Law and Religion Headlines

Friday, 15 September 2023

Clergy and congregations in a time of transformation: Findings from the 2022-2023 mainline protestant clergy survey

"Any power conquered by force is unethical", says African cardinal
(Lucie Sarr, La Croix International)

India: Interfaith couples overcome challenges thanks to ‘Dhanak of humanity’ initiative
(Shadab Farooq, Religion Unplugged)

Ukrainian Archeparchy of Philadelphia to cover up Nazi SS monument in Catholic cemetery
(Daniel Payne, Catholic News Agency)

Across U.S. religious groups, more see decline of marriage as negative than positive
(Gregory A. Smith, Pew Research Center)

Algeria: Religious freedom to be on the agenda of a UN Special Rapporteur before his fact-finding mission
(Human Rights Without Frontiers International)

Morocco: Islamic Relief distributes blankets and mattresses as the search for Morocco earthquake survivors continues
(Islamic Relief (Worldwide))

Public has mixed views on the modern American family
(Kim Parker and Rachel Minkin, Pew Research Center)

Fiji’s human rights body receives complaint from Grace Road Church
(Timoci Vula, Fiji Times)

Iran: USCIRF calls attention to Iran’s brutal violence and mass Arrests on one-year anniversary of Mahsa Zhina Amini’s killing
(United States Commission on International Religious Freedom)

Iran: On one-year anniversary of Jina Mahsa Amini’s death in custody, heightened repression of women and girls and reprisals against protesters and victims’ families is deeply troubling, UN Fact-Finding Mission says
(United Nations Human Rights Council)

Why is France so obsessed with controlling Muslim women's bodies?
(Malak Benslama-Dabdoub, Middle East Eye)

Kazakhstan: Achieving peaceful co-existence through recognition of religious diversity: unique experience of Kazakhstan
(Muhammad Zia-Ul-Haq, The Astana Times)

Malaysia: Can Malaysia afford to allow religion to encroach more on politics?
(JD Lovrenciear, Aliran)

Pope's visit to France stirs debate over immigration, secularism

Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur are times for soul-searching, but not on your own – community has always been at the heart of the Jewish High Holidays
(David L. Graizbord, The Conversation)

‘Spiritual civil war’: How a group of Christian conservative lawmakers is spearheading a bigger fight post-Roe
(Henry Larson and Francesca D’Annunzio, News 21)

Two years of the Taliban’s ‘gender apartheid’ in Afghanistan
(Belquis Ahmadi and Scott Worden, The United States Institute of Peace)

Iran: Crackdown on dissent ahead of protest anniversary
(Human Rights Watch)

UN: World leaders should spotlight global crises
(Human Rights Watch)

Thursday, 14 September 2023

WEBINAR, 14 September 2023 (10AM EDT): Can Interreligious Engagement Be a Realistic Tool for Diplomacy and Peacebuilding?
(Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University and Italian Institute for International Political Studies)

Interview: Andrea Schneider on religion, gender, and negotiation in Jewish communities
(Talk About: Law and Religion - Blog of the International Center for Law and Religion Studies)

Wednesday, 13 September 2023

Bishops’ conference says proposed federal rule could limit work of Catholic charities
(Carol Zimmermann, The Tablet)

Buddhism, Islam and religious pluralism in South and Southeast Asia
(Jonathan Evans, Kelsey Jo Starr, Manolo Corichi and William Miner, Pew Research Center)

Indonesia to replace 'Isa Almasih' with 'Yesus Kristus'
(Union of Catholic Asian News)

Indonesian politicians want to ban US film on Abraham
(Union of Catholic Asian News)

HYBRID EVENT, 13 September 2023 (18:00): Is it possible to defend religious freedom from a rationalist and secular position? (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
(El Consejo Argentino para la Libertad Religiosa (CALIR))

Vietnam: USCIRF hearing on Vietnam: Challenges and opportunities for religious freedom
(YouTube Video, United States Commission on International Religious Freedom)

