Law and Religion Headlines

Monday, 26 July 2021

ACLJ makes direct demand to President Biden to support passage of the “Anti-Semitism Awareness Act” and stop the rising tide of hateful antisemitic attacks
(American Center for Law and Justice)

EU bishops’ commission urges action to protect religious freedom
(Catholic News Service)

The Government of Canada concludes national summit on antisemitism
(Government of Canada)

She said she married for love. Her parents called it coercion.
(Sameer Yasir, Emily Schmall and Iqbal Kirmani, The New York Times)

Perspective: 5 U.S. Olympic athletes who flexed their First Amendment muscles
(Freedom Forum Institute)

Libya: Church in Tripoli facing eviction if a court decides so
(Human Rights Without Frontiers International)

Liberal MPs want ‘Folau’s law’ removed from Religious Discrimination Bill
(Michael Koziol, The Sydney Morning Herald)

IGE Global Horizons | July 2021
(Institute for Global Engagement)

Parliament Trustees Join the High-level Political Forum at the United Nations
(Parliament of the World's Religions)

The spirit of the constitution, in dialogue with Cardinal Zuppi (Italian)
(DiReSoM: Diritto e Religione nelle Società Multiculturali/ Law and Religion in Multicultural Societies)

Friday, 23 July 2021

Bidens Send Eid Greetings
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Recent Articles of Interest - 19 July 2021
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

NEW BOOK: Current Issues in Law and Religion
(A. Keith Thompson, editor, Connorcourt Publishing)

NEW BOOK: Inclusion, Exclusion and Religious Freedom in Contemporary Australia
(Michael Quinlan and A. Keith Thompson, editors, Connorcourt Publishing)

NEW BOOK: The Inherence of Human Dignity - Volume 1: Foundations of Human Dignity
(Barry Bussey and Angus Menuge, eds., Anthem Press)

NEW BOOK: The Inherence of Human Dignity - Volume 2: Law and Religious Liberty
(Barry Bussey and Angus Menuge, eds., Anthem Press)

On the adulteration of Japan's oldest religion
(Michael Hoffman, The Japan Times)

Set up to fail: Pakistan’s Single National Curriculum will only make life harder for religious minority children
(CSWPress, FoRB in Full: A blog by CSW)

CEOs/Chairs of Intel, Tyson Foods, Span Construction, Medinol, etc are 2021 Global Business & Interfaith Peace Finalists
(Religious Freedom & Business Foundation, EIN Presswire)

Relinquishment of jurisdiction contra legem: The European Court of Human Rights’ decision in Grzęda v. Poland
(Stefan Talman, EJIL: Talk! Blog of the European Journal of International Law)

Weekly Highlight #165: Religious Gatherings; Vaccines; Faith After COVID-19
(Berkley Center, Joint Learning Initiative, WFDD)

The Weekly Round-Up: Migrant Rights, Virginity Testing and Racism
(Calia Randall, UK Human Rights Blog)

Abuse in religious spaces still a problem in South Arica
(Nomvelo Masango, Sowetan Live)

Muslim Major hails change in South Africa military's religious dress policy as ‘Important victory’
(Riyaz Patel, The South African)

New Lawpod UK episode: Vicarious trauma in the legal profession
(Emma-Louise Fenelon, UK Human Rights Blog)

Saudi Arabian women stand guard in Islam’s holiest site
(Mohammed Benmansour, Business Day)

Honouring Nelson Mandela as a moral role model and not a moral elite
(Nico Koopman, The Daily Maverick: Opinionista)

Religious organization advocates for mercy on incarcerated former South African president Zuma
(Ferial Haffajee, The Daily Maverick)

The (gay) elephant in the room: Is there a positive obligation to legally recognise same-sex unions after Fedotova v. Russia?
(Giulio Fedele, EJIL: Talk! Blog of the European Journal of International Law)

Japan political party's 50 years of losing its religion
(Mizuho Aoki, The Japan Times)

US mistreatment towards Iran’s representatives to the UN: Is Iran initiating the third case against the US at the ICJ?
(Dr. Vahid Bazzar, EJIL: Talk! Blog of the European Journal of International Law)

Vaccine passports and places of worship
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

COVID-19: Church in Wales – updated guidance, Level 1
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Churchyard Regulations after Exhall
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Church of England Guidance – Step 4
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

COVID-19 legislation and guidance: update to 24 July
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Law and religion round-up – 18th July
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Uzbekistan: "The regime wants to shut people up"
(Mushfig Bayram, Forum 18 News Service)

Belarus: "To put the church in its place"
(Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service)

3,462 Christians murdered in Nigeria in 2021: It's the 'biggest killing ground of Christians' in the world
(Michael Foust, Christian Headlines)

More Tibetan Buddhists behind bars in July
(Dr Zsuzsa Anna Ferenczy and Willy Fautré, eureporter)

Catholic conscientious objectors in China
(Bitter Winter)

6th Circuit Hears Arguments On Masking Requirement For K-5 Religious Schools
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

9th Circuit Remands Churches' Challenge To California Abortion Coverage Mandate
(Howard Friedman)

Pennsylvania Supreme Court: Abuse Victim's Suit Against Diocese Barred By Limitations Statute
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Opinion: Religion in U.S. politics is more than monkey business
(Terry Bracy,

Satanic Temple Can Move Ahead With Establishment Clause Claim As To Invocation Denial
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Court Enjoins Enforcement of West Virginia's Ban On Transgender Girls Being On Girl's Sports Teams
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

10th Circuit Rejects Qualified Immunity Defense In Suit By Native American Inmates
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Court Enjoins Arkansas Abortion Ban
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Chinese leader Xi visits Tibet amid rising controls over religion

