Law and Religion Headlines

Wednesday, 20 October 2021

USCIRF troubled by violent attacks on Durga Puja procession in Bangladesh
(U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom)

Israel, UAE to collaborate on Beresheet 2 space mission
(Jerusalem Post)

Weekly Highlight #178: COVID-19: Exploring faith dimensions: Returning to “normal” (or not)
(Berkley Center, Joint Learning Initiative, WFDD)

Religion-based parties take a strong stance on abortion ahead of elections
(Mwangi Githahu, Independent)

Christian employers seek injunction against Biden rule on transgender procedure payments
(Mark A. Kellner, Washington Times)

Block ‘fake news,’ Pope Francis begs social media firms, ‘in the name of God’
(Mark A. Kellner, Washington Times)

The Oxford Handbook of Religion and Europe
(Oxford University Press)

CCME: Together we can save a million vulnerable humans again!
(Conference of European Churches)

In Cuba, divisions over law to allow same-sex marriage
(Andrea Rodríguez, Associated Press)

Church of Pakistan bishops condemn rejection of draft bill against forced conversions
(The Nation)

Pakistan cardinal blames ‘duplicity’ of West for rise of Islamic extremism
(Ines San Martin, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Efforts drag on to free 17 missionaries kidnapped in Haiti
(Dánica Coto and Pierre-Richard Luxama, Associated Press)

In Ghana, Rastafarian high schooler fights to keep his hair
(Kwasi Gyamfi Asiedu, Associated Press)

Across Africa, major churches strongly oppose LGBTQ rights
(Kwasi Gyamfi Asiedu, Chinedu Asadu, Rodney Muhumuza and Mogomotsi Magome, Associated Press)

One year since the Lekki Toll Gate massacre, Nigeria continues its slide into failed statehood
(Ellis Heasley, FoRB in Full: A blog by CSW)

Lawan, Forum task Nigerians on religious tolerance
(Orjime Moses, Leadership)

Christian boarding school sues over new oversight law
(Associated Press)

Court: Judge erred mentioning race, faith to possible jurors
(Gary D. Robertson, Associated Press)

Palestinians clash with Israeli police in Jerusalem
(Associated Press)

2nd Circuit upholds prison's change in schedule for Quaker meetings
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Appellate court says injunction against church picketer was too broad
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Christian employers ask for protection against Biden gender transition mandates
(Alliance Defending Freedom)

His Holiness the Dalai Lama to members of 8th Parliament of the World’s Religions
(Shyamal Sinha, The European Times)

Federal courts reach divergent outcomes in health care worker vaccine disputes while class action challenges federal mandate
(Don Byrd, Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty)

Religious responses to COVID-19 project tracks, shares resources on faith engagement in global pandemic
(Sarah Thompson, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)

Wiccans in the US military are mourning the dead in Afghanistan this year as they mark Samhain, the original Halloween
(Helen A. Berger, The Conversation)

Wave of killings triggers memories of dark past in Kashmir
(Aijaz Hussain, Associated Press)

Red tape and restrictions: India’s Foreign Contribution Regulation Act is preventing NGOs from doing their vital work
(FoRB in Full: A blog by CSW)

Why faith-based organizations aren’t totally pleased with Biden’s new refugee cap
(Mya Jaradat, Deseret News)

What COVID-19 revealed about America’s approach to religious freedom
(Kelsey Dallas, Deseret News)

Germany: Hotel says employee cleared over antisemitism claim
(Deutsche Welle)

A new book by esteemed sociologist Robert Wuthnow struggles to show ‘why religion is good for American democracy’
(Peter Laarman, Religion Dispatches)

Why Catholics should use preferred gender pronouns and names
(Daniel P. Horan, National Catholic Reporter)

Belarus shielding Jehovah's Witness from Russia
(Novaya Gazeta, Russia Religion News (Stetson University))

Uzbekistan: Jailed for learning to pray and discussing Islam
(Mushfig Bayram, Forum 18 News Service)

Jehovah’s Witnesses, blood transfusions and capacity: PW
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Assisted Dying Bill (England & Wales)
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

US televangelist Pat Robertson says 'God is not a Republican' during TV interview
(Ecumenical News)

Justin Bieber’s former ‘megachurch’ buys Golders Green mosque site
(Richard Ferrer, Jewish News)

Chief Rabbi: ‘Assisted dying bill could put vulnerable people at risk’
(Josh Salisbury, Jewish News)

Transgender woman flees Malaysia after prison threat for wearing hijab
(Hannah Beech and Hadi Azmi, The New York Times)

Iraq recognizes Adventist Church with new national stamp
(Chanmin Chung, Adventist Review)

Cypriot artist angers church and government with protest paintings

Mali tasks religion ministry with overseeing jihadist talks

Lawmakers join faith leaders to voice support for ‘Build Back Better’ package
(Jack Jenkins, Religion News Service)

Voting rights demonstration leads to faith leaders’ arrests outside White House
(Jack Jenkins, Religion News Service)

Bangladesh ruling party rallies for Hindus after deadly violence
(Al Jazeera)

Holy See at OSCE calls for concerted efforts in fight against corruption
(La Croix International)

French diocese helps pastoral workers fight anti-Semitism
(Ève Guyot, La Croix International)

