Law and Religion Headlines

Wednesday, 31 March 2021

Building a mosque in France, never easy, may get even harder
(Norimitsu Onishi and Constant Méheut, The New York Times)

Why is church membership in America on the decline?
(Joe Carter, The Gospel Coalition)

Moscow patriarchate likes changes in religion law
(RIA Novosti, Russia Religion News (Stetson University))

Uzbekistan: Fines, magazine destruction, short-term jailing, beard shaving, threats
(Mushfig Bayram, Forum 18 News Service)

Holocaust denier Alison Chabloz jailed over barrage of antisemitic abuse
(Jewish News)

Labour publishes material to improve antisemitism complaints process
(Jewish News)

China wants to make its Christians more Chinese
(The Economist)

Cotton statement on Chinese sanctions against U.S. religious freedom group
(Tom Cotton)

After China retaliates with sanctions, U.S. religious freedom advocates say they won’t be silenced
(Catholic News Agency)

U.S. religious freedom officials continue advocacy despite new Chinese sanctions
(International Christian Concern)

China: Special bimonthly FORB digest (16.03-31.03.2021)
(Human Rights Without Frontiers International)

Weekly highlight #149: COVID-19: Exploring faith dimensions: Holidays, vaccines, and mental health
(Berkley Center, Joint Learning Initiative, WFDD)

Swiss Parliamentarian raises concern regarding church closures in Algeria
(l, International Christian Concern)

As Passover begins, Jews feel unwelcome in the EU
(Pinchas Goldschmidt, Deutsche Welle Opinion)

Blinken blasts the Trump administration's 'unbalanced' emphasis on religious liberty over other human rights
(Deirdre Shesgreen, USA Today)

Germany's Christian churches in meltdown
(Christoph Strack, Deutsche Welle)

German pastor hopeful in fight to remain in Turkey
(Christianity Today)

On the 200th anniversary of the end of the Inquisition, a new Jewish museum protocol is signed in Portugal – Ora Pois
(KSU Sentinel)

Bahrain appoints first ambassador to Israel
(Gabe Friedman, Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

Kosovo’s top diplomat calls Jerusalem embassy ‘a done deal’
(Zenel Zhinipotoku and Llazar Semini, Associated Press)

Religious tax immunity and the jurisprudence (Portuguese)
(Ricardo Pereira de Oliveira, Estrategia Concursos)

Religious freedom in a pandemic times (Portuguese)
(Marcelo Campelo,

Religious freedom and animal well-being (Portuguese)
(Pedro Vaz Patto, 7 Margens)

Virginia interfaith leaders explain how other states could abolish death penalty just as Virginia has done
(Jeff Brumley, Baptist News Global)

Teens, parents, and religion
(David O'Reilly, Pew Research Center)

WEBINAR, 31 March 2021 (2PM Central): Together We Heal: Recognizing Female Leadership in the Pursuit of Justice
(Parliament of the World's Religions)

Tuesday, 30 March 2021

WEBINAR, 30 March 2021 (11AM EST): Keeping Faith with the Sahel--Virtual Round table with Sahel Religious Leaders
(Catholic Relief Services)

Most Democrats and Republicans know Biden is Catholic, but they differ sharply about how religious he is
(Pew Research Center: Religion & Public Life)

Monday, 29 March 2021

New book — Rethinking Halal: Genealogy, Current Trends, and New Interpretations
(Ayang UtrizaYakin ,Louis-LéonChristians (eds.), Brill)

Régimen Jurìdico de los Ministros Religiosos
(Juan Navarro Floria, Marial Pons)

It takes a village to stop antisemitism: Pittsburgh’s Mayor William Peduto and Poway’s Mayor Steve Vaus spoke of the healing in their communities after the antisemitic attacks there. - Opinion
(Gina Ross, The Jerusalem Post)

Delhi government issues SOP to protect interfaith, inter-caste couples, to provide safe houses
( India)

Delhi govt issues SOP to protect interfaith, inter-caste couples from harassment; sets up 'special cell', 24-hr helpline

Another state in India considers expanding anti-conversion law
(International Christian Concern)

Photos: Indians gather for Holi celebrations as virus cases surge
(Sheikh Saaliq, Associated Press)

Vandalism of Muslim prayer space at Pearson airport under investigation as possible hate crime
(CBC News)

No Easter celebrations in Nairobi, Nakuru churches - Interfaith Council
(Nancy Agutu, The Star)

Pişkin v. Turkey: Observations on the failure of the Lawfulness Test and the Engel Criteria within the context of the Turkish Purge
(Hakan Kaplankaya, Strasbourg Observers)

Muslim groups are raising money for Colorado shooting victims
(Alejandra Molina, The Washington Post)

Noose found in courtyard of Episcopal church on Capitol Hill
(Michelle Boorstein, The Washington Post)

‘It is our duty to love and defend’ LGBT Americans: Bishop Stowe breaks with U.S. bishops on the Equality Act
(Michael J. O'Loughlin, America: The Jesuit Review)

How white Christians stand out in new research on LGBTQ rights
(Kelsey Dallas, Deseret News)

Non-discrimination protections are hugely popular--yet far from law
(Philip Elliott, Time)

The geography of terror: A list of camps where ethnic Kazakhs are detained
(Leila Adilzhan, Bitter Winter: A Magazine on Religious Liberty and Human Rights in China)

The best way forward for pro-lifers: legislation, protest, or a culture of life?
(Marvin Olasky, The Gospel Coalition)

Church faces renewed pressure to change Good Friday liturgy that risks fueling anti-Jewish hatred
(David Paulsen, Episcopal News Service)

