Law and Religion Headlines

Tuesday, 5 October 2021

Leap of faith: Japan’s religious institutions get innovative in pandemic
(Alex K.T. Martin, The Japan Times)

October 2021 Newsletter
(The Association of Religion Data Archives)

Friday, 1 October 2021

Interreligious prayer held in Kyiv near the monument to Babyn Yar victims
(Religious Information Service of Ukraine (RISU))

Leaders of Churches and religious organizations of Ukraine are ready to join the development of State Family Policy, - AUCCRO resolution
(Religious Information Service of Ukraine (RISU))

All parties "dropped the ball" on freedom of conscience in Canada

Nova Scotia's medically assisted dying program paused amid 'unprecedented' demand
(Michael MacDonald, The Canadian Press)

EVENT, 1 October 2021: Religions for Peace to Be Awarded the European Culture Prize
(The European Cultural Foundation Pro Europa)

CALL FOR PAPERS, deadline 1 October 2021: Law, Religion, Health and Healing in Africa
(African Consortium for Law and Religion Studies and G20 Interfaith Forum)

Italian cardinal becomes first red hat to stand trial at Vatican
(Elise Ann Allen, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Is Italy set for a referendum on legalising euthanasia?
(Andrea Carlo, Euronews)

Most Americans support ‘bathroom bills,’ segregating sports by sex, not gender identity, poll says
(Mark A. Kellner, Washington Times)

Indian Christians seek repeal of anti-conversion laws
(Saji Thomas, Union of Catholic Asian News)

Myanmar: In the shadow of the Rohingya’s genocide, the forgotten Christians
(Willy Fautré, Human Rights Without Frontiers International)

Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought 2021: the nominees
(The European Parliament)

Global Religious Freedom Data Spectrum project

ISIS slaughtered my Yazidi community. We don't want your pity -- we want justice.
(Nadia Murad, CNN)

Chilean Bishops decry new abortion bill
(Lisa Zengarini, Vatican News)

As churches reopen, Ugandan faith groups recommit to challenging Summer worship ban
(ADF International)

“Men are particularly good at not listening” (also available in Spanish, Arabic, and French)
(Religions for Peace)

How Christian faith fueled boxer Manny Pacquiao's rise from poverty to presidential candidate in the Philippines
(Leocciano Callao, Religion Unplugged)

Social media helps Kashmiri youth share and fund music to fight depression, isolation
(Zaffar Iqbal, Religion Unplugged)

Switzerland to set up a dedicated embassy to the Vatican
(Associated Press)

AP photos: Across faiths and borders, the faces of prayer
(Associated Press)

Look who’s defending the rights of Afghan women
(Christian Science Monitor)

AP photos: Life in a madrassa as Afghanistan enters new era
(Felipe Dana, Associated Press)

Women’s rights are not just ‘Western values'”: A warning not to learn the wrong lessons from Afghanistan
(Sima Samar, Ms. Magazine)

California man gets life sentence for fatal synagogue attack
(Elliot Spagat, Associated Press)

Germany investigates man on suspicion of spying for Turkey
(Deutsche Welle)

Germany probes Turk over alleged spying on Gulen supporters
(Associated Press)

‘Anti-feminist’ vandals in Israel deface images of women
(Laurie Kellman, Associated Press)

Baltimore argues Catholic group’s rally could bring violence
(Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press)

Bahrain, Israel cement year-old accord, open new embassy
(Ilan Ben Zion, Associated Press)

University of Colorado faces COVID religious exemption suit
(Patty Nieberg, Associated Press)

Court says objections to mask requirement were not sincerely held religious beliefs
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Supreme Court grants certiorari in case on display of "Christian flag" at city hall
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Shurtleff v. Boston case page ("Christian flag" denial)

Religious accommodation that violates OSHA rules not required
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Hungary’s actions on Scientology “constitute[s] serious impediments to religious freedom and to the fulfillment … of religious minorities”
(Juan Sanchez, The European Times)

BJC joins brief in Supreme Court case involving prisoner’s request for ministerial act during lethal injection
(Don Byrd, Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty)

Dubai’s Expo opens, bringing first world’s fair to Mideast
(Aya Batrawy and Isabel Debre, Associated Press)

Americans are in a mental health crisis – especially African Americans. Can churches help?
(Brad R. Fulton, The Conversation)

São Paulo street renamed for Dominican opponent to military regime
(Eduardo Campos Lima, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

World Meeting of Families to use social media to reach ‘every corner of the earth’
(Ines San Martin, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Spanish bishops condemn tightening of rules on abortion, euthanasia
(National Catholic Reporter)

Spanish politicians object to Pope’s ‘apology’ for abuses of American colonization
(Ines San Martin, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Sacred forests, a destructive pilgrimage and religious leaders speak out
(Sam B, Deutsche Welle)

Jews, Christians and Muslims come together to paint over swastikas in Argentinian Jewish cemetery
(Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

How the Christian right embraced voter suppression
(Sarah Posner, Vox)

A blogger who took a provocative photo at St. Basil's Cathedral detained in Moscow

Russia proposes ‘extremist’ label for LGBT, feminist, child-free movements
(The Moscow Times)

Russia: Freedom of religion or belief : Special Bimonthly FORB digest (16-30.09.2021)
(Human Rights Without Frontiers International)

