Law and Religion Headlines

Wednesday, 24 November 2021

Weekly Highlight #183: COVID-19: Exploring faith dimensions: Religion and conspiracy theories: It’s complicated
(Berkley Center, Joint Learning Initiative, WFDD)

Military under a microscope and federal employees entitled to religious exemption
(Liberty Counsel)

How religious liberty was distorted in the age of COVID-19
(Andrew Koppelman, The Hill - Opinion)

Monday, 22 November 2021

How Democrats and Republicans feel about religious exemptions to vaccine mandates
(Kelsey Dallas, Deseret News)

Minichurches and burned-out pastors – four crucial COVID-19 trends to follow
(Bobby Ross Jr., GetReligion)

Friday, 19 November 2021

Kosovars get COVID vaccine after Friday prayer at mosques
(Associated Press)

East European churches struggle with new COVID-19 upsurge
(Jonathan Luxmoore, Catholic News Service)

Gospel ‘has brought hope’ during pandemic, says British monarch
(Reuters, The European Times)

Wednesday, 17 November 2021

Weekly Highlight #182: COVID-19: Exploring faith dimensions: Sharpening focus on inequality and poverty
(Berkley Center, Joint Learning Initiative, WFDD)

Religious Freedom Index results: Americans increase support for religious freedom with highest Index score yet
(Becket: Press Release)

Record levels of pastors, more than half of mainline preachers ‘seriously considering’ quitting: study
(Leonardo Blair, The Christian Post)

Monday, 15 November 2021

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

Holy Land religious leaders urge world to get vaccinated
(Elise Ann Allen, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Employers, courts examine religious exemptions to COVID-19 vaccine mandates
(Carol Zimmermann, Catholic News Service)

Cert. denied in challenge to Oregon's limits on parochial schools
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Latin America’s bishops to confront increasing poverty after COVID-19
(David Agren, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Separating the devout from the defiant for religious exemptions from vaccination
(Katherine Franke, The Hill)

Friday, 12 November 2021

Religious groups warm up to COVID-19 vaccines in Zimbabwe

Judge rules United Airlines can mandate vaccine for employees
(Jordan Williams, The Hill)

Journalism tips on: (1) Evangelical crack-ups, (2) campus faith fights, (3) COVID exemptions
(Richard Ostling, GetReligion)

Oklahoma brings religious bias suit over Catholic hospitals' COVID vaccine mandate
(Tom Hals, Reuters)

Left, right or middle? Two of America's biggest seminaries are pro-vaccine, but anti-mandate
(Terry Mattingly, GetReligion)

Wednesday, 10 November 2021

School must offer alternatives to nursing students who assert religious objection to covid vaccination requirement
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Navy SEALs file federal lawsuit against Biden Administration for denying religious exemptions to vaccine mandate
(First Liberty)

S3, Ep. 03: What’s going on with religious exemptions to COVID-19 vaccine mandates?
(Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty)

Religious groups say implementing Biden’s vaccine mandate would be ‘sin against God’s Holy Word’
(Dennis Romboy, Deseret News)

Two evangelical seminaries sue to block vaccine mandates, citing religious freedom
(Bob Smietana, The Washington Post)

Weekly Highlight #181: COVID-19: Exploring faith dimensions: Religion versus science, religion with science
(Berkley Center, Joint Learning Initiative, WFDD)

Court will take new look at masks in religious schools
(Associated Press)

Pritzker signs COVID-19 amendment to Illinois conscience law
(John O'Connor, Associated Press)

Monday, 8 November 2021

Religious plaintiffs, others, win stay of Biden’s private-employer vaccine mandate
(Mark A. Kellner, Washington Times)

Asian churches urged to have innovative pastors
(Union of Catholic Asian News)

Religious organizations are not agents for federal mandates
(Ryan Tucker, National Review)

Chicago officials are right to encourage COVID vaccinations – but sponsoring an official prayer day isn’t the way to do it.
(Rob Boston, Americans United for Separation of Church and State)

