Law and Religion Headlines

Wednesday, 24 May 2023

The White House needs to fight antisemitism, starting with a definition - opinion
(William Daroff, The Jerusalem Post)

Scottish First Minister: 'I understand fears Jewish community have for family in Israel during conflict'
(Daniel Ben-David, The Jewish Chronicle)

Government response to IICSA’s Final Report
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Update: Landmark case bans Christian teacher for misgendering a transgender pupil
(Observatory on Intolerance and Discrimination against Christians in Europe)

Bavarian police identify growing trend of anti-Christian hate crime
(Observatory on Intolerance and Discrimination against Christians in Europe)

Romania condemned by European court for violating rights of LGBT couples
(Le Monde with AFP)

The persecution of Christians in Iran
(Ioannis E. Kotoulas,

Deputy has qualified immunity in suit claiming his failure to intervene in Establishment Clause violation
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Court defines clergy-penitent privilege under Montana law
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Bolivian president vows to restrict priests’ entry amid abuse scandal
(Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Saudi Arabia removes ‘practically all antisemitism’ from textbooks, report reveals
(Jotam Confino, Jewish News)

Detention of Bahraini prayer leader a disgrace for Al Khalifa: Activist
(International Quran News Agency (IQNA))

Malaysia: Gov't will not allow Quran to be printed in Roman script

Malaysia seizes Swatch watches over ‘LGBT connotations’
(Al Jazeera)

French minister warns of resumption of ‘Islamist terrorist’ threat in Europe
(Ashleigh Furlong, Politico)

Global faith-based groups urge Hiroshima G7 toward Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty
(World Council of Churches)

Human rights at (disputed) international borders: Preliminary remarks after the ECTHR’s admissibility decision in Georgia v. Russia (IV)
(Veronica Botticelli, Strasbourg Observers)

Uzbekistan: Backsliding on religious freedom promises
(Human Rights Watch)

Tuesday, 23 May 2023

VIRTUAL EVENT, 23 May 2023 (10AM EDT): Seeking Refuge in Kenya: How Does the Catholic Church Engage?
(Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)

Monday, 22 May 2023

VIRTUAL EVENT, 22 May 2023 (12:30PM ET): Gender, Religion, and Forced Migration: Global Dynamics and Lived Experiences
(Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)

Cyclone Mocha devastates Myanmar’s Rohingya
(Shayna Bauchner, Human Rights Watch)

Turkey’s Camlica Mosque: Ottoman heritage or modern nationalism?
(Arwa Ibrahim and Humeyra Doruk Keskin, Al Jazeera)

Turkish First Lady welcomes UN's Islamophobia draft resolution
(Daily Sabah)

Dodgers remove ‘queer and trans nuns’ from Pride Night amid Catholic pushback
(Alejandra Molina, Religion News Service)

Settlements in the West Bank
(Matthew Miller, U.S. Embassy in Israel)

Jewish parents and schools ask Los Angeles federal court to protect children with disabilities

COVID-19 and the decline of religion in America
(Mark Silk, RNS Column: Spiritual Politics)

Canada man arrested after driving car at worshippers at 2 mosques
(Barry Ellsworth, Anadolu Agency)

The Hindu festival of Ram Navami sparked anti-Muslim riots across India
(France 24)

Why are hundreds of churches being destroyed in Manipur, India?
(Ben Cohen, Premier Christianity)

Indian Church hails court's religious freedom stance
(Michael Gonsalvas, Union of Catholic Asian News)

BBC ordered to Delhi High Court over Modi documentary
(BBC News)

Ethiopia suspends TV affiliated to Orthodox church
(BBC News)

Ken Elliott: Australian hostage, 88, freed by al-Qaeda militants
(Tom Housden, BBC News)

Racist memorial to slaver John Gordon removed from Dorset church
(Hannah Walsh, BBC News)

Writing From a Russian prison, Server Mustafayev calls for ‘strength in unity’
(Freedom House)

Q&A: Section 230 is at the Supreme Court. Here’s why that matters for free expression
(Freedom House)

European Islamophobia Report 2022: findings & next step actions
(YouTube Video, European Network on Religion & Belief)

Around the web - 22 May 2023
(Law and Religion Forum, St. John's Law School Center for Law & Religion)

“No one should be sentenced to death for peaceful expression”—Human rights advocates call on Nigeria to release prisoner of conscience Yahaya Sharif-Aminu
(ADF International)

Church, state join forces in Cameroon in fight against hate speech
(Ngala Killian Chimtom, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Iran executes protesters after bogus trials
(Ewelina U. Ochab, Forbes)

Church Reporter, Vol. 8/5, 15 May 2023 - Newsletter for the English speaking members and friends of the Church Law Society (PDF)
(Jiří Rajmund Tretera and Záboj Horák, eds., Church Law Society Prague – Brno – Olomouc – Stříbro – České Budějovice)

When autocratic governments host interfaith dialogues: An interview with Jon Hoffman
(Religion & Diplomacy: A Resource of the Transatlantic Policy Network on Religion and Diplomacy)

Israel: Faith leaders unite in Haifa to champion religious diversity amid tensions
(The Jerusalem Post)

Extremist Israeli Cabinet minister visits sensitive Jerusalem holy site
(Tia Goldenberg and Josef Federman, Associated Press)

