Law and Religion Headlines


Tuesday, 28 December 2021

Parliament trustee named head of ISNA’s Office for Interfaith, Community Alliances, and Government Relations
(Parliament of the World's Religions)

South Sudanese Church leaders praise prosecution of oil executives
(Ngala Killian Chimtom, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Argentina: Evangelicals a rising force inside Argentine prisons
(German De Los Santos and Rodrigo Abd, Associated Press)

Religious volunteers at border losing faith in U.S. politicians
(John Salazar, Spectrum News 1)

Pakistan: Islam does not allow insulting any religion: Pakistani PM’s representative
(AhlulBayt News Agency)

Banning helping the homeless is the latest religious liberty violation
(John Burger, Aleteia)

Germany: The quiet revolution of German Catholics
(Youna Rivallain, La Croix International)

Down to the buzzer, religious colleges score with NCAA
(Patrick Reilly, The Cardinal Newman Society)

Nicaragua seizes former Taiwan embassy to give it to China
(Associated Press)

Articles of interest - 27 December 2021
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Indonesia: Remembering an Indonesian Muslim's Christmas sacrifice
(Siktus Harson, Union of Catholic Asian News)

Indonesia: Nusantara Islam: Seeking a new balance in the Muslim world
(Rumadi Ahmad, Hudson Institute)

Monday, 27 December 2021

Top 10 religious liberty and church-state developments of 2021
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

New podcast: Top Godbeat story of 2021? Look for Jan. 6 religion hooks (#DUH)
(Terry Mattingly, GetReligion)

AU's Top 10 of 2021
(Americans United for Separation of Church and State)

CAIR releases 2021 end-of-year publication marking highlights in Maryland
(Council on American-Islamic Relations)

Cape Town bells to toll in honor of Archbishop Desmond Tutu
(Andrew Meldrum, Associated Press)

UN chief calls Desmond Tutu ‘an inspiration to generations’
(Associated Press)

Desmond Tutu, anti-apartheid leader who identified with Jews and criticized Israel’s treatment of Palestinians, dies at 90
(Shira Hanau, Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

Desmond Tutu, peacemaker in creation of a new South Africa, dies, aged 90
(Peter Kenny, Ecumenical News)

The Most Rev Desmond Tutu obituary
(Stanley Uys and Dan van der Vat, The Guardian)

South Africa begins week of mourning for Desmond Tutu
(Al Jazeera)

South Africa's Archbishop Emeritus and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Desmond Tutu has died at 90
(Sarah Al-Arshani and Taylor Ardrey, Insider)

The first word: To be human is to be free (1991)
(Desmond M. Tutu, Canopy Forum on the Interactions of Law & Religion)

Cuban pastor tried for participating in peaceful nationwide protests
(CSW: Everyone Free to Believe)

Nepal: Pastor convicted for prayer returns home on bail for Christmas
(ADF International)

Israel: Implement Kotel agreement and fulfill Isaiah's biblical prophecy - opinion
(Rick Jacobs and Jacob Blumenthal, The Jerusalem Post)

The Palestinian Authority has Jesus envy - opinion
(Itamar Marcus, The Jerusalem Post)

On Christmas, pope prays for pandemic’s end, peace dialogues
(Nicole Winfield, Associated Press)

Vatican defends finance trial, says rights being respected
(Nicole Winfield, Associated Press)

Dutch court jails man over pre-dawn gunfire at Saudi Embassy
(Associated Press)

Beer garden wins battle with church over alcohol license
(Associated Press)

A gift of Christmas joy for the children of the incarcerated
(Luis Andres Henao and Mariam Fam, Associated Press)

Faith-based homeless shelter denied injunction against Alaska city's anti-discrimination laws
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

After city declines to prosecute, judge dismisses faith-based shelter’s challenge to Anchorage’s LGBTQ anti-discrimination law
(James Brooks, Anchorage Daily News)

Parents unite against discriminatory public-school policies in Virginia
(Alliance Defending Freedom)

School's anti-racism curriculum challenged as religious discrimination
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Fraud and emotional distress claims against archdiocese are dismissed
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Bahá’í Media Bank: Photo of opening pages of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s Will and Testament published
(Bahá’í World News Service)

Tibet: Sikyong welcomes appointment of Uzra Zeya as new US Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues
(Central Tibetan Administration)

As federal COVID-19 vaccine mandates head to U.S. Supreme Court for fast-track review, poll shows Americans have nuanced views of religious exemptions
(Don Byrd, Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty)

Brazilian Church becomes more political during Christmas charity campaigns
(Eduardo Campos Lima, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

China: Human rights activists call for corporate boycott of Beijing Winter Olympics
(John Lavenburg, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Archdiocese sues public school district over Title I funds for students
(Ann Rodgers, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

At Christmas, African bishops have concerns about risks to peace, stability
(Francis Njuguna, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Is the ‘war on Christmas’ finally over?
(D. Hunter Schwarz, Deseret News)

Turkey: In Istanbul, a conference of rabbis from Islamic nations got a surprise: An audience with Erdogan
(David I. Klein , Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

Hungary’s largest Jewish group apologizes for signing statement ‘sanctifying’ heterosexual marriage
(Cnaan Liphshiz, Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

Muslim civil rights group leader continues attacks on ‘Zionists’ as she goes on sabbatical
(Ron Kampeas, Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

CAIR says calls for genocide against Indian Muslims shows urgent need for U.S. Special Envoy to Combat Islamophobia
(Council on American-Islamic Relations)

