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Wednesday, January 30
The abyss of hate versus hate (Andrew Sullivan, New York Intelligencer)
Tuesday, January 29
The one wall Trump doesn’t like (Heather L. Weaver, American Civil Liberties Union)
Bible literacy or Bible wars? (Charles C. Haynes, Religious Freedom Center, Freedom Forum Institute)
While President Trump cheers Bible classes, BJC’s Tyler urges caution (Don Byrd, Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty)
Monday, January 28
Steven Green on the history of disestablishment in America (Mark Movsesian, Law and Religion Forum)
American diplomat courts Ukrainian churches (RISU, Russia Religion News)
Justices asked to enter abortion fray (Amy Howe, SCOTUSblog)
Is the “In God We Trust” push good for religion? (Don Byrd, Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty)
Prisoner free exercise cases – January 28, 2019 (Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)
Arkansas anti-Israel boycott law upheld (Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)
A proposal to reduce vaccine exemptions while respecting rights of conscience (Stacie Kershner, Daniel Salmon, Hillel Y. levin, and Timothy D. Lytton, The Conversation)
US-Gulf tensions mount over restrictions on Syria reconstruction (Giorgio Cafiero, Al-Monitor: Gulf Pulse)
Would the Equal Rights Amendment threaten religious liberty? (Michael Gryboski, The Christian Post)
On gods and kings (William Schweiker, University of Chicago Divinity School: Sightings)
Friday, January 25
Johns Hopkins to buy Newseum building in D.C. as journalism museum plans to relocate (Nick Anderson and Peggy McGlone, The Washington Post)
Why the New York Knicks keep dunking on Erdogan (Steven A. Cook, Foreign Policy)
Spaghetti monsters and Free Exercise (Ethan Blevins, Notes on Liberty)
Provoked by Trump, the religious left is finding its voice (Tom Gjelten, National Public Radio)
The Religious Freedom Restoration Act — a political lightning rod (Asma T. Uddin, Religious Freedom Center, Freedom Forum Institute)
Louisiana’s Bossier Parish agrees to settle religion in schools suit (Don Byrd, Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty)
Suit alleging religious coercion of students settled (Kevin McGill, Associated Press)
Mormon church says it’s not opposed to hate-crime bill (Lindsay Whitehurst and Brady McCombs, Associated Press)
USCIRF welcomes release of jailed Jakarta Governor; denounces Indonesia’s blasphemy law (Press Release, U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom)
Thursday, January 24
Language games: How we debate abortion (Paul Baumann, Commonweal)
New York reveals where fight against abortion is headed (Joe Carter, The Gospel Coalition)
Black Muslims account for a fifth of all U.S. Muslims, and about half are converts to Islam (Besheer Mohamed and Jeff Diamant, Pew Research Center Fact Tank)
Trump and Pence give surprise addresses at antiabortion March for Life (Julie Zauzmer, Michelle Boorstein, Marisa Iati, The Washington Post)
Muslim groups condemn detention of Iranian broadcaster (Aysha Khan, Religion News Service)
No one expects the secular inquisition (Ben Shapiro, National Review)
Wednesday, January 23
High school football prayer case declined by US Supreme Court (Don Byrd, Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty (BJC blog))
‘Today feels like a miracle’ for same-sex couples in two Dallas parishes (Mary Frances Schjonberg, Episcopal News Service)
Settlement filed in Louisiana religion in schools case (Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)
Cert. denied in religious autonomy case (Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)
A book on the penal system and (religious?) conversion (Marc O. DeGirolami, Law and Religion Forum)
EVENT, 23 January 2019: Religion and Climate Change: A Visual and Scholarly Representation (Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)
Tuesday, January 22
Turkmenistan: New year, new jailed conscientious objector (Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service)
Why do Muslim women wear a hijab? (Caitlin Killian, The Conversation)
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and American civil religion (Richard A. Rosengarten, University of Chicago Divinity School: Sightings)
What’s in a (religious) name? (Cynthia G. Lindner, University of Chicago Divinity School: Sightings)
Can public schools send students on a field trip to a creationist theme park? (Don Byrd, Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty)
Sundance features documentary on Satanic Temple (Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)
Alarm bells against discrimination (Christof Sauer, Christian Examiner)
