Law and Religion Headlines

Wednesday, 10 May 2023

The IRS just hiked taxes on private jet flights. Pastors are not excluded.
(Kathryn Post, Religion News Service)

Israel will add diaspora victims of antisemitism to those mourned on Day of Remembrance
(Stewart Ain, Forward)

Israel bombs Gaza as new military offensive begins
(Ben Sales, Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

66% of Ukrainians believe that the UOC-MP contributed to Russian aggression - Razumkov Center
(Religious Information Service of Ukraine (RISU))

Ukraine: Army rejects conscientious objector alternative service transfer
(Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service)

Finland did not violate Jehovah's Witnesses freedom of religion, European court rules

Door-to-door evangelism and data protection: Jehovah’s Witnesses v Finland
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Archbishop of Canterbury: UK migration bill is morally wrong
(Sylvia Hui, Associated Press)

They bury (and burn) altars, don’t they?
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Groups want "secularism" axed from Mali's new constitution
(Lucie Sarr, La Croix International)

Mgr. Crociata on Europe Day: “necessary efforts to overcome conflict and achieve a just peace”
(The Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union (COMECE))

WCC appeals for peace in Manipur, India amid ongoing ethnic and communal violence
(World Council of Churches)

The Kerala Story: West Bengal ban on Islamic State film sparks row
(Zoya Mateen, BBC News)

Faith leaders join hands with health department to outflank measles in India’s Madhya Pradesh
(Shuriah Niazi, Gavi)

Explained: Why tribals and non-tribals are fighting in India’s Manipur
(TRT World)

Korean Church holds life concert for death penalty abolition
(Union of Catholic Asian News)

Iran: UN experts condemn recent executions, urge moratorium on death penalty
(Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, United Nations)

EEOC sues Charlotte IHOP for religious discrimination and retaliation
(U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission)

Kenya cult deaths: a new era in the battle against religious extremism
(Fathima Azmiya Badurdeen, The Conversation)

Gambian students accuse schools of veil discrimination
(Omar Wally, BBC News)

Death toll of Kenya cult rises to 133
(Richard Hamilton, BBC News)

Tunisia investigates guardsman’s motive for killing 5 outside historic synagogue
(Bouazza Ben Bouazza and Thomas Adamson, Associated Press)

Djerba Tunisia: Worshippers killed near Africa's oldest synagogue
(BBC News)

Brothers sentenced to 6-year jail for 'anti-Arab' attack in Canada
(Daily Sabah)

The long road to confronting China’s war on religion: Part III
(Ethan Gutmann, Real Clear Politics)

‘The Yunnan Model’ could be an indicator that life is going to get even harder for religious and ethnic groups across China
(Ellis Heasley, FoRB in Full: A blog by CSW)

Child sex abuse lawsuits reveal alleged warnings about priest years earlier
(Kristy Nease, CBC News)

An Arizona lawmaker (who is also a minister) is under investigation for a Bible prank
(Ben Giles, NPR)

YU launches historic Jewish studies conference in Dubai
(Yeshiva University News)

In NC, a church network turns unused church buildings into homes for refugees
(Yonat Shimron, Religion News Service)

Faith-based employee groups at US State Department
(Religious Freedom & Business Foundation)

Catholic, Coptic Orthodox popes offer joint Vatican blessing
(Nicole Winfield, Associated Press)

Why we put a holocaust cattle car in the yard
(Jacob M. Miller, The Harvard Crimson)

Texas Legislature passes bill allowing chaplains in public schools
(Jack Jenkins, Religion News Service)

Network for Dialogue retreat injects new energy into work with refugees and migrants
(KAICIID Dialogue Centre)

What one man learned about religion visiting every country in the world
(Ken Chitwood, Religion Unplugged)

Communism poses top threat to Christian lives worldwide, religious freedom expert says
(Mark A. Kellner, The Washington Times)

Church leaders want ASEAN to combat human trafficking
(Union of Catholic Asian News)

Most U.S. parents pass along their religion and politics to their children
(Alan Cooperman, Pew Research Center)

Monday, 8 May 2023

EVENT, 8-9 May 2023: Social Media, Cyber-religion and Culture, 25th IFSSO International Conference, Mumbai, India
(International Federation of Social Science Organizations)

Iran hangs 2 in rare blasphemy case as executions surge
(Jon Gambrell, Associated Press)

Iran executes two men convicted of blasphemy
(David Gritten, BBC News)

USCIRF alarmed by worldwide blasphemy enforcement
(U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom)

USCIRF documents 2,000 victims, calls attention to millions persecuted for religion or belief
(United States Commission on International Religious Freedom)

U.N. conference highlights global unity but limited leverage over the Taliban
(Belquis Ahmadi, Kate Bateman, Andrew Watkins, and Scott Worden, The United States Institute of Peace)

Sweden arrests far-right politician Rasmus Paludan in absentia: Report
(Beyza Binnur Donmez, Anadolu Agency)

Onions and prayer rugs: Turkey approaches its decisive battle for democracy
(Christian Oliver, Politico)

Police detain 74 ISIL suspects in 23 provinces
(Hurriyet Daily News)

Corporal punishment on the rise in Afghanistan
(Patricia Gossman, Human Rights Watch)

How China is hell-bent on antagonizing Nepali Buddhists?

