Law and Religion Headlines

Friday, 18 September 2020

Where are reporters supposed to turn for a balanced list of 2020 religious pundits?
(Richard Ostling, GetReligion)

Choirs and the “rule of six” – new advice
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

COVID-19: Church of England and RSCM updates
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Charedi schools won’t be downgraded by UK's Ofsted for not teaching LGBT curriculum
(Jewish News)

Divine sovereignty, popular sovereignty, and the dilemma of American constitutionalism
(Sanford Levinson, Canopy Forum on the Interactions of Law & Religion)

American faith leaders and criminal justice reform
(Adrienne Phillips, Canopy Forum on the Interactions of Law & Religion)

Anti-conversion law in UP and the dire need for it
(Vicky Nanjappa, OneIndia)

'It's a knife in our backs': Confusion and anger in Poland over law on religious slaughter
(Orlando Crowcroft, Euronews)

The weaponization of the Free-Exercise Clause
(Howard Gillman, Erwin Chemerinsky, The Atlantic)

Head of Federal Election Commission calls separation of church and state a ‘fallacy’ and 2020 election a ‘spiritual war’
(Jack Jenkins, Religion News Service)

Christians face surge in violence in Nigeria
(Fionn Shiner, Zenit: The World Seen from Rome)

Bishops confront health and social crisis in Peru
(Zenit: The World Seen from Rome)

At the mercy of equality (Maltese Equality Bill)
(Miriam Sciberras, Times of Malta)

Rouhani: UAE, Bahrain will bear 'consequences' of Israel deals
(Al Jazeera)

Pete Buttigieg hosts 'Believers for Biden' virtual town hall
(Timothy Nerozzi, Religion Unplugged)

“Spain has not understood Protestantism, therefore it does not understand laicism”
(Jonatán Soriano, Evangelical Focus Europe)

Muslims in Hong Kong, 'the next Xinjiang,' silently support Uyghurs
(Shuk Wa Cheng, Religion Unplugged)

Netflix's "The Devil All the Time" exploits faith in dark thriller
(Jillian Cheney, Religion Unplugged)

As the International Criminal Court faces more challenges, we need it more than ever
(Ewelina U. Ochab, Forbes)

A new face for Canadian Social Conservatism
(Adam MacInnis, Christianity Today)

Wednesday, 16 September 2020

September seminar series: Catholic voters in the 2020 election
(Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life at Boston College, the Greenberg Center at Trinity College, and the NH Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College., Religion News Service Press Release Distribution Service)

8 facts about Catholics and politics in the U.S.
(Gregory A. Smith, Pew Research Center Fact Tank)

Canons & the candidate: Church law does not support attacks on Biden’s faith
(Nicholas P. Cafardi, Commonweal)

Poll: Biden bests Trump with Jewish voters on every issue but may have lost ground overall
(Jack Jenkins, Religion News Service)

Biden talks faith and poverty at Poor People’s Campaign event
(Jack Jenkins, Religion News Service)

Black church leaders demand apology for Trump ad
(Jack Jenkins, Religion News Service)

Cardinal attacks euthanasia law being debated in Spanish parliament as ‘defeat for humanity’
(Inés San Martín, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

World: Where rights have gone wrong
(Peter Kurti, Human Rights Without Frontiers International)

Weekly Highlight #123: Pandemic tests believers and religious institutions
(COVID-19: Exploring Faith Dimensions, Berkley Center, Joint Learning Initiative, WFDD)

Predicting Genocide and Mass Killing
(Deborah Mayersen, Journal of Genocide Research)

San Francisco Catholics plan Eucharistic processions to ‘Free the Mass’
(Catholic News Agency)

‘Catholics for Biden’ co-chairs include pro-choice defenders of abortion protections
(Catholic News Agency)

After Kabul terror attack, Afghan Sikhs are fleeing to India
(Zaffar Iqbal, Religion Unplugged)

How humility can win the coronavirus battle, and restore trust in politics
(David Briggs, Association of Religion Data Archives: Ahead of the Trend)

The decline of the religious left in the age of Trump
(David Briggs, Ahead of the Trend - Association of Religion Data Archives)

Spanish bishops call for palliative care instead of euthanasia and assisted suicide
(Catholic News Agency)

Second coronavirus lockdown in Israel frustrates many religious Jews’ plans for High Holidays
(Michele Chabin, Religion News Service)

Why porn’s negative personal consequences are often really about religion
(Samuel L. Perry, Religion News Service & the ARDA (Ahead of the Trend))

New survey reveals turnaround in church giving
(Religion News Service)

Churches report giving boost months after pandemic started
(Adelle M. Banks, Religion News Service)

American Jews adapt the Seder for Rosh Hashana in a DIY pivot
(Yonat Shimron, Religion News Service)

Few will hear the shofar blown indoors this Rosh Hashanah. So rabbis are taking to the streets.
(Cathy Alter, The Washington Post)

DoD issues revised policy on religious liberty in military services
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Consent decree ends religious practices in Tennessee school district
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Tennessee school district can't push religion on students: Federal court injunction
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

EEOC sues on hehalf of employees who refuse to wear company aprons that contain rainbow emblem
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Kroger Company sued by EEOC for religious discrimination
(U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission)

