Law and Religion Headlines

Friday, 19 May 2023

WCC general secretary after the visit to Moscow “WCC to be an instrument of dialogue”WCC general secretary after the visit to Moscow “WCC to be an instrument of dialogue”
(World Council of Churches)

Occupied Ukraine: "Disappeared" clergy still "disappeared" after six months
(Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service)

At graduations, Native American students seek acceptance of tribal regalia
(Cheyanne Mumphrey, Associated Press)

Indiana school counselor fired for speaking about gender identity policy
(Alliance Defending Freedom)

MIVILUDES, from tragedy to farce: Bailiff Compels Georges Fenech to pay his debts to Scientology
(Massimo Introvigne, Bitter Winter)

Sanchez v. France [GC] - 45581/15 (Freedom of expression)
(The European Court of Human Rights)

European Court upholds politician's conviction for failing to remove third party hate speech from his Facebook page
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Religious broadcasters seek to reverse California law aimed at quelling online hate speech
(Alejandra Molina, Religion News Service)

American, Japanese bishops urge G7 to act on nuclear disarmament
(John Lavenburg, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Biden admin's reliance on overturned 'Lemon test' leaves sour taste with religious liberty group
(Jon Brown, Fox News)

Hundreds of rabbis say Biden’s plan to fight antisemitism should embrace a disputed definition
(Ron Kampeas, Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

RFI’s David Trimble convenes meeting with Taiwanese delegation on Capitol Hill
(Religious Freedom Institute)

Taiwanese leader: Be ‘firm and determined’ in deterring China
(Susan Crabtree, Real Clear Politics)

Schism and legal disputes over ownership of church buildings in the history of the Nederduitsch Hervormde (Dutch Reformed) Church in South Africa
(Yolanda van der Vyver, Canopy Forum on the Interactions of Law & Religion)

Ortega's Sandinista regime shuts another Catholic university in Nicaragua
(La Croix International)

California can’t force objecting doctors to help patients seeking assisted suicide, judge rules
(Mark A. Kellner, The Washington Times)

Indonesian students' Sharia support worries Church
(Union of Catholic Asian News)

Quebec Muslim groups sue government over prayer room ban in schools
(CTV News)

Belgium: Cult issues: US State Department Report highlights victories in court of Jehovah’s Witnesses
(Willy Fautré, Human Rights Without Frontiers International)

In the news: breaking religious freedom stories across the country - 19 May 2023
(First Liberty)

German government campaigns for Muslim chaplains
(Christian Network Europe)

When faith says to help migrants – and the law says don’t
(Laura E. Alexander, The Conversation)

Assisted dying bill facing opposition from faith leaders
(Lucy Garcia, The National)

United Nations challenges UK over collective worship and religious discrimination in schools
(Humanists UK)

UK-based group documents rights abuses since Taliban takeover of Afghanistan with ‘witness map’
(Rahim Faiez, Associated Press)

Thursday, 18 May 2023

International faith and community leaders gather for IF20 New Delhi to contribute to G20 agendas
(G20 Interfaith Forum)

Wednesday, 17 May 2023

Remarks by President Biden, First Lady Jill Biden, and Second Gentleman Douglas Emhoff at a Celebration of Jewish American Heritage Month
(The White House)

Antisemitism is the focus at a Jewish American Heritage Month event at the White House
(Ron Kampeas, Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

A message from EEOC Chair Charlotte A. Burrows for 2023 Jewish American Heritage Month
(U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC))

2022 Report on International Religious Freedom
(U.S. Department of State)

EVENT, 14-17 May 2023: 10th ACLARS Conference in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire: Law, Religion, and Reconciliation in Africa
(African Consortium for Law and Religion Studies (ACLARS))

VIRTUAL EVENT, 17 May 2023: European Islamophobia report 2022: Findings & next step actions
(European Network on Religion and Belief)

EVENT, 17 May 2023 (12:30PM ET): The Godless Crusade: Religion, Populism, and Right-Wing Identity Politics in the West
(Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)

Türk calls on G7 countries to rekindle the spirit of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
(Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, United Nations)

International Day of Living Together in Peace - 16 May
(United Nations)

Religious freedom as central to living together in peace
(Religious Freedom Institute)

The U.N. is marking the 75th anniversary of Palestinians' displacement
(Emma Bowman and Daniel Estrin, NPR)

Sudan's warring sides trade blame over church attack
(BBC News)

Iran: Baha’i Enayatollah Naeimi receives 15-year prison sentence
(Human Rights Activists News Agency)

Canada: Statements from NCCM and the family of Mohammad Abu Marzouk following sentencing
(National Council of Canadian Muslims)

US admits 'real progress' on religious freedom and its obstacles
(TRT World)

South Africa: Hate Speech Law with Adv Glynnis Breytenbach
(YouTube Video, Freedom of Religion South Africa)

Religious freedom, the great forgotten in the 2030 Agenda
(Evangelical Focus)

Prominent foe of female circumcision wins prestigious $1.4 million Templeton Prize
(Associated Press)

For 25th year, State Department reports on threats, triumphs in religious freedom
(Adelle M. Banks, Religion News Service)

Court sentences top official of Ukrainian Orthodox Church
(Christian Network Europe)

Indonesia becomes 3rd largest shareholder of Islamic Development Bank
(Antara News)

USCIRF welcomes Tajikistan’s release of Shamil Khakimov and calls for U.S. policy action
(U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom)

Tajikistan, release of Jehovah’s Witness Shamil Khakimov, 72, after four years in prison
(Willy Fautré, The European Times)

