Law and Religion Headlines

Friday, 18 December 2020

Supreme Court, 7-2, refuses to reinstate injunction against Kentucky school closing order
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Citing imminent expiration, justices reject Christian school’s request for exemption from Kentucky’s in-person school closures
(Amy Howe, SCOTUSblog)

Latin patriarch of Jerusalem says Biden will need to ‘rebuild trust’ with Palestinians
(Claire Giangravé, Religion News Service)

Pope Francis: Hundreds of millions of children ‘left behind’ amid pandemic
(Catholic News Agency)

Bowser eases limits on DC religious gatherings after Catholic Church lawsuit
(Luke Garrett, WTOP News)

To herald a new era, global religious leaders from all faith institutions and traditions, call for a vaccine for all
(Religions for Peace)

COVID’s toll on the Orthodox Christian Church
(George E. Demacopoulos, Commonweal)

Why the Supreme Court ruled against a Christian school fighting Kentucky’s closure order
(Kelsey Dallas, Deseret News)

Maldives COVID burial plan ‘will marginalise Sri Lankan Muslims’
(Rathindra Kuruwita and Zaheena Rasheed, Al Jazeera)

Religious protections in the midst of a pandemic: Two key arguments
(Asma T. Uddin, Religious Freedom Center, Freedom Forum Institute)

Wednesday, 16 December 2020

Catholic Archdiocese of Washington seeks restraining order against D.C. so churches can prepare for Christmas
(Michelle Boorstein, The Washington Post)

Catholic Church sues DC mayor over 'illegal' coronavirus restrictions as Christmas approaches
(Jerry Dunleavy, Washington Examiner)

Justices revive religious groups’ attempts to block COVID-related restrictions in Colorado, New Jersey
(Amy Howe, SCOTUSblog)

Supreme Court rules in favor of Colorado church, bars state from restricting worship
(Mary Margaret Olohan, The Daily Signal)

Supreme Court rules against Colorado’s church gathering restrictions
(Kelsey Dallas, Deseret News Faith)

Statement from Assistant Attorney General Eric S. Dreiband on Supreme Court's order in favor of Colorado church that challenged COVID restrictions
(U.S. Department of Justice)

Supreme Court sends two cases on COVID limits back for reconsideration
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Supreme Court continues to block state COVID-19 restrictions on religious gatherings
(Richard Wolf, USA Today)

9th Circuit orders injunction against Nevada's COVID limits on churches
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Court rules in favor of Lyon County church, stops state from imposing further capacity limits on churches
(Savanna Strott, Nevada Independent)

Weekly Highlight #136: Vaccination hopes and worries, marking Human Rights Day
(Berkley Center, Joint Learning Initiative, WFDD)

Cuba’s bishops want ‘plurality and dialogue’ for Christmas
(Inés San Martín, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Vaccines and religion
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Welsh Government Coronavirus Control Plan – and stop press on UK rules for Christmas
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

KAICIID launches COVID-19 guide at virtual event featuring interfaith and public health experts
(KAICIID Dialogue Centre)

Tuesday, 15 December 2020

Ohio county's school closure order upheld
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Michigan Catholic school challenges COVID closure order
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Renowned epidemiologist aids St. Michael Academy’s challenge of Michigan’s lockdown as Thomas More Law Center files suit
(Thomas More Law Center)

Monday, 14 December 2020

Banning religious gatherings defies common sense, and perhaps the Constitution
(Brian Bird, Vancouver Sun)

COVID-19 surge forces new suspensions of in-person worship as Episcopalians look to Christmas
(David Paulsen, Episcopal News Service)

Pandemic, disability, and worship practices: What next? he debates around in-person worship services callously neglect worshippers with disabilities
(Courtney Wilder, Sightings: The Martin Marty Center, University of Chicago Divinity School)

What NIH chief Francis Collins wants religious leaders to know about the coronavirus vaccines
(Sarah Pulliam Bailey, The Washington Post)

Taking action together for children in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond
(Religions for Peace)

Trump calls COVID-19 vaccine 'a medical miracle,' but many religious people are skeptical
(Bobby Ross Jr., Religion Unplugged)

Legal Spirits Episode 030: Supreme Court blocks NY’s covid restrictions on churches
(Law and Religion Forum, St. John's Law School Center for Law & Religion)

Street preacher planning protest lacks standing in TRO proceeding
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Court refuses to enjoin Kentucky limits on in-person religious school instruction
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Justice Department backs private schools in virus challenge
(Associated Press)

Indonesian cleric turns himself in for COVID-19 violations
(Achmad Ibrahim and Niniek Karmini, Associated Press)

New COVID-19 legislation and guidance to 19 December
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Belgian court reverses ban on houses of worship following Jewish petition
(Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

Friday, 11 December 2020

Why the Virgin of Guadalupe is more than a religious icon to Catholics in Mexico
(Rebecca Janzen, The Conversation)

Welsh Government: guidance on singing over the Christmas period
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Buddhist temple attacks rise as COVID-19 amplifies anti-Asian American bias
(Caitlin Yoshiko Kandil, Religion News Service)

As COVID-19 surges, Catholics find new, socially distanced ways to honor Our Lady of Guadalupe
(Alejandra Molina, Religion News Service)

With vaccines on the horizon, faith leaders could play a crucial role in promoting their use
(Jack Jenkins, Religion News Service)

This year, American Jews are taking Hanukkah outside
(Yonat Shimron, Religion News Service)

Ohio Christian schools sue over school closures: ‘Faith-based instruction is an act of worship’
(Ryan Foley, The Christian Post)

