Law and Religion Headlines

Wednesday, 31 August 2022

Fellowship of Christian Athletes wins an 'equal access' case, even if LATimes missed that
(Terry Mattingly, GetReligion)

Photographer can’t be forced to shoot same-sex weddings, federal judge rules
(Mark A. Kellner, The Washington Times)

Germany: Silent prayer OK outside abortion counseling office, German court rules
(Mark A. Kellner, The Washington Times)

Germany: Verdict: Prayer at abortion organizations should not be banned (Germany)
(Johann R. Porter, International Family News)

German president extends wishes for fruitful WCC 11th Assembly characterised by hope
(World Council of Churches)

Iran: Monthly news about Baha’is and Christians in August (31.08.2022)
(Human Rights Without Frontiers International)

End it now: Rwanda-Democratic Republic of the Congo crisis
(Jacques Bahati, The Africa Faith and Justice Network (AFJN))

China: UN cites possible crimes vs. humanity in China’s Xinjiang
(Jamey Keaten and Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press)

Chinese Catholics warned over ‘foreign infiltration’
(Union of Catholic Asian News)

Kenya: Clerics call for justice as court begins hearing of presidential petitions
(Arnold Neliba, Catholic Information Service for Africa)

US college launches centre to highlight Muslim American experience
(Middle East Eye)

Indian police hunt for culprits behind church vandalism
(Bijay Kumar Minj, Union of Catholic Asian News)

India: ‘Anti-Muslim in its soul’: A boycott hurts Bollywood’s Aamir Khan
(Suparna Sharma, Al Jazeera)

Salman Rushdie and the wider effects of blasphemy accusations
(Paul Marshall, Religion Unplugged)

Netherlands: Scientology obtains full public benefit recognition in the Netherlands
(The European Times)

6 months of Russia’s full-scale attack: 205 religious sites ruined in Ukraine
(Religious Information Service of Ukraine (RISU))

Ukraine's ambassador to the Vatican praised today's Vatican statement on the war in Ukraine
(Religious Information Service of Ukraine (RISU))

Mass events on Rosh Hashanah banned in Uman
(Religious Information Service of Ukraine (RISU))

Cabinet of Ministers approves proposals on personal sanctions against Patriarch Kirill and several members of the Russian Orthodox Church
(Religious Information Service of Ukraine (RISU))

A Black pastor was watering his neighbor's flowers. Then the police showed up
(Jonathan Franklin, National Public Radio)

Australia: Victorian Liberal Party branch stacking claims as Pentecostal church 'infiltrates' branches
(Bec Symons, Charlotte King, Andy Burns, ABC News Australia)

Australia: Bid to change Queensland law that allows religious schools to discriminate against gay teachers
(Eden Gillespie, The Guardian)

Repeal resolution granting Muslim school holidays, FFRF urges San Francisco
(Freedom From Religion Foundation)

The link between Texas’ law requiring ‘In God We Trust’ signs in schools and the January 6 insurrection
(Andrew L. Seidel, Religion Dispatches)

Taiwan: Statement on Regional Religious Freedom Forum
(Twitter, Tsai Ing-wen)

Nicaraguans risk losing their last havens as regime targets their churches
(Christopher Hill, Freedom House)

Chile: Carmelite nuns show favor to the Chilean anti-Catholic constitution (Spanish)

International Day for Victims of Enforced Disappearance: Stories from China (Chinese)
(FoRB in Full: A blog by CSW)

Monday, 29 August 2022

ONLINE COURSE, 29 August - 7 October: Under Caesar's Sword: Christians in Response to Persecution
(Daniel Philpott, University of Notre Dame)

Christianity, Ethics and the Law: The Concept of Love in Christian Legal Thought (forthcoming)
(Zachary R. Calo, Joshua Neoh, A. Keith Thompson, eds, Routledge)

