Law and Religion Headlines

Wednesday, 20 January 2021

Joe Biden’s family Bible anchors faith-infused inaugural events
(Adelle M. Banks, Religion News Service)

Pope prays Biden works to heal divisions, promote human dignity
(Catholic News Service)

Religious freedom in India is deteriorating. Will Biden help?
(Makepeace Sitlhou, Sojourners)

Catholic press braces for Biden presidency: How it will further polarization on doctrine
(Clemente Lisi, GetReligion)

McConnnell, McCarthy accept Biden invitation to pre-inauguration church service
(Zack Budryk, The Hill)

Faith informs Biden, policy and healing, DC religious leaders say
(Briana Trujillo, NBC Washington)

Biden undoes ban on travelers from some majority-Muslim countries
(Kelsey Dallas, Deseret News)

Determination of the Secretary of State on atrocities in Xinjiang
(Michael R. Pompeo, U.S. Department of State)

Even COVID-19 couldn’t halt Cuba’s severe violations of freedom of religion or belief
(FoRB in Full: A blog by CSW)

Law no protection for persecuted Christians in Laos
(James Lovelock, Union of Catholic Asian News)

Weekly highlight #139: Vaccines, Burials, and Persecution
(COVID-19: Exploring Faith Dimensions, Berkley Center, Joint Learning Initiative, WFDD)

Worldwide virtual prayer rally held for 'Canada's rabbi' after cancer diagnosis
(Cardus Religious Freedom Institute)

Canada's Bill C-6 and religious freedom
(Jonathan Griffiths, The Gospel Coalition)

Muslim group denounces racist graffiti
(Associated Press)

Belgium religious faiths want more worshippers at services
(Associated Press)

China labels Pompeo ‘doomsday clown’ over genocide claims
(Associated Press)

Swiss gov’t urges rejection of ban on full-face coverings
(Associated Press)

Muslim and African travel ban repeal is a ‘victory for faith freedom’
(Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty)

Shift in balance at U.S. Supreme Court alters trajectory of COVID-related worship restriction cases
(Don Byrd, Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty)

Rethinking how the United States projects its values (Responding to: Rethinking U.S. policy on international religious freedom)
(Lauren F. Turek, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)

The two faces of religious freedom (Responding to: Rethinking U.S. policy on international religious freedom)
(Jolyon Thomas, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)

Cameroon cardinal suggests military rule might end Anglophone crisis
(Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Vatican’s got skin in the game in Italy’s current political drama
(John L. Allen Jr., Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Man arrested under Madhya Pradesh's new anti-conversion law
(Hindustan Times)

Indian Muslim trust to start Ayodhya mosque project on January 26
(Aljazeera, Aljazeera)

India: Axe-wielding tribal animists attack Christians during worship service, destroy church
(Leah MarieAnn Klett, The Christian Post)

Indian PM meets with delegation of Catholic cardinals
(Nirmala Carvalho, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

India: Muslim comedian detained over anti-Hindu jokes he might crack
(Seerat Chabba, Deutsche Welle)

The Supreme Court, Taylor Swift and religious freedom
(Andrea Picciotti-Bayer, National Catholic Register)

Putin takes part in Epiphany bathing

UK ready to welcome waves of Hong Kong residents (Yes, BBC ignored religion angles)
(Terry Mattingly, GetReligion)

New COVID-19 legislation and guidance to 23 January
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

“Contested heritage” and listing statues: new proposals from MHCLG
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

March for Life, biggest annual antiabortion rally in the US, goes virtual
(Peter Kenny, Ecumenical News)

Government survives Tory rebellion to defeat genocide clause by just 11 votes
(Jewish News)

Protecting Christian Political Theology from the Shibboleth of “Christian Nationalism”
(Andrew T. Walker, Public Discourse: The Journal of the Witherspoon Institute)

Kashmiri Hindus mark 31 years in exile from their homeland
(Zaffar Iqbal, Religion Unplugged)

The leaders of the council of Muslims of France signed the "Charter of the Values of Islam"
(Religion Today, Religion Today)

President Trump's Proclamation on National Sanctity of Human Life Day, 2021
(The White House)

USCIRF applauds State Department designation of Uyghur Muslims’ treatment in China as genocide
(U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom)

The case for wooden pews: Why hard religion is more important than ever
(Yuval Levin, Deseret News | InDepth)

Catholic hospitals can't be forced to perform gender transition surgeries, court rules
(Michael Gryboski, The Christian Post)

Trump urges nations to 'stop persecuting people of faith' in Religious Freedom proclamation
(Ryan Foley, The Christian Post)

Tuesday, 19 January 2021

WEBINAR, 19 January 2021 (12:30PM EST): The Sources of Brazil’s Religious Soft Power
(Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)

WEBINAR, 19 January 2021 (3:30 PM in Brussels): Fortifying Families Webinar Series [Ep. 7] | Families and Domestic Violence
(The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints European Office)

Monday, 18 January 2021

Articles of interest - 18 January 2021
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Religious news from around the web - January 18, 2021
(World Religion News)

Photos of the Week: Black Nazarene procession cancelled, Makar Sankranti kite flying
(Kit Doyle, Religion News Service)

