Law and Religion Headlines

Wednesday, 2 August 2023

Photos: India’s Gurugram tense after Hindu-Muslim clashes
(Al Jazeera)

India: Imam killed after Hindu mob attacks mosque in India’s Gurugram
(Al Jazeera)

India’s northern Haryana state tense after 5 killed in communal clashes between Hindus and Muslims
(Piyush Nagpal, Associated Press)

India: Rights groups hail court order on India’s cow vigilantism
(Bijay Kumar Minj, Union of Catholic Asian News)

In letter to Pope, Ayatollah Sistani calls for inter-faith respect
(Islamic Republic News Agency)

South Africa’s new Marriage Bill raises many thorny issues - a balancing act is needed
(Anthony Diala, The Conversation)

European Union: The EU and transitional justice
(Human Rights Without Frontiers International)

Church in Mexico announces plan to accompany mothers of disappeared persons
(Ana Paula Morales, Catholic News Agency)

China: Religious persecution and issues – Bimonthly digest July 16-31
(Human Rights Without Frontiers International)

China: Uyghur woman confirmed detained for complaining about son’s sentence in Xinjiang
(Shohret Hoshur, Radio Free Asia)

China using families as 'hostages' to quash Uyghur dissent abroad
(Sam Judah, BBC News)

Iran: Religious persecution and issues – Monthly digest July
(Human Rights Without Frontiers International)

After-school clubs and the Satanic Temple’s push for separation of church and state
(Charles J. Russo, Religion Unplugged)

Wesleyans and the public square
(Ryan Danker, Juicy Ecumenism, Institute on Religion and Democracy)

Louisiana public schools now required to display ‘In God We Trust’ in all classrooms
(Morayo Ogunbayo, CNN)

In Muslim-majority Indonesia, Islamic preacher under fire over unorthodox views

Israeli Bedouin slam new anti-polygamy move as 'cultural apartheid'
(Moshe Cohen, The Jerusalem Post)

Israelis have polarized views of Netanyahu, reflecting conflicts many see in Israeli society
(Laura Silver and Sarah Austin, Pew Research Center)

Metal fence sign of worsening conditions for Holy Land Christians
(Judith Sudilovsky, Union of Catholic Asian News)

Recognizing antisemitism
(Alyza D. Lewin, Jewish News Syndicate)

Islamic group suggests that member nations downgrade ties with countries that allow Quran burnings
(Abby Sewell and David Keyton, Associated Press)

Tuesday, 1 August 2023

CALL FOR PAPERS, abstracts due 1 August 2023: Dust of the Earth: On Persons
(de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture, University of Notre Dame)

WEBINAR, 1 August 2023 (10:30AM GMT): "Unassailable Quran" (Countering Quran Desecration)
(International Quran News Agency (IQNA))

Monday, 31 July 2023

CALLS FOR SUBMISSIONS, deadline 31 July 2023: New Topics in Law and Religion; Religion and Theories of Constitutional Interpretation; Freedom of Religion and Blasphemy in Nigeria
(Canopy Forum on the Interactions of Law & Religion)

On the need for a new pluralism in South Asia
(Nilay Saiya, Institute for Global Engagement)

Around the web - 31 July 2023
(Law and Religion Forum, St. John's Law School Center for Law & Religion)

Arguments submitted at Europe’s top human rights court on COVID worship ban
(ADF International)

Building interreligious solidarity: Students embrace diversity in Human Fraternity Dialogues
(Nicholas Scrimenti, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)

India: Cardinal denies that violence in India amounts to ‘religious conflict’
(Nirmala Carvalho, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Violence and Religious Change in the Pacific Islands
(Garry Trompf, Cambridge University Press)

“Mandatory reporting” in Scotland
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Church Moderator meets with Scotland's political leaders
(The Church of Scotland)

