Law and Religion Headlines

Thursday, 16 June 2022

VIRTUAL EVENT, 16 June 2022 (10AM PT): Building a Stronger Bridge Between Faith Communities and Behavioral Health Crisis Care Agencies
(Faith Communities and Behavioral Health Departments: Collaboration in Program Development and Funding Opportunities, The Crisis and Recovery Enhancement (CARE) Technical Assistance (TA) Center)

EVENT, 13-16 June 2022: 9th Summer School on Human Rights (Malmö, Sweden)
(Conference of European Churches)

EVENT, 16 June 2022: Religious Freedom Annual Review: Living Peaceably: Religious Freedom as a Foundation for Civic Harmony (Provo, Utah)
(International Center for Law and Religion Studies (ICLRS), Brigham Young University)

Human goods, environmental evils: The same mastery of nature (human and nonhuman) that has made civilization possible now imperils us.
(David Barr, Sightings - The University of Chicago Divinity School)

Wednesday, 15 June 2022

Justice Department settles lawsuit against Jackson Township for discriminatory ordinances targeting Orthodox Jewish religious schools
(U.S. Department of Justice)

Clash of the acronyms? Finding the right FoRBula in the fight for religious freedom
(Miles P.J. Windsor, Religion Unplugged)

VIRTUAL EVENT, 15 June 2022 (10AM ET): Engaging Islamic civil society organizations in Central Asia
(The United States Institute of Peace)

UK cancels first flight to deport asylum seekers to Rwanda
(Danica Kirka, Associated Press)

Church says sending migrants to Rwanda brings shame on Britain
(Matt Dathan and Kaya Burgess, The Times)

Global summit on religious persecution presents opportunity to fight abuse
(Knox Thames, Religion News Service)

Christians are under attack in Nigeria: The UK has turned a blind eye to persecution for far too long
(Jeremiah Igunnubole and Sean Nelson, The Critic)

Family vows to appeal after UK court orders life support removed from 12-year-old
(Charles Collins, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

European Council of Religious Leaders-Religions for Peace Birmingham Declaration
(Religions for Peace)

UK: Government opposes moves to protect secular schools’ ethos
(National Secular Society)

Michelle Bachelet’s failed Xinjiang trip has tainted her whole legacy
(Benedict Rogers, Foreign Policy)

Raphael Warnock says his Senate colleagues sometimes ask, ‘Rev, pray for me’
(Adelle M. Banks, Religion News Service)

USCIRF welcomes President Joe Biden’s appointment of Stephen Schneck to U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom
(U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom)

Biden names Catholic activist Stephen Schneck to religious freedom panel
(Jack Jenkins, Religion News Service)

There is no one ‘religious view’ on abortion: A scholar of religion, gender and sexuality explains
(Samira Mehta, The Conversation)

Abortion foes, accustomed to small wins, ready for a big one
(Matt Sedensky, Associated Press)

The religious argument FOR abortion may have its day in court
(Chris Williams, Above the Law)

Synagogue challenges Florida abortion law over religion
(Curt Anderson, Associated Press)

How to better understand abortion polls (and others too)
(Melissa Cedillo, Sojourners)

Weekly Highlight #208: COVID-19: Exploring faith dimensions: Children’s needs and gender-based violence; vaccination campaigns in Africa; spirituality in pandemic times
(Berkley Center, Joint Learning Initiative, WFDD)

About 5% of young adults in the U.S. say their gender is different from their sex assigned at birth
(Anna Brown, PRRI)

Why Muslim countries are quick at condemning defamation – but often ignore rights violations against Muslim minorities
(Ahmet T. Kuru, The Conversation)

Privacy isn’t in the Constitution – but it’s everywhere in constitutional law
(Scott Skinner-Thompson, The Conversation)

How Christian home-schoolers laid the groundwork for ‘parental rights’
(Sarah Pulliam Bailey, The Washington Post)

Lipstadt: ‘Changes are being made’ at U.N. (The U.S. special envoy to monitor and combat antisemitism laid out a multifaceted approach to the United Nations)
(Gabby Deutch, Jewish Insider)

