Law and Religion Headlines


Monday, 12 April 2021

Two Christian nurses in Pakistan falsely accused of blasphemy by Muslim coworker
(International Christian Concern)

Religious leaders recall Prince Philip’s spiritual curiosity
(Jill Lawless, Associated Press)

Religious party seeks gains in Peru's legislative elections
(Franklin Briceño, Associated Press)

The long, withdrawing roar: ‘Secular surge’
(Bernard G. Prusak, Commonweal)

Mozambique Islamist insurgency causing ‘truly indescribable’ horror
(Ngala Killian Chimtom, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

London police ‘deeply regret’ aftermath of Good Friday liturgy shutdown
(Charles Collins, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Biden administration says it has UNRWA’s commitment to ‘zero tolerance’ for anti-Semitism
(Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

The Great Awokening: Identity politics versus Christianity
(Mike Sabo, Real Clear Religion)

Right-wing groups stop film shoot in Kerala over interfaith love plot
(Vivek Rajagopal, India Today)

Huge gatherings at India’s Hindu festival as virus surges
(Neha Mehrotra and Sheikh Saaliq, Associated Press)

Covering a life-and-death issue: Muslims driving changes in India's rapacious dowry custom
(Julia Duin, GetReligion)

'Nothing in particular' is the growing American religion niche few are studying
(Terry Mattingly, GetReligion)

COVID-19 legislation and guidance: update to 17 April
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Law and religion round-up – 11th April
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Church leaders breach sectarian divide, urge end to Northern Ireland violence
(Peter Kenny, Ecumenical News)

The legal oppression of nonbelievers will escalate the more religion declines
(Tyler Broker, Above the Law)

What is behind the anti-Muslim measures in Sri Lanka?
(Farzana Haniffa, Al Jazeera)

The rise of domestic extremism in America: Data shows a surge in homegrown incidents not seen in a quarter-century
(Robert O'Harrow Jr., Andrew Ba Tran, and Derek Hawkins, The Washington Post)

Outcry against the decision of the city of Strasbourg to vote against adopting the IHRA definition of antisemitism
(Yossi Lempkowicz, European Jewish Press)

France: The persecution of Christians who were Muslims
(European Centre for Law & Justice)

Netherlands court fines an Islamist imam for cursing Ahmadiyya Muslims with ‘pig’
(The Muslim Times)

Taliban not ready to meet Afghan govt in Turkey as US wants
(Kathy Gannon, Associated Press)

Kabul wants allegedly stolen prayer book from Museum of the Bible
(Gil Zohar, Religion Unplugged)

VIRTUAL EVENT, 12 April 2021 (1:30PM EDT): Religious Liberty: Where We Are and Where We're Going
(Religious Freedom Institute)

Saturday, 10 April 2021

WEBINAR, 8-10 April 2021: Faith and Flourishing: Strategies for Preventing and Healing Child Sexual Abuse
(Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)

Friday, 9 April 2021

Prince Philip: Tributes after Duke of Edinburgh dies aged 99
(BBC News)

His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Prince Philip’s powerful and natural link with the Jewish community
(Jewish News)

Passing the buck? The UN Security Council's undue reliance on ASEAN to defuse the Myanmar crisis
(Diane Desierto, EJIL: Talk! Blog of the European Journal of International Law)

RFI vice president appears on EWTN's News Nightly discussing crisis in Burma
(Religious Freedom Institute)

WEBINAR, 9 April 2021, 4:00 pm (GMT+2): Jehovah's Witnesses, Shunning, and Religious Liberty: The Ghent Court Decision
(Center for Studies on New Religions (CESNUR))

ONLINE SURVEY: Article 18 Survey on the State of Freedom of Religion or Belief (FORB) Worldwide
(IRF Secretariat and Religious Freedom & Business Foundation)

Universal standards for investigation of mass graves
(Dr Ellie Smith and Dr Melanie Klinkner, EJIL: Talk! Blog of the European Journal of International Law)

The Ntaganda appeal judgment and the meaning of ‘attack’ in conduct of hostilities war crimes
(Abhimanyu George Jain, EJIL: Talk! Blog of the European Journal of International Law)

Should the ECtHR Invoke Article 17 for disinformation cases?
(Ethan Shattock, EJIL: Talk! Blog of the European Journal of International Law)

Shamima Begum: what the media’s fixation on her ‘western’ clothing means for Muslim women
(Fatima Rajina, The Conversation)

Where did Buddhism get its reputation for peace?
(Nick Swann, The Conversation)

Muslim civil rights group sues Facebook over hate speech
(Barbara Ortutay, Associated Press)

Muslim group sues Facebook for consumer fraud because of online hate speech
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Civil rights groups flagged dozens of anti-Muslim pages and groups to Facebook that stayed up, lawsuit alleges
(Elizabeth Dwoskin, The Washington Post)

"Islamo-Leftism" and hope, faith, and charity in modern France
(Loriane Lafont, Sightings: The Martin Marty Center, University of Chicago Divinity School)

Church Reporter 4/2021 - Newsletter for the English speaking members and friends of the Church Law Society
(Jiří Rajmund Tretera and Záboj Horák, eds., Church Law Society Prague – Brno – Olomouc – Stříbro)

Taiwan: Abusive tax collection: The case of Tai Ji Men
(Human Rights Without Frontiers International)

Suit against Alabama is dropped after voter registration form is amended
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

FFRF lawsuit ends religious test to register to vote in Alabama
(Freedom From Religion Foundation)

7th Circuit: Walmart need not accommodate Seventh Day Adventist
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Seventh Circuit: No need for Walmart to accommodate religious manager’s schedule
(JD Supra)

