Law and Religion Headlines


Wednesday, 22 September 2021

Tough road ahead for Kashmir separatist movement after Geelani
(Al Jazeera)

San Marino abortion debate heats up ahead of historic referendum
(Angelo Amante and Emily Roe, Reuters)

Monday, 20 September 2021

Indonesian G20 Presidency promises to put a ‘battle for the soul of Islam’ on the front burner – analysis
(James M. Dorsey, Eurasia Review)

G20 Interfaith Forum in Bologna
(G20 Italia)

The importance of Christ’s name at the G20 Interfaith Forum
(Tad Walch, Deseret News)

Bologna G20 Forum endorses Malta’s call for conference on security, co-operation in Med
(Independent.com.mt)

Aram I addresses international forum ahead of G20 Summit
(Asbarez)

G20 Interfaith Forum provides real opportunity for convergence, cultural dialogue: Higher Committee of Human Fraternity
(Emirates News Agency)

The world’s hunger calamity is spiraling out of control. Here’s how Latter-day Saint Charities has responded
(Tad Walch, Deseret News)

We must stand up to those who exploit religion - Draghi. Premier addresses Interfaith G20 Forum in Bologna
(ANSA)

Bahrain's commitment to promoting religious tolerance highlighted at G20 Interfaith Forum
(GDN Online)

Pope to G20 Interfaith Forum: Peace is a universal right
(Devin Watkins, Vatican News)

Global interfaith youth activists to promote dialogue for peace ahead of the G20 Summit
(EIN Presswire)

Study: Religion soothed evangelicals at start of COVID. Politics put them at risk.
(Bob Smietana, The Washington Post)

Gantt named executive director of Program on Biblical Law and Christian Legal Studies at Harvard Law School
(Brett Milano, Harvard Law Today)

GL highlights need for WB ‘debt forgiveness’ in current emergency situation
(The Island Online)

Advancing human fraternity falls on everyone, HCHF secretary-general says
(Arab News)

Ways to enhance Bahrain, UNAOC partnership on global dialogue discussed
(GDN Online)

Oman rejects all forms of extremism, hatred and violence
(Times of Oman)

ISESCO chief calls for consolidating a culture of peace and restoring universal human values
(Saudi Gazette)

Evangelical colleges join effort to promote faith in the vaccine
(Maria Baer, Christianity Today)

Faith and the COVID vaccine: What religions have doctrinal reasons for being unvaccinated?
(Danae King, The Columbus Dispatch)

Turkey faces gathering storm in Syria
(Al-Monitor: The Pulse of the Middle East)

Victorian proposals to further limit religious freedom rights
(Neil Foster, Law and Religion Australia)

Archbishop calls new Aussie assisted dying laws a ‘defeat for life’
(Elise Ann Allen, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Meet new University of Utah president Taylor Randall — academic freedom guardian, returned missionary and loyal ‘Ute’
(Jason Swensen, Church News)

Bedouin society is undergoing a historic change, still has further to go
(Udi Shaham, Jerusalem Post)

Legal Spirits 036: Looking back and ahead at law and religion cases at the Supreme Court (podcast)
(Law and Religion Forum, St. John's Law School Center for Law & Religion)

Russia: Dmitry Terebilov is the 23rd Jehovah’s Witness sentenced to a prison term in 2021
(Human Rights Without Frontiers International)

Russia: Special bimonthly Freedom of religion or belief digest (01-15.09-2021)
(Human Rights Without Frontiers International)

EU urged to act over 'continued rights abuses' by Pakistan
(eureporter)

Berlin: Thousands demonstrate over abortion, euthanasia laws
(Deutsche Welle)

Thousands march for LGBTQ+ rights in Ukraine despite some opposition
(Reuters)

Hungary's Viktor Orban accuses EU of blocking recovery plan over LGBT dispute
(Euronews)

EU's Special Envoy for freedom of religion steps down after just 5 months
(Cara Bentley, Premier Christian News)

EU Resolution on Afghanistan demonstrates a “guilty lack of attention to Christians”, says Co-Chair of Intergroup on FORB
(ADF International)

USCIRF releases new report about protests in Cuba and religious freedom
(U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom)

Supporters: School cut coach because of same-sex marriage
(Associated Press)

Vandalism at Sikh temple investigated as possible hate crime
(Associated Press)

Festival season returns to Nepal amid declining COVID cases
(Binaj Gurubacharya, Associated Press)

Indonesia retrieves most-wanted militant’s body from jungle
(Mohammad Taufan, Associated Press)

Automatic stay of suits in bankruptcy prevents state court defamation suit against diocese
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Muslim women can move ahead with suit challenging NYPD arrest photo policy
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Articles of interest - 20 September 2021
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Faith-based adoption provider forced to sue NY officials second time for harassment over marriage views
(Alliance Defending Freedom)

India should share its ancient knowledge with the world: Dalai Lama
(NDtv)

France’s Notre Dame cathedral secured at last. Next: rebuild
(Associated Press)

Chile has a growing Muslim community – but few know about it
(Michael Vicente Perez and Matthew Ingalls, The Conversation)

Chile cardinal pushes politicians to honor ‘non-negotiable values’
(Ines San Martin, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Quebec judge OKs class action against congregation for ‘spiritual abuse’
(Francois Gloutnay, Catholic News Service)

