Law and Religion Headlines

Friday, 20 May 2022

How Black people and Jews are bound together in ‘great replacement’ theory: Dozens of pages of the Buffalo shooter's manifesto are devoted first to Blacks and then to Jews, replete with photos, drawings, graphs and caricatures.
(Yonat Shimron, Religion News Service)

Indian archbishop says new anti-conversion law a ‘tool for fringe elements’
(Nirmala Carvalho, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Hindus in Kashmir are protesting a man's death, demanding security from militants
(Zaffar Iqbal, Religion Unplugged)

India: Mosque in India conveys message of harmony to counter hate
(International Quran News Agency (IQNA))

India: The failure of the Karnataka authorities to stand against religious intolerance has yielded sad yet expected results
(FoRB in Full: A blog by CSW)

The dilemma of political Islam in liberal democracies
(Justine John Dyikuk, La Croix International)

Nigeria: Her name was Deborah Emmanuel – blasphemy accusations claim another life in Nigeria
(Ellis Heasley, FoRB in Full: A blog by CSW)

First Amendment facts: Graduation ceremonies, prayer and religious freedom
(Hannah Santos, Freedom Forum)

Ireland: Catholic healthcare better than the secular alternative
(Angelo Bottone, The Iona Institute)

Anti-Christian persecution. A talk by Mgr Michael Nazir-Ali
(YouTube Video, The Iona Institute)

Ireland: NMH gets Government approval despite ‘religious interference’ claims
(The Iona Institute)

Australia: Voluntary assisted dying legalised in NSW
(Alexandra Smith, The Sydney Morning Herald)

Hong Kong: The end of religious freedom in Hong Kong
(Kevin Andrews, The Spectator)

China: Censorship surged for online religious forums as CCP shuts down 21-year-old Christian website
(China Aid)

China: UN rights chief to visit China next week, travel to Xinjiang
(Associated Press)

China's internet clampdown is step closer to 'cancelling Christianity'
(Donna Birrell, Premier Christian News)

Spain: Growing anti-abortion movement in Spain inspires new legislation
(Kate Kowalski, Pulitzer Center)

Canada: Muslim women wearing hijab at work face heightened scrutiny, professional consequences
(Sakeina Syed, The Globe and Mail)

Canada: LHSC will only ask queer patients about gender and sex when relevant, following complaints
(James Chaarani, CBC News)

Photos of the week: Aftermath of U.S. mass shootings, Vesak commemorations
(Kit Doyle, Religion News Service)

Panama: “Radiating peace and hope”: Bahá’í temple in Panama marks 50th anniversary
(Bahá’í World News Service)

Religious liberty [What is it and how does the church approach it?]
(Adventist News Network)

Archbishop: Pelosi will be denied communion over abortion
(Olga R. Rodriguez, Associated Press)

Nicaragua Church vows to fight ‘social structures of sin’ as government crackdown grows
(Inés San Martín, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Nicaraguan bishop fasts to protest police harassment
(Associated Press)

Religious backers of abortion rights say God’s on their side
(Claire Galofaro, Associated Press)

Relics and militants: Vatican fraud trial sprawls the globe
(Nicole Winfield, Associated Press)

Gunman targets Taiwanese faith with long pro-democracy link
(Deepa Bharath, Associated Press)

Posting of national motto in school does not violate Establishment Clause
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Employee sues after being fired for religious objection to rainbow as gay pride symbol
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Fired Arconic worker sues global metal manufacturing giant over religious discrimination
(Thomas More Society)

Court denies relief to Air Force members with religious objections to covid vaccine
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

House overwhelmingly passes resolution condemning antisemitism
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

With just one ‘no’ vote, House passes resolution condemning anti-Semitism
(Dmitriy Shapiro, Jewish News Syndicate)

Save Oak Flat: Protect sacred land!
(Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty)

Cardinal: Pope ordered auditor to resign over spying charge
(Nicole Winfield, Associated Press)

Hindu’s classical texts strictly forbid abortion. Here’s why many Hindus don’t.
(Deepa Bharath, Religion News Service)

Los Angeles archdiocese requests sheriff’s campaign ad filmed in church be taken down
(Alejandra Molina, Religion News Service)

The lies they tell about the Temple Mount
(Erielle Davidson, National Review)

With AIPAC funding primary campaigns, young Jewish progressives move further left
(Yonat Shimron, Religion News Service)

Bishops support Biden administration’s decision to ease Cuba sanctions
(John Lavenburg, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Pope condemns human trafficking at conference involving Church leaders, police
(Inés San Martín, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Mexican priest killed in border community
(David Agren, Catholic News Service)

The uniters of Loudoun County
(Meg Walter, Deseret News)

Jewish groups have failed to stop Arizona from offering a gas chamber as an execution method
(Andrew Lapin, Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

On the Supreme Court docket, a Jewish anti-abortion group gets a Christian megaphone

Multi-faith forum in Saudi Arabia convenes to promote peace
(Muath Alamri, Real Clear Religion)

Faith on the ground in Buffalo: Voice Buffalo executive director Denise Walden
(Adelle M. Banks, Religion News Service)

Thank God for the end of Roe v. Wade. And then get to work supporting pregnant women.
(kathryn Jean Lopez, America: The Jesuit Review)

The cathedral of Russian Church desecrated in Vilnius

Kazakhstan: Nine known Muslim prisoners of conscience - torture, solitary confinement
(Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service)

