Law and Religion Headlines

Wednesday, 16 September 2020

Attorneys mobilize to defend rights of religious groups in Russia
(Religiia i Pravo, Russia Religion News (Stetson University))

Russia: Special bimonthly FORB Digest (02-15.09.2020)
(Human Rights Without Frontiers International)

Danish Jehovah's Witness returned to punishment cell
(Za Prava Cheloveka, Russia Religion News (Stetson University))

Southern Baptists warm to alternate moniker ‘Great Commission Baptists’
(Adelle M. Banks, Religion News Service)

Prominent Southern Baptists are dropping ‘Southern’ name amid racial unrest
(Sarah Pulliam Bailey, The Washington Post)

Catholic bishops in California launch initiative to tackle racism
(Catholic News Agency)

Black Lives Matter co-founder denounces Pat Robertson for saying the movement is 'anti-God'
(Alejandra Molina, Religion News Service)

No race problem here: Despite summer of protests, many practicing Christians remain ambivalent
(Adelle M. Banks, Religion News Service)

Monday, 14 September 2020

Voices from Cuba: Alain Toledano Valiente
(CSWPress, FoRB in Full: A blog by CSW)

Waiting for action: An interview with a victim of forced displacement in Mexico
(CSWPress, FoRB in Full: A blog by CSW)

No justice for post-9/11 discrimination
(Sahar Aziz & Braxton Haake, Al Jazeera)

Does religion have a place in the diverse marketplace of ideas?
(Charles J. Russo, Canopy Forum on the Interactions of Law & Religion)

Chick-fil-A: No longer seeking lease at San Antonio airport
(Acacia Coronado, Associated Press)

Pope Francis comforts relatives of loved ones killed in nightclub stampede
(Catholic News Agency)

Man who went on vandalism spree at Louisiana Catholic church arrested
(Jonah McKeown, Catholic News Agency)

Maiden Interfaith Studies and Engagement in Africa inaugurated
(Ghana News Agency)

Businessmen to contribute to peace-making, safety
(Shah Irfan Ahmed, The News International)

Imagining history without heroes and villains: What the Hebrew Bible can teach Americans about reckoning with the fallenness of our nation's founders
(Russell P. Johnson, Sightings: The Martin Marty Center, University of Chicago Divinity School)

Far from being anti-religious, faith and spirituality run deep in Black Lives Matter
(Hebah H. Farrag and Ann Gleig, The Conversation)

Jewish groups welcome EU court Attorney General’s opinion on kosher slaughter ban in Flanders and Wallonia which, he says, breaches EU’s freedom of religion
(Yossi Lempkowicz, European Jewish Press)

Why Uganda has suspended hundreds of refugee aid agencies
(Cristiano D'Orsi, The Conversation)

Faith and politics mix to drive evangelical Christians’ climate change denial
(Adrian Bardon, The Conversation)

25 years after UN’s Fourth World Conference on Women, Episcopalians revisit the Beijing platform, gender inequality
(Heather Beasley Doyle, Episcopal News Service)

EU Court of Justice Advocate General says ban on ritual slaughter is invalid
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Fire destroys Moria refugee camp: another tragic wake-up call for the EU’s asylum policy
(Gemma Bird, The Conversation)

Report contends UAE-Bahrain-Israel deal could change status quo on Temple Mount
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Israel normalisation may partition Al-Aqsa Mosque: Analysts
(Mersiha Gadzo, Al Jazeera)

Articles of interest - 14 September 2020
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

A new book on belonging
(Mark Movsesian, Center for Law and Religion Forum at St. John's University School of Law)

Kinship, Law and Politics: An Anatomy of Belonging (new book)
(Joseph E. David, Cambridge University Press)

An institutional history of religious freedom in Canada
(Cardus Religious Freedom Institute)

Has Taiwanese public opinion on same-sex marriage changed?
(Timothy S. Rich and Isabel Eliassen, The Diplomat)

The IHRA definition of anti-Semitism: Eleven examples, eleven stories
(Jerusalem Post)

With Vatican FM in Belarus, pope urges respect for protests
(Associated Press)

Iraq’s top Shiite cleric backs early parliamentary elections
(Associated Press)

Pro-reform Iranian religious leader dies aged 83
(Associated Press)

Gen Z’s looking for religion. You’d be surprised where they find it
(Mya Jaradat, Deseret News Faith)

Vatican urges return to in-person Mass as soon as possible
(Associated Press)

Is Islamophobia the 'last acceptable form of prejudice?'
(Basit Mahmood, Newsweek)

Belarusian Catholic leader receives partial explanation why he was refused entry
(Interfax-Religiia, Russia Religion News (Stetson University))

Church politics enter into current situation in Belarus
(RIA Novosti, Russia Religion News (Stetson University))

What you can no longer say in Hong Kong
(Jin Wu and Elaine Yu, The New York Times)

New York Times considers free speech wars in Hong Kong, while ignoring religious issues
(Terry Mattingly, GetReligion)

New COVID-19 legislation and guidance: to 19 September
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

The Weekly Round-up: Brexit and some judgments from the European Court
(UK Human Rights Blog)

Law and religion round-up – 13th September
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Prime minister's 'freedom of religion' envoy resigns

Austria to triple its spending on Jewish community security
(Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

Judge denies civil marriage to two women alleging his Christian beliefs (Spanish)
(El Tiempo)

Members of Colombian Congress rejects decision of a judge who denied marriage to two women in Cartagena (Spanish)
(Angel Ocampo Rodríguez, La FM)

