Law and Religion Headlines

Wednesday, 14 July 2021

Religious conservatives won the legal battle over COVID-19, but not the war
(Jenna Reinbold, Religion & Politics: Fit for Polite Company)

Bishops in Venezuela decry use of COVID-19 vaccines not recognized by WHO
(La Croix International)

Plaintiff lacks standing to challenge Michigan covid order exemption for worship services
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Weekly Highlight #164: COVID-19: Exploring faith dimensions: Wary Southern pastors; interfaith unity in Singapore; vaccine hesitancy in Zimbabwe
(Berkley Center, Joint Learning Initiative, WFDD)

Russian Orthodox leader says refusing vaccine is a sin
(Jeanne Leblay, La Croix International)

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

France requires "health passport" for bars, restaurants -- but not for attending Mass
(Jeanne Leblay, La Croix International)

Monday, 12 July 2021

Mosques in Moscow to be closed to believers on Eid al-Adha

COVID-19 legislation and guidance: update to 17 July
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Friday, 9 July 2021

For another year, the world’s most famous door-knocking ministry will stay home
(Alejandra Molina, Religion News Service)

AP photos: Scarf, comb show changes to Hindu cremation rites
(Anupam Nath, Associated Press)

Venezuelan bishops to address country's situation during plenary assembly
(Cynthia Perez, Catholic News Agency)

Alabama bishop talks of hesitancy, conspiracy perceptions, Black Americans resistance to COVID-19 vaccines
(Peter Kenny, Ecumenical News)

D.C. agrees to pay $220,000 in legal fees to Baptist church that sued over coronavirus restrictions
(Michelle Boorstein, The Washington Post)

Unregulated gathering outside former South African president Zuma's home sparks calls to reopen churches
(Cebelihle Bhengu, Sowetan Live)

Wednesday, 7 July 2021

Dr. Anthony Fauci, former Catholic, named 2021 Humanist of the Year
(Kathryn Post, The Washington Post)

The impact of COVID-19 on women
(JoAnne Wadsworth, Viewpoints: A blog of the G20 Interfaith Forum)

Battling the Coronavirus in Zimbabwe when religion and public health collide
(Gamuchirai Masiyiwa, Evidence Chenjerai, Linda Mujuru, Zimbabwe Situation)

Utah's governor: 'Politics is becoming religion in our country'
(Nick Niedzwiadek, Politico)

Despite vaccinations, more than 25 percent of US churchgoers not planning in person attendance: Survey
(Ecumenical News)

Breaking the silence: Clergy address pandemic’s surge in domestic violence: Op-Ed
(Katie Givens Kime, Religion News Service: Opinion)

Nepal: Churches struggle as COVID-19 claims 130 pastors
(Eurasia Review)

Weekly Highlight #163: COVID-19: Exploring faith dimensions: COVID-19 storms shift location; vaccine challenges and religious freedom concerns
(Berkley Center, Joint Learning Initiative, WFDD)

Monday, 5 July 2021

COVID rules for NSW churches- exemption issued, though not necessary
(Neil Foster, Law and Religion Australia)

COVID-19 legislation and guidance: update to 10 July
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Friday, 2 July 2021

Vatican seeks all-out effort to combat vaccine hesitancy
(Nicole Winfield, Associated Press)

Tanzanian president asks Catholic bishops for help to fight COVID-19
(La Croix International)

Covid-19: Religious organisations in South Africa support ban on gatherings
(Nicole McCain, News24)

Thursday, 1 July 2021

WEBINAR, 1 July 2021, (6PM CEST): The impact of COVID-19 on women
(G20 Interfaith Forum)

Wednesday, 30 June 2021

WEBINAR, 30 June 2021: The impact of Covid-19 on churches
(Conference of European Churches)

Millions skipped church during pandemic. Will they return?
(David Sharp, Associated Press)

Weekly Highlight #162: COVID-19: Exploring faith dimensions: Religious bodies vs. governments; faith vs. the pandemic
(Berkley Center, Joint Learning Initiative, WFDD)

COVID restrictions on NSW churches
(Neil Foster, Law and Religion Australia)

Washington lawmaker wears Star of David in vaccine protest
(Associated Press)

Religion and diplomacy important to COVID-19 vaccination efforts, scholars and policymakers say at Georgetown event
(Lily Erickson, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)

Friday, 25 June 2021

US law: vaccination requirements and religion
(Robert Iafolla, The Washington Post)

Religion does not make you exempt from lockdown rules in South Africa, churches told
(The Citizen)

Random COVID screening in parochial schools not an Establishment Clause violation
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Wednesday, 23 June 2021

Testimony submitted to the Senate committee hearing on Health Education, Labor and Pension: Vaccines: America's Shot at ending the Covid-19 Pandemic
(Curtis Chang, United States Senate)

Wisconsin courts end COVID suspension of prison religious services
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Indian Hindus turn to honoring ‘corona goddess’ to quell pandemic
(Bhavya Dore, Religion News Service)

Weekly Highlight #161: COVID-19: Exploring Faith Dimensions: Vaccine Equity and Hesitancy; Religious Freedom and COVID-19
(Berkley Center, Joint Learning Initiative, WFDD)

One Nevada church settles, other pressing COVID-19 lawsuit
(Associated Press)

Monday, 21 June 2021

Think again: Religion in the wake of the pandemic
(Cynthia G. Lindner, The University of Chicago Divinity School)

COVID-19 legislation and guidance: update to 26 June
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

The Protestant cases and COVID-19
(Jeffrey B. Hammond, Canopy Forum on the Interactions of Law & Religion)

Wednesday, 16 June 2021

Street preacher lacks standing to challenge COVID restrictions
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Vietnam: Religious leaders call for prayer, fairness over church-linked COVID outbreak
(CSW: Everyone Free to Believe)