Monday, January 21
The Coming Test Acts will challenge religious freedom (Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review)
Re-introduced Freedom of Religion Act would bar religious test for entry to U.S. (Don Byrd, Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty)
Filipino Muslims vote on autonomy after long peace effort (Joeal Calupitan, Associated Press)
Lawsuit accuses Chestnut Ridge of discrimination vs. Orthodox and Hasidic Jews (Steve Lieberman, Rockland/Westchester Journal News)
New York State passes the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (Evandro C Gigante and Arielle E. Kobetz, National Law Review)
Prisoner free exercise cases – January 21, 2019 (Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)
Saturday, January 19
Catholic school apologizes after clip emerges of students mocking Native Americans (Jack Jenkins and Emily McFarlan Miller,Religion News)
Knights on parade: With the Knights of Columbus at the March for Life (Christine Rousselle, Catholic News Agency)
Friday, January 18
AME Church announces death of Senior Bishop McKinley Young (RNS Press Release Distribution Service, Religion News)
Trump’s evangelical base has shrunk (Mark Silk, Religion News)
Dementia and religion: ‘What if I forget about God?’ (Adelle M. Banks, Religion News Service)
Florida bill would require school districts to offer Bible class electives (Don Byrd, Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty)
Judge rules housing law does not cover LGBT bias (Joe Harris, Courthouse News Service)
Thursday, January 17
Amid shutdown, DC Catholic Charities aids furloughed workers (Christine Rousselle, Catholic News Agency)
March for Life works to maintain unity in a time of division (Michelle La Rosa, Catholic News Agency)
Indiana Catholic school opens ‘adoration club’ (Perry West, Catholic News Agency)
Whitaker promises continued government support for religious freedom (Mikhael Smits, The Washington Free Beacon)
Florida jury sides with hotel employee in religious discrimination suit (Don Byrd, Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty)
Jan. 16 is Religious Freedom Day (Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)
Laycock on Religious Liberty (Law and Religion Forum)
Wednesday, January 16
Religious Freedom Day (David Closson, National Review)
On Religious Freedom Day: Religious pluralism is our strength (Charles C. Haynes, Religious Freedom Center, Freedom Forum Institute)
Rescuing religious freedom (Elizabeth Oldfield, Theos)
A hijab on the House floor: A beautiful American sight (Montse Alvarado, New York Daily News)
A Florida alternative involving faith and criminal justice (Responding to: Faith-based advocacy for prison reform) (Allison DeFoor, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)
Faith-based advocacy for prison reform (Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)
No-cost birth control, now the norm, faces court challenges (Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press)
Guam Catholic Church enters bankruptcy amid sex abuse claims (Grace Garces Bordallo, Associated Press)
The surprising popularity of kosher food in prison (Daniel Genis, Tablet Magazine)
Popularity of kosher food requests in prisons (Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)
Tuesday, January 15
Monday, January 14
How to teach a university course on the abuse crisis? (Massimo Faggioli, La Croix International)
2018 Law and Religion Bibliography now available (Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)
Wisconsin judge rules in favor of religious freedom (Jeffrey Cimmino, The Washington Free Beacon)
For tender, heroic men — the Knights of Columbus (Kathryn Jean Lopez, National Review)
Religious tests have no place in our democracy (Don Byrd, Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty)
What pro-life Ireland can learn from pro-life America (Mary Rezac, Catholic News Agency)
Egyptians decry Pompeo’s ‘ode to Israel’ from Cairo (Shahira Amin, Al-Monitor: Egypt Pulse)
USCIRF Commissioner Andy Khawaja adopts Yemeni religious prisoner of conscience (U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom)
Judge freezes Trump administration contraception rule (Alice Miranda Ollstein and Victoria Colliver, Politico)
Prisoner free exercise cases – January 14, 2019 (Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)
Saturday, January 12
Synagogue wins $2.5M settlement for RLUIPA violations (Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)
Across the US, organizers prepare for pro-life marches (Perry West, Catholic News Agency)
Denver bans dangerous anti-LGBTQ conversion therapy (Kelly Frazier, World Religion News)
