Law and Religion Headlines

Friday, 11 September 2020

Rebels release missionary sisters captured in Mozambique
(Catholic News Service)

Global COVID-19 parables: What responsibility do faith groups have to the larger society?
(Ira Rifkin, GetReligion)

Character formation, ethical education, and the communication of values in late modern pluralistic societies
(Michael Welker and John Witte, Jr., Canopy Forum on the Interactions of Law & Religion)

10 key findings about the religious lives of U.S. teens and their parents
(Jeff Diamant and Elizabeth Podrebarac Sciupac, Pew Research Center Fact Tank)

Trump’s overtures struggle to register with religious voters
(Gabby Orr, Politico)

Religious liberty has nothing to do with the Satanic Temple’s campaign to tear down pro-life laws
(Jordan Lorence, The Federalist)

Judge grants injunction barring John MacArthur, Grace Community Church from meeting indoors
(Alejandra Molina, Religion News Service)

EU Commission ‘committed to defend freedom of religion or belief’
(Yossi Lempkowicz, European Jewish Press)

European magistrate backs ritual slaughter for halal and kosher meat
(Cain Burdeau, Courthouse News Service)

ACN interview with Ján Figel’, former EU Special Envoy for Promotion of Freedom of Religion or Belief Outside EU
(Zenit: The World Seen from Rome)

Norway: Interfaith advocacy for climate justice and peace
(The Lutheran World Federation)

Rabbi David Rosen explores the interfaith context of the Israel-UAE deal

U.S. teens take after their parents religiously, attend services together and enjoy family rituals
(Pew Research Center: Religion & Public Life)

Religious freedom scholars say Little Sisters case creates new front in divisive culture war
(William C. Duncan, Sutherland Institute)

Order to stay away from Basilica did not violate RFRA
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Religious education companies face no threat under Indiana cities' anti-discrimination law
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Why pastors in Uganda are eyeing next year’s general election
(John Semakula, Religion Unplugged)

Spain imprisons ex-colonel for Jesuits slain in El Salvador
(Associated Press)

Suicide bomber kills 2, wounds 6 outside mosque in Somalia
(Abdi Guled, Associated Press)

Indiana court denies challenge to religious objection limits
(Tom Davies, Associated Press)

Leave it to the laity: ‘Catholic Social Teaching’
(Bernard G. Prusak, Commonweal)

Venezuelan Church leaders condemn raid on NGO giving out medical supplies
(Inés San Martín, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

3 Vermont families sue for tuition for religious schools
(Lisa Rathke, Associated Press)

Don’t write off sharia’s forgiveness option just because of the Khashoggi case
(Matthew P. Cavedon, Canopy Forum on the Interactions of Law & Religion)

The continuing fight for religious liberty in the age of COVID-19
(Jeremy Dys, Courier Journal)

Turkmenistan: 24th conscientious objector jailed since 2018
(Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service)

Independent Case Review published – Oxford Diocese
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Sudan government hesitates after declaration separating religion and state
(Mohammed Amin, Middle East Eye)

Government of Sudan agrees to separate church and state, establish national commission for religious freedom
(Don Byrd, Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty)

New Zealand’s euthanasia bill called ‘dangerous and flawed’ ahead of vote
(Charles Collins, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Euthanasia referendum in NZ: Cruel to offer the option or deny the choice?
(Ellen O'Dwyer,

Asia Bibi appeals to Pakistani Prime Minister to help free Christian girls kidnapped for forced marriages
(Peter Kenny, Ecumenical News)

Pakistan: Journalist Bilal Farooqi arrested over posts criticizing army (and spreading religious hatred)
(Deutsche Welle)

Another Christian sentenced to death in Pakistan on weak blasphemy charges
(Morning Star News)

LGBTQ+ group threatens to burn down UK church after pastor says homosexuality is a sin
(Milton Quintanilla, Christian Headines)

NGOs and faith leaders speak up about the situation of the Uighurs
(Ewelina U. Ochab, Forbes)

Indonesia: Investigate police raid on ‘gay party’
(Human Rights Without Frontiers International)

Switzerland: Somali Prof. Ahmed, a victim of blasphemy laws, urgently needs a humanitarian visa
(Human Rights Without Frontiers International)

Eritrea: 27 Christian prisoners released
(Human Rights Without Frontiers International)

The Concordat and the privileges of the Catholic Church (Portuguese)
(P. Gonçalo Portocarrero de Almada, Observador)

Thursday, 10 September 2020

WEBINAR, 10 September 2020 (10am EDT): Dueling Pandemics: Faith, HIV, and COVID-19
(Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)

Wednesday, 9 September 2020

Online Conference on 70 Years ECHR
(Antoine Buyse, ECHR Blog)

News from the CCME (Churches' Commission for Migrants in Europe)

Church of England: Places of worship and new restrictions
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Clergy Discipline Measure 2003: Ecclesiastical Law Society working party interim report
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

“Worship” unaffected by new restrictions in England
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Jewish leaders welcome TikTok’s ‘belated’ joining of EU code against hate speech
(Jewish News)

More than 100 UK lawmakers condemn China over Uighurs abuse
(Associated Press)

Disney criticized for filming ‘Mulan’ in China’s Xinjiang
(Juwon Park, Associated Press)

Human rights groups ask IOC to move Olympics from China
(Stephen Wade, Associated Press)

Banned religious groups' members 'transformed' in Xinjiang camps
(Chang Xin, Bitter Winter: A Magazine on Religious Liberty and Human Rights in China)

