Law and Religion Headlines


Friday, 12 April 2024

‘Released time’ religious instruction programs for public school students expanding with ‘plug and play’ curricula, state legislation
(Don Byrd, Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty)

Hungarian politician praises pope, condemns ‘woke’ politics ahead of EU elections
(Elise Ann Allen, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

The ADL’s new ‘report card’ for campus antisemitism gets an F from Hillel and some Jewish students
(Andrew Lapin, Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

Occupied Ukraine: deported priests now in Ukraine
(Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service)

CEC visit to Ukraine strengthens relations, affirming hope for just peace
(Conference of European Churches)

"Russia's war against Ukraine cannot be holy," - WCC responds to Patriarch Kirill
(Religious Information Service of Ukraine (RISU))

Uzbekistan: Islam, women, and genderization in professions: The case of Uzbekistan
(Rahimjon Abdugafurov, Canopy Forum on the Interactions of Law & Religion)

Sikhism's quest for recognition in Belgium
(La Croix International)

Myanmar: Gunmen shoot Myanmar priest while he celebrates Mass
(Union of Catholic Asian News)

Historic mosque opens for prayers after a century
(ekathimerini)

Two extremists burn copy of Holy Quran in front of Grand Mosque of Stockholm on Eid al-Fitr
(Shia Waves)

Former Cornell student pleads guilty to posting online threats against Jewish students on campus
(Eugene Volokh, Reason)

Consultation will explore “Faith Perspectives on Reparations, Sustainable Development, and Economic Justice”
(World Council of Churches)

Sudan: A year of conflict in Sudan – the international community must act now
(FoRB in Full: A blog by CSW)

Nuns lead charge against New York abortion mandate
(Becket)

U.S. official's Easter-in-China post stirs ire at home
(Susan Crabtree, Real Clear Politics)

Malaysia: Court victory disturbs Malaysia’s balancing act on Islamic law
(Joseph Rachman, Foreign Policy)

Vietnam: State respects, protects right to freedom of religion and belief for all: official
(Vietnam Plus)

India: Buddhism separate religion, Hindus must seek permission to convert, says Gujarat govt circular
(Parimal A Dabhi, The Indian Express)

Scottish police receive thousands of reports after new hate crime law
(Reuters)

Scottish 'hate speech' bill could limit freedom of religion
(Observatory on Intolerance and Discrimination against Christians in Europe)

Public Order Bill "silent prayer" (Volume 729: debated on Tuesday 7 March 2023)
(UK Parliament)

Vicarious liability and reforming the law of apologies in civil proceedings?
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Contempt and use of documents in CDM proceedings
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Appointment process for Bishop of Blackburn upheld
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Brazil: Religious racism generates conviction for moral damages (Portuguese)
(Bom Dia Advogado)

Wednesday, 10 April 2024

Muslim politicians in the U.K. have faced Islamophobia through Ramadan
(Fatima Al-Kassab, National Public Radio)

Indonesia expects biggest-ever Eid homecoming, a mass movement of over 190 million people
(Edna Tarigan, Associated Press)

‘Not your typical Ramadan’: Muslim Americans focus on Gaza in holy month
(Ali Harb, Al Jazeera)

Mosques in NYC struggle to house and feed an influx of Muslim migrants this Ramadan
(Philip Marcelo, Associated Press)

EVENT, 10 April 2024 (7:30AM - 5PM CDT): 11th Annual Iowa Religious Freedom Day: What Good is Religion in the 21st Century? (Des Moines, Iowa, USA)

VIRTUAL EVENT, 10 April 2024 (9:30AM ET): Harmony in Diversity - "Judaism" with Rabbi Noam Marans
(European Union and United Nations Offices of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)

NY police to pay $17.5m over hijab mugshot row
(Max Matza, BBC News)

Abortion ban likely violates religious freedoms, Indiana appeals court says
(David Wells, Courthouse News Service)

For Latino Muslims, Ramadan is a celebration of ‘Islam and Latinidad’
(Fiona André, Religion News Service)

The Vatican says surrogacy and gender theory are 'grave threats' to human dignity
(Jason DeRose, NPR)

Bipartisan approaches to international religious freedom
(Knox Thames)

Jordan's massive humanitarian convoy arrive in Gaza for Eid
(Roya News)

Pakistan deploys more than 100,000 police and paramilitary forces ahead of Eid al-Fitr
(Munir Ahmed, Associated Press)

VN commits to facilitate religious activities within legal framework
(Viet Nam News)

Vatican’s top diplomat begins a 6-day visit to Vietnam aimed at normalizing relations
(Aniruddha Ghosal, Associated Press)

Cert. filed in challenge to Michigan's Blaine Amendment
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

The eclipse fueled a religious freedom fight
(Kelsey Dallas, Deseret News)

Dozens of Christians arrested after shutting down Senate lunch in protest of Gaza famine
(Aleja Hertzler-McCain, Religion News Service)

Argentina: Meet Argentina’s Axel Wahnish, the first rabbi ever to be appointed as an ambassador to Israel
(Juan Melamed, Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

China gives monks a list of things they can’t do after the Dalai Lama's death
(Radio Free Asia)

Chinese ‘Mayflower Church’ celebrates one year of freedom
(Susan Crabtree, Real Clear Politics)

India using AI to target religious and ethnic minorities
(Rishabh Jain, Religion Unplugged)

Rising antisemitism weakens our societies
(Aurore Bergé, Felix Klein and Lord Eric Pickles, Jewish News)

CEC visits Ukraine, accompanying churches in their struggles for peace
(Conference of European Churches)

Japan: Religious freedom activists urge Biden to press Japan’s Kishida at summit
(Mark A. Kellner, The Washington Times)

WCC general secretary deepens collaboration with Archbishop of Canterbury
(World Council of Churches)