Landi v. Italy: Proving Discrimination with Statistics in Cases of Domestic Violence
(Stella Christoforidou, Strasbourg Observers)

Annual talk at Rimini Meeting in Italy, on Natural Disposition & Values; discussing Luigi Giussani's "Religious Sense"
(Twitter, Mohammed Al-Issa)

“Italy’s fragmentation is caused by individualism and a complex electoral system”
(Jonatán Soriano, Evangelical Focus)

EVENT, 29 August 2021: The London Interfaith Fun Run

Myanmar: No justice, no freedom for Rohingya 5 years on
(Human Rights Watch)

Australian Journal of Law and Religion - Volume 1
(Australian Journal of Law and Religion)

Australia: The Anglican split: why has sexuality become so important to conservative Christians?
(Mark Jennings, The Conversation)

Yoga versus democracy? What survey data says about spiritual Americans’ political behavior
(Evan Stewart and Jaime Kucinskas, The Conversation)

Court: Arkansas can’t ban treatment of transgender kids
(Andrew DeMillo, Associated Press)

Why many Latinos are choosing Protestantism over Catholicism
(Marina E. Franco, Axios)

Americans Don’t want books banned, but they’re divided over what schools teach
(Zoha Qamar, FiveThirtyEight)

Why virtue signaling isn’t the same as virtue – it actually furthers the partisan divide
(Christopher Beem, The Conversation)

Yeshiva University seeks Supreme Court protection for religious identity

Yeshiva University asks Supreme Court to block forced recognition of LGBTQ club
(Kelsey Reichmann, Courthouse News Service)

Federal court strikes down Transgender Mandate

Around the web - 29 August 2022
(Law and Religion Forum, St. John's Law School Center for Law & Religion)

Public law and private law
(Marc O. DeGirolami, Law and Religion Forum, St. John's Law School Center for Law & Religion)

WZO marks 125th anniversary of 1st Zionist Congress with lavish, costly Swiss affair
(Avner Hofstein and Judah Ari Gross, The Times of Israel)

Long overlooked, Oregon's Swastika Mountain may have a new name soon
(Dustin Jones, National Public Radio)

Weaponizing Water: Water Stress and Islamic Extremist Violence in Africa and the Middle East (forthcoming)
(Marcus D. King, Lynne Rienner Publishers)

Sounding the alarm on anti-Catholic violence
(Andrea Picciotti-Bayer, National Catholic Register)

New Chinese Catholic leaders say they’ll follow Communist Party principles
(Catholic News Service)

Church of Almighty God: False demonstrations in Korea—again
(Liu Ya’nan, Bitter Winter)

China: Forced labor in Xinjiang, UN Rapporteur confirms: “It’s enslavement, a crime against humanity.”
(Ruth Ingram, Bitter Winter: A Magazine on Religious Liberty and Human Rights in China)

China: Directly urging the U.N. to press for release of Christian pastor John Cao from wrongful imprisonment in China
(CeCe Heil, American Center for Law and Justice)

Tokyo summit on freedom, peace & inclusion
(Religious Freedom & Business Foundation)

VIRTUAL COURSE: Using Interreligious Dialogue (IRD) to Strengthen Peace, Reconciliation and Social Cohesion
(KAICIID Dialogue Centre)

Christian medical ministry sues Michigan AG for discriminating against its religious views
(Alliance Defending Freedom)

Serbia’s leader says EuroPride won’t happen due to threats
(Jovana Gec, Associated Press)

Serbia: People protest against the holding of European Pride in Belgrade
(Sofia News Agency)

Canada: Nazem Kadri proud to parade Stanley Cup through home town and into mosque where tragedy struck
(Lance Hornby, Toronto Sun)

Turkish pop star jailed over joke placed under house arrest
(Nazlan Ertan, Al-Monitor)

Attacked at home, Afghan Sikhs find community on Long Island
(Deepa Bharath, Associated Press)

