Law and Religion Headlines

Friday, 10 September 2021

Egypt: New ruling on hymen repair stirs up controversy
(Jennifer Holleis, Deutsche Welle)

In Turkey, religious cleric joins calls to censor social media
(Arzu Geybullayeva, Global Voices)

Turkish government sees K-pop as a threat
(Ceyda Nurtsch, Deutsche Welle)

More than 100 headstones smashed at Jewish cemetery in Argentina
(Cnaan Liphshiz, Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

Taliban: We want ties with US and rest of the world — but not Israel
(Ron Kampeas, Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

Opposing Roe isn’t about religion
(Alexandra Desanctis, National Review)

God has no place in Supreme Court opinions
(Linda Greenhouse, The New York Times)

Christianity’s walking dead (Identity Politics and American Character: A Symposium)
(Joshua Mitchell, Law & Liberty)

Netflix’s ‘My Unorthodox Life’ spurred ultra-Orthodox Jewish women to talk publicly about their lives
(Jessica Roda and Alexandra Stankovich, The Conversation)

COVID-19 churches’ guidance for “Step 4”
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

20 years ago, the UN Durban Conference aimed to combat racism. It devolved into a ‘festival of hate’ against Jews.
(Ron Kampeas, Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

More countries to boycott Durban conference as New Zealand and Cyprus quit
(Michael Daventry, Jewish News)

Zimbabwe: Church leaders meet President
(Mukudzei Chingwere, All Africa)

India: K'taka govt to omit controversial religious texts from school books
(The Tribune)

Ireland: Government accused of being ‘profoundly disrespectful’ to church
(Irish Times)

New study in Ireland reveals: Catholic students are most affected by bullying
(Observatory on Intolerance and Discrimination against Christians in Europe)

UK bishops urge Catholics to oppose medically-assisted suicide Bill
(Charles Collins, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Islamic NGO in Senegal seeks to block immoral web series
(Lucie Sarr, La Croix International)

A Catholic book purge in Canada
(Jérôme Chapuis, La Croix International)

Religions for Peace and KAICIID sign MoU on multireligious collaboration initiatives
(KAICIID Dialogue Centre)

The United States once again call on Russia to stop the persecution of Crimean Tatars and the OCU in Crimea
(Religious Information Service of Ukraine (RISU))

Russia: Suspended sentence, though she did "nothing apart from study Koran"
(Victoria Arnold, Forum 18 News Service)

Thursday, 9 September 2021

WEBINAR, 9 September 2021 (10AM EDT): Secularism and Islam in Foreign Policy: A Conversation with Sarah Wolff
(Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)

VIRTUAL EVENT, 9 September 2021 (1PM ET): Faith@Work on 9/11
(Religious Freedom & Business Foundation)

EVENT, 9 September 2021 (11AM CET): Is Suspension of Pakistan’s GSP+ Status Overdue?
(In person or via YouTube, Human Rights Without Frontiers International)

Wednesday, 8 September 2021

Taliban forms acting government in Afghanistan, saying permanent leadership to be named soon, as protests grow
(Susannah George, Haq Nawaz Khan, Rachel Pannett, Ezzatullah Mehrdad and Adam Taylor, The Washington Post)

South Africa body says vaccination should be employee’s choice
(Suthentira Govender, Sowetan Live)

Book review: ‘Religion and the Rise of Capitalism’ (theology’s invisible hand)
(Daniel K. Finn, Commonweal)

Activists push for delay of U.N. climate summit, as heads of churches issue unprecedented joint statement
(Brady Dennis and William Booth, The Washington Post)

Pope, patriarch and Canterbury abbot issue climate appeal
(Nicole Winfield, Associated Press)

Indonesia: Leaders should maintain religious harmony in society: VP Amin
(Antara News)

No major organized religion objects to COVID-19 vaccines. Will religious exemptions hold?
(Ben Kesslen, NBC News)

What is Sharia? Islamic law shows Muslims how to live, and can be a force for progress as well as tool of fundamentalists
(Kalpana Jain, The Conversation)

Mexico's top court decriminalizes abortion in 'watershed moment'
(Lizbeth Diaz and Laura Gottesdiener, Reuters)

Texas death row inmate seeks pastor’s touch at execution
(Juan A. Lozano, Associated Press)

Mexico decriminalizes abortion
(Mary Beth Sheridan and Alejandra Ibarra Chaoul, The Washington Post)

South Africa lobbyists identify constitutional right to freedom of religion as missing in new cannabis bill
(Sandisiwe Shoba, The Daily Maverick)

Brexit, the Irish Protocol and the ‘Versailles Effect’
(Joseph Weiler, EJIL: Talk! Blog of the European Journal of International Law)

Weekly Highlight #172: COVID-19: Exploring faith dimensions: Global vaccination uptake, mandate arguments, and calls for increased mental health
(Berkley Center, Joint Learning Initiative, WFDD)

WCC Vaccine Champions encourage churches’ leadership in promoting public health
(World Council of Churches)

Canada: Charitable status at issue in the 2021 federal election
(Barry W. Bussey, Canadian Centre for Christian Charities)

Canada: Charitable status for pregnancy care centres at risk
(Canadian Centre for Christian Charities)

EU religious freedom envoy position now vacant while Afghan faith minorities face deepening crisis
(ADF International)

New factsheet on the execution of the ECHR judgments related to LGBTI persons rights
(Council of Europe)

Switzerland: ‘The first demands for same-sex marriage were addressed to the churches’
(Katy Romy, Swiss Info)

Iranian Christians sentenced to five years in prison for apostasy

Pakistan: Churches increase security because of the Taliban threat
(John Pontifex, Aleteia)

