Law and Religion Headlines

Tuesday, 3 January 2023

Clergy or spies? Concerning that New York Times update on accusations inside Ukraine
(Terry Mattingly, GetReligion)

Pakistani film on forced conversions wins award at Cannes – analysis
(P. K. Balachandran, Eurasia Review)

Two weeks in review, 19 December – 1 January
(Tal Gross, EJIL: Talk! Blog of the European Journal of International Law)

Iran: Religious persecutions and issues – Christians and Baha’is in December
(Human Rights Without Frontiers International)

Iran's Revolutionary Guards set to be labelled as terrorist group by UK
(James Landale, BBC News)

Today’s uprising of Muslim women could change the world
(Fiamma Nirenstein, Jewish News Syndicate)

Russia: Religious persecutions and issues – Bimonthly news digest
(Human Rights Without Frontiers International)

Korean Catholics join call to end death penalty
(Union of Catholic Asian News)

India: Anti-conversion law | Not all religious conversions are illegal, Supreme Court remarks
(Krishnadas Rajagopal, The Hindu)

Is religious freedom the top target for the coming year?
(Robert Clarke, The European Conservative)

India: ‘Hate speech denies human beings right to dignity’
(Kasmir Reader)

Priests from Cuba’s Santeria religion see hard year ahead
(Marc Frank, Reuters)

Turkey lowers gas prices for places of worship and industrial consumption
(Duvar English)

Lithuania passes law allocating nearly $40 million for Holocaust survivors
(David I. Klein, Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

Mozambique: A new attack on a village in the north of the country claimed by ISIS-Mozambique
(Agenzia Fides)

Friday, 30 December 2022

VIRTUAL EVENT, 30 December 2022 (12PM EST): Congo Peace Vigil: A Global Call for Peace in the Congo
(The Africa Faith and Justice Network (AFJN))

Thursday, 29 December 2022

HHS issues new strengthened conscience and religious nondiscrimination proposed rule
(U.S. Department of Health & Human Services)

Kenya: Marsabit takes steps in fighting violent extremism, radicalisation
(Abdikadir Chari, The Star)

Australia: Successful religious discrimination claim in foster-carer case
(Neil Foster, Law and Religion Australia)

USCIRF releases report on state-controlled religion and religious freedom violations in China
(U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom)

USCIRF releases new report on religious freedom in Saudi Arabia
(U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom)

Opinion: Sisters for Life, Inc. v. Louisville-Jefferson County, KY Metro Government (pdf)
(United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit)

6th Circuit: Healthcare buffer zone law violates pro-lifer's free speech rights
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

6th Circuit: Temporary shortening of prison worship time upheld
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

The most significant religion stories of 2022
(Religion News Service)

Reasons for despair — and hope — for traditional religious views’ place on campus
(Charles C. Camosy, Religion News Service)

US bankruptcy court approves $121M clergy abuse settlement
(Associated Press)

Meet the rabbi who is helping bring legal cannabis to New York
(Jacob Henry, Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

Italian Jewish leaders condemn parliament president for honoring neo-fascist party
(David I. Klein, Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

Our Top 10 stories in 2022
(Brian Grim, Religious Freedom & Business Foundation)

The court recognizes the law of Ukraine on renaming the UOC-MP as compliant with the Constitution
(Religious Information Service of Ukraine (RISU))

Ukraine's Orthodox Church conflict: A wartime struggle for 'spiritual independence' and security
(Aleksander Palikot, Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty)

Ministry of Culture and Information Policy will not recommend extending the lease of two churches in Lavra with UOC-MP, - Tkachenko
(Religious Information Service of Ukraine (RISU))

Colanders and Pastafarians again: Alm and Sager
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Jehovah’s Witnesses launch new legal case in Germany over Annemarie Kusserow’s archive

Israel: Will the new gov't drastically change the religion-state status quo? - analysis
(Zvika Klein, The Jerusalem Post)

What role will ‘Religious Zionism’ have in the next Israeli govt?
(Al Jazeera)

Jerusalem's Islamic council warns Israel 'militarising' Al-Aqsa Mosque
(Middle East Monitor)

Jordan king warns of ‘red lines’ in Jerusalem as Netanyahu returns to office
(Zeena Saifi, CNN)

Irish church leaders share ‘great concern for state of fragile peace’ on island
(Rebecca Black, Independent)

Norwegian parliamentary politicians laughed when they quoted from the Bible
(Nina Kristiansen, Science Norway)

More Nicaraguans are crossing the border because in their country even praying is a crime
(Arturo McFields Yescas, The Hill)

Secular India becoming a religion-based state, says M.B. Rajesh
(The Hindu)

Brazil: What about [government] ministry to evangelicals? (Portuguese)
(Wilson Lima, O Antagonista)

Brazil: [Bishop] Edir Macedo is the target of criminal news for speech considered homophobic (Portuguese)

Brazil: Political correctness and the public manifestation of faith at Christmas (Portuguese)
(Gazeta do Povo)

Brazil: Largest Umbanda temple in Curitiba is the target of religious intolerance (Portuguese)
(Aroldo Murá)

Nicaragua: New report shows government attempting to eradicate independent civil society and critical voices
(CSW: Everyone Free to Believe)

Cuba: Priest decries lack of religious freedom in Cuba
(Catholic News Agency)

