Law and Religion Headlines

Tuesday, 5 October 2021

French report: 330,000 children victims of church sex abuse
(Sylvie Corbet, Associated Press)

Prosecutor concedes mistakes, makes offer in Vatican trial
(Nicole Winfield, Associated Press)

EU unveils strategy to tackle rising antisemitism in Europe
(Associated Press)

Nicaragua’s President Ortega calls bishops ‘terrorists’
(Associated Press)

Polish church urges help for migrants amid border crisis
(Associated Press)

Pope, faith leaders sign joint climate appeal before summit
(Nicole Winfield, Associated Press)

Nuns again lose challenge to Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Rhode Island vaccine mandate, silent on religious exemptions, is upheld
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Kentucky Governor has qualified immunity from church's damage suit over COVID orders
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Articles of interest - 4 October 2021
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

ECHR protects the right of a Scientologist in Russia, to freedom of religion
(The European Times)

Asia/India - Catholic leaders: "Politics incites religious hatred, violence is orchestrated"
(Agenzia Fides)

‘Shown their place’: Muslim livelihoods under attack in India

Mob of 500 Hindu nationalists attacks Christians in northern India
(Nirmala Carvalho, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

The Rev. Theresa Dear: A life centered around hope
(Lois M. Collins, Deseret News)

Religion is deepening the NBA’s vaccine drama
(Kelsey Dallas, Deseret News)

Anti-evangelism law still being used against protestants
(Kavkaz Realii, Russia Religion News (Stetson University))

Donbas: Donetsk: Three Protestant churches banned
(Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service)

Does church attendance reduce political polarization? Not among White conservatives
(Ryan Burge, GetReligion)

Swiss evangelical group says same sex marriage law places too little weight on children's rights
(Peter Kenny, Ecumenical News)

Government restrictions on religion stay high across the world as terrorism declines: Report
(Ecumenical News)

Law and religion round-up – 3rd October
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Coptic Archbishop urges greater international cooperation to tackle persecution
(Julian Mann, Christian Today)

Ahmadiyya Muslim Community UK Newsletter - October 2021
(Ahmadiyya Muslim Community UK)

UK professor who called Jewish students ‘pawns’ of Israel fired over comments
(Shira Hanau, Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

COVID-19: legislation and guidance, October update
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

City of London rejects tower which ‘threatened future’ of UK’s oldest synagogue
(Josh Salisbury, Jewish News)

Adoption & fostering services and discrimination: Cornerstone (NE)
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Singapore passes controversial law to counter foreign interference
(BBC News)

Video messages from CEC General Secretary
(Conference of European Churches)

South African political parties aligning around religious beliefs
(Stephen Grootes, The Daily Maverick)

Leap of faith: Japan’s religious institutions get innovative in pandemic
(Alex K.T. Martin, The Japan Times)

October 2021 Newsletter
(The Association of Religion Data Archives)

Friday, 1 October 2021

Interreligious prayer held in Kyiv near the monument to Babyn Yar victims
(Religious Information Service of Ukraine (RISU))

Leaders of Churches and religious organizations of Ukraine are ready to join the development of State Family Policy, - AUCCRO resolution
(Religious Information Service of Ukraine (RISU))

All parties "dropped the ball" on freedom of conscience in Canada

Nova Scotia's medically assisted dying program paused amid 'unprecedented' demand
(Michael MacDonald, The Canadian Press)

EVENT, 1 October 2021: Religions for Peace to Be Awarded the European Culture Prize
(The European Cultural Foundation Pro Europa)

Italian cardinal becomes first red hat to stand trial at Vatican
(Elise Ann Allen, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Is Italy set for a referendum on legalising euthanasia?
(Andrea Carlo, Euronews)

Most Americans support ‘bathroom bills,’ segregating sports by sex, not gender identity, poll says
(Mark A. Kellner, Washington Times)

Indian Christians seek repeal of anti-conversion laws
(Saji Thomas, Union of Catholic Asian News)

Myanmar: In the shadow of the Rohingya’s genocide, the forgotten Christians
(Willy Fautré, Human Rights Without Frontiers International)

Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought 2021: the nominees
(The European Parliament)

Global Religious Freedom Data Spectrum project

ISIS slaughtered my Yazidi community. We don't want your pity -- we want justice.
(Nadia Murad, CNN)

Chilean Bishops decry new abortion bill
(Lisa Zengarini, Vatican News)

As churches reopen, Ugandan faith groups recommit to challenging Summer worship ban
(ADF International)

“Men are particularly good at not listening” (also available in Spanish, Arabic, and French)
(Religions for Peace)

How Christian faith fueled boxer Manny Pacquiao's rise from poverty to presidential candidate in the Philippines
(Leocciano Callao, Religion Unplugged)

Social media helps Kashmiri youth share and fund music to fight depression, isolation
(Zaffar Iqbal, Religion Unplugged)

Switzerland to set up a dedicated embassy to the Vatican
(Associated Press)

