Law and Religion Headlines

Tuesday, 7 July 2020

Interfaith Council proposes four-phase reopening of places of worship
(Japheth Ogila, The Standard)

AMC, Cinemark, Regal, movie theaters say that if churches can reopen, so can movie theaters. So they decided to sue New Jersey
(Herb Scribner, Deseret News)

Polish president proposes constitutional ban on LGBTQ adoption
(Muri Assunção, New York Daily News)

Jewish summer camps in New York lose challenge to COVID-19 closures
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Judge denies request to allow opening of Orthodox sleepaway camps in Catskills
(Chris McKenna, Times Herald-Record)

How the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster became 'world's fastest growing religion'
(Kevin Polowy, Yahoo Entertainment)

Turkistani exiles ask International Criminal Court to investigate genocide against Uyghurs
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Uighur exiles push for court case accusing China of genocide
(Marlise Simons, The New York Times)

Russian court fines coronavirus-denying rebel monk
(Vladimir Isachenkov, Associated Press)

Attempt to ‘hijack’ Domestic Abuse Bill to liberalize UK abortion law fails
(Charles Collins, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Six Muslims detained in Crimea on suspicion of involvement in Hizb ut-Tahrir

Religion and race: NPR targets sins and struggles of Southern evangelicals – alone
(Julia Duin, GetReligion)

Northern Ireland: Executive statement on indoor weddings and baptisms
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

How secular protests became spiritual, and religious
(Religion Watch - Baylor Institute for Religious Freedom)

Religious streaming services expand during pandemic
(Religion Watch - Baylor Institute for Religious Freedom)

American Muslims rethinking Islamic ban on adoption
(Religion Watch - Baylor Institute for Religious Freedom)

Santa Muerte—a folk saint for both sides in the drug wars
(Religion Watch - Baylor Institute for Religious Freedom)

Export of Afro-Brazilian religions producing different syntheses for different audiences
(Religion Watch - Baylor Institute for Religious Freedom)

Anglicans divided over shape of post-pandemic church life and ministry
(Religion Watch - Baylor Institute for Religious Freedom)

Muslim-background intellectuals find place in European far-right
(Religion Watch - Baylor Institute for Religious Freedom)

Russian Orthodox Church sees the Internet as a crucial tool for outreach
(Religion Watch - Baylor Institute for Religious Freedom)

Hindu deities drafted as ‘celestial epidemiologists’ in war against COVID-19
(Religion Watch - Baylor Institute for Religious Freedom)

Jewish and Muslim leaders unite ahead of hearing into Belgian kosher-halal ban
(Jewish News)

Televangelists, megachurches tied to Trump approved for millions in pandemic aid
(Chris Pr, Reuters)

Has 35 years of deterioration of Establishment Clause protection finally given the theocrats their victory?
(Tyler Broker, Above the Law)

Pakistan: Protect religious freedom for Hindus
(Amnesty International)

United by religion: BJP's Mangal Prabhat Lodha, SP's Abu Azmi want relaxation on religious ceremonies amid pandemic in Mumbai
(Dhaval Kulkarni, The Free Press Journal)

Upcoming execution tests Trump administration’s commitment to religious liberty
(Austin Sarat, Verdict)

Guidelines to be followed when churches are reopened
(Vincent Kejitan, The Standard)

COVID-19 Cases in the U.S. rise, but number of fatalities fall
(Scott Slayton, Christian Headlines)

'Roe' abortion decision could still be overturned at SCOTUS, law professor says
(Kevin Jones, Catholic News Agnecy)

‘Life after ISIS’: Christians are leaving Iraq due to ongoing security concerns
(Courtney Mares, Catholic News Agency)

Monday, 6 July 2020

Religion Photos of the Week, July 2, 2020
(Kit Doyle, Religion News Service)

G20 Interfaith Forum Regional Meeting, Arab Region
(G20 IF, KAICIID, UNAOC, NCIRD, G20 Interfaith Forum Association)

Past and Present: A Fourth of July Special Edition
(Religion News Service)

God bless America: The theology of the Fourth of July
(Podcast, with guest Ira Stoll, Religion News Service)

"Lift Every Voice!"
(Robert P. George, Mirror of Justice: A blog dedicated to the development of Catholic legal theory)

Patriotism, nationalism and the American dream
(Thomas Reese, RNS Column: Signs of the Times)

What to an American Is the Fourth of July?
(Caroline Mimbs Nyce, The Atlantic)

‘What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?’
(Frederick Douglass, Via Religion News Service)

Black Americans and the Fourth—and Fifth—of July
(Mark Shiffman, Public Discourse: The Journal of the Witherspoon Institute)

America’s founding was greatest anti-slavery movement in history
(Thomas Krannawitter, The Daily Signal - Commentary)

How America's Founding Fathers missed a chance to abolish slavery
(Michael Hirsch, Foreign Policy)

Getting the anti- racism agenda right
(Peter Stockland, Convivium: Canada's Premier Hub for Faith in Common Life)

Fulton v. City of Philadelphia (faith-based adoption agencies and same-sex couples)
(Case Page, SCOTUSblog)

G20 Interfaith Forum Gathers Regional European Leaders for Consultation on COVID 19, Equality, Environment and Innovation
(G20 IF, KAICIID, UNAOC, NCIRD, G20 Interfaith Forum Association)

Live blog of US Supreme Court opinions - Monday, July 6, 2020

UK: The new coronavirus guidelines for schools to open in September
(Camilla Turner, The Telegraph)

COVID is no excuse to close immigration
(Matthew Lau, Convivium: Canada's Premier Hub for Faith in Common Life)