Archdiocese of Los Angeles issues new guidelines to fully reopen parishes
(Alejandra Molina, Religion News Service)

Weekly Highlight #160: COVID-19: Exploring Faith Dimensions: Masks and secularism; vaccine rates; nationalism and COVID-19
(Berkley Center, Joint Learning Initiative, WFDD)

More than 450,000 people apply to perform Hajj during first 24 hours of registration
(Deema Al-Khudair, Arab News)

Ministry reopens 7 Saudi mosques after sanitization
(Arab News)

Saudi decision to allow 60,000 vaccinated residents on Hajj and bar foreigners welcomed
(Arab News)

How COVID and shadow docket exploded SCOTUS' scope of religious freedom
(Brendan Pierson, Reuters)

Monday, 14 June 2021

LECTURE SERIES, 14 June 2021, (6:30PM GMT+2): COVID-19 and the exercise of religious freedom
(Adelaide Madera, Universität Trier)

Wisconsin covid order closing schools violated free exercise rights
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Saturday, 12 June 2021

How Religions Around the World have been Affected by Lockdown

With Pope Francis’ blessing, Catholics pressed Biden White House to waive vaccine patents
(Claire Giangravé, Jack Jenkins Share Tweet, Religion News Service)

Rutgers grants religoius exemption to vaccine mandate
(Bob Kellogg, One News Now)

Weekly highlight #159: COVID-19 ravages the religious sub-continent; Evangelicals in the United States
(Berkley Center, Joint Learning Initiative, WFDD)

COVID-19 legislation and guidance: update to 12 June
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Wednesday, 9 June 2021

CEC Theological Reflections: Solidarity and Eucharist during COVID-19
(Conference of European Churches)

Monday, 7 June 2021

Thai temples struggle without tourist income
(Union of Catholic Asian News)

Pilgrims return to Spain’s ‘El Camino’ paths after pandemic
(Iain Sullivan and Joseph Wilson, Religion News Service)

Indian Court: certain platforms can't be used to propagate a religion
(The Times of India)

Christian persecution peaks amid impunity in pandemic-era India
(John Dayal, Union of Catholic Asian News)

Church's suit on COVID limits dismissed as moot
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

How the Irish, and many others, lost their religious freedom to COVID restrictions
(Lois McLatchie, National Review)

Pastor seeks revival of suit challenging virus restrictions
(Kevin McGill, Associated Press)

What can save science from COVID disinformation? Let’s try religion.
(James Rupert, United States Institute of Peace)

Friday, 4 June 2021

California to pay $2M church legal fees over virus closures
(Brian Melley, Associated Press)

Challenges to Alabama COVID-19 orders are unsuccessful
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Vietnam bans all religious events after Protestant church service triggers COVID cluster
(Maggie Gile, Newsweek)

COVID-19 legislation and guidance: update to 5 June
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Wednesday, 2 June 2021

Gorsuch turns down Colorado churches’ request to block COVID restrictions
(Amy Howe, SCOTUSblog)

Gorsuch denies Colorado churches' petition challenging Covid-related restrictions
(Ariane de Vogue and Caroline Kelly, CNN)

Plenary indulgence granted to post-pandemic pilgrims in Italy
(Junno Arocho Esteves, Catholic News Service)

Six dioceses in Baltimore, Washington provinces reinstate Sunday obligation
(Catholic News Agency)

Abortions reached record levels in Scotland during COVID-19 pandemic
(The Christian Post)

Vietnam restricts religious services after Covid-19 surge
(Union of Catholic Asian News)

Weekly highlight #158: COVID-19: Exploring faith dimensions: COVID-19 offers opportunities for religious cooperation, but also stokes tensions
(Berkley Center, Joint Learning Initiative, WFDD)

How the pandemic changed free exercise forever
(Kelsey Dallas, Deseret News)

Monday, 31 May 2021

Religious gatherings should have their own category under lockdown regulations: SACC
(SABC News)

Friday, 28 May 2021

The path to herd immunity runs through America’s faith communities
(Eboo Patel and Robert P. Jones, Religion News Service Opinion)

Coronavirus (COVID-19): places of worship in Scotland
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Timor-Leste allows religious activities to resume in Dili
(Ryan Dagur, Union of Catholic Asian News)

Southern Madagascar drought leads to starvation; pandemic complicates aid
(Bronwen Dachs, Catholic News Service)

Cameroon bishop condemns corruption in distribution of COVID aid
(Ngala Killian Chimtom, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Wednesday, 26 May 2021

Religions for Peace calls for equitable vaccine distribution as a humanitarian imperative
(Lana Ness, Religions for Peace)

Republicans and Democrats switch sides on religion vs. science
(Carol Kuruvilla, Religion News Service)

Children’s Hospital Colorado declares mental health state of emergency as suicide attempts rise
(Jennifer Brown, The Colorado Sun)

COVID-19 legislation and guidance: update to 29 May
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Is it safe to sing at church yet? Depends who you ask.
(Adelle M. Banks, Religion News Service)

Monday, 24 May 2021

Religious leaders who challenged legitimacy of church closures in Scotland entitled to expenses increase
(Scottish Legal News)

Another church seeks emergency injunction against COVID limits from Supreme Court
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Maine church seeks emergency relief from SCOTUS
(Liberty Counsel)

COVID-19 and religious freedom: Some comparative perspectives
(Javier Martínez-Torrón, Religious Freedom & Business Foundation)

Romania’s biggest Catholic service offers faith, vaccines
(Stephen McGrath and Andreea Alexandru, Associated Press)

Friday, 21 May 2021

California ends litigation with agreement to lift all COVID restrictions on houses of worship
(Don Byrd, Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty)

COVID-19: unexpected choral clampdown
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

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