Law and Religion Headlines


Wednesday, 9 September 2020

Archbishop of Khartoum comments on peace in South Sudan
(Zenit: The World Seen from Rome)

Bishops in Paraguay condemn death of two girls in anti-guerrilla operation
(Inés San Martín, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Shippensburg enacts non-discrimination law to protect LGBT community
(Ivey DeJesus, Penn Live)

Tuesday, 8 September 2020

ONLINE CONFERENCE, 8 September 2020 (8AM EDT): Multi-faith Advisory Council Hosts Global Conference on 75th Anniversary of the United Nations
(Multi-faith Advisory Council)

Monday, 7 September 2020

Constitution Day 2020: Human dignity and the U.S. presidential election
(Randall A. Poole, Canopy Forum on the Interactions of Law & Religion)

Religion at the UN: From gender justice to protecting the environment, how faith communities are creating sustainable change
(The International Dialogue Centre (KAICIID))

Faith leaders step in to provide humane treatment of incarcerated individuals during covid-19
(The International Dialogue Centre (KAICIID))

SF archbishop: City’s worship restrictions show ‘callous unconcern’ for spiritual needs
(Jonah McKeown, Catholic News Agency)

Liechtenstein v Czech Republic before the European Court of Human Rights
(Isabella Risini and Geir Ulfstein, EJIL: Talk! Blog of the European Journal of International Law)

Iraqi Jews want to regain their citizenship
(Lujain Elbaldawi, Al-Monitor: Iraq Pulse)

The Everlasting G. K. Chesterton
(Peter Stockland, Convivium: Canada's Premier Hub for Faith in Common Life)

The Netherlands’ inter-State application against Russia six years after MH 17
(Isabella Risini and Geir Ulfstein, EJIL: Talk! Blog of the European Journal of International Law)

Church says signage required to exclude guns burdens free speech
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

6th Circuit: Settlement in long-running Baptist children's home case is unenforceable
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Court denies summary judgment in attempt to permanently enjoin disclosure requirements by pro-life pregnancy centers
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Articles and books of interest - 7 September 2020
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Sudan agrees to separation of religion and state as part of peace deal
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Sudan's government agrees to separate religion and state
(Michael Atit, Voice of America)

Death toll from Bangladesh mosque explosion rises to 24
(Associated Press)

As Africa’s COVID-19 cases rise, faith is put to the test
(Rodney Muhumuza, Associated Press)

Yeshiva University rejects LGBTQ club, saying it will support students in other ways
(Josefin Dolsten, Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

Long pretrial detention of Voronezh Jehovah's Witnesses
(Kommersant, Russia Religion News (Stetson University))

Prosecutor frustrates hope for freedom for Jehovah's Witness Dennis Christensen
(Olga Konovalova, Russia Religion News (Stetson University))

Russia: Special bimonthly FORB Digest (16.08-02.09.2020)
(Human Rights Without Frontiers International)

Russia, Serbia to exchange 7 Roerich paintings for Miroslav Gospel's Petersburg page by end of year
(Interfax-Religion)

Montenegro election results outcome of authorities' support of schismatics - Russian Orthodox Church
(Interfax-Religion)

New COVID-19 legislation and guidance: to 12 September
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Law and religion round-up – 6th September
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Mozambique conflict has raged for decades, but the churches are always there
(Peter Kenny, Ecumenical News)

Thousands of Israeli couples cannot marry due to COVID-19
(Jeremy Sharon, The Jerusalem Post)

Kamala Harris’s threat to religious believers
(Kenneth Craycraft, First Things)

Agreement between Holy See and Burkina Faso now in effect
(Zenit: The World Seen from Rome)

News about Baha’is in Iran in August
(Human Rights Without Frontiers International)

Homophobia drastically reduced at Australian clubs taking part in pride games
(Human Rights Without Frontiers International)

Pope Francis says Amazon synod was for discernment, not fighting on married priests
(Catholic News Agency)

Pope Francis says pandemic is ‘a wake-up call’ to care for creation
(Courtney Mares, Catholic News Agency)

Pope Francis to sign a new encyclical on human fraternity on Oct. 3
(Courtney Mares, Catholic News Agency)

‘Kayak Church’ gathers Pennsylvania church in person — and on the water — amid pandemic
(Emily McFarlan Miller, Religion News Service)

Freedom of religion again under attack in Denmark: parliament scheduled to consider a bill proposing ban on non-medical circumcisions.
(Yossi Lempkowicz, European Jewish Press)

No plans to set up special commission to tackle religious issues, says Malaysian minister
(Malay Mail)

Friday, 4 September 2020

Macron decries ‘Islamic separatism,’ defends blasphemy
(Associated Press)

Religion Photos of the Week - 4 September 2020
(Kit Doyle, Religion News Service)

Mufti of Chechnya condemns republishing of caricatures on the prophet in Charlie Hebdo
(Interfax-Religion)

Binoche, other French environmentalists get pope’s backing
(Frances D'Emilio, Associated Press)

AP Photos: Around the world, faith in the summer of COVID-19
(Associated Press)

Sudan ends 30 years of Islamic law by separating religion, state
(Mohammed Alamin, Bloomberg)

USCIRF releases new policy update highlighting one year of progress advancing religious freedom in Sudan
(U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom)

