Law and Religion Headlines

Friday, 2 July 2021

US Supreme Court to hear Maine religious school tuition case
(Patrick Whittle, Associated Press)

Justices add one religious-rights case to docket but turn down another
(Amy Howe, SCOTUSblog)

The Supreme Court will hear a case on the funding of religious schools
(Eric Singerman, National Public Radio)

US Supreme Court backs Minnesota Amish in septic tank fight
(Ssteve Karnowski, Associated Press)

What the Supreme Court did for Religion
(Linda Greenhouse, The New York Times Opinion)

Religion at the Supreme Court: 3 essential reads
(Matt Williams, Morgan Marietta, Nomi Stolzenberg, Steven K. Green, The Conversation)

France probes claims that retailers used forced Uyghur labor
(Angela Charlton, Associated Press)

France needs more civil liberties and less hypo-securitization of religion
(Sania Farooqui, Inter Press Service)

Nigerian President: religion is not the problem--the people of Nigeria are
(Africa Examiner)

Biden’s 2020 margins came from atheists, agnostics; Trump’s white evangelical backing rose: Study
(Mark A. Kellner, The Washington Times)

Report: Fatal assisted living fire linked to cleaning ritual
(Associated Press)

Americans are as divided as ever, and religion is the wedge
(Mark Silk, RNS Column: Spiritual Politics)

Progressives could legalize polyamorous marriage even if Congress opposed it
(Michael Lind, Tablet Magazine)

Vatican steps into heated debate on anti-homophobia law in Italy
(Claire Giangravé, Religion News Service)

Religious freedom advocate seeks Republican nod to challenge Rep. Abigail Spanberger
(Meagan Flynn, The Washington Post)

Valdís Fjölnisdóttir and Others v Iceland: cross-border surrogacy and foster care. What about the best interests of the child?
(Marianna Iliadou, Strasbourg Observers)

Firefighter loses suit over refusal to be photographed
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Divided court invalidates California donor-disclosure rules
(Amy Howe, SCOTUSblog)

Spain tries mercy in Catalonia
(Christian Science Monitor)

Conference of European Churches Annual Report 2020 (PDF)

The CCP at 100: What next for human rights in Eu-China relations?
(Zsuzsa Anna Ferenczy, 9DASHLINE)

Evangelical church leader arrested in Khartoum
(CSW: Everyone Free to Believe)

Destructive Lies – Disinformation, speech that incites violence and discrimination against religious minorities in India (PDF)
(Open Doors)

India: Open Doors publishes new report on situation of religious minorities
(Human Rights Without Frontiers International)

Report concludes Christians in India are living in 'constant fear'
(Cara Bentley, Premier Christian News)

India’s Hindutva hardliners treat religious conversion as security threat
(Asim Ali, Modern Diplomacy)

Activists, religious believers tightly controlled for 100 year anniversary of Communist Party
(CSW: Everyone Free to Believe)

Do we have a constitutional right to free speech?
(Rocco Loiacono, Spectator Australia)

​​​​​​​USCIRF applauds ban on Chinese solar panels produced by Uyghur forced labor
(U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom)

China: Special bimonthly FoRB newsletter (16-30.06.2021)
(Human Rights Without Frontiers International)

"My future is now." An Afghan woman from a threatened minority wrestles with what happens when the U.S. withdraws
(Knox Thames, TIME)

Pakistan’s Khan backs China on Uighurs, praises one-party system
(Al Jazeera)

Imran Khan has normalized prejudice in Pakistan
(Farahnaz Ispahani, The Diplomat)

The perils of being Ahmadi in Pakistan
(Knox Thames, Inkstick)

'My Brother’s Keeper: Addressing Impending Genocide' – the National Parliamentary Prayer Breakfast
(Knox Thames, YouTube Video)

Religious discrimination during crises: A global perspective
(Knox Thames, YouTube Video)

Vatican seeks all-out effort to combat vaccine hesitancy
(Nicole Winfield, Associated Press)

Kentucky’s contract with children’s agency remains in limbo
(Bruce Schreiner and Piper Hudspeth Blackburn, Associated Press)

Pope: Lebanon must remain a ‘land of tolerance, pluralism’
(Nicole Winfield, Associated Press)

Oregon bill aimed at Catholic health care; Ohio protects conscience rights
(Ed Langlois, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Dolan: Religious freedom is a human right and ‘essential’ to human dignity
(Ann Carey, Catholic News Service)

Video: Why does religious liberty matter? Prominent faith and thought leaders answer that important question
(Sarah Jane Weaver, Church News)

#No Beijing 2022 – WELT-OLYMPIATAG (German)
(Forum for Religious Freedom-Europe)

Evangelicals repudiating America?
(Mark Tooley, Juicy Ecumenism, Institute on Religion and Democracy)

How Catholics shaped the American tradition of religious liberty
(Lael Weinberger, National Review)

Bishop: Will Catholic Dems support protections for babies who survive abortion?
(Robert Barron, New York Post)

The American church needs to reckon with its legacy in Indigenous boarding schools
(Kaitlin Curtice, Religion News Service)

‘Liberated’ ethnic studies curriculum fails to liberate California schools from anti-Semitism
(Tammi Rossman-Benjamin, Jewish News Syndicate Opinion)

Radicals in Tbilisi protest against LGBT events

C.S. Lewis on love of country and love of God: An Independence Day reflection
(Eric Patterson, Religious Freedom Institute)

RFI experts join panel discussion at Notre Dame Religious Liberty Summit
(Religious Freedom Institute)

Ecclesiastical law judgments – June (II)
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

How churches can help encourage financial capital in nonmetro areas
(Brian Foreman and Justin Nelson , Baptist News Global)

