Law and Religion Headlines

Tuesday, 23 June 2020

Delaware town that banned Nativity scene from annual Christmas display sued by Knights of Columbus
(First Liberty)

USAID response to religious freedom challenges

Free exercise clinic files amicus brief defending prisoners’ religious liberty
(Yale Law School)

Women majority of deacons ordained last year, new report shows
(The Church of England)

England: Church issues statement on reopening of buildings for public worship
(Episcopal News Service)

St. John’s Church in Washington vandalized again
(Egan Millard, Episcopal News Service)

Mississippi bishop joins calls for removal of Confederate flag from state’s flag
(Egan Millard, Episcopal News Service)

USCIRF urges Thailand and Malaysia to protect Rohingya Muslim refugees stranded at sea
(U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom)

Imprisoned Jehovah’s Witness gets early release in Russia
(Associated Press)

Jehovah's Witness Dennis Christensen to be released from prison camp
(r, Russia Religion News (Stetson University))

USCIRF applauds Russian Court’s parole of Jehovah’s Witness Dennis Christensen
(U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom)

Bad faith restrictions on public worship
(Mark Movsesian, First Things)

Police officer wins landmark employment case after being fired for his faith
(Alliance Defending Freedom)

Suit challenges roll-back of health care protections for transgender individuals
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

LGBTQ advocates sue Trump administration over rollback of nondiscrimination protections
(Nathaniel Weixel, The Hill)

South Carolina Episcopal parishes all win title to their property
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Judge rules in favor of churches that left Episcopal Church, defies SC supreme court
(Michael Gryboski, The Christian Post)

Baptists and Walmart criticize rebel-themed Mississippi flag
(Emily Wagster Pettus, Associated Press)

Black Lives Matter: African Americans, migrants, and refugees (Catholic perspective)
(Donald M. Kerwin, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)

Nicaragua and El Salvador bishops push back against government-backed critics
(Inés San Martín, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

South Africa bishops warn against ‘second pandemic’ of gender-based violence
(Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Archbishop Wenski named acting chair of bishops’ religious freedom efforts
(Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

In dealing with China, the ‘European way’ should be one of courage and integrity
(Jianli Yang and Aaron Rhodes, Forum for Religious Freedom Europe)

Thinking with Ryan Burge: God 'anointing' presidents – a Trump thing or an American thing?
(Terry Mattingly, GetReligion)

Jewish businesses in Los Angeles ransacked in riots, but only Israeli and Jewish media care
(Julia Duin, GetReligion)

Seven years of freedom of religion or belief at the EU, but what future?
(Peter van Dalen, New Europe)

Unjust rules for religious believers
(Charles J. Chaput and Michael P. Farris, First Things)

Church leaders in Turkey call government to lift “entry ban” on serving pastors from overseas
(Barnabas Fund)

London more religious than rest of Britain, report finds
(Harriet Sherwood, The Guardian)

The coming “religion recession”
(David Gibson, Religion & Politics: Fit for Polite Company)

With assault on Iraq, Turkey and Iran cement a partnership in crime
(Arab News)

DAILY HIGHLIGHT #97: Adapting Practice: African Traditional Religions and COVID-19
(COVID-19: Exploring Faith Dimensions, Berkley Center, Joint Learning Initiative, WFDD)

Tocqueville from Lagos: Why a Nigerian leader loves the DMV In America
(Paul Glader, Religion Unplugged)

Monday, 22 June 2020

US: Address Slavery’s Legacy on Juneteenth
(Human Rights Watch)

Devil in the detail of SCOTUS ruling on workplace bias puts LGBTQ rights and religious freedom on collision course
(Kelsy Burke and Emily Kazyak, The Conversation)

After Black Lives Matter controversy, Catholic removed from Florida State student government
(Matt Hadro, Catholic News Agency)

Jewish people have total freedom of religion in Iran, says rabbi
(Tehran Times)

Chief rabbi of Iran: Israel does not represent Judaism
(Mordechai Goldman, Al-Monitor: Iran Pulse)

Parliament alone cannot stop honor killings in Iran
(Leila Alikarami, Al-Monitor: Iran Pulse)

'Utah Compromise' on religious liberty, gay rights?
(Terry Mattingly, Herald-Mail Media)

Justice Gorsuch’s misguided sex discrimination opinion fails logic test
(Ryan T. Anderson, The Patriot Post)

Why Gorsuch upheld civil rights for LGBTQ Americans
(Henry Gass, The Christian Science Monitor)

Job protection for gays does not imperil religious freedom
(Michael McGough, Akron Beacon Journal Opinion)

After Bostock
(Steve West, World News Group)

Why Bostock will never have the final word on human sexuality
(David Closson, The Christian Post)

Landmark LGBT ruling: What it means for religious exemptions and the 2020 election
(Bobby Ross Jr., The Christian Chronicle)

US supreme court’s LGBTQ rights ruling is explosive – but do not read much into it
(Patrick Smyth, The Irish Times Opinion)

Plug-In: What does this landmark LGBTQ ruling mean for traditional religious institutions?
(Bobby Ross Jr., GetReligion)

The aftermath of Bostock: A cultural seismic shift
(Robert Rivera and John Stonestreet, Christian Headlines)