600 faith leaders sign letter urging California governor to stop transfer of incarcerated people to ICE
(Alejandra Molina, Religion News Service)

Cert. petition filed in hierarchical deference case
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Khamenei blasts Emirati ‘treason’ against Muslims after Israel deal
(Al-Monitor: Israel Pulse)

Why Jordan’s Islamists are boycotting elections
(Mohammad Ersan, Al-Monitor: The Pulse of the Middle East)

Court enjoins two portions of Trump administration's new health care anti-discrimination rules
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

USCIRF encourages religious freedom progress on Vietnam National Day
(U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom)

Nepal protesters defy virus lockdown, clash with riot police
(Binaj Gurubacharya, Associated Press)

Nevada church resumes court battle over COVID-19 rules
(Scott Sonner, Associated Press)

With mosques closed during the pandemic, Muslim converts navigate their new spiritual path online
(Hira Qureshi, The Washington Post)

Why masks are a religious issue
(Leslie Dorrough Smith, The Conversation)

Should churches like John MacArthur's resist COVID-19 restrictions?
(Paul Marshall, Religion Unplugged)

COVID-19: The essential problem with state-faith relations
(Brie Loskota and Najuma Smith-Pollard, The Hill)

Federal appeals court rejects Illinois Republicans’ challenge to COVID-19 group limits
(Erin Napoleon, Jurist)

7th Circuit: COVID-19 order exempting religious services is valid
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Unconditionality first: Prioritizing family values in social policy (Responding to: Economic justice and universal basic income: ethical and religious perspectives)
(Almaz Zelleke, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)

Editorial: Religious freedom is not a license to ignore civil-rights laws
(Los Angeles Times)

World Vision convenes yearlong racial justice initiative for church staffers
(Adelle M. Banks, Religion News Service)

Uzbekistan: Prisoner requests meeting with sister "maybe for last time"
(Mushfig Bayram, Forum 18 News Service)

COVID-19 highlights the need for active involvement of religious leaders and religious institutions in society in Iraq
(Religious Freedom Institute)

Reforming wedding law in England & Wales
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Fire devastates Israeli school which brings Jews and Muslims together
(Jewish News)

Bishop says Nigeria a ‘Molotov cocktail’ as it prepares to mark 60th anniversary
(Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Sri Lankan cardinal says religion should not be used as political tool
(Elise Ann Allen, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Mexican Bishop decries cost of corruption
(Zenit: The World Seen from Rome)

New Zealand Bishops on Social Justice Week 2020: Catholic social teaching
(Zenit: The World Seen from Rome)

Is blasphemy punishable by death in Islam? (Opinion)
(Abdulsalam Ajetunmobi, Punch)

Ghana youth assure religious leaders to uphold peace ahead of elections
(Damian Avevor, Modern Ghana)

Pakistan calls for ensuring interfaith harmony at UN
(Radio Pakistan)

Ramaphosa holds virtual meeting with interfaith leaders to fight COVID-19
(Devdiscourse)

King [Tom] Cotton
(William B. Lawrence, Sightings: The Martin Marty Center, University of Chicago Divinity School)

The right to peacefully protest needs better supporters
(Lata Nott, Freedom Forum Institute)

Iraq TV station attacked by mob charged with insulting Shiite Muslims
(Al-Monitor: Iraq Pulse)

New York parish anti-racism pledge prompts controversy
(JD Flynn, Catholic News Agency)

Charlie Hebdo re-runs prophet Mohammed cartoons to mark terrorist attack trial
(ABC News Australia)

Muslim woman sues after she was forced to remove her hijab
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Woman allegedly forced to remove hijab in jail now suing Genesee County
(NBC25 News)

9th Circuit upholds California school curriculum on Hinduism
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Appeals court finds no disparagement of Hinduism in Calif. curricular framework
(Mark Walsh, Education Week)

Canada, Netherlands will assist in case against Myanmar for genocide against Rohingya
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Canada, Netherlands join Gambia's genocide case against Myanmar
(Al Jazeera)

UK public tribunal to probe Uighur genocide allegations
(Sylvia Hui, Associated Press)

Aerosol and droplet generation from singing &c
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Plea in SC to delete certain sections of Special Marriage Act
(Srishti Ojha, India Legal)

No-fault divorce law faces legal challenge in Nebraska
(Grant Schulte, Associated Press)

Georgia church splits from Methodists over LGBT dispute
(Associated Press)

Federal judge: Kentucky photographer can continue to refuse same-sex weddings while she challenges city’s nondiscrimination law
(Don Byrd, Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty)

Cardinal predicts Church, Europe will be ‘weaker’ after pandemic
(Elise Ann Allen, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Haitian bishop decries ‘bribe’ from government in advance of elections
(Catholic News Service)

How an annual religious pilgrimage created a year-round Jewish community in Uman, Ukraine
(Cnaan Liphshiz, Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

Cancel culture is the wrong response to deep disagreement
(Nathan Berkeley and Phil Rexroth, Real Clear Religion)

Threatening an athletic boycott to protect religious freedom
(Nathan Lewin, Jewish News Syndicate)

ECHR refuses to grant new church of Ukraine request to remain in Crimean building
(Interfax-Religion)

In Church of Sweden female priests outnumber men who get more pay
(Ecumenical News)

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