Law and Religion Headlines

Wednesday, 24 March 2021

Christians & California’s homeless calamity
(Derryck Green, Juicy Ecumenism, Institute on Religion and Democracy)

Cert. petition filed in Maine church's challenge to COVID limitations
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Weekly highlight #148: COVID-19: Exploring faith dimensions: addressing vaccine concerns, gendered covid-19 responses, and what “postapocalyptic” survivors can teach us
(Berkley Center, Joint Learning Initiative, WFDD)

Women in the COVID-19 Crisis: Disproportionately Affected and Protagonists of Regeneration
(Dicastery for Promoting Intergral Human Development)

Maine church case goes to SCOTUS
(Liberty Counsel)

Court dismisses challenge to book used in high school literature curriculum
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Prominent ex-Mormon sues church for fraud in the use of members' tithes
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Call for businesses to raise awareness of modern-day genocide
(Religious Freedom & Business Foundation)

Pakistan: Adventist sentenced to death for blasphemy
(Massimo Introvigne, Bitter Winter)

UN rights body urges freedom of religion in Sri Lanka
(Peter Kenny, Anadolu Agency)

Sri Lanka minorities call on UNHRC to stop anti-Muslim policies
(Daily Sabah)

Sri Lanka: Over 20 NGOs against the re-introduction of the anti-conversion law
(Human Rights Without Frontiers International)

Let us worship: Court ruling on Scottish government’s worship ban imminent
(ADF International)

A Christian survival guide for a secular age
(Rod Dreher, Deseret News)

Far-right party set to gain new influence after Israeli vote
(Joseph Krauss, Associated Press)

Lawsuit accuses Mormon church of fraud in use of donations
(Sophia Eppolito, Associated Press)

Salt Lake church providing sanctuary to mother and kids joins legal battle against ICE
(Annie Knox, Deseret News)

Can we still reason together? A conversation with Robert P. George
(Serena Sigillito and Robert P. George, Public Discourse: The Journal of the Witherspoon Institute)

The Christian baker who said ‘no’
(William McGurn, The Wall Street Journal - Opinion)

Keeping up with the times: If schools nix 'Mom and Dad,' is mainstream journalism next?
(Richard Ostling, GetReligion)

Islamic radicals intensifying activity in Urals due to uncontrolled immigration - Patrushev

COVID-19: was the closure of places of worship in Scotland lawful? Philip & Ors
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

House of Lords: draft Registration of Marriages Regulations 2021
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Vicarious liability for rape: Barry Congregation of JWs
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

When can religious indoctrination deprive an adult of capacity? EOA
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

WEBINAR, 24 March 2021 (10AM Central): The Road to COP26: An Intergenerational and Multilateral Conversation on Climate Justice
(Parliament of the World's Religions)

WEBINAR, 24 March 2021 (11:30AM EDT): The Geopolitics of Religious Moderation in the Middle East and North Africa
(Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)

WEBINAR, 24 March 2021 (9AM EDT / 2PM CET): Faith & Society: A Global Perspective
(The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints European Office)

Palace firm vs opening churches on Holy Week
(Catherine S. Valente, The Manila Times)

Manila Archdiocese vows to defy govt Holy Week ban
(Joseph Peter Calleja, Union of Catholic Asian News)

French minister warns of ‘foreign meddling’ in Strasbourg mosque funding row

The U.S. needs deradicalization—for Christian extremists
(Melissa Graves, Muhammad Fraser-Rahim, Foreign Policy)

Religious and sectarian identity in Syria
(Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)

Damascus or Dar'a? The rural-urban divide in the Syrian conflict (Responding to: Religious and sectarian identity in Syria)
(Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)

Identity as analytical category: ten years of knowledge production on Syria (Responding to: Religious and sectarian identity in Syria)
(Harout Akdedian, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)

Politics of sectarianism in the Middle East: Past and present (Responding to: Religious and sectarian identity in Syria)
(Ayşe Baltacıoğlu-Brammer, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)

Sectarian messaging and perceptions in the Syrian civil war (Responding to: Religious and sectarian identity in Syria)
(Erin York, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)

Syria’s “Sunni question” is here to stay (Responding to: Religious and sectarian identity in Syria)
(Thomas Pierret, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)

The post-human dynamics of politics and religion in Syria (Responding to: Religious and sectarian identity in Syria)
(Maximilian Lakitsch, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)

The role of religion in the political future of Syria: State Muslimness versus Islamism (Responding to: Religious and sectarian identity in Syria)
(Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)

Syrian bishop calls economic sanctions ‘crime against humanity’
(Elise Ann Allen, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Tuesday, 23 March 2021

COVID-19 Vaccines: Resources for Church Leaders
(Cabina di Regia of the Vatican COVID-19 Commission, DiReSom)

Legal Journal Number 5 (16): February/March 2021 (Spanish)
(Observatorio de Libertad Religiosa de América Latina y El Caribe)

Monday, 22 March 2021

US and China clash at UN meeting on combatting racism
(Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press)

Has the Vatican lost its voice in China?
(Fredrik Fällman, East Asia Forum)

Vatican should speak up on China, scholar says
(Catholic News Agency)

Iceland adds Judaism to list of state-recognized religions
(Cnaan Liphshiz, Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

Iceland recognizes Judaism as an official state religion
(Hadassah Brenner, The Jerusalem Post)

