Law and Religion Headlines

Friday, 2 April 2021

MEPs urged to reject Commission’s ‘anti-free speech’ proposal to monitor terror online
(Mathieu Pollet, EURACTIV)

Fishing in the desert: A story from Karakalpakstan
(Evangelical Focus)

‘Shield not a sword’: NSW committee backs new religious freedom laws
(Michaela Whitbourn, The Sydney Morning Herald)

Archbishop Welby defends right to free speech in Batley school row
(Church Times)

Forcibly-married 14-year-old Maira hopes for Easter miracle
(ADF International)

At home in houses of worship - new data on the eagerness of Canadians across faith traditions to gather again
(Peter Stockland, Convivium)

New poll finds significant discomfort with public health orders
(Cardus Religious Freedom Institute)

Pakistanis clash with police at shrine shut over coronavirus
(Associated Press)

Good Friday and virus lockdown empty Manila’s streets
(Associated Press)

Critics say scaled-back Arkansas hate crimes bill is a farce
(Andrew DeMillo, Associated Press)

Montana House backs bill on religious challenges to rules
(Amy Beth Hanson, Associated Press)

Who is Mansour Abbas, the Arab-Israeli who could hold the key to Israel’s next government?
(Ben Sales, Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

Arab Islamist shows clout with prime-time speech in Israel
(Joseph Krauss, Associated Press)

Madrid slows down vaccine jabs over Easter despite govt plea
(Associated Press)

Federal court issues emergency injunction ahead of Holy Week services to increase COVID-related worship attendance caps in D.C.
(Don Byrd, Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty)

Iowa reaches out to dioceses on getting vaccines to underserved groups
(Barb Arland-Fye, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

CDC offers guidelines for upcoming religious holidays
(Herb Scribner, Deseret News)

Jehovah's Witnesses frustrated in Rostov courts
(Kavkazskii Uzel, Russia Religion News (Stetson University))

St. Petersburg court bans mobile app of Jehovah's Witnesses in Russia

New podcast: Rising tensions between religious liberty, pronoun wars, academic freedom, etc.
(Terry Mattingly, GetReligion)

Ecclesiastical Court Judgments – March 2021 (I)
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

US follows Europe as church membership falls below 50 percent
(Peter Kenny, Ecumenical News)

Tamil Nadu Assembly Elections | We don’t treat people based on their religion, says PM Modi
(The Hindu)

AME church to boycott Coca-Cola, other companies unless they do more to fight Georgia election law
(Jack Jenkins, Religion News Service)

America is becoming less religious. That won’t demolish conservatism.
(Henry Olsen, The Washington Post)

Even in a pandemic, the Constitution cannot be put away and forgotten
(Charles J. Russo, Canopy Forum on the Interactions of Law & Religion)

Nigerian bishop wants government to end oil spills
(Peter Ajayi Dada, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Nigerian government must do more to promote interreligious harmony, CSW says
(Ngala Killian Chimtom, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Two Weeks in Review, 15 – 28 March 2021
(Gail Lythgoe, EJIL: Talk! Blog of the European Journal of International Law)

U.S. and Mexican bishops call for better migration policies at border
(John Lavenburg, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Wednesday, 31 March 2021

Articles of interest - 31 March 2021
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

The Review of Faith & International Affairs, Volume 19, No. 1, Spring 2021
(Institute for Global Engagement)

Extremism in the UK: new definitions threaten human and civil rights
(Chris Allen, The Conversation)

Resistance to military regime in Myanmar mounts as nurses, bankers join protests – despite bloody crackdown
(Tharaphi Than, The Conversation)

Protests unite Myanmar's ethnic groups against common foe: The shared experience of military violence has shifted political objectives among the ethnic majority
(Emily Fishbein, Kyaw Hsan Hlaing, Foreign Policy)

The United Nations turns up on the heat on Rajapaksa: As Sri Lanka's human rights record worsens,the world body tries to hold the country accountable for past crimes
(Neil Devotta, Sumit Ganguly, Foreign Policy)

Indian politician: "religion-based vote bank" has no place in India
(Times of India)

Chilean Supreme Court rules worship ban discriminatory
(ADF International)

Catholic leaders join LGBTQ group to condemn discrimination against transgender people
(Jack Jenkins, Religion News Service)

Dozens of Christian students sue the U.S. Education Dept., hoping to pressure Equality Act negotiations
(Court Case Document, US District Cout for the District of Oregon, Eugene Division)

Dozens of LGBTQ students at Christian colleges sue the U.S. Education Dept., hoping to pressure Equality Act negotiations
(Michelle Boorstein, The Washington Post)

The Equality Act and the looming tyranny of the self – Part 2
(Rick Plasterer, Juicy Ecumenism, Institute on Religion and Democracy)

The Equality Act would trample on doctors' religious freedom
(Jonathan Imbody,

Students sue Department of Education to outlaw LGBTQ discrimination at Christian colleges
(Nicholas Reimann, Forbes)

Former BYU students join lawsuit challenging religious schools’ access to federal funds
(Kelsey Dallas, Deseret News)

USCIRF highlights impact of financial restrictions on civil society
(U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom)

Legal Spirits Episode 032: The New Technocracy
(Law and Religion Forum, St. John's Law School Center for Law & Religion)

