Law and Religion Headlines

Monday, 14 August 2023

DCF held our faith against us as would-be foster parents (Commentary)
(Mike and Kitty Burke, Mass Live)

What role should religion play in the public square? — A black Christian and a black secular humanist debate and discuss
(Brad R. Braxton and Anthony B. Pinn, Religion Dispatches)

Can Brazil lead on religious freedom?
(Knox Thames, London School of Economics Religion and Global Society Blog)

Around the web - 14 August 2023
(Law and Religion Forum, St. John's Law School Center for Law & Religion)

New book: The State of Desire: Religion and Reproductive Politics in the Promised Land
(Lea Taragin-Zeller, NYU Press)

Afghanistan: The legacy of the Taliban: Poverty, human rights violations and gender apartheid
(Ewelina U. Ochab, Forbes)

Muslim Women, Nikah Marriages, Domestic Abuse and Religious Arbitration in England
(Islam Uddin, Oxford Journal of Law and Religion)

Articles of interest - 14 August 2023
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Global Interfaith Monitor No. 14
(Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)

Parliament of the World’s Religions hopes to harness faith to address world’s ills
(Bob Smietana, Religion News Service)

A throng of interfaith leaders to focus on combating authoritarianism at global gathering in Chicago
(David Crary, AP News)

Hawaii county's denial of permit to temple did not meet strict scrutiny test
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Native Hawaiian sacred sites have been damaged in the Lahaina wildfires – but, as an indigenous scholar writes, their stories will live on
(The Conversation)

Law and religion round-up – 13th August
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Plug-In: Prayers for Maui – houses of worship burned, then people of faith arrived to help
(Bobby Ross Jr., GetReligion)

Baylor University wins exemption from Title IX’s sexual harassment provisions
(Fiona André, Religion News Service)

The Kerala Story: secular yet nationalistic and Islamophobic
(Ashraf Kunnummal, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)

Unstable equilibrium and the possibility of Uniform Civil Code in India
(Swayam Bagaria, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)

In Modi’s India, press freedom is curbed and journalists are under threat for doing their jobs
(Kalpana Jain, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)

India: Debate over separate Lingayat religion resurfaces in K'taka
(Lokmat Times)

Two weeks in review, 31 July – 13 August 2023
(Tal Gross, EJIL: Talk! Blog of the European Journal of International Law)

EU image suffers in Malaysia, Indonesia over Quran burning
(David Hutt, Deutsche Welle)

2 synagogues evacuated during livestreamed Shabbat services as wave of bomb threats enters 4th week
(Andrew Lapin, Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

Meet Germany's first Islamic affairs consultant
(Christoph Strack, Deutsche Welle)

Anti-Semitism Commissioner calls for duty to report hate against Jews
(Christian Network Europe)

Parliament of the World's Religions hopes to show people the good that faith can do
(Jason DeRose, NPR)

Christian nationalism’s opponents are getting organized
(Jack Jenkins, Religion News Service)

The state will never allow any of the Ukrainian religious communities to be used by the aggressor state, Volodymyr Zelenskyy
(Religious Information Service of Ukraine (RISU))

Russian Orthodox priests face persecution from state and church for supporting peace in Ukraine
(Kostya Manenkov, Associated Press)

Religion Watch Volume 38 No. 9
(Baylor Institute for Studies of Religion)

Ortega dictatorship in Nicaragua freezes bank accounts, assets of Jesuit university
(Diego Lopez Marina, Catholic News Agency)

Kenya’s oldest Anglican cathedral gets new provost, promises to speak truth to political power
(Tom Osanjo, Religion Unplugged)

Muslim charity honors Singaporean nun for interfaith work
(Union of Catholic Asian News)

Thousands march for rights of religious minorities in Pakistan
(Aftab Alexander Mughal, Union of Catholic Asian News)

Pakistan: concerns about two Bills that increase blasphemy punishment and fail minorities
(CSW: Everyone Free to Believe)

U.S. lawmakers send letter in support of Finns on trial for citing Bible
(National Catholic Register)

Saturday, 12 August 2023

VIRTUAL EVENT, 12 August 2023 (8PM in Lahore): Issues Faced by Hindus in Pakistan
(Panchanada Organization)

Friday, 11 August 2023

2023 Oxford Conference: Foundations and Founding Figures of Human Dignity
(International Center for Law and Religion Studies, BYU Law)

Attorney General Todd Rokita releases Parents' Bill of Rights on religious freedom
(Kayla Dwyer, Indianapolis Star)

Elder Soares praises religious freedom as foundation for peace at event in Brasília, Brazil
(Ryan Jensen, Church News)

Al-Issa to Asharq Al-Awsat: Backwards constitutions fuel hatred
(Asharq Al Awsat)

Press Release: War crimes by Myanmar military are more frequent and brazen – Myanmar Mechanism Annual Report
(United Nations)

Is Myanmar’s junta turning a corner?
(Priscilla A. Clapp and Ye Myo Hein, The United States Institute of Peace)

Report of the Independent Investigative Mechanism for Myanmar
(United Nations)

Kyrgyzstan: 60 mosques, madrasas shuttered in Osh region

Milwaukee religious leaders denounce the rise of Christian nationalism
(Corrinne Hess and Margaret Faust, Wisconsin Public Radio)

Progressive National Baptists gain partners to address voting rights, gun violence
(Adelle M. Banks, Religion News Service)

Will the Supreme Court take up the denial of religious exemptions for unvaccinated schoolchildren?
(Mark Silk, Religion News Service)