Lawsuit: Mormon Church failed to keep child safe from abuse (Felicia Fonseca | AP, The Washington Post)
Friday, January 11
Religion is as important as ever (Eboo Patel, Inside Higher Ed)
The battle for the meaning of Religious Freedom Day (Frederick Clarkson, Rewire News)
Thursday, January 10
McCleary & Barro, “The Wealth of Religions” (Marc O. DeGirolami, Law and Religion Forum)
LATimes Editorial Board argues against legislative prayer (Don Byrd, Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty)
NYT explores implications of fetal personhood (Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)
Catholics in US express frustration over border security stalemate (Christine Rousselle, Catholic News Agency)
Amazon pulls items deemed offensive to Muslims (Gary Nguyen, World Religion News)
Wednesday, January 9
Rashida Tlaib should at least learn the history behind the dual loyalty canard (Andrew Silow-Carroll, Jewish Telegraphic Agency)
New Jersey synagogue can finally proceed after RLUIPA settlement reached (Don Byrd, Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty)
Court case dropped (Harvest Bible Chapel)
Harvest Bible Chapel drops lawsuit against bloggers, writer (Emily McFarlan Miller, Religion News Service)
Chicago church drops defamation suit (Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)
What Catholics can learn from protests of the past (Mara Willard, The Conversation)
Tuesday, January 8
US congressional Catholics differ on abortion (William Donohue, Eurasia Review)
Lawmakers from both parties to address 2019 March for Life (Christine Rousselle, Catholic News Agency)
Trump weighs in on Humanists’ cross case (Sarah Henry, The Humanist)
Federal court allows cakeshop owner’s sequel suit to proceed (Don Byrd, Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty)
Bob, “Rights as Weapons” (Marc O. DeGirolami, Law and Religion Forum)
Monday, January 7
Celebrations planned, tension lingers a month after marriage equality resolution takes effect (Mary Frances Schjonberg and David Paulsen, Episcopal News Service)
Kaddish (Joshua Feigelson, University of Chicago Divinity School: Sightings)
Faith on the Hill: The religious composition of the 116th Congress (Pew Research Center Religion & Public Life)
The new Congress: Fewer Christians but still religious (Tom Gjelten, National Public Radio)
Religious makeup of new 116th Congress (Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)
Saturday, January 5
Religion Watch, January 2019, Volume 34 No. 3 (Baylor Institute for Studies of Religion)
How much should religious groups pay top leaders? (Richard Ostling, Get Religion)
Religion and the 2019 congress (Elisa Meyer, World Religion News)
Friday, January 4
Democrat led House talks impeachment of President Trump (Amanda Casanova, Christian Headlines)
Women speak out about sexual abuse by Catholic nuns (Kayla Koslosky, Christian Headlines)
What I learned teaching Islamic studies in Texas (Simran Jeet Singh, RNS Column: Articles of Faith)
Tom Waddell: Religious privilege in 2019 (Tom Waddell, Central Maine)
Many hate crimes never make it into the FBI’s database (Sophie Bjork-James, The Conversation)
Do your job, Justices (Ramesh Ponnuru, National Review)
5 facts about the religious makeup of the 116th Congress (Aleksandra Sandstrom, Pew Research Center Factank)
Church-State stories to watch in 2019 (Don Byrd, Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty)
Thursday, January 3
The nation’s first two Muslim congresswomen are sworn in, surrounded by the women they inspired (Michelle Boorstein, Marisa Iati, Julie Zauzmer, The Washington Post)
Big jump in US Catholic dioceses naming names (Claudia Lauer, Associated Press)
Five potential victories for religious liberty in 2019 (Mark Rienzi, Washington Examiner)
Lawsuit over Washington violence looms over US-Turkey relations (Amberin Zaman, Al-Monitor: Turkey Pulse)
US-Palestinian man gets life sentence for selling home to Jews (Shlomi Eldar, Al-Monitor: Israel Pulse)
Why I already miss Bob Einstein (Jeffrey Salkin, RNS Column: Martini Judaism)
Federal judge in New Jersey allows a lawsuit seeking a mosque permit to continue (Don Byrd, Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty)
Wednesday, January 2
The ever-expanding culture of persecution (Tyler Broker, Above the Law)
Vatican letter undermines US cardinal on abuse (Nicole Winfield, Associated Press)
Vatican’s delay of U.S. Bishops proposals explained (Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)
Tuesday, January 1
Top 5 religious freedom victories of 2018 (Samuel Smith, The Christian Post)
For the Catholic Church, a year of unending clergy abuse revelations (Virginia Alvino Young, National Public Radio)