Law and Religion Headlines

Wednesday, 10 April 2024

The impact of the Russian invasion on faith-based communities in Ukraine
(Institute for Religious Freedom, Ukraine)

Biblebelt feature: Danish Christians are united against liberal state church
(Lennart Nijenhuis, Christian Network Europe)

The single judge and the single-sentence motivation (1): The Sloppy Decision in Deleuran v. Denmark
(Eva Brems, Strasbourg Observers)

Feds arrest Idaho teen before he attacked churches in name of ISIS
(Ben Brasch, The Washington Post)

Bolivia: Why the Catholic Church denounced Bolivia to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights
(Massimo Introvigne, Bitter Winter)

South Korea's Supreme Court upholds religious freedom in landmark law school admission case
(Adventist News Network)

Dozens of Christians arrested after shutting down Senate lunch in protest of Gaza famine
(Aleja Hertzler-McCain, Religion News Service)

Malaysia reports increase in requests to restrict social media content

HHS targets conscience protections for religious hospitals
(Lori Windham, National Review)

Myanmar's army massacred Rohingyas. Now it wants their help
(Jonathan Head, BBC News)

Idaho teen accused of planning church attacks in loyalty to Islamic State
(Phil McCausland, BBC News)

Monday, 8 April 2024

The global pretensions of the Russian Orthodox Church
(Jerry G. Pankhurst, Talk About: Law and Religion - Blog of the International Center for Law and Religion Studies)

Adoption of resolution on freedom of religion or belief
(Human Rights Council, United Nations)

EVENT, 8 April 2024 (8:30AM - 4:30PM MDT): War, Diplomacy, and the Human Rights Dialogue: New Approaches for Latter-day Saint Professionals (Provo, UT, USA)
(Camille M Johnson, Paul Perrin, Brett Scharffs, Bill and April Bollard, Michael Frandsen, Lyn Burningham, Rachel Miner, Elizabeta Kitanovic, Medlir Mema, Shadman Bashir, Eric Jensen, James Patton, BYU Kennedy Center)

Why Indiana’s abortion ban (still) can’t be enforced against some people of faith
(Kelsey Dallas, Deseret News)

New York inmates are suing to watch the solar eclipse after state orders prisons locked down
(Philip Marcelo, Associated Press)

Some state lawmakers want school chaplains as part of a ‘rescue mission’ for public education
(Hannah Fingerhut, Associated Press)

How U.S. Muslims are experiencing the Israel-Hamas war
(Besheer Mohamed, Pew Research Center)

How U.S. Jews are experiencing the Israel-Hamas war
(Becka A. Alper, Pew Research Center)

Killing of World Central Kitchen humanitarian workers

UN shows conflicting approaches to Myanmar crisis
(John Sifton, Human Rights Watch)

Canada: Attempted break-in at Winnipeg mosque shakes community halfway through Ramadan
(Arturo Chang, CBC News)

Canada: Is there life after death? Majority of Canadians believe they may have more than one life to live
(Angus Reid Institute)

Court affirms pharmacies free to operate according to religious beliefs
(Alliance Defending Freedom)

‘Silent persecution’ restricts evangelical Christians in Kosovo
(Chris Eyte, Christian Daily)

Around the web - 8 April 2024
(Law and Religion Forum, St. John's Law School Center for Law & Religion)

Religion Watch, Volume 39 No. 5
(Religion Watch, Baylor Institute for Studies of Religion)

The Death and New Life of Law and Religion
(Marc O. DeGirolami, Oxford Journal of Law and Religion)

On Turbans, Abayas, and Colanders: The Scope of Religious Dress in a Pluralistic Society
(Naoual El Yattouti, Oxford Journal of Law and Religion)

Harmony and the search for common ideas - Minister of Education and Science and the Council of Churches
(Institute for Religious Freedom, Ukraine)

The Church has influence and performs a great service in society during the war – the President of Ukraine met with representatives of the Protestant and Roman Catholic churches
(Institute for Religious Freedom, Ukraine)

