Law and Religion Headlines

Wednesday, 1 July 2020

ZOOM WEBINAR, 1 July 2020 ( 3 pm EDT): Listening to Black Clergy
(Sean Casey, Leah Daughtry, Cheryl Sanders, Adam R. Taylor, Travis B. Winckler, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)

Clarence Thomas: Roe v. Wade was 'grievously wrong' and 'should be overruled'
(Michael Foust, Christian Headines)

New Florida law requiring parental consent for abortion limits harm, Catholic bishops say
(Catholic News Agency)

'A win for Florida families': Florida gov. signs parental consent abortion bill
(Michael Foust, Christian Headlines)

Nigeria could be next Rwanda or Darfur if world doesn't act, advocates warn
(Samuel Smith, The Christian Post)

Black Jesus painting to be displayed at St. Albans Cathedral in the UK
(Michael Gryboski, The Christian Post)

Judge temporarily blocks Iowa law requiring 24-hour waiting period for abortion
(Michael Gryboski, The Christian Post)

Judge blocks Trump admin. rule requiring Central Americans to first seek asylum in countries they enter
(Samuel Smith, The Christian Post)

CHOP gets chopped: Seattle police, FBI dismantle ‘protest zone’ after 2 teens killed
(Melissa Barnhart, The Christian Post)

'Soft despotism' of anti-Catholicism on the rise, USCCB religious liberty chair warns
(Matt Hadro, Catholic News Agency)

‘An affront to human dignity’: Ethicists react to death of Michael Hickson
(Christine Rousselle, Catholic News Agency)

Erdogan vows to tighten social media controls after insults on family
(Diego Cupolo, Al-Monitor: Turkey Pulse)

USCIRF welcomes Xinjiang supply chain business advisory
(U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom)

USCIRF welcomes the release of Pastor Ramón Rigal, calls for release of Roberto Jesus Quinones Haces
(U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom)

Syrian refugees hopeful as Egypt eases coronavirus restrictions
(Amr Emam, Al-Monitor: Egypt Pulse)

Iran warns US of ‘firm response’ after Security Council meeting
(Al-Monitor: Iran Pulse)

Churches reopen with In-person services
(Rachel Rogish, Cape May County Herald)

Is Gov. Cuomo about to be overruled on Jewish summer camps?
(Michael A. Helfand, Tablet Magazine)

Taxpayers shouldn’t have to fund religious education: How today’s Supreme Court decision further erodes the separation of church and state
(Heather L. Weaver, ACLU)

Montana tax credit program discriminated against private schools, Supreme Court rules
(Matt Hoffman and Holly Michels, Montana Standard)

Supreme Court rules Montana scholarship program must include religious schools
(Alex Swoyer, The Washington Times)

Supreme Court boosts religious schools seeking public aid
(Devin Dwyer, ABC 7 Chicago)

Supreme Court expands state funding for religious schools
(Language Magazine)

Update: Court says tax credit program can't exclude religious schools
(Carol Zimmermann, Catholic News Service)

Knesset says no to surrogacy for gay men, but minister vows it will happen
(Stuart Winer, The Times of Israel)

Supreme Court says states cannot discriminate against religious schools
(Roberto Rivera and John Stonestreet, Christian Headlines)

Erdogan should not erase Turkey's Christian past
(Richard V. Reeves and Mustafa Akyol, Foreign Policy)

Tuesday, 30 June 2020

Articles of interest - 29 June 2020
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Opinion: Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue
(Roberts, C.J., with Thomas, Alito, Gorsuch, and Kavanaugh J.J., Supreme Court of the United States)

Iowa governor signs 24-hour abortion waiting period into law
(Joshua Cossin, Jurist: Legal News & Research)

Supreme Court invalidates Louisiana abortion law requiring clinic doctors to have hospital admitting privileges
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

School choice defeats anti-Catholic bigotry 5–4 at the Supreme Court
(Dan McLaughlin, National Review)

Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue ("Blaine Amendment case")
(Case Page, SCOTUSblog)

Opinion analysis: Court rules that religious schools cannot be excluded from state funding for private schools
(Amy Howe, SCOTUSblog)

Supreme Court rules in favor of state funding for religious education
(Masood Farivar, Voice of America)

FRC praises Supreme Court decision to protect school choice and religious liberty in Espinoza v. Montana
(PR Newswire)

Supreme Court strikes down state ban on public aid to religious schools
(Michael Gryboski, The Christian Post)

Espinoza: High court sparks new battle over church-state separation
(David Crary and Elana Schor, Associated Press)

Wonderful news from the Court — for religious freedom and school choice — in Espinoza
(RIck Garnett, Mirror of Justice: A blog dedicated to the development of Catholic legal theory)

June Medical Services LLC v. Gee (abortion case)
(Case Page, SCOTUSblog)

Opinion: June Medical Services v. Russo
(Justice Breyer, joined by Justice Ginsberg, Justice Sotomayor, and Justice Kagan, Supreme Court of the United States)

Opinion analysis: With Roberts providing the fifth vote, court strikes down Louisiana abortion law (Updated)
(Amy Howe, SCOTUSblog)

With abortion ruling, Roberts reasserts his role and Supreme Court’s independence
(Robert Barnes, The Washington Post)

Symposium: June Medical and the many faces of judicial discretion
(Jane Schacter, SCOTUSblog)

Symposium: June Medical Services v. Russo: When a “win” is not a win
(Gretchen Borchelt, SCOTUSblog)

Some instapunditry on today's June Medical decision
(RIck Garnett, Mirror of Justice: A blog dedicated to the development of Catholic legal theory)

Analysis: Bostock battles may cause religious ripples in states
(Dori Goldstein, Bloomberg Law)

