Law and Religion Headlines

Monday, 27 March 2023

Catholic leaders blast new US-Canada immigration deal
(John Lavenburg, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Jewish leaders say only 16% of European nations have lived up to pledges to fight antisemitism
(David I. Klein, Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

Nancy Pelosi talks abortion, health care, women’s ordination and prayer at Georgetown University
(Michael J. O’Loughlin, America: The Jesuit Review)

Norwegian minister works on extending ‘preaching ban’ in schools
(Christian Network Europe)

Christianity is not necessary for democracy
(Paul D. Miller, Christianity Today)

Appeal of the Eastern Catholic Bishops of the United States for peace in Ukraine
(Religious Information Service of Ukraine (RISU))

Law and religion round-up – 26th March
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Archbishop blasts ‘inauthentic’ politics in UK asylum law debate
(Charles Collins, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Church of Scotland welcomes Scottish Government strategy for Faith and Belief
(The Church of Scotland)

The effects of proscription on the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt
(Ioana Emy Matesan, Canopy Forum on the Interactions of Law & Religion)

Two weeks in review, 13 March – 26 March
(Tal Gross, EJIL: Talk! Blog of the European Journal of International Law)

Explainer: Department of Education weakens protections for religious groups on campus
(Hannah Daniel, Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission)

Tools equipping a new generation for interreligious dialogue
(World Council of Churches)

Human Rights Council adopts Universal Periodic Review outcomes of Indonesia, Algeria and the United Kingdom
(Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, United Nations)

Israel's crisis
(Elliott Abrams, Council on Foreign Relations)

Australia: Faith groups hopeful new NSW Labor government will invest in religious communities
(Michael Kenny, The Catholic Weekly)

U.S. State Department Special Envoy to North and East Syria Nicholas Granger visits the Monastery of Virgin Mary in Tel Wardiyat, north and east Syria
(Syriac Press)

Audit of antisemitic incidents 2022
(Anti-Defamation League)

House China panel turns focus to plight of Uyghurs
(Kevin Freking and Ellen Knickmeyer, Associated Press)

Decade after Central African takeover, justice still needed
(Lewis Mudge, Human Rights Watch)

Distressing rise of hate on agenda for activist’s lecture
(Brenda Suderman, Winnipeg Free Press)

Theologian attacked by reactionary group
(Hurriyet Daily News)

Ankara slams anti-Islam, anti-Türkiye protests in Denmark
(Hurriyet Daily News)

Afghanistan girls' education: 'When I see the boys going to school, it hurts'
(Yogita Limaye, BBC News)

Who is Humza Yousaf, the new SNP leader?
(Stuart Nicolson, BBC News)

Idaho gov. signs anti-trans 'bathroom bill,' other anti-LGBTQ+ legislation
(Trudy Ring, The Advocate)

Republicans, religious freedom advocates oppose rollback of faith-based student group protections
(Mark A. Kellner, The Washington Times)

Sunday, 26 March 2023

The forces behind anti-trans bills across the U.S.
(Russell Contreras, Axios)

Friday, 24 March 2023

Report: Antisemitic incidents soared to 'historic levels’ in 2022
(Masood Farivar, VOA)

Antisemitism spiked in 2022, but physical assaults were few, ADL reports
(Yonat Shimron, Religion News Service)

Georgia bill on antisemitism lives again after new vote
(Jeff Amy, Associated Press)

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and religious freedom: Dmytro Vovk’s testimony before the USCIRF
(Dmytro Vovk, Talk About: Law and Religion - Blog of the International Center for Law and Religion Studies)

Occupied Ukraine: After 4 months, are "disappeared" Greek Catholic priests still alive?
(Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service)

Podcast: Painful fighting inside Ukrainian Orthodoxy? Schism began long before the war
(Terry Mattingly, GetReligion)

EVENT, 23-24 March 2023: The First Latin American Forum of Journalism and Religion
(International Center for Law and Religion Studies (ICLRS), Brigham Young University)