Tuesday, 19 October 2021

EVENT & LIVESTREAM BROADCAST, 18-19 October 2021: The Islamic World Today: Issues and Perspectives
(Brigham Young University)

Global Christian forum in Swiss Alps (German)
(AGCK Switzerland)

Monday, 18 October 2021

Hindus denounce violence amid attacks in Bangladesh
(Julhas Alam, Associated Press)

Muslims, Hindus protest amid communal violence in Bangladesh
(Associated Press)

Sailors, Marines seek religious accommodation to wear beards
(Joseph Hammond, Religion News Service)

Study: Social hostility to religion declines, but government restrictions rise
(Religion News Service)

Kazakhstan: Journalists explore media’s role in promoting societal unity
(Bahá’í World News Service)

Ethnic Kazakh Imam sentenced to 23 years for “reciting the Quran inappropriately”
(Ma Guangyao, Bitter Winter: A Magazine on Religious Liberty and Human Rights in China)

‘Do we not have any rights?’ Indian Muslims’ fear after Assam evictions
(Hannah Ellis-Petersen and Shaikh Azizur Rahman, The Guardian)

Karnataka govt's move to carry out surveys of churches, missionaries 'unnecessary': Archbishop Rev Dr Peter Machado
(City Today)

In remote Himalayan India, Buddhist monks and Indigenous tribe fight government hydropower projects
(Priyadarshini Sen, Religion News Service)

Why the Senate must fast-track Biden’s nominee on religious freedom
(David Curry, Religion News Service)

USCIRF releases new report about persecution of Ahmadiyya Muslims
(U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom)

The rise and fall of Christian Ireland
(YouTube Video, The Iona Institute)

China: Special bimonthly FoRB newsletter (01-15.10.2021)
(Human Rights Without Frontiers International)

Notorious gang kidnapped U.S., Canadian missionaries in Haiti, official says
(Caroline Radnofsky and Suzanne Ciechalski, NBC News)

Lifting up the voices of female survivors of clergy sexual abuse
(Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)

The role of faith-based organizations in responding to Venezuela’s humanitarian crisis
(Outreach Aid to the Americas)

Yemen’s Houthis accused of committing ‘genocide’ with blockade on key district
(Ahmed Al-Haj and Samy Magdy, The Times of Israel)

Swedish foreign minister visits Israel in major step toward rebuilding ties
(Lazar Berman, The Times of Israel)

Photos of the Week: Durga festivals and the cult of Maria Lionza
(Kit Doyle, Religion News Service)

Jackson County settles COVID-19 rules lawsuit with church
(Associated Press)

Jill Biden says SC ‘prayer partner’ helped change her life
(Darlene Superville, Associated Press)

Taliban says Afghan girls will return to secondary schools soon
(Al Jazeera)

Islamic State claims mosque bombing in south Afghanistan
(Associated Press)

Japan’s premier sends offering to controversial Tokyo shrine
(Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press)

Catholic Charities to issue Fort Wayne community ID cards
(Associated Press)

Afghan Taliban’s victory boosts Pakistan’s radicals
(Kathy Gannon, Associated Press)

Rights watchdog faults Malta for abortion, journalist safety
(Kevin Schembri Orland, Associated Press)

Articles of interest - 18 October 2021
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Military, federal employees and civilian contractors sue Biden [vaccine exemptions]
(Liberty Counsel)

Americans United and Lambda Legal sue U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services for funding LGBTQ discrimination in refugee foster care program
(Americans United for Separation of Church and State)

Justice Department asks Supreme Court to reinstate District Court's injunction against Texas abortion law
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Scientologist acknowledges 30th Anniversary of ODIHR while exposing religious hatred by Germany
(Robert Johnson, The European Times)

Creating a faith freedom nation
(Amanda Tyler, Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty)

Holding them to their word: ‘Meatpacking America’
(Maia Silber, Commonweal)

Germany marks 80th anniversary of first Jewish deportations
(Deutsche Welle)

Ukraine Jews find cause to celebrate despite country’s challenges
(Larry Luxner, Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

Riding with pride: How a Manitoba motorcycle club is changing perceptions of the Sikh faith
(Prabhjot Singh Lotey, CBC News)

Police kept priest from saying Last Rites for stabbed politician. News story? (Yes, in UK)
(Terry Mattingly, GetReligion)

Progressive Catholic cardinal of Washington, D.C., pours praise on America's embattled press
(Terry Mattingly, GetReligion)

Nazir-Ali's move to Catholicism seen as 'significant' in 'evangelical resistance' to secular Anglican progressivism
(Peter Kenny, Ecumenical News)

CCTV use by churches
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Law and religion round-up – 17th October
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Ex-VP Mike Pence backs football coach blocked from praying on 50-yard line in Supreme Court case
(Alex Swoyer, Washington Times)

Jordan: Radio series on a coherent life inspires hope and action
(Bahá’í World News Service)

Centenary of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s passing: Artistic works mark historic occasion
(Bahá’í World News Service)

Religious extremists in South Asia are a threat to regional stability – OpEd
(Habib Siddiqui, Eurasia Review)

“Religion can be a force for de-escalating tensions and improving understanding”
(KAICIID Dialogue Centre)

Poland sees significant drop in seminary admissions
(Malo Tresca, La Croix International)

Don't leave the poor behind, pope asks of governments, politicians
(La Croix International)

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