Law and Religion Headlines


Thursday, 1 October 2020

ZOOM EVENT, 1 October 2020 (I PM ET): Onesimus and Rev. Cotton Mather: Race, Religion and the Press in Colonial America
(Religious Freedom Center, Freedom Forum, with support from The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations.)

Friday, 25 September 2020

A Dialogue on Racism in the Time of COVID-19
(Ganoune Diop and Audrey Kitagawa, G20 Interfaith Forum Blog)

Kyle Rittenhouse’s legal fund surpasses $500,000, some donors invoking Biblical self-defense
(Mattie Townson, Religion Unplugged)

Monday, 21 September 2020

Black Jesus version of Michelangelo's Pietà divides Catholics on race and politics
(Claire Giangravé, Religion News Service)

Friday, 18 September 2020

Miami Herald apologizes for ‘racist’ insert column
(Adriana Gomez Licon, Associated Press)

Wednesday, 16 September 2020

Black church leaders demand apology for Trump ad
(Jack Jenkins, Religion News Service)

Michigan Catholic priest compared BLM to 9/11 attackers
(Associated Press)

Anti-racism: A reflection on the Islamic tradition
(Bharath Syal, Traversing Tradition)

Southern Baptists warm to alternate moniker ‘Great Commission Baptists’
(Adelle M. Banks, Religion News Service)

Prominent Southern Baptists are dropping ‘Southern’ name amid racial unrest
(Sarah Pulliam Bailey, The Washington Post)

Catholic bishops in California launch initiative to tackle racism
(Catholic News Agency)

Black Lives Matter co-founder denounces Pat Robertson for saying the movement is 'anti-God'
(Alejandra Molina, Religion News Service)

No race problem here: Despite summer of protests, many practicing Christians remain ambivalent
(Adelle M. Banks, Religion News Service)

Monday, 14 September 2020

Imagining history without heroes and villains: What the Hebrew Bible can teach Americans about reckoning with the fallenness of our nation's founders
(Russell P. Johnson, Sightings: The Martin Marty Center, University of Chicago Divinity School)

Far from being anti-religious, faith and spirituality run deep in Black Lives Matter
(Hebah H. Farrag and Ann Gleig, The Conversation)

Friday, 11 September 2020

Bishops preach against racism on feast of St. Peter Claver
(Catholic News Agency)

Wednesday, 9 September 2020

Iowa college to remove statue of its founder over slavery
(Associated Press)

Friday, 4 September 2020

World Vision convenes yearlong racial justice initiative for church staffers
(Adelle M. Banks, Religion News Service)

King [Tom] Cotton
(William B. Lawrence, Sightings: The Martin Marty Center, University of Chicago Divinity School)

New York parish anti-racism pledge prompts controversy
(JD Flynn, Catholic News Agency)

Monday, 31 August 2020

Rev. Al Sharpton leads March on Washington against police brutality
(Hamil R. Harris, Religion Unplugged)

Archbishop says nation is at ‘pivotal juncture’ in racial justice struggle
(Richard Szczepanowski, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

How Black Lives Matter is changing the church
(Eliza Griswold, The New Yorker)

Friday, 28 August 2020

In the Fatiha, Jacob Blake’s father cried for justice and healing for his son
(Omar Suleiman, Religion News Service)

The unbearable whiteness of Jesus
(Don Hutchinson, Convivium)

Wednesday, 26 August 2020

Christian colleges take steps to address racial justice after criticism
(Kathryn Post and Adelle M. Banks, The Washington Post)

Mormon leader backs peaceful efforts to combat racism
(Brady McCombs, Associated Press)

Christian icons and art before the rise of the blue-eyed Jesus with blond hair
(Terry Mattingly, OnReligion)

Monday, 24 August 2020

Establishment Clause challenge to BLM mural dismissed for lack of standing
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Friday, 21 August 2020

New body camera footage shows Phoenix officer mocking Muslim faith of black man before being killed
(Muslim Advocates)

Wednesday, 19 August 2020

Bipartisan network of Christian groups launches police reform initiative
(Adelle M. Banks, Religion News Service)

Monday, 17 August 2020

ZOOM EVENT (RSVP required), 17-21 August: G20 Interfaith Forum: North America Regional Consultation
(GS Interfaith Forum, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs)

