Law and Religion Headlines

Friday, 27 January 2023

Secretary of State hails Church of England Schools’ reputation for excellence
(The Church of England)

South Korea: Objection to military service to be on the U.N. agenda
(Human Rights Without Frontiers International)

It’s time to wake up to the realities of global persecution
(David Curry, Religion News Service)

Religiously unaffiliated people face harassment in a growing number of countries
(Sarah Crawford and Virginia Villa, Pew Research Center)

Clerics in Somalia vow to counter Al-Shabab
(Ahmed Mohamed, VOA)

Association accuses Lisbon of not respecting the principle of secularity of the State (Portugal)
(Lusa, Diário de Notícias)

Brazil: First Municipal Meeting to Combat Religious Intolerance was held in Garanhuns (Portuguese)
(Ailton Vieira, Prefeitura de Garanhuns)

Freedom of expression and offense to religious sentiments (Portuguese)
(Pedro Vaz Patto, Observador)

Brazil: First religious freedom protection program in Brazil by the military police turns one year old (Portuguese)
(Andréa Brito, O Dia)

Thursday, 26 January 2023

WEBINAR, 26 January 2023 (2PM ET): USCIRF Hearing - Religious Freedom and Women’s Rights in Iran
(U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom)

EVENT, 26 January 2023: Protecting Houses of Worship (Maine, USA)
(U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Maine, U.S. Department of Justice)

Wednesday, 25 January 2023

Egypt’s religious body calls for boycott over Quran burnings
(Associated Press)

Lebanese cleric stresses need for int’l religious bodies to confront desecration of sanctities
(International Quran News Agency (IQNA))

The battle for Holocaust restitution has collapsed - opinion
(Aron Mor, The Jerusalem Post)

Fears for Christians as Pakistan moves to tighten blasphemy laws
(Chris Ward, Christian Today)

SCOTUS will decide whether federal law shields a religious postal employee who refuses to work on sundays
(Damon Root, Reason)

A new case before the Supreme Court could make Shabbat observance easier
(Michael A. Helfand, Forward)

CEC contributes to European Parliament’s dialogue on liberal democracy
(Conference of European Churches)

Canada: A kingdom of one: The great loneliness pandemic and what (not) to do about it
(Aaron Nava, C2C Journal)

Why there is no political will to bring Daesh to justice?
(Ewelina U. Ochab, Forbes)

District alters policy after suit over ‘Jesus Loves Me’ mask
(Emily Wagster Pettus, Associated Press)

Survey shows lack of Holocaust awareness in the Netherlands
(Mike Corder, Associated Press)

Articles of interest - 25 January 2023
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Pope says homosexuality not a crime
(Nicole Winfield, Associated Press)

Religious leaders in Cameroon issue joint call for peace
(Vatican News)

National Prayer Breakfast breaks from ‘The Family’ with new organization
(Jack Jenkins and Adelle M. Banks, Religion News Service)

US watchdog urges special attention to anti-Christian carnage in Nigeria
(John Lavenburg, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

European Jewish student group sues Twitter over its handling of antisemitism and Holocaust denial
(Toby Axelrod, Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

Situation on edge of large-scale confrontation with Israel, Islamic Jihad warns
(Press TV)

Why are religion and state different in Israel than the US? - opinion
(Micah Halpern, The Jerusalem Post)

A tale of two Muslim generations
(Ismail Royer, First Things)

Pope upholds Ukrainian interfaith efforts as concrete testimony of peace
(Linda Bordoni, Vatican News)

BIC Addis Ababa: Video explores the pivotal role of women in promoting peace
(Bahá’í World News Service)

Japanese Buddhists back selection of next Dalai Lama by Tibetans, not China
(Lobsang Gelek, Radio Free Asia)

Buddhist monk leading deadly pro-junta militias in Myanmar’s Sagaing region
(Radio Free Asia)

New articles explore reconciliation, identity, modernity
(Bahá’í World News Service)

Why Modi doesn’t want India to watch BBC film on Gujarat carnage
(Al Jazeera)

Policing thought crime should have no place in the U.K. | opinion
(Ryan Christopher, Newsweek)

New Public Order Bill will criminalise peaceful protest, say faith leaders
(Paul Wilkinson, Church Times)

What’s the good of public religion?
(Tariq Modood and Thomas Sealy, London School of Economics Religion and Global Society Blog)

Scottish Government's new land register to cause ‘significant difficulty’ say Churches
(The Church of Scotland)

Transform care and support through a National Care Covenant, says Archbishops’ Commission
(The Church of England)

Prime Minister confirms government WILL legislate for Holocaust Memorial in Westminster
(Lee Harpin, Jewish News)

Symposium explores how religious communities can be agents of change in securing wellbeing and sustainability
(World Council of Churches)

As “Doomsday Clock” moves closer to midnight, churches call for prohibition of nuclear weapons
(World Council of Churches)

The First Amendment and sexual orientation "conversion therapy"—next stop, the Supreme Court?
(Eugene Volokh, The Volokh Conspiracy)

Kenya: President Ruto appeals for prayers for South Sudan
(Arnold Neliba, Catholic Information Service for Africa)

Germany: Hate speech and incitement to violence of a Turkish AKP lawmaker in Neuss
(Willy Fautré, Human Rights Without Frontiers International)

South Africa: ‘Apartheid’ of church and state
(Simon Jooste, Evangelical Focus)

Defending heritage and faith: Navigating the intersection of Christianity and nationalism in Hungary
(Lilla Nóra Kiss, Providence Mag)

