Law and Religion Headlines

Friday, 28 May 2021

Warsaw university aims to shape future conservative lawyers
(Vanessa Gera, Associated Press)

Erdogan inaugurates landmark mosque on main Istanbul square
(Ayse Wieting and Suzan Fraser, Associated Press)

Kentucky ties to Baptist kids agency at risk over gay rights
(Bruce Schreiner, Associated Press)

Faith, political leaders unite in rally against antisemitism
(Luis Andres Henao, Associated Press)

Cameroon bishop condemns corruption in distribution of COVID aid
(Ngala Killian Chimtom, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Scotland established hate crime prevention fund for houses of worship
(Charles Collins, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Former Sen. Orrin Hatch honored for a life protecting religious liberty
(Doug Wilks, Deseret News)

Canada hit with wave of antisemitic attacks sparked by Israel-Gaza conflict
(David Lazarus, Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

Abortion fight puts renewed focus on Biden's Catholicism
(Morgan Chalfant and, The Hill)

Integralism, theocracy, liberalism & Protestantism
(Mark Tooley, Juicy Ecumenism, Institute on Religion and Democracy)

Roskomnadzor warns Disney Channel over film with gay protagonist

New podcast: New York Times still ignoring religion ghosts in 'demographic winter' trends
(Terry Mattingly, GetReligion)

The Coroner Service and reducing delays for funerals
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

The Fulton Supreme Court decision could increase discrimination against religious minorities
(Samuel D. Brunson, Religion News Service)

Indonesia court sentences firebrand cleric to 8 months’ jail
(Niniek Karmini and Andi Jatmiko, Associated Press)

Burma: Cardinal condemns shelling of church
(John Newton, Aid to the Church in Need)

Another church attacked in conflict-torn eastern Myanmar
(Union of Catholic Asian News)

Thursday, 27 May 2021

ONLINE CONFERENCE, 27 May 2021 (13;00 CEST): The European Convention on Human Rights: Beyond a Treaty
(Kushtrim Istrefi, Luca Pasquet, and Claire Loven, Netherlands Network for Human Rights Research (NNHRR), SIM, Montaigne and U-Call)

FACEBOOK LIVE SERIES, 13, 20 & 27 May 2021: Voices of Asian American Faith Freedom
(Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty)

Wednesday, 26 May 2021

WEBINAR, 26 May 2021 (9AM New York/3PM CEST-Brussels): Faith & Society Webinar Series [Ep. 3] | A Review of Recent Reports on International Freedom of Religion or Belief
(The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints European Office)

ONLINE EVENT, 26 May 2021 (15.00-17.00 h (CET)): CCME Online Event: “Black Lives Matter – what have European churches done and learnt?”
(Conference of European Churches)

WEBINAR, 26 May 2021 (12PM ET): Islam in Bosnia After Communism: The Saudi Connection: A Conversation with Harun Karčić and Emily Greble
(Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)

South African bishop expresses Palestinian solidarity after recent Holy Land conflict
(Ngala Killian Chimtom, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

The new Palestinian refugees
(Itamar Mann, EJIL: Talk! Blog of the European Journal of International Law)

Update on recent religious and international law events in Europe
(Mary Guest, EJIL: Talk! Blog of the European Journal of International Law)

Man accused of possessing ISIS material was 'learning about religion', jury hears
(Laine Moger, National)

Kenya: First Local Bahá’í temple in Africa opens its doors
(Baha'i World News Service)

Religions for Peace calls for equitable vaccine distribution as a humanitarian imperative
(Lana Ness, Religions for Peace)

Factory boss defiant as sanctions bite in China’s Xinjiang
(Ken Moritsugu and Dake Kang, Associated Press)

China continues crackdown on religion
(The Catholic Leader)

China seeks to 'Sinicise' Tibetan religion

The Chinese Communist Party is routing its oldest foe: religion
(Andrew Bennett, The Hub)

Towards marriage equality in Japan
(Ayako Hatano, East Asia Forum)

Prayers for healing, justice mark ‘painful’ anniversary of Floyd’s death
(Catholic News Service)

Peruvian bishops condemn mass killing by the Shining Path
(Walter Sanchez Silva, Catholic News Agency)

Libyan LGBTQ+ activists speak out on violence by extremist militias
(Al-Monitor: The Pulse of the Middle East)

Islamic State escalates operations against Syrian forces during Ramadan
(Sultan al-Kanj, Al-Monitor: Syria Pulse)

Turkish police detain top Islamic State leader in Istanbul
(Amberin Zaman, Al-Monitor: Turkey Pulse)

Democrats warn Supreme Court that overturning Roe v. Wade will 'fuel' court-packing push
(Ryan Foley, The Christian Post)

Chaplain-led courtroom prayers ruled unconstitutional by federal judge
(Emily Wood, The Christian Post)

One year after George Floyd’s murder, faith leaders continue the call for racial reckoning
(Religion News Service)

Republicans and Democrats switch sides on religion vs. science
(Carol Kuruvilla, Religion News Service)

The politics of anti-Asian racism
(Lynette H Ong, East Asia Forum)

Judge says Biden Admin. can force Christian colleges to change LGBT policies
(Michael Foust, Christian Headlines)

U.S. Jews have widely differing views on Israel
(Justin Nortey, Pew Research Center Fact Tank)

Jews in U.S. are far less religious than Christians and Americans overall, at least by traditional measures
(Jeff Diamant, Pew Research Center Fact Tank)

Pro-lifers push to preserve Hyde amendment
(Catholic News Agency)

10 key findings about Jewish Americans
(Becka A. Alper and Alan Cooperman, Pew Research Center Fact Tank)

