Law and Religion Headlines

Friday, 25 September 2020

Conservative Catholics could be energized if Trump picks Amy Coney Barrett for SCOTUS
(Clemente Lisi, GetReligion)

Trump works to win over Catholic voters on abortion issue
(Kevin Freking, Associated Press)

In battleground states, Catholics are a pivotal swing vote
(David Crary, Associated Press)

Biden's long history of voting against Catholic values
(Tom McClusky, Real Clear Religion)

Trump vs. Biden: How to keep politics from dividing fellow Christians
(Bobby Ross Jr., Religion Unplugged)

US House passes legislation to crack down on business with companies that utilize China's forced labor
(Juliegrace Brufke, The Hill)

Public note on mentions of religious freedom and Christophobia in the speech of the President of the Brazilian Republic at the UN (Portuguese)
(Uziel Santana and Felipe Augusto, Anajure Associação Nacional de Juristas Evangélicos)

Wednesday, 23 September 2020

Religion, law and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg—A tribute
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Press gets mythic about Ruth Bader Ginsburg's timely death on Rosh Hashanah eve
(Julia Duin, GetReligion)

‘Religion should not enter into it’: Joe Manchin criticizes focus on Amy Coney Barrett’s Catholic beliefs
(Brittany Bernstein, National Review)

The case for Amy Coney Barrett
(Bruce Riley Ashford, First Things)

In Trump court front-runner, religious right sees one of its own
(David Yaffe-Bellany and Lydia Wheeler, Bloomberg Law)

As U.S. Supreme Court nomination looms, a religious community draws fresh interest
(Daniel Trotta, Reuters)

What has Amy Coney Barrett said about separation of church and state?
(Meghan Roos, Newsweek)

Registration for the European Human Rights Moot Court Competition is now Open (through 1 November 2020)
(Kushtrim Istrefi, ECHR Blog)

Existing for others in times of COVID-19
(Jeroen Jans, Talk About: Law and Religion - Blog of the International Center for Law and Religion Studies)

Religion and a COVID-19 Vaccine—a Complex Question with Complex Answers
(Renae Barker, Talk About: Law and Religion - Blog of the International Center for Law and Religion Studies)

Weekly Highlight #124: Messages, Information, and Misinformation
(COVID-19: Exploring Faith Dimensions, Berkley Center, Joint Learning Initiative, WFDD)

Holy See at UN offers comments on comprehensive and coordinated response to the Covid-19 pandemic
(Zenit: The World Seen from Rome)

E.U. proposes immigration deal that would require countries to take a share of asylum-seekers or assist in deportations
(Chico Harlan and Michael Birnbaum, The Washington Post)

Global religious leaders urge end to “broken state of European migration”
(Conference of European Churches)

Christian organisations representing 2.8 billion people call for more compassionate EU migration policy
(Joint Statement to the attention of: H.E. Mr Margaritis Schinas, Vice President of the European Commission, Conference of European Churches)

Freedom of religion in the African Human Rights System
(Temelso Gashaw, Modern Diplomacy)

Sexual abuse of Uyghur women by CCP Cadres in Xinjiang: a victim speaks out
(Ruth Ingram, Bitter Winter: A Magazine on Religious Liberty and Human Rights in China)

Nearly 550 Protestant venues shut down in Jiangsu province
(Lu An, Bitter Winter: A Magazine on Religious Liberty and Human Rights in China)

Xinjiang government confirms huge birth rate drop but denies forced sterilization of women
(Ivan Watson, Rebecca Wright and Ben Westcott, CNN)

Militarized labor training and indoctrination: Xinjiang schemes exported to Tibet
(Massimo Introvigne, Bitter Winter: A Magazine on Religious Liberty and Human Rights in China)

China: Special Weekly FoRB Newsletter (15-21.09.2020)
(Human Rights Without Frontiers International)

Protestant Christianity is booming in China
(The Economist)

Israel's High Court says disciplinary panel required for municipal rabbi's comments
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Israel installs more loudspeakers at Al-Aqsa Mosque
(Ahmad Melhem, Al-Monitor: Israel Pulse)

Israeli High Court orders disciplinary hearing of Safed's chief rabbi for racist comments
(Netael Bandel, Haaretz)

Faith fuels Canada's economy
(YouTube Video, Religious Freedom & Business Foundation)

Faith helps fuel Canada’s GDP
(Religious Freedom & Business Foundation)

USCIRF urges Administration to increase refugee resettlement ceiling
(U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom)

USCIRF welcomes House passage of Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act
(U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom)

USCIRF Commissioner Nury Turkel named to TIME’s annual TIME100 List of 100 Most Influential People in the World
(U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom)

Being church in times of transformation (First online Church Leadership Consultation takes place in Europe)
(The Lutheran World Federation of Churches)

The 100th Anniversary Meeting on September 15th in Prague: A 100 year commemoration of the Czechoslovak Hussite Church’s approval by the state.
(Press Release)

The Ramadan in the days of Covid-19. A glance from Italy
(Rosa Geraci, DIRESOM: Religion, Law and COVID-19 Emergency)

Gloucestershire Christian school assistant's shock at dismissal for LGBT posts
(BBC News)

Scotland: Refugee integration programme extended for three months
(Church of Scotland)

United Kingdom lawmakers write Commonwealth over bloodshed under President Buhari, open up on encounter with Ty Danjuma
(Sahara Reporters)

Voting while God is watching – does having churches as polling stations sway the ballot?
(Jordan LaBouff, The Conversation)

Christians in Belarus are jailed, children threatened amid protests
(Erik Tryggestad, Religion Unplugged)

U.K. monument planned to 'preserve the Christian heritage of the nation'
(Timothy Nerozzi, Religion Unplugged)

