Law and Religion Headlines

Monday, 24 April 2023

Our lawmakers are more religious than we are
(Russell Contreras, Axios)

Around the web - 24 April 2023
(Law and Religion Forum, St. John's Law School Center for Law & Religion)

Azerbaijan: Fined for religious celebration, then arrested
(Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service)

Masterpiece cake artist asks CO Supreme Court to uphold his right to create freely
(Alliance Defending Freedom)

Calls for Colombia to protect religious freedom
(Anita Laryea, Christian Today)

Political integration of Muslims in the UK: What to know after the historic election of Hamza Yousaf

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

Britain has become the defender of all faiths but one
(Lois McLatchie, Premier Christianity)

Kenya's Ruto vows action as religious cult death toll continues to rise

New book: Catholic Social Teaching in Practice: Exploring Practical Wisdom and the Virtues Tradition
(Andrew M. Yuengert, Cambridge University Press)

A ‘pilgrimage of love’ seeks Indian Hindu leaders willing to condemn Hindu nationalism
(Nikhil Mandalaparthy, Religion News Service)

Boundary-Making and Political Activism in Protracted Exile: Second-Generation Tibetan Refugees in India
(Natalia Bloch, Journal of Refugee Studies, Oxford University Press)

Hong Kong bishop invites head of China’s state-backed church
(Kanis Leung, Associated Press)

China’s proxy war against faith
(Sam Brownback and Erica Lizza, The Hill)

An interview with the director of the Center for Religious Studies on the recently published FBK Press volume.
(Lorenzo Battagli, Fondazione Bruno Kessler)

The Bulgarian President congratulated the Muslim Community on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr
(Sofia News Agency)

Religion Watch, Volume 38 No. 5
(Baylor Institute for Studies of Religion)

Repressive enforcement of Iranian hijab laws constitutes gender-based persecution
(Ewelina U. Ochab, Forbes)

Church Reporter, Vol. 8/4, 15 April 2023 - Newsletter for the English speaking members and friends of the Church Law Society (PDF)
(Jiří Rajmund Tretera and Záboj Horák, eds., Church Law Society Prague – Brno – Olomouc – Stříbro – České Budějovice)

Global Interfaith Monitor No. 10
(Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)

Chicago settles $205k case to allow evangelism in Millennium Park
(Emily Belz, Christianity Today)

Liberalism Versus Liberalism: An Analysis of Muslim-American Amicus Curiae Arguments Concerning Complicity-Based Conscience Claims
(Kamran Bajwa and Samuel E. Miller, SSRN)

Protection of persons with disabilities in armed conflict under international humanitarian law and Islamic law
(Ahmed Al-Dawoody and William I. Pons, Cambridge University Press)

French court convicts Canadian professor for 1980 synagogue bombing
(Al Jazeera)

Articles of interest - 24 April 2023
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Christian nationalists have provoked a pluralist resistance
(Ruth Braunstein, Religion News Service)

Statement on eliminating unanimous jury requirement in capital sentencing
(Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops)

Cameroon archbishop calls for end to extrajudicial killings
(Ngala Killian Chimtom, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Global South Anglicans cut their ties to Canterbury? Maybe that's a news story worth ink
(Terry Mattingly, GetReligion)

The intersection between religion and inclusive k-12 athletic participation
(Suzanne Eckes, Canopy Forum on the Interactions of Law & Religion)

Two weeks in review, 10 April – 23 April 2023
(Tal Gross, EJIL: Talk! Blog of the European Journal of International Law)

Islamophobia as a form of emotional violence
(Derya Iner, Australasian Muslim Times (AMUST))

Poland: Court convicts women for “offending religious feelings” with rainbow Virgin Mary at LGBT march
(Notes from Poland)

Eritrea: 103 young Christians arrested for trying to record Christian music on YouTube
(Human Rights Without Frontiers International)

Moscow mosque plan pits Putin allies against each other
(Brendan Cole, Newsweek)

Dutch debate about prayers at public schools
(Christian Network Europe)

Pax­ton fights to uphold con­sti­tu­tion­al rights of reli­gious institutions
(Texas Attorney General)

Legal Journal Number 6 (18): April (Spanish)
(Observatorio de Libertad Religiosa de América Latina y El Caribe)

Brazil: OAB-PB Law and Religious Freedom Commission plans actions for 2023 (Portuguese)

Friday, 21 April 2023

Islamophobia is entrenched in Canada: Senate findings
(Barry Ellsworth, Anadolu Agency)

Canada: This Ramadan, the wave of Islamophobic incidents has gotten out of hand
(Steven Zhou, Toronto Star)

David Burrowes | An Interview with David Trimble | IRF Summit RFI Profiles
(YouTube Video, Religious Freedom Institute)

New book: Worldly Politics and Divine Institutions: Contemporary Entanglements of Faith and Government
(Nahshon Perez, Oxford University Press)

Tibetan police mass-collect DNA and lawmakers say U.S. firm is helping
(Susan Crabtree, Real Clear Politics)

Southern Mongolia: The CCP mobilizes traditional culture against religion
(Fang Yongrui, Bitter Winter)

Hong Kong bishop hopes for closer ties with Beijing diocese
(Associated Press)

Court dismisses disaffiliation lawsuit against the Florida Conference
(The Florida Conference of The United Methodist Church)

Religion and the crisis of displaced persons: Kenya
(Lena Musoka, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)

Washington State House passes bill requiring clergy to violate the seal of confession
(John Lavenburg, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Substantially obligated: A New York State court ruling vindicates the principle of parental authority in education.
(Michael A. Helfand, City Journal)