Judge: Congregation at oldest US synagogue can stay, for now
(Mark Pratt, Associated Press)

Iraq: Clashes erupt after Iraqi Shiite cleric resigns, 15 dead
(Qassim Abdul-Zahra and Samya Kullab, Associated Press)

RFRA defense cannot be decided on pre-trial motion
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Articles of interest - 29 August 2022
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

New Texas law requires posting ‘In God We Trust’ in schools, others warn of brazen Christian environment as students return to public schools
(Don Byrd, Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty)

Evangelical group releases climate change report, urges a biblical mandate for action
(Jack Jenkins, Religion News Service)

Cardinal says tiny East Timor, in shadow of Muslim giant, is laboratory of tolerance
(Elise Ann Allen, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Episode 419: Religious Liberty and the American Founding by Vincent Phillip Muñoz
(John J. Miller, National Review)

Ukraine: Independence Day celebrated by religious leaders in the Cathedral
(Human Rights Without Frontiers International)

UWC concerened the Pope’s recent disorienting statements regarding the war in Ukraine
(Religious Information Service of Ukraine (RISU))

Russia: Six who met to study their faith on trial in Moscow
(Victoria Arnold, Forum 18 News Service)

Fifth anniversary of the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar: UK statement
(Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office, GOV.UK)

Employment, freedom of speech and Evangelical views on sexuality: Walters
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Law and religion round-up – 28th August
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Greek archaeologists call on UNESCO to save Hagia Sophia
(Orthodox Christianity)

U.S. Bishops’ Chairman for International Justice and Peace expresses solidarity with Maronite Church
(United States Conference of Catholic Bishops)

U.S. Bishops’ Chairman for International Justice and Peace expresses solidarity with the church in Nicaragua
(United States Conference of Catholic Bishops)

Young theologians begin exploration of borders, reconciliation, and unity
(World Council of Churches)

European churches affirm reconciliation and unity ahead of the WCC Assembly
(Conference of European Churches)

Ireland: Post-Catholic Ireland on screen
(John Duggan, First Things)

Federal court asked to block Michigan enforcement of gender identity care rules at Christian clinic
(Mark A. Kellner, The Washington Times)

Two weeks in review, 15 August – 28 August
(Tal Gross, EJIL: Talk! Blog of the European Journal of International Law)

Thailand recognizes Catholic churches after 93-year wait
(Union of Catholic Asian News)

India: SC seeks TN’s response to plea claiming 40,000 temples, religious places ‘arbitrarily’ taken over by govt
(The Print)

In India’s BJP-ruled states, Christians under attack for alleged forced conversions
(Naila Khan, Religion Unplugged)

India: 26 Muslims booked in UP for offering congregational prayer at home
(Radio Pakistan)

A Catholic podcasting star says theocracy is not the way
(David Marchese, The New York Times)

Photos from the Church’s All Africa Service Day
(Mary Richards, Church News)

Shinzo Abe’s killing puts Unification Church under microscope
(William Sposato, Foreign Policy)

Iran: Prejudiced courts aiding land grabs of Baha’i properties in Iran
(Center for Human Rights in Iran)

Calif. school district can't bar Christian club opposed to gay marriage, court rules
(Nate Raymond, Reuters)

Psychedelic salon looks to the possibility of sacred healing
(Kathryn Post, Religion News Service)

Anti-Hindu attacks grow, from N.Y. to a California Taco Bell
(Richa Karmarkar, The Washington Post)

U.S. sues broker for selling data that could track church, health clinic visits
(David Shepardson, Reuters)

U.S. can't punish Christian hospitals for refusing to do abortions, gender surgery
(Brendan Pierson, Reuters)

Queen Elizabeth helped make UK more tolerant of all Christian denominations
(Catherine Pepinster, National Catholic Reporter)

Saturday, 27 August 2022

EVENT, 27 August 2022: Tokyo: Dare to Overcome
(Religious Freedom & Business Foundation)

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