Law and Religion Headlines

Friday, 9 September 2022

For many European Christians, Queen Elizabeth was a role model
(Evert van Vlastuin, Christian Network Europe)

A devout believer, the Queen took her faith seriously
(Jewish News)

​Queen Elizabeth II – defending faith and promoting Christian knowledge – a statement from the SPCK on the death of its patron
(Anglican Ink)

Queen Elizabeth II and religion
(ABC News Australia)

5 facts about religion in the life of Queen Elizabeth II, who served Jesus her king
(Bobby Ross Jr., Religion Unplugged)

U.S. Supreme Court's Sotomayor lets Yeshiva University bar LGBT student club
(Andrew Chung and Nate Raymond, Reuters)

Yeshiva University doesn't have to recognize LGBTQ student group for now, Sotomayor rules
(Ariane de Vogue, CNN)

Yeshiva University won’t be forced to recognize LGBTQ club for now
(Amy Howe, SCOTUSblog)

U.S. Supreme Court asked again to reverse state decision targeting Oregon bakers for religious beliefs
(First Liberty Institute, PR Newswire)

Texas judge rules HIV drug mandate violates religious freedom
(Aimee Picchi, CBS News)

Sikh asylum seekers in Arizona face religious discrimination by the border patrol
(Walter Ewing, Immigration Impact)

Evangelical athletic group can return to San Jose high school, federal appeals court rules
(Mark A. Kellner, The Washington Times)

Egypt’s burning churches
(Paul Marshall, Providence Mag)

Mexico: University student in Mexico could lose license to practice psychology for graduation speech
(ADF International)

Walsh on juridical post-liberalism and ius
(Marc O. DeGirolami, Law and Religion Forum, St. John's Law School Center for Law & Religion)

Half of Japan governing lawmakers tied to Unification Church
(Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press)

ACLU of Indiana claims abortion ban violates Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act
(American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana)

Indiana abortion ban challenged under religious freedom law
(Tom Davies, Associated Press)

11th Circuit: No liability for withdrawing permission for religious group to use after school classrooms
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Ecclesiastical abstention doctrine does not bar suit over compliance with non-profit corporation law
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Religious freedom’s role in the Senate’s same-sex marriage debate
(Kelsey Dallas, Deseret News)

From shoeboxes to war zones: How Samaritan’s Purse became a $1 billion humanitarian aid powerhouse
(Yonat Shimron, Bob Smietana, Religion News Service)

At World Council of Churches gathering, Russian church keeps its membership
(Jack Jenkins, Religion News Service)

U.S. Bishops’ Chairman for International Justice and Peace calls for progress in nuclear disarmament
(United States Conference of Catholic Bishops)

Indian Christians and Sikhs pledge to work for harmony after church vandalism
(Nirmala Carvalho, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

India: Muslim domestic workers in India changing names out of fear
(Romita Saluja, Al Jazeera)

India: Hijab case | Secularism doesn't mean students of only one faith won't display religion : Devadatt Kamat fefore Supreme Court [Day 2]

Eritrean government rounds up teens from church service
(Fredrick Nzwili, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Iranian authorities plan to use facial recognition to enforce new hijab law
(Weronika Strzyżyńska, The Guardian)

Iran: Rights groups slam death sentences for LGBTQ activists
(Shirin Shakib, Deutsche Welle)

I build relationships between Muslims and Jews. Here’s why you should watch ‘Mo’ on Netflix.
(Andrea Hodos, Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

Christian nationalism is getting written out of the story of January 6
(Joyce Dalsheim and Gregory Starrett, The Conversation)

Latvian Saeima endorses law on independence of Latvian Orthodox Church

"War in Ukraine, Peace and Justice in the European Region", statement by the WCC 11th Assembly in Karlsruhe, Germany
(Religious Information Service of Ukraine (RISU))

The researchers conclude that the Russian military often intentionally destroys churches and religious buildings
(Religious Information Service of Ukraine (RISU))

