Law and Religion Headlines

Friday, 9 July 2021

United Nations concerned about organ harvesting in China
(Ewelina U. Ochab, Forbes)

Understanding discrepancies between definitions of antisemitism
(Gina Ross, Israel Hayom)

Hungary's clash with EU over LGBT rights deepens
(Krisztina Than, Gabriela Baczynska, Reuters)

Canadian lawyer calls for churches to ‘burn,’ says she will help defend ‘anyone’ charged with arson
(Anthony Murdoch, Life Site News)

UK Government 'deeply concerned' about religious freedom violations in North Korea
(Christian Today)

The Pope going to Pyongyang: for what?
(Bradley K. Martin, Asia Times)

Covenanting with your “migrant” employees
(Kent Johnson, Religious Freedom & Business Foundation)

Family loses appeal in lawsuit over priest’s funeral remarks
(Associated Press)

US adds to blacklist in China’s abuses of Muslim minorities
(Associated Press)

FBI: Nebraska, Iowa see jump in hate crimes in recent years
(Associated Press)

Suspect in stabbing of rabbi now facing hate crime charges
(Associated Press)

U.S. Supreme Court to hear religious school tuition case, declines florist refusal dispute
(Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty)

Faith leaders speak out against Christian nationalism
(National Public Radio)

In Italy, church and culture collide in national soccer madness
(John L. Allen Jr., Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Immigrant advocates from faith organizations hail TPS extension for Yemen
(Rhina Guidos, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Does the Supreme Court treat anti-LGBTQ discrimination differently than racism?
(Kelsey Dallas, Deseret News)

IRS reverses decision denying Christian group tax-exempt status
(Dennis Romboy, Deseret News)

The 2020 Census of American Religion

NJ co-op owners want an elevator they can ride on Shabbat. They’re suing the board that said no.
(Shira Hanau, Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

Don’t force my church to pay for abortions
(Jay Smith, Real Clear Religion)

How do Christian patriots love their country well?
(David French, Dispatch: The French Press)

Anglicanism: A better Christian nationalism
(Miles Smith IV, North American Anglican)

Israeli imam charged with inciting violence
(Al-Monitor: Israel Pulse)

Israeli Supreme Court upholds contentious Jewish state law
(Associated Press)

Irreconcilable similarities: Why Jews in Israel and the United States are drifting apart
(Eli Gottlieb, Religion & Politics: Fit for Polite Company)

Russian Supreme Court moves trial of dissident Orthodox monk to Moscow
(RAPSI, Russia Religion News (Stetson University))

These stark numbers are headline worthy: Death of the Episcopal Church is approaching
(Ryan Burge, GetReligion)

Iran’s new president is an out-and-out monster — and enemy of minorities
(Miles Windsor, New York Post)

Alabama bishop talks of hesitancy, conspiracy perceptions, Black Americans resistance to COVID-19 vaccines
(Peter Kenny, Ecumenical News)

It’s past time to strengthen our free-exercise muscles
(Andrew C. McCarthy, National Review)

Singapore: Buddhist charity exemplifies spirit of helping people across race, religion: Shanmugam
(Justin Ong, The Straits Times)

D.C. agrees to pay $220,000 in legal fees to Baptist church that sued over coronavirus restrictions
(Michelle Boorstein, The Washington Post)

Video resources: CEC Online Academy on Populism, Diversity and Democracy 2021
(Conference of European Churches)

In Haiti, the Catholic Church faces chaos
(Claire Riobé, La Croix International)

Lobby group says South Africa government has criminalized worship
(Marvin Charles, News24)

Religious woman loses bid to South Africa's advertising body against commercial using religiously offensive language
(Kgaugelo Masweneng, Sowetan Live)

Unregulated gathering outside former South African president Zuma's home sparks calls to reopen churches
(Cebelihle Bhengu, Sowetan Live)

Public officials in South Africa must treat all marriages equally
(Ropafadzo Maphosa, Mail & Guardian: Opinion)

Vietnam publishes IGE’s seminal volume on “Religion and Security”
(Institute for Global Engagement)

Thursday, 8 July 2021

EVENT, 8 July 2021 (14:00 UTC+3): Is religion an obstacle or a solution to peace in Israel?
(The Media Line)

WEBINAR, 8 July 2021 (10AM EDT): Caught in the Crossfire: Myanmar's Christian Minorities Under Tatmadaw Rule
(International Christian Concern)

Wednesday, 7 July 2021

Bereaved Israeli and Palestinian mothers share stories with UK Jews and Muslims
(Jewish News)

Israeli-Palestinian conflict: let's disarm religions!
(Elie Barnavi, Ofer Bronchtein, Hakim El Karoui and Marco Impagliazzo)

Jewish Israeli and Palestinians as distinct ‘racial groups’ within the meaning of the crime of apartheid?
(Carola Lingaas, EJIL: Talk! Blog of the European Journal of International Law)

Zionism as a legal form of racism and racial discrimination in Israel
(Noura Erakat, EJIL: Talk! Blog of the European Journal of International Law)

Saudi-Iran talks could move to Oman, an intriguing shift for Israel
(Lazar Berman, The Times of Israel)

Jerusalem bilingual school promotes coexistence
(Amany Mahmoud, Al-Monitor: Israel Pulse)

Proposing changes to the Department’s policies on gender on U.S. passports and consular reports of birth abroad
(U.S. Department of State)

State Department will accommodate LGBTQI+ citizens in passport designations
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