The long road to confronting China’s war on religion: Part II
(Susan Crabtree, Real Clear Politics)

Chinese Christians face hefty fines for ‘illegal gatherings’
(Union of Catholic Asian News)

Canada expels Chinese diplomat accused of targeting lawmaker
(Ismail Shakil and Steve Scherer, Reuters)

Lebanon’s unique religious diversity is under threat
(Knox Thames, Religion News Service)

May/June 2023 issue
(Liberty Magazine)

Saving international religious freedom
(Knox Thames, Liberty Magazine)

A new status quo for Temple Mount
(Alan Baker, Israel Hayom)

Israel: Knesset members relaunch Christian Allies Caucus in Israeli parliament
(The Jerusalem Post)

Our first freedom is in the crosshairs
(Eric Patterson, World)

In 5 years the Church in Nicaragua has suffered more than 500 attacks, 90 in 2023 alone
(Walter Sanchez Silva, Catholic News Agency)

Deaths raise fresh fears over cow vigilantism in India
(BBC News)

Forbidden transactions between Muslims and Hindus in Gujarat, India
(Sabah Gurmat, Center for Religion and Media at NYU)

Anti-Muslim Twitter feed in Spain: ‘A recipe for disaster’
(David Klepper, Associated Press)

Secular Europe: "The law on religious freedom should be repealed and replaced by a law on freedom of conscience" (Spanish)
(Raúl Bocanegra, Púnlico)

CAIR urges Montana Legislature to allow prayers of all faiths
(Ibrahim Hooper, Council on American-Islamic Relations)

Muslim women wrestlers just want to compete — but they can't for an arbitrary reason
(Rowaida Abdelaziz, The Huffington Post)

VIRTUAL COURSE: Seeking Religious Literacy
(Parliament of the World’s Religions and The Center for Ecumenical and Interreligious Engagement)

Articles of interest - 8 May 2023
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Dutch police arrest 154 soccer fans over antisemitic chants
(Claire Moses, The New York Times)

No, the framers were not more about protecting religion from the state than vice versa
(Mark Silk, RNS Column: Spiritual Politics)

Government allows Catholic hospital to keep sanctuary lamp burning
(John Lavenburg, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Restricting religious freedom is no way to address immigration
(Samuel Rodriguez, Newsweek)

Conference essay: City of Atlanta faith-based initiative
(Wesley Myrick, Canopy Forum on the Interactions of Law & Religion)

Statement from the Secretary General on Sudan
(KAICIID Dialogue Centre)

Elementary school district settles lawsuit over ditching evangelical Christian university’s interns
(Mark A. Kellner, The Washington Times)

With interfaith elements in the coronation, King Charles III will promise to defend the Church of England as the state religion
(Rosalind Ward, London School of Economics Religion and Global Society Blog)

The Coronation: Materials and commentaries
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

UK PM Rishi Sunak reads from biblical book at multi-faith Coronation
(The Economic Times)

Against the odds, The King has proved himself a true Defender of the Faiths
(Charles Moore, The Telegraph)

Coronation ceremony marks turning point in Catholic-Anglican relations
(Elise Ann Allen, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Religious lessons and symbolism from a King’s coronation
(Paul Marshall, Religion Unplugged)

Faith and the Coronation of King Charles III: What to know about a changing Britain
(Bobby Ross Jr., Religion Unplugged)

Law and religion round-up – 7th May
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Anti-cultism à la mode de Caen: To avoid a court hearing, MIVILUDES humors Scientology
(Massimo Introvigne, Bitter Winter)

Diverse cultures and shared experiences shape Asian American identities
(Neil G. Ruiz, Luis Noe-Bustamante and Sono Shah, Pew Research Center)

Islamophobia incidents are rising in Massachusetts public schools, report finds
(Ashley Soebroto, Boston Globe)

Gunmen in Nigeria kidnap 40 worshippers from church

Ukraine: second conscientious objector jail sentence
(Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service)

Autocephaly, geopolitics, and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine
(Nicholas Denysenko, Georgetown Journal of International Affairs)

Brazil: MPF [Prosecutor] investigates Uber company after complaint of religious intolerance in Baixada Fluminense (Portuguese)

Brazil: Religious intolerance crimes triple in Espírito Santo [State] in one year (Portuguese)
(Redação, A Gazeta)

In the Assembly, a draft Law on religion in Ecuador was presented (Spanish)
(Roger Vélez, El Comercio)

Sunday, 7 May 2023

Two weeks in review, 24 April – 7 May 2023
(Tal Gross, EJIL: Talk! Blog of the European Journal of International Law)

Friday, 5 May 2023

Canada: CSIS head tells MP Michael Chong that he and family were targeted by China
(Steven Chase and Robert Fife, The Globe and Mail)

Canada: Ontario offers $10K grants to religious, cultural institutions for anti-hate measures
(CBC News)

Canada: Bill C-11’s effect on religion remains to be seen
(Quinton Amundson, B.C. Catholic)

EVENT, 5 May 2023 (9AM ET): A Public Forum on Policy Interventions for the Rohingya Crisis (Washington, DC)
(Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)

Readout of White House listening session on Islamophobia
(The White House)

The Gambian Parliamentary FORB Caucus in action
(Express News)

How governments and civil society can help China's Uyghurs
(Maya Wang, Human Rights Watch)

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