Law and Religion Headlines

Sunday, 5 July 2020

Calif. issues ban on singing in churches amid ongoing pandemic
(Brandom Showalter, The Christian Post)

Trump denounces those who lie about US history as protesters burn flags outside White House
(Anugrah Kumar, The Christian Post)

British pastors sue, challenging Government COVID-19 orders which closed churches
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Faith leaders call to keep EU's religious freedom envoy
(Timothy Jones, Deutsche Welle)

Belgian protest for headscarf rights at university
(Agnes Szucs, Anadolu Agency)

Fighting antisemitism on all fronts in a changing world
(Alan Rosenbaum, The Jerusalem Post)

Saturday, 4 July 2020

Reflections about religious liberty on our nation's Independence Day
(The Most Rev. Oscar A. Solis, Bishop of Salt Lake City, Intermountain Catholic)

Can Americans live up to the promise of America
(Jennifer Graham, Deseret News | InDepth)

First-person: America the beautiful?
(Jim Richards, Baptist Press)

12 Black faith leaders who shaped America
(Carr Harkrader, Religion News Service)

2020 Hindsight on the Spirit of ’76
(Robert M.S. McDonald, Inside Sources)

A closer look: Religious freedom is rooted in duty, not rights
(Kenneth Craycraft, The Catholic Telegraph)

A time to remember the importance of freedom
(Bishop Dennis J. Sullivan, Catholic Star Herald)

Evangelical leaders are speaking up about race — but will this new focus last?
(Adelle M. Banks, Religion News Service)

One Mennonite bishop’s perspective on faith and hope during the COVID-19 pandemic
(Trent Toone, Deseret News Faith)

Muslim Americans assert solidarity with Black Lives Matter, finding unity within a diverse faith group
(Amir Hussain, The Conversation)

Ideas: What is religious freedom?
(Marc Clauson, Dayton Daily News)

Is America a 'failed' experiment?
(Jerry Newcombe, The Christian Post)

Even at the door, or still in the driveway? Telling the difference between the end and merely a terrible crisis
(Shane Anderson, Adventist Review Online)

CCNI: charities in Northern Ireland after McKee & Hughes
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

President Trump: ‘Our children are taught to hate their own country’
(Anugrah Kumar, The Christian Post)

Friday, 3 July 2020

LDS Church’s COVID-19 relief now the largest humanitarian aid project in its history
(Tad Walch, Deseret News)

Obergefell v. Hodges: Five Years Later
(The Editors, Talk About: Law and Religion - Blog of the International Center for Law and Religion Studies)

Obergefell, Our Common Humanity, and Putting Children First
(Tanner Bean and Robin Fretwell Wilson, Talk About: Law and Religion - Blog of the International Center for Law and Religion Studies)

Judicial Overreach and Reasonable Accommodation: Some British Reflection on the US Supreme Court Decision in Obergefell v. Hodges
(Mark Hill QC, Talk About: Law and Religion - Blog of the International Center for Law and Religion Studies)

Postmodern Marriages for Postmodern Times: The Obergefell Case and the Strasbourg Court’s Jurisprudence
(Eugenia Relaño Pastor, Talk About: Law and Religion - Blog of the International Center for Law and Religion Studies)

Human Dignity, SOGI Claims, and the Obergefell decision
(Christine Venter, Talk About: Law and Religion - Blog of the International Center for Law and Religion Studies)

Birth registration and religion in Greece: Stavropoulos and Papanikolaou
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

The Grand Chamber Judgment in S.M. v Croatia: Human Trafficking, Prostitution and the Definitional Scope of Article 4 ECHR
(Vladislava Stoyanova, Strasbourg Observers)

South Bay United Pentecostal Church v. Gavin Newsom (church re-opening in pandemic case)
(Supreme Court of the United States)

SCOTUS: Church challenges COVID-19 stay-at-home order (Updated)
(Amy Howe, SCOTUSblog)

When it comes to reopening churches in the pandemic, Supreme Court says grace ain’t groceries
(Ross D. Silverman, The Conversation)

