Law and Religion Headlines

Monday, 3 April 2023

US state of Georgia deplores academic attacks on Hinduism, condemns Hinduphobia
(Arul Louis, South Asia Monitor)

Why targeting ethnic minority journalists is central to China’s crackdown on the press
(Erica Hellerstein, Coda Media)

'Kahane lives' graffitied on window of Tel Aviv LGBTQ+ Center
(The Jerusalem Post)

Kraft’s foundation pushes #StandUpToJewishHate
(The Jerusalem Post)

Around the web - 3 April 2023
(Law and Religion Forum, St. John's Law School Center for Law & Religion)

American values decline with American community
(Mark Movsesian, Law & Liberty)

Religion in a free society: Reflections on “political relativism” and its limits
(Alberto Cavallarin, London School of Economics Religion and Global Society Blog)

Neither civil war nor perfect union
(David G. Bromley, London School of Economics Religion and Global Society Blog)

Church Reporter, Vol. 8/3, 25 March 2023 - Newsletter for the English speaking members and friends of the Church Law Society (PDF)
(Jiří Rajmund Tretera and Záboj Horák, eds., Church Law Society Prague – Brno – Olomouc – Stříbro – České Budějovice)

Working together to end child and early marriage in Ghana and Nigeria
(The Africa Faith and Justice Network (AFJN))

Saudi Arabia embraced Coptic Christmas. Could its first church be next?
(Jayson Casper, Christianity Today)

Articles of interest - 3 April 2023
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Muslim corrections officer applicant can move ahead with 1st Amendment and Title VII claims
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Maker of religious-themed military dog tags can move ahead with 1st Amendment claims against DoD
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Anti-Defamation League announces new outpost in Brooklyn, the ‘epicenter’ of antisemitic assaults
(Jacob Henry, Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

63 Christians face deportation back to China
(Susan Crabtree, Real Clear Politics)

Attacks on the seal of the confessional
(Eric Kniffin, First Things)

'We pray that God is with the new First Minister'
(The Church of Scotland)

Law and religion round-up – 2nd April
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

University of London professor fired for antisemitic insults at students
(The Jerusalem Post)

Australia should raise abuses during Vietnam visit
(Daniela Gavshon, Human Rights Watch)

Israel police detain man planning Passover sacrifice at Al-Aqsa
(Al Jazeera)

Israeli police force Ramadan worshippers out of Al-Aqsa
(Middle East Eye)

Churches in Jerusalem seek cooperation from Israel for Easter
(Daily Sabah)

Jerusalem churches appeal to government to safeguard Easter worship after attacks
(AFP, The Times of Israel)

Muslim inmate files lawsuit claiming Virginia prison won’t accommodate Ramadan observances
(Mark A. Kellner, The Washington Times)

Canada: Terrorism charges laid after knife attack on Surrey, B.C., bus
(CBC News)

Calls for Pakistani MP to resign after anti-Bible remark
(Kamran Chaudhry, Union of Catholic Asian News)

Politics of ruin: Why Modi wants to demolish India’s mosques
(Sara Ather, Al Jazeera)

Donations to religious organisations in India runs into crores. But how transparent is the management?
(Naandika Tripathi, Forbes India)

Indian religious leaders oppose same-sex marriages
(Bijay Kumar Minj, Union of Catholic Asian News)

For Passover, I sent matzo to the Jews of Uganda. They've given me a gift as well
(Dan Ornstein, NPR)

53 groups urge passage of Senate 502B Resolution on Saudi Arabia
(Human Rights Watch)

Shia Muslim scholars denied entry into US suspect religious bias
(Samira Asma-Sadeque, The Guardian)

Why is Europe repressing ritual slaughter?
(Eric Mechoulan, Mosaic)

Ukraine inciting 'religious hatred,' targeting Orthodox sites on US orders: Russia
(Burc Eruygur, Anadolu Agency)

Ukraine accuses Orthodox Church leader Pavel of pro-Russian stance
(BBC News)

Ukrainian court puts an Orthodox leader under house arrest
(Karl Ritter and Elena Becatoros, Associated Press)

Chaplains made part of Ukraine’s military as war drags on
(Associated Press)

Court places UOC MP Metropolitan Pavlo under house arrest for 60 days
(Religious Information Service of Ukraine (RISU))

Moroccan activists demand decriminalization of extramarital relations
(Abdellah Erraji, Morocco World News)

Friday, 31 March 2023

INVITATION FOR ABSTRACTS, due 31 March 2023: Reform of the UN minority rights regime
(Sussex Centre for Human Rights Research, University of Sussex)

SURVEY, responses due 31 March 2023: Uses and Perceptions of the Department of State’s Annual International Religious Freedom Report

Canada: Jewish community wants action after Montreal synagogue defaced with swastikas
(Andy Riga, Montreal Gazette)

UN paints bleak picture of rights in Sri Lanka
(Meenakshi Ganguly, Human Rights Watch)

France, EU: raise rights during top-level China visit
(Human Rights Watch)

France must end police brutality, racist ideology: expert
(Leila Nezirevic, Anadolu Agency)

Latest Quran-burning in Denmark shows politicisation of anti-Muslim hate
(TRT World)

