Law and Religion Headlines

Tuesday, 30 June 2020

GOP lawmakers urge action after Russia-Afghanistan briefing
(Zeke Miller, James Laporta and Mary Clare Jalonick, Deseret News)

U.S. Bishops’ Religious Liberty and Catholic Education chairmen grateful for Supreme Court’s decision in Blaine amendment case
(United States Conference of Catholic Bishops)

Churches, religious liberty face uncertain future in courts
(Aaron Earls, Facts & Trends)

What a Virginia cemetery case reveals about religious liberty
(Alex Ward, The Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission)

U.S. Supreme Court rules for school choice and religious liberty, cites Attorney General Hunter's brief
(Mike Hunter, Oklahoma Attorney General)

USCIRF warns that forced sterilization of Uyghur Muslims is evidence of genocide
(U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom)

Uyghurs subject to mass sterilization: a new CCP crime against humanity
(Ruth Ingram, Bitter Winter: A Magazine on Religious Liberty and Human Rights in China)

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

Iran issues arrest warrant for President Trump
(Mikaela Mathews, Christian Headlines)

Israel to postpone West Bank annexation plan
(Kayla Koslosky, Christian Headlines)

Messianic church in Israel wins restraining order in case against anti-evangelism group
(Samuel Smith, The Christian Post)

UK churches to reopen with 30-person limit, social distancing guidelines
(Michael Gryboski, The Christian Post)

‘This is the Christian message’: Cardinal urges Catholics to join struggle for racial justice
(Catholic News Agency)

In Montana, man tears down Ten Commandments monument at county courthouse grounds
(Catholic News Agency)

Catholic archdiocese in Guam stopping monthly payments to former archbishop
(Catholic News Agency)

Canadian Catholic diocese aims to repair defaced Stations of the Cross
(Catholic News Agency)

St. Junipero Serra protested colonial oppression and abuses, Archbishop Gomez says
(Catholic News Agency)

6,666 abortions performed in Ireland last year after repeal of pro-life law
(Catholic News Agency)

Supreme Court rejects Montana 'Blaine Amendment' in religious schools case
(Matt Hadro, Catholic News Agency)

Stocks close out best quarter since 1998 with more gains
(Stan Choe, Alex Veiga and Damian J. Troise, Deseret News)

Arizona is issuing a new shutdown order because of the recent COVID-19 spike. Here’s what’s happening
(Herb Scribner, Deseret News)

Churches and COVID-19 in NSW- PHO No 4 released
(Neil Foster, Law and Religion Australia)

USCIRF releases Yemen country update highlighting Houthi religious freedom violations
(U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom)

European Court says Greece should not have indicated non-Christening on birth record
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Supreme Court says Montana cannot exclude religious schools from tax-credit program
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Supreme Court: Montana can't exclude religious schools from scholarship program
(Nina Totenberg and Brian Naylor, National Public Radio)

Pope urges US Catholic media to work to overcome racism
(Nicole Winfield, Associated Press)

Italy grants bishops permission to ditch gloves for Communion
(Elise Ann Allen, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Court says tax credit program can’t exclude religious schools
(Carol Zimmermann, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Supreme Court rules in favor of religious schools receiving taxpayer-funded scholarships
(Kelsey Dallas, Deseret News Faith)

Good riddance to the Blaine Amendments
(National Review)

US international religious freedom efforts should not promote Islamic extremism
(Brenda Shaffer & Svante Cornell, Real Clear Religion)

From Saudi Arabia, a welcome call for tolerance and moderation
(Jeff Jacoby, The Boston Globe)

Church and state: determining ownership of church property after schism
(David B. West,

Supreme Court hands win to religious schools
(John Kruzel, The Hill)

High Court slams religious bias in state tax-credit scheme
(Jack Rodgers, Courthouse News Service)

Ordination amid coronavirus - A call for humility and courage
(Cardinal Michael Czerny, Catholic News Agency)

The false logic of a China-US choice in the Middle East
(Karen Young, Al-Monitor)

Supreme Court rules in favor of religious schools receiving taxpayer-funded scholarships
(Kelsey Dallas, Deseret News)

Monday, 29 June 2020

Supreme Court update: Bostock

Supreme Court strikes down Louisiana abortion clinic law
(Mark Sherman, Associated Press)

Supreme Court strikes down Louisiana abortion law, with Roberts the deciding vote
(Adam Liptak, The New York Times)

Abortion foes vent disappointment after Supreme Court ruling
(Elana Schor, Religion News Service)

Supreme Court strikes down restrictive Louisiana abortion law that would have closed clinics
(Robert Barnes, The Washington Post)

Magid: US Supreme Court decision to grant protections to LGBT workers is an important expansion of the Civil Rights Act
(Julie Manning Magid, The Palm Beach Post)

Religious group takes fight to court after town prevents Nativity scene on public land
(Carly Ortiz-Lytle, The Washington Examiner)

United States: Major victory for religious liberty
(Christopher Ferrara, Catholic Family)

White Christians face ‘moment of reckoning’ about racism
(Ken Camp, Baptist Standard)

Religious news from around the web June 29, 2020
(World Religion News)

U.S. Navy bans troops from indoor religious services
(First Liberty)

Bishop Kiganda gives govt 10 days to reopen Churches
(Aaron Sseruyigo, Uganda Christian News)

Romania establishes National Day of Awareness of Violence Against Christians
(Russian Faith)

