Law and Religion Headlines

Friday, 13 November 2020

At Federalist Society convention, Alito says religious liberty, gun ownership are under attack
(Kalv, SCOTUSblog)

India’s festive mood raises fears of surge of coronavirus
(Ashok Sharma and Shonal Ganguly, Associated Press)

Delaware agrees to treat church services neutrally in settlement over COVID restrictions
(Catholic News Agency)

Brooklyn diocese appeals to Supreme Court over COVID church closures
(Matt Hadro, Catholic News Agency)

World Youth Day 2023 organizers urge youth to join ‘great national movement’
(Catholic News Agency)

Pope Francis: Care for refugees fleeing ‘viruses of injustice, violence and war’
(Catholic News Agency)

Wednesday, 11 November 2020

Weekly highlight #131: Focus on the Philippines, a maskless Pope, and the United States election
(Berkley Center, Joint Learning Initiative, WFDD)

Religious Responses to COVID-19: What we can learn, what we can predict
(Olivia Wilkinson, G20 Interfaith Forum Blog)

2nd Circuit denies injunction pending appeal of NY governor's cluster zone limits on houses of worship
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Appellate court denies injunction requests by Agudah and Brooklyn Diocese
(Reuvain Borchardt, Hamodia)

UN chief urges global fight against pandemic and hatred
(Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press)

Alaska Tlingits hold memorial ceremony online amid pandemic
(Associated Press)

Australia: Experts warn on Vic’s emergency laws
(Marilyn Rodrigues, The Catholic Weekly)

Monday, 9 November 2020

Ahmadiyya Muslim community Slough receive certificate of recognition by the Mayor of Slough
(Ahmadiyya Muslim Community UK)

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at in the Era of COVID-19
(Maria d'Arienzo, The Journal of CESNUR via DiReSoM)

Law, Religion, and the Spread of COVID-19 Pandemic – Ebook
(Edited by Fabio Balsamo and Daniela Tarentino, DIRESOM Papers 2)

Covid-19 between the Chinese patriotic church and the under-ground church in the diocese of Shanghai (China)
(Angela Patrizia Tavani, DiReSoM: Diritto e Religione nelle Società Multiculturali/ Law and Religion in Multicultural Societies)

The Dialogue among States and Religious Groups
(Maria Luisa Lo Giacco, DiReSoM: Diritto e Religione nelle Società Multiculturali/ Law and Religion in Multicultural Societies)

Eastern Orthodoxy and the pandemic. Cultural approaches towards rule of law in Romania
(Cătălin Raiu, DiReSoM: Diritto e Religione nelle Società Multiculturali/ Law and Religion in Multicultural Societies)

Welsh Government: updated guidance on reopening places of worship
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

New COVID-19 legislation and guidance to 14 November
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Christians and Hindus: Rekindling positivity and hope during the Covid-19 pandemic and beyond
(Zenit: The World Seen from Rome)

There has been a problem of religious freedom during the pandemic (Portuguese)
(Catarina Maldonado Vasconcelos, TSF)

Friday, 6 November 2020

The “Spirit of Assisi” as a tool to face coronavirus emergency
(Luigi Mariano Guzzo, DiReSom)

Christians, Hindus called to spread hope, pontifical council says
(Cindy Wooden, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Catholics urged to join nationwide daily prayer as England enters second lockdown
(Catholic News Agency)

English bishops have ‘profound misgivings’ about ban of public worship
(Charles Collins, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

COVID-19: New MHCLG guidance on places of worship in England
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

COVID-19 new lockdown guidance from CofE
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

CofE and Archbishops’ websites – Quick Links
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Worship, funerals and weddings under the Second English Lockdown
(Russell Sandberg, Law & Religion UK)

Compulsory vaccination – the next step for Covid-19?
(Rosalind English, UK Human Rights Blog)

Wednesday, 4 November 2020

England: Archbishops join interfaith call to allow public worship in lockdown
(Episcopal News Service)

