Law and Religion Headlines

Monday, 7 June 2021

Pilgrims return to Spain’s ‘El Camino’ paths after pandemic
(Iain Sullivan and Joseph Wilson, Religion News Service)

Faith groups press Biden to evacuate US-affiliated Afghans alongside troops
(Jack Jenkins, Religion News Service)

North Carolina House OKs allowing right-to-carry in churches at schools
(Religion News Service)

Report: Number of mosques in US grows overall, but African American mosques in decline
(Jospeh Hammond, Religion News Service)

Canadian police say family run down targeted as Muslims
(Arab News)

Indian State's amended Freedom of Religion Act to come into force from June 15
(The Indian Express)

Indian Court: certain platforms can't be used to propagate a religion
(The Times of India)

Christian persecution peaks amid impunity in pandemic-era India
(John Dayal, Union of Catholic Asian News)

Situation of humanrights in Eritrea. Benchmark 3: extended efforts to guarantee freedoms of religion, association, expression and the press, and extended efforts to end religious and ethnic discrimination (PDF)
(United Nations General Assembly)

Austria's Muslim youth file lawsuit against 'Islam map'
(Deutsche Welle)

German police launch hunt for synagogue arsonist
(Deutsche Welle)

State Department’s 2020 International Religious Freedom Report and the Need for IGE
(Insitute for Global Engagement)

Finding common ground on U.S. international religious freedom policy
(Peter Mandaville, Ph.D.; Knox Thames; Emily Scolaro, United States Institute of Peace)

News about the persecution of Baha’is in Iran in May
(Human Rights Without Frontiers International)

Court refuses to allow Chabad to file amended RLUIPA complaint
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Church's suit on COVID limits dismissed as moot
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

FFRF wins right to display "Bill of Rights nativity ccene"
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Articles of interest - 7 June 2021
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Pastor of church ordered to close in Algeria sentenced to prison
(Morning Star News)

Egyptian authorities confiscate land belonging to monastery
(CSW: Everyone Free to Believe)

How the Irish, and many others, lost their religious freedom to COVID restrictions
(Lois McLatchie, National Review)

A resilient Baha'i community fosters hope in the Central African Republic
(Baha'i World News Service)

Ahmadiyya Muslim Community UK - 7 June 2021
(Ahmadiyya Muslim Community UK)

Migrants seeking asylum at U.S. border get help from Latter-day Saint Charities, others
(Tad Walch, Deseret News)

Photos of the Week: Dancing devils; Tulsa massacre anniversary
(Kit Doyle, Religion News Service)

Pastor seeks revival of suit challenging virus restrictions
(Kevin McGill, Associated Press)

Italian police dismantle antisemitic, racist online group
(Associated Press)

Jewish leader of Russia concerned of increasing glorification of the Nazis in Ukraine

Russia: Oldest Jehovah's Witness – and first woman - jailed
(Victoria Arnold, Forum 18 News Service)

Friends of Friendless Churches: Trying to save sacred pieces of past in England and Wales
(Terry Mattingly, GetReligion)

Law and religion round-up – 6th June
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

UN experts call on Canada, Vatican to probe mass grave at indigenous school
(Peter Kenny, Ecumenical News)

France: Government dissolves embattled advisory organisation on secularism
(Chloé Benoist, Middle East Eye)

Islamic institutions in Arab States: Mapping the dynamics of control, co-option, and contention
(Frederic Wehrey, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace)

Israel’s first religious Prime Minister
(Oren Kessler, Foreign Policy)

The bookshelf: Essential reading on religious freedom
(Matthew J. Franck, Public Discourse: The Journal of the Witherspoon Institute)

‘Right-wing backlash’: Church group to make religious freedom an election issue
(Michael Koziol, The Sydney Morning Herald)

Can employees be ordered to support controversial views in email signatures?
(Neil Foster, Law and Religion Australia)

What can save science from COVID disinformation? Let’s try religion.
(James Rupert, United States Institute of Peace)

Saturday, 5 June 2021

Illegal Serb church on Bosniak woman’s land is demolished
(Associated Press)

Friday, 4 June 2021

Pakistan acquits Christian couple facing death for blasphemy
(Munir Ahmed, Associated Press)

California to pay $2M church legal fees over virus closures
(Brian Melley, Associated Press)

Supreme Court to tackle religious freedom vs. LGBTQ rights in foster-care case
(Dan Avery, NBC News)

Supreme Court showdown may loom over taxpayer funds for parochial schools
(Mark A. Kellner, The Washington Times)

Court says Wayne State also violated state constitution and 14th Amendment in denying recognition to Christian group
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Federal Court dismisses RLUIPA challenge to Missouri emergency public health orders
(Evan Seeman, RLUIPA-Defense)

Pakistan court overturns blasphemy conviction of Christian couple

Pakistani Christian couple acquitted of blasphemy after 7 years on death row
(Julia Bicknell, World Watch Monitor)

China, Pakistan partner in Afghanistan against foe U.S. denies exists
(Tom O'Connor, Newsweek)