Meet the Christian creators designing chatbots ‘with a biblical worldview’
(Fiona André, Religion News Service)

Afghanistan: Repression worsens 2 Years into Taliban rule
(Human Rights Watch)

Judge rules that Southwest failed to follow his order in a flight attendant’s free-speech case
(David Koenig, Associated Press)

Clergy-lay political (mis)alignment in 2019–2020
(Joseph Roso and Mark Chaves, Cambridge University Press)

Pakistan: Senate passes bill to ramp up punishment for blasphemy to at least 10 years
(Nadir Guramani, Dawn)

Afghanistan: Taliban repression of women a crime against humanity, says Gordon Brown
(Andre Rhoden-Paul, BBC News)

Afghanistan: Amid Taliban repression, Afghan media are a beacon of hope
(Barry Salaam, The United States Institute of Peace)

The Latest: 3 things to know on Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh (Youtube video)
(Geoffrey Macdonald, The United States Institute of Peace)

Turkish Muslims in Germany anxious over threats to mosques
(Daily Sabah)

Denmark tightens border control after Koran burnings
(Johannes Birkebaek, Reuters)

Attacks on Quran 'extremist acts,' say British academics
(Behlul Cetinkaya and Zuhal Demirci, Anadolu Agency)

CNews Islamophobic remarks spark outrage on World Cup hijab moment
(Daily Sabah)

At least 23 Syrian troops killed in suspected Daesh attack on bus
(Daily Sabah)

Parliament of the World's Religions seeks understanding and action
(Jason DeRose, NPR)

Rohingya: At least 23 dead, 30 missing after boat sinks
(Jonathan Head, BBC News)

Supreme Court goes postal: A rapid response to Groff v. DeJoy
(YouTube Video, ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice)

Defending belief for all
(Knox Thames)

Mexican high court finds ex-congressman guilty of ‘gender-based political violence’ over tweet
(Daniel Payne, Catholic News Agency)

Hare Krishna in the Twenty-First Century
(Angela R. Burt, Cambridge University Press)

Religious parents fight sex and gender storybook mandate in court

Advancing freedom of religion or belief: The impact of IPPFORB'S network in 2022
(International Panel of Parliamentarians for Freedom of Religion or Belief (IPPFoRB))

From Christian temperance to D.A.R.E. — the war on drugs has its roots in white Christian nationalism
(Andrew Monteith, Religion Dispatches)

Justice after War: Jus Post Bellum in the 21st Century
(David Chiwon Kwon, Catholic University of America Press)

Iran: A year ago, an Iranian woman’s death sparked hijab protests. Now businesses are a new battleground
(Nasser Karimi and Jon Gambrell, Associated Press)

Expelled church members' claims barred by statute of limitations
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

11th Circuit: PLRA exhaustion requirement does not include filing of rule change petition
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Canada: Suit by Christian ministry says Quebec wrongly cancelled its use of convention center
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Canada: Harvest Ministries suing Québec government for forcing event cancellation
(Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms)

Canada's top court refuses appeal from B.C. churches protesting COVID-19 restrictions
(CBC News)

Nation and religion in Judaism
(Artur Abramovych, The European Conservative)

Liberty for some … but not all
(Steve West and Mary Reichard, World)

Volodymyr Zelenskyy met with a representative of the Ecumenical Patriarchate
(Religious Information Service of Ukraine (RISU))

Commission for Racial Justice: Summary of 3rd Report
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

“Luminous and obscure”: Into the depths of Constitutional meaning
(Perry Dane, Canopy Forum on the Interactions of Law & Religion)

World Youth Day highlights: KAICIID engages with Pope Francis and leads grassroots activities
(KAICIID Dialogue Centre)

Sikh recruit makes Marine Corps history, completing boot camp with turban, beard
(Mark A. Kellner, The Washington Times)

Vietnam govt approves parish for ethnic Hmong Catholics
(Union of Catholic Asian News)

South Africa: WCC general secretary meets with South African president Cyril Ramaphosa to discuss local and global peace
(World Council of Churches)

Why are Scandinavian countries the centre of Quran burnings?
(Christian Network Europe)

Malaysia: No more riding on religious sentiment after Aug 12 said PM
(Radzi Razak, The Malaysian Reserve)

Indonesia: Arbiters of truth or blasphemy?
(The Jakarta Post)

India: MP makes 1st conviction under religious freedom law
(The Times of India)

Staged videos fuel religious hate and misogyny in India
(Akhil Ranjan, BBC News)

India's hardline Hindus oppose construction of church
(Bijay Kumar Minj, Union of Catholic Asian News)

India's religious violence: What's behind raging clashes?
(Murali Krishnan, Deutsche Welle)

India: Polygamy not fundamental to Islam; banning it will not violate religious freedom: Expert Panel
(Aasha Khosa, Awaz-The Voice)

Thursday, 10 August 2023

WEBINAR, 10 August 2023 (6PM GMT): Providing Refuge for Climate Refugees in International Law
(International Academy for Multicultural Cooperation)

Wednesday, 9 August 2023

Rep. Matt Gaetz to introduce ‘National Prayer In School Act’
(Henry Rodgers, Rep. Matt Gaetz)

Vietnam says there are no Montagnards in its Central Highlands
(Radio Free Asia)

Viet president meets bishops, strengthens ties
(Union of Catholic Asian News)

Investigating the 'spiritual healers' sexually abusing women
(Hanan Razek, BBC News)

Pakistan: UN Security Council condemns Pakistan suicide attack; calls for strong action against terrorism regardless of motivation
(Arul Louis, South Asia Monitor)

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