Law and Religion Headlines

Wednesday, 22 March 2023

Türkiye prepares to welcome holy month of Ramadan
(Daily Sabah)

MP seeks clarity from Govt. regarding the policing of ‘thoughtcrime’ and silent prayer outside abortion clinics
(Right To Life UK)

London's West End lit up for Ramadan for first time
(BBC News)

Counter terror police help investigation as man set alight near Birmingham mosque
(Rebecca Woods, Phil Mackie, and David Lumb, BBC News)

Elderly man walking home from mosque set on fire in UK
(Mehmet Solmaz, Anadolu Agency)

Socioeconomically weak Muslims, immigrants, refugees most prone to becoming targets of Islamophobia in Denmark: Expert
(Rabia Ali, Anadolu Agency)

Türkiye, Iraq reaffirm commitment to fight all forms of terrorism
(Merve Aydogan, Anadolu Agency)

Why nothing is getting better for Rohingya refugees stuck in Bangladesh
(Lauren Frayer, NPR)

Ugandan parliament passes bill to jail gay people
(Patience Atuhaire and James Gregory, BBC News)

Two held after mob rushes Sydney LGBT protesters
(BBC News)

A fight in Arizona over sacred land and a mine raises big issues
(The Economist)

Apaches tell court copper mine would harm sacred sites
(Anita Snow, Associated Press)

Indonesia’s Jews come out
(Johannes Nugroho, The Tablet)

Annual report: Rights violations against Christians in Iran
(Middle East Concern)

Church response to war highlighted at EPP Vilnius meeting
(Conference of European Churches)

Jehovah’s Witnesses mass killing in Hamburg, interview with Raffaella Di Marzio
(Jan Leonid Bornstein, The European Times)

Country overview: Iraq
(Religious Freedom Institute)

New bill aims to outlaw caste discrimination in California
(Deepa Bharath, Associated Press)

Ramadan finds greater recognition in America’s public schools
(Amaarah DeCuir, The Conversation)

Eric Adams has a point about church and state
(Thomas Farr, Real Clear Religion)

His Holiness the Dalai Lama interacts with Muslim scholars from Malaysia, Sweden and USA
(Buddhist Times)

Holy See draws attention to people facing religious persecution
(Vatican News)

Belgium to become second EU country to recognize Buddhism
(Marine Strauss, Reuters)

President of UAE exchanges Ramadan greetings with Arab heads of state
(Emirates News Agency)

Texas VA clinic removes ‘Remember Our Veterans’ metal cross after watchdog complains
(Mark A. Kellner, The Washington Times)

Religious charities’ conscience protections obliterated under new Biden proposal, critics say
(Mark A. Kellner, The Washington Times)

Muslim man told he can't pray in Ottawa train station, video shows
(Avanthika Anand, CBC News)

After politics, Bobby Rush takes interfaith post, joining multi-religious leaders bringing global convening of faiths to Chicago
(Parliament of the World's Religions)

Critical drivers of change: Faith communities & climate action
(Emily Echevarria, Parliament of the World's Religions)

A call for interfaith groups to prioritize water crises dialogue – Part 1
(Husna Ahmad, Clair Brown and Sherrie Steiner, G20 Interfaith Forum Blog)

China: Kindergarten parents must pledge not to hold religious beliefs

Student seen ripping pages from Qur'an 'a concerning incident of Islamophobia,' says Ontario school board
(Sara Jabakhanji, CBC News)

'State can regulate fees' in minority colleges in India
(Union of Catholic Asian News)

Documentary on PM Modi's alleged role in Gujarat riots spurs outrage, discussions abroad
(Manmeet Sahni, Religion Unplugged)

Amritpal Singh: Sikh separatist preacher continues to elude police
(BBC News)

Ukraine war exposed negative attitude of Europeans towards Muslim refugees: Report
(Rabia Ali, Anadolu Agency)

Calgary pastor accused of hate-motivated crimes at drag storytime has history of violence
(Meghan Grant, CBC News)

Russia: Churches collect 1 billion rubles for ‘people in need’ in occupied territories
(Willy Fautré, Human Rights Without Frontiers International)

Sikh community calls for hate-crime investigation after group assault of international student in Kelowna
(Brady Strachan, CBC News)

Georgia: About the new Defence Code and religion
(Luka Kiliptari, Civil Georgia)

Kosher food request denied to Jewish inmates in Norway
(Christian Network Europe)

3rd Circuit: Qualified immunity can be asserted in RFRA case, but not in this one
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Russian Orthodox Church shares blame for 'crimes' in Ukraine, says Ecumenical Patriarch
(Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty)

Christians will face jail in Israel for proselytising under proposed bill
(Middle East Monitor)

Tzipi Livni – ‘This is about Israel putting religion before democracy’
(Stephen Oryszczuk, Jewish News)

Israel says ‘crisis’ with Poland is over as the countries agree to resume student trips to Holocaust sites
(Gabe Friedman, Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

Herzog sends Ramadan greetings to Arab leaders amid tensions over Smotrich speech
(Ash Obel, The Times of Israel)

Vietnamese activists say Hanoi adopting China's model on religious policy
(An Hai, Voice of America)

Fired ethics lawyer’s Islam tweets land employer in hot water: Potential damages at stake
(JD Journal)

WCC delivers messages to 3rd World Forum on Human Rights in Argentina
(World Council of Churches)

Argentina: The wounds of drug trafficking (Spanish)
(Comisión Episcopal de Pastoral Social (CEPAS))