Details of charges against silently praying charity volunteer now public – prayer deemed “intimidating”

Tuesday, 27 December 2022

BYU Law and the United Nations: Creating tools for the promotion of human rights
(Rachel Edwards, International Center for Law and Religion Studies (ICLRS), Brigham Young University)

Freedom of religion or belief and gender equality across the OSCE region
(Talk About: Law and Religion - Blog of the International Center for Law and Religion Studies)

D.B. and Others v. Switzerland: Tracing the origins of the right to recognition of same-sex parentage in international surrogacy
(Nikos Koumoutzis, Strasbourg Observers)

Federal court rules Sikhs can serve God and country

In court ruling, Sikh recruits can attend USMC training while keeping beards and turbans
(Alejandra Molina, Religion News Service)

Court rules Marine Corps must admit Sikh members recruits with faith-required hair, beards
(Mark A. Kellner, The Washington Times)

The day a woman was arrested for silently praying
(Sebastian Morello, The European Conservative)

Iran: Securing ethnic and religious pluralism in a democratic Iran
(Paul Marshall, Hudson Institute)

Afghanistan: Without women, Afghanistan has no future
(Ewelina U. Ochab, Forbes)

2022 in review: Top ten blogs from LSE Religion and Global Society
(Flora Rustamova, London School of Economics Religion and Global Society Blog)

India: As another Christmas arrives, Hindu extremists are targeting Indian Christians
(Joseph D'Souza, Washington Examiner)

India: Anti-Christian riots in India surge across 20 villages
(International Christian Concern)

Australia: Devout Christians awarded damages after their application to become foster parents was rejected
(Rebecca Trigger, ABC News Australia)

State lawsuits defend abortion access with religious freedom
(Arleigh Rodgers, Associated Press)

Shapiro’s big win is a high note amid antisemitism surge
(Peter Smith, Associated Press)

Paphos bishop elected as new leader of Cyprus Church
(Menelaos Hadjicostis, Associated Press)

Identity is complex for Lebanon’s Christian Palestinian camp
(Abby Sewell, Associated Press)

In Ohio, ‘zoombombing’ a religious service can now net jail time, thanks to advocacy by Jewish groups
(Ron Kampeas, Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

Latin America’s biggest online retailer says it reduced antisemitic products by 89% this year
(Juan Melamed, Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

Utah Supreme Court says order in divorce proceeding on children's religious teaching is too broad
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Articles of interest - 26 December 2022
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Court dismisses Hindu organization's defamation suit
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Court remands question of accommodating religious objection to COVID testing
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Army enjoined from disciplining plaintiffs who refuse COVID vaccine on religious grounds
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Egypt: Muslim Brotherhood at the crossroads: Where now for Egypt’s once-powerful group following leader’s death in exile, repression at home?
(Ioana Emy Matesan, The Conversation)

Catholic leader warns of rising global hunger, hails new US measure
(Ngala Killian Chimtom, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Church, state, and the common good
(R. R. Reno, First Things)

Taiwanese leader to headline religious freedom summit
(Real Clear Politics)

Law and religion round-up – 23rd December
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Pakistan: Karachi religious leaders join #ShineALight campaign to celebrate Hanukkah
(The European Times)

27 journalists from 11 Arab countries graduate from KAICIID’s Dialogue Journalism Fellowship
(KAICIID Dialogue Centre)

“A great gift” – KAICIID fellows reflect on our programme impact”
(KAICIID Dialogue Centre)

Faint signs of faith part 3: Does the media cover religion enough in the Czech Republic?
(Ivelina Georgieva and Nikol Gileva, Religion Unplugged)

Security | Securing the blessings of faith and democracy
(YouTube Video, Council on American-Islamic Relations)

Japanese bishops slam ‘dangerous weaponizing’
(Union of Catholic Asian News)

Second boatload of Rohingya arrives in Indonesia in as many days
(Pizaro Gozali Idrus, Radio Free Asia)

A bitter winter for MIVILUDES
(Bitter Winter)

Catholicism and nationalism: Are they compatible?
(YouTube Video, Institute for Human Ecology)

Jehovah's Witnesses Norway lose registration religious community
(Christian Network Europe)

Ghana warning against harmful New Year prophecies
(Dickens Olewe, BBC News)

Williamsburg Hometown IGA sued by EEOC for religious discrimination
(U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission)

Vietnamese Party, State facilitate practice of religions
(Vietnam Plus)

Religious freedom violations: Do not forget Cuba
(Massimo Introvigne, Bitter Winter)

UOC (Moscow Patriarchate) will not change its name after Constitutional Court’s decision
(Ukrainian News)

Some Ukrainians move up Christmas to part ways with Russia
(Renata Brito and Hanna Arhirova, Associated Press)

Christmas greetings of the President of Ukraine to Western Rite Orthodox Christians
(Religious Information Service of Ukraine (RISU))

Will US religious freedom designations drive real actions?
(Jeremy P. Barker, The Hill)

FFRF disappointed in Jan. 6 report’s Christian nationalist omissions
(Freedom From Religion Foundation)

Final 2022 podcast: What parts of the Roe v. Wade story deserved additional coverage?
(Terry Mattingly, GetReligion)

Supreme Court respected religious liberty in 2022, but will it in 2023?
(Kelly Shackelford, Fox News)

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