Law and Religion Headlines

Monday, 27 June 2022

Power imbalances and abuse dynamics in Christian conciliation
(Daniel Teater, Canopy Forum on the Interactions of Law & Religion)

Barr: Public schools are now so hostile to Christians, they’re unconstitutional
(Joy Pullmann, The Federalist)

On abortion, Muslim Americans say Islamic history is ‘on the side of mercy’
(Alejandra Molina, The Washington Post)

Friday, 24 June 2022

Religious arguments and political goals behind the Russian-Ukrainian war
(Dmytro Vovk, Canopy Forum on the Interactions of Law & Religion)

The government deems the attempts to ban activities of the Moscow Patriarchate in Ukraine "unfounded"
(Religious Information Service of Ukraine (RISU))

Patriarch Kirill builds on Putin’s attack on Leninism to promote idea of restoring Orthodoxy as Russia’s state church – OpEd
(Paul Goble, Eurasia Review)

Only sermons agreed with the occupiers are allowed in Crimean mosques — State Service for ethnic policy
(Religious Information Service of Ukraine (RISU))

Russia, Ukraine, and the Orthodox church: Where religion meets geopolitics and war
(Engjellushe Morina and Andrew Wilson, The European Council on Foreign Relations)

EVENT, 24 June 2022 (12PM ET): Is Our Foreign Policy Good? American Moral Absolutism and the China Challenge
(Faith & Law)

Weekly Highlight #210: COVID-19: Exploring faith dimensions: Government support for and restrictions on religious practice; COVID-19, mental health, and gender-based violence
(Berkley Center, Joint Learning Initiative, WFDD)

Opinion: Carson v. Makin (PDF)
(Supreme Court of the United States)

A bad day at the Supreme Court – and a vow to keep fighting
(Rob Boston, Americans United for Separation of Church and State)

The death of separationism and the life of school choice
(John O. McGinnis, Law & Liberty)

Supreme Court's religious school ruling signals 'dangerous road' for LGBTQ rights, advocates say
(Zachary Schermele, NBC News)

A pro-religion Court: What the 6-3 conservative Supreme Court majority’s latest ruling means
(Ian Prasad Philbrick, The New York Times)

Is SCOTUS decision in Carson another crack in the ‘wall’?
(Adeline Von Drehle, Real Clear Politics)

A good week for religious freedom
(Richard W. Garnett, The Wall Street Journal)

Video clip of Eric Rassbach on the Supreme Court's ruling on aid to religious schools

SCOTUS puts government back in the business of funding religious education
(Khyati Y. Joshi, RNS Column: Living Religion)

Pakistan: Afghan Christians find new hope in Pakistan
(Kamran Chaudhry, Union of Catholic Asian News)

Iraq parliament swears in new members after walkout of 73
(Qassim Abdul-Zahra, Associated Press)

Pope orders online release of WWII-era Pius XII Jewish files
(Nicole Winfield, Associated Press)

India: Evangelicals warns about the violation of minorities’ rights in India
(Evangelical Focus)

Kashmir Hindus in mourning after wave of killings
(Channi Anand, Associated Press)

Restoring the Founders’ vision of religion
(Frank DeVito, The American Conservative)

Native American leaders push for boarding school commission
(Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press)

Report from the Capital - Summer 2022 Issue
(Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty)

After $2 million Brooklyn church robbery, houses of worship evaluate theft risk
(Riley Farrell, Religion News Service)

Brazil: World Rainforest Day (PDF)
(Religions for Peace)

Brazilian rabbi goes viral for paying Jewish tribute to journalist and expert killed in the Amazon
(Marcus M. Gilban, Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

US envoy to combat anti-Semitism to visit Saudi Arabia, Israel
(Al Jazeera)

US antisemitism envoy to visit Saudi Arabia in first trip abroad
(Middle East Eye)

Saudi Islamic university achieves second world record with 170 nationalities on campus
(Zaid Khashogji, Arab News)

Kazakhstan: Religious freedom survey, June 2022
(Felix Corley and John Kinahan, Forum 18 News Service)

Nigeria: Court challenge tests authority of Islamic religious law in Nigeria
(Hamza Ibrahim, Reuters)

Nigeria must not allow religious war –Bishop Hammawa
(Sun News)

Nigeria: Christian massacres in Nigeria a top topic at global religious freedom summit
(Mark A. Kellner, The Washington Times)

What's news? Attacks on Christians in Nigeria provide an important case study
(Richard Ostling, GetReligion)

Nothing was usual about that Pentecost massacre in Nigeria
(Terry Mattingly, Religion Unplugged)

Theologies and practices of religious pluralism
(The European Times)

New book: Human Dignity and Political Criticism
(Colin Bird, Cambridge University Press)

Book review: A vulnerable account of human dignity
(James Dominic Rooney, Law & Liberty)

Religious communities in the Holy Land remain united beyond the pandemic
(Nicolas Rouger, La Croix International)

A new chapter begins: Vienna’s diplomatic and religious community bids farewell to KAICIID
(KAICIID Dialogue Centre)

Palestinian Arabs may face eviction from historic inns in Jerusalem’s Christian Quarter
(Gil Zohar, Religion Unplugged)

What Fulton did for religious freedom
(Mark Rienzi, First Things)

Is our God too small?
(James Christie, G20 Interfaith Forum Blog)

Iran: Int’l conference to discuss ‘Religions and Playing Role in 3rd Millennium’
(International Quran News Agency (IQNA))