Nigeria: Gunmen abduct yet another priest in Jos
(Catholic Information Service for Africa)

Nigeria: Perpetrators of St. Francis Church shooting must face justice
(Amnesty International)

Nigeria: Bishop Arogundade slams Ireland's President Higgins for misleading remarks on Owo massacre
(Odiwuor Opiyo, Catholic Information Service for Africa)

Eritrea: The church is growing fast in Eritrea despite growing persecution
(Missions Box)

Finland: CEC trains Finnish churches to ensure safer and stronger communities
(Conference of European Churches)

Update from CEC General Secretary | Churches and the Conference on the Future of Europe report
(YouTube Video, Conference of European Churches)

Press conference: New report on self-censorship
(YouTube Video, Observatory on Intolerance and Discrimination against Christians in Europe)

Malta activists protest, seek to decriminalize abortion
(Kevin Schembri Orland, Associated Press)

India: 'Islamophobic' remarks put pressure on India's Modi
(Smita Sharma, Deutsche Welle)

India: Amnesty says India should stop ‘vicious’ Muslim protest crackdown
(Al Jazeera)

Is India’s BJP to blame for reports of rising Islamophobia?
(Al Jazeera)

India: Increase in unlawful killings in Jammu & Kashmir highlights Government’s failure to protect its minorities
(Amnesty International)

India's religious tensions prompt calls for boycotts
(Akmal Dawi, Voice of America)

India: Thousands protest ‘bulldozer justice’ against Indian Muslims
(Biswajeet Banerjee, Associated Press)

Study: Facebook fails to catch East Africa extremist content
(Cara Anna, Associated Press)

"It is strange that church leaders in Germany and other countries do not condemn Kirill for supporting Russian aggression," the President of Ukraine
(Religious Information Service of Ukraine (RISU))

German federal court rejects bid to remove antisemitic relic
(Geir Moulson, Associated Press)

10th Circuit affirms dismissal of church's complaint regarding sending of material to inmates
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

How people of faith can offer comfort — and fight for change — after mass shootings
(Addison Whitmer, Deseret News)

How Judeo-Christian is the US Constitution?
(Mark Silk, RNS Column: Spiritual Politics)

Philippine clergy welcome assurances from president-elect
(Catholic News Service)

Judge orders Yeshiva University to recognize LGBTQ organization
(Andrew Silow-Carroll, Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

#ChurchToo revelations growing, years after movement began
(Peter Smith and Holly Meyer, Associated Press)

The fight to make sure yeshiva schools provide a secular education, too
(Errol Louis, Intelligencer)

Azerbaijan: Treason case against Imam Sardar Babayev "clearly fabricated"
(Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service)

What responsibility do journalists have when covering incendiary wars about religion and culture?
(Ira Rifkin, GetReligion)

Nowhere to hide: Los Angeles Times hit job focuses on one side of Biola University tensions
(Terry Mattingly, GetReligion)

The dangerous 303 Creative Case
(Andrew Koppelman, Canopy Forum on the Interactions of Law & Religion)

Apocalypse is now!
(David Cook, Canopy Forum on the Interactions of Law & Religion)

Lutheran Church Charities 'Comfort Dogs' travel to sites of pain and horror
(Steve Rabey, Religion Unplugged)

NZ: Hindu group says New Zealand’s plan to tax cow burps could add to their maltreatment
(Eurasia Review)

Bangladesh: Decoding the narrative ‘there will be no Hindus left in Bangladesh in next 30 years’ – OpEd
(Samina Akhter, Eurasia Review)

Indonesian police arrest alleged propagandist amid crackdown on pro-caliphate group
(Dandy Koswaraputra, Benar News)

Anglican theological educators from Central and South America consult on migration crisis
(Anglican Communion News Service)

“Promises must be fulfilled” – governments urged to honour climate change commitments
(Anglican Communion News Service)

Algeria: Release members of Ahmadi religious minority
(Amnesty International)

FECRIS should lose its consultative status with the United Nations ECOSOC
(Bitter Winter)