Recent Articles of Interest, 6 July 2020
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

DAILY HIGHLIGHT #110: Hindu Perspective on the COVID-19 Emergency
(COVID-19: Exploring Faith Dimensions, Berkley Center, Joint Learning Initiative, WFDD)

The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (No. 2) (England) Regulations 2020
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Law and religion round-up – 5th July
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Covid-19 in Africa: How Youth are Stepping Up
(Alcinda Honwana and Nyeleti Honwana, From Poverty to Power)

Round Up 6.7.20 – A quiet week in the courts but not in the news…
(Thomas Hayes, UK Human Rights Blog)

Symposium: Espinoza, funding of religious service providers, and religious freedom
(Thomas Berg and Douglas Laycock, SCOTUSblog)

Michigan mosque sues cemetery over need to prepay for grave sites
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Justice Kavanaugh refuses to enjoin Illinois District Court's upholding of COVID-19 limits on political gatherings
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Illinois can favor religious gatherings over political ones
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Podcast: Dentists and Covid-19
(Rosalind English, UK Human Rights Blog)

The unofficial racism consultants to the white evangelical world
(Emma Green, The Atlantic)

Federal court in New York halts worship service restrictions, citing George Floyd protests
(Don Byrd, Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty)

Expert blasts Chinese ‘hypocrisy’ on easing birth limits, except for Uyghurs
(Elise Ann Allen, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Faith leaders ask Congress to boost overseas pandemic aid
(Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Debating racism in the Arab world
(Kersten Knipp, Deutsche Welle)

No, science will never make philosophy or religion obsolete
(Ethan Siegel, Forbes)

Russian protestants seek removal of legal impediment to their activity
(Sergei Chugunov, Religiia i Pravo, Russia Religion News (Stetson University))

Activist of protestant Initsiativniki, who refuse to cooperate with state, punished
(Kommersant, Russia Religion News (Stetson University))

Putin comments on LGBT flag flying over U.S. embassy building in Moscow

Russian Foreign Ministry hopes global significance of Hagia Sophia will be taken into account when determining its status

Highly politicized COVID-19 divides nations and faiths
(Peter Kenny, Ecumenical News)

Pastor of one of California's largest churches has no plans to stop singing
(Janice Williams, Newsweek)

Relentless debate on forced conversions
(Ghulam Nabi Abbasi, Modern Diplomacy)

Trump agencies move to limit LGBT rights as courts expand them
(Erin Mulvaney, Lydia Wheeler, Paige Smith, Andrew Kreighbaum, Bloomberg Law)

USAID religious adviser appointee made harsh anti-Islam comments and warned of violence if Tea Party failed in 2010 elections
(Em Steck and Andrew Kaczynski, CNN)

Genocide and religious freedom
(Obadiah Mailafia, Vanguard Nigeria)

Turkey orders deportation of pastor’s wife and mother-of-three in string of expulsions
(World Watch Monitor)

Episcopal leaders hail judge’s order to drain Dakota Access Pipeline of oil during environmental review
(David Paulsen, Episcopal News Service)

'Where's God?': The role of faith in psychosocial support
(Teresa Welsh, Devex)

Sunday, 5 July 2020

Covid-19 is here to stay. People will have to adapt
(The Economist)

DAILY HIGHLIGHT #109: Focusing on the Ultra Poor in the Philippines
(COVID-19: Exploring Faith Dimensions, Berkley Center, Joint Learning Initiative, WFDD)

COVID-19: further guidance on Test and Trace and data protection
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Sounding out Quebec’s Clash of Symbols
(Andrew Bennett, Beryl Wajsman, Maxime Huot Couture, Convivium: Canada's Premier Hub for Faith in Common Life)

Challenges ahead for Quebec's ban on religious symbols
(Andrew Bennett and Robert Leckey, Convivium: Canada's Premier Hub for Faith in Common Life)

Moreland and Pojanowski, "The Moral of Torts"
(Marc DeGirolami, Mirror of Justice: A blog dedicated to the development of Catholic legal theory)

Pope Francis commends UN Security Council for global ceasefire resolution
(Courtney Mares, Catholic News Agency)

Pursuing racial reconciliation beyond trendy activism
(Kacie Tilman, The Christian Post)

Calif. issues ban on singing in churches amid ongoing pandemic
(Brandom Showalter, The Christian Post)

Trump denounces those who lie about US history as protesters burn flags outside White House
(Anugrah Kumar, The Christian Post)

British pastors sue, challenging Government COVID-19 orders which closed churches
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Faith leaders call to keep EU's religious freedom envoy
(Timothy Jones, Deutsche Welle)

Belgian protest for headscarf rights at university
(Agnes Szucs, Anadolu Agency)

Fighting antisemitism on all fronts in a changing world
(Alan Rosenbaum, The Jerusalem Post)

Saturday, 4 July 2020

Reflections about religious liberty on our nation's Independence Day
(The Most Rev. Oscar A. Solis, Bishop of Salt Lake City, Intermountain Catholic)

Can Americans live up to the promise of America
(Jennifer Graham, Deseret News | InDepth)

First-person: America the beautiful?
(Jim Richards, Baptist Press)

12 Black faith leaders who shaped America
(Carr Harkrader, Religion News Service)

2020 Hindsight on the Spirit of ’76
(Robert M.S. McDonald, Inside Sources)

A closer look: Religious freedom is rooted in duty, not rights
(Kenneth Craycraft, The Catholic Telegraph)

A time to remember the importance of freedom
(Bishop Dennis J. Sullivan, Catholic Star Herald)

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