Stay tuned: Ceasefire in battles between LGBTQ rights and religious liberty?
(Terry Mattingly, GetReligion)

A rainbow in the sky (Bostock ruling)
(Kenneth Tiven, India Legal)

Trump support weakens among white evangelicals: So @NYTimes tunes in lots of old folks
(Terry Mattingly, GetReligion)

‘Ministerial exception’ still immune from rulings on discrimination
(Eric Brown, Republican American)

Honoring Pride week, Tel Aviv recognizes same-sex couples
(Rina Bassist, Al-Monitor: Israel Pulse)

Tel Aviv to recognize same-sex and interfaith couples
(Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

Group calls for ceasefire in Southern Kaduna killings
(John Gabriel, Daily Post NG)

Unexpected ‘openings’ and the essence of religious practice: What we learn about the nature of religious practice from the innovations and adaptations of religious communities during the pandemic
(Cynthia G. Lindner, Sightings: The Martin Marty Center, University of Chicago Divinity School)

In what do we trust? Reflecting on what holds us together as a society that embodies justice
(William Schweiker, Sightings: The Martin Marty Center, University of Chicago Divinity School)

Beijing Binds: COVID-19 and the China-Central Asia Relationship
(Raffaello Pantucci)

BYU Religious Freedom Review focuses on moving forward after pandemic
(Emily Andersen, Daily Universe)

NGO pushes for UN adoption of IHRA definition of antisemitism
(Aaron Reich, The Jerusalem Post)

“Incessant killing more dangerous than Coronavirus”: report on Nigeria to UK Parliament
(Julia Bicknell, World Watch Monitor)

Tennessee lawmakers pass 'heartbeat' abortion bill banning procedure after six weeks
(Gabriella Borter, Reuters)

European court awards damages to widow whose inheritance was reduced under sharia law
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Rights court orders Greece to pay widow in sharia law case
(Molly Quell, Courthouse News Service)

Ohio passes Student Religious Liberties Act
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Editorial: Stand up for equality and the Ohio Fairness Act
(The Editorial Board, The Columbus Dispatch Opinion)

Ohio passes law expanding students' religious liberty in public schools
(Michael Gryboski, The Christian Post)

Suit challenges COVID-19 closure of Jewish overnight camps
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Injunction and $1M damages for false use of kosher certification symbol
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Illinois court gives major boost to kosher symbol; warning to unauthorized users
(Kosher Today)

5th Circuit dismisses church's challenge to COVID-19 order as moot
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

USCIRF denounces recent ISWAP attacks in Northeast Nigeria
(U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom)

Tennessee newspaper investigating ‘horrific’ end of times ad
(John Raby, Associated Press)

Religious leader criticizes toppling of statue
(Associated Press)

Protesters target Founding Fathers, topple statues of Washington, Jefferson and others
(Michael Foust, Christian Headlines)

The perpetual cycle of however: soul in the fight for racial justice (Responding to: Religion and racial justice: The George Floyd protests)
(Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)

Black Lives Matter: Between novelty and repetition (Responding to: Religion and racial justice: The George Floyd protests)
(Joseph Winters, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)

Dublin archbishop says 50-person limit for Mass is ‘disappointing’ and ‘strange’
(Charles Collins, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

In first, Spanish state calls attempts to boycott Israel a form of anti-Semitism
(Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

Azerbaijan: Strasbourg court rules long pre-trial detention "excessive"
(Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service)

COVID-19: marriage and civil partnerships in Wales
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Russia consecrates massive armed forces cathedral
(Peter Kenny, Ecumenical News)

Justice Department files lawsuit against Stafford County, Virginia, over blocking of Islamic cemetery
(U.S. Department of Justice)

We can find common ground on gay rights and religious liberty
(Jonathan Rauch and Peter Wehner, The New York Times Opinion)

Religion and universal human rights (India)
(Ali A. Firdausi, Siasat Daily)

Hard-line Hindu relative threaten to kill Christian's children in Uttar Pradesh, India
(Christian Headlines)

Montenegro police grill Serbian clerics over church rallies
(Samir Kajosevic, Balkan Insight)

‘Racialized policing’ program takes faith leaders from grief to action
(Adelle M. Banks, Religion News Service)

Pope Francis accuses priests who defied pandemic safety measures of acting like ‘adolescents’
(Claire Giangravé, Religion News Service)

Catholics urged to pray, reflect, act to safeguard religious freedom
(Leslie Miller, The Record Newspaper)

Black Catholics: Words not enough as church decries racism
(David Crary, Religion News Service)

Miami archbishop to lead US Catholic bishops on religious liberty
(Catholic News Agency)

Iraq's plans to cut salaries face strong backlash
(Omar al-Jaffal, Al-Monitor: Iraq Pulse)

Tunisia unemployment protests escalate with activist’s arrest

How Libya’s war is poisoning Tunisia’s politics
(Amberin Zaman, Al-Monitor)

France repatriates children from Islamic State camp in northeast Syria
(Al-Monitor: Syria Pulse)

Turkish air raids displace Iraqi Christians again
(Olivia Miller, International Christian Concern)

Is Turkey’s wealth fund becoming a crisis shelter?
(Mustafa Sonmez, Al-Monitor: Turkey Pulse)

Turkey resumes discrimination against Protestants
(Olivia Miller, International Christian Concern)

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