Suit filed over school's ban on religious messages on COVID-19 masks
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

MS public school prohibits 3rd-grade student from wearing ‘Jesus Loves Me’ face mask
(Alliance Defending Freedom)

Services and events on Remembrance Sunday in England
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Public worship is Covid-19 secure, say faith leaders ahead of four-week lockdown in England
(Zenit: The World Seen from Rome)

Weekly highlight #130: Tensions around reopenings and cancellations of festivals; revival of gleaning
(Berkley Center, Joint Learning Initiative, WFDD)

Tuesday, 3 November 2020

Restrictions on religious freedom in Europe in the name of the fight against COVID-19
(European Centre for Law & Justice)

Monday, 2 November 2020

Court upholds New York's COVOD-19 cluster action initiative
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Huge funeral for Montenegro bishop despite rising infections
(Predrag Milic, Associated Press)

New COVID-19 legislation and guidance to 7 November
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

England goes into second lockdown, bans in-person church services country-wide for a month
(John Paluska, Christian Headines)

Communal worship and Remembrance Day in England
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Communal worship – Remembrance Day, England
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Law and religion round-up – 1st November
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Portugal: Catholic jurists consider that "religious freedom has been unjustifiably more limited than other freedoms" (Portuguese)

Friday, 30 October 2020

Suit challenges Michigan mask mandate imposed on Catholic school
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Religious school, parents argue mask mandates deny educational, spiritual opportunities
(Megan Banta, Lansing State Journal)

Irish leader meets with Catholic archbishops to discuss COVID restrictions
(Charles Collins, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

RFI’s Islam and Religious Freedom Action Team supports a second lawsuit by Orthodox Jews against NY Governor Cuomo
(Religious Freedom Institute)

In New York Jewish communities, similarities to Israel's virus struggle
(Adam Lucente, Al-Monitor: Israel Pulse)

Wednesday, 28 October 2020

Wales lockdown isn’t only absurd; it denies freedom of religion
(Archbishop Cranmer)

Churches-EU Dialogue: Ecumenical delegation meets online with German EU Presidency
(Presss Release, COMECE: The Catholic Church in the European Union)

The precariousness of care: Attending to each other and our communities is costly, messy, exhausting — and vital
(Cynthia G. Lindner, Sightings: The Martin Marty Center, University of Chicago Divinity School)

The communities of ultra-Orthodox Jews in the ‘storm’ of Covid-19
(Enrica Martinelli, DiReSoM: Diritto e Religione nelle Società Multiculturali/ Law and Religion in Multicultural Societies)

With rising COVID-19 cases inside the Vatican, pressure mounts for Francis to don a mask
(Claire Giangravé, Religion News Service)

Muslim Public Affairs Council: Cuomo’s COVID-19 ‘red zones’ are ‘scapegoating’ Jews
(David Ian Klein, Forward)

Religion, law and covid-19 emergency: A brief report from Montenegro
(Nikola B. Šaranović, DiReSom)

Weekly highlight #129: Freedom of religion or belief during coronavirus outbreaks
(Berkley Center, Joint Learning Initiative, WFDD)

Monday, 26 October 2020

Dialogue and cooperation between French institutions and religious groups
(Maria Cristina Ivaldi, DiReSoM: Diritto e Religione nelle Società Multiculturali/ Law and Religion in Multicultural Societies)

Reconciling the protection of public health with religious freedom: theviability of shared responses
(Adelaide Madera, DiReSoM: Diritto e Religione nelle Società Multiculturali/ Law and Religion in Multicultural Societies)

COVID-19: Impediment or opportunity for authoritarian leaders? – OpEd
(Philip Dandolov, Geopolitical Monitor)

The practice of Nichiren Daishonin Buddhism at the time of the pandemic
(Marco Gensini, Roberto Minganti, Enza Pellecchia, DiReSoM: Diritto e Religione nelle Società Multiculturali/ Law and Religion in Multicultural Societies)

