Law and Religion Headlines

Wednesday, 13 January 2021

Religious news from around the web January 11, 2021
(World Religion News)

Can universities kick out religious groups with impunity?
(Becket: Press Release)

University of Iowa officials’ immunity from liability on chopping block at Eighth Circuit
(Becket: Press Release)

This dog won’t hunt: Texas’s wrong-headed argument against clergy for the condemned: Op-Ed
(Eric Rassbach and Chris Pagliarella, National Review Opinion)

House votes to impeach Trump for the second time
(Ryan Foley, The Christian Post)

Uganda: Muslim mob kills former imam who converted to Christianity Uganda: Muslim mob kills former imam who converted to Christianity
(Jackson Elliott, The Christian Post)

House Majority Whip James Clyburn advocates for 'black national anthem' to become official US hymn
(Michael Gryboski, The Christian Post)

Supreme Court reinstates FDA rule blocking delivery of abortion pills by mail
(Ryan Foley, The Christian Post)

Catholics and politicians condemn Christmas attack against evangelical church in Spain
(Evangelical Focus)

Open Doors’ 2021 watch list highlights impact of COVID-19 on religious persecution worldwide
(Emily McFarlan Miller, Religion News Service)

Open Doors’ 2021 World Watch List to reveal how COVID and technology accelerate spread of anti-religious bigotry; Digital Press Conference Jan. 13
(Associated Press)

Missionaries: The price to pay

Irish church and state apologise for callous mother and baby homes
(The Guardian)

Irish PM sorry for ‘profound wrong’ of unwed mothers homes
(Sylvia Hui, Associated Press)

Australia financial unit admits huge Vatican transfer error
(Associated Press)

China says will defend self over UK Xinjiang labor measures
(Associated Press)

Chinese Christians, missionaries falsely blamed for COVID resurgence
(Leah MarieAnn Klett, The Christian Post)

Moratorium over: N. Carolina towns advance LGBT protections
(Gary D. Robertson, Associated Press)

Afghan Shiite leader in Pakistan after killings of miners
(Kathy Gannon, Associated Press)

Pakistan attempts to prosecute Ahmadi US citizens for digital blasphemy
(Aysha Khan, Religion News Service)

Uproar over rape of Christian women in Pakistan
(Kamran Chaudhry, Union of Catholic Asian News)

In waning days of Trump presidency, Department of Health and Human Services undercuts religious liberty protections in new final rule
(Don Byrd, Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty)

U.S. Church leaders: Designating Cuba a state sponsor of terrorism is ‘overkill’
(John Lavenburg, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

He sued his school for silencing him. Here’s why the Supreme Court may force him to end his fight
(Kelsey Dallas, Deseret News)

Professor enumerates problems in Islamic world but promises bright future
(Javad Heirannia, Tehran Times)

Justices grant FDA request to block mail delivery of abortion pills
(Amy Howe, SCOTUSblog)

When is a wedding not a marriage? Exploring non-legally binding ceremonies
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Pope Francis changes canon law, officially giving women more access to altar
(Peter Kenny, Ecumenical News)

Pope Francis changes canon law: What it means for the Catholic Mass
(Clemente Lisi, Religion Unplugged)

Panel urged to grant Iowa University officials immunity in religious freedom case
(Rox Laird, Courthouse News Service)

Anti-vaxxers challenge Missouri’s religious exemption process in the Eighth Circuit
(Joe Harris, Courthouse News Service)

Trump, insurgency, and religious grievance
(Steven K. Green, Canopy Forum on the Interactions of Law & Religion)

North Korea is worst country for Christian persecution again as authoritarian governments exploit Covid crisis
(Christian Today)

Report: North Korea, Nigeria among the worst countries for Christian persecution
(Catholic News Agency)

South Korean church leader acquitted over COVID case surge
(Aljazeera, Aljazeera)

Hamas scrambles for relevance in post-normalization Middle East
(Al-Monitor: The Pulse of the Middle East)

Religions, Christianity and international marketing
(Michael R Czinkota, Japan Today)

Lord Mann and South Africa’s chief Rabbi attend online conference
(Jewish News Reporter, Jewish News)

South Africa's President commends churches for cooperating with COVID guidelines
(Cyril Ramaphosa, Daily Maverick Citizen)

In Canada, AGMs for federally incorporated charities back to normal… sort of
(Deina Warren, Canadian Centre for Christian Charities)

Ontario bans indoor social gatherings in new emergency order
(Deina Warren, Canadian Centre for Christian Charities)

How Ontario's COVID-19 rules restrict religious freedom
(Kristopher Kinsinger, National Post)

White Christian Nationalism at the Capitol
(Caroline Mala Corbin, Canopy Forum on the Interactions of Law & Religion)

Anti-Semitism seen in Capitol insurrection raises alarms
(Elana Schor, Associated Press)

How self-proclaimed ‘prophets’ from a growing Christian movement provided religious motivation for the Jan. 6 events at the US Capitol
(Brad Christerson, The Conversation)

Conspiracy theories and the ‘American Madness’ that gripped the Capitol
(Emily McFarlan Miller, Religion News Service)

Mike Pence cites Bible in rejecting call to invoke 25th Amendment: This is a 'time to heal'
(Ryan Foley, The Christian Post)

For insurrectionists, a violent faith brewed from nationalism, conspiracies and Jesus
(Jack Jenkins, Religion News Service)

Charismatics are at war with each other over failed prophecies of Trump victory
(Julia Duin, Religion Unplugged)