Vietnamese Christians pray for greater religious freedom as US, Hanoi elevate diplomatic status
(Lucille Talusan, Christian Broadcasting Network)

Rome must send a clear signal of reassurance to Taiwan
(Union of Catholic Asian News)

Mechanism documenting Daesh atrocities to end its work in 2024
(Ewelina U. Ochab, Forbes)

The search for a church that isn't a church
(Rachel Martin, NPR)

Why thousands of U.S. congregations are leaving the United Methodist Church
(Sarah Maddox, CBS News)

Myanmar: With nearly 200 destroyed, religious buildings targeted by Myanmar’s junta
(Radio Free Asia)

Ukraine’s Catholic bishops tell pope that his praise for Russia’s imperial past ‘pained’ Ukrainians
(Nicole Winfield, Associated Press)

New book: Law and Religion in a Secular Age
(Rafael Domingo, Catholic University of America Press)

Religion Watch Volume 38 No. 10
(Baylor Institute for Studies of Religion)

Religion and the crisis of displaced persons: gender, religion, and displacement
(Lena Musoka, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)

KAICIID’s vision for global peace: A decade of interreligious dialogue and a plan for the future
(KAICIID Dialogue Centre)

Canada truck attack: Trial begins for man accused of killing Muslim family
(Nadine Yousif, BBC News)

Pope Francis’ Ukraine peace envoy Cardinal Zuppi set for 3-day visit to China
(Cyril Ip, South China Morning Post)

Ukraine’s small Jewish community is thriving
(The Economist)

Iraqi Christians' never-ending 'black day'
(Raymond Ibrahim, The Stream)

Iraq: 18 Iraq police get jail terms over Sweden embassy fire
(Arab News)

Iraq: Failing to reintegrate Iraq’s Sunni rebels could prove costly
(The Economist)

US works to fly family trapped in Syrian prison camp home
(Arab News)

Religious accommodation requests may result in some conflicts
(Allen Smith, Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM))

Mahmoud v. Montgomery County Public Schools: A religious liberty controversy to watch
(William J. Haun and Michael O'Brien, The Federalist Society)

Pakistan: religious minorities at risk, Christian couple arrested over Quran desecration allegations in Lahore – oped
(Kashif Nawab, Eurasia Review)

Pakistan: The persecution of Christians: Blasphemy laws are making the lives of religious minorities impossible
(Hardeep Singh, The Critic)

Rishi-Shanah and Starmer Tovah! Politicians share new year message with Jewish community
(Felix Pope, The Jewish Chronicle)

Commission on Racial Justice: 3rd Biannual Report
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Notre Dame Law School's Religious Liberty Clinic students help draft UK Parliamentary report on the state of religious liberty in Nepal
(Arienne Calingo, University of Notre Dame Law School)

China: Betrayal of China’s Muslims undermines the Organization of Islamic Cooperation’s credibility
(Aaron Rhodes and Marco Respinti, The Diplomat)

Iran: USCIRF releases report on religious freedom in Iran
(U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom)

Iran violently crushed peaceful protests in wake of hijab protests, U.S. commission says
(Mark A. Kellner, The Washington Times)

USCIRF welcomes release of Vietnamese religious prisoner of conscience Nguyen Bac Truyen
(U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom)

Three anniversaries will force issues of religious persecution at the UN General Assembly
(Knox Thames, Religion News Service)

Israel: ‘Shame and disgrace’: Bennett wins defamation suit over claim mother not Jewish
(The Times of Israel)

Hindu and Jewish Americans foster kinship through shared traditions, connections to homeland
(Richa Karmarkar, Religion News Service)

Israel: Ultra-Orthodox men block Jerusalem traffic in protest against Israeli military draft
(Associated Press)

Lawmakers call for increasing grants for houses of worship ahead of Jewish high holy days
(Mark A. Kellner, The Washington Times)

Ahead of High Holidays, US Jewish leaders stress need for security vigilance as antisemitism surges
(David Crary, Associated Press)

Rising antisemitism is the canary in the coal mine, a warning for all
(Brian Grim, Religious Freedom & Business Foundation)

