Law and Religion Headlines


Monday, 20 September 2021

Study: Religion soothed evangelicals at start of COVID. Politics put them at risk.
(Bob Smietana, The Washington Post)

GL highlights need for WB ‘debt forgiveness’ in current emergency situation
(The Island Online)

Evangelical colleges join effort to promote faith in the vaccine
(Maria Baer, Christianity Today)

Faith and the COVID vaccine: What religions have doctrinal reasons for being unvaccinated?
(Danae King, The Columbus Dispatch)

Festival season returns to Nepal amid declining COVID cases
(Binaj Gurubacharya, Associated Press)

Plug-In: As COVID-19 vaccine wars rage, press focuses on religious-exemption claims
(Bobby Ross Jr., GetReligion)

Friday, 17 September 2021

Access, travel rules influence missionary vaccine policies
(Holly Meyer, Associated Press)

Many faith leaders say no to endorsing vaccine exemptions
(Peter Smith, Associated Press)

In Zimbabwe "no vax" means "no church"
(Guy Aimé Eblotié, La Croix International)

Wednesday, 15 September 2021

This Yom Kippur, many Jews will wash their hands of a certain injunction
(Menachem Wecker, Religion News Service)

What’s the law on vaccine exemptions? A religious liberty expert explains
(Douglas Laycock, The Conversation)

Freedom of religion means freedom to say no to vaccines
(Noah Feldman, The Washington Post)

Post-Trump, Christian nationalists preach a theology of vaccine resistance
(Jack Jenkins, Religion News Service)

Weekly Highlight #173: COVID-19: Exploring faith dimensions: Religious gatherings with old and new challenges
(Berkley Center, Joint Learning Initiative, WFDD)

CEC theological reflections: Holy Communion as a communal feast amid COVID-19
(Jari Jolkkonen, Conference of European Churches)

As COVID-19 vaccine mandates rise, religious exemptions grow
(Colleen Long and Andrew Demillo, Associated Press)

COVID-19 regulations update for Wales
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Monday, 13 September 2021

The pandemic, UN cyber negotiations and international law and norms
(Harry Aitken, EJIL: Talk! Blog of the European Journal of International Law)

Suit challenges absence of religious exemptions in New York's vaccine mandate for health care workers
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

What you need to know about religious exemptions to vaccine mandates
(Kelsey Dallas, Deseret News)

Friday, 10 September 2021

Amen to religions in South Africa giving vaccines the nod
(The Citizen)

UK: First Christian preacher to be prosecuted under Covid regulations has fine dropped
(Premier Christian News)

Religious exemptions to the vaccine should be rare — but they should exist
(Jared Cook, Deseret News Opinion)

COVID-19 churches’ guidance for “Step 4”
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Wednesday, 8 September 2021

South Africa body says vaccination should be employee’s choice
(Suthentira Govender, Sowetan Live)

Weekly Highlight #172: COVID-19: Exploring faith dimensions: Global vaccination uptake, mandate arguments, and calls for increased mental health
(Berkley Center, Joint Learning Initiative, WFDD)

WCC Vaccine Champions encourage churches’ leadership in promoting public health
(World Council of Churches)

Let us worship: Faith representatives turn to Uganda’s Constitutional Court to lift worship ban
(ADF International)

Religious exemption to COVID-19 vaccine mandates: Buddhists weigh in
(Alison Spiegel, The Buddhist Review, Tricycle)

LA-based Atheists United fears rise of ‘religious nationalism’ after recent court rulings
(Justin Ray, Los Angeles Times)

India restricts religious festivals over COVID third wave fears
(Al Jazeera)

Monday, 6 September 2021

Greece begins giving COVID-19 vaccines outside churches
(Idyli Tsakiri, Associated Press)

Thinking about fights over religious liberty and 'religious exemptions' from COVID vaccines
(Terry Mattingly, GetReligion)

Law and religion round-up – 5th September
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Friday, 3 September 2021

COVID-19 legislation and guidance: September update
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Bill tells NC hospitals to let in clergy during emergency
(Associated Press)