Tuesday, 12 January 2021

WEBINAR, 12 January 2020 (6PM EST): African Americans and Religion Freedom: New Perspectives for Congregations and Communities
(Religious Freedom Center, Freedom Forum Institute)

Monday, 11 January 2021

Why one man’s Supreme Court case is uniting the ACLU with the Catholic Church
(Kelsey Dallas, Deseret News)

My college tried to stop me from speaking about religion. Now, we’ll meet in the Supreme Court.
(Chike Uzuegbunam, The Washington Post Opinion)

Warnock’s way: A progressive, religious approach is a winning ticket.
(John Gehring, Commonweal)

Warnock condemns Capitol rioters in post-election sermon
(Aaron Morrison, Associated Press)

Church Reporter, Vol. 6, 10 January 2021 - 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)

WEBINAR, 11 January 2020, (4PM CST): Typologies of Interfaith Education
(Sightings: The Martin Marty Center, University of Chicago Divinity School)

Pastor urges Jamaican government to declare church an essential service
(Loop News, Loop News)

Hellenic leaders condemn the attacks on American democracy
(Hellenic Leaders, Hellenic Leaders)

Sinovac biotech vaccines recognized by Indonesia as Halal
(Religion Today, Religion Today)

UK leaders of faith and leaders of belief create declaration of humanity
(United Kingdom Government, Gov.UK)

In South Africa, "religious grounds" are necessary to consider before implementing mandatory COVID vaccine
(Omphemetse S Sibanda, Daily Maverick)

First Congregational Church leaders denounce ‘unholy alliance of religion, white supremacy, and far right’ in America
(Rev. Dr. Steve Jungkeit, Rev. Laura Fitzpatrick-Nager and Rev. Carleen Gerber,

Iglesia Ni Cristo church discusses how religion es helping people address tough economic times
(Caroline Hunter, EIN Presswire)

Patriarch Krill gives advice to Belarusian authorities
(Religion Today, Religion Today)

Praying for patients: Video goes viral of interfaith prayer outside hospital in Cape Town
(Tauhira Dean, News24)

Religious communities join campaign to raise awareness about COVID-19 vaccine
(The Jakarta Post)

Sindh: Violence against Hindu women, temples, culture
(Massimo Introvigne, Bitter Winter: A Magazine on Religious Liberty and Human Rights in China)

Victorian "conversion practices' bill: Concerns for religious liberty
(Massimo Introvigne, Bitter Winter: A Magazine on Religious Liberty and Human Rights in China)

Ireland should unlock the doors to our places of worship (Opinion)
(Barry Walsh, The Times)

Georgia's Senate elections and the life of the Black Church
(Lerone Jonathan Wilder, Sightings: The Martin Marty Center, University of Chicago Divinity School)

Symphonic politics, Sibelius, and the Immanent Messiah
(Scott Ferguson, Sightings: The Martin Marty Center, University of Chicago Divinity School)

Ministerial Exception applies to Title IX hostile work environment claims
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Supreme Court will hear challenge to California donor-disclosure requirement
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Case page: Thomas More Law Center v. Becerra

Case page: Americans for Prosperity Foundation v. Becerra

Articles of interest - 11 January 2021
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Supreme Court denies review in clinic buffer zone case
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

US Supreme Court declines to take case concerning Pittsburgh’s censorship zone law
(Alliance Defending Freedom)

Supreme Court denies review in discrimination suit by Muslim flight attendant
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Photos of the week - 9 January 2021
(Kit Doyle, Religion News Service)

China: Special weekly FoRB newsletter (31.12.2020- 08.01.2021)
(Human Rights Without Frontiers International)

France (EN/ FR): A White Paper on the bill confirming respect for the principles of the Republic
(Human Rights Without Frontiers International)

Dozens of Chinese officials raid house church, detain pastor and 5 members
(Evangelical Focus)

Turkish televangelist gets life term for sex abuse, offenses
(Associated Press)

China denies coercive birth control measures in Xinjiang
(Associated Press)

Anti-abortion faith leaders support use of COVID-19 vaccines
(David Crary, Associated Press)

Bishops say UK should eliminate nuclear arsenal, use money for poor
(Simon Caldwell, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Faith, free speech zones and tardy justice meet at the Supreme Court
(Becket: Press Release)

Indian police ban Christian community from holding religious services
(Ecumenical News)

The secret Indian pandemic: The occupation of religious persons in Kashmir and its impact on mental health
(Syed Zahid Rizvi, Daily Maverick)

India's ashrams: Havens for spirituality or scandalous snake pits?
(Manasi Gopalakrishnan, Deutsche Welle)

Police ban Indian Christian families from worship, accuse them of false conversion
(Anugrah Kumar, The Christian Post)

HHS finalizes rule protecting Christian adoption agencies from Obama-era LGBT regulation
(Ryan Foley, The Christian Post)

Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict is genocide, not another fight: human rights head
(Jackson Elliott, The Christian Post)

3 Pakistani Christians charged with blasphemy, accused of burning Quran pages
(Anugrah Kumar, The Christian Post)

Teen Muslim extremists attack church in Philippines, pepper building with bullets
(Leah MarieAnn Klett, The Christian Post)

Campus preaching, Christian foster care: 4 cases that the US Supreme Court may impact in 2021
(Michael Gryboski, The Christian Post)

Pope Francis’ personal doctor has died of COVID-19
(Claire Giangravé, Religion News Service)

Pope Francis calls for unity after ‘shocking’ Capitol attack
(Claire Giangravé, Religion News Service)

Pope Francis opens a small but significant door for women in the Church
(Claire Giangravé, Religion News Service)

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