New tortures target Church of Almighty God members
(Wang Yichi, Bitter Winter: A Magazine on Religious Liberty and Human Rights in China)

European bishops: Some nations reduced religious freedom during pandemic
(Jonathan Luxmoore, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Erdogan pulls Turkey out of European treaty aimed at protecting women from violence
(Kareem Fahim, The Washington Post)

Row over interfaith marriage boils over in southeast Delhi
(Times of India)

Law on interfaith marriage not against any religion: Shivraj Singh Chouhan
(Chetan Chauhan and Madan Jaira, Hindustan Times)

Arizona senator, Latter-day Saint leader join interfaith leaders calling for LGBTQ equality, religious freedom
(Tad Walch, Deseret News)

Dying in America: The notion of the sublime can help us understand the magnitude of the pandemic's toll – and pushes us to rethink our approach to death.
(William Schweiker, Sightings: The Martin Marty Center, University of Chicago Divinity School)

Seal of Confession: the public interest in confidential communications
(Australian Catholic University)

So help me God: a history of oaths in office
(Australian Catholic University)

What is a hate crime? The narrow legal definition makes it hard to charge and convict
(Jeannine Bell, The Conversation)

7th Circuit enjoins Indiana's parent abortion notification statute
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

7th Circuit creates clear split on viability of balancing test used to evaluate abortion restrictions
(Debra Cassens Weiss, Religion Clause)

9th Circuit hears oral arguments in the Satanic Temple's suit on invocations
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Satanic Temple tells 9th Circuit that city discriminated by canceling ‘legislative prayer’ before council meetings
(Aaron Keller, Law & Crime)

Canadian province's limits on worship services are upheld
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Articles of interest - 22 March 2021
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Court continues 30-year old church factional dispute
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

France’s new marriage laws could trigger Islamophobic abuses
(Matthew P. Cavedon, Canopy Forum on the Interactions of Law & Religion)

France: Prohibition of homeschooling canceled in Commission at the Senate
(Patricia Duval, Human Rights Without Frontiers International)

Colorado baker sued for refusing gender transition cake
(Colleen Slevin, Associated Press)

UK Sikh leaders celebrate upcoming holiday with vaccine clinic
(Danica Kirka, Associated Press)

Withdrawal from the Istanbul Convention by Turkey: A testing problem for the Council of Europe
(Başak Çalı, EJIL: Talk! Blog of the European Journal of International Law)

Turkey withdraws from European treaty protecting women
(Zeynep Bilginsoy, Associated Press)

Second Massachusetts city to recognize polyamorous relationships
(Catholic News Agency)

Top Iraqi Catholic praises return of Christian-owned property
(Elise Ann Allen, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Sydney archbishop urges ‘deep breath’ after news of artificial embryos
(Catholic News Service)

Egyptian women’s access to judiciary still limited
(Hagar Hosny, Al-Monitor: Egypt Pulse)

Israeli-Arab mothers lead protest against crime, violence
(Afif Abu Much, Al-Monitor: Israel Pulse)

Religious News from Around the Web March 22, 2021
(World Religion News)

China sanctions EU officials in response to Uyghur row
(Deutsche Welle)

Iowa college officials denied immunity in religious freedom case
(Rox Laird, Courthouse News Service)

Court: U Iowa officials liable for targeting Christian group
(Ryan J. Foley, Associated Press)

University of Iowa gets a lesson on the First Amendment
(Becket: Press Release)

Taliban to pursue ‘Islamic government’ amidst anticipation of May 2021 US withdrawal
(Shaheer Choudhury,

Police in Ireland fine Catholic priest for offering public Masses
(Catholic News Agency)

Hong Kong has gone dark: Op-Ed
(Arielle Del Turco and Bob Fu, The Christian Post)

FBK lawyer Sobol attends church service in violation of conditions of her house arrest

Plug-in: Debates about race, religion follow shooting of eight, Including six Asian women
(Bobby Ross Jr., GetReligion)

Prayers and bloodshed during Lent: Catholic bishops cry out for help in Nigeria
(Terry Mattingly, GetReligion)

Mixing religion and politics leading to rise of the 'nones,' scholars say
(Leonardo Blair, The Christian Post)

World health chief pays tribute to faith leaders in fight against COVID-19
(Peter Kenny, Ecumenical News)

Pakistani Christian man sentenced to death for blasphemy against Islam
(Anugrah Kumar, The Christian Post)

Church of England may impose black, minority ethnic quota for clergy
(Anugrah Kumar, The Christian Post)

Ukraine to let in vaccinated Israeli pilgrims for Rosh Hashanah
(Cnaan Liphshiz, Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

Sadiq Khan attends Charedi mass vaccination: ‘It’s a game changer, a life-saver’
(Jenni Frazer, Jewish News)

The evangelization of lawlessness: RFRA was the first “big lie”
(Marci A. Hamilton, Verdict)

Pakistan's minorities demand anti-forced conversion law
(Union of Catholic Asian News)

Life in U.S. religious congregations slowly edges back toward normal
(Pew Research Center: Religion & Public Life)

New COVID-19 legislation and guidance to 27 March
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Law and religion round-up – 21st March
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

US bishops denounce violence against Asian Americans
(Lucy Grindon, Union of Catholic Asian News)

COVID-19: MHCLG update on singing and weddings
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

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