Law and Religion Headlines

Wednesday, 14 April 2021

Will waqf expansion strengthen Jordan’s control of Jerusalem holy sites?
(Daoud Kuttab, Al-Monitor: Jordan Pulse)

Dubai restaurants to stop screening dining areas during Ramadan fast
(Al-Monitor: The Pulse of the Middle East)

New archaeological discovery in St. Hilarion Monastery
(Ahmad Abu Amer, Al-Monitor: Palestine Pulse)

Brian Grim named to CVS Health Faith-based and Business Leaders Advisory Council
(Religious Freedom & Business Foundation)

Northern Cyprus: Ryan Keating charged with illegally importing Christian material
(Human Rights Without Frontiers International)

Belgium: The Ghent case against Jehovah’s Witnesses: A chronology
(Human Rights Without Frontiers International)

Polish church welcomes police 'regret' for intrusion
(Jonathan Luxmoore, The Tablet UK)

How Joe Biden and Boris Johnson can protect freedom of religion
(Rehman Chishti and Knox Thames, The Times)

Church groups sue Scottish charity for discrimination over cancellations
(Marc Horne, The Times)

Turkey’s Christians face increasingly dangerous persecution – analyst

Weekly highlight #151: COVID-19: Exploring faith dimensions: Religious engagement on covid-19 and global finance, celebration seasons
(Berkley Center, Joint Learning Initiative, WFDD)

IMF/World Bank/G20 Spring meetings: Religious perspectives and voices
(Katherine Marshall, G20 Interfaith Forum Blog)

Pakistan interior minister recommends ban on Islamist party
(Munir Ahmed and Babar Dogar, Associated Press)

Sikhs mark toned-down holiday amid continuing virus concerns
(Margaret Stafford and Gary Fields, Associated Press)

BJC, other faith organizations issue statement on state legislation exempting religious organizations from emergency orders
(Don Byrd, Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty)

Religious liberty and the presidential transition
(Holly Hollman, Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty)

Hans Küng and the global ethic (plus multiple responses)
(Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)

Top Vatican diplomat says decline of the West not irreversible
(Inés San Martín, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Irish Christian leaders call on UK, Ireland to work together on root causes of N Ireland violence
(Charles Collins, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

German legislators consider ending state payments to churches
(Catholic News Service)

How the Supreme Court found its faith and put ‘religious liberty’ on a winning streak
(Steven K. Green, The Conversation)

These lawsuits reveal the left’s goal to banish religion altogether
(Yaakov Menken, The Federalist)

Supreme Court conservatives may reset balance between LGBTQ rights and religious liberty
(David G. Savage, Los Angeles Times)

A free exercise of religion Supreme Court
(The Wall Street Journal - Opinion)

Influx of migrants contributing to emergence of hotbeds of interfaith tensions in Crimea - Patrushev

Recent CDM Tribunal decisions (I)
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Only 6 percent of Americans have dominantly biblical worldview, study shows
(Ecumenical News)

Sadiq Khan: I turned to Israel for advice on persuading Londoners to get vaccine
(Lee Harpin, Jewish News)

Mosque row raises Church-State issues in France
(Tom Heneghan, The Tablet UK)

As French Senate tightens church controls, Christians protest without fear
(Kami Rice, Christianity Today)

French high court clears cardinal of abuse cover-up claims
(Nicolas Vaux-Montagny, Associated Press)

A legal winning streak for religion (podcast)
(The New York Times)

How an LGBTQ+ rights case could affect the response to covid-19
(Patrick Hornbeck, Canopy Forum on the Interactions of Law & Religion)

Religiously based ethical arguments favoring estate taxes
(Canopy Forum on the Interactions of Law & Religion)

Book review: The Almighty and the dollar
(Samuel Gregg, Law & Liberty)

New book: Religion and the Rise of Capitalism
(Benjamin M. Friedman, Penguin Random House)

Antisemitism in Europe
(U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom)

Tuesday, 13 April 2021

WEBINAR, 13 April 2021 (11AM EST): Keeping Faith with the Sahel--R3 and the Triple Nexus: Commitments to Integrating Peacebuilding
(Catholic Relief Services)

Monday, 12 April 2021

SCOTUS grants injunction in Tandon v. Newsom
(Josh Blackman, The Volokh Conspiracy)

How SCOTUS is selectively ‘restoring’ religious liberty
(Mark Silk, RNS Column: Spiritual Politics)

Divided court blocks California’s COVID-related restrictions on in-home religious gatherings
(Amy Howe, SCOTUSblog)

Supreme Court enjoins, pending appeals, California limits on in-home worship services
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Supreme Court rules California must allow in-home religious gatherings
(Tommy Beer, Forbes)

High court halts Calif. virus rules limiting home worship
(Jessica Gresko, Associated Press)

Dubai parts with curtain covers for restaurants in Ramadan
(Associated Press)

Muslims navigate restrictions in the second pandemic Ramadan
(Mariam Fam, Kathy Gannon and Bassem Mroue, Associated Press)

Bulgarian Muslims hold circumcision festival despite virus
(Jordan Simeonov, Associated Press)

With the start of Ramadan, Portland Muslim community leaders call for unity against Islamophobia and all forms of hate
(Laural Porter, KGW8)

Nightly prayers at the mosque? Big iftars? Vaccines? Ramadan 2021 brings decisions for Muslims.
(Michelle Boorstein, The Washington Post)

This land is sacred to the Apache, and they are fighting to save it: Native Americans want to protect Oak Flat, a sacred site 60 miles east of Phoenix, from a mining operation
(Dana Hedgpeth, The Washington Post)

Supreme Court punted on protections for religion in workplace. Justice Gorsuch wasn't having it.
(Sarah Parshall Perry, The Daily Signal)