Kazakhstan: 75 Tabligh Jamaat adherents criminally convicted since 2015
(Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service)

Casual vacancies in the ICJ: Law, Practice, and Policy
(Facundo Perez Aznar, EJIL: Talk! Blog of the European Journal of International Law)

Ecocide: an ambiguous crime?
(Jérôme de Hemptinne, EJIL: Talk! Blog of the European Journal of International Law)

A critical reaction to Joost Pauwelyn and Krzysztof Pelc’s “The WTO Secretariat’s ‘Open Secret’: Unpacking the Controversy”
(Giorgio Sacerdoti, EJIL: Talk! Blog of the European Journal of International Law)

How to get away with refoulement: Some thoughts on Safi and Others v. Greece
(Spyridoula (Sissy) Katsoni, Strasbourg Observers)

Revisiting and further exploring the human right to leave
(Özlem Gürakar Skribeland, EJIL: Talk! Blog of the European Journal of International Law)

Sudan: Mariam Ibraheem’s triumph over persecution in Sudan
(Deborah Laker, Religion Unplugged)

Yelp, Google add disclaimers for faith-based pregnancy resource centers
(Kim Roberts, Religion Unplugged)

Switzerland summons China’s envoy over Uighur rights concerns
(Al Jazeera)

“It takes courage to make peace”, Religions for Peace-Netherlands’ Chairperson Ms. Mirjam Ateş-Snijdewind looks at Pope Francis’ comments and statements on the war in Ukraine
(Nieuw Wij, Religions for Peace)

CAIR-NY publishes 2022 report documenting bias and hate crimes experienced by Muslim New Yorkers
(Council on American-Islamic Relations)

Cambodia threatens action against cult leaders
(Union of Catholic Asian News)

Türkiye leading 'determined and far-reaching' anti-Daesh/ISIS operations
(Merve Aydogan, Anadolu Agency)

Sweden: Attackers throw stones at Turkish mosque in southern Sweden
(Atila Altuntas, Anadolu Agency)

Swedish far-right politicians exposed for wanting to 'eradicate' Muslims, paying tribute to Nazis
(Leila Nezirevic, Anadolu Agency)

“Commitment to the search for unity” cornerstone of WCC, stressed at closing assembly press conference
(World Council of Churches)

WCC minute urges acknowledgement of Syriac-Aramaic genocide, which “must be named by the right name”
(World Council of Churches)

Kenya: Mombasa governor-elect extends olive hand to the church
(Odiwuor Opiyo, Catholic Information Service for Africa)

Russia: Criminal trial of six Muslims following Turkish theologian Said Nursi
(Willy Fautré, Human Rights Without Frontiers International)

Russia: 26 Jehovah’s Witnesses sentenced to prison since 1 January 2022
(Willy Fautré, Human Rights Without Frontiers International)

Ukrainian journalist points out religious war at the World Council of Churches
(Christian Network Europe)

First Liberty asks the Supreme Court to consider Sweet Cakes by Melissa case
(Jorge Gomez, First Liberty)

Pressure rises to reconsider decades-old ruling on religion at work
(Kalvis Golde, SCOTUSblog)

Brazil: Lula promises a government for all in Brazil
(Elsy Fors Garzon, Prensa Latina)

Tajikistan: Authorities intensify war on Ismailis, other Muslims

Forming bonds and bridging divides at the International Conference on Cohesive Societies
(Kaya, Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth)

Catholic care worker can defend vaccine refusal on religious grounds
(Patrick Hudson, The Tablet)

Scotland should be “caring for people, not killing them” Catholic Church urges MSP’s
(Anthony Horan, The Catholic Parliamentary Office)

Thursday, 8 September 2022

EVENT, 31 August - 8 September 2022: The 11th Assembly of the World Council of Churches
(World Council of Churches)

VIRTUAL EVENT, 8 September 2022: “Fit for 55” Package to Implement the Green Deal
(The Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union (COMECE))

Wednesday, 7 September 2022

Orthodox Church of Ukraine applies for membership in CEC
(Conference of European Churches)

