Law and Religion Headlines


Monday, 5 December 2022

Brazil: Alesp hosts, for the first time in Brazil, the International Panel on Religious Freedom (Portuguese)
(Andrei Semensato, ALESP)

Brazil: Candomblecists and artists condemn the fire at the statue of Mãe Stella de Oxóssi (Portuguese)
(Redação, IBahia)

Law and religion round-up – 4th December
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Malta's bishops urge lawmakers not to back 'abortion law'
(Reuters)

The Supreme Court is hearing a case on LGBTQ rights and religion (again). Here’s what you need to know
(Kelsey Dallas, Deseret News)

Friday, 2 December 2022

Biden’s Thanksgiving proclamations largely ditch theology and history for a simple message of gratitude
(Judd Birdsall, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)

Biden admin waives Supreme Court review in key transgender fight
(Joe Davis, Real Clear Policy)

Biden administration urged to support Tibet-China resolution
(Phayul)

Biden poised to make Avi Kwa Ame a national monument in Nevada
(Dan Michalski, The Washington Post)

Legal Spirits Episode 045: 303 Creative at SCOTUS next week
(Law and Religion Forum, St. John's Law School Center for Law & Religion)

Court rejects religious challenges to covid mask requirements
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

UDHR 75: Dignity, Freedom, and Justice for All: A movement to rekindle the spirit of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
(Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, United Nations)

The report of the UN Secretary-General on terrorist attacks on the basis of xenophobia, racism and other forms of intolerance, or in the name of religion and belief
(Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, United Nations)

Will Netanyahu turn Israel into everything its founders wanted to avoid?
(Michael Brenner, The Washington Post)

Israel’s Netanyahu puts hardliner in charge of settlements
(Eleanor H. Reich, Associated Press)

Vietnam Buddhist body committed to national unity
(Union of Catholic Asian News)

Hong Kong needs our help to preserve religious freedom not just on paper, but in practice
(Michael Cunningham and Kristina Olney, The Federalist)

Japan gov't OKs bill to help people impacted by religious donations
(Kyodo News)

Federal court delivers a reprieve to Apache members seeking to save a sacred site
(Osha Gray Davidson, Sierra Club)

The Protection Roles of Human Rights NGOs
(Volume Editors: Bertrand Ramcharan, Rachel Brett, Ann Marie Clark, and Penny Parker, Brill)

USCIRF releases new report on freedom of religion or belief victims list
(U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom)

USCIRF outraged by omission of Nigeria and India from State Department’s list of Countries of Particular Concern
(U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom)

Supreme Court affirms religious freedom in school choice
(Alliance Defending Freedom)

The new faces of persecution against Christians in Europe
(Solène Tadié, National Catholic Register)

Singapore: Faith, conscience and a future without 377A: What MPs said while debating laws on gay sex and marriage
(Ang Hwee Min, Channel News Asia)

US targets Russian mercenary group over religious freedom
(Matthew Lee, Associated Press)

Pastor in Algeria closes church following government pressure
(Katey Hearth, Mission Network News)

Why Iraq should enact laws criminalizing genocide
(Aldo Zammit Borda, Talk About: Law and Religion - Blog of the International Center for Law and Religion Studies)

Iraqi government must support Christians, Chaldean Catholic patriarch says
(Catholic News Agency)

UN: Iraq Christians were victims of Islamic State war crimes
(Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press)

Vermont agrees to pay religious school tuition where public schools are unavailable
(Mark A. Kellner, The Washington Times)

Vermont settles religious schools tuition lawsuits
(Lisa Rathke, Associated Press)

U.S. Senate passes bill protecting interracial and same-sex marriages after votes on religious liberty amendments
(Don Byrd, Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty)

Why human rights criticism often backfires
(Jamie Gruffydd-Jones, Foreign Policy)

Weekly column from EU: European Parliament celebrating Christmas is a historic gear change
(Marco Gombacci, Christian Network Europe)

RFI’s Jeremy Barker joins International Religious Freedom Forum 2022
(Religious Freedom Institute)

Sikhs fight to serve as Marines
(Becket)

Religious speech to have its day at the Supreme Court
(Becket)

Religious freedom stories across the country - 2 December 2022
(First Liberty)

Anglicanism in the Public Square Conference – Part 2
(Collin Bastian, Juicy Ecumenism, Institute on Religion and Democracy)

China: Religious persecutions and issues, bimonthly digest FORB (16-30.11.2022)
(Human Rights Without Frontiers International)

"Religious charter schools are legal in Oklahoma"
(Rick Garnett, Mirror of Justice)

The President of the Slovak Bishops’ Conference visits COMECE
(The Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union (COMECE))

On World AIDS today, tackling inequalities is a matter of justice
(World Council of Churches)

World Christian leaders’ ecumenical pilgrimage of peace in South Sudan set for February
(World Council of Churches)

Colorado web designer’s First Amendment challenge will test the scope of state anti-discrimination laws
(Amy Howe, SCOTUSblog)

Russian Orthodox Church slams Ukraine's plans to ban Ukrainian Orthodox Church
(Interfax-Religion)

SBU raids Moscow Patriarchate churches in three regions
(Religious Information Service of Ukraine (RISU))

Ukraine: Refusal to register Unification Church congregation: Ilyin
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Ukraine bans religious organizations with links to Russia
(Associated Press)

The number of religious young people in Moscow has decreased twice
(The European Times)

Russia: Religious freedom and issues – bimonthly digest Nov. 16–30
(Human Rights Without Frontiers International)

