Law and Religion Headlines


Friday, 9 April 2021

Universal standards for investigation of mass graves
(Dr Ellie Smith and Dr Melanie Klinkner, EJIL: Talk! Blog of the European Journal of International Law)

The Ntaganda appeal judgment and the meaning of ‘attack’ in conduct of hostilities war crimes
(Abhimanyu George Jain, EJIL: Talk! Blog of the European Journal of International Law)

Should the ECtHR Invoke Article 17 for disinformation cases?
(Ethan Shattock, EJIL: Talk! Blog of the European Journal of International Law)

Shamima Begum: what the media’s fixation on her ‘western’ clothing means for Muslim women
(Fatima Rajina, The Conversation)

Where did Buddhism get its reputation for peace?
(Nick Swann, The Conversation)

Muslim civil rights group sues Facebook over hate speech
(Barbara Ortutay, Associated Press)

Muslim group sues Facebook for consumer fraud because of online hate speech
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Civil rights groups flagged dozens of anti-Muslim pages and groups to Facebook that stayed up, lawsuit alleges
(Elizabeth Dwoskin, The Washington Post)

"Islamo-Leftism" and hope, faith, and charity in modern France
(Loriane Lafont, Sightings: The Martin Marty Center, University of Chicago Divinity School)

Church Reporter 4/2021 - Newsletter for the English speaking members and friends of the Church Law Society
(Jiří Rajmund Tretera and Záboj Horák, eds., Church Law Society Prague – Brno – Olomouc – Stříbro)

Taiwan: Abusive tax collection: The case of Tai Ji Men
(Human Rights Without Frontiers International)

Suit against Alabama is dropped after voter registration form is amended
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

FFRF lawsuit ends religious test to register to vote in Alabama
(Freedom From Religion Foundation)

7th Circuit: Walmart need not accommodate Seventh Day Adventist
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Seventh Circuit: No need for Walmart to accommodate religious manager’s schedule
(JD Supra)

Christian wedding photographer sues over NY public accommodation law
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

NY photographer challenges state law that threatens steep fines, jail time for artists
(Alliance Defending Freedom)

Has Ireland lost its soul?
(John Mac Ghlionn, Real Clear Religion)

What is Fair in Law and War? Discussing States’ conduct and compliance with human rights standards during military operations abroad in Hanan v. Germany
(Aurélie Van Baelen, Strasbourg Observers)

A season of change (environment)
(Sherrie M. Steiner, G20 Interfaith Forum Blog)

‘Law against Islam’: French vote in favour of hijab ban condemned
(Al Jazeera)

French Senate OKs proposal to ban prayers at universities
(Alaattin Doğru, Anadolu Agency)

Scholar urges Catholics to have courage to speak out against Equality Act
(Tony Gutierrez, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

11th circuit: Rastafarian paramedic was offered reasonable accommodation
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Idaho Supreme Court: Marijuana ban does not violate Free Exercise rights
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Signs appear that Poland might try to restrict divorce
(Claudia Ciobanu, Balkan Insight)

Islamic leaders battle misconception about vaccines, fasting
(David Sharp and Mariam Fam, Associated Press)

Senior Polish judge deletes tweet about transgender child
(Vanessa Gera, Associated Press)

Egypt sentences senior Islamist leader to life in prison
(Associated Press)

Holocaust survivors use social media to fight anti-Semitism
(David Rising, Associated Press)

Tunisia strengthens virus restrictions ahead of Ramadan
(Associated Press)

Morocco imposes Ramadan curfew, despite vaccine success
(Tarik El Barakah, Associated Press)

Canadian bishops: Assisted suicide law perilous for disabled, mentally ill
(Agnieszka Ruck, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Cameroon bishops say ‘hate cannot have last word’ in Anglophone crisis
(Ngala Killian Chimtom, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Christian arrested in India after saying Christ predicted in Hindu scriptures
(Nirmala Carvalho, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

New Mexico latest state to adopt medically assisted suicide
(Cedar Attanasio, Associated Press)

Interfaith group asks Biden administration to step up reunification of border families
(Mark Pattison, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

ECHR rules obligatory vaccination may be necessary
(Deutsche Welle)

Religious right causes church decline?
(Mark Tooley, Juicy Ecumenism, Institute on Religion and Democracy)

Prosecution of Jehovah's Witnesses gets more brutal
(Perm Online 59.RU, Russia Religion News (Stetson University))

Moscow church in Ukraine prepared for civil disobedience
(RISU, Russia Religion News (Stetson University))

Court of appeals declines to soften sentence given to leader of Aum Shinrikyo's Russian cell
(Interfax-Religion)

Russian FM speaks of important global role of Russian Orthodox Church, supports its initiatives
(Interfax-Religion)

Kazakhstan: "People don't have the right to distribute religious materials in any form whatsoever"
(Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service)

Biden's 'devout' faith is a news-media talking point, but a survey about it somehow isn't
(Clemente Lisi, GetReligion)

RFI co-hosts working meeting of the Iraq Religious Freedom Roundtable
(Religious Freedom Institute)

Swiss theologian Hans Küng dies aged 93
(Vatican News)

'Allah' is for all, Malaysian court rules, not just Muslims; evangelical alliance welcomes it
(Peter Kenny, Ecumenical News)

Religion Watch, Volume 36 No. 5
(Baylor Institute for Studies of Religion)

Mother of Huma Yunus speaks out against politicians in Pakistan
(International Christian Concern)

Person above 18 yrs free to choose religion: SC refuses to entertain plea against religious conversions (India)
(National Herald)

An adult is free to choose his religion: Supreme Court (India)
(Satya Prakash, Tribune News Service)