Friday, 5 November 2021

Greek Church urges faithful to get vaccinated as cases spike
(Associated Press)

Romania: An anti-vax sermon by the bishop of Giurgiu led to an investigation against him
(The European Times)

COVID and the malaise of human rights
(David McGrogan, Law & Liberty)

Religious organizations ask federal courts to block Biden’s vaccine mandate
(Mark A. Kellner, Washington Times)

Indians celebrate festival of light amid COVID-19 fears
(Krutika Pathi, Religion News Service)

Texans vote in favor of prohibiting governments from limiting religious services
(Alejandra Molina, Religion News Service)

Wednesday, 3 November 2021

Republicans advance bill for claiming vaccine exemptions
(Kim Chandler, Associated Press)

Illinois legislature eliminates religious exemption for covid vaccine employer mandates
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Digitizing sacred spaces: How COVID-19 fueled innovation of Hindu ritual websites
(Dheepa Sundaram, Religion News Service)

Why your employer can deny your 'religious' vaccine exemption
(John Melcon, The Gospel Coalition)

The European Court of Human Rights declares inadmissible an application contesting the French “health pass”
(Press Release of the Registrar of the Court, European Court of Human Rights)

Weekly Highlight #180: COVID-19: Exploring faith dimensions: Short-term imperatives include access and vaccination; research emerging on longer-term implications
(Berkley Center, Joint Learning Initiative, WFDD)

Can Catholics object to COVID-19 vaccines on religious freedom grounds?
(Gwyneth Spaeder, Public Discourse: The Journal of the Witherspoon Institute)

Calif. pro-life group claims narrow victory over vaccine protest ban
(Mark A. Kellner, The Washington Times)

Monday, 1 November 2021

Pandemic restrictions were a blow to religious liberty
(Christos Makridis, New York Post)

Barrett and Kavanaugh supply majority to deny religious-liberty claim on vaccine mandate
(Andrew C. McCarthy, National Review)

Judge bars Biden Administration from firing unvaccinated employees with pending religious exemptions
(Caroline Downey, National Review)

Russian Orthodox Church calls on G20 countries to drop differences over pandemic challenges

Zimbabwe: ‘We are protected by prayers’: the sects hampering southern Africa’s vaccine rollout
(Nyasha Chingono, The Guardian)

Friday, 29 October 2021

Supreme Court declines to block Maine vaccine mandate
(David Sharp and Jessica Gresko, Associated Press)

Court turns away religious challenge to Maine’s vaccine mandate for health care workers
(James Romoser, SCOTUSblog)

Supreme Court rejects religious exemption challenge by Maine healthcare workers
(Kimberlee Speakman, Forbes)

Supreme Court rules against workers seeking religious exemption to vaccine mandate
(Kelsey Dallas, Deseret News)

Afghanistan and pandemic make for another somber Día de los Muertos
(Alejandra Molina, Religion News Service)

Interfaith gathering pledges solidarity in Vietnam
(Union of Catholic Asian News)

New York state health care workers will no longer have religious exemption to Covid-19 vaccine mandate, court rules
(Rob Frehse, CNN)

House subcommittees hold joint hearing on vaccine mandates and employee accommodations
(Don Byrd, Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty)

Wednesday, 27 October 2021

Weekly Highlight #179: COVID-19: Exploring faith dimensions: Supportive faith actor engagement - with noteworthy exceptions
(Berkley Center, Joint Learning Initiative, WFDD)

Bill would remove ‘conscience’ as basis for refusing vaccine
(John O'Connor, Associated Press)

EEOC updates guidance on religious objections to COVID vaccine
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Ethical and practical health challenges: Emerging from the COVID-19 crises
(Katherine Marshall, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)

Monday, 25 October 2021

Most Honolulu COVID vaccine exemption requests cite religion
(Peter Boylan, Star Advertiser)

Moscow churches not shut down along with the city
(RIA Novosti, Russia Religion News (Stetson University))

Honolulu city workers cite religion for vaccine exemptions
(Associated Press)

