Law and Religion Headlines


Wednesday, 25 August 2021

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)

Why file frivolous religious rights cases against COVID protections?
(Mark Silk, RNS Column: Spiritual Politics)

Wednesday, 4 August 2021

Court declines to hear church’s attack on COVID restrictions
(Associated Press)

COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy: Can faith engagement make a difference?
(Katherine Marshall, Viewpoints: A blog of the G20 Interfaith Forum)

Supreme Court Justice denies church's application for injunction pending cert. application
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Challenge to Virginia's COVID restrictions on worship services dismissed as moot
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Weekly Highlight #167: COVID-19: Exploring faith dimensions: Vaccine hesitancy and religious action; New tensions and conflicts
(Berkley Center, Joint Learning Initiative, WFDD)

Irish Catholic bishops reject pandemic ban on sacraments
(Shawn Pogatchnik, Politico)

Monday, 2 August 2021

Covid-19 in South Africa: Employers who enforce mandatory jabs could end up in court, say labour experts
(Tebogo Monama, News24)

8th Circuit: Challenge to church capacity limits dismissed on mootness and standing grounds
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Religious groups eye legal challenges to Delta variant restrictions and vaccine mandates
(Ariane de Vogue, CNN)

Friday, 30 July 2021

White Evangelicals resist Covid-19 vaccine most among religious groups
(Ian Lovett, The Wall Street Journal)

Vaccination required to make a spiritual retreat in France
(Matthieu Lasserre, La Croix International)

Religious leaders weigh reinstating mask mandates and whether they could upset some members
(Sarah Pulliam Bailey, The Washington Post)

Church to Governor in Texas: Don’t blame immigrants for Covid
(John Lavenburg, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

NSW Labor pushes for religious leaders to receive exemption from stay-at-home orders
(Dominica Funnell, Sky News)

CEC video features responses to human rights in the times of COVID-19
(Conference of European Churches)

Wednesday, 28 July 2021

Religious identities and the race against the virus: (Wave 2: June 2021)
(PRRI)

Friendly persuasion: Religious push raises COVID-19 vaccine acceptance, survey says
(Mark Kellner, The Washington Times)

Clerics back Covid jabs as govt fights misinformation
(Gadiosa Lamtey, The Citizen)

A pastor's take: Why religion won't fix vaccine hesitancy in Tennessee | Opinion
(Susan Thistlethwaite, Tennessean)

Sparked by pandemic fallout, homeschooling surges across US
(David Crary, Religion News Service)

Vatican Increasing ‘Liquid’ Assets As It Faces Financial Impact Of Pandemic
(Hannah Brockhaus, Eurasia Review)

Weekly Highlight #166: COVID-19: Exploring faith dimensions: COVID-19 Pandemic Impacts Continue to Multiply
(Berkley Center, Joint Learning Initiative, WFDD)

Free Exercise challenges to Illinois COVID orders dismissed as moot
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Maine church asks Supreme Court to block state from enforcing Covid restrictions due to Delta
(Ariane de Vogue, CNN)

Monday, 26 July 2021

Muslims mark Eid al-Adha holiday in pandemic’s shadow
(Mariam Fam, Religion News Service)

Indonesian Muslims mark grim Eid amid devastating virus wave
(Niniek Karmini, Religion News Service)

With more than a million children orphaned by COVID-19, faith-based groups look to mobilize support
(Emily McFarlan Miller, Episcopal News Service)

9th Circuit: COVID closure of private schools may have violated due process rights of parents
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

French bishops call out Holocaust comparison from anti-vaxxers
(Elise Ann Allen, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Slave labor shames India's claims of progressive development
(Saji Thomas, Union of Catholic Asian News)

'Larger public interest': HC rejects plea to allow Parsi final rites of COVID-19 victims
(Akhil Oka, Republic World)

Friday, 23 July 2021

Weekly Highlight #165: Religious Gatherings; Vaccines; Faith After COVID-19
(Berkley Center, Joint Learning Initiative, WFDD)

The Weekly Round-Up: Migrant Rights, Virginity Testing and Racism
(Calia Randall, UK Human Rights Blog)

Vaccine passports and places of worship
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

COVID-19: Church in Wales – updated guidance, Level 1
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Church of England Guidance – Step 4
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

COVID-19 legislation and guidance: update to 24 July
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

6th Circuit Hears Arguments On Masking Requirement For K-5 Religious Schools
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Christian child welfare ministries urge churches to help children left orphaned by pandemic
(Emily Wood, The Christian Post)

Religions unite to fight Covid as Myanmar crisis worsens
(Union of Catholic Asian News)

With more than a million children orphaned by COVID, faith-based groups look to mobilize support
(Emily McFarlan Miller, Religion News Service)

Like many hajj traditions in a pandemic year, Zamzam water gets a reboot
(Joseph Hammond, Religion News Service)

Friday, 16 July 2021

They’re coming for the judges…again.
(Rosalind English, UK Human Rights Blog)

In many COVID hot spots, a pattern: High concentrations of white evangelicals
(Jack Jenkins, Religion News Service)

Olympic athletes asked not to visit Tokyo churches
(Union of Catholic Asian News)

Study finds 221,000 Catholics left the church in Germany during pandemic
(Catholic News Service)

COVID-19 takes toll on Catholic clergy in hard-hit countries
(Luis Andres Henao and Jessie Wardarski, Associated Press)

COVID-19: Church of England “Step 4” guidance
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

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

COVID-19: Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England & Wales
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

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

COVID-19: Revocation of regulations in England
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

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