Indiana Senate OKs bill prohibiting emergency restrictions on religious services
(Kaitlin Lange, Indianapolis Star)

The Black Church in American public life
(Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)

A moment of progressive religious revival (Responding to: The Black Church in American public life)
(Barbara D. Savage, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)

African American Catholics and “the Black Church” (Responding to: The Black Church in American public life)
(Edward K. Braxton, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)

American idolatry and the theopolitical imaginations of the Black Church (Responding to: The Black Church in American public life)
(Melech E. M. Thomas, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)

Black faith and the nation’s political future (Responding to: The Black Church in American public life)
(Terrence L. Johnson, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)

How to think beyond “the Black Church” and the trope of generational rebellion (Responding to: The Black Church in American public life)
(Vaughn A. Booker, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)

Looking for justice for black women and girls: the Black Church, Jezebel, and aspirational black capitalist patriarchy (Responding to: The Black Church in American public life)
(Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)

Of impact, of influence: the Black Church in contemporary American politics (Responding to: The Black Church in American public life)
(Leah Daughtry, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)

The Black Church and the black fantastic: Black religious experience in popular culture (Responding to: The Black Church in American public life)
(James Howard Hill, Jr., Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)

The gendered politics of “the Black Church” (Responding to: The Black Church in American public life)
(Nicole Myers Turner, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)

The historiography of the Holy Spirit in Black Church culture (Responding to: The Black Church in American public life)
(Cheryl J. Sanders, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)

This is our story, this is our song…Whose story? Whose song? (Responding to: The Black Church in American public life)
(Whitney R-E Bond, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)

UK’s Sikh community prepares for second Vaisakhi under lockdown
(Minreet Kaur, Al Jazeera)

After Ayodhya, another mosque-temple dispute brews in India’s UP
(Valay Singh, Al Jazeera)

Call for US probe into Hindu right-wing groups getting COVID fund
(Al Jazeera)

Wednesday, 7 April 2021

Surviving the crackdown in Xinjiang: As mass detentions and surveillance dominate the lives of China’s Uyghurs and Kazakhs, a woman struggles to free herself.
(Raffi Khatchadourian, The New Yorker)

Turkey summons China’s ambassador over Twitter posts
(Suzan Fraser, Associated Press)

China institutes new crackdown on 'illegal social organizations' to go after house churches
(Leah MarieAnn Klett, The Christian Post)

Activist Laura Harth, of Safeguards Defenders and IPAC, explains how we got to important parliamentary actions to hold China accountable for its crimes.
(Marco Respinti, Bitter Winter: A Magazine on Religious Liberty and Human Rights in China)

WEBINAR, 7 April 2021 (11 AM EDT): Dalit Human Rights: Interconnected Narratives of Activism and Spirituality :A Conversation with Jyothi Raj
(Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)

Japanese court puts same-sex marriage on the nation’s agenda
(Council on Foreign Relations)

US attorney explains the interpretation of freedom of religion
(Ben Anderson, WGN Radio 720)

Faith leaders call for elimination of Senate filibuster
(Luis Andres Henao and Mariam Fam, Associated Press)

Arkansas legislators pass ban on transgender medical treatments for youths, overriding governor’s veto
(Samantha Schmidt, The Washington Post)

Funding for Catholic schools in Ontario being challenged
(David Hunt, Convivium)

Multi-faith dynamics in Hong Kong: from pluralism to politicization
(Kim-kwong Chan, The Review of Faith & International Affairs)

Pandemic politics in South Asia: Muslims and democracy
(Matthew J. Nelson, The Review of Faith & International Affairs)

European Catholics fear erosion of religious freedoms across continent
(Jonathan Luxmoore, National Catholic Reporter)

Christian student group wins suit seeking to limit its leadership to believers
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Judge finds Wayne State violated rights of student religious group
(The Detroit News)

Suit claims enforcement of deed restriction against synagogue violates religious exercise rights
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Federal lawsuit filed against Houston officials for targeting small Orthodox Jewish congregation
(First Liberty)

Arkansas state legislature overrides governor's veto on transgender health care bill
(Meredith Deliso, ABC News)

A Proclamation on Transgender Day Of Visibility, 2021
(The White House)

No punishment, no repentance: The persecution of Christians in Egypt
(Zara Sarvarian, Christian Today)

'Police exceeded their powers:' Catholic Church complains after officers break up Good Friday church service over Covid 'rules breach'
(Chantalle Edmunds, Premier Christian News)

Court blasts Blackpool Council for discriminating against Christians
(The Christian Institute)

Released from prison, Algerian Christian persecuted in Tunisia
(Morning Star News)

Algeria: Christian’s five-year prison sentence for Facebook post upheld
(Human Rights Without Frontiers International)

French secularism isn’t illiberal
(Nicolas Cadène , Foreign Policy)

State Council rejection of request for adaptation of curfew during Easter week (French)
(DiReSoM: Diritto e Religione nelle Società Multiculturali/ Law and Religion in Multicultural Societies)

Episcopal Church joins US government’s effort to encourage vaccinations
(Egan Millard, Episcopal News Service)

Iran: Monthly news digest about Baha’is and Christians in Iran in March
(Human Rights Without Frontiers International)

Weekly highlight #150: COVID-19: Exploring faith dimensions: Religious celebrations and vaccination issues alongside intersections with race and gender
(Berkley Center, Joint Learning Initiative, WFDD)

Religious freedom violated in Laos, says US report
(Union of Catholic Asian News)

The destructiveness of distrust – and how religious freedom can help
(Kent Johnson, Religious Freedom & Business Foundation)

Orthodox Jewish couple alleges NYC housing discrimination
(Larry Neumeister, Associated Press)

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