Law and Religion Headlines

Wednesday, 1 February 2023

West’s double standards vis-à-vis Quran desecration allow Islamophobia to prevail
(Maryam Qarehgozlou, International Quran News Agency (IQNA))

Quelling the obsession with burning the Quran
(Omar Suleiman, RNS Column: Islam Beyond Phobia)

The Orthodox Church of Ukraine now has more than 8,000 religious communities, - Metropolitan Epifaniy
(Religious Information Service of Ukraine (RISU))

Ecclesiastical court judgments – January
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Statement following the announcement of the Conversion Practices Bill
(Equality and Human Rights Commission)

Marriage and civil partnerships: Minimum age, England and Wales
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Plessy, Prince, and me: Law, religion, and the quest for racial justice
(M. Christian Green, Canopy Forum on the Interactions of Law & Religion)

Milestone or missed opportunity? The ECtHR Grand Chamber judgment in Fedotova v. Russia on the legal recognition of same-sex couples
(Giulio Fedele, EJIL: Talk! Blog of the European Journal of International Law)

Blasphemy charges stoke fear among Bangladeshi minority teachers
(Union of Catholic Asian News)

Repression and fear: Life as a hijabi Muslim in Modi's India
(Nabiya Khan, Middle East Eye)

Hindu mobs, enraged by conversions, attack Christians in India
(Gerry Shih and Shams Irfan, The Washington Post)

Pakistan Christians slam religious ministry’s seminar
(Union of Catholic Asian News)

Spanish government presents plan to fight antisemitism
(European Jewish Congress)

Can ‘religious tolerance’ promotion undermine religious freedom? A conversation with David Warren
(Religion & Diplomacy: A Resource of the Transatlantic Policy Network on Religion and Diplomacy)

Tuesday, 31 January 2023

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS, deadline for applications 31 January 2023: Young Scholars Fellowship on Religion and the Rule of Law, Christchurch, Oxford
(International Center for Law and Religion Studies)

CALL FOR PAPERS, abstracts due 31 January 2023: 6th Young European Law Scholars Conference ‘The Future of EU Fundamental Rights’
(Maastricht University)

EVENT, 31 January 2023: NJOHSP Houses of Worship Security Seminar (New Jersey, USA)
(New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness)

Monday, 30 January 2023

Pakistan mosque attack kills more than 60 people
(Sophia Saifi, Saleem Mehsud and Hira Humayun, CNN)

Guterres strongly condemns deadly mosque attack in Pakistan
(United Nations)

Pakistan leader says Islamic societies face ‘duty’ to protect religious freedom
(Nirmala Carvalho, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

WEBINAR, 30 January 2023: Is Religious Freedom Under Threat in Ukraine?
(Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)

WEBINAR, 30 January 2023 (6PM GMT): No Peace Among Nations and Religions without Interreligious Learning and Peace Education! The Endeavours of Religions for Peace (RfP)
(with Professor Johannes Lähnemann, Oxford Interfaith Forum)

Australia: Removing fences: the ALRC consultation paper on religious educational institutions and discrimination laws
(Neil Foster, Law and Religion Australia)

Security alert (caution of possible imminent retaliatory attacks against churches, synagogues, and diplomatic missions)
(U.S. Embassy in Türkiye)

Around the web - 30 January 2023
(Law and Religion Forum, St. John's Law School Center for Law & Religion)

New book: Agreeing to Disagree: How the Establishment Clause Protects Religious Diversity and Freedom of Conscience
(Nathan S. Chapman and Michael W. McConnell, Oxford University Press)

Muslims help shut down protest, burning of Torah scroll in Sweden
(Zvika Klein, The Jerusalem Post)

Photos of the week: Lunar New Year; Quran protests
(Kit Doyle, Religion News Service)

Turkey begins child abuse trial that put spotlight on sects
(Associated Press)

Iranian Christian asylum seekers caught up in Turkey’s deportation drive
(Article 18)

March for Life: 50 years of the First Amendment in action
(Hannah Santos, Freedom Forum)

German Federal Court of Justice confirms the first-ever conviction of a Daesh member for genocide
(Ewelina U. Ochab, Forbes)

Sweden's major faith groups denounce Quran burning, hate speech
(Anadolu Agency)

Conflict survivors to meet Pope Francis on his DR Congo trip
(Al Jazeera)

The Ukrainian Council of Churches met with Pope Francis in the Holy See
(Institute for Religious Freedom, Ukraine)

Apocalypse delayed: Patriarch Kirill on restraining the Antichrist in Ukraine
(London School of Economics Religion and Global Society Blog)

The political targeting of Ilhan Omar is inextricable from her religion
(Philip Bump, The Washington Post)

Indonesian Muslims protest Quran burning in Sweden
(Andi Jatmiko, Associated Press)

Concerns over prayer breakfast lead Congress to take it over
(Gary Fields, Associated Press)

Emhoff says somber Auschwitz visit key to antisemitism work
(Vanessa Gera, Associated Press)

Articles of interest - 30 January 2023
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Rightwing Spanish leaders under fire over anti-Islam comments after attack on churches
(Sam Jones, The Guardian)

As refugees flood into U.S., Chinese Christians told to wait
(Susan Crabtree, Real Clear Politics)

Census data suggests UK faces ‘non-religious future’, say campaigners
(Robert Booth and Michael Goodier, The Guardian)

Law and religion round-up – 29th January
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Is there a right to same-sex marriage under the ECHR? Fedotova
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Abusing religious freedom for abortion access
(Tal Fortgang and Howard Slugh, Public Discourse: The Journal of the Witherspoon Institute)

