentence motivation (2): The bewildering dismissal of Asmeta v France
(Eva Brems, Strasbourg Observers)

Fieldwork in New Religious Movements
(George D. Chryssides, Cambridge University Press)

Uncommon favor: How South Carolina coach Dawn Staley exemplifies faith at work
(Seth Cohen, Forbes)

Interreligious dialogue needed to encourage peace in Africa: experts
(Carol Glatz, Union of Catholic Asian News)

Religion in Africa: High tolerance for other faiths
(Kate Hairsine, Deutsche Welle)

Iraq: Chaldean patriarch returns to Baghdad after nine months of self-imposed exile amid political dispute
(Ali Jabar and Abby Sewell, Associated Press)

Argentina: Speaking at Miami synagogue, Argentina’s Javier Milei reveals he has Jewish heritage
(Juan Melamed, Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

Argentine court blames Iran and Hezbollah for deadly 1994 Jewish center bombing
(Débora Rey and Isabel Debre, Associated Press)

Biden EEOC argues for religious discrimination in appeal by terminated worker
(Tom Ciesielka, Thomas More Society)

Alabama Supreme Court affirms dismissal of church property dispute
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

‘Released time’ religious instruction programs for public school students expanding with ‘plug and play’ curricula, state legislation
(Don Byrd, Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty)

Hungarian politician praises pope, condemns ‘woke’ politics ahead of EU elections
(Elise Ann Allen, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

The ADL’s new ‘report card’ for campus antisemitism gets an F from Hillel and some Jewish students
(Andrew Lapin, Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

Occupied Ukraine: deported priests now in Ukraine
(Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service)

CEC visit to Ukraine strengthens relations, affirming hope for just peace
(Conference of European Churches)

"Russia's war against Ukraine cannot be holy," - WCC responds to Patriarch Kirill
(Religious Information Service of Ukraine (RISU))

Uzbekistan: Islam, women, and genderization in professions: The case of Uzbekistan
(Rahimjon Abdugafurov, Canopy Forum on the Interactions of Law & Religion)

Sikhism's quest for recognition in Belgium
(La Croix International)

Myanmar: Gunmen shoot Myanmar priest while he celebrates Mass
(Union of Catholic Asian News)

Historic mosque opens for prayers after a century

Two extremists burn copy of Holy Quran in front of Grand Mosque of Stockholm on Eid al-Fitr
(Shia Waves)

Former Cornell student pleads guilty to posting online threats against Jewish students on campus
(Eugene Volokh, Reason)

Consultation will explore “Faith Perspectives on Reparations, Sustainable Development, and Economic Justice”
(World Council of Churches)

Sudan: A year of conflict in Sudan – the international community must act now
(FoRB in Full: A blog by CSW)

Nuns lead charge against New York abortion mandate

U.S. official's Easter-in-China post stirs ire at home
(Susan Crabtree, Real Clear Politics)

Malaysia: Court victory disturbs Malaysia’s balancing act on Islamic law
(Joseph Rachman, Foreign Policy)

Vietnam: State respects, protects right to freedom of religion and belief for all: official
(Vietnam Plus)

India: Buddhism separate religion, Hindus must seek permission to convert, says Gujarat govt circular
(Parimal A Dabhi, The Indian Express)

Scottish police receive thousands of reports after new hate crime law

Scottish 'hate speech' bill could limit freedom of religion
(Observatory on Intolerance and Discrimination against Christians in Europe)

Public Order Bill "silent prayer" (Volume 729: debated on Tuesday 7 March 2023)
(UK Parliament)

Vicarious liability and reforming the law of apologies in civil proceedings?
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Contempt and use of documents in CDM proceedings
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Appointment process for Bishop of Blackburn upheld
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Brazil: Religious racism generates conviction for moral damages (Portuguese)
(Bom Dia Advogado)

Majority of U.S. Catholics express favorable view of Pope Francis
(Patricia Tevington, Justin Nortey, and Gregory A. Smith, Pew Research Center)

Wednesday, 10 April 2024

Muslim politicians in the U.K. have faced Islamophobia through Ramadan
(Fatima Al-Kassab, National Public Radio)

Indonesia expects biggest-ever Eid homecoming, a mass movement of over 190 million people
(Edna Tarigan, Associated Press)

‘Not your typical Ramadan’: Muslim Americans focus on Gaza in holy month
(Ali Harb, Al Jazeera)

Mosques in NYC struggle to house and feed an influx of Muslim migrants this Ramadan
(Philip Marcelo, Associated Press)

EVENT, 10 April 2024 (7:30AM - 5PM CDT): 11th Annual Iowa Religious Freedom Day: What Good is Religion in the 21st Century? (Des Moines, Iowa, USA)

VIRTUAL EVENT, 10 April 2024 (9:30AM ET): Harmony in Diversity - "Judaism" with Rabbi Noam Marans
(European Union and United Nations Offices of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)