WEBINAR, 24 March 2023 (2PM in Zurich): HRC52 Parallel Event | Recognising the Diversity of Yemen - Safeguarding the rights of every Yemeni to determine their religion or belief
(Jubilee Campaign USA)

Sturgeon issues apology over forced adoption
(BBC News)

The Taliban are digging an enormous canal
(The Economist)

Failed unions: Arab Americans were the test cases for mass surveillance and we let it happen
(Justine El-Khazen, The Tablet)

U.S. Supreme Court rejects Christian preacher's challenge to university
(John Kruzel, Reuters)

Ecumenical Orthodox Patriarch plans Lithuanian branch, in blow to Moscow
(Andrius Sytas, Reuters)

Chinese bishop wants Catholics to abandon 'undergound' Church
(Union of Catholic Asian News)

The witness: why is global outrage about the Uyghur genocide muted?
(Amy Mackinnon, Foreign Policy)

IRFBA chair’s statement on Vietnamese religious prisoners of conscience Y Yich and Y Pum Bya
(U.S. Department of State)

2023 Annual Report: rights violations against Christians in Iran
(Article 18)

Internet shutdowns, dozens of arrests and a manhunt. What's happening in India's Punjab state?
(Nick Logan, CBC News)

NSIRA review of the CRA is not enough
(National Council of Canadian Muslims)

Calls for a ‘green’ Ramadan revive Islam’s long tradition of sustainability and care for the planet
(Noorzehra Zaidi, The Conversation)

Muslims pray at Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa at start of holy month of Ramadan
(Alarabiya News)

Muslim world facing historic test over Al-Aqsa Mosque: IUMS
(Middle East Monitor)

Israel's great compromise
(Shalom Lipner, First Things)

Inside the contentious fight to outlaw evangelical Christianity in Israel
(Mark A. Kellner, The Washington Times)

Israel: Netanyahu assures no law against Christians after missionary bill outrage
(Maya Zanger-Nadis and Michael Starr, The Jerusalem Post)

Israeli judicial overhaul pits secular, religious communities against each other
(Shayndi Raice and Aaron Boxerman, The Wall Street Journal)

New book: Democracy, Religion, and Commerce: Private Markets and the Public Regulation of Religion
(Edited By Kathleen Flake and Nathan B. Oman, Routledge)

Bishops and Friends: History and Legal Interpretation in Recent Amicus Curiae Briefs before the Supreme Court
(Maria E. Doerfler, Journal of Law and Religion, Cambridge University Press)

Gender Inequality and Biological Supremacy: A Sex Equality Analysis of Patrick Parkinson’s “Neutral” Proposal
(Shannon Gilreath, Journal of Law and Religion, Cambridge University Press)

The Limits of Defining Identity in Religion-Gender Conflicts: A Response to Patrick Parkinson
(Laura Portuondo and Claudia E. Haupt, Journal of Law and Religion, Cambridge University Press)

Gender Identity Discrimination and Religious Freedom
(Patrick Parkinson, Journal of Law and Religion, Cambridge University Press)

Citizenship, Identity, and Veiling: Interrogating the Limits of Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights in Cases Involving the Religious Dress of Muslim Women
(Róisín Áine Costello and Sahar Ahmed, Journal of Law and Religion, Cambridge University Press)

NY’s power to regulate religious schools trimmed by judge
(Michael Hill, Associated Press)

Immigration officials violated pastor's free exercise rights
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Moving of Confederate monument did not violate plaintiffs' religious rights
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Colorado doctor fights firing by Catholic hospital over handling of a terminally ill patient
(Amanda Pampuro, Courthouse News Service)

BJC supports Biden administration restoring religious liberty protections to beneficiaries of government-funded services
(Don Byrd, Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty)

Feminists need to oppose hijab bans as much as hijab mandates
(Dalia Mogahed, Al Jazeera)

India: Betrayal of Christ, Constitution? Religious, political leaders seeking to 'sell the soul'
(Cedric Prakash, Counterview)

Will “The Guardian” protect justice in India?
(Caroline Duffield, The Critic)

US religious freedom commission seeks repeal of India’s anti-conversion laws
(Shaikh Azizur RahmanVO, VOA)