The UN Uyghur Report, one week later: Three lessons China may learn
(Kok Bayraq, Bitter Winter: A Magazine on Religious Liberty and Human Rights in China)

UN Report on Xinjiang: The Bitter Winter Review
(Ruth Ingram, Bitter Winter: A Magazine on Religious Liberty and Human Rights in China)

Judge rules for religious adoption agency limiting services
(Associated Press)

Judge rules New York can’t close Christian adoption agency over same-sex couple rules
(Mark A. Kellner, The Washington Times)

Judge rules against required coverage of HIV prevention drug
(Paul J. Weber, Associated Press)

Yep, forcing employers to pay for drugs that violate their consciences is still prohibited by federal law
(Stephanie Slade, Reason)

Why religious freedom can’t protect abortion
(Andrew Kubick, Public Discourse: The Journal of the Witherspoon Institute)

Clergy sue to halt Florida abortion law, citing religious freedom
(Michelle Boorstein, The Washington Post)

Positive views of Supreme Court decline sharply following abortion ruling
(Pew Research Center)

Vaccine hesitancy is not a matter of doctrine, but for some it remains a matter of faith
(Mallory Challis, Baptist News Global)

China: ‘Our people are still trapped’: Uyghur exiles demand action on abuses
(Helen Davidson, The Guardian)

China: Beijing hounds Chinese church seeking safety overseas
(Tassanee Vejpongsa and Dake Kang, Associated Press)

UN report on China’s abuse of Uyghurs is stronger than expected but missing a vital word: genocide
(Jo Smith Finley, The Conversation)

Islamic NGOs say they endure systematic financial discrimination
(William Worley, Devex)

The role of religion in peacebuilding and development
(United Religions Initiative)

RFI releases threat advisory: Ongoing criminal attacks on pro-life institutions
(Religious Freedom Institute)

Hong Kong: Church congregation flees persecution in Hong Kong, now seeking protection from UN
(Alex Collett, Premier Christian News)

Spanish pharmacists fight abortion law that forces them to dispense morning after pill
(Murcia Today)

Legal Spirits Episode 043: The New Thoreaus
(Law and Religion Forum, St. John's Law School Center for Law & Religion)

Faith can be a core element of DEI
(Brian Grim, Religious Freedom & Business Foundation)

Ekins on some features of liberalism in a censorious age
(Marc O. DeGirolami, Law and Religion Forum, St. John's Law School Center for Law & Religion)

Weekly Highlight #220: COVID-19: Exploring faith dimensions: New research on religion and COVID-19
(Berkley Center, Joint Learning Initiative, WFDD)

When did religious belief become an excuse to discriminate?
(Louise Melling, The Washington Post)

Serbian president reveals grandfather was murdered in Holocaust - exclusive
(Zvika Klein, The Jerusalem Post)

IGE awarded $1.4 million grant from Templeton Religion Trust for catalyzing religious engagement networks worldwide
(Institute for Global Engagement)

Church Reporter, Vol. 7/8, 23 August 2022 - Newsletter for the English speaking members and friends of the Church Law Society
(Jiří Rajmund Tretera and Záboj Horák, eds., Church Law Society Prague – Brno – Olomouc – Stříbro – České Budějovice)

Egypt demands Netflix, others adhere to ‘societal values’
(Associated Press)

Eminent domain violated rights of Chabad
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

English cardinal calls on new prime minister to tackle cost-of-living crisis
(Charles Collins, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

New UK PM Truss is a true friend of Israel, Lapid says
(Lahav Harkov, The Jerusalem Post)

UK: A message for the new Prime Minister
(The Church of Scotland)

UK: How COVID-19 changed religious experience
(Joshua Edelman, London School of Economics Religion and Global Society Blog)

Chile: Keep pushing forward, Chilean bishops say after voters reject constitution
(David Agren, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Polish church backs new war reparations, but stresses reconciliation
(Jonathan Luxmoore, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

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