AP photos: Sufi religious order in Morocco finally able to gather again
(Mosa'Ab Elshamy, Associated Press)

COVID takes a bite from Bazoulé’s cult of sacred crocodiles
(Joseph Hammond, Religion News Service)

At the height of the pandemic, the Archdiocese of Bucharest provided temples to be used as morgues
(The European Times)

Winning over the sceptics: Religious beliefs, fear, false information and suspicion are stopping many people from getting the Covid-19 jab
(Zukiswa Pikoli, The Daily Maverick)

Friday, 22 October 2021

Manitoba Chief Justice rules Public Health Officials shouldn’t be “second guessed”
(Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms)

Tehran holds first public Friday Prayers in almost 2 years
(Associated Press)

Thursday, 21 October 2021

WEBINAR, 21 October 2021 (3PM EDT): Community in Time of Corona
(Institute for Social Policy and Understanding)

Wednesday, 20 October 2021

Most Americans who go to religious services say they would trust their clergy's advice on COVID-19 vaccines
(Justin Nortey and Mike Lipka, Pew Research Center)

In historically Black Protestant churches, regular attenders more likely to have received COVID-19 shot
(Stephanie Kramer, Pew Research Center)

Weekly Highlight #178: COVID-19: Exploring faith dimensions: Returning to “normal” (or not)
(Berkley Center, Joint Learning Initiative, WFDD)

Religious responses to COVID-19 project tracks, shares resources on faith engagement in global pandemic
(Sarah Thompson, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)

What COVID-19 revealed about America’s approach to religious freedom
(Kelsey Dallas, Deseret News)

Monday, 18 October 2021

Jackson County settles COVID-19 rules lawsuit with church
(Associated Press)

Military, federal employees and civilian contractors sue Biden [vaccine exemptions]
(Liberty Counsel)

Friday, 15 October 2021

Law, religion, and the covid crisis
(Mark Movsesian)

NY court grants preliminary injunction for health care workers
(Liberty Counsel)

Wednesday, 13 October 2021

The pandemic has helped religion’s reputation. Do religious vaccine resisters put this progress at risk?
(Kelsey Dallas, Religion News Service)

Religious vaccine exemption stays for NY health care workers
(Michael Hill, Associated Press)

Europe’s Top Court to rule on Covid-19 worship ban challenges
(ADF International)

In Brazil, Catholic pilgrims defy COVID to celebrate saint
(Tatiana Pollastri and Diane Jeantet, Associated Press)

Weekly Highlight #177: COVID-19: Exploring faith dimensions: Renowned religious leaders support covid-19 vaccines but acrimonious debates persist 
(Berkley Center, Joint Learning Initiative, WFDD)

Monday, 11 October 2021

How employers judge religious exemption requests
(Kelsey Dallas, Deseret News)

Friday, 8 October 2021

Legal Spirits Episode 037 (podcast): The NY COVID vaccine mandates and religious exemptions
(Law and Religion Forum, St. John's Law School Center for Law & Religion)

Colorado woman who won’t get vaccinated denied transplant
(Patty Nieberg, Thomas Peipert and Colleen Slevin, Associated Press)

Wednesday, 6 October 2021

The faith-related cases to watch in the Supreme Court’s new term
(Kelsey Dallas, Deseret News)

Weekly Highlight #176: COVID-19: Exploring faith dimensions: Religious exemptions from COVID-19 vaccines
(Berkley Center, Joint Learning Initiative, WFDD)

Tuesday, 5 October 2021

Kentucky Governor has qualified immunity from church's damage suit over COVID orders
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Religion is deepening the NBA’s vaccine drama
(Kelsey Dallas, Deseret News)

Leap of faith: Japan’s religious institutions get innovative in pandemic
(Alex K.T. Martin, The Japan Times)

Friday, 1 October 2021

As churches reopen, Ugandan faith groups recommit to challenging Summer worship ban
(ADF International)

University of Colorado faces COVID religious exemption suit
(Patty Nieberg, Associated Press)

Court says objections to mask requirement were not sincerely held religious beliefs
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

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