6th Circuit: Prof has 1st Amendment right to refuse to call transgender student by preferred pronoun
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Court sides with professor who repeatedly misgendered trans student
(Colleen Flaherty, Inside Higher Ed)

Certiorari denied in church's challenge to Illinois COVID restrictions
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Arkansas enacts conscience protections for medical personnel
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Arkansas governor signs bill strengthening conscience protections for medical professionals
(Alliance Defending Freedom)

DC's capacity restrictions on churches held invalid
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Judge lifts attendance restrictions for DC churches
(Samantha Hawkins, Courthouse News Service)

Blinken ends Trump rights plan promoting conservative agenda
(Matthew Lee, Associated Press)

UN condemns Palm Sunday `terrorist act’ on Indonesian church
(Associated Press)

Indonesia’s cardinal praises national response to suicide bombing
(Nirmala Carvalho, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Pope sends letter to infamous WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange
(Elise Ann Allen, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

COVID-19 and the future of religious freedom
(Kelsey Dallas, Deseret News)

Muslims in pluralistic societies: Rights and responsibilities
(Kenan Malik, The Guardian)

Crimea: Longest jail term so far
(Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service)

Crimea court sentences Jehovah’s Witness for violating Russian anti-extremist laws
(Fred Porter, Jurist)

Russian bishops’ official concerned about new religion regulations
(Jonathan Luxmoore, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Putin pledges to prevent foreign interethnic conflicts from spilling over into Russia

New COVID-19 legislation and guidance to 3 April
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Bishop issues Palm Sunday appeal for end to IS-led violence in Mozambique's Cabo Delgado
(Peter Kenny, Ecumenical News)

Georgia faith leaders to leave water bottles around Capitol in protest of new voter laws
(Jack Jenkins, Adelle M. Banks, Religion News Service)

Sudan confirms religious freedom with Nuba Mountains rebels
(Jayson Casper, Christianity Today)

Madhya Pradesh government notifies law against religious conversion
(Hindustan Times)

Gender, religion, and covid-19
(Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)

Intersectional approaches to covid-19 response and “building back better” (Responding to: Gender, religion, and covid-19)
(Kalina Majercak, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)

Japanese women leading gender equity efforts in religious and faith-based spaces during the covid-19 pandemic (Responding to: Gender, religion, and covid-19)
(Paola Cavaliere, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)

Opportunities for faith communities to address the challenges women and girls face due to the covid-19 emergencies (Responding to: Gender, religion, and covid-19)
(Sarah Thompson, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)

Showing up! Female faith leadership in the covid-19 pandemic (Responding to: Gender, religion, and covid-19)
(Najuma Smith-Pollard, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)

The role of religion in responding to covid-19: A Baha’i perspective (Responding to: Gender, religion, and covid-19)
(Saphira Rameshfar, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)

When enough, really is enough: Living in balance after the covid-19 pandemic (Responding to: Gender, religion, and covid-19)
(Danielle L. Bridgeforth, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)

Women step up: Feminist faith leadership in the covid-19 pandemic (Responding to: Gender, religion, and covid-19)
(Mary E. Hunt, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)

Battle for the soul of Islam – Analysis
(James M. Dorsey, Eurasia Review Opinion)

Killings of Asians fuel US debate about churches and racism
(Rebecca Paveley, Church Times)

Arkansas legislature passes ban on gender-transitioning for children
(Catholic News Agency)

Catholic priest and six others killed in attack on church in Nigeria
(Courtney Mares, Catholic News Agency)

Survey: Two-thirds of Catholics say Biden should be able to receive Communion
(Catholic News Agency)

Catholic women raise alarm over spike in child abuse during lockdowns
(Courtney Mares, Catholic News Agency)

The Easter Vigil: ‘the mother of all vigils’
(Catholic News Agency)

Iraq fortifies Syria border against Islamic State
(Mohammed Hardan, Al-Monitor: Syria Pulse)

Nike files copyright lawsuit over ‘Satan Shoes’ collaboration with rapper Lil Nas X
(Jeannie Law, The Christian Post)

Fewer than 50% of Americans have formal church membership for first time in 80 years: Gallup
(Leonardo Blair, The Christian Post)

Poll: American Jews report increasing incidents of anti-Semitism, mostly online
(Yonat Shimron, Religion News Service)

Vatican makes moral case for supporting people displaced by climate change
(Claire Giangravé, Religion News Service)

Survey: Most Americans know Biden is Catholic, far fewer know Harris’ religion
(Adelle M. Banks, Religion News Service)

South Dakota Governor issues executive orders on transgender women in sports after vetoing legislation on the issue
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

South Dakota's governor issues executive orders banning transgender athletes from women's sports
(Devan Cole, CNN)

Anti-abortion protesters lose challenge to D.C.'s defacement ordinance
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Challenge to Bible in schools program survives motion to dismiss
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Virginia public school guidance on transgender students is challenged
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Lawsuit targets Virginia’s policies on transgender students
(Denise Lavoie, Associated Press)

Appeals court upholds constitutionality of terror watchlist
(Matthew Barakat, Associated Press)

Health officials: Churches should hold off in-person worship
(Associated Press)

Democrats and Republicans agree Biden is Catholic. But they still see his faith differently
(Mya Jaradat, Deseret News)

French minister blasts new laws over 'suppression of religion'
(Daily Sabah)

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