Pakistan court sends Christian minor girl with her abductor
(Nasir Sayeed, Supporting Persecuted Christians in Pakistan)

WEBINAR, 4 June 2021: 7th Annual Law and Religious Freedom Conference
(University of Missouri Kansas City School of Law)

High school football coach forced teen to eat pizza that his religion forbids, family says
(Jen Steer, PIX)

Faith leaders concerned about Southern California temporary shelters for migrant children
(Alejandra Molina, Religion News)

Author writes book reporting on young asian-American Buddhists in America
(Alejandra Molina, Religion News Service)

Reforming the Vatican Curia: Never easy, and never over
(Thomas Reese, Religion News)

For Washington and the Palestinians, old policy is no substitute for sound policy
(Omar H. Rahman, The Brookings Doha Center)

Religious health providers deserve legal protection, not false charges of discrimination
(Religious Freedom Institute)

England case: Withdrawal of life sustaining treatment v profound religious beliefs in sanctity of life
(Rosalind English, UK Human Rights Blog)

Austria’s Catholic bishops: Provide ‘assistance to live,’ not assistance to suicide
(National Catholic Register)

The Flemish draft law on religious communities: A critical analysis
(Jelle Creemers, Bitter Winter)

Paris commune, still alive and kicking: A Catholic procession was attacked
(Massimo Introvigne, Bitter Winter)

Challenges to Alabama COVID-19 orders are unsuccessful
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Ministerial exception leads to dismissal of part of nuns' sexual harassment claims
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Suspended teacher who opposed policy on transgender students sues
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Loudoun County Schools sued after suspending teacher for speaking at public school board meeting
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Ohio school board fires head coach, 6 assistant coaches who forced player to eat pizza in violation of religion
(Natasha Anderson, News Nation)

U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops to celebrate religious freedom week
(The Tablet)

Open Doors: U.S. should be demanding religious freedom in Iran
(Charlie Butts, One News Now)

Ken Starr: Equality Act is a 'clear and present danger' to religious freedom
(Michael F. Haverluck, One News Now)

Why Ethiopia's Orthodox Synod called media, US sanctions on Tigray conflict ‘indirect colonialism’
(Desta Heliso, Religion Unplugged Opinion)

Spiritually forming as a society through social and civic reconciliation
(David M. Bailey, Comment)

Christian banner yanked from military gate, Military Religious Freedom Foundation says
(Mark A. Kellner, The Washington Times)

Joint inter-faith statement on the crisis in Myanmar
(Relief Web)

To stop Islamic terrorism, discriminate against non-Muslim religious movements
(Massimo Introvigne, Bitter Winter)

Germany’s apology to a former colony
(Christian Science Monitor)

Catholic group challenges zoning refusal to allow building of chapel
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Federal lawsuit filed against Genoa Township, Michigan to defend religious liberty
(The American Freedom Law Center)

Vietnam bans all religious events after Protestant church service triggers COVID cluster
(Maggie Gile, Newsweek)

Civilizational values in the Sirah of the Prophet: Towards a vision for the future
(Katherine Marshall, G20 Interfaith Forum Blog)

Parliament celebrates Pride Month with public release of LGBTQ interfaith webinars
(Parliament of the World's Religions)

Trudeau wants Vatican apology for church-run school abuses
(Rob Gillies, Associated Press)

Christian college ends program citing gender, sex guidelines
(Claudia Lauer, Associated Press)

Coaches ousted after player says he was forced to eat pork
(Associated Press)

Thousands join Pride parade in conservative Jerusalem
(Associated Press)

House OKs allowing right-to-carry in more NC churches
(Associated Press)

Utah governor asks citizens to pray for rain to end drought
(Associated Press)

EURO 2020: Scotland aims to banish blight of sectarian songs
(Graham Dunbar, Associated Press)

Beyond the gummed labels: ‘Secular surge’
(Kenneth L. Woodward, Commonweal)

Italian firebrand’s quirky faith confirms counter-cultural appeal of Mary
(John L. Allen Jr., Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Catholic bishops oppose Chilean president’s move to legalize gay marriage
(Inés San Martín, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Stewardship and the Estate Tax
(Andrew Hayashi, Canopy Forum on the Interactions of Law & Religion)

Munich Cardinal Reinhard Marx offers resignation to pope
(Deutsche Welle)

Donbas: Luhansk: "The last Mass was in April 2020"
(Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service)

New podcast: Among waves of Tulsa Massacre ink, a fine AP religion story pointed forward
(Terry Mattingly, GetReligion)

Pope Francis questions the purpose of official Vatican media: Does he have a point?
(Clemente Lisi, GetReligion)

COVID-19 legislation and guidance: update to 5 June
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Muslims near India’s Hindu temple allege pressure to vacate homes
(Bilal Kuchay and Manoj Singh, Al Jazeera)

Gujarat govt to implement bill against forcible religious conversion from June 15
(News India 18)

12 Australian media companies fined for breaking Pell order
(Rod McGuirk, Associated Press)

Imprisoned for their faith - Russia
(Jehovah’s Witnesses)

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