Mayor declares ‘World Peace Week’ in honor of Bahá’í Chair anniversary
(Bahá’í World News Service)

Politics vs. religion?: The case of Nicaragua
(Teresa Flores, Canopy Forum on the Interactions of Law & Religion)

Church in Haiti laments violence, insists on security for people
(La Croix International)

‘Progress’: How Eid is becoming a US school holiday
(Ali Harb, Al Jazeera)

Women of Excellence in Multi-Religious Action Award
(Religions for Peace)

Many people in U.S., other advanced economies say it’s not necessary to believe in God to be moral
(Janell Fetterolf and Sarah Austin, Pew Research Center)

As fossil fuel companies explore for new oil and gas, people of faith announce 31 divestment commitments, urge other faith groups to divest
(Laudato Si’ Movement)

‘Exposing our affairs meant death’: LGBTQ Saudis forced into exile
(Agence France-Presse)

Indian Christians, Muslims voice anger over boycott call
(Union of Catholic Asian News)

India: ‘I hope that my husband will let me go to church’: the tension between tradition and religious freedom for women in the Narikuravar community
(FoRB in Full: A blog by CSW)

India: 69 Hindus acquitted over deadly 2002 sectarian riots
(Al Jazeera)

Indian Christians get bail four months after sectarian flare-up
(Union of Catholic Asian News)

WCC webinar explores ways to eradicate HIV stigma and discrimination
(World Council of Churches)

Oklahoma school district ends unconstitutional religion lessons thanks to AHA lawsuit
(American Humanist Association)

Kenya: Bishops call for constitutional amendment to resolve supreme court ruling on LGBTQ+ association
(Catholic Information Service for Africa)

Kenya: Regional ecclesial bodies ramp-up calls for dialogue after failed 24-hour ceasefire in Sudan
(Catholic Information Service for Africa)

Catholic Relief Services condemns staff killings in Ethiopia
(Catholic Relief Services)

Why Maduro is courting evangelicals ahead of the 2024 election
(Tony Frangie-Mawad, Foreign Policy)

UN expert urges Tajikistan to leave past behind and uphold freedom of religion and belief
(Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, United Nations)

As court prepares to rule on sacred Apache site, religious freedom faces an American right prized above all others
(Dana Lloyd, Religion Dispatches)

European Parliament condemns Nigerian speech laws which put “blasphemous” Whatsapp musician on death row
(ADF International)

An inspector calls – for an exhumation
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Naroda Gam massacre: India court acquits all accused in 2002 Gujarat riots case
(BBC News)

Cardiff: Mum accused of killing toddler through fasting
(BBC News)

Coronation cross will include 'crucifixion relics'
(Sean Coughlan, BBC News)

India history debate after chapter on Mughals dropped
(Zoya Mateen, BBC News)

China: Dalai Lama furore reignites Tibet 'slave' controversy
(Tessa Wong, BBC News)

'Sweden’s new anti-terror bill won’t guarantee NATO bid'
(Dilara Aslan Özer, Daily Sabah)

Proposed legislation would blur line of separation of church and state in Texas schools
(Texas Freedom Network)

Luxembourg leader champions LGBTQ rights, chastises Hungary
(Raf Casert, Associated Press)

Thursday, 20 April 2023

VIRTUAL EVENT, 20 April 2023 (12PM ET): How to Confront Anti-Religious Bigotry
(John Paul II Center for Interreligious Dialogue)

Wednesday, 19 April 2023

Religions’ roles in peacebuilding in the Gambia
(Muhammadou M.O. Kah, Talk About: Law and Religion - Blog of the International Center for Law and Religion Studies)

Yemen: Release arbitrarily detained people
(Human Rights Watch)

Oral Argument - Audio: Groff v. DeJoy
(Supreme Court of the United States)

Justices look for common ground in postal worker’s religious liberty case
(Amy Howe, SCOTUSblog)

US Supreme Court tackles religious bias claim against Postal Service
(Andrew Chung, Reuters)

Who bears the burden, and how much, when religious employees refuse Sabbath work?
(Nina Totenberg, NPR)

Man arrested on suspicion of funding terrorism
(Jess Warren, BBC News)

Conservative Christians aren’t the only ones asking for accommodation in mailman case
(Yonat Shimron, Religion News Service)

Sexual and gender based violence against religious freedom protesters in Iran
(U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom)

Iran protests: LGBTQ community rises up
(Khosro Kalbasi Isfahani, BBC News)

USCIRF condemns funeral attack, rising violence in northcentral Nigeria
(U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom)

AR gov signs bill protecting religious freedom
(Alliance Defending Freedom)

ADF International urges Biden Administration to address religious persecution in Vietnam
(ADF International)

Auschwitz march held ahead of 80th Warsaw ghetto anniversary
(Vanessa Gera, Associated Press)

Judge: Mississippi must give religious exemption on vaccines
(Emily Wagster Pettus, Associated Press)

Murabitat: The Palestinian women defending Al-Aqsa
(Jaclynn Ashly, Al Jazeera)

For Palestinians, holiest Ramadan night starts at checkpoint
(Isabel Debre, Associated Press)

ADL and Tel Aviv University publish the Annual Report on Antisemitism Worldwide - 2022
(Anti-Defamation League)

Appeals court rules emotional harm to students and disruptions in learning are ‘undue hardships,’ justifying a refusal to accommodate a teacher’s religious beliefs
(Don Byrd, Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty)

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