Kazakhstan: Post-prison "there's a block everywhere!"
(Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service)

President of Bulgaria visited the Bulgarian church communities in Germany
(The European Times)

New Timor-Leste president vows to defend all regardless of religion
(Ryan Dagur, Union of Catholic Asian News)

In battle between religious liberty vs. LGBTQ rights, one case declares clear winner
(Sarah Parshall Perry, Washington Examiner)

Costa Rica: Bishops concerned over rise in violence in Costa Rica, seek "necessary action"
(La Croix International)

House speaker Nancy Pelosi banned from receiving communion over abortion support
(Clemente Lisi, Religion Unplugged)

Afghanistan: Taliban say female Afghan TV presenters must cover faces on air
(Al Jazeera)

Faith-Based Organizations

Launching an International Claims Commission for Ukraine
(Chiara Giorgetti, EJIL: Talk! Blog of the European Journal of International Law)

Putin's decision on Ukraine operation 'moral choice,' not geopolitics - top Kremlin official

Ukrainian media report support for Russians by Moscow clergy
(RISU, Russia Religion News (Stetson University))

Pope Francis's refusal to condemn Putin draws criticism
(The Washington Post)

Secretary for Relations of the Holy See with the States met with the UGCC hierarchs
(Religious Information Service of Ukraine (RISU))

Thursday, 19 May 2022

Anti-Israel commencement speaker sparks another antisemitism debate at CUNY
(Jacob Henry, Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

Wednesday, 18 May 2022

Hong Kong: Why Catholics are worried over free speech
(William Yang, Deutsche Welle)

Hong Kong – The tragic arrest of Cardinal Zen (90)
(Forum for Religious Freedom-Europe)

Hong Kong: Arrest of ‘stubborn about justice’ Cardinal Zen divides Hong Kong’s Catholics
(Elaine Yu and Selina Cheng, The Wall Street Journal)

The majority of American Muslims believe abortion should be legal in all or most cases
(Erum Ikramullah and Meira Neggaz, nstitute for Social Policy and Understanding (ISPU))

An unlikely revolution is happening at Christian universities: More than half have enacted LGBTQ non-discrimination policies
(Jonathan S. Coley, Washington Blade)

Meet the Democrat who may be America’s fiercest advocate for religious freedom
(Hanna Seariac, Deseret News)

Germany: Berlin archbishop asks forgiveness for homophobia in the church
(Catholic News Service)

Germany: Partnership consultation urges increased efforts for peace
(The Lutheran World Federation)

Uganda: Muslim villagers destroy church building and pastor’s house
(Morning Star News)

FFRF wins lawsuit against praying W.Va. city council that ‘wrapped itself in a single faith’
(Freedom From Religion Foundation)

Flight attendants sue Alaska Airlines and union claiming religious discrimination in firings
(First Liberty)

Christian flight attendants sue after being fired for their posted views on LGBTQ rights
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Flight attendants sue Alaska Airlines, union over religious message board comments
(Mark A. Kellner, The Washington Times)

Chad: Aisha from Chad experiences God’s comfort after persecution, thanks to you
(Open Doors UK)

Nigeria: New bill in Nigeria will punish victims of Islamic extremist groups
(Open Doors UK)

Federal judge blocks Biden admin. rule requiring religious employers to pay for gender transitions
(Mark A. Kellner, The Washington Times)

US agencies’ trans care mandates paused in Christian group suit
(Patrick Dorrian, Bloomberg Law)

Court enjoins application to Christian employers of protections for gender transition services
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Biden transgender health mandate blocked by federal court in Christian alliance's appeal
(Tyler O'Neil, Fox News)

France: After fractious French election, Catholic bishops try to heal a divided flock
(Joséphine Boone, Mélinée Le Priol and Juliette Paquier, La Croix International)

France: Éric Zemmour acquitted of Holocaust denial charge for saying French Nazi collaborator saved Jews
(Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

French churches study how to ensure safe and strong communities
(Conference of European Churches)

New book: Why Religion Is Good for American Democracy
(Robert Wuthnow, Princeton University Press)

Eritrea: Christians tortured in 'tin box' shipping containers 20 years after Eritrea's religious clampdown
(Sophie Drew, Premier Christian News)

Turkey: Protestant Christians in Turkey exposed to discrimination, deportations, hate speech
(Uzay Bulut, Providence Mag)

Goodbye, Judeo-Christian nation. Hello, interfaith America
(Kelsey Dallas, Deseret News)

Victor "Skip" Conde full interview (on human rights and religious freedom)
(YouTube Video, Tina Ramirez, Hardwired Global)

Israel: A rabbi’s contentious quest for religious pluralism in Israel
(Patrick Kingsley, The New York Times)

Israel: A year after disaster, thousands flock to Israeli holy site
(Associated Press)

Egypt’s top mufti to weigh in on penalty for priest’s killer
(Samy Magdy, Associated Press)

Indonesian clerical body 'sorry' for false apostasy claims
(Katharina R. Lestari, Union of Catholic Asian News)

Indonesian police arrest 24 suspected militants in raids
(Mohammad Taufan, Associated Press)

$121.5M settlement in New Mexico clergy sex abuse scandal
(Associated Press)

Chicago archdiocese settles sex abuse suit for $1.2 million
(Associated Press)

WVa city council ordered to stop reciting The Lord’s Prayer
(Associated Press)

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