Protecting human rights of religious minorities is essential for conflict prevention
(ADF International)

Let us worship: Faith representatives turn to Uganda’s Constitutional Court to lift worship ban
(ADF International)

Kidnapped, raped, wed against their will: Kyrgyz women’s fight against a brutal tradition
(Mauro Mondello, The Guardian)

Taliban imposes new dress code, segregation of women at Afghan universities
(Frud Bezhan, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty)

Australia: Christian conservatives demand ‘Folau clause’ in religious discrimination bill
(Richard Ferguson, The Australian)

“I will continue to serve God in Cuba for as long as I can”
(Daniel Hofkamp, Evangelical Focus)

India: Mob vandalises church and attacks Christians in Chhattisgarh
(CSW: Everyone Free to Believe)

EU warns Polish regions they could lose funding over 'LGBT-free' zones

Slovakia government apologizes for WWII anti-Jew laws
(Associated Press)

Afghanistan’s last Jew leaves after Taliban takeover
(Muhammad Farooq and Joseph Krauss, Associated Press)

Man found guilty of Jewish restaurant attack in Germany
(Associated Press)

China orders Christians to pray for communist martyrs
(UCA News)

Vatican says 6th Chinese bishop consecrated under 2018 deal
(Associated Press)

What’s at stake in the 2015 Paris attacks trial?
(Arno Pedram, Associated Press)

Cardinal joins voices of concern about democracy in El Salvador
(Rhina Guidos, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

U.S. bishops launch program to encourage more civil political life
(John Lavenburg, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Brazilian Church backs social movement marching against Bolsonaro
(Eduardo Campos Lima, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Belarus church denounces anti-Catholic cartoon depicting priests as Nazis
(Jonathan Luxmoore, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Religious exemption to COVID-19 vaccine mandates: Buddhists weigh in
(Alison Spiegel, The Buddhist Review, Tricycle)

‘A private matter’: Joe Biden’s very public clash with his own church
(Ruby Cramer, Politico)

Prosecutor raises requested punishment for five Jehovah's Witnesses
(Kavkazskii Uzel, Russia Religion News (Stetson University))

New case opened against Jehovah's Witness in Cheliabinsk
(Interfax-Religiia, Russia Religion News (Stetson University))

Reformed ex-con Jehovah's Witness sentenced a second time
(OVD.Info, Russia Religion News (Stetson University))

Kazakhstan: Fines, bans for offering religious materials for sale
(Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service)

Possible clues for reporters seeking religion angles in 2022 and 2024 elections
(Richard Ostling, GetReligion)

Two decades after 9/11, Muslim Americans still fighting bias
(Mariam Fam, Deepti Hajela, Luis Anders Henao, Associated Press)

Young Sikhs still struggle with post-Sept. 11 discrimination
(Anita Snow and Noreen Nasir, Associated Press)

Shrine to replace church destroyed on 9/11 nears completion
(Peter Smith, Associated Press)

‘I’m not afraid of terrorism. I’m afraid of being accused of being a terrorist’: growing up Muslim after 9/11
(Randa Abdel Fattah, The Conversation)

Missing the signs: The religious motivations of the 9/11 attackers
(Eric Patterson, Religious Freedom Institute)

Church in Wales – same-sex blessings
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Church in Wales to give blessings for same-sex marriages

Campaigning for Uyghurs – Resolute pursuit of justice
(Jewish News)

Ahead of London arms fair, UK bishops call for end to weapons trade
(Charles Collins, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Church of England Consultation: reorganizations &c
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

ADL CEO: We ‘apologize without caveat’ for opposing Islamic center near Ground Zero
(Philissa Cramer, Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

LA-based Atheists United fears rise of ‘religious nationalism’ after recent court rulings
(Justin Ray, Los Angeles Times)

Papal visit to Hungary highlights Fideszs religious complex
(Edit Inotai, Balkan Insight)

Armenian church in eastern Turkey holds first Mass in 106 years
(Mélinée Le Priol, La Croix International)

Budapest honors pastor opposed to Viktor Orbán
(Juliette Paquier, La Croix International)

India restricts religious festivals over COVID third wave fears
(Al Jazeera)

The next attack on the Affordable Care Act may cost you free preventive health care
(Paul Shafer and Alex Hoagland, The Conversation)

Lou Grant failed in his attempt to hire a new religion reporter: But who cared?
(Terry Mattingly, OnReligion)

Tuesday, 7 September 2021

EVENT, 7 September 2021 (1PM Pacific): LGBT Workplace Discrimination in 2021: The Role of Religion, Race, the Closet, and Covering
(UCLA School of Law)

Monday, 6 September 2021

COURSE (online or in person), 6-9 September 2021: Conflictos éticos y religiosos en sociedades contemporáneas/Ethical and Religious Conflicts in Contemporary Societies
(Royal Academy of Jurisprudence and Legislation and the International University of Andalusia in Spain)

Plug-In: Ida, abortion and Afghanistan: The best religion reads in stunning news week
(Bobby Ross Jr., GetReligion)

Firebrand Myanmar monk Wirathu released from prison
(Grant Peck, Associated Press)

Greece begins giving COVID-19 vaccines outside churches
(Idyli Tsakiri, Associated Press)

Statement by President Joe Biden on Rosh Hashanah
(The White House)

Court rules Catholic school wrongfully fired gay substitute
(Associated Press)

Police clash with opponents of Serbian church in Montenegro
(Predrag Milic, Associated Press)

Ethnic tensions flare up in Montenegro over church ceremony
(Predrag Milic, Associated Press)

Admirers still urging sainthood for chaplain killed on 9/11
(David Crary, Associated Press)

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