Children’s Hospital Colorado declares mental health state of emergency as suicide attempts rise
(Jennifer Brown, The Colorado Sun)

Driven by Biden presidency, U.S. bishops next month are expected to approve controversial Communion inquiry
(Michelle Boorstein, The Washington Post)

Jewish American groups appeal to Biden White House after string of antisemitic attacks related to Israel
(Michelle Boorstein, The Washington Post)

American Jews take stock of internal divisions, antisemitism
(Luis Andres Henao and Mariam Fam, Associated Press)

Support for Israel among young US evangelical Christians drops sharply — survey
(Jacob Magid, The Times of Israel)

Video: The crisis of crises: Racism in its multifaceted forms
(Ganoune Diop, Viewpoints: A blog of the G20 Interfaith Forum)

2019 data indicates that more Protestant churches are closing than opening in the US
(Yonat Shimron, Religion News)

Can American Muslims and Jews help bring peace to Israelis and Palestinians?
(Arthur Waskow, Daisy Khan, Religion News)

Georgia anti-BDS law held unconstitutional
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

CAIR & PCJF win ‘major victory’ in federal lawsuit against Georgia’s anti-Israel boycott law; Court rules anti-BDS law violates the First Amendment
(Council on American-Islamic Relations)

Christian Zionism in US continues to inform US-Israel relations
(Mimi Kirk, Aljazeera)

Building code is not zoning law under RLUIPA
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

9th Circuit rejects qualified immunity for denying NOI inmate participation in Ramadan
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Street artist sues Vatican for using her image of Christ on postage stamp
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Vatican issues a street art stamp, ends up getting sued
(Nicole Winfield, Associated Press)

Covid-19, Catholic nurse in India accused of converting her patients
(Nirmala Carvalho, Asia News)

Weekly highlight #157: COVID-19: Exploring faith dimensions: Religious gatherings and messagesaround the world
(Berkley Center, Joint Learning Initiative, WFDD)

Iranian Christian priest: Converts living a half-life in Iran
(Maryam Dehkordi, Iran Wire)

Covenantal pluralism
(Religious Freedom & Business Foundation)

Ohio city votes to ban abortion; legal challenge likely
(Associated Press)

Divided US Catholic bishops will debate Communion policy
(David Crary, Associated Press)

Pope kisses Auschwitz survivor’s tattoo
(Associated Press)

European Parliament condemns Pakistan’s blasphemy laws
(Ewelina U. Ochab, Forbes)

Connecticut fires prison guard over anti-Muslim meme
(Pat Eaton-Robb, Associated Press)

Jury finds Des Moines landlord discriminated against some
(Associated Press)

Report says UK Conservatives seen as insensitive to Muslims
(Associated Press)

Glendale approves law providing LGBTQ anti-bias protections
(Associated Press)

Navy sailors sue for right to wear religiously mandated beards
(Don Byrd, Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty)

From here to Utopia: What religion can teach the Left
(David Albertson and Jason Blakely, Commonweal)

English bishop warns assisted suicide could become law with new bill
(Catholic News Service)

What government officials get wrong about religion
(Kelsey Dallas, Deseret News)

Faith and hope in Hong Kong
(David Mulroney, First Things)

Suit seeks to limit anti-Muslim speech on Facebook but roots of Islamophobia run far deeper
(Caleb Elfenbein, The Conversation)

Buddhist justice versus American justice
(Tara Mulay and Tuere Sala, The Buddhist Review, Tricycle)

Jehovah's Witnesses punished harshly by courts in Khakassia
(IAKhakasia, Russia Religion News (Stetson University))

The court sent one more of Jehovah's Witnesses behind bars. Rustam Seidkuliev was sentenced to 2.5 years in prison for talking about the Bible
(Jehovah's Witnesses in Russia)

Russia: FECRIS says the persecution of Jehovah’s Witnesses is propaganda
(Willy Fautré, Human Rights Without Frontiers International)

Court sorts out sentences for Jehovah's Witnesses
(Interfax-Religiia, Russia Religion News (Stetson University))

Another trial by media: In defense of Mother Teresa and why she is a saint, not a 'cult leader'
(Clemente Lisi, GetReligion)

Are religious and culturally conservative groups silenced on the Internet?
(Julia Duin, GetReligion)

COVID-19 legislation and guidance: update to 29 May
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

US millennials seem likely to seek non-Bible world; believe in horoscopes rather than God: Survey
(Peter Kenny, Ecumenical News)

Jewish leaders meet two deputy London mayors to address rise in antisemitism
(Lee Harpin, Jewish News)

After SCOTUS' 'Guadalupe' ruling, religion and law collide over fired unwed, pregnant teacher
(Charles Toutant,

Modi’s religious nationalism hurts India’s Hindus, too
(Sunita Viswanath, Foreign Policy)

Religious Americans are less likely to endorse legal marijuana for recreational use
(Stephanie Kramer, Pew Research Center Fact Tank)

Biden, abortion, and the temptations of status: Biblical lessons from another “Ordinary Joe”
(Robert F. Cochran Jr., Public Discourse: The Journal of the Witherspoon Institute)

Christians flee Myanmar to take refuge in India
(Nirendra Dev, Union of Catholic Asian News)

Algeria: Historic church building returned to the EPA
(Middle East Concern)

Are members of a voluntary association bound in contract? Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church of Canada
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Canadian Supreme Court refuses to invalidate Archbishop's expulsion of church members
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

No contract formed between church and expelled members: Supreme Court of Canada
(Aidan Macnab, Law Times)

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