How India’s hunt for Amritpal Singh caused diplomatic row with UK
(Al Jazeera)

U.S. bishops urge Dept. of Education to keep rule protecting campus religious groups
(John Lavenburg, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

African faith leaders ask U.S. to help solve security, humanitarian crisis in Sahel region
(John Lavenburg, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

A new threat to religious liberty for Catholics
(Matt Lamb, Washington Examiner)

A "Religion of No Efficacy"
(John G. Grove, Law & Liberty)

An interview with Justine Auma: Embracing the power of dialogue through her KAICIID Fellow's journey
(KAICIID Dialogue Centre)

A call for interfaith groups to prioritize water crises dialogue – Part 2
(Husna Ahmad, Clair Brown and Sherrie Steiner, G20 Interfaith Forum Blog)

Vatican lauds Timor-Leste for annual aid to Church
(Union of Catholic Asian News)

Churches in the Philippines call for protection of human rights and its defenders
(World Council of Churches)

In the news: breaking religious freedom stories across the country - 24 March 2023
(First Liberty)

Ten years on from coup in the Central African Republic; armed alliances shift but civilians continue suffering
(FoRB in Full: A blog by CSW)

No easy way out: The Strasbourg Court and legacy Russian cases
(Dmitry Kurnosov, Strasbourg Observers)

AI and the meaning of life: Tech industry turns to religious leaders
(Justin McLellan, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops)

Georgetown opens first-of-its-kind mosque on a U.S. college campus
(Georgetown University)

Deaths of Islamic figures highlight political and religious divide in Azerbaijan

Uganda to jail people who identify as LGBTQ in one of world's most anti-gay laws
(Emmanuel Akinwotu, NPR)

Colombia: Youth participate in pedagogy on religious freedom (Spanish)
(Alcaldía Municipal de Dosquebradas)

Argentina: Religious leaders and officials participated in a global dialogue to promote tolerance, peace and respect for freedom of belief (Spanish)

The Constitutional Court of Spain fully endorses the euthanasia law (Spanish)
(El Nuevo Día)

Brazil: OAB [BAR Association] creates special commission to monitor cases of religious intolerance in Alagoas (Portuguese)
(Ascom OAB/AL, Correio dos Municípios)

Brazil: CMC celebrates African roots and candomblé nations (Portuguese)
(João Cândido Martins, Câmara Municipal de Curitiba)

Brazil: PEC (Constitutional Amendment Project) extends tax immunity for temples and political parties (Portuguese)
(Agência Câmara, Bom Dia Advogado)

Brazil: Statutes 11.635/07, 14.519/23 and 14.532/23 and the fight against religious intolerance (Portuguese)
(Eduardo Szazi and Jéssica Caroline Tragancin Ribeiro, Migalhas)

Inside the contentious fight to outlaw evangelical Christianity in Israel
(Mark A. Kellner, The Washington Times)

Thursday, 23 March 2023

EVENT, 23 March 2023 (5:30PM in New York): Symposium on the Rise of the Nones and American Law
(Law and Religion Forum, St. John's Law School Center for Law & Religion)

EVENT, 23 March 2023 (1PM to 5:30PM PST): Dignity in Diversity: Why religious freedom and human dignity matter, UNLV Thomas and Mack Moot Court facility
(Las Vegas Alliance for Religious Freedom and Human Dignity)

HYBRID EVENT, 23 March 2023 (6PM ET): When Religious Liberty Divides Us – Free Exercise of Religion in the 21st Century
(University of Toledo College of Law)

Wednesday, 22 March 2023

Statement from President Joe Biden on the occasion of Ramadan
(The White House)

Fact Sheet: President Biden Designates Avi Kwa Ame National Monument
(The White House)

VIRTUAL EVENT, 22 March 2023 (11AM ET): Tackling Human Trafficking in Africa: Catholic Sisters Share Successful Advocacy Strategies
(The Africa Faith and Justice Network (AFJN))

Twenty years on, Iraq bears scars of US-led invasion
(Sarah Sanbar, Human Rights Watch)

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