Resolution on the repeated crimes of desecration and burning of copies of al-Mus’haf ash-Sharif in the Kingdom of Sweden and the Kingdom of Denmark approved by the 18th Extraordinary Session of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the OIC
(Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC))

Canada: Minister of Justice Arif Virani on Bill 21 (video)
(Twitter, National Council of Canadian Muslims)

Denmark seeks to legally prevent burnings of Quran or other religious scriptures
(Jari Tanner, Associated Press)

Memphis, Tennessee, police shoot suspect after he fired shots outside Jewish school
(Adrian Sainz, Associated Press)

Church autonomy doctrine does not shield criminal conduct
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Articles of interest - 31 July 2023
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Ukraine moves official Christmas Day holiday to Dec. 25, denouncing Russian-imposed traditions
(Felipe Dana and Dasha Litvinova, Associated Press)

Appeals court hears challenge to Louisville’s Fairness Ordinance
(Sylvia Goodman, Louisville Public Media)

Vivek Ramaswamy is on the rise. So are Christian Nationalist attacks on his religion
(Tim Dickinson, Rolling Stone)

‘Word of God’: Why Muslims are opposed to the burning of the Quran
(Al Jazeera)

Washington Post fires distress rockets about another religious liberty vs. LGBTQ+ case
(Terry Mattingly, GetReligion)

Holy Land: "Stop the show of contempt towards Christians in Jerusalem and Haifa".
(Agenzia Fides)

Al Hassan Symposium – “Islam itself is not on trial”: Culture and religion in Al Hassan
(Julie Fraser, The Lieber Institute for Law & Warfare at West Point)

Morocco's Benzina becomes the first senior-level Women's World Cup player to compete in hijab
(Associated Press)

Iranian online retailer building, famed Tehran cafe closed amid reports of hijab infractions
(Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty)

Two weeks in review, 17 July – 30 July 2023
(Tal Gross, EJIL: Talk! Blog of the European Journal of International Law)

WCC calls on Azerbaijan for immediate lifting of blockade of Nagorno-Karabakh
(World Council of Churches)

EU: The 10th Anniversary of the EU Guidelines on FoRB – a call to stand united
(Arie de Pater, Human Rights Without Frontiers International)

The U.S. is not widely seen as highly religious
(Stephanie Kramer, Pew Research Center)

Lawsuit aims to halt the opening of nation’s first religious charter school
(Moriah Balingit, The Washington Post)

Polish Left sets out plan to end “toxic relationship” between church and state
(Notes from Poland)

Indiana music teacher's religious freedom case heads back to district court
(Alliance Defending Freedom)

Portuguese expect Pope to bring a “message of confidence in the future,” says ambassador

Sunday, 30 July 2023

EVENT, 30 July - August 9: Creation is not our possession: 10 days of [climate] repentance
(Elijah Interfaith Institute)

Friday, 28 July 2023

Alaska man sentenced to 18 months for hate crimes, drug trafficking
(U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Alaska, U.S. Department of Justice)

Indonesian human rights minister attends human dignity conference in Oxford

EVENT, 28 July 2023 (12PM GMT): Building Interreligious Solidarity | Launch of booklet on interreligious formation
(YouTube Video, World Council of Churches)

Indian authorities allow Muslim procession in Kashmir’s main city for the first time in 3 decades
(Aijaz Hussain, Associated Press)

India: Muslim, Christian, Sikh, Dalit, Adivasi leaders meet in Delhi: ‘Will oppose UCC unitedly’
(Aslah Kayyalakkath, Maktoob media)

India: Badal warns Mann against interference in religious affairs of Sikhs
(Statesman News Service)

India: Empowering minorities: Smriti Irani's call for religious tolerance
(Asiana Times)

Prince Faisal renews Saudi rejection of Qur’an burnings in call with Swedish FM
(Arab News)

Muslim nations call for boycott of Swedish products
(Helen Whittle, Deutsche Welle)

Sweden: Investigation launched after Christian refuses to make cake for same-sex wedding
(Christian Network Europe)