China: Freedom of religion or belief : Special bimonthly FORB (1-15.06.2022)
(Human Rights Without Frontiers International)

Pakistan: Ahmadis once again under attack in Pakistan
(Massimo Introvigne, Bitter Winter)

Multi-religious humanitarian fund supports interfaith rehabilitation programme in Ukraine
(Religions for Peace)

Vatican foreign minister emphasizes respecting Ukraine’s territorial integrity
(Inés San Martín, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Orthodox scholar cites role of Moscow patriarch in Russian aggression
(Religiina Pravda, Russia Religion News (Stetson University))

"Logic of 'appeasement' does not lead to peace, but only increases aggressor's appetite," Head of the OCU said in Berlin
(Religious Information Service of Ukraine (RISU))

CEC to French EU Presidency: Engage churches to bring peace in Ukraine
(Conference of European Churches)

How to talk about Christian ethics
(Andrew Walker, First Things)

Southern Baptist churches must be ‘dangerous places’ for sexual predators, new president says
(Mark A. Kellner, The Washington Times)

Parliament Trustees pass resolution on the human right to a healthy environment
(Parliament of the World's Religions)

Sri Lankan activists say clergy were not behind May riots
(Union of Catholic Asian News)

Religious motive among strongest, most vital motivators of humanitarian action: MWL chief
(International Quran News Agency (IQNA))

Lithuania: Jehovah’s Witnesses and conscientious objection: The ECHR condemns Lithuania
(Massimo Introvigne, Bitter Winter)

Ethiopia: Sacred forests: The dialogue between religion and environmental preservation in Ethiopian churches

Iran: I plant secret house churches because I was saved into one
(Nathan Rostampour, Christianity Today)

Tuesday, 14 June 2022

EVENT, 13-14 June 2022: 7th Annual National Muslim Advocacy Day (Washington, DC)
(US Council of Muslim Organizations)

VIRTUAL EVENT, 14 June 2022 (12PM ET): Crisis on the Temple Mount: Religious Freedom & International Law (PDF)
(Featuring Professors Brett Scharffs and Eugene Kontorovich, Center for the Middle East and International Law, Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University)

Monday, 13 June 2022

VIRTUAL EVENT, 13-15 June 2022: ECEN Assembly 2022: Challenges we are living in
(European Christian Environmental Network)

Robin Hadaway, SBC presidential candidate, favors balance in handling abuse claims
(Adelle M. Banks, Religion News Service)

Pakistani filmmakers take top honors in 2022 Religious Freedom & Business Foundation Film Competition
(Religious Freedom & Business Foundation)

New book: The Shadow of God: Kant, Hegel, and the Passage from Heaven to History
(Michael Rosen, Harvard University Press)

Around the web - 13 June 2022
(Law and Religion Forum, St. John's Law School Center for Law & Religion)

In Nigeria, faith is flourishing in the face of the deadly persecution of Catholics
(Edward Pentin, National Catholic Register)

Turkey: "Continuously shrinking space” for freedom in Turkey, warns EU
(ADF International)

Turkey’s ‘culture war’: Anger grows as string of events cancelled
(Paul Benjamin Osterlund, Al Jazeera)

Turkey: Erdogan escalates rhetoric against Greece and mobilizes imams in his re-election bid
(Sofia News Agency)

Right-wing extremists amp up anti-LGBTQ rhetoric online
(Rebecca Boone, Associated Press)

Germany: Study uncovers widespread sexual abuse in Münster diocese
(Deutsche Welle)

Germany: Report finds 196 clerics abused minors in German diocese
(Associated Press)

War and Peace episode 2: The War and the Churches. What can the Churches do? [German]
(YouTube Video, Glaube & Gesellschaft im Gespräch)

Bachelet won’t seek 2nd term as UN human rights chief
(Jamey Keaten, Associated Press)

Egypt court sentences man to death for killing Coptic priest
(Associated Press)

Italy: Renaissance synagogues being restored in Venice’s ghetto
(Chris Warde-Jones, Associated Press)

Articles of interest - 13 June 2022
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

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