Law and Religion Headlines

Wednesday, 27 March 2024

Denial of religious exemption from vaccine mandate did not violate Title VII or Constitution
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Catholic group calls on UK’s COVID-19 inquiry to look at impact on faith groups
(Charles Collins, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Wednesday, 20 March 2024

Australia: Should an employer's religious views influence a dismissal decision?
(Paulinet Tamaray, HCAMag)

Law firm beats COVID vax refuser's religious bias, ADA suit
(Emmy Freedman, Law360)

Unvaccinated employee awarded unemployment benefits after denial of religious exemption
(New England Biz Law)

Wednesday, 21 February 2024

Title VII challenge to denial of vaccine exemption survives motion to dismiss
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Friday, 9 February 2024

Expressed hostility to religious belief of vaccine exemption applicant did not violate 1st Amendment
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Wednesday, 31 January 2024

Court rules on class action certification of claims by religious objectors to covid vaccine
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Friday, 19 January 2024

Denial of vaccine mandate exemption for nurse is upheld
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Wednesday, 17 January 2024

School did not violate Title VII in denying religious exemption to covid rules
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Friday, 12 January 2024

Canada: Charges against Canadians who defended religious freedom stayed
(Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms)

Friday, 5 January 2024

Shriners Hopsital beats worker Covid vaccine religious bias case
(Jennifer Bennett, Bloomberg Law)

City could not require pastor's certificate as condition of vaccine exemption
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Friday, 1 December 2023

British Appeals Court upholds preacher's fraud conviction for selling COVID preventative
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Wednesday, 29 November 2023

Employee fired for refusing COVID-19 vaccination sues Colorado company
(Logan Smith, CBS Colorado)

Friday, 24 November 2023

Appeals court upholds denial of unemployment benefits to health care worker who was denied religious exemption from vaccine mandate
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Wednesday, 1 November 2023

Justices skip religious Maine health workers' Covid vaccine suit
(Patrick Dorrian, Bloomberg Law)

Friday, 20 October 2023

Employees' objections to covid vaccine were not religious
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Monday, 9 October 2023

China: A family shattered for 24 years – the story of Falun Gong activist Fang Bin
(FoRB in Full: A blog by CSW)

1st Circuit remands covid vaccine religious exemption case
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Wednesday, 27 September 2023

Employees failed to show sincere religious beliefs for vaccine exemptions
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Friday, 22 September 2023

New decisions on covid vaccine religious objection claims
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Wednesday, 20 September 2023

Canada: Manitoba churches appealing unjustified church closures to the Supreme Court of Canada
(Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms)

Religious exemption from COVID-19 vaccine mandate would cause undue hardship
(Robert S. Teachout, Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM))

Friday, 8 September 2023

Religion and private law
(Neil Foster, Law and Religion Australia)

Wednesday, 6 September 2023

Canada: 'I am guilty': Plea by controversial pastor resolves all COVID-related charges
(Heather Rivers, The London Free Press)

Friday, 1 September 2023

Court ok's denial of unemployment benefits for religious objector to covid vaccine mandate
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Wednesday, 30 August 2023

Title VII claim for denying religious exemption from vaccine mandate moves ahead
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Canada: Charges withdrawn against Fairview Baptist Church
(Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms)

Friday, 18 August 2023

European Court of Human Rights to settle Covid worship question
(Lois McLatchie Miller, Scottish Legal News)

Friday, 11 August 2023

Canada's top court refuses appeal from B.C. churches protesting COVID-19 restrictions
(CBC News)

Monday, 7 August 2023

Houses of worship would be exempt from emergency orders under proposed constitutional amendment [Wisconsin]
(Anya van Wagtendonk, Wisconsin Public Radio)

Wednesday, 2 August 2023

ECtHR challenge to COVID restrictions on public worship
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Monday, 31 July 2023

Arguments submitted at Europe’s top human rights court on COVID worship ban
(ADF International)

Friday, 28 July 2023

EEOC Report: COVID-19 vaccine-related employment disputes fuel surge of religious discrimination claims
(Don Byrd, Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty)