The Black church can depolarize religious freedom
(Justin Giboney, Deseret News Opinion)

Data suggests Trump’s evangelical voting bloc may grow stronger by 2024
(Mya Jaradat, Deseret News)

For Mallorca’s Jews, their first ‘public’ sukkah is a triumph over the Spanish Inquisition
(Cnaan Liphshiz, Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

Major abortion case set for argument on Dec. 1
(Amy Howe, SCOTUSblog)

Plug-In: As COVID-19 vaccine wars rage, press focuses on religious-exemption claims
(Bobby Ross Jr., GetReligion)

Iraq, call for bids: John Bunyan Fund for Freedom of Religion or Belief
(British Embassy Baghdad, UK Government)

Can Francis and ‘Super Mario’ position Europe between AUKUS and China?
(John L. Allen Jr., Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

‘Binding promises in God’s presence’ bars abdication for Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, biographer says
(Mark A. Kellner, The Washington Times)

Law and religion round-up – 19th September
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Religion Watch, Volume 36 No. 10
(Baylor Institute for Studies of Religion)

Humanists urge Supreme Court to protect reproductive rights in Mississippi abortion case
(American Humanist Association)

Whose religious freedom is at stake with Texas’s new abortion law?
(The Christian Century)

Moroccan Christians welcome end of a decade of Islamist government
(Jayson Casper, Christianity Today)

Colombia: Bishops decry violence against Afro-Colombians, indigenous people
(La Croix International)

Eastern African bishops' delegation visits Ethiopia to help restore peace
(La Croix International)

Friday, 17 September 2021

Transition to Indonesia at the IF20: Speech for closing ceremony (PDF)
(H. Yaqut Cholil Qoumas, G20 Interfaith Forum)

Constitution Day reminds us to safeguard the guarantee of No Religious Test
(Don Byrd, Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty)

Perspective: First Amendment Day is a reminder we get to have a say
(Karen Hansen, Freedom Forum Institute)

Church of Scientology celebrates 41 years rooted in Spain, “providing indispensable help to society”
(Juan Sanchez, The European Times)

EVENT, 17 September 2021 (3PM MDT): Constitution Day Lecture: Judge Thomas Griffith
(Brigham Young University)

Removing the obstacles to freedom of religion or belief in Africa
(Yunusa Nmadu, FoRB in Full: A blog by CSW)

Court to hear case on religious schools barred from Maine choice program
(Carol Zimmermann, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Court date set for Finnish MP charged over Bible-Tweet
(ADF International)

UK would be ‘delighted and thrilled’ if pope attends Glasgow climate summit
(Inés San Martín, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

UK: The pitfalls of defining ‘Islamophobia’
(Wasiq Wasiq, Jewish News)

“Net zero”, church heating, and the consistory courts – III
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

UK: More must be done to protect free speech
(Jeremiah Igunnubole, The Times)

Another Texas execution delayed on religious freedom claims
(Juan A. Lozano, Associated Press)

Muslim groups call for Hilton boycott over project in China
(Associated Press)

Syrian refugee pleads guilty in IS-inspired church bomb plot
(Associated Press)

US faith leaders recall Sikh’s bias killing post Sept. 11
(Anita Snow, Associated Press)

Cyprus recovers looted 18th century church doors from Japan
(Associated Press)

South Sudan church leaders frustrated by lack of progress in nuns’ murders
(Paul Jeffrey, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Draft of Cuba’s new family code opens door for gay marriage
(Associated Press)

Taliban seize women’s ministry building for use by religious police
(Jim Huylebroek, Wali Arian and Rick Gladstone, The New York Times)

Afghanistan: Pakistan braces for more 'Islamization' after Taliban victory
(S Khan, Deutsche Welle)

Kazakhstan: "It is not allowed to pray at any location unless it's approved"
(Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service)

‘Who else is spying on me?’ Muslim Americans bring the fight against surveillance to the Supreme Court
(Sanya Mansoor, Time Magazine)

General applicability: An ambiguous concept after Fulton
(Patrick Hornbeck, Canopy Forum on the Interactions of Law & Religion)

Blinken pledges US backing to expand Abraham Accords between Israel, Arab states
(Lazar Berman and Jacob Magid, The Times of Israel)

How the Lemon Test Soured the First Amendment (podcast)
(Stream of Conscience, Becket)

RFRA, We Love You (podcast)
(Stream of Conscience, Becket)

Queensland becomes fifth Australian state to legalise voluntary euthanasia
(Felicity Caldwell and Matt Dennien, Brisbane Times)

Catholics in Belarus welcome new archbishop amid continued repression
(Jonathan Luxmoore, Catholic News Service)

Colombian social media star challenges censorship ruling in court
(Sofia Hörder, Christian Today)

Challenging abortion laws in Bangladesh: In need of a multi-pronged judicial strategy
(Psymhe Wadud, EJIL: Talk! Blog of the European Journal of International Law)

Access, travel rules influence missionary vaccine policies
(Holly Meyer, Associated Press)

Many faith leaders say no to endorsing vaccine exemptions
(Peter Smith, Associated Press)

Satanic Temple loses fight over city's revocation of display permit
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Arkansas Supreme Court rejects inmate's complaint over withholding of Nation of Islam publications
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

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