Law and Religion Headlines

Friday, 1 December 2023

There’s a new Jewish Caucus in Congress. Its mission is still unclear.
(Ron Kampeas, Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

ND Law Moot Court Board hosts eighth annual religious freedom tournament
(Libbey Detcher, University of Notre Dame Law School)

How does the wave of coups affect religious freedom in Africa?
(Jonatán Soriano, Evangelical Focus)

Colombia: Seven years since Colombia’s peace agreement, but violence against the religious sector continues
(FoRB in Full: A blog by CSW)

Colombia: Public policy on religious freedom advances in the promotion of fundamental right (Spanish)
(Alcaldía Municipal de Dosquebradas)

Historic Mexico church becomes capital's largest shelter for weary migrants
(David Alire Garcia, Reuters)

Mexico: Turco Mohamed: Christians demand of CONAPRED religious freedom for athletes (Spanish)
(Marcos Olvera, Récord)

Chile: Religion and the new Constitution: amplifying voices (Spanish)
(Nicolás Panotto, Ciper Chile)

Brazil: Lula celebrates Evangelical Day and cites religious freedom (Portuguese)

Thursday, 30 November 2023

EVENT, 28-30 November 2023: International Religious Freedom or Belief Alliance Ministerial Conference (Prague, Czechia)
(International Religious Freedom or Belief Alliance (IRFBA))

LATEST ISSUE of the Journal of Law and Religion (free access through November 30)
(various, Cambridge University Press)

EVENT, 30 November 2023 (2PM CEST): Fundamental Rights of Religious and Spiritual Minorities in the European Union (European Parliament)
(MEP Maxette Pirbakas)

Wednesday, 29 November 2023

Opinion: Kravitz v. Purcell
(Second Circuit Court of Appeals)

2nd Circuit: 1st Amendment free exercise claim requires only "burden", not "substantial burden" on religion
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Judgment of the Court in Case C-148/22 | Commune d’Ans (wearing of religious symbols)
(The Court of Justice of the European Union)

EU court says public employees may be barred from wearing head scarf

It’s OK to ban wearing religious symbols at work, EU top court rules

Muslims criticize European court ruling allowing employers to ban hijab
(About Islam)

‘EU clearly targeting Muslims’: Top court allows states to ban hijab at work
(International Quran News Agency (IQNA))

Headscarves at the ECJ again: Commune d’Ans
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

EVENT, 29 November 2023 (5:30PM): Religious Freedom in Cuba and Nicaragua (Prague, Czechia)
(People in Need, IRI, IPPFoRB)

VIRTUAL EVENT, 29 November 2023 (8AM MST): Diplomacy, Geopolitics, and Global Orthodox Christianity: Launching a New Policy Brief
(Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)

Rep. Anna Eshoo, religious liberty advocate, won't seek reelection
(Michael Gryboski, The Christian Post)

‘Bella Health’ is a milestone victory for religious freedom
(Mary Margaret Beecher, National Catholic Register)

For ‘Red Week,’ parish remembers suffering of Jews and Muslims along with persecuted Christians
(Sam Lucero, Catholic Review)

Abortion rights and freedom of religion
(JoAnne Palmer, New Jersey Jewish News)

FFRF convinces Okla. school system to halt prayer broadcasts
(Freedom From Religion Foundation)

Employee fired for refusing COVID-19 vaccination sues Colorado company
(Logan Smith, CBS Colorado)

Vermont Christian school sues state after ban from state athletics following trans athlete protest
(Sarah Al-Arshani, USA Today)

New York faith leaders link arms to share joy and light, help children this holiday season
(Sarah Jane Weaver, Deseret News)

Combatting impunity is essential for the realisation of the right to freedom of religion or belief
(Chibuzor Tina, FoRB in Full: A blog by CSW)

CEC webinar focuses on the need for safety and security for religious communities
(Conference of European Churches)

Alleged assassination plot against Sikh separatist could hamper India-U.S. relations
(Saira Bano, The Conversation)