Elders want Kikuyu, Kenya cultural centre set up to preserve traditions
(Alice Waithera, The Star)

France one-sided Liberalism- a new tide of Islamophobia
(Sojla Sahar, Modern Diplomacy)

Call to ban virginity certificates for Muslim women in France
(Damon Mitchell, EuroWeekly)

Trump announces new Supreme Court justice options in apparent appeal to religious base
(Jack Jenkins, Religion News Service)

Trump campaign ad shows Biden kneeling in Black church to argue Americans ‘won’t be safe’
(Jack Jenkins, Religion News Service)

Understanding the American Muslim vote
(Ryan Burge, Religion Unplugged)

The long shadow of Xinjiang: Anger grows in Muslim countries at China’s treatment of the Uighurs
(Nithin Coca, Foreign Affairs)

Pope Francis’ team joins up with star athletes like Ronaldo to say: ‘We all run together’
(Claire Giangravé, Religion News Service)

Islam in schools in Cataluña (Spanish)
(Francesc Valls, El País)

Prayer inscriptions on Hui Muslims' homes banned
(Wang Yichi, Bitter Winter: A Magazine on Religious Liberty and Human Rights in China)

China’s foreign ministry: Vatican deal has been ‘implemented successfully’
(Courtney Mares, Catholic News Agency)

Sunday, 13 September 2020

ZOOM EVENT, 13 September 2020 (1 PM ET): The Courageous Voices of Revs. Richard Allen and Absalom Jones in the American Plague of 1793
(Religious Freedom Center, Freedom Forum, with support from The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations.)

Saturday, 12 September 2020

Religion Photos of the Week - 12 September 2020
(Kit Doyle, Religion News Service)

For Australia, child protection outweighs religious freedom, ambassador says
(Elise Ann Allen, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Mass return: Wisconsin dioceses lift Sunday dispensation
(Catholic News Agency)

Friday, 11 September 2020

Queensland passes law requiring priests to break confessional seal
(Catholic News Agency)

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos delivers on promise to protect free inquiry and religious liberty
(U.S. Department of Education)

DOE issues final rule on college free speech and equal treatment of student religious groups
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

DeVos issues final rule aiming to protect faith-based colleges, student groups
(Jeremy Bauer-Wolf, Education Drive)

Justice Department files friend-of-the-court brief in Indiana Supreme Court supporting Catholic Archdiocese’s First Amendment rights in former high school teacher’s lawsuit
(U.S. Department of Justice)

DoD issues new document on transgender military service
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Belarus has ambivalent relations with Catholics
(Interfax-Religiia, Russia Religion News (Stetson University))

Belarusian foreign minister discusses post-election situation with Vatican rep

Iran’s secular shift: new survey reveals huge changes in religious beliefs
(Pooyan Tamimi Arab and Ammar Maleki, The Conversation)

Researchers find Christians in Iran approaching 1 million
(Jayson Casper, Christianity Today)

Iran infuriated as Charlie Hebdo reprints 'sacrilegious' cartoons
(Al-Monitor: Iran Pulse)

Bishops preach against racism on feast of St. Peter Claver
(Catholic News Agency)

Pope Francis: Promote the common good to heal wounds of coronavirus crisis
(Catholic News Agency)

Seattle Church Fights State Abortion Mandate: 'No Church Should Be Forced to Cover Abortions'
(CBN News)

'China is an atheist country': Communist nation expands ban on Christian funerals
(Christian Headines)

Chinese officials offer citizens $70 for pictures of illegal underground churches
(Michael Foust, Christian Headines)

Video from priest says Catholics who vote for Democrats will go to hell. One bishop approves this message.
(Bob Smietana, Religion News Service)

Christians in northern India forced to stop worship, pastor says
(Morning Star News)

Filmmaker says new movie ‘The Trump I Know’ humanizes the president, highlights his faith and family
(Jeannie Law, The Christian Post)

In India, a Baul mystic is singing COVID-19 advice to rural communities
(Priyadarshini Sen, Religion Unplugged)

Attacked Christians in India risk arrest if worship draws more assaults
(Morning Star News)

God is pro-life, Pence says: He 'will fight alongside us' and 'touch hearts and minds'
(Michael Foust, Christian Headines)

Mariners Church, one of America’s largest churches, announces reopening for in-person services
(Leonardo Blair, The Christian Post)

More than 2K Christians gather in ‘worship protest’ after they are shut out of Seattle park
(Leonardo Blair, The Christian Post)

California ban on indoor religious services upheld
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

1st Circuit hears oral arguments in COVID-19 worship service limitation challenge
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

First Circuit Court of Appeals hears case involving Calvary Chapel
(WABI News)

What comes before freedom of speech?
(David Callaway, Freedom Forum)

Frenchman Alain Cocq accepts palliative care after bid to livestream death
(BBC News)

Armenian opposition MP to place into circulation bill to ban abortion
(News AM)

Tory MP Sloan sponsors e-petition calling for 'moratorium' on gender-affirming surgery for transgender minors
(Rachel Gilmore, CTV News)

Catholic Church in South Korea says 'no' to same-sex marriage
(Park Ji-won, The Korea Times)

Argentine archbishop laments ‘double standard’ as numbers allowed at Mass reduced
(Inés San Martín, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Economic team in Brazil recommends vetoing tax forgiveness of churches, which owe more than R$ 1 billion
(Folha de São Paulo)

Marian feast becomes a political football in Cuba
(Inés San Martín, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

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