Inner Mongolia: the CCP tries to blame all problems on 'cults'
(Massimo Introvigne, Bitter Winter: A Magazine on Religious Liberty and Human Rights in China)

Britain asks for comment on reform of marriage law
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Labor Sunday: How American clergy in the 1920s turned from solidarity with workers to the mythology of the Good Christian Businessman
(Janine Giordano Drake, Sightings: The Martin Marty Center, University of Chicago Divinity School)

World Economic Forum partners with Religious Freedom & Business Foundation on Strategic Intelligence
(Religious Freedom & Business Foundation)

Members of Congress call for investigation into ICE treatment of Muslim detainees at Florida facility
(Don Byrd, Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty)

Iowa college to remove statue of its founder over slavery
(Associated Press)

Who are the Uyghurs? Canadian scholar gives profound insights
(Forum for Religious Freedom Europe)

Londoner: I was married to an Islamic State leader
(Tania Joya, The Guardian)

Physicians tell justices not to disturb lower-court ruling that eased access to abortion pill during pandemic
(Amy Howe, SCOTUSblog)

Uzbekistan: jail, restricted freedom sentences, for discussing faith
(Mushfig Bayram, Forum 18 News Service)

Safeguarding statements: Christ Church, Oxford
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Extinction Rebellion Jews join week of protests outside Parliament
(Jewish News)

Biden pays lip service to religious freedom
(Alexandra DeSanctis, National Review)

New complaints of violation of human rights in Chocó, Colombia
(Zenit: The World Seen from Rome)

The Constitution was not made only for a religious people
(Tyler Broker, Above the Law)

Muslim lands staking out interfaith coexistence
(The Christian Science Monitor)

Now is the perfect time to legalize civil marriage in Israel
(The Jerusalem Post - Opinion)

Bangladesh’s ambiguity on religion has been expensive for the country
(Shafi Md Mostofa, The Diplomat)

Indonesian lawmakers grill religion minister over controversial remarks, program
(Ghina Ghaliya, The Jakarta Post)

Quebec judge who asked woman to remove hijab apologizes, 5 years later
(Steve Rukavina, CBC News)

The Covid-19 pandemic in Muslim countries
(Caterina Gagliardi, DIRESOM: Religion, Law and COVID-19 Emergency)

High Court dismisses challenge to conditions at Brook House Immigration Removal Centre — an extended look
(Sapan Maini-Thompson, UK Human Rights Blog)

The right to privacy, surveillance-by-software and the “home-workplace”
(Philippa Collins, UK Human Rights Blog)

Despite virus, Europe’s synagogues going ahead with interfaith culture series
(Cnaan Liphshiz, The Times of Israel)

The Federation of Protestant Churches of Switzerland is 100 years old (French)
(La Fédération des Églises protestantes de Suisse)

Catholic Church as next target for Belarus’ undermining of civic solidarity
(Paula Borowska, Belarus Digest)

Weekly Highlight #122: Looking Toward Long-Term Impacts of COVID-19
(COVID-19: Exploring Faith Dimensions, Berkley Center, Joint Learning Initiative, WFDD)

2020 census will tabulate Sikhs as ethnic category
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Sikhs can be counted as separate 'ethno-religious' group in 2020 census
(Arul Louis, India West)

GOP attacks Harris amid battle for Catholic voters’ support
(Elana Schor, Associated Press)

Charlie Hebdo artist seized by gunmen recalls sheer terror
(Lori Hinnant, Associated Press)

UBI and Jewish traditions (Responding to: Economic Justice and Universal Basic Income: Ethical and Religious Perspectives)
(Samuel Hayim Brody, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)

Dutch priests fear people won’t return to Mass post-pandemic
(Francesco Paloni, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Cardinal calls for resettlement of asylum-seekers from Greek island
(Cindy Wooden, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

How COVID-19 has disrupted Judaism’s most sacred High Holidays
(Trent Toone, Deseret News Faith)

Ten observations on Evangelical moral crusading and the culture war
(Paul D. Miller, Arc Digital)

Jehovah's Witness in Russia jailed for fear he might mess up investigation
(Za prava cheloveka, Russia Religion News (Stetson University))

Tips of the trade: How to cover religion news, even if this is not your regular beat
(Richard Ostling, GetReligion)

Christian sentenced to death for ‘blasphemy’ in Pakistan
(Zenit: The World Seen from Rome)

First Cuban broadcast of religious Feast of Virgin of Charity
(Zenit: The World Seen from Rome)

U.S. seeks to deter Iranian regime’s religious persecution
(U.S. Embassy in Georgia)

Religious freedom: bleached, blanched, and rinsed out
(George Weigel, First Things)

UT Law launches state's first religious liberty clinic with $8 million donation
(Karen Sloan, Texas Lawyer)

Myanmar army deserters confirm atrocities against Rohingya
(Grant Peck, Associated Press)

Myanmar’s compliance with the ICJ Provisional Measures Order & the road ahead
(Prachiti Venkatraman and Ashley Jordana, UK Human Rights Blog)

Dalit Christians in India persecuted first for their caste, now also for their faith
(Rome Reports)

Calcutta archbishop invokes Mother Teresa, says don’t forget poor during pandemic
(Nirmala Carvalho, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Kenya’s bishops call on government to shut down abortion clinics
(Zenit: The World Seen from Rome)

Nicaragua bishops protest government’s expulsion of foreign-born priests
(Inés San Martín, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

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