Stung by anti-Israel protests and hate, many Jews are reasserting their identity
(Michele Chabin, Religion News Service)

USCIRF releases report on national level anti-conversion laws around the world
(U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom)

Burkino Faso: Unable to go to church: Burkina Faso's Christians living under threat of attacks
(Tonny Onyulo, Sight)

ECHR begins hearing right-to-die case of Hungarian lawyer
(Balkan Insight)

New documentary offers a peek into the triumphs and struggles of Muslim chaplains in US military
(Mariam Fam, Associated Press)

Antisemitic incidents in Germany rose by 320% after Hamas attacked Israel, a monitoring group says
(Kirsten Grieshaber, Associated Press)

Kapparot protesters lose suit against city
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Protecting People from Their Own Religious Communities: Jane Doe in Church and State
(Eugene Volokh, Journal of Law and Religion)

Kyrgyzstan: Repressive draft new Religion Law out for public discussion
(Felix Corley and Mushfig Bayram, Forum 18 News Service)

Canada: Churches prepare report for Canada’s Universal Periodic Review
(World Council of Churches)

Head of Tibet’s government-in-exile meets with Canadian lawmakers
(Radio Free Asia)

New Zealand: Māori atheism on the rise: the legacy of colonisation is driving a decline in traditional Christian beliefs
(Masoumeh Sara Rahmani and Peter Adds, The Conversation)

Kansas clergy place faith in state legislators embracing ‘moral truth’ of Medicaid expansion
(Tim Carpenter, Word & Way)

Malawi: Africa’s Wall Street quiets Christian worship
(Nyasha Bhobo, Christianity Today)

Nigeria: Strengthening collaborations to end religiously motivated violence
(United Religions Initiative)

Nigeria: In wake of killing and arrest, Nigerian prelate blasts blasphemy laws
(Ngala Killian Chimtom, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

GOP AGs blast Biden admin for foster care plan they say would effectively ban Christians
(Brianna Herlihy, Fox News)

Largest ever religion & work survey
(Religious Freedom & Business Foundation)

Jewish groups sue over Berkeley law student organizations' antisemitic policies
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Justice Department files statement of interest supporting Oregon church’s free meal program
(Don Byrd, Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty)

Bethlehem pastors arrive in DC, urge lawmakers to embrace cease-fire, peace plan
(Jack Jenkins, Religion News Service)

Poll: Less than half of Jewish college students feel safe on campus
(Yonat Shimron, Religion News Service)

India: Uttar Pradesh govt’s crackdown on noise pollution, removes 3,238 loudspeakers from various religious establishments

India: Nun aims to mobilize 100,000 sisters in India in fight against human trafficking
(Nirmala Carvalho, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

US, Japanese bishops hail UN summit on prohibiting nukes as ‘journey toward hope’
(John Lavenburg, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

‘Ultimately, we are alone’: Schumer calls out antisemitism on the left in a speech on the Senate floor
(Ron Kampeas, Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

Texas man sentenced for antisemitic hate crime after seeking to burn down synagogue
(U.S. Department of Justice)

Where does religion fit in a religiously pluralistic country?
(Russell Shaw, National Catholic Register)

Russia: Fourth post-prison Jehovah's Witness deportation
(Victoria Arnold, Forum 18 News Service)

Freedom of religion, there is something rotten in France’s mind
(Juan Sanchez Gil, The European Times)

Religious accommodation and its limits
(Farrah Raza, Canopy Forum on the Interactions of Law & Religion)

Indonesia: ISORA R20 Forum, President: Religion plays a role in creating world peace
(Hidayat Salam and Mawar Kusuma Wulan, Kompas)

Rule of law protects democracy, pope says
(Cindy Wooden, Union of Catholic Asian News)

Sri Lankan cardinal warns of threat to freedom of speech
(Union of Catholic Asian News)

Ethiopian church leaders meet at Ecumenical Institute at Bossey
(World Council of Churches)

