Law and Religion Headlines

Monday, 21 September 2020

Abortion a key issue in Supreme Court nomination process
(Catholic News Agency)

Pelosi 'misspoke' on San Francisco Mass attendance, spokesman claims
(Matt Hadro, Catholic News Agency)

Freedom of Religion or Belief club formed at BYU
(Emily Harrah, The Daily Universe)

Utah ranks 2nd in nation for supporting laws that protect LGBTQ community
(Courtney Tanner and Scott D. Pierce, The Salt Lake Tribune)

Religion Photos of the Week - 18 September 2020
(Kit Doyle, Religion News Service)

EEOC sues over failure to accommodate Seventh Day Adventist
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

EEOC sues Frito-Lay for religious discrimination
(U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission)

New issue of EJIL (Vol. 31 (2020) No. 2) out this week
(Mary Guest, EJIL: Talk! Blog of the European Journal of International Law)

Articles of interest - 21 September 2020
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Health professionals and the law: Protecting practice according to conscience
(Neil Foster, Law and Religion Australia)

Pope, Spanish bishops voice alarm over euthanasia debate
(Inés San Martín, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Euthanasia would be a defeat for human dignity, Spanish legislators warned
(c, The Catholic Universe)

Hong Kong court refuses to recognise overseas same-sex marriages
(Beh Lih Yi, Reuters)

Eritrean evangelical, Pentecostal Christians jailed for their faith temporarily freed on bail
(World Watch Monitor, The Christian Post)

Study confirms explosive growth of Iranian Christians
(The Christian Institute)

Chengdu City Shaheyuan police intimidate Early Rain Covenant Church couple
(China Aid)

Mike Pompeo: Holy See's moral witness needed in China
(Catholic News Service)

Trump’s top envoy urges Vatican to challenge China on religious freedom
(Elise Ann Allen, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

China’s Catholics and the Church’s moral witness
(Michael R. Pompeo, First Things)

USCIRF welcomes release of Pastor A Dao in Vietnam
(U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom)

Saudi Arabia to launch app for Mecca pilgrims amid virus
(Associated Press)

Ginsburg’s death puts Roe v. Wade on the ballot in November
(David Crary, Associated Press)

Russian religions oppose changes in religion law
(Vzgliad, Russia Religion News (Stetson University))

Russian Bible Society feels harassed
(Credo.Press, Russia Religion News (Stetson University))

Russia's quiet persecution of religion
(Arielle Del Turco, Family Research Council)

Russian parliament will consider changes in religion law tomorrow
(Nezavisimaia Gazeta, Russia Religion News (Stetson University))

Plug-in: What's in a name? More evidence that Americans live in a post-denominational age
(Bobby Ross Jr., GetReligion)

Surviving 2020: How many churches will die because of COVID-19 and 'worship shifting'?
(Terry Mattingly, GetReligion)

Would the United States of America be better off without all that tacky religion stuff?
(Richard Ostling, GetReligion)

Law and religion round-up – 20th September
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

COVID 'group of six' ban in England 'will not apply' to places of worship
(Peter Kenny, Ecumenical News)

Online hate focus at virtual Labour conference events with communal groups
(Jenni Frazer, Jewish News)

Stonewall to continue trans campaign for right to change birth certificates
(Libby Brooks, The Guardian)

Polish parliament votes to ban $1.8 billion industry of kosher and halal meat for export
(Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

The 2020 Election: A clear distinction on abortion
(David Closson, Public Discourse: The Journal of the Witherspoon Institute)

How the Trump Administration has harmed faith communities
(Guthrie Graves-Fitzsimmons, Maggie Siddiqi, and Samantha Behar, Center for American Progress)

Amy Coney Barrett, controversial Catholic, re-emerges as potential Supreme Court pick
(Jack Jenkins, Religion News Service)

Pentagon issues decree to bolster religious freedoms of service members
(Alex Best, Christianity Daily)

Are Iraqi youths losing their religion?
(Judit Neurink, Al-Monitor)

Religion and its services contribute $67.5 billion to the Canadian economy, calculates new study
(Tyler Dawson, National Post)

Observers remain skeptical as Uzbek government says religious extremism rising
(Asim Kashgarian, Voice of America)

Explained: Pakistan's emotive blasphemy laws
(Asad Hashim, Al Jazeera)

Egypt’s presidency clashes with religious institutions over verbal divorce
(Al-Monitor: The Pulse of the Middle East)

Flier threatening 2nd Holocaust posted on vandalized monument in Ukraine for the genocide
(Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

Hearing in trial of Hyper Cacher store killings set for Yom Kippur, and court won’t change the date
(Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

Unveiling: Malaysian activist fights for hijab freedom
(Choo Ching Yee, Agence France-Presse)

At meeting with Muslim missionaries, PM Muhyiddin urges against extremism to defend Islam
(Soo Wern Jun, Malay Mail)

Persecution forces Laotian Christians to practice faith in secret
(UCA News)

A right to regularize unlawful residence? Pormes v. Netherlands untangled
(Mark Klaassen, Strasbourg Observers)

Black Jesus version of Michelangelo's Pietà divides Catholics on race and politics
(Claire Giangravé, Religion News Service)

Saturday, 19 September 2020

VIRTUAL EVENT, 19 September 2020 (3 PM ET): Giussani Series 2020: From Utopia To Presence
(Crossroads Cultural Center)

PODCASTS (on now) - The Keeper: Solidarity Sabbath Season
(Hosted by Katrina Lantos Swett, Lantos Foundation for Human Rights and Justice)