Ten years, ten lessons learned: KAICIID teams reflect on knowledge gained over a decade of experience
(KAICIID Dialogue Centre)

Conn. school board drops Jewish holy days from school calendar, rejects Hindu festival of Diwali
(Mark A. Kellner, The Washington Times)

11 worshippers injured in mosque attack in South Nigeria
(AFP, Barron's)

Philippine law to protect religious freedom
(Joseph Peter Calleja, Union of Catholic Asian News)

Catholic bishops thank Thai govt for supporting Christians
(Union of Catholic Asian News)

Religious persecution, mental health, and music: AMAR Foundation 2022 Windsor Dialogue Conferences
(Talk About: Law and Religion - Blog of the International Center for Law and Religion Studies)

Impact of music participation on the psychological wellbeing of refugees
(Erin Bailey, Talk About: Law and Religion - Blog of the International Center for Law and Religion Studies)

Fostering frameworks that set people free
(Rt Revd Dr Alastair Redfern, Talk About: Law and Religion - Blog of the International Center for Law and Religion Studies)

A faith‑sensitive approach in humanitarian response
(Alastair Ager, Talk About: Law and Religion - Blog of the International Center for Law and Religion Studies)

Islamic views on music
(Fitzroy Morrissey, Talk About: Law and Religion - Blog of the International Center for Law and Religion Studies)

The promotion of music, mental health, and preservation of culture and religion to international agencies
(Dr Sr Maryanne Loughry, Talk About: Law and Religion - Blog of the International Center for Law and Religion Studies)

Religion at Work: Why are Hindu employee’s religious holiday requests denied?
(Alice Cumming, Business Leader)

A Christian nation no more? Census numbers fuel debate on Britain’s identity, Christianity’s future
(Mark A. Kellner, The Washington Times)

School principals say culture wars made last year 'rough as hell'
(Cory Turner, National Public Radio)

Who’s giving Americans spiritual care? As congregational attendance shrinks, it’s often chaplains
(Wendy Cadge, The Conversation)

Thursday, 1 December 2022

CALL FOR PAPERS (Publication December 2022): Inaugural Issue JSLR
(Journal of the Sociology of Law and Religion)

Wednesday, 30 November 2022

Project 2100—Is the International Legal Order fit for purpose?
(Sir Daniel Bethlehem KCMG QC, EJIL: Talk! Blog of the European Journal of International Law)

EVENT, 30 November 2022 (10:00 CET): The European Care Strategy: Responding to challenges faced by women in times of (post-)pandemic?
(The Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union (COMECE) and The Federation of Catholic Family Associations in Europe (FAFCE))

Catholic Cosmopolitanism and Human Rights
(Leonard Francis Taylor, Cambridge University Press)

ESSAY COMPETITION, deadline 30 November 2022: Call for Essays: International Law and the Popular Consciousness in South Asia
(International Law and the Global South and the Research Society of International Law (Pakistan))

Excommunication in thirteenth-century England: a volatile tool
(Felicity Hill, OUPblog Religion)

Census: Christians a minority in England; non-religious grow
(Jill Lawless, Associated Press)

2021 Census for England & Wales: religious affiliation
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Barnet continues to have largest Jewish population, Census 2021 confirms
(Lee Harpin, Jewish News)

British Muslim firefighters face 'institutional racism' at London Fire Brigade
(Elis Gjevori, Middle East Eye)

UK: Growing Muslim population hailed as 'strategic national asset'
(Middle East Eye)

What does the rise in non-Christians mean for the Church of England?
(The Week)

Removal of gametes from brain-dead man would breach his rights to privacy: Court of Protection
(Rosalind English, UK Human Rights Blog)

Practicality of net-zero targets in the Church of England
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Ecclesiastical court judgments – November (I)
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

New book: New dimensions of conscientious objection (Spanish)
(Juan G. Navarro Floria, Editorial Ábaco)

French believers unable to present joint declaration on euthanasia
(Christian Network Europe)

COP27: Consensus on guiding principles essential to climate action, says BIC
(Bahá’í World News Service)

State religious discrimination claims against airline union are pre-empted by federal law
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

3rd Circuit: Challenge to COVID limits on worship services is moot
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Democracy as a sacred endeavor — a conversation with Adam Russell Taylor
(Eboo Patel, Deseret News)

Across the US, Native Americans are fighting to preserve sacred land
(Alejandra Molina and Emily McFarlan Miller, Religion News Service)

The only way forward: Religious liberty and the Respect for Marriage Act
(Douglas Laycock, Commonweal)

Landmark same-sex marriage bill wins Senate passage
(Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press)

Eric Adams meets with interfaith leaders to discuss fighting hate crimes
(Jacob Henry, Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

Deborah Lipstadt‘s mission to fight antisemitism
(Moment Magazine)

Archbishop Broglio elected to lead USCCB: Press focuses on (#surprise) political issues
(Clemente Lisi, GetReligion)

Patriarchate of Constantinople won a case in Strasbourg for church property in Istanbul
(The European Times)

How COVID-19 restrictions affected religious groups around the world in 2020
(Samirah Majumdar, Pew Research Center)

Release of 2022 Annual Report
(Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC))

Cuba: More than two dozen civil society organizations, parliamentarians urge Cuba to invite UN religious freedom expert to visit country (PDF)
(Outreach Aid to the Americas)

Student conference on building interreligious solidarity engages the next generation of global citizens
(Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)

The church as a space of solidarity: The church asylum movement in Germany
(Julia Mourão Permoser, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)

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