The Supreme Court eliminates a legal vestige of anti-Catholic prejudice
(Ray Domanico, City Journal)

Archbishop Wenski: Supreme Court decision on aid to religious schools is a blow against anti-Catholicism
(Thomas G. Wenski, America: The Jesuit Review)

The bigotry of Blaine no more
(Jeanne Allen, National Catholic Register)

Justice Alito cites 1871 anti-Catholic political cartoon of priests as crocodiles in religious liberty opinion
(Aaron Keller, Law & Crime)

Justice Alito’s brief retelling of Blaine Amendment history
(Samuel Alito, Education Next)

Birth certificate mentioning when a child was named by a civil act breached a family’s right not to have to manifest their beliefs (Stavropoulos))
(Press Release, The European Court of Human RIghts (via Strasbourg Consortium))

Support for LGBTQ rights, with a signal for religious liberty: What does Bostock actually mean for employers?
(Michael E. Brewer, William F. Dugan, Susan F. Eandi, and Emily Paige Harbison, Lexology)

Professor Mohammad Fadel on Muslims, Islam, and Bostock
(Mohammad H. Fadel, Altmuslimah)

Most favor SCOTUS ruling protecting LGBT workers
(Grant D. Crawford, Tahledquah Daily Press)

What the Supreme Court’s abortion decision means
(Emma Green, The Atlantic)

What’s next for the Supreme Court and abortion?
(Michelle La Rosa, Catholic News Agency)

Supreme Court: Religious liberty is winning—and the pro-life cause is losing
(Joe Carter, Keep the Faith)

The fight to stop federal executions isn’t over
(Jeremy Stahl, Slate)

New podcast: Why didn't @NYTimes mention complex political history of 'equal access' laws?
(Terry Mattingly, GetReligion)

DAILY HIGHLIGHT #108: Refugee Perceptions Through the Lens of Religious Beliefs: Rohingya Camps
(COVID-19: Exploring Faith Dimensions, Berkley Center, Joint Learning Initiative, WFDD)

Woman given life for plot to blow up St. Paul’s Cathedral in London
(Associated Press)

Virginia wedding photographer sues over pro-LGBT state law
(Alex Swoyer, The Washington Times)

‘God bless America’ - Popes speak to the United States
(Catholic News Agency)

Vatican appeals for debt relief for developing countries at United Nations
(Courtney Mares, Catholic News Agency)

Missouri cannot block Medicaid funding from Planned Parenthood, high court says
(Catholic News Agency)

COVID-19: 4 things to know about face masks
(Sheryl Lynn, The Christian Post)

Supreme Court vacates ruling against Ind. abortion laws on ultrasound images, parental notification for underage girls
(Michael Gryboski, The Christian Post)

In search of Uighur cuisine and a lost community: Nikkei's China bureau chief offers snapshots of politics amid the pandemic
(Tetsushi Takahashi, Nikkei Asian Review)

Thursday, 2 July 2020

Suit challenges Virginia's ban on LGBT discrimination in public accommodations
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Justices grant new cases, send Indiana abortion cases back for a new look
(Amy Howe, SCOTUSblog)

Halting the Hajj: Exploring the social, political, economic, and religious fallout of this year’s (all but) canceled pilgrimage
(David J. Wasserstein, Sightings: The Martin Marty Center, University of Chicago Divinity School)

Business Leaders Advancing Interfaith Understanding and Peace
(Religious Freedom & Business Foundation)

White House praises Espinoza decision
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Statement from the Press Secretary regarding today’s Supreme Court ruling on religious schools
(The White House)

Maine, Vermont next in fight over aid to religious schools
(David Sharp and Wilson Ring, Associated Press)

DAILY HIGHLIGHT #106: Deep Prejudices Surface During the COVID-19 Crisis
(COVID-19: Exploring Faith Dimensions, Berkley Center, Joint Learning Initiative, WFDD)

Special Feature: Symposium on the court’s ruling in Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue

Symposium: What “play in the joints” remains after Espinoza?
(Grant Sullivan, SCOTUSblog)

