Law and Religion Headlines

Friday, 5 February 2021

Faith groups say refugee program will take time to rebuild
(Emily McFarlan Miller, Jack Jenkins, Associated Press)

Immigrants in sanctuary in churches hope Biden offers relief
(Philip Marcelo, Sophia Tareen and Jim Salter, Associated Press)

Federal appeals court upholds nativity scene, citing memorial cross ruling
(Don Byrd, Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty)

Italy’s ‘Super Mario,’ set to become PM, is a close friend of the Jesuits
(John L. Allen Jr., Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Can 'Super Mario' And Catholic social teaching rescue Italy's faltering economy?
(Clement Lisi, Religion Unplugged)

Activists press Biden to restore office on faith-based partnerships
(John Lavenburg, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Bishops in Republic of Congo worried presidential election won’t be fair
(Catholic News Service)

For these conservatives, winning religious freedom lawsuits isn’t enough
(Kelsey Dallas, Deseret News)

Why the Bangladesh-India friendship is under pressure
(Ankita Mukhopadhyay, Deutsche Welle)

Oppression of minorities hinders harmony in Bangladesh
(Stephan Uttom, Union of Catholic Asian News)

Middle East: Are people losing their religion?
(Jennifer Holleis, Deutsche Welle)

The controversy over California’s ethnic studies curriculum, explained
(Ben Sales, Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

French chief rabbi clashes with fellow communal leaders in debate over France’s Jewish future
(Cnaan Liphshiz, Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

Another conviction handed Jehovah's Witness in Jewish region
(Memorial Human Rights Center, Russia Religion News (Stetson University))

New podcast: Are tensions between Speaker Pelosi and her archbishop a valid news story?
(Terry Mattingly, GetReligion)

Israel issue complicates anti-Semitism definition. This could haunt Biden’s Middle East work
(Ira Rifkin, GetReligion)

“Contested heritage” and offensive inscriptions: Re St Margaret Rottingdean (2)
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Sussex music hall singers' 'racist' gravestones to be re-engraved
(Harry Farley, BBC News)

Religious liberty isn’t enough
(Ryan T. Anderson, The Wall Street Journal - Opinion)

Ryan Anderson’s flawed appraisal of religious liberty
(Cameron Hilditch, National Review)

Funeral directors survive ‘surreal’ year with creativity and faith
(Elizabeth E. Evans, Religion News Service)

Israeli-born Margaret Karram elected president of Focolare movement
(Peter Kenny, Ecumenical News)

Israel analysis: Election will be a test of PM’s relationship with Charedim
(Nathan Jefay, Jewish News)

America’s Constitutional Theology: Sovereignty and Grace In Bostock, Espinoza, and Our Lady of Guadalupe
(William E. Thro, Canopy Forum on the Interactions of Law & Religion)

How one Supreme Court decision increased discrimination against LGBTQ couples
(Netta Barak-Corren, The Atlantic)

Nigeria’s blasphemy laws are the religious freedom crisis no one is talking about
(Frederick A. Davie, Tony Perkins, Religion News Service)

Pressure mounts to use 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics to confront China on genocide accusations
(Ellen Nakashima, Rick Maese and John Hudson, The Washington Post)

China: Church of Almighty God: Over 1000 members in prison in 2020
(Human Rights Without Frontiers International)

Together for Uyghurs: Many beliefs, one voice
(CSWPress, FoRB in Full: A blog by CSW)

UK tribunal to hear witnesses on China genocide accusations
(Associated Press)

“No case to answer” — Stansted 15 convictions quashed by Court of Appeal
(Samuel March, UK Human Rights Blog)

Pakistani Catholic girl kidnapped and forced to marry seeks asylum in UK
(Inés San Martín, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

The blessed return of going through the motions: President Biden's inauguration and the rituals of normalcy
(Cynthia G. Lindner, Sightings: The Martin Marty Center, University of Chicago Divinity School)

Penn lecture series explores race and religion
(Sophie Panzer, Jewish Exponent)

Thursday, 4 February 2021

WEBINAR, 4 February 2021, 3:00 PM GMT: Addressing the Many Faces of Complicity in Genocide
(All Party Parliamentary Group on Uyghurs, Coalition for Genocide Response, and Rene Cassin)

Wednesday, 3 February 2021

Apaches' fight over Arizona copper mine goes before US court
(Felicia Fonseca, Associated Press)

What to expect from President Biden on international religious freedom
(Kelsey Dallas, Deseret News | InDepth)

Strasbourg Court Publishes the 2020 Annual Report
(Kushtrim Istrefi, ECHR Blog)

Annual Report 2000 - European Court of Human Rights

An overview of religion and secularism in France
(Aljazeera, Aljazeera)

Biden-Harris Is diminishing India’s Hindutva lobby in the White House
(Manmeet Sahni, Religion Unplugged)

International community must act after Myanmar coup, say Christian leaders
(Peter Kenny, Ecumenical News)

Aung San Suu Kyi is arrested as Myanmar’s generals seize power
(The Economist)

Religions for Peace International Statement on Unfolding Events in Myanmar
(Religions for Peace)

Message of Cardinal Charles Maung Bo to the People of Myanmar
(Religions for Peace)

Prayers needed for Myanmar, says Yangon's auxiliary bishop
(Carol Glatz, Catholic News Service, UCANews)

Southeast Asia: Scant Condemnation of Myanmar Coup

USCIRF worried about violence against Rohingya and other religious communities following military coup in Burma
(U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom)

Atmospheric pollution relevant to asylum claim, holds French court
(Ruby Peacock and Susana Ferrin Perez, UK Human Rights Blog)