NY police to pay $17.5m over hijab mugshot row
(Max Matza, BBC News)

Abortion ban likely violates religious freedoms, Indiana appeals court says
(David Wells, Courthouse News Service)

For Latino Muslims, Ramadan is a celebration of ‘Islam and Latinidad’
(Fiona André, Religion News Service)

The Vatican says surrogacy and gender theory are 'grave threats' to human dignity
(Jason DeRose, NPR)

Bipartisan approaches to international religious freedom
(Knox Thames)

Jordan's massive humanitarian convoy arrive in Gaza for Eid
(Roya News)

Pakistan deploys more than 100,000 police and paramilitary forces ahead of Eid al-Fitr
(Munir Ahmed, Associated Press)

VN commits to facilitate religious activities within legal framework
(Viet Nam News)

Vatican’s top diplomat begins a 6-day visit to Vietnam aimed at normalizing relations
(Aniruddha Ghosal, Associated Press)

Cert. filed in challenge to Michigan's Blaine Amendment
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

The eclipse fueled a religious freedom fight
(Kelsey Dallas, Deseret News)

Dozens of Christians arrested after shutting down Senate lunch in protest of Gaza famine
(Aleja Hertzler-McCain, Religion News Service)

Argentina: Meet Argentina’s Axel Wahnish, the first rabbi ever to be appointed as an ambassador to Israel
(Juan Melamed, Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

China gives monks a list of things they can’t do after the Dalai Lama's death
(Radio Free Asia)

Chinese ‘Mayflower Church’ celebrates one year of freedom
(Susan Crabtree, Real Clear Politics)

India using AI to target religious and ethnic minorities
(Rishabh Jain, Religion Unplugged)

Rising antisemitism weakens our societies
(Aurore Bergé, Felix Klein and Lord Eric Pickles, Jewish News)

CEC visits Ukraine, accompanying churches in their struggles for peace
(Conference of European Churches)

Japan: Religious freedom activists urge Biden to press Japan’s Kishida at summit
(Mark A. Kellner, The Washington Times)

WCC general secretary deepens collaboration with Archbishop of Canterbury
(World Council of Churches)

COMECE issues statement ahead of EP vote on the inclusion of abortion in the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights
(The Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union (COMECE))

The impact of the Russian invasion on faith-based communities in Ukraine
(Institute for Religious Freedom, Ukraine)

Biblebelt feature: Danish Christians are united against liberal state church
(Lennart Nijenhuis, Christian Network Europe)

The single judge and the single-sentence motivation (1): The Sloppy Decision in Deleuran v. Denmark
(Eva Brems, Strasbourg Observers)

Feds arrest Idaho teen before he attacked churches in name of ISIS
(Ben Brasch, The Washington Post)

Bolivia: Why the Catholic Church denounced Bolivia to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights
(Massimo Introvigne, Bitter Winter)

South Korea's Supreme Court upholds religious freedom in landmark law school admission case
(Adventist News Network)

Dozens of Christians arrested after shutting down Senate lunch in protest of Gaza famine
(Aleja Hertzler-McCain, Religion News Service)

Malaysia reports increase in requests to restrict social media content

HHS targets conscience protections for religious hospitals
(Lori Windham, National Review)

Myanmar's army massacred Rohingyas. Now it wants their help
(Jonathan Head, BBC News)

Idaho teen accused of planning church attacks in loyalty to Islamic State
(Phil McCausland, BBC News)

Monday, 8 April 2024

The global pretensions of the Russian Orthodox Church
(Jerry G. Pankhurst, Talk About: Law and Religion - Blog of the International Center for Law and Religion Studies)

Adoption of resolution on freedom of religion or belief
(Human Rights Council, United Nations)

EVENT, 8 April 2024 (8:30AM - 4:30PM MDT): War, Diplomacy, and the Human Rights Dialogue: New Approaches for Latter-day Saint Professionals (Provo, UT, USA)
(Camille M Johnson, Paul Perrin, Brett Scharffs, Bill and April Bollard, Michael Frandsen, Lyn Burningham, Rachel Miner, Elizabeta Kitanovic, Medlir Mema, Shadman Bashir, Eric Jensen, James Patton, BYU Kennedy Center)

Why Indiana’s abortion ban (still) can’t be enforced against some people of faith
(Kelsey Dallas, Deseret News)

New York inmates are suing to watch the solar eclipse after state orders prisons locked down
(Philip Marcelo, Associated Press)

Some state lawmakers want school chaplains as part of a ‘rescue mission’ for public education
(Hannah Fingerhut, Associated Press)

How U.S. Muslims are experiencing the Israel-Hamas war
(Besheer Mohamed, Pew Research Center)

How U.S. Jews are experiencing the Israel-Hamas war
(Becka A. Alper, Pew Research Center)

Killing of World Central Kitchen humanitarian workers

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