Alabama governor adds another layer of protection to religious freedom
(Peter Pinedo, Catholic News Agency)

3 questions - Quran burning in Sweden
(Mehmet Osman Gulyesil, Anadolu Agency)

Why religion and school choice seem so tightly connected: human minds and souls
(Neal McCluskey, Cato Institute)

Advocates and builders, advancing religious freedom together
(Chris Seiple, Religion News Service)

Respecting religious freedom starts with tolerance and understanding
(Manila Bulletin)

Indonesia should lead by example on freedom of religion and belief in ASEAN
(Eva Kusuma Sundari, The Jakarta Post)

Brazil: Mother who did not invite father to son's christening will have to compensate (Portuguese)

Spain probes 'terror' motive after church attack kills 1
(Deutsche Welle)

National Court of Spain will investigate machete attacks in two churches in Spain as terrorism (Spanish)
(Juliana González, CNN)

Tuesday, 24 January 2023

Indian state's plan to teach Hindu texts in schools criticized
(Union of Catholic Asian News)

Quran burning ‘not freedom of speech’
(Leila Nezirevic, Anadolu Agency)

Turkish Muslims protest Quran-burning in Sweden
(Mehmet Guzel, Associated Press)

Pakistanis protest Quran’s desecration in the Netherlands
(Associated Press)

India: Concern in Goa as Hindu group storms Catholic college
(Union of Catholic Asian News)

India refuses visas to over 200 Pakistanis for Ajmer Sharif Urs
(Daily Pakistan)

Video documentary: India’s Sikhs aim to curb substance abuse in Punjab State
(Surabhi Singh, Religion Unplugged)

Turbans or helmets? Indian army purchase revives debate over Sikh headgear.
(Gerry Shih and Anant Gupta, The Washington Post)

VIRTUAL COURSE: Virtues in the Public Square
(Religious Freedom Institute)

WEBINAR, 24 January 2023 (8:30AM ET): Ninth Annual Symposium on the Role of Religion and Faith-Based Organizations in International Affairs
(International Religious Liberty Association)

Governor Ivey issues executive order to promote and protect religious liberty in Alabama
(Gina Maiola, The Cullman Tribune)

Why is the Biden Administration ignoring religious persecution in Nigeria? | Opinion
(Harry Scherer, Newsweek)

Factoring the Muslim vote into American elections

RFI honors outgoing president Tom Farr, announces Eric Patterson as successor
(Religious Freedom Institute)

Religious diversity is my day job. The Hamline Muhammad controversy isn’t easy.
(LaTanya Lane, Religion News Service)

Madison, Wisconsin’s denial of athletic field lights upheld over claims of religious discrimination
(Evan Seeman and Madeleine Laffitte, RLUIPA Defense Blog)

Spiritual health as important as physical health according to new McKinsey report
(Religious Freedom & Business Foundation)

Around the web - 23 January 2023
(Law and Religion Forum, St. John's Law School Center for Law & Religion)

Free Tibet: New report highlights human rights abuses in Tibet

Report offers fresh examples of destruction of religious sites in eastern Tibet
(Roseanne Gerin, Radio Free Asia)

Religious leaders sue to block Missouri’s abortion ban
(Jim Salter, Associated Press)

9th Circuit denies en banc review of conversion therapy ban
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Federal Reserve Bank can be sued under both Title VII and RFRA
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Articles of interest - 23 January 2023
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

U.S. Supreme Court to review threshold for when employers must accommodate an employee’s religious practices
(Don Byrd, Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty)

Pope makes plea for end of violence, start of talks in Peru
(Associated Press)

Multifaith leaders urge unity in aftermath of Monterey Park shooting that left 11 dead
(Alejandra Molina, Religion News Service)

Faith-based organizations urge Biden not to enact ‘asylum ban’
(Emily McFarlan Miller, Religion News Service)

Pope, cardinal denounce assault on historic Myanmar church, plea for peace
(Nirmala Carvalho, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

For Italy’s Catholic church, the battle of the bells tolls on
(John L. Allen Jr., Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

7 ways NYC is marking International Holocaust Remembrance Day
(Julia Gergely, Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

A Houston synagogue is tightening security after a woman broke in twice, damaged a Torah and harassed children
(Matt Samu, Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

Israel’s judicial reforms could strengthen religion’s role in public life
(The Wall Street Journal)

Muslim activists misunderstand Islam
(Hisham Melhem, Foreign Policy)

Religious Freedom Day 2023 – Jefferson’s Virginia Statutes for Religious Freedom
(Eric Patterson, Providence Mag)

Orthodox theological conference in Greece discusses questions of Eastern Catholic churches and the war in Ukraine
(Religious Information Service of Ukraine (RISU))

"Our unity shines with gold-topped Lavra monasteries, St. George's Cathedral, the Big Khan Mosque of Bakhchysarai and the synagogue in Dnipro", - Volodymyr Zelensky
(Religious Information Service of Ukraine (RISU))

RNBO implements sanctions on 21 leaders of the Russian Orthodox Church and 1 representative of Christians of the evangelical faith (Pentecostals)
(Religious Information Service of Ukraine (RISU))

Russia: Two trials, nine long jail terms
(Victoria Arnold, Forum 18 News Service)

Kyrgyzstan: Violent attacks continue in 2022 and into 2023
(Mushfig Bayram, Forum 18 News Service)

Gay Pride vs. Russian Orthodoxy: NHL star takes stand and journalists pounce in social media
(Terry Mattingly, GetReligion)

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