AP photos: Across faiths and borders, the faces of prayer
(Associated Press)

Look who’s defending the rights of Afghan women
(Christian Science Monitor)

AP photos: Life in a madrassa as Afghanistan enters new era
(Felipe Dana, Associated Press)

Women’s rights are not just ‘Western values'”: A warning not to learn the wrong lessons from Afghanistan
(Sima Samar, Ms. Magazine)

California man gets life sentence for fatal synagogue attack
(Elliot Spagat, Associated Press)

Germany investigates man on suspicion of spying for Turkey
(Deutsche Welle)

Germany probes Turk over alleged spying on Gulen supporters
(Associated Press)

‘Anti-feminist’ vandals in Israel deface images of women
(Laurie Kellman, Associated Press)

Baltimore argues Catholic group’s rally could bring violence
(Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press)

Bahrain, Israel cement year-old accord, open new embassy
(Ilan Ben Zion, Associated Press)

University of Colorado faces COVID religious exemption suit
(Patty Nieberg, Associated Press)

Court says objections to mask requirement were not sincerely held religious beliefs
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Supreme Court grants certiorari in case on display of "Christian flag" at city hall
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Shurtleff v. Boston case page ("Christian flag" denial)

Religious accommodation that violates OSHA rules not required
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Hungary’s actions on Scientology “constitute[s] serious impediments to religious freedom and to the fulfillment … of religious minorities”
(Juan Sanchez, The European Times)

BJC joins brief in Supreme Court case involving prisoner’s request for ministerial act during lethal injection
(Don Byrd, Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty)

Dubai’s Expo opens, bringing first world’s fair to Mideast
(Aya Batrawy and Isabel Debre, Associated Press)

Americans are in a mental health crisis – especially African Americans. Can churches help?
(Brad R. Fulton, The Conversation)

São Paulo street renamed for Dominican opponent to military regime
(Eduardo Campos Lima, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

World Meeting of Families to use social media to reach ‘every corner of the earth’
(Ines San Martin, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Spanish bishops condemn tightening of rules on abortion, euthanasia
(National Catholic Reporter)

Spanish politicians object to Pope’s ‘apology’ for abuses of American colonization
(Ines San Martin, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Sacred forests, a destructive pilgrimage and religious leaders speak out
(Sam B, Deutsche Welle)

Jews, Christians and Muslims come together to paint over swastikas in Argentinian Jewish cemetery
(Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

How the Christian right embraced voter suppression
(Sarah Posner, Vox)

A blogger who took a provocative photo at St. Basil's Cathedral detained in Moscow

Russia proposes ‘extremist’ label for LGBT, feminist, child-free movements
(The Moscow Times)

Russia: Freedom of religion or belief : Special Bimonthly FORB digest (16-30.09.2021)
(Human Rights Without Frontiers International)

Rostov Jehovah's Witness loses first appeal, plans a second
(Kavkazskii Uzel, Russia Religion News (Stetson University))

Uzbekistan: Wanted for 5-year jail term, prisoners tortured again
(Mushfig Bayram, Forum 18 News Service)

Notable omission among liberal religious voices in phase 2 of Supreme Court abortion case
(Richard Ostling, GetReligion)

COVID-19 pandemic exposes great need for delivering care based on conscience and compassion
(Grattan Brown, National Catholic Register)

Navigating the faculty system – CofE environment programme webinar
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

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

September news from the Equality and Human Rights Commission
(Equality and Human Rights Commission)

In lead-up to Glasgow meeting, churches amplify calls for climate justice
(Peter Kenny, Ecumenical News)

Supreme Court’s conservatives have abortion, guns, God on agenda
(Greg Stohr, Bloomberg Law)

Faith groups decry Biden administration’s handling of Haitian immigrants at U.S.-Mexico border
(Jack Jenkins, The Washington Post)

BIC Addis Ababa: Climate action requires insights of science and religion, says BIC
(Bahá’í World News Service)

Singapore university sets new research initiative on Catholicism in Asia
(La Croix International)

Thursday, 30 September 2021

WEBINAR, 30 September 2021 (11AM ET): USCIRF Conversation: Accountability for Crimes Against Humanity
(U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom)

URGENT REMINDER, 30 September 2021: Deadline for Confirmation and Modification of Presentations for the 6th ICLARS Conference in Cordoba
(Javier Martínez-Torrón, ICLARS Cordoba 2022)

Wednesday, 29 September 2021

Lawyer: New York governor uses God unfairly in vaccine fight
(Larry Neumeister, Associated Press)

Judge: Street preachers’ $500K bond ‘grossly unreasonable’
(Leah Willingham, Associated Press)

Judge dismisses charges tied to genital mutilation case
(Ed White, Associated Press)

High court could add more contentious cases to busy lineup
(Jessica Gresko and Mark Sherman, Associated Press)

US jury convicts leader of neo-Nazi threat campaign
(Associated Press)

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