Law and Religion Headlines

Monday, 30 March 2020

Student who objects to reciting Pledge may move ahead on compelled speech claim against teacher
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

10th Circuit reverses dismissal of inmate's 1st Amendment claims
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Turkey: Pressures, attacks, and discrimination against Christians
(Uzay Bulut, Gatestone Institute)

Police raids on Italian churches raise religious freedom concerns
(Elise Ann Allen, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

House committee recommends conscience vote on abortion in Jamaica
(Balford Henry, Jamaica Observer)

What’s next for Iraq’s persecuted Christians: A crisis we can’t keep ignoring
(Alliance Defending Freedom)

Pope calls for heartfelt compassion for those impacted by COVID-19
(Carol Glatz, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Rome mayor meets with Pope Francis; endorses Caritas campaign
(Elise Ann Allen, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Italy okays weddings and baptisms, but warns church not a motive for leaving home
(Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Site crashes as half million-plus watch England’s rededication to Mary
(Catholic News Service)

English bishop calls for early release of prisoners during COVID-19 pandemic
(Charles Collins, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Attorney sues Cuomo over NY ban on large gatherings, says it infringes on ability to observe Jewish faith
(Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

The two big G’s – God and government
(Sabrina Dent, Religious Freedom Center, Freedom Forum Institute)

China’s people of faith: Canaries in Xi Jinping’s coal mine
(Leila Gilbert, The Jerusalem Post)

Rank these stories: Falwell rolls dice with virus or potential collapse of some small colleges?
(Terry Mattingly, Get Religion)

Medical ethics or religion? Killing Grandma and other questions during the COVID-19 cris
(Bobby Ross Jr., Get Religion)

Church and state grapple with exemptions allowing worshipers to congregate
(Brian Niemietz, New York Daily News)

Coronavirus closes mosques, churches and temples across Asia
(Shotaro Tani and Ismi Damayanti, Nikkei Asian Review)

Radical changes taking hold in Nepal
(John Cosenza, International Christian Concern)

Sudanese government return confiscated truck to church, after 8 years
(International Christian Concern)

Cambodia: Fight discrimination amid pandemic
(Human Rights Watch)

China: Funeral of 100-y-o underground bishop restricted by communist gov't
(Leah MarieAnn Klett, Christian Post)

Health certificates required to enter Mandalay religious sites as Myanmar struggles with COVID-19
(Zarni Mann, The Irrawaddy)

Tunisia has a problem with internalised Islamophobia
(Safa Belghith, Al Jazeera)

Turkey ignores its highest court’s verdict on Armenian patriarch’s election
(Harut Sassounian, The Armenian Weekly)

Montenegro detains priest for defying ban on gatherings
(Samir Kajosevic, Balkan Insight)

In Nigeria, religion moves the North, politics moves the West, ethnicity moves the East
(Azuka Onwuka, Punch)

Irrespective of religion, all Mumbai Covid-19 victims to be cremated
(Outlook India)

Bill de Blasio: NYC churches caught holding services during coronavirus may be 'permanently' closed
(Douglas Ernst, Washington Times)

Sunday, 29 March 2020

Religions for Peace: Statements in response to COVID-19
(Religions for Peace)

Pope’s Urbi et Orbi blessing in light of coronavirus
(Jim Fair, Zenit: The World Seen from Rome)

Parliament Trustee invites interfaith colleagues for a for a special meditation-in-place event, March 29
(Master Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj, The Parliament of the Worlds Religions)

President Russell M. Nelson invites all to join in fast on March 29 for relief from COVID-19
(The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)

Pope Francis says ‘We are all in the same boat,’ during Urbi et Orbi ceremony
(Claire Giangravé, Religion News Service)

Register for The Economist's free daily COVID-19 update newsletter
(The Economist)

The Economist’s coverage of the coronavirus
(The Coronavirus Hub, The Economist)

UN working to ensure vulnerable groups not left behind in COVID-19 response
(Department of Global Communications, United Nations)

COVID-19 Resource Centre (Lancet)
(The Lancet)

Standing together in Spirit & with Actions: A multi-religious response to Coronavirus (COVID-19)
(Religions for Peace)

Human Rights & COVID-19: Articles and Resources
(Human Rights Watch)

Social Distancing Scoreboard
(Compare your community's social distancing activity to its activity prior to COVID-19, Unacast)

The Global Response to the Coronavirus: Impact on Religious Practice and Religious Freedom
(Scott Weiner, Policy Analyst; Kirsten Lavery, International Legal Specialist; and Dominic Nardi, Policy Analyst, United States Commission on International Religious Freedom)

How does your faith give you #HopeDuringCOVID-19
(Thomas Farr, RFI President, Religious Freedom Institute)

Religion Photos of the Week - March 27, 2020
(Kit Doyle, Religion News Service)

Corornavirus: Complete coverage on Religion News Service
(Religion News Service)

Coronavirus US live: Trump signs $2.2tn stimulus bill after invoking Defense Production Act
(Lois Beckett (now), and Lauren Aratani and Bryan Armen Graham (earlier) in New York, The Guardian)

Coronavirus live news from The Guardian
(The Guardian)

Freedom of Religion and Belief for Everyone Everywhere: Lessons learned and good practices
(Brett G. Scharffs, Talk About: Law and Religion - Blog of the International Center for Law and Religion Studies)

Live updates: U.S. becomes first country to report 100,000 confirmed coronavirus cases; Trump invokes Defense Production Act
(Jennifer Hassan, Alex Horton, Marisa Iati, Katie Mettler, Siobhán O'Grady, John Wagner and Paulina Firozi, The Washington Post)

BBC News Coronavirus Resources
(BBC News)

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