WEBINAR, 18 January 2020, (4PM MST): Pluralism and Moral Formation
(Sightings: The Martin Marty Center, University of Chicago Divinity School)

Canadian religious leader: challenge Ottawa's conversion therapy bill
(Lain Provan, Convivium)

Bulgarian Islamic leader writes letter of resignation
(Religion Today, Religion Today)

South Korean court makes ruling on pastor whose parishioner was "Patient 31"
(Religion Today, Religion Today)

The clash of institutional religious freedoms in Indonesia
(Robert Hefner, Religious Freedom Institute)

Proclamation on Religious Freedom Day, 2021
(The White House)

Proclamation on Martin Luther King, Jr., Federal Holiday, 2021
(The White House)

Proclamation on National School Choice Week, 2021
(The White House)

Restrictions on sex offenders survives Free Exercise challenge
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

No Free Exercise infringement when court allocates vaccination decision-making between parents
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Letter to President Elect Biden about int’l religious freedom
(Human Rights Without Frontiers International)

China: Special weekly FoRB newsletter (09-15.01.2021)
(Human Rights Without Frontiers International)

Remarks on the connection of substantive morality to the rule of law and stare decisis
(Marc O. DeGirolami, Center for Law and Religion Forum at St. John's University School of Law)

Greater sensitivity and thicker skin
(Kent Johnson, Religious Freedom & Business Foundation)

Vatican drops Italian extradition bid in test of fair trial
(Nicole Winfield, Associated Press)

Hell to pay: Arson shakes a Church of Satan community
(Associated Press)

Inauguration week prayer event aims to show Christian unity
(Elana Schor, Associated Press)

School choice lawsuit surge pushes possible high court fight
(Lisa Rathke, Associated Press)

The Rev. Amos C. Brown: Our history is our present
(Lois M. Collins, Deseret News)

Morocco becomes the second Arab country to promote combating anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism
(Ron Kampeas, Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

Three Jehovah's Witnesses wait more than two years for trial
(Andrei Shvornev, Stavropol Television, Russia Religion News (Stetson University))

Christians and conspiracy theories that helped fuel some members of U.S. Capitol mob
(Bobby Ross Jr., GetReligion)

Ecclesiastical court judgments – 2020
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Law and religion round-up – 17th January
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Removal of mementos &c from churchyards
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

American megachurches become more multiracial: study
(Peter Kenny, Ecumenical News)

Dominic Raab urges China to let UN visit Xinjiang over persecution of Uyghurs
(Jewish News)

Greek archbishop insults Islam, says it is not a religion: Ieronymos II’s remarks come at a time when Turkey and Greece are preparing to hold talks on January 25.
(Ufuk Necat Tasci, TRT World)

“Religion must not be used as a political tool to oppose Governments or seize power”
(Op-Ed, New Delhi Times)

Sri Lanka: Covid-19 forced cremation of Muslims discriminatory
(Human Rights Watch)

CSW urges UK government to raise freedom of religion with India
(Independent Catholic News)

A grim year for Pakistan's persecuted religious minorities
(Kamran Chaudhry, Union of Catholic Asian News)

French Muslim leaders approve charter for Macron's religious reforms
(Middle East Monitor)

Tackle French ‘abuse’ of Muslims, civil society groups tell UN
(Al Jazeera)

The most dangerous sects that remain active in the world (Spanish)
(El Tiempo)

Talk of ‘theocracy’ in Montenegro merely reveals elite ignorance
(Filip Ivanovic, Balkan Insight)

Hungarian Jews mark anniversary of Budapest Ghetto’s liberation
(Jewish News)

Two weeks in review, 4 – 17 January 2021
(Gail Lythgoe, EJIL: Talk! Blog of the European Journal of International Law)

Christians and the conspiracy theories that helped fuel the Capitol mob
(Bobby Ross Jr., Religion Unplugged)

Azerbaijan sends interstate statement against Armenia to European Court of Human Rights
(Trend, AzerNews)

Greek Muslims condemn Ieronymos II of Athens for Islamophobic remarks
(Daily Sabah)

Civil society groups from 13 countries call on UN to address France's anti-Islam actions
(Daily Sabah)

Black churchgoers report powerlessness in politics, agency in Black congregations
(Adelle M. Banks, Religion News Service)

Ahead of inauguration, faith leaders urge devotees in state capitols to take precautions
(Jack Jenkins, Religion News Service)

Pope Francis praises Martin Luther King Jr.’s ‘timely’ message of peace
(Hannah Brockhaus, Catholic News Agency)

Bishop calls for renewed fight against racism on MLK Day
(Catholic News Agency)

Poland’s Catholics and Jews mark Day of Judaism with psalms, music, and silent prayer
(Hannah Brockhaus, Catholic News Agency)

As Ireland examines mistreatment of unwed mothers, Catholic bishops apologize for 'abject failure'
(Catholic News Agency)

How do you foster Catholic community in quarantine?
(Jonah McKeown, Catholic News Agency)

Pope Francis prays for Indonesia after deadly earthquake
(Catholic News Agency)

Did Islamic State make comeback to opposition areas in countryside of Aleppo?
(Khaled al-Khateb, Al-Monitor: The Pulse of the Middle East)

Black pastor who marched with MLK shares pains and joys of civil rights activism
(Jackson Elliott, The Christian Post)

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