Law and Religion Headlines

Monday, 10 January 2022

Brazil: Catholic bishops to rebuild Brazilian society with justice and peace
(La Croix International)

Belarus: Lukashenko would like to return Ukraine "into the bosom of true faith”
(Religious Information Service of Ukraine (RISU))

Philippines: Duterte urges Black Nazarene prayers as Omicron spreads
(Joseph Peter Calleja, Union of Catholic Asian News)

Indonesia: Jakarta Archdiocese declares 2022 as Year of Human Dignity
(Katharina R. Lestari, Union of Catholic Asian News)

Friday, 7 January 2022

Since Jan. 6 attacks, spiritual leaders unify to combat Christian nationalism
(Alejandra Molina, Religion News Service)

One year after Jan. 6, what’s changed for faith groups?
(Mya Jaradat, Deseret News)

The Capitol attack signaled a post-Christian church, not merely a post-Christian culture
(Russell Moore, Christianity Today)

Four Jewish political voices on the anniversary of January 6
(Noach Phillips, Moment Magazine)

CAIR OP-ED: On January 6th, America got a taste of what Muslims have been dealing with for years
(Council on American-Islamic Relations)

Does persecution always bring growth?
(Ronald R. Boyd-MacMillan, The International Journal for Religious Freedom)

The societal relevance of religious freedom research
(Dennis P. Petri and Govert J. Buijs, The International Journal for Religious Freedom)

Highlighting the dark corners of persecution
(Thomas Müller, Matthew D. Rees and Frans Veerman, The International Journal for Religious Freedom)

How common is religious freedom worldwide?
(The International Journal for Religious Freedom)

Using data to combat religious persecution
(Niels De Nutte and Anton Van Dyck, The International Journal for Religious Freedom)

How many Christians are under threat of persecution?
(Christof Sauer, The International Journal for Religious Freedom)

A human security approach to religious freedom
(Dennis P. Petri, The International Journal for Religious Freedom)

Opportunities and challenges for international religious freedom research to inform U.S. foreign policy
(Jason Klocek, The International Journal for Religious Freedom)

Canada: The use of documentation in refugee determination in Canada
(Janet Epp Buckingham, The International Journal for Religious Freedom)

Assessing public support for international religious freedom
(Luke M. Perez, The International Journal for Religious Freedom)

Freedom of religion or belief in urban planning of places of worship
(John F. Osorio, The International Journal for Religious Freedom)

China: Religious challenges and risks to the Belt and Road Initiative
(James C. Wallace, The International Journal for Religious Freedom)

Mexico: Toward the effective protection of religious freedom in Mexico
(Marcelo Bartolini Esparza, The International Journal for Religious Freedom)

Denmark: “What’s religion got to do with it?” A case study on the regulation of religious diversity and practice in Danish Red Cross asylum centres
(Kareem P. A. McDonald, The International Journal for Religious Freedom)

Brazil: Evangelicals in Brazil are stronger today than ever before
(Raphael Tsavkko Garcia, Al Jazeera)

Brazilian court fines American Airlines for ’emotional suffering’ to passengers denied kosher food
(Cnaan Liphshiz, Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

Indonesia: 'Light' sentences for Indonesian Ahmadi attack spark storm
(Ryan Dagur, Union of Catholic Asian News)

Indonesia: 'Weak God' comment causes storm
(Katharina R. Lestari, Union of Catholic Asian News)

Indonesia: New Nahdlatul Ulama chief vows not to mix religion with politics
(Benar News)

Can a Christian flag fly at city hall? The Supreme Court will have to decide
(Mark Satta, The Conversation)

Supreme Court is set to review Biden’s vaccine rules for businesses, health-care workers. Here’s what to know.
(Ann E. Marimow and Robert Barnes, The Washington Post)

First Five Now: Are we a Christian nation?
(YouTube Video, Freedom Forum Institute)

UK: European court declines to take pro-gay marriage cake case
(Associated Press)

UK: The sweet taste of freedom: The ECHR has ruled against reopening the “gay cake” case
(Lizzie Troughton, The Critic)

UK: The great Strasbourg bake off
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

UK: Challenge to “Gay Marriage Cake” decision dismissed
(Neil Foster, Law and Religion Australia)

UK: Sweet victory for Christian bakers’ freedom of conscience: Europe’s top court tosses out attempt to re-open cake dispute
(ADF International)

UK: Nurse ‘victimised’ for wearing cross at work was unfairly dismissed, tribunal rules
(Harriet Sherwood, The Guardian)

UK: Sark church says 'I do' to same-sex marriage ceremonies

UK: Have we reached peak human rights?
(Andrew Tettenborn, The Spectator)

Ahmadiyya Muslim Community UK Newsletter - January 2022
(Ahmadiyya Muslim Community UK)

UK: Nurses and crosses (again): Onuoha
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

UK: Chief Rabbi condemns JNF UK chair Samuel Hayek’s ‘no future for Jews’ claim
(Lee Harpin, Jewish News)

UK Home Office ‘failing to prioritise most vulnerable Afghans’ in resettlement scheme
(Rajeev Syal, The Guardian)

Mexico: Three Christians jailed in Southern Mexico are released
(Morning Star News)

Vietnam: Communities harassed, activists and journalists tried in December crackdown
(CSW: Everyone Free to Believe)

Pakistan: HRWF project GSP+ EU/Pakistan: A Christian sentenced to death on blasphemy charges
(Human Rights Without Frontiers International)

France: 500 “cults”, 500,000 “victims” in France? MIVILUDES admits it has no recent data
(Massimo Introvigne, Bitter Winter)

'Polite persecution' of Christians gathers pace in Europe
(Ben Joseph, Union of Catholic Asian News)

