Law and Religion Headlines

Friday, 31 March 2023

Will SCOTUS fall for Biden DOJ's flim-flam in Sabbath-observer case? | opinion
(Nathan Lewin, Newsweek)

Germany's leftist government refuses to confront Islamism
(Soeren Kern, Middle East Forum)

Religious institutions update: March 2023
(Nathan Adams IV, Holland & Knight)

Attalaki’s participation in the Wilton Park Mediterranean initiative for a multi-stakeholder Dialogue on Inclusive Citizenship and FoRB

Thursday, 30 March 2023

ESSAY CONTEST, submissions due 30 March 2023: Towards a Global Ethic
(Parliament of the World's Religions)

HYBRID EVENT, 30 March 2023 (12:30PM EDT): Carson v. Makin, Parental Choice, and Religious Liberty
(University of Notre Dame Law School)

Wednesday, 29 March 2023

WEBINAR, 29 March 2023 (9AM in Tokyo): Advancing Human Security and Sustainability at the G7 Hiroshima Summit
(International Academy for Multicultural Cooperation)

WEBINAR, 29 March 2023 (12PM EDT): Pope Francis's Condemnation of Nuclear Weapons: Reflections and Responses
(Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)

Kenya: Religious leaders visit Kibera after mosque and church torched
(Arnold Neliba, Catholic Information Service for Africa)

Religious, rights groups call for calm in Kenya's second week of protests
(Ayenat Mersie, Reuters)

Pakistan: Ahmadi mosque vandalized by police during Ramadan
(Marco Respinti, Bitter Winter: A Magazine on Religious Liberty and Human Rights in China)

Cultural genocide: The indoctrination of Uyghur children
(Gulfiye Y, Bitter Winter: A Magazine on Religious Liberty and Human Rights in China)

China ‘increasingly concerned’ about instability in post-coup Myanmar: US expert
(Igor Blazevic, The Irrawaddy)

Pilgrimage and revolution: How Cesar Chavez married faith and ideology in landmark farmworkers’ march
(Lloyd Daniel Barba, The Conversation)

Uganda’s new anti-LGBTQ+ law could lead to death penalty for same-sex ‘offences’
(Zanele Nyoni-Wood, The Conversation)

First Latin American Forum on Journalism and Religion held at BYU
(Derek VanBuskirk, The Daily Universe)

Sex discrimination, age discrimination or both? Moraru and Marin v. Romania
(Elaine Dewhurst, Strasbourg Observers)

Report: LGBTQ Americans tend to be younger and have no religion
(Bob Smietana, Religion News Service)

More acceptance but growing polarization on LGBTQ rights: Findings from the 2022 American Values Atlas

New York City’s religious diversity bucks stereotypes of secularism
(Ari Ephraim Feldman, Spectrum News)

Swedish prosecutor decides not to open investigation into Quran burning
(Hurriyet Daily News)

The Dalai Lama, reincarnation and China’s mounting Tibet problem
(Sorcha Bradley, The Week)

Tibet dying a ‘slow death’ under Chinese rule, says exiled leader
(Al Jazeera)

China may face more embarrassment over its human-rights record
(The Economist)

Why Nepali Christians can’t bury their dead
(Surinder Kaur, Christianity Today)

Europe and the Faith: a talk by Prof Richard Rex
(David Quinn, The Iona Institute)

VA governor signs bill protecting churches from discrimination during emergencies
(Alliance Defending Freedom)

Vietnam officials storm Mass in ‘illegal chapel’
(Union of Catholic Asian News)

Symposium spotlights the rise of the nones and American law
(St. John's University)

Portugal: Refugee held as suspect in Muslim center stabbings
(Barry Hatton and Joseph Wilson, Associated Press)

Maine law blocking religious schools from tuition payments is ‘poison pill,’ church says in lawsuit
(Mark A. Kellner, The Washington Times)

Former California fire chief tells federal appeals court that city’s firing for attending leadership conference hosted by church violated civil rights
(First Liberty)

Taliban expand civil society crackdown
(Fereshta Abbasi, Human Rights Watch)

Burkina Faso: TV news broadcasts suspended
(Human Rights Watch)

‘Prayer is our only weapon’: Monks at Kyiv monastery resist planned eviction
(Meagan Saliashvili, Religion News Service)

Even Moscow has not issued such a harsh statement as the Patriarchate of Serbia on the Pechersk Lavra
(Orthodox Times)

Kyiv monks accused of Russia links refuse eviction order
(Hanna Arhirova, Associated Press)

Once behind bars, a pastor advocates for giving released prisoners a clean slate
(Eleonora Francica, Religion News Service)

Leading Jewish security organizations form super group called the ‘Jewish Security Alliance’
(Jacob Henry, Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

Defining “family graves” – Re Blagdon revisited (I)
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Ministers urged to be more aggressive in tackling issues within religious groups
(Kiran Stacey, The Guardian)

Prayer as thought crime
(Elyssa Koren, First Things)

Survivor guilt and the new anti-Semitism
(David P. Goldman, Law & Liberty)

SASCE presented in Estonia and Croatia
(Conference of European Churches)

Political theologies after Christendom
(Conference of European Churches)

Kyrgyzstan police fine Catholic nun for reading during Mass
(La Croix International)

Making the case for a G21
(Christina Tobias-Nahi, Islamic Relief USA)

Berlin to allow Muslim teachers to wear headscarves
(Middle East Monitor)