Israel confronts its religious identity
(Christian Science Monitor)

Israel: Religious leaders in Israel's 3rd largest city meet for multi-faith coexistence
(Peter Kenny, Ecumenical News)

Vietnam’s new religious decree further burdens local churches
(Caleb Maglaya Galaraga, Christianity Today)

Afghanistan: Taliban edict to resume stoning women to death met with horror
(The Guardian)

Malaysia: Anger in Malaysia over shoes bearing logo resembling Arabic word for God. Company head apologizes
(Associated Press)

Malaysia: Property damage is against Islamic law, we will defend rights of all Malaysians, says Bersatu leader
(Teh Athira Yusof, MSN)

Iran's Sunni Muslims face discrimination amid Eid al-Fitr
(Shabnam von Hein, Deutsche Welle)

The theology of social democracy
(Anthony Annett, Commonweal)

Christianity in the Middle East: Anatomy of a tragedy
(Joseph Phillip Amar, Commonweal)

Articles of interest - 8 April 2024
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Religiously motivated aid for drug abusers not protected by RFRA or 1st Amendment
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Victor Yelensky: The ROC's declaration of the "Holy War" is a document of degradation and schizophrenia
(Religious Information Service of Ukraine (RISU))

Occupied Ukraine: Espionage trial for "disappeared" Ukrainian orthodox priest
(Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service)

Vatican blasts gender-affirming surgery, surrogacy and gender theory as violations of human dignity
(Nicole Winfield, Associated Press)

Two weeks in review, 24 March – 7 April 2024
(Mary Guest, EJIL: Talk! Blog of the European Journal of International Law)

Norwegian police to carry arms after threats against Muslims

In New York, WCC explores “unique gift that we can offer in our public engagement”
(World Council of Churches)

Indonesia: Challenges ahead for Indonesia’s interfaith couples
(Hartini, The Diplomat)

Law and religion roundup – 7th April
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

China: Yuxi, Yunnan: Ramadan fasting prohibited to minors and party members
(Bitter Winter)

Saudi Arabia: Religious Affairs Presidency supports Commission for Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice during Ramadan
(Saudi Press Agency)

Humanists UK alarmed at Government’s proposal to remove 50% cap on faith schools
(Humanists UK)

Sunday, 7 April 2024

CALL FOR PAPERS, abstracts due 7 April 2024: Double Standards and International Law
(KFG International Rule of Law - Rise or Decline?)

Friday, 5 April 2024

Americans United hails new federal faith-based regulations
(Americans United for Separation of Church and State)

Three states enact new laws intended to ensure religious freedom protections
(Carol Zimmermann, The Tablet)

What faith-oriented DEI contributes to “belonging”
(Kent Johnson, Religious Freedom & Business Foundation)

Vietnam: On the convictions of Vietnamese ethnic minority and religious freedom advocates
(U.S. Embassy & Consulate in Vietnam)

Iowa governor signs 'religious freedom restoration act' into law at Christian conservative event
(Katarina Sostaric, Iowa Public Radio)

Indiana appeals court upholds injunction on abortion ban, citing religious liberty
(Jack Jenkins, Religion News Service)

Indiana Appeals Court: Plaintiffs' religious rights are violated by state's abortion restrictions
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Abortion ban likely violates religious freedoms, Indiana appeals court says
(David Wells, Courthouse News Service)

Ahead of General Conference, queer United Methodist delegates organize a caucus
(Yonat Shimron, Religion News Service)

Social cohesion and G20 agendas: Responding to the perils of “othering”
(Katherine Marshall, G20 Interfaith Forum Blog)

“There has never been a more critical time to protect religious freedom”: U.S. Senators urged to condemn religious freedom violations
(ADF International)

NYC to pay $17.5M to settle suit over forced removal of religious head coverings during mug shots
(Karen Mat, Associated Press)

Jewish group launches Holocaust survivor speakers bureau to fight increasing antisemitism worldwide
(Kirsten Grieshaber, Associated Press)

Man convicted of hate crimes for attacking Muslim man in New York City
(Minnah Arshad, USA Today)