Friday, 18 September 2020

Zelensky's Rosh Hashanah greeting expresses hope for return to normal rhythm of life next year

Presidential message on Rosh Hashanah, 2020
(The White House)

President issues Rosh Hashanah message
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Boris Johnson: Rosh Hashanah marks ‘end of a year many would like to forget’
(Jack Mendel, Jewish News)

Hungarian Jews to celebrate Rosh Hashanah on a boat on the Danube amid rising COVID infections
(Cnaan Liphshiz, Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

ONLINE SEMINAR, 18 Sept 2020 (12 PM London): Religion, Business, Economics and Sustainable Development
(Peter Petkoff with Kenneth J. Barnes, Canon Edmund Newell, Naoto Yoshikawa, Oxford Journal of Law and Religion, with Brunel Centre for Entrepreneurship and Sustainability, G20 Interfaith Forum, Centre for Religion and Culture Regent’s Park College, Oxford Society for Law and Religion)

China's disturbing disregard for religious freedom in Xanjiang — and beyond
(Katrina Lantos Swett, Public Square Magazine)

Muslim countries must take a stand for China’s Uighur community
(Katrina Lantos Swett and Irshad Manji, Real Clear World)

Open letter to Walt Disney Company CEO : Disney's dishonor
(Katrina Lantos Swett, Lantos Foundation for Human Rights and Justice)

The pandemic exposes realities of failing to combat global censorship
(Katrina Lantos Swett, The Hill - Opinion)

Open letter to Zoom in response to its deactivation of activist accounts
(Katrina Lantos Swett, Lantos Foundation for Human Rights and Justice)

Lantos Foundation Statement : Our commitment to Internet Freedom in all its forms
(Lantos Foundation for Human Rights and Justice)

U.S. halts imports from China's Uighur region for forced labor
(CBS News)

UN urged to intervene in case of detained Hotel Rwanda dissident
(Stephanie Kirchgaessner, The Guardian)

Paul Rusesabagina of Hotel Rwanda film denied bail
(Al Jazeera)

Barbados pledges same-sex marriage vote, but supporters doubt reform
(Anastasia Moloney, Reuters)

Indonesia’s ban on Bible app contradicts religious tolerance philosophy of Pancasila
(Barnabas Fund)

Unregistered Catholics told to obey CCP or face consequences
(Wang Yang, Bitter Winter: A Magazine on Religious Liberty and Human Rights in China)

Buddhist statues removed from temples and tourist sites
(Hu Ke, Bitter Winter: A Magazine on Religious Liberty and Human Rights in China)

WEBINAR, 18 September 2020, 12:00 pm
(Oxford Journal of Law and Religion)

The fate of women’s rights in Afghanistan
(John R. Allen and Vanda Felbab-Brown, Brookings)

USCIRF Commissioner Frederick A. Davie adopts Mubarak Bala and Yahaya Sharif-Aminu of Nigeria through the Religious Prisoners of Conscience Project
(U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom)

California Christian school must abide by COVID-19 restrictions
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Christian school ordered to cease on-campus learning during pandemic
(Bianca Bruno, Courthouse News Service)

Consent decree allows construction of Chabad house
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

N.J. town agrees to let Jewish congregation build worship center after feds sue
(Joe Atmonavage,

EEOC sues over health care company's refusal to accommodate modest dress beliefs
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Wellpath sued by EEOC for religious discrimination
(U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission)

Ohio law bans COVID orders that close houses of worship
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

New law bans officials from closing Ohio places of worship
(Andrew Welsh-Huggins, Associated Press)

Pelosi to church: ‘Follow science’ on COVID-19 restrictions
(Lisa Mascaro, Associated Press)

Jewish pilgrims retreat from Ukrainian border
(Yuras Karmanau, Associated Press)

Miami Herald apologizes for ‘racist’ insert column
(Adriana Gomez Licon, Associated Press)

Germany to improve safety of Jewish sites after Halle attack
(Associated Press)

Group appeals US judge’s Idaho transgender sports ban ruling
(Keith Ridler, Associated Press)

Under lockdown, Israel faces bitter start of Jewish New Year
(Ilan Ben Zion, Associated Press)

SF Archbishop: Catholics’ right to worship ‘unjustly repressed’ by government
(Catholic News Service)

Nearly 10 percent of town quarantined after Argentine priest ignores safety protocols
(Inés San Martín, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Pew sees religious voters’ support for 2020 nominees mirroring past elections
(Kurt Jensen, Catholic News Service)

Two bishops ask Philippine president to let health workers go abroad
(Catholic News Service)

The irreligious vote
(Ramesh Ponnuru, National Review)

Will Israel’s peace agreements bring religious freedom in the Middle East?
(Lela Gilbert, Religion Unplugged)

Defend religious freedom in the US and abroad
(Andrea Picciotti-Bayer & Fr. Benedict Kiely, Real Clear Religion)

Appeals court frees Jehovah's Witness while retaining restrictions on activity
(Kommersant, Russia Religion News (Stetson University))

Jehovah's Witness held accountable for long past alleged indiscretions
(Anastasia Borshchova,, Russia Religion News (Stetson University))

Putin notes Russian Jewish community's role in countering Covid-19

Tajikistan: "No reason to fear" census religion question?
(Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service)

New podcast: Yes, it will be big news if COVID-19 closes 20% of America's churches
(Terry Mattingly, GetReligion)

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