For some, the U.S. Capitol attack on January 6th was a kind of Christian revolt
(Michelle Boorstein, The Washington Post)

Dr. Anthony Fauci, former Catholic, named 2021 Humanist of the Year
(Kathryn Post, The Washington Post)

LGBTQ youth of faith pray, bond at 'Beloved Arise' group
(Luis Andres Henao, The Washington Post)

Celebrating American patriotism with a new pluralistic lens
(Robert P. Jones, The Washington Post Opinion)

The impact of COVID-19 on women
(JoAnne Wadsworth, Viewpoints: A blog of the G20 Interfaith Forum)

Religious leaders discuss freedom of religion or belief to promote peace, justice and stronger societies
(G20 Interfaith Forum, EIN Presswire)

Battling the Coronavirus in Zimbabwe when religion and public health collide
(Gamuchirai Masiyiwa, Evidence Chenjerai, Linda Mujuru, Zimbabwe Situation)

Utah's governor: 'Politics is becoming religion in our country'
(Nick Niedzwiadek, Politico)

Conspiracy theories and religion invade political mainstream
(Washington State News)

'A small ray of hope': an urgent chance to decriminalise homosexuality in Uzbekistan
(Anne Sunder-Plassmann, Open Democracy)

5th Circuit refuses to dismiss suit against teacher who required writing the pledge
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Supreme Court denies cert. in case of florist's refusal to provide flowers for same-sex wedding
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Wisconsin Supreme Court interprets statute limiting school aid to one area school of each denomination
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Public service loan forgiveness expanded for clergy and religious workers
(Adam S. Minsky, Forbes)

Legal Spirits Episode 035: With Gerald Russello of the University Bookman
(Law and Religion Forum, St. John's Law School Center for Law & Religion)

Entrepreneur / philanthropist Kathy Ireland to be honored for work advancing international religious freedom (IRF)
(Religious Freedom & Business Foundation)

Polish Chief Rabbi to Polish Senate: Thou shalt not steal
(Jeremy Sharon, Jerusalem Post)

Ebrahim Raisi: A record of judicial brutality
(Farhad Rezaei, Providence Mag)

Muslim activists seek probe into new police chief’s comments
(Associated Press)

AME church to address BLM, voting rights, in delayed meeting
(Peter Smith, Associated Press)

Sunday and the 4th of July
(Amanda Tyler, Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty)

Religion at the Supreme Court: What happened this year and what’s coming next?
(Kelsey Dallas, Deseret News)

Ukrainians prepare to flaunt ecumenical patriarch's visit
(Religiina Pravda, Russia Religion News (Stetson University))

Public favor for new Ukrainian church grows
(RISU, Russia Religion News (Stetson University))

Despite vaccinations, more than 25 percent of US churchgoers not planning in person attendance: Survey
(Ecumenical News)

Pastors or fraudsters? Neither registered nor unregistered religious leaders are safe from the Chinese Communist Party’s false allegations
(Freedom of Religion or Belief in Full)

The Chinese Communist Party is scared of Christianity
(Azeem Ibrahim, China

Chinese Monks chant ‘follow the Party forever’ as CCP tightens control over religion
(Jennifer Bateman, The Epoch Times)

Rabbis under fire for rejecting law aimed at protecting ‘chained’ women
(Jewish News)

“Step 4” and places of worship
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Ahmadiyya Muslim Community UK - 6 July 2021
(Ahmadiyya Muslim Community UK)

UK bishops thank those who lobbied Parliament on abortion
(Simon Caldwell, Catholic News Service)

England’s Chelsea soccer club joins Anti-Defamation League in partnership to fight bigotry
(Ron Kampeas, Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

Labour urges ministers to boycott Beijing Olympics if China refuses inspections
(Justin Cohen, Jewish News)

Government pledges to help safeguard Northern Ireland kosher meat supply
(James Konn, Jewish News)

The surprising future of Free Exercise of religion at the Supreme Court
(Lael Weinberger, Newsweek)

Pope, bishop call for truce after anti-monarchy stir in Eswatini
(La Croix International)

Crucifixes in classrooms: Italians grapple with secularism
(Fleur de la Haye-Serafini, La Croix International)

Archbishop denounces Bolivia's high rate of femicide
(Youna Rivallain, La Croix International)

Churches look to build a new future for Lebanon
(Jenny Lafond, La Croix International)

Two weeks in review, 21 June – 4 July 2021
(Gail Lythgoe, EJIL: Talk! Blog of the European Journal of International Law)

Supreme Court under Roberts moved right on religion and voting this year
(David G. Savage, Los Angeles Times)

Pope Francis, 84, recovering after colon operation
(Arab News)

Saudi Arabia confirms readiness to receive Hajj pilgrims
(Tareq Al-Thaqafi, Arab News)

Uzbekistan secretively adopts religion law
(Big News Network)

Christians' situation in Egypt improves, though many still consider them 'second-class citizens'
(Catholic News Agency)

Vermont diocese sees record-low number of priests
(Joe Bukuras, Catholic News Agency)

Iraq seeks to rehabilitate Islamic State families
(Adnan Abu Zeed, Al-Monitor: Iraq Pulse)

Islamic State suspected of sabotaging Iraqi electrical towers
(Mustafa Saadoun, Al-Monitor: Iraq Pulse)

Ohio passes bill allowing religious hospitals, doctors to refuse procedures that violate convictions
(Michael Gryboski, The Christian Post)

The Vortex of White Evangelicalism
(Emma Green, The Atlantic)

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