New COVID-19 legislation and guidance to 26 September
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Americans who identify as 'spiritual' more likely to engage in politics, new study finds
(Kimberly Winston, Religion Unplugged)

Unconventional churches draw young believers to worship in odd places
(Haeven Gibbons, Religion Unplugged)

8th Circuit hears oral arguments on qualified immunity in suit by Christian student group
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Religion 'under siege' and the consequences are 'dire,' AG Barr says at Catholic Prayer Breakfast
(Jeff Mordock, The Washington Times)

On 20th anniversary, RLUIPA offers model for addressing injustice, consensus-building
(Don Byrd, Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty)

Ahead of regional elections, Cameroonian bishop warns of ‘vertigo of chaos’
(Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

U.S. bishops say ‘enough’ on federal executions
(Carol Zimmermann, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Nation is strong because of Catholics, ‘all people of faith,’ Trump says
(Kurt Jensen, Catholic News Service)

Investigators looking for man who set pews on fire at Catholic church
(Associated Press, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Azerbaijan hopes its new Museum of Mountain Jews will (eventually) spark tourism revival
(Larry Luxner, Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

Ilhan Omar says it’s important to understand how people experience anti-Semitism
(Marcy Oster, Forward)

The new Godless religions: An interview with Tara Isabella Burton
(Kenneth E. Frantz, Religion & Politics: Fit for Polite Company)

How the Religious Right has transformed the Supreme Court
(Lee Epstein and Eric Posner, The New York Times)

Drawn-out trial reaches conclusion for Jehovah's Witness
(Kavkazskii Uzel, Russia Religion News (Stetson University))

Chief Rabbi of Russia Berel Lazar invited to Bahrain

Putin bestows Order for Merit to Fatherland, 1st degree on oldest ruling bishop of Russian Orthodox Church

Court arrests 3 leaders of Krasnoyarsk Church of the Last Testament

This just in! Evangelicals are actually America's least politicized group of churches
(Richard Ostling, GetReligion)

Oaths and affirmations in court: an Irish perspective [reposted]
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Irish Gaelic on memorials? Re St Giles, Exhall: a further update [reposted]
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Does Biblical literacy enrich Constitutional literacy? The Bible’s forgotten influence on the American Constitutional tradition
(Daniel L. Dreisbach, Canopy Forum on the Interactions of Law & Religion)

New study: Gen Z's religious lives are more complex than 'affiliated' or 'unaffiliated'
(Springtide Research Institute, Religion News Service)

US Bishop migration chairman comments on upcoming World Day for Migrants and Refugees
(Zenit: The World Seen from Rome)

Muslim Brotherhood appoints acting guide after arrest of leader
(George Mikhail, Al-Monitor: Egypt Pulse)

Saudi to gradually resume 'umrah' pilgrimage from October 4
(Al-Monitor: The Pulse of the Middle East)

Who is a terrorist, actually?
(Daniel L. Byman, Brookings)

Vatican steps up opposition to euthanasia and assisted suicide
(Philip Pullella, Reuters)

NHS to hold review into gender identity services for children and young people
(The Guardian)

Seeking a viable alternative to Indonesia’s blasphemy laws
(Desi Hanara, The Diplomat)

Russia’s new draft law barring pastors trained overseas from preaching deals “powerful blow” to religious freedom
(Barnabas Fund)

42% of Iranian LGBTI are victims of sexual violence and rape, new 6Rang report finds

More than 60 LGBT, intersex people killed in Colombia in first eight months of 2020

The European Convention of Human Rights and climate change – finally!
(Ole W Pedersen, EJIL: Talk! Blog of the European Journal of International Law)

Portuguese climate change claim in Strasbourg
(David Hart, UK Human Rights Blog)

Why the Indian state is now scared of the Kashmiri Shia
(Raashid Maqbool, Al Jazeera)

Muslims win call to prayer court battle in German town
(Al Jazeera)

German court quashes ban on mosque's call to prayer
(Deutsche Welle)

German Catholic Church is losing priests and parishes
(Christoph Strack, Deutsche Welle)

More rights for children? German evangelicals voice concern about growing role of State
(Evangelical Focus Europe)

Prominent evangelical church is the first to sue D.C. over covid-19 worship limits
(Michelle Boorstein, The Washington Post)

Faith after COVID-19: How many flocks will survive digital 'worship shifting' trends?
(Terry Mattingly, OnReligion)

California Catholics join fight against COVID restrictions of worship
(Anne Stych, Religion Unplugged)

New Zealand bishops say ‘No’ to euthanasia; urge caution on recreational marijuana
(Charles Collins, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Monday, 21 September 2020

Stand together and build a just world, UN chief says in message for International Day of Peace
(UN News)

Ruth Bader Ginsburg was shaped by her minority faith
(Yonat Shimron, Associated Press)

Ruth Bader Ginsburg will be the first Jew and first woman to lie in state at the Capitol
(Ron Kampeas, Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

RBG: Defender of equality, principled dissenter, faithful supporter of religious liberty
(Holly Hollman, Baptist News Global)

Podcast-blitz: RBG black swan, global fertility, decades of Catholic sin, religious liberty and more
(Terry Mattingly, GetReligion)

Politics is wrecking America’s pandemic response
(Jonathan Rothwell and Christos Makridis, Brookings - Up Front)

Study: Liberal congregations more politically active than conservative ones
(Yonat Shimron, Religion News Service)

Muslim woman sues Los Angeles Police Department for forcibly removing her hijab
(Alejandra Molina, Religion News Service)

Activists to hold protest rally after reports of ICE officials forcing Muslim detainees to eat pork
(Alejandra Molina, Religion News Service)

Pope Francis makes surprise donation to struggling poultry workers
(Catholic News Agency)

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