Episcopal priest goes viral for wearing the same dress for 100 days as a fashion sustainability challenge
(Egan Millard, Episcopal News Service)

When clean energy is powered by dirty labor: Most solar panels come from China, and using them to fuel a clean energy transition risks reliance on Uyghur slave labor in Xinjiang.
(Elisabeth Braw, Foreign Policy)

CEC-CCEE issue joint statement on 20th Anniversary of Charta Oecumenica
(Conference of European Churches)

Letter from the Secretary General, Prof. Azza Karam, on faith-inspired changemaking masterclass
(Azza Karam, Religions for Peace)

Black churches focus on hope amid COVID-19, violence, and George Floyd trial
(Hamil R. Harris, Religion Unplugged)

Holocaust Remembrance Day is a time for silence, and for speaking up
(Yael Eckstein, Real Clear Religion)

Ahmadiyya Muslim Community UK Newsletter - April 2021
(Ahmadiyya Muslim Community UK)

Taiwan: Transitional justice and the case of Tai Ji Men, an unsolved issue
(Human Rights Without Frontiers International)

Starmer’s treatment of UK Jesus House is a “concerted attack” on freedom of religion
(Evangelical Alliance)

UK moves to cancel ‘cancel culture’ at universities

Articles of interest - 12 April 2021
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

6th Circuit grants initial hearing en banc in Tennessee abortion case
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Sixth Circuit grants Tennessee’s request for en banc hearing on abortion law
(Kevin Koeninger, Courthouse News Service)

Five things we’ve learned after a year of pandemic
(KAICIID Dialogue Centre)

In Indonesia, KAICIID fellow leads efforts to optimize Confucian-Muslim Relations
(KAICIID Dialogue Centre)

In Jordan, KAICIID fellows create spaces for women's empowerment and inclusion
(KAICIID Dialogue Centre)

Pakistan’s iconic human rights defender I.A. Rehman dies
(Associated Press)

Two Christian nurses in Pakistan falsely accused of blasphemy by Muslim coworker
(International Christian Concern)

Religious leaders recall Prince Philip’s spiritual curiosity
(Jill Lawless, Associated Press)

Religious party seeks gains in Peru's legislative elections
(Franklin Briceño, Associated Press)

The long, withdrawing roar: ‘Secular surge’
(Bernard G. Prusak, Commonweal)

Mozambique Islamist insurgency causing ‘truly indescribable’ horror
(Ngala Killian Chimtom, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

London police ‘deeply regret’ aftermath of Good Friday liturgy shutdown
(Charles Collins, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Biden administration says it has UNRWA’s commitment to ‘zero tolerance’ for anti-Semitism
(Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

The Great Awokening: Identity politics versus Christianity
(Mike Sabo, Real Clear Religion)

Right-wing groups stop film shoot in Kerala over interfaith love plot
(Vivek Rajagopal, India Today)

Huge gatherings at India’s Hindu festival as virus surges
(Neha Mehrotra and Sheikh Saaliq, Associated Press)

Covering a life-and-death issue: Muslims driving changes in India's rapacious dowry custom
(Julia Duin, GetReligion)

'Nothing in particular' is the growing American religion niche few are studying
(Terry Mattingly, GetReligion)

COVID-19 legislation and guidance: update to 17 April
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Law and religion round-up – 11th April
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Church leaders breach sectarian divide, urge end to Northern Ireland violence
(Peter Kenny, Ecumenical News)

The legal oppression of nonbelievers will escalate the more religion declines
(Tyler Broker, Above the Law)

What is behind the anti-Muslim measures in Sri Lanka?
(Farzana Haniffa, Al Jazeera)

The rise of domestic extremism in America: Data shows a surge in homegrown incidents not seen in a quarter-century
(Robert O'Harrow Jr., Andrew Ba Tran, and Derek Hawkins, The Washington Post)

Outcry against the decision of the city of Strasbourg to vote against adopting the IHRA definition of antisemitism
(Yossi Lempkowicz, European Jewish Press)

France: The persecution of Christians who were Muslims
(European Centre for Law & Justice)

Netherlands court fines an Islamist imam for cursing Ahmadiyya Muslims with ‘pig’
(The Muslim Times)

Taliban not ready to meet Afghan govt in Turkey as US wants
(Kathy Gannon, Associated Press)

Kabul wants allegedly stolen prayer book from Museum of the Bible
(Gil Zohar, Religion Unplugged)

VIRTUAL EVENT, 12 April 2021 (1:30PM EDT): Religious Liberty: Where We Are and Where We're Going
(Religious Freedom Institute)

Saturday, 10 April 2021

WEBINAR, 8-10 April 2021: Faith and Flourishing: Strategies for Preventing and Healing Child Sexual Abuse
(Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)

Friday, 9 April 2021

Prince Philip: Tributes after Duke of Edinburgh dies aged 99
(BBC News)

His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Prince Philip’s powerful and natural link with the Jewish community
(Jewish News)

Passing the buck? The UN Security Council's undue reliance on ASEAN to defuse the Myanmar crisis
(Diane Desierto, EJIL: Talk! Blog of the European Journal of International Law)

RFI vice president appears on EWTN's News Nightly discussing crisis in Burma
(Religious Freedom Institute)

WEBINAR, 9 April 2021, 4:00 pm (GMT+2): Jehovah's Witnesses, Shunning, and Religious Liberty: The Ghent Court Decision
(Center for Studies on New Religions (CESNUR))

ONLINE SURVEY: Article 18 Survey on the State of Freedom of Religion or Belief (FORB) Worldwide
(IRF Secretariat and Religious Freedom & Business Foundation)

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