Churches can contribute much to the vision of sustainable future
(Conference of European Churches)

European nations stand up for head of Iraq's Chaldean Church
(La Croix International)

US asks India to check ‘continued targeted attacks’ on minorities
(Al Jazeera)

Experts say Pope, British King share interest in inter-faith ties
(Elise Ann Allen, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Grieve review of Christ Church Oxford completed
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

King’s College Chapel, Cambridge – Assessment of data
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Pembrokeshire: James Allchurch jailed for racist podcasts
(BBC News)

ADF rates 75 major US corporations on respect for free speech, religious freedom in second annual Business Index
(Alliance Defending Freedom)

The Dalai Lama’s succession: Strategic realities of the Tibet question
(Jagannath P. Panda and Eerishika Pankaj, Institute for Security & Development Policy)

Mindanao: Sustaining the gains of peace at the ground level
(United Religions Initiative)

Native American former student sues Oklahoma school for removing feather at graduation
(Associated Press)

Air Force announces portal to process religious exemption requests
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Ninth Circuit renews San Francisco employees’ lawsuit over vaccine mandates
(Candace Cheung, Courthouse News Service)

Days after synagogue attack, Tunisian president criticizes Israel and says his country saved Jews in WWII
(Gabe Friedman, Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

Texas wants the Ten Commandments in each public school classroom. This is a blatant assault on religious liberty
(Marc Zvi Brettler and Mark Chancey)

The religious landscape is undergoing massive change. It could decide the 2024 election.
(Ryan Burge, Politico)

Martin Luther King, Christian radical: A demand for justice inspired by faith
(Jonathan Eig, The Wall Street Journal)

View from Rome: Italian press aims to inform, but loves tabloid-style Vatican scandals
(Clemente Lisi, GetReligion)

Faith based affordable housing development and religious land: Examining successful practices
(Catherine Fisher, Canopy Forum on the Interactions of Law & Religion)

Nicaragua and the Catholic Church
(Michael Hendricks, Canopy Forum on the Interactions of Law & Religion)

Sustaining the public value of sacred places
(A. Robert Jaeger and Rochelle A. Stackhouse, Canopy Forum on the Interactions of Law & Religion)

Sensible politics can’t ignore religion
(Elayne Allen, Public Discourse: The Journal of the Witherspoon Institute)

Avoiding the perpetuation of discrimination in education: Individual positive measures versus broad anti-segregation policy in Szolcsán v. Hungary
(Patrick Leisure, Strasbourg Observers)

Record number of antisemitic attacks in Austria in 2022
(Christian Network Europe)

Russia: Religious persecution and issues – Bimonthly Digest May 01-15
(Human Rights Without Frontiers International)

Russia advances 'persecution campaign' against Evangelicals in Ukraine: ISW
(Aila Slisco, Newsweek)

Russian authorities in Crimea to transfer OCU's Cathedral in Simferopol for free use
(Religious Information Service of Ukraine (RISU))

WCC general secretary visits Moscow and Patriarch Kirill
(World Council of Churches)

Yes, what about that meeting between Pope Francis and an exiled Russian Orthodox leader?
(Terry Mattingly, GetReligion)

Nigerian Bishop Mgr. Kukah in Brussels to dialogue with EU and Church representatives
(The Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union (COMECE))

VIRTUAL EVENT, 25 May 2023 (11:00 CET): Exploring the nexus between racism, xenophobia and the AfCTA, and AU free movement protocol
(World Council of Churches)

Monday, 15 May 2023

Secretary Antony J. Blinken on the 2022 Report on International Religious Freedom
(U.S. Department of State)

Iran: Alarming surge in executions
(Human Rights Watch)

USCIRF welcomes the release of State Department’s 2022 International Religious Freedom Report
(U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom)

Guidance on Constitutionally protected prayer and religious expression in public elementary and secondary schools
(U.S. Department of Education)

What the Biden administration just said about school prayer
(Kelsey Dallas, Deseret News)

Forcing churches to pay for abortion coverage, violate conscience costs California $1.4M
(Alliance Defending Freedom)

USCIRF commemorates Leah Sharibu’s 20th birthday and calls for her rescue
(U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom)

Jewish students with disabilities shouldn’t be shut out
(Laura Wolk Slavis, Real Clear Politics)

The Influence of the Catholic Intellectual Tradition on the Common Law
(Samuel L. Bray, SSRN)

Photos of the week - 12 May 2023
(Kit Doyle, Religion News Service)

The Coronation was not a multifaith service for sound interfaith reasons
(James Walters, London School of Economics Religion and Global Society Blog)

Law and religion round-up – 14th May
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Religion Watch, Volume 38 No. 6
(Baylor Institute for Studies of Religion)

Toward a gender-attentive religious freedom advocacy: An interview with Elisa Chavez and Vija Herefoss
(Religion & Diplomacy: A Resource of the Transatlantic Policy Network on Religion and Diplomacy)

UCCRO statement on the initiatives to bring the Russian authorities to justice and restore fairness
(Institute for Religious Freedom, Ukraine)

Global Interfaith Monitor No. 11
(Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)

Historic moment: Gov. Phil Murphy declares Muslim Heritage Month in New Jersey
(Hannan Adely, North Jersey)

Michigan Dem attempts to resurrect ‘Democrats don’t get religion’ trope — the real question is: do Dems get nonreligion?
(Chrissy Stroop, Religion Dispatches)

Zelenskyy meets Pope Francis at Vatican and seeks backing for Ukraine’s peace plan
(Frances D'Emilio, Associated Press)

Articles of interest - 15 May 2023
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

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