Amritpal Singh: rumours swirl in hunt for fugitive Indian preacher
(Zoya Mateen, BBC News)

Bahrain sentences 3 for questioning Islamic teachings
(Associated Press)

Bahrain jails men over YouTube discussion of Islam
(Sebastian Usher, BBC News)

The Bush Institute, Freedom House, and McCain Institute coordinate declaration of democratic principles calling on democratic governments to act
(Freedom House)

IRF Ambassador meets with Archbishop Elpidophoros
(Twitter, Rashad Hussain)

NC county concedes First Amendment protects sidewalk prayer
(Alliance Defending Freedom)

It’s time to speak up for free speech
(Sofia Hoerder, The European Conservative)

Religion is still on trial in Finland
(Elyssa Koren, National Review)

Banned beyond the “buffer zone”: volunteer arrested for silent prayer challenges “excessive” bail conditions

UK FoRB Envoy meeting with the Deputy Speaker of the Moroccan Parliament
(Twitter, Fiona Bruce)

Reforming surrogacy law in Great Britain
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Doctor suspended over 'porky sausages' insults
(Andy Giddings, BBC News)

Gen Z Muslims in UK have similar experiences to non-Muslims, except on religiosity
(Middle East Eye)

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

Cuba: Religious leader denied permission to receive medical treatment outside of prison
(CSW: Everyone Free to Believe)

City of Faith: Religion, activism, and urban space
(Museum of the City of New York)

World of hurt, word of hope
(Knox Thames, Edmiston Center)

Ukraine war: orthodox clerics say they will not leave Kyiv monastery
(Hugo Bachega, BBC News)

Scuffles at Kyiv monastery as Church accused of Russia ties resists eviction
(Max Hunder and Yurii Kovalenko, Reuters)

Ukrainian churches oppose same-sex partnership bill
(Christian Network Europe)

RFI: States cannot interfere with the leadership of religious student groups
(Religious Freedom Institute)

Congressional hearing examines Chinese repression in Tibet
(Roseanne Gerin, Radio Free Asia)

Israeli police fatally shoot man at Jerusalem’s holy site
(Associated Press)

US Navy deploys more chaplains for suicide prevention
(Giovanna Dell'Orto, Associated Press)

India: Bid to sharpen Hindu-Muslim divide ahead of elections – analysis
(P. K. Balachandran, Eurasia Review)

Indian govt seeks more time to report on Christian persecution
(Union of Catholic Asian News)

India: Attempts of religious conversion hinder country's development: Indresh Kumar
(Punjab News Express)

36 bodies found inside well after collapse at Indian temple
(Ashok Sharma, Associated Press)

Vatican rejects doctrine that fueled centuries of colonialism
(Nicole Winfield, Associated Press)

Lawsuit challenging California Department of Social Services’ unconstitutional cancelation of church school from the child Food Program
(National Center for Law & Policy)

11th Circuit: Jewish student's masking objections do not get 1st Amendment protection
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

U.S. House rejects nationwide school voucher amendment 311-113, while states continue to enact voucher programs
(Don Byrd, Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty)

The bridge builder: How religious engagement increases freedoms around the world
(Brian Grim, Deseret News)

An orphaned right: Religious freedom is a bedrock right. Why is it given second-class status?
(Katrina Lantos Swett, Deseret News)

The faith that stares through death (Dr. King's march in Birmingham and faith)
(Paul Kix, Deseret News)

From Senate subcommittee to Easter sermon: Raphael Warnock on life as a pastor-politician
(Adelle M. Banks, Religion News Service)

Minaret Foundation improves the lives of Texas Muslims by looking outward
(Kyle Desrosiers, Religion News Service)

A court ruling has transformed — and limited — the way New York state can regulate yeshivas
(Ben Sales, Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

Religious freedom for all means sacred Indigenous sites, too
(Eric Ledermann and Andrew Black, The Hill)

Kazakhstan: 143 administrative prosecutions in 2022
(Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service)

African Church seeks to help form young Catholics involved in politics
(Guy Aimé Eblotié, La Croix International)

A KAICIID fellow's journey sheds light on the impact of interreligious and intercultural dialogue for peace and understanding
(KAICIID Dialogue Centre)

Biden administration appeals Texas court decision striking down free Obamacare coverage of preventive care
(Spencer Kimball, CNBC)

Church of Sweden, Episcopal Church deepen the partnership and a common mission
(World Council of Churches)

China: religious persecution and issues – Bimonthly digest March 16-31.
(Human Rights Without Frontiers International)

Choosing freedom instead of totalitarianism
(Eric Patterson, World)

Members of exiled Chinese church detained in Thailand
(Tian Macleod Ji and David Rising, Associated Press)

First Liberty and Florida Attorney General file suit to protect faith-based pregnancy resource centers
(Jorge Gomez, First Liberty)

In the news: Breaking religious freedom stories across the country - 31 March 2023
(First Liberty)

Open minds, open hearts: Macatė v. Lithuania on restricting and labelling a children’s book that depicts same-sex families in a positive light
(Ingrida Milkaitė, Strasbourg Observers)

2023 Hong Kong Policy Act Report
(Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, U.S. Department of State)

Federal judge dismisses first challenge of Michigan's new anti-discrimination protections
(Beth LeBlanc, The Detroit News)

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