Rostov Jehovah's Witness loses first appeal, plans a second
(Kavkazskii Uzel, Russia Religion News (Stetson University))

Uzbekistan: Wanted for 5-year jail term, prisoners tortured again
(Mushfig Bayram, Forum 18 News Service)

Notable omission among liberal religious voices in phase 2 of Supreme Court abortion case
(Richard Ostling, GetReligion)

COVID-19 pandemic exposes great need for delivering care based on conscience and compassion
(Grattan Brown, National Catholic Register)

Navigating the faculty system – CofE environment programme webinar
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Ecclesiastical court judgments – September
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

September news from the Equality and Human Rights Commission
(Equality and Human Rights Commission)

In lead-up to Glasgow meeting, churches amplify calls for climate justice
(Peter Kenny, Ecumenical News)

Supreme Court’s conservatives have abortion, guns, God on agenda
(Greg Stohr, Bloomberg Law)

Faith groups decry Biden administration’s handling of Haitian immigrants at U.S.-Mexico border
(Jack Jenkins, The Washington Post)

BIC Addis Ababa: Climate action requires insights of science and religion, says BIC
(Bahá’í World News Service)

Singapore university sets new research initiative on Catholicism in Asia
(La Croix International)

Thursday, 30 September 2021

WEBINAR, 30 September 2021 (11AM ET): USCIRF Conversation: Accountability for Crimes Against Humanity
(U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom)

URGENT REMINDER, 30 September 2021: Deadline for Confirmation and Modification of Presentations for the 6th ICLARS Conference in Cordoba
(Javier Martínez-Torrón, ICLARS Cordoba 2022)

Wednesday, 29 September 2021

Lawyer: New York governor uses God unfairly in vaccine fight
(Larry Neumeister, Associated Press)

Judge: Street preachers’ $500K bond ‘grossly unreasonable’
(Leah Willingham, Associated Press)

Judge dismisses charges tied to genital mutilation case
(Ed White, Associated Press)

High court could add more contentious cases to busy lineup
(Jessica Gresko and Mark Sherman, Associated Press)

US jury convicts leader of neo-Nazi threat campaign
(Associated Press)

Catholic lawmakers can’t justify a vote for the Women’s Health Protection Act
(Charles C. Camosy, Religion Unplugged)

Religions for Peace’s reflections on the G20 Interfaith Forum
(Religions for Peace)

"Near helpless" response of international community will embolden those responsible for atrocities in Afghanistan, UN warned
(ADF International)

'What's next in Afghanistan?' Warning: this news topic involves religion (bonus podcast)
(Terry Mattingly, GetReligion)

International Criminal Court to investigate the Taliban and IS-K
(Ewelina U. Ochab, Forbes)

On climate change, what more can clergy and religion reporters do?
(Ira Rifkin, Religion Unplugged)

Will American Jews abandon the Democratic party?
(Dr. Michael Brown, Religion Unplugged)

The UK must learn to lead on religious freedom
(Miles P.J. Windsor, Religious Freedom Institute)

Pope Francis faces tests on abortion, gay rights
(Francis X. Rocca, The Wall Street Journal)

The Supreme Court faces more pandemic questions this term. Here are 4 takeaways from last year’s rulings.
(Herschel Nachlis, Kyle Thomson, Amy Park and Annika Begley, The Washington Post)

Pakistan: ‘No minimum age for conversion in Islam’: LHC
(Ahmed Saeed, Voice PK)

Lithuanian Archbishop Grušas is the new CCEE President
(Consilium Conferentiarium Episcoporum Europae (CCEE))

CEC president contributes to dialogue on Future for Europe in EPP Rome meeting
(Conference of European Churches)

Evangelicals say religious freedom must be protected after Switzerland backs same-sex marriage
(Christian Today)

USCIRF releases new report on religious freedom conditions in Saudi Arabia
(U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom)

More Polish regions revoke anti-LGBT declarations over EU funds withdrawal

Dr. Katrina Lantos Swett full interview
(YouTube Video, Hardwired Global)

Julie Fishman Rayman and Andrea Martin full interview
(YouTube Video, Hardwired Global)

Weekly Highlight #175: COVID-19: Exploring faith dimensions: Vaccination: Impact of religious approaches for global programs
(Berkley Center, Joint Learning Initiative, WFDD)

After knife attack, New Zealand criminalizes terror plotting
(Nick Perry, Associated Press)

Iraq’s top Shiite cleric calls for high voter turnout
(Associated Press)

Chile: Congress takes step toward abortion decriminalization
(Eva Vergara, Associated Press)

Polish court orders damages for toppling priest statue
(Associated Press)

Hindutva extremism on the rise in India against Christians and other minorities, videos show
(The European Times)

South Sudan church leaders work for peace, but soldiers won’t listen
(Paul Jeffrey, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Spanish bishops oppose government registry of medical conscience objectors
(Ines San Martin, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Dozens killed in Islamist attacks in northern Nigeria
(Charles Collins, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Merkel to join Pope in closing Rome interreligious event on Oct. 7
(Ines San Martin, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Americans are surprisingly supportive of religion in school
(Kelsey Dallas, Deseret News)

Martin Luther King III asks BYU students to rise up and create his father’s ‘beloved community’
(Tad Walch, Deseret News)

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