French Catholic bishops: Fight against anti-Semitism ‘must be everyone’s business’
(Courtney Mares, Catholic News Agency)

How France's separatism law affects Muslim working-class women
(Salahuddin Mazhary, TRT World)

Macron's Islamic charter is an unprecedented attack on French secularism
(Alain Gabon, Middle East Eye)

Man saved from deportation to Bangladesh after pollution plea in French legal 'first'
(Jon Henley, The Guardian)

First Guantanamo court date set for terror suspect Hambali, 2 Malaysians
(John Bechtel, BenarNews)

Chiefs’ gathering in Chad opens new horizons
(Baha'i World News Service, Baha'i World News Service)

Church of Jesus Christ service project impacts prison in Canada
(Johanna Lewis, Cardus)

Pastoral Home Care of the Archdiocese of Montreal has great impact during pandemic
(Andrew Bennett, Cardus Religious Freedom Institute)

Americans more likely than others to have stronger faith amid pandemic
(John Burger, Aleteia)

CEC expresses concern over suggested legislation on translating sermons into Danish
(Conference of European Churches)

WEBINAR, 3 February 2021 (12:30PM EST): Catholicism, Joe Biden, and U.S. Politics: A Conversation with Massimo Faggioli
(Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)

Under guise of protecting workers, California defines (and demonizes) Hinduism
(Religion News Service)

Most Christians welcome the COVID-19 vaccines, but some are skeptical
(Bobby Ross Jr., Religion Unplugged)

Virginia governor protected by 11th Amendment in church's suit challenging COVID-19 orders
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Judge dismisses Virginia church’s lawsuit against governor over COVID-19 restrictions
(Michael Gryboski, The Christian Post)

Faith and the COVID-19 vaccine: ‘The scientific community has a storytelling problem’
(Julie Schonfield, Religion News Service)

On the Value of Interim Measures by the ECtHR on Inter-Sate Disputes
(Vassilis P. Tzevelekos, Strasbourg Observers)

Is pornography a human right?
(European Centre for Law & Justice)

How Evangelical media ministry Focus on the Family fueled lies and insurrectionists
(Steve Rabey, Religion Unplugged)

‘We can name the evil that is racism’: A conversation with Archbishop Thabo Makgoba
(Matt Gardner, Anglican Journal)

'Their goal is to destroy everyone': Uighur camp detainees allege systematic rape
(Matthew Hill, David Campanale, and Joel Gunter, BBC News)

International Catholic project launched to promote ‘truth of love’ to 21st-century world
(Catholic News Agency)

Australian federal police find no criminal misconduct in mysterious Vatican transfers
(Hannah Brockhaus, Catholic News Agency)

Kansas lawmakers advance constitutional amendment to exclude 'right to abortion'
(Jonah McKeown, Catholic News Agency)

Pope Francis adds feast of Martha, Mary, and Lazarus to Church calendar
(Hannah Brockhaus, Catholic News Agency)

Pope Francis dismisses uncertainty over upcoming Iraq trip
(Al-Monitor: Iraq Pulse)

One of the world’s oldest churches sits in small town in the West Bank
(Taghreed Ali, Al-Monitor: Palestine Pulse)

Christian leaders killed in middle belt of Nigeria
(Morning Star News)

Nigeria must rethink responses to women displaced by Boko Haram
(Titilope F. Ajayi, The Conversation)

Christians in Kenya fearful after five church buildings burned
(Morning Star News)

Public Nativity Scenes Don’t Violate the Constitution, Appeals Court Rules in Major Religious Liberty Case
(Michael Foust, Christian Headlines)

Is censorship escalating against evangelicals? Three biblical responses
(Jim Denison, Denison Forum)

Court blocks Vermont from barring religious school students from tuition program
(Samuel Smith, The Christian Post)

Indian govt rules out national anti-conversion law
(Union of Catholic Asian News)

Senate panel rejects bill to protect Pakistan's minorities
(Zahid Hussain, Union of Catholic Asian News)

Pope talks about Iraq trip, Catholic journalism, church in U.S.
(Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service)

Pope: Violence against women displays cowardice, degrades all of humanity
(Carol Glatz, Catholic News Service)

Who is Ali al-Sistani, the Muslim leader whom the Pope will meet in Iraq?
(Andrea Gagliarducci, Catholic News Agency)

Hong Kong Catholic nominated for Nobel Peace Prize
(Luke Hunt, Union of Catholic Asian News)

Ash Wednesday: Different look, same message
(Carol Zimmermann, Union of Catholic Asian News)

Sanctuary leaders sue over targeting and excessive fines
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Women in sanctuary file lawsuit against ICE to challenge retaliatory and excessive civil fines
(Center for Constitutional Rights)

7th Circuit OK's nativity scene in Christmas display
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Court rules Indiana courthouse can display nativity scene
(Justine Coleman, The Hill)

Nativity scenes win big in Indiana
(Becket: Press Release)

Indiana county wins appeal to display Nativity scene
(Catholic News Agency)

Scientific Investigations Of Believed Remains Of Two Apostles
(Eurasia Review)

Churches in LA’s working-class neighborhoods urge: ‘bring the vaccine to the people’
(Alejandra Molina, Religion News Service)

African prelate laments Biden’s disregard for ‘human dignity’
(Elise Ann Allen, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Survey: White evangelicals most likely to say they’ve been harassed online for their faith
(Roxanne Stone, Religion News Service)

About one-in-five Americans who have been harassed online say it was because of their religion
(Brooke Auxier, Pew Research Center Fact Tank)

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