Covid-19 in Africa and Latin America. Certain forms of religious negationism favor the pandemic
(Stefano Picciaredda, DiReSoM: Diritto e Religione nelle Società Multiculturali/ Law and Religion in Multicultural Societies)

On the relative importance of death: COVID-19 and the hierarchy of goods
(Thomas Joseph White, Public Discourse: The Journal of the Witherspoon Institute)

Symposium: Coronavirus litigation lurks in the shadows (regarding religious gatherings)
(Stephen Wermiel, SCOTUSblog)

New COVID-19 legislation and guidance to 31 October
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

NSW COVID rules for churches- numbers increase
(Neil Foster, Law and Religion Australia)

Friday, 23 October 2020

Pope reverts to maskless old ways amid growing criticism
(Nicole Winfield, Religion News Service)

Yom Kippur Zoom reunites Holocaust survivors 71 years later
(Luis Andres Henao and Jessie Wardarski, Religion News Service)

RFI urges Cuomo to stop “scapegoating” Orthodox Jews, files court brief supporting Jewish students
(Ismail Royer, Religious Freedom Institute)

Jewish schoolgirls take on Gov. Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio targeting of Jewish schools
(Becket: Press Release)

Sean Feucht’s worship protest gets green light in DC, despite fears of ‘superspreader’ event
(Jack Jenkins, Religion News Service)

New COVID-19 legislation and guidance to 24 October
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Coronavirus in Bangladesh: How can religion help?
(Zobaer Ahmed, Deutsche Welle)

Coronavirus Firebreak lockdown – Church in Wales guidance
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

HHS ensures hospital patients have access to spiritual care amid pandemic
(Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Some COVID-related worship restrictions upheld, others halted as disputes continue to move through court system
(Don Byrd, Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty)

Wednesday, 21 October 2020

Justice Department calls S.F. limits on church gatherings discriminatory, urges policy change
(Michael Williams, San Francisco Chronicle)

The Weekly Round-Up: Three Tiers
(Alethea Redfern, UK Human Rights Blog)

Alliance with ultra-Orthodox could bring Netanyahu down
(Mazal Mualem, Al-Monitor: Israel Pulse)

More litigation developments in religious institution challenges to COVID-19 restrictions
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Oregon governor’s changing COVID-19 rules prompts lawsuit from religious school
(Alliance Defending Freedom)

Welsh archbishop ‘disappointed’ in plan to re-impose ban on public worship
(Charles Collins, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio: I regret how I handled that Orthodox funeral in April
(Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

Colorado limits on worship services enjoined
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Churches win federal court decision against two of state’s COVID-19 mandates
(Logan Smith, CBS Denver)

Weekly Highlight #128: Religion on Global Agendas and at Global Policy Tables
(Berkley Center, Joint Learning Initiative, WFDD)

Coronavirus circuit break: Wales
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Monday, 19 October 2020

What I learned about the essential nature of religious liberty from talking to Elder Bednar
(Deseret News Opinion)

In our opinion: When government mistakes religion as ‘nonessential’
(Editoral Board, Deseret News Opinion)

Commentary: Ending California's lockdown on churches is compatible with science and good health
(James Enstrom, The Daily Signal - Commentary)

Church's challenge to California COVID-19 limits rejected again
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

New York's zip-code targeted COVID-19 limits are upheld
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Morocco reopens some mosques, even as infections grow
(Associated Press)

Churches and COVID-19, again: Do Capitol Hill Baptist folks have same rights as protesters?
(Terry Mattingly, GetReligion)

India may see 2.6m COVID-19 cases a month during holiday season if rules relaxed: Panel
(Al Jazeera)

Hard-won equality and human rights at risk of going backwards in wake of pandemic
(Equality and Human Rights Commission)

World Mission Sunday: Catholics urged to support evangelization as pandemic spreads
(Hannah Brockhaus, Catholic News Agency)

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