Law and Religion Headlines

Friday, 26 June 2020

From farm labor to food trucks, Sikhs adapt langar to serve the masses during a pandemic
(Aysha Khan, Religion News Service)

Atheists and humanists facing discrimination across the world, report finds
(Harriet Sherwood, The Guardian)

Cerabino: Religious exemption in PBC mask order adds to virus prey
(Frank Cerabino, The Palm Beach Post)

In a summer of pandemic, Vacation Bible School programs go online and outside
(Emily McFarlan Miller, Religion News Service)

'I have to find the Mecca of my heart': Muslims grieve as hajj is drastically limited
(Caitlin Yoshiko Kandil, Religion News Service)

Rabbi Sandra Lawson on how not to treat Jews of color
(Yonat Shimron, Religion News Service)

Why can’t Britain’s foreign aid be used to help Christians too?
(Michael Nazir-Ali, The Spectator)

USCIRF expresses concern about national security legislation’s threat to religious freedom in Hong Kong
(U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom)

Local LGBTQ leaders celebrate Title VII ruling
(Rachel Watson, Grand Rapids Business Journal)

Weekly briefing: Amazon censors, foster care executive order, ruling favors NY religious gatherings
(The Christian Post)

Statement from assistant attorney General Eric Dreiband on federal court's religious liberty ruling concerning New York City and New York state
(The United States Department of Justice)

Thursday, 25 June 2020

Turkey: Attacks on churches spike as some blame Christians for COVID-19
(Religion News Service)

Religious scholar laments: Turkish Christians 'a welcome scapegoat'
(Catholic News Agency)

Religious conservatives have lost LGBTQ rights battle. It’s time to surrender.
(Thomas Reese, Religion News Service)

The law protects religious liberty far more than many people think
(Ilya Somin, Reason Foundation)

Religious Freedom Week 2020: For the Good of All
(United States Conference of Catholic Bishops)

Religion Photos of the Week, 22 June 2020
(Kit Doyle, Religion News Service)

U.S. Bishops’ religious liberty chairman announces religious freedom week from June 22-29, 2020
(United States Conference of Catholic Bishops)

‘God’s servant first’ - on Religious Freedom Week
(Bishop Michael F. Burbidge, The Arlington Catholic Herald)

Journalists should not forget police chaplains amid ongoing race debate
(Clemente Lisi, Religion Unplugged)

It's crucial for all preachers — black and white — to fight racism In 2020
(Terry Mattingly, Religion Unplugged and Newsweek)

Survey: Most Americans aren’t comfortable going back to religious services
(Yonat Shimron, Religion News Service)

New Hong Kong laws will have 'no effect' on religious freedom says cardinal
(Catholic San Francisco)

Do Catholics care about persecuted Christians?
(Jayson Casper, Christianity Today)

Supreme Court 2020: Major rulings on abortion, Trump’s tax returns still to come
(David G. Savage, Bozeman Daily Chronicle)

Feds slap Stafford County with lawsuit over Muslim cemetery
(Rick Horner, Potomac Local News)

Campus free speech orgs seek to intervene in lawsuit to defend new Title IX regulations
(PR Newswire)

Supreme Court's same-sex marriage ruling turns 5: Acceptance, advancement, but opposition remains
(Richard Wolf, USA Today)

Nev. church fighting state limits on worship gatherings not imposed on casinos, gyms
(Michael Gryboski, The Christian Post)

Human rights begin with religious rights
(Bill Donohue, Newsmax)

Opinion: Stability in the law and dignity for all
(John Bursch,

Faith-based mutual aid flourishes amid pandemic, protests
(Aysha Khan, Associated Press)

Arab League: Israeli annexation could ignite a religious war
(Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press)

Iowa abortion waiting period challenged on state constitutional grounds
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Planned Parenthood sues Iowa over abortion waiting period
(Rox Laird, Courthouse News Service)

Executive Order encourages state cooperation with faith-based child welfare agencies
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Executive Order on strengthening the child welfare system for America’s children
(The White House)

The jury is still out on Europe’s religious future
(Thomas Albert Howard, Christianity Today)

EU FoRB Day – A call for the renewal of the mandate of the Special Envoy on Freedom of Religion or Belief outside of the European Union
(FoRB in Full: A blog by CSW)

As underage pregnancies rise, Kenyan bishops warn against sex ed and abortion
(Nick Benson, The Catholic Universe)

Jews, Muslims and Christians are all persecuted in Europe. It must stop now
(Rev. Johnnie Moore and Nury Turkel, Newsweek Opinion)

Pandemic peacebuilding: A conversation with Rev. Drew Christiansen, S.J.
(Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)

Secularist group in Spain urges anti-Catholic language be added to child protection law
(Inés San Martín, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Bishop calls for investigation into deaths of Filipinos in Saudi Arabia
(Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Persecuted Siberian shaman gets international support
(Website of Memorial Human Rights Center, Russia Religion News (Stetson University))

Jews will never forget heroism of the Soviet Army that stopped Holocaust - FJCR president

Bitter split in Baptist flock in Alabama: Was this about Donald Trump or ancient doctrines?
(Terry Mattingly, GetReligion)

How is African-American press handling news about protests, COVID-19 and churches?
(Richard Ostling, GetReligion)

Delayed marriages in England and Wales
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Peace treaty is essential next step for the Korean Peninsula say churches
(Peter Kenny, Ecumenical News)

Sadiq Khan urges community: Don’t suffer in silence – report antisemitism
(Jenni Frazer, Jewish News)