Texas man sentenced for hate crimes following Mass shooting targeting Muslims at car repair shop
(U.S. Department of Justice)

The fight against Hindu nationalism in the United States is multifaith, says a newly formed coalition
(Richa Karmarkar, Religion News Service)

Brazil Bill that ends temporary release for non-violent criminals is criticized by Church
(Eduardo Campos Lima, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Gabon Archbishop says National Dialogue to lay the groundwork for African country’s future
(Ngala Killian Chimtom, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Kazakhstan: list of 192 known 2023 administrative prosecutions
(Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service)

French court sentences Cardinal Ouellet, religious community to fines after expelling nun
(Alexander Folz and Zoe Romanowsky, Catholic News Agency)

Korean bishops release survey results before polls
(Union of Catholic Asian News)

Nepali Christians face trial under stringent anti-conversion law
(Union of Catholic Asian News)

With the Lemon Test dead, can the Establishment Clause be unincorporated?
(Josh Blackman, The Volokh Conspiracy)

How common is religious fasting in the United States?
(Dalia Fahmy, Pew Research Center)

How soccer reveals different meanings of ‘secular’ in France and the US
(Paul Marshall, Religion Unplugged)

Does a requirement to undertake 1 day of reserve military service engender a right to conscientious objection? The recent judgment of the ECtHR in Kanatlı v. Turkey offers a new perspective.
(Işıl Kurnaz, Strasbourg Observers)

Malaysia: Interfaith council: It’s about the constitution, not religion
(Liew Yen Rou, Free Malaysia Today)

Louisiana lawmakers want Ten Commandments in all public school classrooms
(Word & Way)

A Navajo lawmaker said Arizona schools must treat eclipse like other religious holidays
(Wayne Schutsky, KJZZ)

5th Circuit split on whether fired minister can sue Baptist group
(Daniel Wiessner, Reuters)

Nicaragua jails, fines Protestant pastors over money laundering charge for which no evidence given
(Mark A. Kellner, The Washington Times)

India: On the eve of national elections, India increases repression against Christian and Muslim schools (Portuguese)
(Fabio Galão, Gazeta do Povo)

Chile: Constitutional Court rules on gender inclusive education and does not create a space for the opinion of Chilean bishops (Spanish)
(Aníbal Pastor N., Religión Digital)

Russia arrests Korean missionary on espionage charges, Christian association says
(The Christian Post)

Thursday, 4 April 2024

EVENT, 4 April 2024 (11AM ET): The 26th Annual Dialogues on Nonviolence, Religion and Peace (Notre Dame, IN, USA)
(Traci C. West, Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies)

EVENT, 4 April 2024 (5PM ET): Claiming the Nation: Religion and Politics in the Philippines (Boston, MA, USA)
(Jayeel Cornelio, Boston University Center for the Study of Asia)

Wednesday, 3 April 2024

Gov. Reynolds signs Religious Freedom Restoration Act into Law
(Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds)

VIRTUAL EVENT, 3 April 2024 (9:30AM ET): Harmony in Diversity | EP. 2 "Islam" with Prof. Husna Ahmad OBE PhD
(European Union and United Nations Offices of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)

Mother and daughter who sent money to Daesh member jailed after Met counter terrorism investigation
(Metropolitan Police)

Australia: Why are religious discrimination laws back in the news? And where did they come from in the first place?
(Luke Beck, The Conversation)

Sikhs in California vote on independence from India
(Sandhya Dirks, NPR)

On the commitments regarding tolerance and non-discrimination: Ensuring freedom of religion or belief
(U.S. Mission to the OSCE)

The gigantic copper mine that could test the limits of religious freedom
(Taylar Dawn Stagner, Canada's National Observer)

CEC contributes to discussion on freedom of religion or belief
(Conference of European Churches)

Results of the 2023 Strasbourg Observers best & worst poll
(Strasbourg Observers)

Muslim leaders reject chance to break bread with Biden as anger over Gaza festers
(Zeke Miller and Chris Megerian, Associated Press)

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