Mask mandate did not violate Jewish student's rights
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Vaccine exemption roundup: Cases winding through courts address claims for religious exemption from vaccine mandates
(Don Byrd, Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty)

Because they are trusted, faith communities are vital in COVID fight, says WHO chief
(Peter Kenny, Ecumenical News)

Wednesday, 1 September 2021

California, LA County both to pay $400,000 settlement to John MacArthur’s church
(Alejandra Molina, Religion News Service)

TRO requires university soccer team to grant religious exemptions from vaccine mandate
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Nearly 60% of white evangelicals have gotten COVID vaccine: poll
(Ryan Foley, The Christian Post)

Op-Ed: The next threat on the horizon: Religious exemptions from vaccine mandates
(Robert Klitzman, Los Angeles Times)

Monday, 30 August 2021

CALL FOR PANELISTS, 30 August-3 September, 2021: 18th Annual Conference of the European Association for the Study of Religions, Panel-Gender Law and Religion During the COVID-19 Health Crisis
(European Association for the Study of Religions (EASR))

Meet the legal advocacy group challenging Uganda’s Covid-19 ban on public worship
(Uganda Christian News)

Mississippi governor: Christians are ‘less scared’ of COVID
(Emily Wagster Pettus, Associated Press)

Mandated vaccines: Denying requests for religious accommodation in the name of safety
(Carrie Hoffman and Mark J. Neuberger, The National Law Review)

Friday, 27 August 2021

South Africa: Legal provision for mandatory vaccination in the workplace
(Amanda Visser, News24)

Can an employer legally require its employees to be vaccinated in South Africa?
(Halton Cheadle and Glenda Gray, Daily Maverick)

Myanmar says Rohingya minority will get COVID-19 vaccine
(Associated Press)

Maine health care heroes file lawsuit against shot mandate
(Liberty Counsel)

Malaysia: Paper vaccine offerings for the Hungry Ghost Festival
(Deutsche Welle)

Wednesday, 25 August 2021

Religion to the rescue: How appeals to faith can inspire people to get COVID vaccination
(Robert P. Jones and Eboo Patel, USA Today)

Religious and traditional leaders of Nigeria lead vaccination campaign
(KAICIID Dialogue Centre)

Instagram is blocking Metropolitan Hilarion (Alfeev)’s profile for his statement about “unvaccinated sinners”
(The European Times)

Can you get a religious exemption from the COVID-19 vaccine?
(Jenny Rollins, KSL)

Poverty and COVID-19: Challenges and solutions
(JoAnne Wadsworth, Viewpoints: A blog of the G20 Interfaith Forum)

Weekly Highlight #170: COVID-19: Exploring faith dimensions: Opportunities for faith engagement
(Berkley Center, Joint Learning Initiative, WFDD)

Catholic school in Lansing loses appeal over mask policy
(Ed White, Associated Press)

Appeals Court rejects religious liberty challenge to mask requirement for grades K-5 in religious schools
(Don Byrd, Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty)

How a COVID-19 order in Texas launched an unusual religious liberty battle
(Mya Jaradat and Kelsey Dallas, Deseret News)

Tuesday, 24 August 2021

WEBINAR, 24 August 2021 (11AM ET, USA): Poverty and COVID-19: Challenges and Solutions
(Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)

Monday, 23 August 2021

Calif. church offers religious exemption letters for people opposed to COVID vaccine
(Michael Gryboski, The Christian Post)

Friday, 20 August 2021

Many Bible Belt preachers silent on shots as COVID-19 surges
(Jay Reeves, Associated Press)

Philadelphia becomes latest archdiocese to reject religious exemptions for vaccine mandates
(Marisa Iati, The Washington Post)

Priests navigate Catholics’ fears and consciences in vaccine exemption pleas
(Alejandra Molina, Religion News Service)

COVID can’t cancel church in Ottawa Park, Canada
(Matthew Boardman, Convivium)

U.S. Catholics will look back at Cuomo’s tenure for decades to come
(Clemente Lisi, Religion Unplugged Opinion)