2nd stay sought against Ohio law on aborted fetal remains
(Julie Carr Smyth, Associated Press)

Colombian man feels tranquil as euthanasia nears to end pain
(Astrid Suárez, Associated Press)

Christian world marks Epiphany with series of celebrations
(Frances D'Emilio and Mehmet Guzel, Associated Press)

Haiti: Ransom freed some missionary hostages in Haiti, workers say
(Peter Smith, Associated Press)

Ministerial exception does not apply to Liberty University art teacher
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Biden resubmits Lipstadt's nomination as Special Envoy to Monitor Antisemitism
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Russia: Putin notes moral significance of Christmas

Russia: Monopoly in religion grows into cartel conspiracy
(The European Times)

Online conference reaches out across borders to promote human rights
(European Times)

Reformed Church in America splits as conservative churches form new denomination
(Kathryn Post, Religion News Service)

Black faith and the Black radical tradition (plus six responses)
(Oluwatomisin Oredein, Earle J. Fisher, Stefan Wheelock, Phillip Luke Sinitiere, Julia Robinson Moore and Timothy Rainey II, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)

India: Missionaries of Charity evicted from property in northern India
(Nirmala Carvalho, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

India: The Ganges – river of life, religion and waste
(Stuart Butler, Geographical)

India: Hindu nationalists are disrupting Muslim prayers in India 
(Aafreen Khan, Religion Unplugged)

India: I was put up for ‘auction’ by Hindu extremists in India
(Amina Kausar, Religion News Service)

Annual March for Life still on this year in Washington
(Kurt Jensen, Catholic News Service)

What does the military owe to religious objectors to vaccine mandates?
(Kelsey Dallas, Deseret News)

Kazakhstan’s Jews, who ‘steer clear’ of politics, are sitting out their country’s bloody unrest
(Cnaan Liphshiz, Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

Belarusian dictator alarmed by religious dimension of Kazakh crisis
(Interfax-Religiia, Russia Religion News (Stetson University))

Afghans fear for their rights as Taliban resurrects religious policing
(Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty)

No optimism, much hope
(George Weigel, First Things)

In Brooklyn, a Jewish group tries a face-to-face approach to fighting antisemitism
(Julia Gergely, Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

Was Jesus a leftist or a rightist? The Vatican is battling to keep politics out of religion, and religion out of politics.
(Jacopo Barigazzi, Politico)

New podcast: Are the bitter wars over the Latin Mass about politics or Catholic doctrine?
(Terry Mattingly, GetReligion)

Polish Church in devastating decline, says Catholic Primate
(La Croix International)

Poland’s envoy for Jews says its Holocaust law is ‘stupid’
(Michael Daventry, Jewish News)

Anti-drug GOP senator helps psychedelic church with fight against DEA and IRS
(Kyle Jaeger, Marijuana Moment)

Canada approved reparations – the US can be next
(Christopher Rhodes, Al Jazeera)

Is Israel’s Jewish character in peril?
(Rachel Avraham, Israel Today)

Australia: Novak Djokovic thanks supporters as he celebrates religious holiday in Melbourne hotel
(Ryan Gaydos, Fox News)

Will US bishops find their voice and defend democracy?
(Michael Sean Winters, National Catholic Reporter)

Caritas Bolivia increases service to migrants at the borders
(La Croix International)

Sri Lanka: Overcoming hurt and hatred through dialogue
(KAICIID Dialogue Centre)

"All-Ukrainian Council" calls for all-Ukrainian prayer for protection from war
(Religious Information Service of Ukraine (RISU))

In 2021, religion was not very important to most Americans
(Anne Stych, Religion Unplugged)

Singapore minister meets pope to reaffirm bilateral ties
(Union of Catholic Asian News)

Thai authorities harass young Muslim activist
(Union of Catholic Asian News)

Two weeks in review, 20 December 2021 – 2 January 2022
(Gail Lythgoe, EJIL: Talk! Blog of the European Journal of International Law)

Photos of the week: Orthodox Christmas, Epiphany
(Kit Doyle, Religion News Service)

Wednesday, 5 January 2022

Federal Court enters consent decree ordering City of Horn Lake to approve plans for local mosque in federal anti-Muslim bias litigation
(American Civil Liberties Union)

Judge orders Mississippi city to allow mosque construction
(Associated Press)

Court delivers win to military members denied religious exemptions from Pentagon vaccine mandate
(Sarah Parshall Perry, The Heritage Foundation)

Federal Court grants injunction for Navy SEALs challenging DoD vaccine mandate
(First Liberty)

Violence isn’t the only way Christian nationalism endangers democracy
(Samuel L. Perry, Religion News Service)

On Ukraine-Russia border, Evangelicals endure as invasion looms
(Jayson Casper, Christianity Today)

VIRTUAL EVENT, 5 January 2022 (3PM EST): First Five Now: Are we a Christian nation?
(Asma Uddin and Jim Eaton, Freedom Forum Institute)

WEBINAR, 5 January 2022 (12PM EST): Institutional Religious Freedom: Exploring Contemporary Policy Challenges
(Religious Freedom Institute and The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law)

Weekly Highlight #187: COVID-19: Exploring faith dimensions: COVID-19 pall of uncertainty as 2022 begins
(Berkley Center, Joint Learning Initiative, WFDD)

RFBF to host Silicon Valley business breakfast on faith and allyship
(Religious Freedom & Business Foundation)

75 years of separation: New programs will mark AU’s milestone anniversary
(Rachel Laser, Americans United for Separation of Church and State)

Religion during the Russian Ukrainian conflict
(Journal of Contemporary Religion)

Iran: Nine Iranian Christians released from jail
(Ben Zion Gad, The Jerusalem Post)

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