Law and Religion Headlines

Monday, 30 August 2021

Attacks on Christians go unpunished in Indian state
(Bijay Kumar Minj, Union of Catholic Asian News)

Gujarat to contest stay on conversion law
(Mahesh Langa, The Hindu)

Rahul Gandhi lashes out at government over ‘atrocities’ on tribals, Muslims
(The Times of India)

Governor: religion being used by some to perpetuate crisis in areas of Nigeria
(Motunrayo, Nigerian Eye)

New publication: Establishment’s Political Priority to Free Exercise (abstract)
(Marc O. DeGirolami, Law and Religion Forum, St. John's Law School Center for Law & Religion)

Egypt to renovate shrines in major boost to religious tourism
(Hagar Hosny, Al-Monitor)

Egypt lawyer proposes part-time marriage as 'solution' for divorced women
(Middle East Monitor)

Meet the legal advocacy group challenging Uganda’s Covid-19 ban on public worship
(Uganda Christian News)

Hungary: State Secretary Tristan Azbej to support Yazidi community at international forum
(Hungary Helps)

France’s Macron visits Iraq’s Mosul destroyed by IS war
(Hadi Mizban and Qassim Abdul-Zahra, Associated Press)

French TV channel brings public uproar, government scrutiny after airing ‘Unplanned’
(Solène Tadié, National Catholic Register)

Taiwan: Tai Ji Men victim of administrative violence based on religion
(Human Rights Without Frontiers International)

Catholic Medical Association joins lawsuit to overturn transgender mandate
(J-P Mauro, Aleteia)

Iran: Prison sentences for Christian converts reduced
(Middle East Concern)

Ten children among the arrested in a Chinese home church raid
(Evangelical Focus)

China: Authorities to pay informants who report on 'illegal' Christian activities
(Asia News)

US won’t seek death penalty in California synagogue shooting
(Associated Press)

Mississippi governor: Christians are ‘less scared’ of COVID
(Emily Wagster Pettus, Associated Press)

Feds charge ex-priest with child sex crimes in East Timor
(Associated Press)

Baltimore opens 1st new Catholic school in about 60 years
(David McFadden, Associated Press)

Police: Arizona family tried to kidnap woman over dishonor
(Jonathan J. Cooper, Associated Press)

Pediatricians say no to Biden gender transition mandate
(Alliance Defending Freedom)

XVIII IAP General Assembly opened in Crete
(The European Times)

The situation of Christians in Africa
(The European Times)

Expert says Poland experiencing a sea change on clerical abuse
(Inés San Martín, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Judge blocks Texas order on immigrants, allows Catholic Charities to work
(John Lavenburg, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Rivalry between judge, prosecutor underlies surreal twist in Vatican trial
(John L. Allen Jr., Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Afghanistan: Special FORB Newsletter (16-23 August 2021)
(Human Rights Without Frontiers International)

Plug-In: Is Afghanistan a religion story? If so, it may be the year's biggest religion story
(Bobby Ross Jr., GetReligion)

US says drone kills IS bombers targeting Kabul airport
(Kathy Gannon, Lolita C. Baldor, Tameem Akhgar and Joseph Krauss, Associated Press)

UN human rights official calls for Taliban to allow equal education for women and end child marriage
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Pope urges dialogue, fasting for Afghanistan, Italy’s bishops question US policy
(Elise Ann Allen, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

U.S. military archbishop prays for dialogue, respect for human life after bombing
(Catholic News Service)

UNC-Chapel Hill’s new antisemitic anti-Israel class violates both federal and state law
(Mark Goldfeder, Jewish Journal)

What it would mean to overturn Roe
(Carl R. Trueman, First Things)

Abortion providers ask court to block Texas ban on abortions beginning at six weeks of pregnancy
(Amy Howe, SCOTUSblog)

More than 500 Orthodox churches to be built in Moscow

Russia moves to prohibit Ukrainian Orthodox church services in occupied Crimea
(Halya Coynash, Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group)

Russian authorities to check the construction of a closed "halal" village near Moscow

Russian Justice Ministry adds 4 Ukrainian and Latvian religious movements to list of groups undesirable in Russia

Once again, journalists need to ponder this question: What is an 'evangelical'?
(Richard Ostling, GetReligion)

UK: More than 100 Charedi women trapped in religious marriages
(Lee Harpin, Jewish News)

Bishop says people shouldn't fear Church in Wales' same-sex Bill
(Heather Preston, Premier Christian News)

Law and religion round-up – 29th August
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Has the death of religion in Scotland's political life been exaggerated?
(Doug Marr, The Herald)

UK: Disability rights expert urges Catholics to heed Bishop's call to oppose assisted suicide Bill
(Independent Catholic News)

Spanish university cancels ‘Auschwitz/Gaza’ seminar comparing Holocaust to Israeli-Palestinian conflict
(Orge Castellano, Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

Spain is suddenly turning down many Jews who apply for citizenship. Why?
(Orge Castellano, Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

Myanmar: Chin church leaders gather to re-consecrate their church after military’s occupation
(International Christian Concern)

Mandated vaccines: Denying requests for religious accommodation in the name of safety
(Carrie Hoffman and Mark J. Neuberger, The National Law Review)