Some claimed exemptions from vaccine mandate were not religious in nature
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Wednesday, 26 July 2023

In vaccine debate, lawmakers target religious exemption
(Alison Kuznitz, NBC 10 Boston)

Friday, 21 July 2023

New book: An Epidemic among My People: Religion, Politics, and COVID-19 in the United States
(Edited by Paul A. Djupe and Amanda Friesen, Temple University Press)

Wednesday, 19 July 2023

Denial of teacher's religious exemption from covid vaccine mandate is upheld
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Friday, 14 July 2023

Korea: Seoul city loses suit against church over COVID-19 spread
(Hwang Jang-jin, Yonhap News Agency)

Mississippi, under judge’s order, starts allowing religious exemptions for childhood vaccinations
(Emily Wagster Pettus, Associated Press)

Wednesday, 12 July 2023

New Virginia law offers churches additional protections against being shut down
(Daniel Payne, Catholic News Agency)

Monday, 26 June 2023

3 courts rule on claims for religious exemptions from covid vaccine mandates
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Ethical veganism, COVID vaccine and employment: Owen v Willow Tower
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Friday, 23 June 2023

Through personal ups and downs, they've waited years to perform Hajj. These are their stories
(Fares Akram, Niniek Karmini, Abby Sewell, Mariam Fam, and Qassim Abdul-Zahra, Associated Press)

Wednesday, 14 June 2023

Tennessee Human Rights Act does not require religious accommodation
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Friday, 2 June 2023

Football coach can proceed on some claims against university after termination for refusing covid vaccine
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Monday, 29 May 2023

1st Circuit: Free Exercise claim by Maine healthcare workers over COVID mandate may move forward
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Monday, 22 May 2023

COVID-19 and the decline of religion in America
(Mark Silk, RNS Column: Spiritual Politics)

Wednesday, 17 May 2023

Ninth Circuit renews San Francisco employees’ lawsuit over vaccine mandates
(Candace Cheung, Courthouse News Service)

Friday, 12 May 2023

Vol. 16 No. 1 (2023): The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on religious minorities
(International Journal for Religious Freedom (IJRF))

Friday, 5 May 2023

Brazil: Restriction of religious freedom in the pandemic and its legislative competence (Portuguese)
(Fernando Capez, Conjur)

Monday, 1 May 2023

Court calls for fuller explanation for denying religious exemption from covid vaccine mandate
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Friday, 14 April 2023

Dismissal recommended in healthcare worker's claim for religious exemption from vaccine mandate
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Wednesday, 12 April 2023

Slovakia: Former EU religious freedom champion challenges 2021 Covid-19 worship restrictions
(Evangelical Focus)

Wednesday, 5 April 2023

Former EU Envoy for Freedom of Religion tackles Covid restrictions on public worship at Europe’s Top Human Rights Court
(ADF International)

Friday, 31 March 2023

11th Circuit: Jewish student's masking objections do not get 1st Amendment protection
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Monday, 27 March 2023

NYPD administrative review of religious exemption claim was arbitrary
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

COVID-19 sent houses of worship online. Will congregations come back in person?
(Ryan Burge, Religion News Service)

Friday, 17 March 2023

J.M. Smucker is not a state actor
(Jonathan H. Adler, The Volokh Conspiracy)

Wednesday, 15 March 2023

6th Circuit: Employees have no free exercise claim against company that denied them a religious exemption from vaccine mandate
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

COVID order violated priest's free exercise rights
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Webinar in Geneva: Conflict, children, climate, and COVID
(JoAnne Wadsworth, G20 Interfaith Forum Blog)

Friday, 10 March 2023

Federal judge pauses church’s fight over Santa Clara Covid rules
(Natalie Hanson, Courthouse News Service)

Wednesday, 8 March 2023

Minnesota appeals court decides when religious reasons for vaccine refusal were proven
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Religion and the lawbreaking Supreme Court
(Andrew Koppelman, The Hill)

Friday, 3 March 2023

Reasonable limits: how far does religious freedom go in Canada?
(Dwight Newman, Cardus)