Catholic bishops of Uruguay oppose assisted suicide bill
(Catholic News Agency)

Legal Spirits Episode 024: Church closings in the time of coronavirus–part II
(Center for Law and Religion Forum at St. John's University School of Law)

China forces birth control on Uighurs to suppress population
(Associated Press)

Israel orders US-based Christian TV channel off air
(Associated Press)

Balkan Affairs: Turkish and Saudi influence on Bulgarian Muslims
(Rositsa Atanasova, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)

Nigeria facing ‘systematic, planned, calculated’ genocide of Christians
(Charles Collins, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Religion is still relevant as German churches lose members
(Christoph Strack, Deutsche Welle Opinion)

Russian church leader promotes Putin's changes in constitution
(Russia Religion News (Stetson University))

Disturbing news trends in Turkey: What if Hagia Sophia returns to being a mosque?
(Terry Mattingly, GetReligion)

Win for religious liberty in New York
(Martina Moyski, Church Militant)

Plug-in: Trump vs. Biden – four months before Election Day and religion angles abound
(Bobby Ross Jr., GetReligion)

Ruling against New York worship orders praised
(Baptist Press)

MIT chaplain sacked for his thoughts, as a Catholic priest, on mercy, justice and George Floyd
(Terry Mattingly, GetReligion)

COVID-19: Safe use of places of worship in England from 4 July
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Britons can go back to church after lockdown, but no singing allowed
(Peter Kenny, Ecumenical News)

Chief Rabbi of UK: Religion is ‘under sustained attack in the public domain’
(Jewish News)

The separation of church and state is breaking down under Trump
(Micah Schwartzman, Richard Schragger, Nelson Tebbe, The Atlantic)

NSS: Greek mandatory declaration of religion is human rights violation
(Scott Douglas Jacobsen, News Intervention)

A diversity institute teaches Iraqi students about religious minorities
(Gilgamesh Nabeel, Al Fanar Media)

Montenegro rights groups to appeal against religious gathering ban
(Samir Kajosevic, Balkan Insight)

USCIRF applauds the U.S. Government pledge to support the democratic transition in Sudan
(U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom)

Children’s rights watchdog defends student’s criticism of religious education
(Andria Kades, Cyprus Mail)

Judge: N.Y. can't restrict churches while permitting protests during pandemic
(Michael Foust, Christian Headlines)

France’s ‘hip’ female rabbi draws Muslims, Christians and Jews in a time of crisis
(Julia Lieblich and Luc Vachez, Religion News Service)

Qatar to further ease coronavirus restrictions

Oman weighs costs of bailout from Gulf neighbors
(Sebastian Castelier, Al-Monitor: Gulf Pulse)

Sunday, 28 June 2020

Law and religion round-up – 28th June
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Race and Racism in America
(Public Discourse: The Journal of the Witherspoon Institute)

What does the LGBT-discrimination decision mean for religious employers?
(John Melcon, The Gospel Coalition)

DAILY HIGHLIGHT #103: Minorities During the COVID-19 Crisis: The Case of Uganda
(COVID-19: Exploring Faith Dimensions, Berkley Center, Joint Learning Initiative, WFDD)

Announcements: Women's Europe - Voices in Times of Covid; UN Audiovisual Library of International Law and more
(Mary Guest, EJIL: Talk! Blog of the European Journal of International Law)

Court allows most of abused plaintiff's claims against Diocese to proceed
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Islamic Symbols removed from 300+ Hui-Run businesses in Yunnan
(Hu Ke, Bitter Winter: A Magazine on Religious Liberty and Human Rights in China)

Saturday, 27 June 2020

Photos of the Week, 26 June 2020
(Kit Doyle, Religion News Service)

UN experts urge India to release protest leaders
(United Nations Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner)

New cert petitions in Title VII religious-accommodation cases
(Thomas Berg, Mirror of Justice: A blog dedicated to the development of Catholic legal theory)

Sifting through COVID-19, racism, and other controversies ... without losing your mind
(Alan Yoshioka, The B.C. Catholic)

DAILY HIGHLIGHT #102: COVID-19 Implications on Faith and Preparing for Disaster
(COVID-19: Exploring Faith Dimensions, Berkley Center, Joint Learning Initiative, WFDD)

Strange Nashville media storm: What to do when a 'prophet' advertises in your newspaper
(Mark Kellner, GetReligion)

Column: Signs of the Times, by Massimo Faggioli
(La Croix International)

Church Law Society Newsletter Prague – Brno – Olomouc – Stříbro, No. 6/2020
(Jiří Rajmund Tretera and Záboj Horák, eds., English Version)

COVID-19 limits, rulings seen as latest challenges to religious liberty
(Kurt Jensen, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Advocates call order advancing religious freedom globally a needed action
(Catholic News Service)

Put not your faith in judges
(Micheal Warsaw, National Catholic Register)

Podcasts. Becoming less racist: Lighting the path to anti-racism
(Anthea Butler, Eddie S. Glaude Jr., Robert P. Jones, Kelly J. Baker, Jacqui Lewis, with Simran Jeet Singh, Religion News Service)

Jagannath Rath Yatra 2020: Lata Mangeshkar, Nandana Sen, Aamrapali Dubey extend greetings
(Zee News)

India allows religious festival to go ahead in 'limited' capacity as coronavirus cases surge
(Jessie Yeung and Swati Gupta, CNN)

COVID-19 and the Clerical Church
(Massimo Faggioli, Herald Malaysia)

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