How a little-known federal land use law could help combat antisemitism in America
(Noel Sterett, Religion News Service)

Catholic bishops in Togo increase dialogue efforts
(Charles Ayetan, La Croix International)

Tanzanian president asks Catholic bishops for help to fight COVID-19
(La Croix International)

Freedom of religion or belief to promote peace, justice & stronger societies
(JoAnne Wadsworth, G20 Interfaith Forum Blog)

Much ado about mass surveillance – the ECtHR Grand Chamber ‘opens the gates of an electronic “Big Brother” in Europe’ in Big Brother Watch v UK
(Eliza Watt, Strasbourg Observers)

Covid-19: Religious organisations in South Africa support ban on gatherings
(Nicole McCain, News24)

For heaven’s sake? The gospel truth behind the agenda of Brazil’s likely ambassador to South Africa
(Peter Fabricius, Daily Maverick)

Thursday, 1 July 2021

Vatican archbishop walks back criticism of protest on anti-homophobia bill
(Elise Ann Allen, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse.)

WEBINAR, 1 July 2021 (3PM in Zurich): Reminiscing the Past, Rethinking the Future: Intergenerational conversation will commemorate 50 years of WCC’s interreligious inroads
(World Council of Churches)

WEBINAR, 1 July 2021, 7:00 pm (Eastern Time - US): Between Juneteenth and the Fourth of July: A Conversation about White Christian Nationalism w/ Robert P. Jones & Kristin Du Mez

VIRTUAL EVENT, 1 July 2021 (1PM ET): The New Anti-Semitism: What Business Needs to Know
(Religious Freedom & Business Foundation)

WEBINAR, 1 July 2021 (19.30 (GMT+3)): Freedom Of Religion Or Belief And Gender Equality
(Freedom of Belief Initiative)

WEBINAR, 1 July 2021, (6PM CEST): The impact of COVID-19 on women
(G20 Interfaith Forum)

CALL FOR PAPERS, Deadline 1 July 2021: Twelfth Annual Religious Liberty Student Writing Competition
(Washington DC/Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society and the International Center for Law and Religion Studies)

Wednesday, 30 June 2021

Ukrainian Baptist goes to Russia seeking converts
(Kavkaz Realii, Russia Religion News (Stetson University))

Plans to remove Russians from list of native peoples of Ukraine utter nonsense - Russian Orthodox Church

Russia: Jehovah's Witnesses receive long prison sentences
(Deutsche Welle)

Russian Church proposes to make the Day of Crimea's Reunification with Russia a national holiday

The case against legalized religious holiday: Balancing the scale between politics and religion in Liberia
(Samuel B. Reeves, Front Page Africa)

Marriage officers in South Africa should have the right to object on religious grounds
(Shaun de Freitas, Mail & Guardian)

South Africans have been talking, but courts will have the final say on marriage laws
(Nonkululeko Njilo, Sowetan Live)

An invitation to join the conversation on COVID and women
(Sofia Caseiro, Viewpoints: A blog of the G20 Interfaith Forum)

WEBINAR, 30 June 2021 (9AM New York/3PM Brussels): Freedom of Religion or Belief to Promote Peace, Justice & Stronger Societies
(EU & International Affairs office of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the G20 Interfaith Forum, Ahead of the 2021 Italy G20 Summit Webinar Series)

WEBINAR, 30 June 2021: The impact of Covid-19 on churches
(Conference of European Churches)

VIRTUAL EVENT, 30 June 2021 (3PM ET): USCIRF Conversation on the Exodus of Religious Minority Communities in Afghanistan
(U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom)

No religion: Why more in Singapore are turning away from traditional faiths
(Chew Hui Min, CNA)

A ‘change government?’ Not for religion and state
(Ariel Finkelstein, Jerusalem Post)

Who are the Catholic bishops drafting the controversial Communion document?
(Jack Jenkins, Alejandra Molina, and Claire Giangravé, The Washington Post)

Roma see little hope as they mourn ‘Czech George Floyd’
(Tim Gosling, Al Jazeera)

Life sentence upheld for Christian in blasphemy case
(Morning Star News)

Pakistani activists reject bill to rename minorities
(Union of Catholic Asian News)

Investigating child sexual abuse in Pakistan's madrasas
(S. Khan, Deutsche Welle)

Significantly fewer churches are burning in Norway
(Stein Gudvangen, Evangelical Focus)

Millions skipped church during pandemic. Will they return?
(David Sharp, Associated Press)

France legalizes IVF for lesbians and single women
(Sylvie Corbet, Associated Press)

Islamic State group says it’s behind Congo suicide bombing
(Al-Hadji Kudra Maliro, Associated Press)

Why stay silent? The crisis in the Holy Land is ‘our issue,’ too.
(Jordan Denari Duffner, Commonweal)

Bishop warns Cameroon military offensive risks radicalizing Anglophone youth
(Ngala Killian Chimtom, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Pope to meet with Canada Indigenous amid demands for apology
(Nicole Winfield, Associated Press)

More churches burn down on Canada indigenous land
(BBC News)

Rabbi Reuven Bulka, 'giant' in Ottawa's Jewish community, dies at 77
(Joseph Tunney, CBC News)

Urban places rich in Islam? – The ethos of an Islamic city in the modern world
(Traversing Tradition)

Save Afghanistan’s Sikhs and Hindus
(Henna Hundal and Sai Rajagopal, The Wall Street Journal - Opinion)

Barnet progressive shuls back Golders Green Islamic centre planning application
(Jewish News)

My excruciating fight against antisemitism as an Egyptian immigrant
(Khaled Hassan, Jewish News)

Religion and development in Africa: Blessing or curse?
(Deutsche Welle)

Colorado memorial draws religious freedom concerns
(Joseph Hammond, Religion News Service)

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