Law and Religion Headlines

Friday, 5 May 2023

China: Phone search program tramples Uyghur rights
(Human Rights Watch)

US Commission: China’s suppression of Tibetan Buddhism intensified
(International Campaign for Tibet)

Remarks by Homeland Security advisor Dr. Liz Sherwood-Randall to the Anti-Defamation League
(The White House)

S4, Ep. 20: The Ten Commandments (podcast)
(Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty)

Religion and the crisis of displaced persons: Nigeria
(Lena Musoka, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)

The Muslim prayer hall that may spark the next Israeli-Palestinian battle
(Daoud Kuttab, Religion News Service)

State Department forced Muslim security guard to shave beard, lawsuit claims
(Kathryn Post, Religion News Service)

Russia and the Jehovah’s Witnesses again: Nabokikh
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Conference essay: A defense of the compulsory deference approach for church property litigation
(Matthew R. Goldammer, Canopy Forum on the Interactions of Law & Religion)

Religious minorities bear the brunt of Myanmar's repression
(Valentin Cebron, La Croix International)

We can work together to build a more just and peaceful future for all
(KAICIID Dialogue Centre)

India trashes USCIRF report, calls it misrepresentation of facts
(The Times of India)

India: Deleting history, deepening the divisive agenda
(Ram Puniyani, South Asia Monitor)

Kerala Story: Film on alleged Indian ISIL recruits gets pushback
(Shaheen Abdulla, Al Jazeera)

Islam’s influence on the US
(Al Jazeera)

No application of Iranian inheritance law in Maryland court
(Eugene Volokh, The Volokh Conspiracy)

Church leaders in Papua: “the current situation is a human tragedy”
(World Council of Churches)

WCC moderator speaks on ethical considerations in light of the war of aggression against Ukraine
(World Council of Churches)

French politician: Secularism law not meant as weapon against Christian students
(Christian Network Europe)

Campaigning pastor: Getting arrested is an opportunity to experience God
(Christian Network Europe)

Cupiał v Poland: What could this case offer on religious upbringing?
(Betül Durmuş, Strasbourg Observers)

Photos of the week: Vesak festivities; Coronation prep
(Religion News Service)

Leaders of Islamic State have a short life-expectancy
(The Economist)

11th Circuit considers religious freedom of Buddhist meditation center
(Gabriel Tynes, Courthouse News Service)

A zero-tolerance policy has helped Bangladesh contain terrorism and militancy
(Kamal Uddin Mazumder, South Asia Monitor)

Bangladesh, Myanmar and food diplomacy: Can it lead to resolution of the Rohingya refugee crisis?
(Harunur Rasid, South Asia Monitor)

Saudi Arabia says LGBTQ visitors are now welcome
(Julia Buckley, CNN)

Argentina: The Court protected freedom of worship and rejected a lawsuit against the Church (Spanish)
(Esteban Pittaro, Aleteia)

Mexico: What do candidates Delfina Gómez and Alejandra del Moral think about life, family and religious freedom? Mexican bishops ask (Spanish)

Proposed law in Colombia would leave Christians unprotected (Spanish)
(Puertas Abiertas)

Brazil: OAB-PI Religious Freedom Commission promotes conversation circle on religious persecution (Portuguese)

Brazil: Restriction of religious freedom in the pandemic and its legislative competence (Portuguese)
(Fernando Capez, Conjur)

US lawmakers query firms over Uyghur rights concerns
(Hurriyet Daily News)

The fight over religious education
(Ray Domanico, The Tablet)

In Portland, Maine, one community of immigrants welcomes another
(The Tablet)

Italy’s pro-choice gynecologists reel from post-Roe shockwaves
(Isobel Cockerell, Coda Media)

King Charles won't be known as 'defender of the faith' — does it matter?
(John Paul Tasker, CBC News)

Defender of all faiths? Coronation puts focus on King Charles’s beliefs
(Harriet Sherwood, The Guardian)

UK Foreign Minister’s China speech lacks details on rights
(Maya Wang, Human Rights Watch)

An image that should never have been published, and lessons that must be learned
(Elisabeth Ribbans, The Guardian)

Turkish forces eliminate PKK/KCK terrorist in N. Iraq
(Daily Sabah)

Berlin rally turns antisemitic despite police ban
(The Jerusalem Post)

Nigeria struggles to bridge ethnic divide after the election
(Daniel Adeyemi, Coda Media)

In the news: Breaking religious freedom stories across the country - 5 May 2023
(First Liberty)

Thursday, 4 May 2023

EVENT, 1-4 May 2023: Leave No One Behind: The Role of Freedom of Religion or Belief In Advancing Human Flourishing and Just Societies (Nairobi)
(International Panel of Parliamentarians for Freedom of Religion or Belief (IPPFoRB) and Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS))

EVENT, 4-5 May 2023: Secular States Struggling with Religious Freedom (Belgium)
(Evangelische Theologische Faculteit Leuven)

VIRTUAL EVENT, 4 May 2023 (11:30AM ET): Ford Interfaith Network National Day Of Prayer 2023
(Ford Motor Company)

VIRTUAL EVENT, 4 May 2023 (2PM ET): National Interfaith Prayer Service for Secure & Healthy Communities
(Religions for Peace USA, Parliament of the World's Religions, and others)

Wednesday, 3 May 2023

A Proclamation on National Day of Prayer, 2023
(The White House)

Celebrating our shared humanity by building peace
(Bridget Moix, Religion News Service)