Christian wedding photographer sues over NY public accommodation law
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

NY photographer challenges state law that threatens steep fines, jail time for artists
(Alliance Defending Freedom)

Has Ireland lost its soul?
(John Mac Ghlionn, Real Clear Religion)

What is Fair in Law and War? Discussing States’ conduct and compliance with human rights standards during military operations abroad in Hanan v. Germany
(Aurélie Van Baelen, Strasbourg Observers)

A season of change (environment)
(Sherrie M. Steiner, G20 Interfaith Forum Blog)

‘Law against Islam’: French vote in favour of hijab ban condemned
(Al Jazeera)

French Senate OKs proposal to ban prayers at universities
(Alaattin Doğru, Anadolu Agency)

Scholar urges Catholics to have courage to speak out against Equality Act
(Tony Gutierrez, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

11th circuit: Rastafarian paramedic was offered reasonable accommodation
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Idaho Supreme Court: Marijuana ban does not violate Free Exercise rights
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Signs appear that Poland might try to restrict divorce
(Claudia Ciobanu, Balkan Insight)

Islamic leaders battle misconception about vaccines, fasting
(David Sharp and Mariam Fam, Associated Press)

Senior Polish judge deletes tweet about transgender child
(Vanessa Gera, Associated Press)

Egypt sentences senior Islamist leader to life in prison
(Associated Press)

Holocaust survivors use social media to fight anti-Semitism
(David Rising, Associated Press)

Tunisia strengthens virus restrictions ahead of Ramadan
(Associated Press)

Morocco imposes Ramadan curfew, despite vaccine success
(Tarik El Barakah, Associated Press)

Canadian bishops: Assisted suicide law perilous for disabled, mentally ill
(Agnieszka Ruck, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Cameroon bishops say ‘hate cannot have last word’ in Anglophone crisis
(Ngala Killian Chimtom, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Christian arrested in India after saying Christ predicted in Hindu scriptures
(Nirmala Carvalho, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

New Mexico latest state to adopt medically assisted suicide
(Cedar Attanasio, Associated Press)

Interfaith group asks Biden administration to step up reunification of border families
(Mark Pattison, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

ECHR rules obligatory vaccination may be necessary
(Deutsche Welle)

Religious right causes church decline?
(Mark Tooley, Juicy Ecumenism, Institute on Religion and Democracy)

Prosecution of Jehovah's Witnesses gets more brutal
(Perm Online 59.RU, Russia Religion News (Stetson University))

Moscow church in Ukraine prepared for civil disobedience
(RISU, Russia Religion News (Stetson University))

Court of appeals declines to soften sentence given to leader of Aum Shinrikyo's Russian cell
(Interfax-Religion)

Russian FM speaks of important global role of Russian Orthodox Church, supports its initiatives
(Interfax-Religion)

Kazakhstan: "People don't have the right to distribute religious materials in any form whatsoever"
(Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service)

Biden's 'devout' faith is a news-media talking point, but a survey about it somehow isn't
(Clemente Lisi, GetReligion)

RFI co-hosts working meeting of the Iraq Religious Freedom Roundtable
(Religious Freedom Institute)

Swiss theologian Hans Küng dies aged 93
(Vatican News)

'Allah' is for all, Malaysian court rules, not just Muslims; evangelical alliance welcomes it
(Peter Kenny, Ecumenical News)

Religion Watch, Volume 36 No. 5
(Baylor Institute for Studies of Religion)

Mother of Huma Yunus speaks out against politicians in Pakistan
(International Christian Concern)

Person above 18 yrs free to choose religion: SC refuses to entertain plea against religious conversions (India)
(National Herald)

An adult is free to choose his religion: Supreme Court (India)
(Satya Prakash, Tribune News Service)

Indiana Senate OKs bill prohibiting emergency restrictions on religious services
(Kaitlin Lange, Indianapolis Star)

The Black Church in American public life
(Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)

A moment of progressive religious revival (Responding to: The Black Church in American public life)
(Barbara D. Savage, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)

African American Catholics and “the Black Church” (Responding to: The Black Church in American public life)
(Edward K. Braxton, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)

American idolatry and the theopolitical imaginations of the Black Church (Responding to: The Black Church in American public life)
(Melech E. M. Thomas, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)

Black faith and the nation’s political future (Responding to: The Black Church in American public life)
(Terrence L. Johnson, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)

How to think beyond “the Black Church” and the trope of generational rebellion (Responding to: The Black Church in American public life)
(Vaughn A. Booker, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)

Looking for justice for black women and girls: the Black Church, Jezebel, and aspirational black capitalist patriarchy (Responding to: The Black Church in American public life)
(Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)

Of impact, of influence: the Black Church in contemporary American politics (Responding to: The Black Church in American public life)
(Leah Daughtry, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)

The Black Church and the black fantastic: Black religious experience in popular culture (Responding to: The Black Church in American public life)
(James Howard Hill, Jr., Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)

The gendered politics of “the Black Church” (Responding to: The Black Church in American public life)
(Nicole Myers Turner, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)

The historiography of the Holy Spirit in Black Church culture (Responding to: The Black Church in American public life)
(Cheryl J. Sanders, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)

This is our story, this is our song…Whose story? Whose song? (Responding to: The Black Church in American public life)
(Whitney R-E Bond, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)

UK’s Sikh community prepares for second Vaisakhi under lockdown
(Minreet Kaur, Al Jazeera)

After Ayodhya, another mosque-temple dispute brews in India’s UP
(Valay Singh, Al Jazeera)

Call for US probe into Hindu right-wing groups getting COVID fund
(Al Jazeera)

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