Wednesday, 1 March 2023

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on freedom of religion or belief in Turkey report is published
(İnanç Özgürlüğü Girişimi)

Court rejects free exercise claim of judge who was not reappointed because of vaccination status
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Tuesday, 21 February 2023

5th Circuit rejects pastor's jurisdictional theory of religion clauses
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Wednesday, 15 February 2023

Denial of NYPD officer's religious objection to vaccination was arbitrary and capricious
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Friday, 10 February 2023

2nd Circuit hears arguments on religious objections to NYC employee vaccine mandate
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Judge England condemns lawless executive power in Moscow, ID
(Eugene Volokh, The Volokh Conspiracy)

Wednesday, 8 February 2023

Court tells city to negotiate damages after its wrongful arrest of "psalm sing" protesters against covid restrictions
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Tuesday, 24 January 2023

Federal Reserve Bank can be sued under both Title VII and RFRA
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Friday, 13 January 2023

Learning from the vast COVID-19 restrictions on religion
(Eric Patterson, World)

Wednesday, 11 January 2023

Faith after the pandemic: How COVID-19 changed American religion. Findings from the 2022 American Religious Benchmark Survey
(Lindsay Witt-Swanson, Jennifer Benz, and Daniel A. Cox, Survey Center on American Life)

Monday, 9 January 2023

COVID-19 ravaged worship attendance, but affiliation steady, study finds
(Mark A. Kellner, The Washington Times)

Saturday, 7 January 2023

Vaccine mandate without religious exemption is upheld
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Thursday, 5 January 2023

Court says idiosyncratic personal religious beliefs may not support religious accommodation
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Tuesday, 27 December 2022

Court remands question of accommodating religious objection to COVID testing
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Army enjoined from disciplining plaintiffs who refuse COVID vaccine on religious grounds
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Friday, 23 December 2022

COVID-19 and Religion: Pandemic Lessons and Legacies
(Katherine Marshall, The Review of Faith & International Affairs)

Monday, 19 December 2022

B.C. Court of Appeal sides with provincial health officer over COVID-19 restrictions on churches
(Jason Proctor · CBC News, CBC News)

British Columbia's COVID restrictions on worship services upheld
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Friday, 16 December 2022

Sovereigns, exceptions, and “shadow dockets”: law, religion, and states of emergency
(M. Christian Green, Canopy Forum on the Interactions of Law & Religion)

Ban on worship services during pandemic was illegal, says German court
(Christian Network Europe)

Friday, 2 December 2022

Court rejects religious challenges to covid mask requirements
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Wednesday, 30 November 2022

3rd Circuit: Challenge to COVID limits on worship services is moot
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

How COVID-19 restrictions affected religious groups around the world in 2020
(Samirah Majumdar, Pew Research Center)

Sixth Circuit keeps Air Force vaccine mandate on hold
(Kevin Koeninger, Courthouse News Service)

6th Circuit affirms preliminary injunction protecting Air Force personnel who have religious objections to covid vaccine
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Wednesday, 23 November 2022

Football coach sues after being fired for religious refusal of covid vaccine
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Wednesday, 16 November 2022

Religion and Covid-19: Islamic scholars and Muslim humanitarian actors in Pakistan
(Kaja Borchgrevink, Abdul Rauf, and Ihsan Qadir, Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO))

Monday, 14 November 2022

Did faith fall off a cliff during COVID? New study says no.
(Bob Smietana, Religion News Service)

Thursday, 10 November 2022

The Weekly Round-up: Migrant tagging, pandemic education rights, and Mental Health Act reform
(Matthew Johnson, UK Human Rights Blog)

Suit challenges refusal to grant religious exemption from Covid vaccine mandate
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Monday, 7 November 2022

Actor's disparate-impact religious discrimination claim is dismissed
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Friday, 4 November 2022

Challenging State Responses to the Covid-19 pandemic before the ECtHR
(Lewis Graham, Strasbourg Observers)

Monday, 31 October 2022

Dalai Lama calls for courage amid harsh COVID lockdown in Tibet
(Lobsang Gelek and Kalden Lodoe, Radio Free Asia)

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