Law and Religion Headlines

Wednesday, 25 May 2022

Florida city paying to restore church's public pool is OK under Establishment Clause: religious freedom firm
(Tyler O'Neil, Fox News)

Kazakhstan to discuss women’s role in achieving interfaith harmony
(The Print)

Lecture at Institute of Human Rights, Guangzhou University: Human rights in the world: the role of multilateralism
(Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, United Nations)

Bishop in Nigeria suspends priest who's running for governor
(Lucie Sarr, La Croix International)

Nigeria: Christians march for justice for Deborah and urge speedy prosecution of perpetrators
(Catholic Information Service for Africa)

Open Doors calls on Biden Administration to re-assign Nigeria to notable list of countries violating religious freedoms
(Religion News Service)

CAIR welcomes CBP known importer letters, enforcement guidance on Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act
(Council on American-Islamic Relations)

Advocacy group seeks to elevate profile of Christians in Middle East region
(Mark A. Kellner, The Washington Times)

Lamborn, Rubio among sponsors of bill to protect unvaccinated USAF cadets
(Mark A. Kellner, The Washington Times)

African women church leaders: “Where is there justice today?”
(World Council of Churches)

Islamic democracy a new idea brought to world’s politics by Islamic Revolution: Leader
(International Quran News Agency (IQNA))

Russia: 15 Jehovah’s Witnesses sentenced to prison terms since 1 January
(Human Rights Without Frontiers International)

Russia: A Danish Jehovah’s Witness released after five years in prison
(Willy Fautré, The European Times)

Monday, 23 May 2022

American Christians “backing the blue”: On faith and policing
(Aaron Griffith, Religion & Politics: Fit for Polite Company)

My synagogue’s ‘anti-Semitism tax’
(Howard Husock, The Wall Street Journal)

‘They don’t care’: Why it’s so hard to take antisemitic websites off the internet
(Arno Rosenfeld, Forward)

Updated thematic factsheet on freedom of religion
(Council of Europe)

The Punta del Este Declaration on Human Dignity for Everyone Everywhere: Creating Communities of Tolerance and Respect
(Brett G. Scharffs, Talk About: Law and Religion - Blog of the International Center for Law and Religion Studies)

EVENT, 23-25 May 2021: Dare to Overcome: Promoting mutual respect and allyship among diverse communities
(Religious Freedom & Business Foundation)

EVENT, 23-25 May 2022: Oslo Freedom Forum
(Human Rights Foundation)

VIRTUAL EVENT, 23-24 May: Conference on Freedom of Religion or Belief and Gender Equality in Turkey
(Freedom of Religion or Belief Initiative)

SIS alumnus Knox Thames dedicates career to promoting religious freedom
(Emily Tavenner, American University)

Around the web - 23 May 2022
(Law and Religion Forum, St. John's Law School Center for Law & Religion)

Generalizing about all Arabs is as bad as antisemitic generalizations - opinion
(Yedidia Stern, The Jerusalem Post)

New book: After Science and Religion: Fresh Perspectives from Philosophy and Theology
(Edited by Peter Harrison and John Milbank, Cambridge University Press)

American Airlines dubbed most faith-friendly Fortune 500 company
(Kathryn Post, Religion News Service)

Survey: American Airlines most faith-friendly among Fortune 500
(Mark A. Kellner, The Washington Times)

The Children of an “Infinity of Cultures”: A human rights approach to cultural mixing
(Emilie Wilson, Coalition for Religious Equality and Inclusive Development (CREID))

Hong Kong arrests a Catholic priest for siding with democrats
(The Economist)

Eritrea: Christianity still growing in Eritrea despite 20 years of church closures
(Christian Today)

“Shame on you”: MEPs shout as European Parliament "turns blind eye” to murder of teenage Nigerian accused of blasphemy
(ADF International)

Turkey: A “church with open doors” in an Islamic society
(Volker Niggewöhner, Aleteia)

40 years in the making: A timeline of the Southern Baptists’ sexual abuse crisis
(Adelle M. Banks, Religion News Service)

Southern Baptists face push for public list of sex abusers
(Deepa Bharath, Holly Meyer and David Crary, Associated Press)

China: What will the UN see as it finally visits China’s Xinjiang?
(Erin Hale, Al Jazeera)

Pope voices hope church in China can operate in freedom
(Frances D'Emilio, Associated Press)

Articles of interest - 23 May 2022
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Anti-trans legislation: New proposals are targeting, not protecting, children
(Isabella Simon, Commonweal)

Nicaragua archdiocese demands Ortega regime ends ‘siege’ of church properties
(Inés San Martín, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Italy: Religious differences and child custody: TC v Italy
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Italy: Survivors, advocates push Italian bishops for national abuse inquiry
(Elise Ann Allen, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

When are attacks on churches classified as hate crimes?
(Kelsey Dallas, Deseret News)

Should Americans look to faith for help making business decisions?
(Kelsey Dallas, Deseret News)

Mennonites in Mexico: A life frozen in time
(Claudia Dehn, Deutsche Welle)

We need a better approach to race conversations
(Bobby Scott, The Gospel Coalition)

Yes, NPR editors, Holy Communion isn't a semi-Baptist 'symbolic' rite for Catholic believers
(Terry Mattingly, GetReligion)

US House Speaker Pelosi barred from Catholic communion for supporting abortion
(Peter Kenny, Ecumenical News)

Left and right: Where do U.S. religious groups stand on abortion-rights issues?
(Richard Ostling, GetReligion)

Church of Scotland: same-sex marriages
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Law and religion round-up – 22nd May
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Saturday musings: employees, workers, office holders and religion
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