Are some human rights more important than others? Religious freedom advocates often put it first
(Laura E. Alexander, The Conversation)

Indonesia: All religions elevate human dignity: Istiqlal Grand Imam
(Antara News)

VIRTUAL EVENT, 3 May 2023 (8:30AM in Arizona): Religion, Property Law, and the Crisis of Houses of Worship
(CSLR and Canopy Forum)

Rampant jihadists are spreading chaos and misery in the Sahel
(The Economist)

India reopens its Khalistan wounds
(Alishan Jafri, Coda Media)

Misinformation on India's Muslim population fuels Islamophobia
(Daily Sabah)

With staunch religious and political opposition, will same-sex marriage be accepted in conservative India?
(Annika Burgess, ABC News Australia)

The demolition of dissent in India
(Tusha Mittal, Coda Media)

VIRTUAL EVENT, 3 May 2023: PeaceCon 2023: Beyond Fragile Ground
(The United States Institute of Peace)

NGOs file UN petition to free Nigerian humanist Mubarak Bala on the 3rd anniversary of his arrest
(Freedom House)

The Bible and us: Canadians and their relationship with scripture
(Andrew P.W. Bennett, Cardus)

Muslim mayor blocked from White House Eid celebration
(Aamer Madhani, Associated Press)

Christian banned from Türkiye brings case before European Court of Human Rights
(ADF International)

Turkish singer sentenced over joke on religious schools
(Deutsche Welle)

In centennial year, Turkish voters will choose between Erdoğan’s conservative path and the founder’s modernist vision
(Ahmet T. Kuru, The Conversation)

Decimated Daesh: How Türkiye helped take down terror group's leaders
(TRT World)

Repression of women points to worsening religious freedom trends abroad
(Nury Turkel and Abraham Cooper, Religion News Service)

Kenya: Will calls for tough laws on religious leaders succeed this time?
(Victor Abuso, The Africa Report)

WCC interview: Dr Jørgen Skov Sørensen, general secretary of the Conference of European Churches
(YouTube Video, World Council of Churches)

Russia: Religious persecution and issues – Bimonthly Digest April 16 – 30
(Human Rights Without Frontiers International)

Russia: In March-April, 12 Jehovah’s Witnesses sentenced to 76 years in prison in all
(Willy Fautré, Human Rights Without Frontiers International)

Vatican No 2 confirms Russia-Ukraine peace mission plans
(Nicole Winfield, Associated Press)

US Supreme Court won’t take up Indiana’s abortion burial law
(Tom Davies, Associated Press)

Clergy sue federal penitentiary to obtain physical contact with death row inmates
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Sign permit did not infringe 1st Amendment rights of anti-abortion protester
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Bills promoting religion in public schools are advancing in the Texas legislature
(Don Byrd, Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty)

Religious violence can feel like a faraway problem. It’s not
(Kelsey Dallas, Deseret News)

Faith leaders ask Biden to mark Mother’s Day with prayer day against gun violence
(Adelle M. Banks, Religion News Service)

Religious freedom commission calls out violations in Iran, China, elsewhere
(Susan Crabtree, Real Clear Politics)

China is blocking Tibetan monks and writers from spreading religious content online
(Radio Free Asia)

The long road to confronting China’s war on religion: Part I
(Carl M. Cannon and Susan Crabtree, Real Clear Politics)

Court postpones consideration of Kyiv-Pechersk Monastery's lawsuit until June
(Religious Information Service of Ukraine (RISU))

Jews, Muslims, Sikhs get coronation role as king reaches out
(Danica Kirka, Associated Press)

Public Order Act 2023
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Ecclesiastical court judgments – April 2023
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Conference essay: Religious covenants on former church property
(Patrick E. Reidy, Canopy Forum on the Interactions of Law & Religion)

Conference essay: Pluralism and the future of religious property
(Canopy Forum on the Interactions of Law & Religion)

Conference essay: Houses of worship after closure and sale: Recognizing the enduring ‘readability’ of religious meaning
(Angela C. Carmella, Canopy Forum on the Interactions of Law & Religion)

Conference essay: Closing congregations: On the hunt for patterns
(Wendy Cadge, Muna Güvenç, Feigele Lechtchiner, Canopy Forum on the Interactions of Law & Religion)

Conference essay: A new vision for American houses of worship
(Thomas Frank and Rick Reinhard, Canopy Forum on the Interactions of Law & Religion)

Book review: A land of faith and liberty
(James Bruce, Law & Liberty)

The Iraqi government launches data collection to create a digital "database" on Christian communities
(Agenzia Fides)

Celebrating World Press Freedom Day, and religious freedom
(Paul Marshall, Religious Freedom Institute)

World Press Freedom Day: 10 reasons why press freedom is vital for interreligious and intercultural dialogue
(KAICIID Dialogue Centre)

Hate speech bill advances in Ireland amid fears it would silence J.K. Rowling and the Church
(Kevin J. Jones, Catholic News Agency)

Swedish ecologist revives old Norse myths and rituals to tackle environmental crises
(Meara Sharma, Religion Unplugged)

Feds tell Catholic hospital to blow out sanctuary candle or face penalties

Feds to Catholic hospital: Douse chapel candle or lose health care payments
(Mark A. Kellner, The Washington Times)

HK bishop clarifies ‘loving one’s country and Church’ remark
(Union of Catholic Asian News)

Bangladeshi bishop deplores vandalism of Hindu temples
(Union of Catholic Asian News)

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