One year of voluntary assisted dying in Victoria: 400 have registered, despite obstacles
(Paul Komesaroff, Cameron Stewart, Camille La Brooy, and Jennifer Philip, The Conversation)

Navy bans troops from indoor religious services but permits protests and house parties, law firm says
(Caleb Parke, Fox News)

In choice between gamblers and churchgoers, government officials are loading the dice
(Ryan Tucker and Angela Sailor, Inside Sources)

Will international religious freedom survive the Trump administration?
(Jayson Casper, Christianity Today)

LGBTQ workplace protections have been affirmed by SCOTUS, but aren't assured in Pa. They should be. [editorial]
(Lancaster Online)

U.S. Supreme Court ruling boosts legal argument for LGBT+ rights, experts say
(Oscar Lopez and Matthew Lavietes, The Dispatch)

Roberts and Gorsuch ‘play devil’s advocate’ say North Central Ohio clergy
(Front Lines Ohio)

A good day for educational equality
(Neal McCluskey, CATO Institute)

Churches find fairness in the law
(Chad Groening and Steve Jordahl, One News Now)

Protecting LGBT employees and religious liberty
(Nathan Kasai, Third Way)

GOP lawmakers urge action after Russia-Afghanistan briefing
(Zeke Miller, James Laporta and Mary Clare Jalonick, Deseret News)

U.S. Bishops’ Religious Liberty and Catholic Education chairmen grateful for Supreme Court’s decision in Blaine amendment case
(United States Conference of Catholic Bishops)

Churches, religious liberty face uncertain future in courts
(Aaron Earls, Facts & Trends)

What a Virginia cemetery case reveals about religious liberty
(Alex Ward, The Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission)

U.S. Supreme Court rules for school choice and religious liberty, cites Attorney General Hunter's brief
(Mike Hunter, Oklahoma Attorney General)

USCIRF warns that forced sterilization of Uyghur Muslims is evidence of genocide
(U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom)

Uyghurs subject to mass sterilization: a new CCP crime against humanity
(Ruth Ingram, Bitter Winter: A Magazine on Religious Liberty and Human Rights in China)

Ecclesiastical court judgments – June
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Iran issues arrest warrant for President Trump
(Mikaela Mathews, Christian Headlines)

Israel to postpone West Bank annexation plan
(Kayla Koslosky, Christian Headlines)

Messianic church in Israel wins restraining order in case against anti-evangelism group
(Samuel Smith, The Christian Post)

UK churches to reopen with 30-person limit, social distancing guidelines
(Michael Gryboski, The Christian Post)

‘This is the Christian message’: Cardinal urges Catholics to join struggle for racial justice
(Catholic News Agency)

In Montana, man tears down Ten Commandments monument at county courthouse grounds
(Catholic News Agency)

Catholic archdiocese in Guam stopping monthly payments to former archbishop
(Catholic News Agency)

Canadian Catholic diocese aims to repair defaced Stations of the Cross
(Catholic News Agency)

St. Junipero Serra protested colonial oppression and abuses, Archbishop Gomez says
(Catholic News Agency)

6,666 abortions performed in Ireland last year after repeal of pro-life law
(Catholic News Agency)

Supreme Court rejects Montana 'Blaine Amendment' in religious schools case
(Matt Hadro, Catholic News Agency)

Stocks close out best quarter since 1998 with more gains
(Stan Choe, Alex Veiga and Damian J. Troise, Deseret News)

Arizona is issuing a new shutdown order because of the recent COVID-19 spike. Here’s what’s happening
(Herb Scribner, Deseret News)

Churches and COVID-19 in NSW- PHO No 4 released
(Neil Foster, Law and Religion Australia)

USCIRF releases Yemen country update highlighting Houthi religious freedom violations
(U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom)

European Court says Greece should not have indicated non-Christening on birth record
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Supreme Court says Montana cannot exclude religious schools from tax-credit program
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Supreme Court: Montana can't exclude religious schools from scholarship program
(Nina Totenberg and Brian Naylor, National Public Radio)

Pope urges US Catholic media to work to overcome racism
(Nicole Winfield, Associated Press)

Italy grants bishops permission to ditch gloves for Communion
(Elise Ann Allen, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Court says tax credit program can’t exclude religious schools
(Carol Zimmermann, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Supreme Court rules in favor of religious schools receiving taxpayer-funded scholarships
(Kelsey Dallas, Deseret News Faith)

Good riddance to the Blaine Amendments
(National Review)

US international religious freedom efforts should not promote Islamic extremism
(Brenda Shaffer & Svante Cornell, Real Clear Religion)

From Saudi Arabia, a welcome call for tolerance and moderation
(Jeff Jacoby, The Boston Globe)

Church and state: determining ownership of church property after schism
(David B. West,

Supreme Court hands win to religious schools
(John Kruzel, The Hill)

High Court slams religious bias in state tax-credit scheme
(Jack Rodgers, Courthouse News Service)

Ordination amid coronavirus - A call for humility and courage
(Cardinal Michael Czerny, Catholic News Agency)

The false logic of a China-US choice in the Middle East
(Karen Young, Al-Monitor)

Supreme Court rules in favor of religious schools receiving taxpayer-funded scholarships
(Kelsey Dallas, Deseret News)

Monday, 29 June 2020

Supreme Court update: Bostock

Supreme Court strikes down Louisiana abortion clinic law
(Mark Sherman, Associated Press)

Supreme Court strikes down Louisiana abortion law, with Roberts the deciding vote
(Adam Liptak, The New York Times)

Abortion foes vent disappointment after Supreme Court ruling
(Elana Schor, Religion News Service)

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