India: Jesus statue smashed in spate of attacks on India’s Christian community
(Hannah Ellis-Petersen, The Guardian)

India: Hindu vigilante groups disrupt Christmas celebrations on Modi territory
(Manoj Kumar and Saurabh Sharma, Reuters)

India: Arrests, beatings and secret prayers: Inside the persecution of India’s Christians
(Deccan Herald)

India: Those who underwent religious conversion should be brought back to Hinduism: MP Tejasvi Surya
(Kiran Parashar, The Indian Express)

India: FIR against Hindu religious leader for derogatory remarks against Mahatma Gandhi
(Deccan Herald)

Gaza at Christmas: a bleak outlook
(Al-Monitor: The Pulse of the Middle East)

China: Beijing bans online religious activities without government go-ahead
(Religious Information Service of Ukraine (RISU))

China: Intel apologizes for asking suppliers to avoid Xinjiang
(Joe M, Associated Press)

China denounces US law on Xinjiang imports
(Associated Press)

China: “Christmas is forbidden, it’s a Western celebration”
(Liang Jianguo, Bitter Winter)

‘Don’t worry, this is a Catholic house’ (on the religious community and immigration)
(Louise Zwick, Commonweal)

Healing the land: Justice needs more than just what is due.
(Daniel Philpott, Comment)

American Christianity is, alas, political
(Rod Dreher, The American Conservative)

Russia: FJCR considers departure from traditional values the main reason for demographic decline of Jewish population after the war
(Interfax-Religion)

UK: Law and religion round-up – 26th December
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Boxing Day Quiz 2021
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

UK: 70 percent of JLM members polled say Labour now ‘a safe space’ for Jews
(Lee Harpin, Jewish News)

Serbia: Working hard to offer a bright future for Serbia’s marginalised communities
(KAICIID Dialogue Centre)

English cardinal: Don’t close churches again over COVID
(Charles Collins, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Italy: To understand Catholicism, you need to get Italy
(John L. Allen Jr., Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

In Italy’s presidential sweepstakes, Pope conspicuous by his absence
(John L. Allen Jr., Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Pope decries Italy’s ‘demographic winter’ of falling birth rates, family size
(Elise Ann Allen, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Ukraine: We categorically reject the attempts of the Russian Orthodox Church to influence the development of relations between Ukraine and the Vatican, - ambassador Yurash
(Religious Information Service of Ukraine (RISU))

Biden signs the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act into law
(Ewelina U. Ochab, Forbes)

Photos of the week: Winter solstice, Christmas preparations
(Kit Doyle, Religion News Service)

‘Realistic hope’ needed as Canadian church weighs pandemic’s toll, primate says
(Matt Gardner, Anglican Journal)

Sunday, 26 December 2021

People of Myanmar face unprecendented crisis in 2022, the U.N. warns
(Ewelina U. Ochab, Forbes)

Friday, 24 December 2021

What capitalism can learn from the religions of the world
(Atul K. Shah, The Conversation)

Infection spike puts churches in a Christmas quandary
(Mark A. Kellner, The Washington Times)

Wednesday, 22 December 2021

Why secular society desperately needs the recognition of religious holidays
(Bruce Ledewitz, Canopy Forum on the Interactions of Law & Religion)

Turkish lira hits turbulence as Erdogan cites Islam as reason for monetary policy
(Deutsche Welle)

Bottom-up hope: Local governments bolster religious pluralism in Turkey
(Aykan Erdemir and Tugba Tanyeri-Erdemir, Providence Mag)

Turkey: AP Photos: Whirling dervish ritual honors Sufi mystic poet
(Francisco Seco, Associated Press)

Elevating the UK’s leadership on defending religious freedom
(Knox Thames, The Royal United Services Institute)

UK: Why did Facebook 'kill' charity's petition drive against the forced marriage of Christian women and girls?
(Shannon Mullen, Catholic News Agency)

UK: December 2021 newsletter
(Equality and Human Rights Commission)

Church of England: Last minute resources for Christmas
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Jehovah’s Witnesses and blood transfusions for 16- and 17-year-olds: E & F
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Christian women's shelter won't be forced to admit trans-identified males, federal judge rules
(Ryan Foley, The Christian Post)

The case that's testing the Supreme Court's boundaries on church and state
(John A. Ragosta, The Hill - Opinion)

China imposes sanctions on USCIRF officials over Xinjiang
(Associated Press, Religion News Service)

USCIRF condemns the Chinese government’s additional sanctions on USCIRF commissioners
(U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom)

China imposes sanctions on US officials over Xinjiang
(Associated Press)

China bans entry to 4 US religious freedom advisors in retort to Xinjiang sanctions
(Radio Free Asia)

Religious freedom commissioners targeted by China, "will not be silenced'
(Patrick Goodenough, CNSNews)

Beijing bans online religious activities without government go-ahead
(Asia News)

Christian pastors told to preach in sermons confidence in the Party and Xi Jinping
(Zhang Chunhua, Bitter Winter: A Magazine on Religious Liberty and Human Rights in China)

China’s latest crackdown on religion bans foreigners from spreading church and spiritual content online
(Amber Wang, South China Morning Post)

Uyghurs call out slow US response to genocide in China
(Rose Wagner, Courthouse News Service)

Should your taxes fund religious schools? Why SCOTUS might say yes
(History News Network)

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