In Austria, women wearing headscarves face more anti-Muslim racism than men, says activist
(Rabia Ali, Anadolu Agency)

Apache Stronghold v. U.S.: Religious freedom and government property
(Eugene Volokh, The Volokh Conspiracy)

West Virginia Legislature enacts RFRA, with abortion carveout
(Josh Blackman, The Volokh Conspiracy)

Iran: Religious persecution and issues – Monthly news digest in March 2023
(Human Rights Without Frontiers International)

Court case Jehovah's Witnesses Norway kicked off
(Christian Network Europe)

Interfaith partners publish “Faith Action on the SDGs: Clean Water & Sanitation”
(Parliament of the World's Religions)

Archbishop: ‘We want to be treated as Iraqi citizens’
(Aid to the Church in Need)

New York law threatens First and Second Amendments | Opinion
(Jeremy Dys, Newsweek)

India: Hate speech will end the moment politicians stop using religion: SC
(The Tribune)

Nigeria: 2023 national census: No question will be asked on religion – NPC

Faith leaders and religious groups voice opposition to Biden’s plan to restrict asylum
(Alejandra Molina, Religion News Service)

Jewish Religious Education Program connects families worldwide
(Anna Morelock, U.S. Army)

Israel is neither halachic or Western, it is a unique democracy - opinion
(Hanan Shai, The Jerusalem Post)

An Afghan girls' education activist has been arrested, the U.N. says
(Rahim Faiez, Associated Press)

Church in Mexico seeks an end to domestic violence (Spanish)
(Ana Paula Morales, ACI Prensa)

Mexico: 160 years after the law that extinguished religious communities in Mexico (Spanish)
(Jaime Septién, Aleteia)

Chile: Religious denominations offer their contribution to the project of the new Constitution of Chile (Spanish)
(Julieta Villar, ACI Prensa)

Brazil: City Hall promotes seminar on facing religious intolerance (Portuguese)
(Débora Oliveira, Prefeitura de Belo Horizonte)

Maine law blocking religious schools from tuition payments is ‘poison pill,’ church says in lawsuit
(Mark A. Kellner, The Washington Times)

Monday, 27 March 2023

EU Bishops exchange with Italian Foreign Affairs Minister and elect Presidents of COMECE Commissions
(The Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union (COMECE))

As Italy faces new migrant records, Pope welcomes controversial NGO
(Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

WEBINAR, 27 March 2023 (1PM ET): Public Freedoms in the Islamic State
(Yale University)

Visiting churches: a tradition for Muslim families in Iraq
(Syriac Press)

Christian Front calls on churches and political parties to ensure continued Christian presence in Lebanon
(Syriac Press)

One year on, the Taliban still attacking girls’ right to education
(Sahar Fetrat, Human Rights Watch)

1st hijab-wearing judge takes oath to join bench at US Court in New Jersey
(Faruk Zorlu, Anadolu Agency)

Muslim population in Spain increased 10 times in last 30 years
(Senhan Bolelli, Anadolu Agency)

Lack of higher education fuels frustrations among Rohingya in Bangladesh
(Md. Kamruzzaman, Anadolu Agency)

India: Demand to scrap welfare benefits for India's tribal Christians
(Union of Catholic Asian News)

India: Supreme Court makes stay on Uttarakhand HC order banning fatwas absolute
(Sohini Chowdhury, Live Law)

Who is controversial Indian preacher Amritpal Singh?
(Zoya Mateen and Arvind Chhabra, BBC News)

Anti-Semitism in America is becoming flashier, louder and rarer
(The Economist)

Shia Muslims are no longer in the ascendant
(The Economist)

Freedom improved in the Middle East, but authoritarian repression persists
(Cathryn Grothe, Freedom House)

Support for Myanmar’s junta only prolongs the country’s conflict
(Billy Ford, The United States Institute of Peace)

The future of Jewish South Africa
(John Besche, The Tablet)

Iraq marks somber Ramadan amid economic, political crises
(Ali Mamouri, Al-Monitor)

ADF urges Biden admin not to reinstitute discrimination against religious students
(Alliance Defending Freedom)

Around the web - 27 March 2023
(Law and Religion Forum, St. John's Law School Center for Law & Religion)

Nigeria: ‘Weaponisation of religion’ in elections sickening – Kaigama
(Friday Olokor, Punch)

Threatened Nigerian bishop pleads for attention from the West
(Religious Freedom Institute)

Photos of the week: Ramadan begins; Day of Silence
(Kit Doyle, Religion News Service)

What interfaith families can teach us about the First Amendment
(Freedom Forum)

Türkiye condemns desecration of Quran, Turkish flag in Denmark
(Daily Sabah)

Tensions on the rise at revered Kyiv monastery complex
(Hanna Arhirova, Associated Press)

Yeshivas win partial victory in challenge to New York's substantial equivalency rules
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Articles of interest - 27 March 2023
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

NYPD administrative review of religious exemption claim was arbitrary
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

COVID-19 sent houses of worship online. Will congregations come back in person?
(Ryan Burge, Religion News Service)

Refugees and Islamophobia in Western Europe: The boomerang effect
(Jocelyne Cesari, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)

Religion and the crisis of displaced persons: The Rohingya
(Lena Musoka, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)

The Myanmar Rohingya tragedy: Religious dimensions of a refugee crisis
(Katherine Marshall, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)

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