The religious significance of taking a knee
(Kelsey Dallas, Deseret News Faith)

Racist intolerance is always dangerous language – Archbishop of Dublin
(Zenit: The World Seen from Rome)

Wednesday, 12 August 2020

Respecting others as world citizens
(Sofia Caseiro, Viewpoints: A blog of the G20 Interfaith Forum)

‘Losing religion:’ Black Lives Matter, the sacred, and the secular
(Ari Colston, Canopy Forum on the Interactions of Law & Religion)

Instead of painting over Black Lives Matter graffiti, this church memorialized the message
(Brittany Wong, Huff Post)

Friday, 7 August 2020

Ideas for churches studying the need for reparations
(Andrew Gardner, Baptist News Global)

Christian in NBA suffers horrible, funny injury: Was cruel ESPN tweet a news story or not?
(Terry Mattingly, GetReligion)

Catholic group threatens litigation over BLM attempts to remove references to famous California priest
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

California city threatened with lawsuit for wanting to ax saint’s image from county seal, police badges
(Life Site News)

“Have we gone too far by tearing down religious monuments?”
(Adrienne Phillips, Canopy Forum on the Interactions of Law & Religion)

Wednesday, 5 August 2020

Remembering John Lewis, and the political theology that changed a nation
(David French, Dispatch: The French Press)

National forgiveness (on race and civil rights)
(Mark Tooley, Juicy Ecumenism – The Institute on Religion & Democracy's Blog)

A pastor’s take: Repairing democracy for black lives
(Andrew Wilkes, Religion & Politics: Fit for Polite Company)

Billy Graham statue to replace that of white supremacist in US Capitol
(Yonat Shimron, Religion News Service)

When mass kneeling replaces faith
(Peter Menzies, Convivium: Canada's Premier Hub for Faith in Common Life)

Monday, 3 August 2020

Plug-In: To kneel or not to kneel? That isn't a new controversy linking sports and faith
(Bobby Ross Jr., GetReligion)

To unite the country, we need honesty and courage
(Robert P. George and Cornel West, Boston Globe)

Thinking with Ryan Burge and Damon Linker: Blessed be the ties that used to bind America?
(Terry Mattingly, GetReligion)

Friday, 31 July 2020

Reflection on race by Bishop João Noé Rodrigues of South Africa
(Paul Tatu, Zenit: The World Seen from Rome)

Wednesday, 29 July 2020

Can churches’ focus on race move from reconciliation to justice?
(Adelle M. Banks, Religion News Service)

For white Christians, racial justice starts with telling the truth
(Robert P. Jones, Religion News Service)

This Tisha B’Av, American Jews use the day of lament to cry out to God for Black lives
(Yonat Shimron, Religion News Service)

From MLK to John Lewis, Ebenezer Baptist Church has been a haven for civil rights
(Jewel Wicker, NBC News)

Monday, 27 July 2020

Black Catholics’ history: Will US Catholic schools teach it?
(David Crary, Religion News Service)

The Uluru statement is not a vague idea of ‘being heard’ but deliberate structural reform
(Gabrielle Appleby, The Conversation)

Where are churches in the Black Lives Matter movement?
(Kelsey Dallas, Deseret News Faith)

Friday, 24 July 2020

The Bible teaches that all humans are flawed. What does that mean for today’s statue debates?
(Kelsey Dallas, Deseret News Faith)

Wednesday, 22 July 2020

Rejecting symbols of hate is more than symbolic
(Jim Wallis, Religion News Service Opinion)

RNS gives the life of another civil rights hero – the Rev. C.T. Vivian – the ink it deserves
(Terry Mattingly, GetReligion)

Can kindness heal a world divided by pandemic, protests and politics? Pastor Ashlee Eiland thinks so
(Emily McFarlan Miller, Religion News Service)

South African bishops denounce racism in society and the Church
(Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Seattle Times' story on evangelical race relations nabs most of the local power players
(Julia Duin, GetReligion)

Why is proving race discrimination a lot harder than proving religious discrimination?
(Tyler Broker, Above the Law)

Imperial pieties: religion, the sanctification of whiteness, and the duplicity of the sacred
(Joseph Winters, Canopy Forum on the Interactions of Law & Religion)