Brazil: “Stay with God”: City Hall of Taubaté denies having banned religious demonstrations in schools (Portuguese)
(Gazeta do Povo)

Brazil: The Parliamentary Front in Defense of Religious Freedom was launched at CLDF (Portuguese)
(Francisco Espínola, A Câmara Legislativa do Distrito Federal (CLDF))

Tuesday, 21 March 2023

EVENT, 21 March 2023 (10AM): Others in Their Own Land: The Baha'is in Iran (Geneva)
(Bahá’í International Community)

Monday, 20 March 2023

Special Rapporteur's digest on freedom of religion or belief
(Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, United Nations)

Human Dignity: A Lecture by Brett Scharffs (podcast)
(Currents in Religion, Baylor University Religion Department and Baylor University Press)

CALL FOR PAPERS, proposals due 20 March 2023: Interdisciplinary Conference on Islamic Law in the Crucible of the Modern State: Problems and Perspectives
(University of Münster)

WEBINAR, 20 March 2023 (1PM ET): Religious Dimensions of Forced Migration
(Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)

Has Myanmar had a change of heart on Rohingya repatriation?
(Sufian Siddique, South Asia Monitor)

Church in Ireland aims to boost priestly vocations with new program
(Sarah Mac Donald, National Catholic Reporter)

EVENT, 24 March 2023: Rescuing Democracy in Myanmar
(The United States Institute of Peace)

French church vandalized with satanic and anarchist graffiti
(Diego Lopez Marina, Catholic News Agency)

Apache Stronghold back in court fighting for Oak Flat
(Ryan Colby, Becket Law)

Indigenous populations treated as ‘second-class citizens’ say Christian Solidarity Worldwide
(Rebecca Paveley, Church Times)

Discussion on FoRB, Jerusalem, and the OPTs
(Twitter, Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon)

A Human Rights Charter for Australia?
(Paul M Taylor, Law and Religion Australia)

Around the web - 20 March 2023
(Law and Religion Forum, St. John's Law School Center for Law & Religion)

Vatican geopolitics
(Karl-Peter Schwarz, Geopolitical Intelligence Services)

How an LGBTQ court ruling sent Kenya into a moral panic
(Patrick Gathara, Al Jazeera)

March/April 2023 issue
(Liberty Magazine)

Commemoration of the International Day to Combat Islamophobia (video)
(United Nations)

46 million US adults seen by a chaplain
(Brian Grim, Religious Freedom & Business Foundation)

Going QAnon: religion, digitization and the challenge of security
(Annalisa Armani, Fondazione Bruno Kessler)

Gender and forced displacement: Time to integrate religion into humanitarian responses to violence against women
(Sandra Iman Pertek, London School of Economics Religion and Global Society Blog)

China's plan to assimilate Tibet
(John Feng, Newsweek)

Religion and foreign policy webinar: The dynamics of the European Union
(Council on Foreign Relations)

Pope promotes ‘humanitarian corridors’ for asylum-seekers
(Gianfranco Stara, Associated Press)

Italy leaves children of same-sex parents in limbo
(Davide Ghiglione, BBC News)

Vatican closes embassy in Nicaragua after Ortega’s crackdown
(Nicole Winfield and Gabriela Selser, Associated Press)

Certiorari denied in challenge by preacher to university's speaker permit rule
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Articles of interest - 20 March 2023
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Perspective: The dream of a religiously diverse democracy is ours to achieve
(Eboo Patel, Deseret News)

US tribes get bison as they seek to restore bond with animal
(Thomas Peipert and Matthew Brown, Religion News Service)

Sikh community organizer says he was denied entry to NBA game for wearing religious article
(Brahmjot Kaur, NBC News)

Address of the Hiero-Archimandrite of the Kyiv-Pechersk Holy Dormition Lavra, Epiphaniy, To the brothers of the Lavra and the public
(Religious Information Service of Ukraine (RISU))

Haaland v. Brackeen and the logic of discovery
(Dana Lloyd, Canopy Forum on the Interactions of Law & Religion)

KAICIID launches Fellows Institutional Network
(KAICIID Dialogue Centre)

India arrests more than 100 people in manhunt for Sikh separatist
(Al Jazeera)

India: SC grants states three weeks time to respond on religious conversion laws
(Abraham Thomas, Hindustan Times)

Why Hinduism is being molded into a monotheistic religion like Islam and Christianity
(Riyaz Wani, Religion Unplugged)

A secular marriage law comes to the rescue of Indian Muslim parents
(Arshad Alam, SabRang)

Analysis: Iran’s influence prevents Iraq’s Arab reintegration
(Giorgio Cafiero, Al Jazeera)

Iran court sentences two to death over deadly shrine attack

Time of prophecy: Walking in the prayers of our ancestors
(JoAnne Wadsworth, G20 Interfaith Forum Blog)

Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem decries attack on Church of Gethsemane
(Lisa Zengarini, Vatican News)

Russia: 500 religious buildings damaged and over 20 clerics murdered in Ukr.
(Human Rights Without Frontiers International)

How religious freedom is eroding amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine
(Samantha Kamman, The Christian Post)

ICC judges issue arrest warrants against Vladimir Putin and Maria Lvova-Belova for crimes against children
(Ewelina U. Ochab, Forbes)

Russia: Two criminal trials to resume in April
(Victoria Arnold, Forum 18 News Service)

Russia: The Ministry of Justice filed a lawsuit for the liquidation of SOVA Center
(Human Rights Without Frontiers International)

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