Symposium: What’s “the use” of the Constitution’s distinctive treatment of religion if it is disregarded as discrimination?
(Holly Hollman, SCOTUSblog)

Symposium: A takedown of the Blaine Amendments
(James Hirsen, SCOTUSblog)

Symposium: Clarity in an era of confusion — The Supreme Court will not tolerate hostility to religion
(Mithun Mansinghani, SCOTUSblog)

Symposium: The chief justice restores the Casey standard even while undermining women’s interests in Louisiana
(Erika Bachiochi, SCOTUSblog)

Symposium: RIP state “Blaine Amendments” – Espinoza and the “no-aid” principle
(Steven Green, SCOTUSblog)

Hiding in plain sight: ‘Sect’ and ‘religion’ in Espinoza
(Gerard V. Bradley, National Review)

Special Feature: Symposium on the court’s ruling in June Medical Services v. Russo

‘Uncertain and unsettling’: China approves controversial Hong Kong security law
(Michael Gryboski, The Christian Post)

DAILY HIGHLIGHT #107: Poverty, COVID-19, and Charity in Italy
(COVID-19: Exploring Faith Dimensions, Berkley Center, Joint Learning Initiative, WFDD)

MP Tynkkynen's hate speech sentence upheld, plans appeal to European Court of Human Rights

Asia’s top cardinal says Hong Kong security law puts religious liberty at risk
(Nirmala Carvalho, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

US Supreme Court upholds religious liberty, forbids religious discrimination
(John Bursch, The Hill Opinion)

Archbishop Wenski: US Supreme Court ruling 'a great thing for religious liberty'
(Fr. Benedict Mayaki, SJ, Vatican News)

USCCB religious liberty chair warns: ‘Soft despotism’ of anti-Catholicism on the rise
(Matt Hadro, National Catholic Register)

Paxton releases statement on SCOTUS decision defending free exercise of religion, school choice
(Corridor News)

US Catholic bishops: Louisiana abortion ruling 'a cruel precedent'
(Catholic News Agency)

Jason Bedrick on school choice, religious liberty, and the Jews (Podcast)
(The Tikvah Podcast)

What the SCOTUS decision on anti-trafficking rules means for pro-life policies
(Catholic News Agency)

Lawmakers and advocates demand removal of USAID official as Biden calls Trump appointees 'Islamophobic'
(Sanya Mansoor, Time)

EU ignores calls to renew mandate of Special Envoy on Freedom of Religion or Belief
(Evangelical Focus Europe)

House discusses ‘brutal, sweeping crackdown’ in Hong Kong
(Catholic News Agency)

California sues Cisco alleging caste-based discrimination
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

California state sues Cisco for caste-based discrimination against Indian-American employee
(Pia Krishnankutty, The Print)

Virginia wedding photographer, blogger challenges attack on his artistic freedom
(Alliance Defending Freedom)

USCIRF troubled by Russia’s ongoing imprisonment of Jehovah’s Witness Dennis Christensen
(U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom)

Supreme Court agrees to hear Nazi art case
(Associated Press)

Prosecutor tries to block Christensen's release
(Ivan Zhuravkov, 7x7 Kursk oblast, Russia Religion News (Stetson University))

The Supreme Court expands the scope of religious free exercise
(Mark Silk, RNS Column: Spiritual Politics)

New mass grave unearthed in Iraq’s north from brutal IS rule
(Farid Abdulwahed and Samya Kullab, Associated Press)

Priest sues to stop federal execution over coronavirus risk
(Michael Balsamo, Associated Press)

Nicaragua bishops indirectly rebuke Ortega over handling of coronavirus
(Inés San Martín, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Editorial: Supreme Court ruling a win for school choice
(The Lima News)

The implications of Espinoza
(John McCormack, National Review)

Church leaders targeted by conservative president’s supporters in Brazil
(Eduardo Campos Lima, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

‘Another disappointment’: 4 pro-life reactions to Supreme Court blocking La. abortion clinic law
(Michael Gryboski, The Christian Post)

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