Sweden’s prime minister is concerned about a new wave of applications to burn religious books
(Associated Press)

Israeli army kills 14-year-old Palestinian as an Israeli minister visits a flashpoint holy site
(Tia Goldenberg and Isaac Scharf, Associated Press)

Israelis fear new limits on Supreme Court will bolster Orthodox establishment’s sway
(Michele Chabin, Religion News Service)

Israeli far-right minister leads incursion of Al-Aqsa compound
(Al Jazeera)

The power of Israel’s ultra-Orthodox has peaked
(David E. Rosenberg, Foreign Policy)

Saudi Arabia condemns Israeli minister’s ‘storming’ of Al-Aqsa mosque
(Arab News)

Syria: Defamation campaign against Syrian woman human rights defender Hiba Ezzideen Al-Hajji
(Front Line Defenders)

Syria: 6 killed in Damascus suburb bombing near Shiite Muslim shrine ahead of the holy day of Ashura
(Kareem Chehayeb, Associated Press)

EEOC Report: COVID-19 vaccine-related employment disputes fuel surge of religious discrimination claims
(Don Byrd, Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty)

Some claimed exemptions from vaccine mandate were not religious in nature
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Conscience clause in health insurance mandate does not violate church's free exercise
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

A Supreme Court ruling good for Jews, Muslims
(Ismail Royer and Howard Slugh, Newsday)

US slams Ben Gvir’s ‘unacceptable’ Tisha Be’Av Temple Mount visit
(Tovah Lazaroff, The Jerusalem Post)

Just about anybody in America can officiate a wedding, thanks to the internet – and one determined preacher
(Dusty Hoesly, The Conversation)

The World Medical Association subtly eviscerates conscience rights
(Wesley J. Smith, National Review)

Norwegian court maintains Jehovah's Witnesses’ ban on sealing marriage
(Christian Network Europe)

Hundreds of Ukraine’s Russian-linked Orthodox priests call Moscow’s aggression ‘Satanic’
(Kyiv Post)

Việt Nam-Vatican relations see positive progress: diplomats
(Viet Nam News)

Vatican and Vietnam agree to open resident Holy See office in Hanoi, as relations improve
(Nicole Winfield, Associated Press)

China: Catholic Church constrained by government directives

China: Police raid Zion Reformed Church’s youth summer camp

China’s approach to foreign policy gets largely negative reviews in 24-country survey
(Laura Silver, Christine Huang and Laura Clancy, Pew Research Center)

China: Rights of both believers, non-believers are fully protected in Xinjiang
(The Financial Express)

Canada: Religious hospitals in Canada must remain free to refuse “Medical Assistance in Dying”
(Religious Freedom Institute)

Photos of the week: Muharram; Tisha B’Av
(Kit Doyle, Religion News Service)

Legal recap: 8 major cases to keep on your radar this fall
(Mikey Berry, First Liberty)

Iranian delegation visits WCC to strengthen interreligious cooperation
(World Council of Churches)

Court rejects First Amendment challenge to school district's ban on students "misgendering" classmates
(Eugene Volokh, The Volokh Conspiracy)

Ancient word: Jews, Christians study shared past in Vatican manuscripts
(Carol Glatz, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops)

Uganda: Archbishop urges govt not to impose import duties on donated medical supplies
(Anglican Ink)

No taxpayer dollars to block Kirk Cameron library events, demand GOP senators
(Mark A. Kellner, The Washington Times)

Saudi Arabia summons Denmark’s charge d’affaires over Quran burnings
(Al Jazeera)

“Traditional values” are Russia’s geopolitical weapons
(Cyril Hovorun, Public Discourse: The Journal of the Witherspoon Institute)

Kenya: ‘Our biggest challenge is simply to exist’: atheist society fights for legal recognition in God-fearing Kenya
(Caroline Kimeu, The Guardian)

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