French election result may lead to more Islamophobia: Experts
(Alex Whiteman, Arab News)

Hazaras: Persecution denounced in the Italian Parliament
(Marco Respinti, Bitter Winter)

Divorced couple dispute over pre-embryos: one wants them destroyed, the other wants them implanted
(Eugene Volokh, The Volokh Conspiracy)

Regarding false media reporting on Israel and Dr Pillay
(World Council of Churches)

“Statelessness is about expulsion from the human community”
(World Council of Churches)

Eastern African religious leaders urge Democratic Republic of Congo to embrace dialogue as means to resolve grievances
(World Council of Churches)

Germany: Antisemitic mural removed from Documenta art show
(Stuart Braun, Deutsche Welle)

WCC acting general secretary shares assembly insights with Evangelical Church in Germany
(World Council of Churches)

German sex abuse lawsuit targets former Pope Benedict

Tunisia: TV interview explores constructive role of religion in society
(Bahá’í World News Service)

BIC New York: Recasting humanity’s relationship with natural world
(Bahá’í World News Service)

Kirk calls first nuclear weapons treaty meeting “a glimmer of light and hope”
(The Church of Scotland)

UK: The sad and cynical spectacle of the draft British Bill of Rights
(Marko Milanovic, EJIL: Talk! Blog of the European Journal of International Law)

First Liberty files brief supporting religious minority persecuted by Chinese Communist Party
(First Liberty)

Interfaith leaders kick off a movement for reparations in Philadelphia
(Valerie Russ, Philadelphia Inquirer)

Faith story of Wegmans Food Markets
(John H. Garvey, Religious Freedom & Business Foundation)

Thursday, 23 June 2022

EVENT, 20-23 June 2022: Fifth Annual Conference of the European Academy of Religion
(European Academy of Religion)

WEBINAR, 20-23 June 2022: Catholic Peacebuilding in Times of Crisis: Hope for a Wounded World
(Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)

VIRTUAL EVENT, 23 June 2022 (3PM ET): Human Rights Challenges in Mexico
(Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission)

Wednesday, 22 June 2022

State funds for students at religious schools? Supreme Court says ‘yes’ in Maine case – but consequences could go beyond
(Charles J. Russo, The Conversation)

Why religious schools just won big — again — in front of the Supreme Court
(Kelsey Dallas, Deseret News)

The Supreme Court tears a new hole in the wall separating church and state
(Ian Millhiser, Vox)

No wonder Christian nationalists wanted these justices on the Supreme Court
(Jennifer Rubin, The Washington Post)

Court strikes down Maine’s ban on using public funds at religious schools
(Amy Howe, SCOTUSblog)

Sotomayor vs. Roberts on religion, schools, and the First Amendment
(Damon Root, The Volokh Conspiracy)

Humanists outraged as Supreme Court attacks separation of church and state
(American Humanist Association)

Why the Supreme Court got it right in Maine voucher case
(Ilya Somin, NBC News)

How the fight over school prayer became a battle for the soul of the nation
(Kelsey Dallas, Deseret News)

Justices say Maine school subsidy program unconstitutional
(Jimmy Hoover, Law360)

Exclusion of religious schooling from generally available school choice programs generally unconstitutional
(Eugene Volokh, The Volokh Conspiracy)

The Supreme Court strikes another blow to the separation of church and state
(Elie Mystal, The Nation)

U.S. Supreme Court backs public money for religious schools
(Andrew Chung, Reuters)

Supreme Court: The First Amendment bans states from excluding religious schools from school-choice programs
(Dan McLaughlin, National Review)

In another victory for religious conservatives, the Supreme Court struck down Maine’s prohibition against funding religious schools
(Michael Bobelian, Forbes)

EVENT, 22-26 June 2022: The 10th World Meeting of Families
(Diocesi di Roma)

ONLINE EVENT, 22 June 2022 (7PM EEST): Professor Catherine Redgwell: "What role for general principles in the international legal order?"
(Athens PIL Discussion Group)

Breyer’s history of ‘strife’
(Ramesh Ponnuru, National Review)

The fall of the wall around religious education
(National Review)

Court’s excellent free-exercise ruling in Carson v. Makin
(Ed Whelan, National Review)

Another SCOTUS win for 'equal access,' whether most journalists realized this or not
(Terry Mattingly, GetReligion)

A long awaited win for educational pluralism and religious freedom in Carson v. Makin
(Rick Garnett, Mirror of Justice)

Supreme Court upholds religious freedom for Maine families
(Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission)

SCOTUS ruling hints at why religious freedom means living with views we don’t like
(Neil Schoenherr, Washington University in St. Louis)

In blow to religious freedom, SCOTUS rules for the first time that a state’s tuition assistance program must fund religious education
(Don Byrd, Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty)

2022 update: First Amendment sparks - and could bridge - divides
(Freedom Forum Institute)

Pope Francis: A world free of nuclear weapons is necessary and possible
(Vatican News)

Pope blasts violence in Mexico as he mourns 2 slain Jesuits
(Associated Press)

Australian state outlaws public displays of Nazi swastikas
(Rod McGuirk, Associated Press)

SC medical ethics law prompts concerns re: LGBTQ healthcare
(James Pollard, Associated Press)

French court blocks Grenoble’s bid to allow full-body swimsuit
(Al Jazeera)

France rules against burkini swimwear for religious reasons
(Associated Press)

Maldives religious extremists disrupt Yoga Day event
(Associated Press)

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