Why the UK government should not be allowed to define Islamophobia
(Rebecca Ruth Gould, Middle East Eye)

D. James Kennedy ministries hosting weekly Facebook live broadcast Thursdays at 7PM ET
(National Religious Broadcasters)

Wednesday, 24 June 2020

Nearly 1,500 Muslims in Italy cancel Hajj plan
(Arab News)

Publication: Leveraging innovation to fight trafficking in human beings: a comprehensive analysis of technology tools
(Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe)

Bostock and the murky future of workplace speech
(John Hirschauer, National Review)

‘Biology is not bigotry’ – Supreme Court decision threatens ‘religious freedom, privacy, safety’
(Tom Strode, The Pathway)

LGBT rights ruling isn’t the beginning of the end for religious liberty
(Daniel Bennett, Christianity Today)

The landmark ruling of the US Supreme Court in Bostock v Clayton County: Tracing the law through logic and textualism
(Ravi Shankar Pandey, Bar and Bench (India))

What faith-base employers need to know after the 'Bostock' decision
(Stanley Carlson-Thies, Religion Unplugged)

Bostock, the ministerial exception, and your next hire
(John Litzler, Front Porch News)

Supreme Court ruling on LGBTQ discrimination points to faith leaders' divide over gay rights
(Wenei Philimon, USA Today)

Five years on, LGBT+ couples fear for future of gay marriage
(Oscar Lopez, Reuters)

House of Bishops Statement on Government COVID-19 guidance
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

DAILY HIGHLIGHT #98: How Stigma Links to COVID-19 in Indonesia
(COVID-19: Exploring Faith Dimensions, Berkley Center, Joint Learning Initiative, WFDD)

BJC to host national conversation on white supremacy and American Christianity - Event
(Don Byrd, BJC Online)

DAILY HIGHLIGHT #96: HOVID in Reality: Hunger Linked to COVID-19 Emergency and Faith-led Food Banks
(COVID-19: Exploring Faith Dimensions, Berkley Center, Joint Learning Initiative, WFDD)

WHO welcomes Saudi Arabia’s decision to limit Hajj 2020
(Arab News)

Reopening of places of worship in England on 4 July: a clarification
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

DAILY HIGHLIGHT #99: Guidelines Part II: Reopening after Shutdowns
(COVID-19: Exploring Faith Dimensions, Berkley Center, Joint Learning Initiative, WFDD)

Dignitatis humanae: the Council affirms the right to religious liberty
(Andrea Tornielli, Vatican News)

US Bishops: Religious freedom under stress around the world
(Vatican News)

Ohio protects students’ religious freedom while at school
(The Christian Institute)

Twilight for academic freedom?
(Steve West, World News Group)

Rights groups go to court over US challenge to human rights
(Ryan Thoreson, Human Rights Watch)

How Jesus became white — and why it’s time to cancel that
(Emily McFarlan Miller, Religion News Service)

How to pray, talk and act across faiths without betraying your own
(Omar Suleiman, Religion News Service)

After arrest, teenage Muslim protester and volunteer medic made to remove hijab for booking photo
(Aysha Khan, Religion News Service)

Tuesday, 23 June 2020

Law and religion round-up – 21st June
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Articles of interest - 22 June 2020
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Supreme Court still has these major rulings coming on abortion and religious rights
(Paul Strand, CBN News)

Racism in the Church: Pastor AR Bernard offers spiritual, practical tools to combat injustice
(Jeannie Law, The Christian Post)

DAILY HIGHLIGHT #94 Juneteenth Edition: Black Churches Confront Compounding Crises
(COVID-19: Exploring Faith Dimensions, Berkley Center, Joint Learning Initiative, WFDD)

DAILY HIGHLIGHT #91: Catholic Schools: COVID-19 Threats and Challenges
(COVID-19: Exploring Faith Dimensions, Berkley Center, Joint Learning Initiative, WFDD)

Restricted church services in England from 4 July
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Saudi Arabia to hold ‘very limited’ hajj due to virus
(Aya Batrawy, Associated Press)

Arab countries welcome Saudi Arabia’s decision on Hajj 2020
(Arab News)

Saudi Arabia lifts coronavirus curfew, reinstates hajj
(Al-Monitor: Gulf Pulse)

Religious news from around the web June 22, 2020
(Wayne Edward Hanson, World Religion News)

Russia: Currently jailed, serving suspended sentences, fined - list
(Victoria Arnold, Forum 18 News Service)

How millennials make meaning from shopping, decorating and self-pampering
(Tara Isabella Burton, Religion News Service)

The right to enter his or her own country
(Rutsel Martha and Stephen Bailey, EJIL: Talk! Blog of the European Journal of International Law)

Religion and Innovation
(Religious Freedom & Business Foundation)

Saudis say Yemen’s government, separatists agree to truce
(Ahmed Al-Haj, Associated Press)

Can Jewish schools meet the challenge of Black Lives Matter?
(Tayla Zax, Forward)

Should we repent of our grandparents’ racism? Scripture on Intergenerational Sin
(Dr.Michael Rhodes, Center for Hebraic Thought)

African bishop stirs controversy by suspending priest-theologian for syncretism
(Jean François Channon Denwo, La Croix International)

In our opinion: The right to worship should never be cast aside in a pandemic
(Deseret News)

Report spotlights Christians in need
(The Catholic Weekly)

Judicial activism: Figment or fact?
(Julianne Appling, VCY America)

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