Mask-in-school requirement challenged on Free Exercise grounds
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Coronavirus in Ohio: Parents sue health department director Lance Himes over K-12 school mask mandate
(Jackie Borchardt, Cincinnati Enquirer)

Poland criticized in EU Parliament over courts, LGBT rights
(Vanessa Gera, Associated Press)

Korean bishops concerned about anti-discrimination law
(UCA News)

India's top lawyer rejects same-sex marriage petition
(Bijay Kumar Minj, UCA News)

New bill may stifle freedom of conscience, religion, Malta bishops warn
(Junno Arocho Esteves, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Ukraine, Belarus trade accusations over Jewish pilgrims
(Yuras Karmanau, Associated Press)

Does God want Christians to be a ‘good guy with a gun’?
(Jack Jenkins, Associated Press)

Being a good guy with a gun is what God wants, say 'sheepdog' evangelicals
(Jack Jenkins, Religion News Service)

Town settles lawsuit over nixed Orthodox Jewish expansion
(David Porter, Associated Press)

Michigan Catholic priest compared BLM to 9/11 attackers
(Associated Press)

Education Department rule insulates faith-based student groups at public universities from nondiscrimination requirements
(Don Byrd, Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty)

The Red Cross is aiding hundreds of Jewish pilgrims who have amassed at Ukraine’s closed borders
(Cnaan Liphshiz, Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

Press is right to ask: Why was that video about 'Hitler' offensive at a Christian college?
(Julia Duin, GetReligion)

Catholicism, faith and soccer: Asking some questions about a Messi religion situation
(Clemente Lisi, GetReligion)

Religious bodies gang up against proposed abortion law
(Mike Kalumbi, Malawi 24)

Peace with Muslim countries will be the norm rather than an exception (Opinion)
(Sharon Bar-Li, Jewish News)

Jerusalem’s Great Synagogue will be closed for the High Holidays for the first time
(Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

Disney, Google, Microsoft back trans rights amid fierce British debate
(Rachel Savage, Thomson Reuters Foundation News)

English bishop urges Catholics to come back to churches
(Catholic News Agency)

Synagogue in Scotland nearly a century old named protected property
(Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

Clarification of NSW COVID rules for churches- separate buildings
(Neil Foster, Law and Religion Australia)

Australian Catholics say religious ed plan defies doctrine, while diocese defends curriculum
(Catholic News Agency)

Christianity’s global marriage problem
(Mark Regnerus, Public Discourse: The Journal of the Witherspoon Institute)

Constitutional basic values and the religion clauses
(Alan Brownstein, Canopy Forum on the Interactions of Law & Religion)

Ethical perspectives on Guantánamo Bay and the war on terror
(Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)

New details revealed on Vatican aid for escaped POWs in World War II
(Charles Collins, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Brazil’s president vetoes controversial tax forgiveness for churches
(Eduardo Campos Lima, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Congolese bishops back protection for doctor who works with rape victims
(Fredrick Nzwili, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Canadian bishops to discuss pandemic’s future impact on Church
(Brian Dryden, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Anti-racism: A reflection on the Islamic tradition
(Bharath Syal, Traversing Tradition)

John MacArthur’s COVID-disbelieving church loses round 1
(Mark Silk, RNS Column: Spiritual Politics)

High Holy Day services and gatherings: UK's COVID-19 checklist
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Creation Time 2020
(Eco-Congregation Scotland)

COVID-19 Coronavirus: legislation and guidance (II)
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Uzbekistan’s new religion law promises limited change

Bishops and President Kiir Meet in South Sudan
(Zenit: The World Seen from Rome)

Why Fortune 500 companies are becoming faith-friendly
(Brian J. Grim, G20 Interfaith Forum)

Disney’s Mulan Misstep: Literacy on religious freedom needed
(Brian J. Grim, Religious Freedom & Business Foundation)

China: Special Weekly FoRB Newsletter (08-14.09.2020)
(Human Rights Without Frontiers International)

On Taiwan, moral courage from the Czech Republic | Opinion
(Aaron Rhodes and Jianli Yang, Newsweek)

The Netherlands: Firework bombings targeted Amsterdam home flying an LGBT flag
(Janene Pieters, Human Rights Without Frontiers International)

Swedish Christian Council calls us to pray for Sweden (Swedish)
(Sveriges kristna råd)

CCME Lesbos Statement (with German subtitles)
(YouTube Video, Conference of European Churches)

China’s system of oppression in Xinjiang: How it developed and how to curb it
(James Millward and Dahlia Peterson, Brookings - Global China: Assessing China's Growing Role in the World)

China’s expanding influence at the United Nations — and how the United States should react
(Jeffrey Feltman, Brookings)

USCIRF welcomes import ban against Xinjiang firms
(U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom)

US Commission: Vatican-China deal should focus on religious freedom
(Catholic News Agency)

Catholic mission sees covid-19 as latest challenge in an uphill vocation
(Claire Giangravé, The Washington Post)

Federation of Protestant Churches in Italy opens collection for Beirut
(Federazione delle Chiese Evangeliche in Italia)

Catholic priest stabbed to death in Italy known for his care of ‘the least’
(Hannah Brockhaus, Catholic News Agency)

Merkel slams anti-Semitism ‘disgrace’ on Jewish group’s 70th
(Geir Moulson, Associated Press)

Keep religion out of Turkey dispute, Germany says
(Andrew Rettman, EU Observer)

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