COVID-19: legislation and guidance updates from May 2022
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

US government’s special coordinator for Tibetan issues to meet with Dalai Lama
(Radio Free Asia)

Secularism and the First Amendment's Establishment Clause
(New York Law Journal)

New book: Heathen: Religion and Race in American History
(Kathryn Gin Lum, Harvard University Press)

As desperate Haitians take to the sea, they turn to Vodou to help guide their journeys
(Jacqueline Charles and José Antonio Iglesias, Pulitzer Center)

Singaporeans should be careful, apply own judgment on foreign preachers and their teachings: Shanmugam
(Justin Ong, The Straits Times)

Israel: “We are all one family”: Religious leaders highlight moral education as foundation for peace
(Bahá’í World News Service)

Senior Israeli lawmaker warns of ‘religious war’ over Jerusalem moves
(Arab News)

Israeli court questions ban on Jewish prayer at Al-Aqsa compound
(Al Jazeera)

Israel: When reality TV meets the reality of Israel’s Chief Rabbinate
(Amy Spiro, The Times of Israel)

Rabat Declaration underlines the need for international standards to bring all political abuses of religions to a halt
(Education International)

Supreme Court rejects parents seeking religious exemption from school vaccinations
(Michael Gryboski, The Christian Post)

UK: Nursing lecturer struck off register after persistently mocking Sikh colleague's religion and turban
(Naomi Canton, The Times of India)

No, overturning Roe would not establish theocracy
(Ryan T. Anderson and Andrew Walker, First Things)

Should religion influence abortion policy?
(Jeffrey Salkin, RNS Column: Martini Judaism)

What the end of Roe signals about the rise of Christian power
(David Sehat, The Washington Post)

Indonesia summons UK ambassador over raising of LGBT+ flag
(Rory Sullivan, Independent)

Women religious step up their fight against human trafficking
(Loup Besmond de Senneville, La Croix International)

Religious press suffers major blow with planned shuttering of CNS, Catholic New York
(Clemente Lisi, Religion Unplugged)

Two weeks in review, 9 – 22 May 2022
(Gail Lythgoe, EJIL: Talk! Blog of the European Journal of International Law)

Thai ruling undermines Muslims' trust in judicial system
(Union of Catholic Asian News)

Cleric warns of plots to sow discord between Hindus, Muslims in India
(International Quran News Agency (IQNA))

In your face | USCIRF aims to demonise Sanatan Dharma and canonise Christianity and Islam
(Savio Rodrigues, Firstpost)

In “Untold Journey” podcast, WCC moderator reflects on the concept of peace
(World Council of Churches)

Committing to climate-responsible finance sends “strong signal of hope to all”
(World Council of Churches)

Middle East Council of Churches: “we walk courageously in the paths of our lives”
(World Council of Churches)

Egypt: Suspect convicted to death penalty for murder of Coptic priest
(Catholic Information Service for Africa)

Pakistan: Hearing at the EP of a Christian couple, formerly sentenced to death
(Manel Msalmi and Willy Fautré, Human Rights Without Frontiers International)

Sikhs in Pakistan: Two shot dead in Peshawar
(Massimo Introvigne, Bitter Winter)

Pakistan: Ahmadis killed, tortured, hounded – analysis
(Sanchita Bhattacharya, Eurasia Review)

Lithuanian PM backs Orthodox priests' bid to break away from Moscow
(The Baltic Times)

"The Vatican is ready to mediate between Ukraine and Russia, if it is their will," - Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher
(Religious Information Service of Ukraine (RISU))

President Duda expressed spiritual support for the Ukrainian army, - Fr. Stefan Batruch
(Religious Information Service of Ukraine (RISU))

With parishes leaving, Moscow-affiliated Orthodoxy faces uncertain future in Ukraine
(Anatolii Babynskyi, The Pillar)

International religious delegation travelling to Kyiv to pray for peace
(Independent Catholic News)

The Russian Orthodox leader at the core of Putin’s ambitions
(Jason Horowitz, The New York Times)

Russia seeks pathways for disaffected young Muslims
(Alisa Shishkina, Center for European Policy Analysis)

When will Russia’s war on Ukraine end? Religion and security strategies
(Lucian N. Leustean, Religion Unplugged)

How Democrats can win the morality wars
(David Brooks, The New York Times)

100 years later, Fosdick’s question, ‘Shall the fundamentalists win?’ still echoes
(Jacob Lupfer, Religion News Service)

Friday, 20 May 2022

Interview: András Sajó on Religious Freedom, Constitutionalism, and Democracy in the Jurisprudence of the Strasbourg Court
(Dmytro Vovk, Talk About: Law and Religion - Blog of the International Center for Law and Religion Studies)

UK: Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon looks ahead to the UK-hosted conference on Freedom of Religion or Belief

UK: Boris Johnson vows to solve Northern Ireland’s Brexit-related kosher food shortages
(Cnaan Liphshiz, Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

UK: MPs and faith leaders discuss at UK Parliament role and value of interfaith
(The European Times)

Welsh First Minister 'regrets' that Franklin Graham is coming to Wales
(Christian Today)

EVENT, 20 May 2022 (12PM ET): Serving Women and Children in a Post-Roe World
(Rev. Dean Nelson, Chelsey Youman, Faith & Law)

From guns to religion: Supreme Court is juggling major controversies besides abortion
(John Fritze, USA Today)

Baku hosts international conference on multicultural perspectives

Azerbaijani state is supporter of multicultural values, religious tolerance: CMO chairman

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