Position paper on EU legislation on Labour Migration released by the Christian Group on Migration and Asylum
(The Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union (COMECE))

Biden Administration federal funding rule change threatens religious liberty
(Rick Plasterer, Juicy Ecumenism, Institute on Religion and Democracy)

Church of England Bishop introduces Bill to allow humanitarian visas for those seeking asylum
(The Church of England)

Facts not “visions” required for faculty
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Cambridge University history dept promotes ‘Anti-Zionism’ online panel
(Michelle Rosenberg, Jewish News)

How Parthenon sculptures sparked a diplomatic row between Greece and UK
(Al Jazeera)

The International Association of Scientologists’ 39th Anniversary—and a protest that failed
(Willy Fautré, Bitter Winter)

A religious revolution is under way in the Middle East
(The Economist)

Kenya: Inter-Religious Council of Kenya launches social intelligence report
(Kenya News Agency)

Brazil: Religious manifestations x law of silence: how to reconcile (Portuguese)
(Carla Hummel, Jornal Cidade)

Brazil: The issue of religious intolerance from the perspective of Brazilian law (Portuguese)
(Letícia Santos Silva, Portal Invest NE)

Brazil: Symposium in reference to Evangelical Day will discuss religious freedom at OAB/AL (Portuguese)

Brazil: Seventh-day Adventists, religious freedom and interfaith dialogue (Portuguese)
(Heron Santana IASD, IASD)

Argentina: November 25th: National Religious Freedom Day (Spanish)

Chile: Rector of the UC for conscientious objection in a constitutional proposal: “It is at the level of religious freedom and it does not hurt to put it in the Constitution” (Spanish)
(Shelmmy Carvajal, La Tercera)

Tuesday, 28 November 2023

VIRTUAL COURSE, November - December 2023: Religious Engagement in Peacebuilding (Instructor-Led)
(The United States Institute of Peace)

WEBINAR, 28 November 2023 (11AM ET): USCIRF Conversation: Threats to Religious Sites in Turkey
(U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom)

Monday, 27 November 2023

Vanuatu: “A motivating force of love”: Interfaith gathering at Vanuatu Temple inspires hope
(Bahá’í World News Service)

The Democratic Republic of the Congo works to improve religious freedom for Christians
(Joseph Hammond, Religion Unplugged)

India: BJP leader charged with hate speech in Telangana
(CSW: Everyone Free to Believe)

India: Secularism must be followed by all religious communities and citizens: Justice MR Shah
(Narsi Benwal, Bar and Bench)

Australia: Fourteen members of Toowoomba religious group front court over death of eight-year-old Elizabeth Struhs
(Alex Brewster and Cindy Wockner, ABC News Australia)

Jewish, Islamic groups back up Catholic school in lawsuit challenging new Michigan law
(Brianna Herlihy, Fox News)

Australia: Voluntary assisted dying is now available in all Australian states. How do the NSW laws compare?
(Casey Michelle Haining, Ben White, Katrine del Villar, and Lindy Wilmott, The Conversation)

Australia: New NSW “religious vilification” law
(Neil Foster, Law and Religion Australia)

Australia: What happened to our secular state? Opinion
(Michael Dove, Central Western Daily)

Around the web - 27 November 2023
(Law and Religion Forum, St. John's Law School Center for Law & Religion)

The Oxford Handbook of Christianity and Law
(Edited by John Witte, Jr. and Rafael Domingo, Oxford University Press)

How do Americans think about chaplains?
(Wendy Cadge, London School of Economics Religion and Global Society Blog)

Faith in action: Jewish, Christian, and Muslim solidarity for just peace in times of conflict (video)
(Harvard Divinity School)

Violence against women and girls today: one killed every 11 minutes
(Ewelina U. Ochab, Forbes)

With antisemitism rising as the Israel-Hamas war rages, Europe’s Jews worry
(Jamey Keaten And Laurie Kellman, Associated Press)

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