Responding to: Russian Orthodoxy and Nationhood in the Age of COVID-19
(Cyril Hovorun, Nikolas K. Gvosdev, Irina du Quenoy, Alexander Agadjanian and Scott Kenworthy, J. Eugene Clay, John P. Burgess, Nicolai N. Petro, Kristina Stoeckl, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)

Wednesday, 18 August 2021

A pandemic 'report card'
(James Christie, Viewpoints: A blog of the G20 Interfaith Forum)

Interfaith deal helps pandemic-hit people in Indonesia
(Konradus Epa, UCA News)

Weekly Highlight #169: COVID-19: Exploring faith dimensions: Religious gatherings; vaccine mandates
(Berkley Center, Joint Learning Initiative, WFDD)

US judge blocks medical college’s vaccine requirement
(Kevin McGill, Associated Press)

Hajj during a pandemic – almost entirely a Saudi ritual
(The European Times)

Russian religious leader and Commissioner for Children's Rights argues against compulsory vaccine
(Religion Today)

When pinning wild COVID-19 quotes on a cardinal, it helps to be precise about fine details
(Terry Mattingly, GetReligion)

Monday, 16 August 2021

SHAPE and societal recovery from crises
(OUPblog: Religion)

The unequal impact of the pandemic on scholars with care responsibilities: What can journals (and others) do?
(Sarah Nouwen, Joseph Weiler and I•CON Editorial Team, EJIL: Talk! Blog of the European Journal of International Law)

In Jamaica, religion and rumors fuel anti-vaccine sentiments
(Jamaica Observer)

As vaccine mandates become popular, U.S. employers must decide what constitutes a religious belief
(Insurance Journal)

Plug-In: From life issues to gov't mandates, religious reactions to vaccines have been complex
(Bobby Ross Jr., GetReligion)

Friday, 13 August 2021

Does respect for human life mean vaccine mandates? Among religious groups, there is wide disagreement.
(Michelle Boorstein, The Washington Post)

Vietnamese government uses COVID-19 to crack down on Christians
(Cora Wack and Olivia Enos, Providence Mag)

Reflections on International Youth Day: Faith, COVID-19, and future generations
(Katherine Marshall and Ruth Gopin, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)

Ukraine OKs Uman pilgrimage for vaccinated arrivals
(Cnaan Liphshiz, Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

COVID-19 legislation and guidance: update to 14 August
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Wednesday, 11 August 2021

French police detain woman for poster deemed antisemitic at COVID protest
(Cnaan Liphshiz, Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

In one of the most Christian countries on earth--Uganda--everyone is banned from Church
(Lois McLatchie, Premier Christianity)

Weekly Highlight #168: COVID-19: Exploring faith dimensions: Faith and vaccine trends; beacons of hope
(Berkley Center, Joint Learning Initiative, WFDD)

The first COVID-19 related collective complaint before the European Committee of Social Rights deemed inadmissible: Greek Bar Associations v. Greece
(Maria Kotsoni, Strasbourg Observers)

COVID-19: New guidance Alert Level Zero, Church in Wales
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Iranians gather in packed Muharram ceremonies amid fifth wave
(Maziar Motamedi, Al Jazeera)

Monday, 9 August 2021

Back to school: Parents, religion, and COVID-19 vaccination
(PRRI and Interfaith Youth Core)

Let us worship: Legal challenge filed in Uganda to overturn “draconian” covid-19 worship ban
(ADF International)

Vaccine mandates are here. What will happen to religious objectors?
(Kelsey Dallas, Deseret News)

The new anti-semitism
(Asher Maoz, Viewpoints: A blog of the G20 Interfaith Forum)

COVID-19: Church in Wales update for Alert Level Zero
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Friday, 6 August 2021

Prayer against Covid: They put on a mask of Japan's Goddess of Mercy
(The European Times)

Worship ban challenge filed in Uganda
(Anglican Link)

N.Y. priests urged not to give religious exemptions to COVID-19 vaccines
(Carol Zimmermann, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

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