Montenegro was a success story in troubled Balkan region – now its democracy is in danger
(Marc L. Greenberg, The Conversation)

Suicide bomb hits Palm Sunday Mass in Indonesia, 20 wounded
(Yusuf Wahil and Niniek Karmini, Associated Press)

Newlywed militant suspects blamed in Indonesia church attack
(Yusuf Wahil and Niniek Karmini, Associated Press)

Palm Sunday bombing at cathedral in Indonesia injures Catholics leaving Mass
(Catholic News Agency)

Report: Church membership among Catholics declined nearly 20% since 2000
(Catholic News Agency)

Catholics asked to support the Holy Land on Good Friday
(Hannah Brockhaus, Catholic News Agency)

Anti-Brotherhood shows dominate Egypt's Ramadan TV lineup
(Al-Monitor: Egypt Pulse)

Houthis deport some of Yemen's last remaining Jews
(Al-Monitor: The Pulse of the Middle East)

Israel intensifies efforts to Judaize Jerusalem
(Al-Monitor: Israel Pulse)

Religious News From Around the Web March 29, 2021
(World Religion News)

Why Reformed Evangelicalism has splintered: Four approaches to race, polities, and gender
(Kevin Deyoung, The Gospel Coalition)

Religious disaffiliation is rising. Is there a path back to the fold?
(Ryan Burge, Deseret News)

Unpacking the Equality Act: Op-Ed
(Charles Franklin, World Religion News)

Updated NSW rules for churches
(Neil Foster, Law and Religion Australia)

'Dangerous' and 'evil': Christian leaders react to rapper Lil Nas X's 'Satan Shoes'
(Leah MarieAnn Klett, The Christian Post)

Judge lifts worship restrictions on DC churches in time for Holy Week services
(Anugrah Kumar, The Christian Post)

Holy Week speaks of unplanned losses: Op-Ed
(Michael Kelly, Union of Catholic Asian News)

Jack Phillips will not back down: ‘Worth it to fight’
(Brittany Bernstein, National Review)

Gallup: Fewer than half of Americans belong to a church or other house of worship
(Bob Smietana, Religion News Service)

In many respects, Australian unis will smother academic freedom
(Peter Ridd, The Australian)

At nationwide rallies, Christians stand up for Asian Americans
(Emily McFarlan Miller, Religion News Service)

Iraq's Yazidis warn of ongoing threats from extremists
(Gasia Ohanes, Deutsche Welle)

Pagan sues Panera Bread Company alleging religious discrimination
(Heather Greene, Religion News Service)

Taiwan: An American citizen testifies about Tai Ji Men
(Human Rights Without Frontiers International)

Boulder’s faith community comes together to grieve after grocery store shooting
(Carina Julig, Religion News Service)

Taiwan: From the Bachang River scandal to the Tai Ji Men scandal
(Bor-Hwang Ni, Human Rights Without Frontiers International)

USCIRF condemns the Chinese government’s sanctions on USCIRF commissioners
(U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom)

Elections as religious rituals: When political conflicts are also conflicts of faith – OpEd
(Richard E. Rubenstein, Eurasia Review Opinion)

Appellate court arguments set for Charleston church shooter
(Meg Kinnard, Associated Press)

Shooter at Kansas Jewish centers appeals death sentence
(Margaret Stafford, Associated Press)

Call me by my name: Rome school backs transgender students
(Paolo Santalucia, Associated Press)

Pakistani police: Attackers damage Hindu temple in Pakistan
(Associated Press)

Easter thoughts of a Pakistani Christian: Op-Ed
(Anee Muskan, Union of Catholic Asian News)

Texas health care provider ordered to pay former employees for mandating prayer and religious discussions
(Don Byrd, Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty)

On Ramadan and Passover, a reminder of how far we have come: Op-Ed
(Rabbi Marc Schneier, Arab News)

A reminder that Holy Week is prime time for anti-Christian violence
(John L. Allen Jr., Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Further measures needed to combat financial crime at Vatican, pope says
(Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service)

Spain: Catholicism’s decline a call to return ‘back to basics’
(estev, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Why would Christians embrace conspiracy theories?
(Mya Jaradat, Deseret News)

The rise of the Muslim middle class — and the challenges
(Ghazala Wahab, The Hindu Business Line)

Justices to decide whether Kentucky attorney general can defend abortion law
(Amy Howe, SCOTUSblog)

Church of England: publication of detailed responses to IICSA report
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

European intellectuals launch magazine on European Jewry’s population ‘crisis’
(Cnaan Liphshiz, Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

COVID-19: places of worship and the latest Welsh Regulations: update
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

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

To further Muslim faith in religious freedom, can women succeed where men have not?
(Jayson Casper, Christianity Today)

Russian bishops' official concerned about new religion regulations
(Jonathan Luxmoore, The Pilot)

ONLINE CONFERENCE, 26-30 March 2021: Third International Conference on Islamophobia-Examining the Global War on Terror: Challenges, Policies, and Consequences
(Center for Islam and Global Affairs (CIGA))

Church membership in the U.S. has fallen below the majority for the first time in nearly a century
(Sarah Pulliam Bailey, The Washington Post)

The modern Free Exercise doctrine is inconsistent and dishonest
(Tyler Broker, Above the Law)

Lao pastor held for disrupting ‘unity’ must be freed: rights groups
(Radio Free Asia)

Christianity, immigration, and the religion of humanity
(Pierre Manent, Public Discourse: The Journal of the Witherspoon Institute)

European churches to contribute to the Conference on the Future of Europe
(Conference of European Churches)

New publication: Places of Worship and Holy Sites in Europe and the Middle East
(Conference of European Churches)

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