California Law Barring Misgendering Of Long Term Care Residents Violates 1st Amendment
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

9th Circuit Denies En Banc Review Of Football Coach's Challenge To Dismissal For On-Field Prayer
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Minnesota Governor Orders Agencies To Combat Conversion Therapy
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Will religion ever disappear? Nevada residents weigh in
(Rajan Zed, Reno Gazette Journal)

Republicans have more confidence in church, military, police than Democrats: Gallup poll
(Emily Wood, The Christian Post)

Yelp deserves a one-star rating for religious liberty: Opinion
(Jerry Bowyer, The Christian Post: Opinion)

Christian child welfare ministries urge churches to help children left orphaned by pandemic
(Emily Wood, The Christian Post)

Over 18,000 sign petition urging Pope Francis to reverse restrictions on traditional Latin mass
(Ryan Foley, The Christian Post)

As Christian persecution reaches fever pitch, here’s the Inside Story on dire state of religious liberty worldwide: Op-Ed
(Billy Hallowell, The Christian Post)

PRRI survey, NY Times columnist’s view of religious right reveals ‘astounding bias’: Richard Land
(Brandon Showalter, The Christian Post)

Religions unite to fight Covid as Myanmar crisis worsens
(Union of Catholic Asian News)

China’s Xi visits Tibet amid rising controls over religion
(Religion News Service)

UMC edges toward historic split over LGBTQ inclusion. This church showed the way.
(Emily McFarlan Miller, Religion News Service)

With more than a million children orphaned by COVID, faith-based groups look to mobilize support
(Emily McFarlan Miller, Religion News Service)

Room for 10,000: Inside China’s largest detention center
(Dake Kang, Religion News Service)

Like many hajj traditions in a pandemic year, Zamzam water gets a reboot
(Joseph Hammond, Religion News Service)

Wednesday, 21 July 2021

Embodiment's grace: Recovering the gifts of human finitude
(Anne Snyder, Comment)

Midlands voices: US politicians are choosing defeat in Afghanistan
(Ben Sasse,

War or peace? For Iran and the United States, it’s time to decide.
(Diane Randall, The Washington Post Opinion)

Why are White evangelicals embracing an anti-democratic movement? Because they’re panicking.
(Jennifer Rubin, The Washington Post Opinion)

Pope makes extraordinary changes for Extraordinary Form
(The Pillar)

Glasgow University urged to cut ties with a Chinese college linked to Uyghur surveillance
(Mark Macaskill, David Alton, Lord Alton of Liverpool)

Top EU court rules hijab can be banned at work

Interfaith indicators to respond to COP26
(Arthur Lyon Dahl, Viewpoints: A blog of the G20 Interfaith Forum)

Interfaith initiatives to achieve the agenda 2030 environmental goals
(JoAnne Wadsworth, Viewpoints: A blog of the G20 Interfaith Forum)

What lies beneath:
(James Christie, Viewpoints: A blog of the G20 Interfaith Forum)

Beyond the headlines: Freedom of religion or belief and women’s rights in Sudan
(CSWPress, FoRB in Full: A blog by CSW)

Indian officials linking government programs to religion "for political mileage"
(Kangkan Kalita, The Times of India)

Who owns a religion? Movers and shakers in Israeli society
(Greer Fay Cashman, The Jerusalem Post)

Public health should be prioritized above religion, says Bombay, India High Court
(The Hindu)

Nigerian governor admonishes muslims to lay aside religious and tribal sentiments in the interest of Nigeria’s peace
(Victoria Edeme, Punch)

Religion aside, caste, class and patriarchy ensure that most Indians aren’t free to choose who they marry
(Rama Srinivasan, The Indian Express)

Two Orthodox Jewish pitching prospects juggle baseball, religion
(Mark A. Kellner, Washington Examiner)

Opinion essay: It's time to de-emphasize religion in US foreign policy
(Elizabeth Shakman Hurd, The Hill - Opinion)

8th Circuit: University of Iowa Discriminated Against Christian Student Group
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Tuesday, 20 July 2021

On the intersectionality of policy, gender, and religion
(Dimitra Missira, Viewpoints: A blog of the G20 Interfaith Forum)

Monday, 19 July 2021

Bappi commends women’s role for promotion of peace, harmony
(Pakistan Observer)

The Ottoman touch in Ghana
(Modern Ghana)

Delhi HC grants interim protection to interfaith couple from Uttar Pradesh
(Outlook India)

Turkey condemns EU court ruling on headscarf ban as violation of freedoms

Putting the ‘exercise’ in free exercise: Three recent precedents have 'really increased the amount of protection for religious freedom.'
(Kenneth Pybus, The Christian Chronicle)

Foster care and adoption ministries praise ruling in Fulton v. Philadelphia: U.S. Supreme Court's unanimous decision is a win for religious liberty, agency leaders say.
(Kenneth Pybus, The Christian Chronicle)

First-person accounts of religious repression punctuate summit
(Mark Pattison, Catholic News Service)

Why some younger evangelicals are leaving the faith
(Terry Shoemaker, The Conversation)

How Christians can welcome Muslims
(Robert P. George, Catholic Herald)

Institute for Global Engagement participates in inaugural International Religious Freedom summit in Washington, D.C.
(Insitute for Global Engagement)

Religious leaders call for national unity and solidarity in a joint letter to the people of Haiti
(Religions for Peace)

Cancelling wisdom’s colour
(Daniel Dorman, Convivium)

Israeli police clash with protesters to clear Al-Aqsa complex for Tisha b'av worshippers
(Daoud Kuttab, The Washington Post)

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