Catholic high schools in Michigan sue over coronavirus order keeping them closed
(Catholic News Agency)

Belgium allows 15 people at Mass in ‘slight easing’ of public worship ban
(Hannah Brockhaus, Catholic News Agency)

Only frequent church attendees avoided downward mental health trend in 2020
(Catholic News Agency)

When COVID-19 and religious freedom intersect, political partisans rush to take sides
(Asma T. Uddin and Andrew Lewis, USA Today)

Court continues injunction allowing medical abortion drug to be dispensed in pharmacy or by mail
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Abortion medication restrictions remain blocked during pandemic, judge rules
(Ann E. Marimow, The Washington Post)

During pandemic, German expert urges ban on singing in church at Christmas
(Catholic News Service)

Petitions of the week: Re-opening church doors and opening evidentiary doors
(Andrew Hamm, SCOTUSblog)

COVID can’t kill Christmas, survey finds: Canadians retain sense of spiritual importance of Christmas amid pandemic’s soul-destroying effects
(Cardus Religious Freedom Institute)

9th Circuit hears oral arguments in church's challenge to Nevada COVID rules
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Wednesday, 9 December 2020

Belgium seeks to ease virus rules on religious services
(Raf Casert, Associated Press)

Suit challenges Ohio County's COVID-19 school closure order
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Religious high schools sue to reopen for in-person classes
(David Eggert, Associated Press)

New York Jews were ready to unite against anti-Semitism after 2 deadly attacks. Then COVID happened.
(Ben Sales, Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

Churches as vaccination centres
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

New COVID-19 legislation and guidance to 12 December
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

US Supreme Court urged to protect KY religious schools from shutdown
(Catholic News Agency)

Michigan Catholic schools sue over COVID order
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Michigan Catholic schools say forced closure is unconstitutional, file lawsuit
(Gus Burns, M Live)

5 interfaith leaders answer: Does faith conflict with science during COVID-19?
(Jillian Cheney, Religion Unplugged)

COVID-19: 14 NGOs urge China, Iran and Russia to release all religious prisoners
(Human Rights Without Frontiers International)

Weekly Highlight #135: Fierce and Important Debates about Ethics of Vaccines; Working to Organize Religious Actors
(Berkley Center, Joint Learning Initiative, WFDD)

Monday, 7 December 2020

Belgian Catholics organize legal challenge to public Mass ban
(Hannah Brockhaus, Catholic News Agency)

English bishops say AstraZeneca’s vaccine may be received without sin
(Catholic News Agency)

Swiss court suspends public worship ban in Geneva
(Catholic News Agency)

With pews emptied by COVID-19, a Catholic researcher asks, ‘What if they never come back?’
(Claire Giangravé, Religion News Service)

California Sikhs to hold caravan and rally in support of farmer protests in India
(Alejandra Molina, Religion News Service)

Sunday, 6 December 2020

NSW Covid-19 rules for churches from 7 Dec 2020
(Neil Foster, Law and Religion Australia)

Friday, 4 December 2020

COVID vaccines are moral to use, say ethicists, Catholic bishops
(Bob Smietana, Religion News Service)

Did the Supreme Court’s ruling on restrictions at houses of worship herald a big shift? Maybe not
(Tony Mauro, Freedom Forum)

U.S. Supreme Court sides with challenge to California's COVID-19 religious service curbs
(Lawrence Hurley, Reuters)

Justices order review of California virus rules for churches
(Associated Press)

California church sees victory in order from high court
(Brian Melley, Associated Press)

Justices flip the script on COVID-19 worship bans, but top health official urges closures
(Bobby Ross Jr., Religion Unplugged)

Justices tell lower court to take another look at California COVID-19 restrictions on indoor worship
(Amy Howe, SCOTUSblog)

‘Biblical mandate.’ California churches ready to defy Newsom after Supreme Court ruling
(Dale Kasler, Sacramento Bee)

Religious freedom in the age of a global pandemic
(Trey Daniel, Freedom Forum)

Oklahoma governor declares day of prayer as virus surges
(Ken Miller, Associated Press)

ECtHR Decides the First Case Regarding Covid-19 Measures
(Kushtrim Istrefi, ECHR Blog)

Inadmissibility of application lodged by individual complaining about handling of Covid-19 health crisis
(Press Release by the Registrar of the Court, European Court of Human Rights)

Season 2, Ep. 05: This Emotional Court (podcast)
(Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty)

6th Circuit finds no “hint of hostility toward religion” in Kentucky governor’s COVID-19 order halting in-person schools
(Don Byrd, Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty)

What to make of the Court's church attendance ruling
(Sean Trende, Real Clear Politics)

COVID-19: revised Regulations for Wales
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Churches won’t be restricted amid pandemic, ‘God is bigger than gov't’: Mississippi gov.
(Leonardo Blair, The Christian Post)

End COVID lockdowns, say over 49,000 doctors and scientists
(Jackson Elliott, The Christian Post)

Oklahoma governor proclaims day of fasting, prayer as coronavirus cases spike
(Leonardo Blair, The Christian Post)

No Christmas cheer in Bethlehem this year amid coronavirus pandemic
(Aziza Nofal, Al-Monitor: The Pulse of the Middle East)

Faith leaders pair with health officials to save India’s largest slum from COVID-19
(Priyadarshini Sen, Religion News Service)

Court suspends Geneva worship ban, religious gatherings resume
(ADF International)

Why these religious schools believe they deserve to be open
(Kelsey Dallas, Deseret News Faith)

COVID-19: New Church of England guidance
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

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