6th Circuit says zoning restrictions on prayer trail violate RLUIPA
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Koilova and Babulkova v. Bulgaria
(The European Court of Human Rights)

Kovačević v. Bosnia and Herzegovina: the complete guidelines for the constitutional reform in B&H
(Benjamin Nurkić, Strasbourg Observers)

Katalin Novák: Free exercise of Christian faith is a competitive advantage
(Hungary Today)

Methodist marriages in Norway might be invalid because of “wrong liturgy”
(Christian Network Europe)

Experts to Biden Admin: ‘Wake up’ to avoid second Armenian genocide
(Susan Crabtree, Real Clear Politics)

India: Goa school students made to perform rituals during mosque visit; principal suspended
(The Hindu)

India: Sikh temples a lifeline for flooded areas of the Himalayas
(Shadab Farooq, Religion Unplugged)

Australia: Muslims angry as Sydney council bans prayers in community center
(About Islam)

COMECE and Katholisches Büro express concerns over EP SoHO Regulation Draft
(The Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union (COMECE))

Brazil: Novo Party questions rule that prohibits associating psychological practice with religion (Portuguese)

Brazil: UFMS must compensate civil servant dismissed for citing Bible in internal documents (Portuguese)

EU sanctions six people over human rights violations in Crimea
(Tassilo Hummel, Reuters)

Idaho library board chair can’t impose religion, FFRF contends
(Freedom From Religion Foundation)

Tuesday, 12 September 2023

VIRTUAL EVENT, 12 September 2023 (9:30AM ET): Building Bridges in Development: USAID’s Strategic Religious Engagement Policy
(The United States Institute of Peace)

Monday, 11 September 2023

Pune: G20 Interfaith Summit at MIT WPU promotes India's diversity for global peace
(Free Press Journal)

G20 Interfaith Forum: Peace must be a priority on the world agenda
(Nation World News Desk)

G20 Interfaith Summit 2023 concludes with renewed hope and unified vision for a better world
(CXOtoday News Desk)

G20 calls for respect for ‘holy books’ and end to ‘religious hatred’
(Middle East Monitor)

G20 now includes Africa’s fast-growing, highly religious countries
(Brian Grim, Religious Freedom & Business Foundation)

Religious leaders without religion: How humanist, atheist and spiritual-but-not-religious chaplains tend to patients’ needs
(Amy Lawton, The Conversation)

North Carolina clergy demonstrate against legislature’s new abortion limits
(Yonat Shimron, Religion News Service)

Elon Musk’s threat to sue an antisemitism watchdog extends platform’s war of words
(Yonat Shimron, Religion News Service)

Man desecrates Quran outside Turkish House in New York
(TRT World)

Red Deer Catholic school trustee faces dismissal over 'hate-filled' post on social media
(Aaron Sousa,

Iran: A year after Iran was shaken by protests, zealots have tightened their grip
(The Economist)

Danish man convicted of IS ties says he was undercover informer
(Johannes Birkebaek and Jacob Gronholt-pedersen, Reuters)

UN Human Rights Commissioner condemns incidents that saw burning of Qur’an
(Arab News)

Danish politician worried about situation of Christians in Israel
(Christian Network Europe)

Erdoğan condemns Quran-burning acts in Europe as hate crimes
(Hurriyet Daily News)

7 Indian Christians get bail in 'conversion' case
(Union of Catholic Asian News)

Muslim woman forced to take off hijab for police mugshot or stay in jail, lawsuit says
(Julia Marnin, Miami Herald)

Afghanistan: New pathways to positive engagement in Afghanistan
(Charles Ramsey, Institute for Global Engagement)

Afghanistan: Taliban’s gender crimes against humanity
(Human Rights Watch)

Orthodox Union certifies Israeli brand of lab-grown meat as kosher — but not parve
(Jackie Hajdenberg, The Jerusalem Post)

Why Jerusalem’s Latin patriarch opened church courts to non-Catholic lawyers
(Daoud Kuttab, Religion News Service)

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