COMECE issues statement ahead of EP vote on the inclusion of abortion in the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights
(The Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union (COMECE))

The impact of the Russian invasion on faith-based communities in Ukraine
(Institute for Religious Freedom, Ukraine)

Biblebelt feature: Danish Christians are united against liberal state church
(Lennart Nijenhuis, Christian Network Europe)

The single judge and the single-sentence motivation (1): The Sloppy Decision in Deleuran v. Denmark
(Eva Brems, Strasbourg Observers)

Feds arrest Idaho teen before he attacked churches in name of ISIS
(Ben Brasch, The Washington Post)

Bolivia: Why the Catholic Church denounced Bolivia to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights
(Massimo Introvigne, Bitter Winter)

South Korea's Supreme Court upholds religious freedom in landmark law school admission case
(Adventist News Network)

Dozens of Christians arrested after shutting down Senate lunch in protest of Gaza famine
(Aleja Hertzler-McCain, Religion News Service)

Malaysia reports increase in requests to restrict social media content
(Reuters)

HHS targets conscience protections for religious hospitals
(Lori Windham, National Review)

Myanmar's army massacred Rohingyas. Now it wants their help
(Jonathan Head, BBC News)

Idaho teen accused of planning church attacks in loyalty to Islamic State
(Phil McCausland, BBC News)

Monday, 8 April 2024

The global pretensions of the Russian Orthodox Church
(Jerry G. Pankhurst, Talk About: Law and Religion - Blog of the International Center for Law and Religion Studies)

Adoption of resolution on freedom of religion or belief
(Human Rights Council, United Nations)

EVENT, 8 April 2024 (8:30AM - 4:30PM MDT): War, Diplomacy, and the Human Rights Dialogue: New Approaches for Latter-day Saint Professionals (Provo, UT, USA)
(Camille M Johnson, Paul Perrin, Brett Scharffs, Bill and April Bollard, Michael Frandsen, Lyn Burningham, Rachel Miner, Elizabeta Kitanovic, Medlir Mema, Shadman Bashir, Eric Jensen, James Patton, BYU Kennedy Center)

Why Indiana’s abortion ban (still) can’t be enforced against some people of faith
(Kelsey Dallas, Deseret News)

New York inmates are suing to watch the solar eclipse after state orders prisons locked down
(Philip Marcelo, Associated Press)

Some state lawmakers want school chaplains as part of a ‘rescue mission’ for public education
(Hannah Fingerhut, Associated Press)

How U.S. Muslims are experiencing the Israel-Hamas war
(Besheer Mohamed, Pew Research Center)

How U.S. Jews are experiencing the Israel-Hamas war
(Becka A. Alper, Pew Research Center)

Killing of World Central Kitchen humanitarian workers
(USAID)

UN shows conflicting approaches to Myanmar crisis
(John Sifton, Human Rights Watch)

Canada: Attempted break-in at Winnipeg mosque shakes community halfway through Ramadan
(Arturo Chang, CBC News)

Canada: Is there life after death? Majority of Canadians believe they may have more than one life to live
(Angus Reid Institute)

Court affirms pharmacies free to operate according to religious beliefs
(Alliance Defending Freedom)

‘Silent persecution’ restricts evangelical Christians in Kosovo
(Chris Eyte, Christian Daily)

Around the web - 8 April 2024
(Law and Religion Forum, St. John's Law School Center for Law & Religion)

Religion Watch, Volume 39 No. 5
(Religion Watch, Baylor Institute for Studies of Religion)

The Death and New Life of Law and Religion
(Marc O. DeGirolami, Oxford Journal of Law and Religion)

On Turbans, Abayas, and Colanders: The Scope of Religious Dress in a Pluralistic Society
(Naoual El Yattouti, Oxford Journal of Law and Religion)

Harmony and the search for common ideas - Minister of Education and Science and the Council of Churches
(Institute for Religious Freedom, Ukraine)

The Church has influence and performs a great service in society during the war – the President of Ukraine met with representatives of the Protestant and Roman Catholic churches
(Institute for Religious Freedom, Ukraine)

Israel confronts its religious identity
(Christian Science Monitor)

Israel: Religious leaders in Israel's 3rd largest city meet for multi-faith coexistence
(Peter Kenny, Ecumenical News)

Vietnam’s new religious decree further burdens local churches
(Caleb Maglaya Galaraga, Christianity Today)

Afghanistan: Taliban edict to resume stoning women to death met with horror
(The Guardian)

Malaysia: Anger in Malaysia over shoes bearing logo resembling Arabic word for God. Company head apologizes
(Associated Press)

Malaysia: Property damage is against Islamic law, we will defend rights of all Malaysians, says Bersatu leader
(Teh Athira Yusof, MSN)

Iran's Sunni Muslims face discrimination amid Eid al-Fitr
(Shabnam von Hein, Deutsche Welle)

The theology of social democracy
(Anthony Annett, Commonweal)

Christianity in the Middle East: Anatomy of a tragedy
(Joseph Phillip Amar, Commonweal)

Articles of interest - 8 April 2024
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Religiously motivated aid for drug abusers not protected by RFRA or 1st Amendment
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Victor Yelensky: The ROC's declaration of the "Holy War" is a document of degradation and schizophrenia
(Religious Information Service of Ukraine (RISU))

Occupied Ukraine: Espionage trial for "disappeared" Ukrainian orthodox priest
(Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service)

Vatican blasts gender-affirming surgery, surrogacy and gender theory as violations of human dignity
(Nicole Winfield, Associated Press)

Two weeks in review, 24 March – 7 April 2024
(Mary Guest, EJIL: Talk! Blog of the European Journal of International Law)

Norwegian police to carry arms after threats against Muslims
(Barron's)

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