Cameroon: Faith leaders call on stakeholders in peace talks to be God-fearing
(Ivan Fernandes, La Croix International)

Vatican shines spotlight on vital role of women in building culture of encounter
(Joseph Tulloch and Tiziana Campisi, Vatican News)

The puzzle of 303 Creative
(Hadley Arkes, First Things)

Two weeks in Review, 16 January – 29 January
(Tal Gross, EJIL: Talk! Blog of the European Journal of International Law)

Nigeria’s Muslim-Muslim ticket has implications for national cohesion
(Yunusa Nmadu, FoRB in Full: A blog by CSW)

What do Israel's religious Zionists think of Netanyahu's government? - survey
(Zvika Klein, The Jerusalem Post)

Holy Land church leaders condemn settler attack in Jerusalem’s Christian quarter
(Elise Ann Allen, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

WCC deeply concerned about increased violence in Jerusalem and the West Bank
(World Council of Churches)

Religious leaders to European Commission: “Our God is a God of peace, not of war and bloodshed”
(World Council of Churches)

ERLC 2023 public policy agenda to focus on religious liberty, sanctity of human life, family & marriage, human dignity
(Elizabeth Bristow, Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission)

The latest crusade to place religion over the rest of civil society
(Linda Greenhouse, The New York Times)

India: Attorney General raises serious objections to filing of petitions in SC against States’ religious conversion laws
(The Hindu)

UN to hear report on how exercise of religious freedom is used to violate LGBT rights
(Joel Forster, Evangelical Focus)

Philippines: House leader prods Senate to pass own Magna Carta on Religious Freedom Bill
(Ellson Quismorio, Manila Bulletin)

Friday, 27 January 2023

Statement from President Joe Biden on International Holocaust Remembrance Day
(The White House)

2023 Holocaust Remembrance and Education
(United Nations)

NATO marks International Holocaust Remembrance Day
(North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO))

Home, belonging, and the Holocaust
(United Nations)

Holocaust remembrance ceremony at Auschwitz death camp
(Deutsche Welle)

USCIRF observes International Holocaust Remembrance Day
(U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom)

Second gentleman Emhoff visits Auschwitz, part of a push against antisemitism
(Rachel Treisman, National Public Radio)

In Hamline case, the ‘free expression vs. religious sensibilities’ frame obscures a stark reality about higher education
(Junaid Jahangir, Religion Dispatches)

Faith-based programs can restore accountability, rehabilitation to prisons
(Byron R. Johnson, The Dallas Morning News)

Politics of hate: Religious majoritarianism in South Asia
(Farahnaz Ispahani, The Middle East File: Religious Freedom Institute)

University of Nebraska settles after ADF lawsuit
(Alliance Defending Freedom)

Zimbabwe Christian Leaders Lament “surge in systematic political violence, repression”
(Magdalene Kahiu, ACI Africa)

The persecution of Christians in the world, especially in Iran, highlighted at the European Parliament
(Willy Fautré, The European Times)

Trudeau announces Amira Elghawaby as Canada's first representative to combat Islamophobia
(Peter Zimonjic, CBC News)

New Hampshire law school approves student group after religious liberty law firm threatens legal action
(First Liberty)

Issue 38 (collection of peer-reviewed rolling submissions followed by book reviews)
(The Journal of Interreligious Studies)

Country overview: Algeria
(Religious Freedom Institute)

Monitoring human rights in a digital world: sharing our work internationally
(Rowen Siemens, Equality and Human Rights Commission)

A Murfreesboro mosque and its First Amendment fight: A discussion on religious freedom
(YouTube Video, Freedom Forum)

Turkey summons Danish envoy over Quran-burning protest
(Jan M. Olsen and Suzan Fraser, Associated Press)

Colorado baker loses appeal over refusal to make gender transition cake
(Nate Raymond, Reuters)

EJC President met European Commission Vice-President Margaritis Schinas
(European Jewish Congress)

Reclaiming our democracy is a matter of faith
(Bridget Moix, Religion News Service)

A Buddhist disaster relief organization offers key support after Monterey Park shooting
(Alejandra Molina, Religion News Service)

At least 7 dead, several wounded in Shabbat shooting attack on Jerusalem synagogue
(Ron Kampeas, Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

Liberty University to push for bigger religious job-bias shield
(Robert Iafolla, Bloomberg Law)

One man's struggle to keep Islam alive in Taiwan
(Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian, Axios)

Belarus: Religious freedom survey, January 2023
(Olga Glace and John Kinahan, Forum 18 News Service)

Living in Love and Faith (LLF): Legal issues (II)
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

CEC highlights impact of war in Ukraine at high-level meeting of religious leaders at European Commission
(Conference of European Churches)

Malaysia condemns desecration of Quran in Netherlands, Sweden
(Al Jazeera)

Islamophobia makes democracies less safe for everyone
(Dalia Mogahed, Al Jazeera)

Fired gay guidance counselor challenges Catholic school’s religious exemption from employment law
(Mark A. Kellner, The Washington Times)

A time to act: Faith in the G20
(Katherine Marshall, G20 Interfaith Forum Blog)

Nicaragua's government ups Catholic persecution
(David Agren, Union of Catholic Asian News)

Cameroon religious leaders call for peaceful resolution
(World Council of Churches)

High-level meeting of EU and religious leaders | COMECE shares perspectives on the impacts of the war in Ukraine
(Conference of European Churches)

Religious freedom stories across the country - 27 January 2023
(First Liberty)

India: Chhattisgarh’s tribal Christian communities continue to live in fear
(FoRB in Full: A blog by CSW)

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