Martha Lee: Is France getting serious about Islamism?
(Marilyn Stern, Middle East Forum)

EU can do more to promote religious freedom
(Sharon Rosen, EU Observer)

How religion enables gender-based violence
(Tayo Oke, Punch)

Australia: Morrison does religion and politics — but you might not know where one stops and the other begins
(David Hardaker, Crikey)

Stop hate speech on social media to end violence, says South Sudan bishop
(La Croix International)

Two weeks in review, 16 – 29 August 2021
(Gail Lythgoe, EJIL: Talk! Blog of the European Journal of International Law)

New book ‘God’s Diplomats’ unveils the secret history of Vatican diplomacy
(Claire Giangravé, Religion News)

God's Diplomats: Pope Francis, Vatican Diplomacy, and America's Armageddon
(Victor Gaetan, Rowman & Littlefield)

EVENT, 30 August 2021: The London Interfaith Fun Run

Black lives matter: Structural racism, bigotry, and inclusion
(JoAnne Wadsworth, G20 Interfaith Forum Blog)

Pastor investigated for offenses to Afro religions criticizes idolatry (Portuguese)
(G1 PE)

A new lens: Unique abilities, not disabilities
(Kent Johnson, Religious Freedom & Business Foundation)

Friday, 27 August 2021

Israel’s Chief Rabbinate calls on Pope Francis to clarify comments on Torah and Jewish law
(Asaf Shalev, Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

Israeli Supreme Court rules that Jews of Morocco are ineligible for Holocaust compensation
(Asaf Shalev, Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

Workers clear prayer notes out of the Western Wall ahead of Rosh Hashanah
(YouTube Video, Jewish News)

Israeli Religious Affairs Minister to advance women's Halacha study
(Jerusalem Post)

'Taliban do not represent Islam,' says top Bangladeshi sufi leader Syed Tayabul Bashar Maizbhandary
(Sidhant Sibal, WION)

International day commemorating the victims of acts of violence based on religion or belief, 22 August 2021
(United Nations)

EVENT, 27 August 2021: Exploring the Ecosystem of International Law: Developments in Business & Human Rights Law for Multi-Jurisdictional Corporate Accountability
(The Jindal Society of International Law and the Centre for Study of United Nations)

Religious freedom and human rights in India: How democratic is the world’s largest democracy?
(Sadanand Dhume, Foreign Affairs)

Religion or belief: time off work in Great Britain
(Equality and Human Rights Commission)

Lord Dyson, the UK Jewish community needs you
(Jan Shure, The Times of Israel)

What do British Muslims really think of the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan?
(Wasiq Wasiq, The Times of Israel)

American religious groups have a history of resettling refugees – including Afghans
(Stephanie J. Nawyn, The Conversation)

South Africa: Legal provision for mandatory vaccination in the workplace
(Amanda Visser, News24)

Can an employer legally require its employees to be vaccinated in South Africa?
(Halton Cheadle and Glenda Gray, Daily Maverick)

European churches extend invitation to celebrate Season of Creation
(Conference of European Churches)

Religious freedom and the Equality Act: An unequal proposal (PDF)

Myanmar says Rohingya minority will get COVID-19 vaccine
(Associated Press)

Ban on cockfighting does not violate pastor's Free Exercise rights
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Maine health care heroes file lawsuit against shot mandate
(Liberty Counsel)

No judgment on pleadings in mosque's RLUIPA lawsuit
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Court reverses itself in favor of NY pro-life defendants
(Liberty Counsel)

Man charged with stabbing rabbi ordered held without bail
(Associated Press)

Harvard has a new chief chaplain and he's an atheist
(National Public Radio)

Church leaders decry Supreme Court decision reinstating Remain in Mexico policy
(John Lavenburg, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Peru Church leaders warn against ‘authoritarianism’
(Inés San Martín, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Malaysia: Paper vaccine offerings for the Hungry Ghost Festival
(Deutsche Welle)

Amsterdam to return Kandinsky painting to Jewish family following public outcry
(Cnaan Liphshiz, Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

The new chief chaplain at Harvard? An atheist.
(Emma Goldberg, The New York Times)

How Western books about the Muslim world fuel war and retribution
(Audrey Clare Farley, The New Republic)

New roundup of Jehovah's Witnesses in Moscow
(OVD.Info, Russia Religion News (Stetson University))

New podcast: Gray Lady prints some complex Ryan Burge insights on Democrats and religion
(Terry Mattingly, GetReligion)

Mixed religion marriage in Canada and Australia: A gift for the people of God
(Ray Temmerman, La Croix International)

Canada: Why the Supreme Court should leave Bill 21 alone
(Ed Whitcomb, Policy Options)

Canada: Health care without conscience is a dangerous contradiction
(Brian Bird, CBC News)

America’s international religious freedom policy must account for competing local definitions of religion and the common good
(Religious Freedom Institute)

RFI Senior Fellow discusses nomination of LGBTQ activist for Ambassador to Switzerland on Relevant Radio
(Religious Freedom Institute)

US 'born-again Christians' perceptions of Jesus, Buddha or Muhammad for salvation shock researchers
(Peter Kenny, Ecumenical News)

Rabbi Lord Sacks to be honoured with new book about his life
(Jewish News)

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