Monday, 20 July 2020

John Lewis, preaching politician and civil rights activist, dies at 80
(Adelle M. Banks, Religion News Service)

Pausing to consider the life and message of John Lewis
(Bill Turnbill, Faith Matters)

May his memory be a blessing: 4 lessons we can learn from civil rights hero John Lewis
(Mark Pelavin, Jewish Telegraph Agency)

John Lewis: Love in Action (radio episode, last updated 26 January 2017)
(Interview by Krista Tippett, On Being)

‘Racism will not pass’…
(Lawrence Hill-Cawthorne, EJIL: Talk! Blog of the European Journal of International Law)

The art of the social contract
(Richard A. Rosengarten, Sightings: The Martin Marty Center, University of Chicago Divinity School)

When reporting on race (and living as a Christian) there's so much that I don't know
(Bobby Ross Jr., GetReligion)

Saturday, 18 July 2020

Was Jesus white and should sacred art that depicts Him in that manner be scrapped?
(Richard Ostling, GetReligion)

Friday, 17 July 2020

Explainer: What does 'Black Lives Matter' believe?
(Ben Johnson, Action Institute Power Blog)

Thursday, 16 July 2020

We have a story to tell: Indigenous scholars, activists speak up amid toppling of Serra statues
(Alejandra Molina, Religion News Service)

Who is Junipero Serra and why are California protesters toppling statues of this saint?
(Alejandra Molina, Religion News Service)

Protestantism’s troubling history with white supremacy in the US
(Tiffany Puett, The Conversation)

Thursday, 9 July 2020

#BlackLivesMatter: Are church leaders fighting about a slogan, a movement or an organization?
(Terry Mattingly, GetReligion)

Wednesday, 8 July 2020

A conversation with U.N. Special Rapporteur E. Tendayi Achiume: COVID-19, Racism, and Xenophobia
(Just Security)

Tuesday, 7 July 2020

Religion and race: NPR targets sins and struggles of Southern evangelicals – alone
(Julia Duin, GetReligion)

How secular protests became spiritual, and religious
(Religion Watch - Baylor Institute for Religious Freedom)

Monday, 6 July 2020

Black Americans and the Fourth—and Fifth—of July
(Mark Shiffman, Public Discourse: The Journal of the Witherspoon Institute)

How America's Founding Fathers missed a chance to abolish slavery
(Michael Hirsch, Foreign Policy)

Getting the anti- racism agenda right
(Peter Stockland, Convivium: Canada's Premier Hub for Faith in Common Life)

Federal court in New York halts worship service restrictions, citing George Floyd protests
(Don Byrd, Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty)

Debating racism in the Arab world
(Kersten Knipp, Deutsche Welle)

Sunday, 5 July 2020

Pursuing racial reconciliation beyond trendy activism
(Kacie Tilman, The Christian Post)

Saturday, 4 July 2020

First-person: America the beautiful?
(Jim Richards, Baptist Press)

12 Black faith leaders who shaped America
(Carr Harkrader, Religion News Service)

A time to remember the importance of freedom
(Bishop Dennis J. Sullivan, Catholic Star Herald)

Evangelical leaders are speaking up about race — but will this new focus last?
(Adelle M. Banks, Religion News Service)

Muslim Americans assert solidarity with Black Lives Matter, finding unity within a diverse faith group
(Amir Hussain, The Conversation)

Is America a 'failed' experiment?
(Jerry Newcombe, The Christian Post)

Thursday, 2 July 2020

Some question replacing Mississippi’s Confederate symbol with ‘In God We Trust’
(Jace Jenkins, Religion News Service)

‘More than individual sin’ — Black pastors urge evangelicals to admit systemic racism
(Yonat Shimron, Religion News Service)

Wednesday, 1 July 2020

ZOOM WEBINAR, 1 July 2020 ( 3 pm EDT): Listening to Black Clergy
(Sean Casey, Leah Daughtry, Cheryl Sanders, Adam R. Taylor, Travis B. Winckler, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)

Black Jesus painting to be displayed at St. Albans Cathedral in the UK
(Michael Gryboski, The Christian Post)

Tuesday, 30 June 2020

‘This is the Christian message’: Cardinal urges Catholics to join struggle for racial justice
(Catholic News Agency)

Pope urges US Catholic media to work to overcome racism
(Nicole Winfield, Associated Press)

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