Articles of interest - 22 May 2023
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Biden administration affirms core religious liberty principles in new guidance on religion in public schools
(Don Byrd, Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty)

Intel wins 2023’s most faith-friendly company as Fortune 500 warms to religious diversity
(Kathryn Post, Religion News Service)

Corporate Religious Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (REDI) Index 2023
(Religious Freedom & Business Foundation)

Corporate diversity programs get religion
(Francis X. Rocca, The Wall Street Journal)

In Morocco, conference brings together rabbis from three continents
(David I. Klein, Religion News Service)

Liberty is not the product of any one religion
(Farah Adeed, Acton Institute)

The Islamic case for freeing Afghan women
(The Christian Science Monitor)

Klitschko supports petition against the UOC-MP's land rights
(Religious Information Service of Ukraine (RISU))

Ukrainians are directing their anger at their church
(Anchal Vohra, Foreign Policy)

Zelensky at the Summit of the Arab League: Help us protect people, including Muslims
(Religious Information Service of Ukraine (RISU))

Human voices: Using personal stories to promote inclusion and empathy for Europe's refugees
(KAICIID Dialogue Centre)

Lebanese feminists protest after woman harassed over swimsuit
(Urooba Jamal, Al Jazeera)

Trial for the dissolution of the FECRIS: The anti-cultists lose the first round
(Massimo Introvigne, Bitter Winter)

Outcry after French police question schools about pupils absent on Muslim holiday

Two weeks in review, 8 May – 21 May 2023
(Tal Gross, EJIL: Talk! Blog of the European Journal of International Law)

Religious freedom was meant to protect not bludgeon. What happened?
(Brad Hirschfield, Religion News Service)

Beyond a coronation – the case for a civil investiture
(Jonathan Chaplin, London School of Economics)

Is “ethnocentric nationalism” protected by s.10 of the Equality Act?: Cave
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Law and religion round-up – 21st May
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Hundreds of churches will have to close, says Kirk
(Joanne Macaulay, BBC News)

Church has important role in ‘post-truth’ world
(The Church of Scotland)

Indonesia: VP urges public to support HR development based on science, technology
(Antara News)

Legal Journal Number 7 (18): May (Spanish)
(Observatorio de Libertad Religiosa de América Latina y El Caribe)

Sunday, 21 May 2023

APPLICATION OPEN, deadline 21 May 2023: KAICIID Fellows Programme 2024
(KAICIID Dialogue Centre)

Friday, 19 May 2023

VIRTUAL EVENT, July 2023: 2023 Institute on Teaching and Learning for Campus-wide Interfaith Excellence
(Interfaith America)

Adding Sikhs to the curriculum
(Maggie Phillips, Tablet Mag)

Pakistan: Call for certain amendments to secure equal rights to non-Muslims
(Human Rights Without Frontiers International)

Statement of the inter-faith group of the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots, May 2023
(World Council of Churches)

Pakistan encroaches on international Ahmadi web site content
(Isabella Meibauer, Religion Unplugged)

South Korea: Pig heads, BBQs: Mosque backlash tests S Korea religious freedom
(Raphael Rashid, Al Jazeera)

Catholic nuns to foster dialogue between Japan, S. Korea
(Union of Catholic Asian News)

Al-Azhar warns of rising Islamophobia in Europe, stresses confronting far-right groups
(International Quran News Agency (IQNA))

Was this couple married 0, 1, or 2 times?
(Eugene Volokh, The Volokh Conspiracy)

Argentina's Church offers mea culpa, 40 years on from end of dictatorship
(Buenos Aires Times)

Malaysia: Selangor Islamic council hits out at Putrajaya's 'unilateral' move in 'Allah' issue
(Malaysia Now)

Religion and educational mobility in Africa
(Alberto Alesina, Sebastian Hohmann, Stelios Michalopoulos & Elias Papaioannou, Nature)

The faithful see both crisis and opportunity as churches close across the country
(Scott Neuman, NPR)

The importance of religion in the lives of Americans is shrinking
(Jason DeRose, NPR)

The Department of Education updates guidance on public school prayer
(Jason DeRose, NPR)

Khartoum under bombardment as Sudan's rivals talk

Religion and congregations in a time of social and political upheaval

Afghanistan’s crisis requires a coherent, coordinated international response
(William Byrd, The United States Institute of Peace)

APPG statement on the arrest of Cardinal Joseph Zen
(All Party Parliamentary Group for International Freedom of Religion or Belief)

Bangladesh: New risks for Rohingya refugees
(Human Rights Watch)

Egypt: Women abused over alleged ISIS ties
(Human Rights Watch)

The Iraqi government is failing victims of ISIS in Sinjar
(Adam Coogle, Human Rights Watch)

Disengaging and reintegrating violent extremists in conflict zones
(Andrew Glazzard, The United States Institute of Peace)

Hate speech sparks fears of violence against Yazidis in Iraq
(Frankie Vetch, Coda Media)

The Kerala Story: Dozens held in Maharashtra after Islamic State film row
(Meryl Sebastian, BBC News)

Chhattisgarh: A state where religious minorities live in fear
(FoRB in Full: A blog by CSW)

Canada should decry democratic backsliding in India
(Farida Deif, Human Rights Watch)

Supreme Court unanimously sides with Twitter in ISIS attack case
(Nina Totenberg, NPR)

Unusual ruling frees Christian couple from prison in Iran
(Morning Star News)

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