Law and Religion Headlines


Friday, 17 April 2020

In Sweden, there's no COVID-19 lockdown. Here are 4 things to know
(Fred Lucas, The Daily Signal)

Uzbekistan: Despite coronavirus lockdown officials continue literature raids
(Mushfig Bayram, Forum 18 News Service)

The coronavirus erases our living memory of the Holocaust and gives fresh life to old traumas
(Armin Rosen, Tablet)

Italian Jews battle COVID-19—and isolation
(Natan Greppi, Tablet)

Some California churches call in-person services essential despite pandemic
(Alejandra Molina, Religion News Service)

Does the pandemic have a purpose? Only if we give it one. The coronavirus is neither good nor bad. It wants only to reproduce
(Stephen T. Asma, The New York Times Opinion)

LDS Church joins fight against Covid-19, with members sewing 5 million face masks
(Jana Riess, RNS Column: Flunking Sainthood)

New podcast: Who-da thunk it? Drive-in churches are First Amendment battlegrounds
(Terry Mattingly, GetReligion)

In India, pandemic turns political opposition group into COVID-19 help line
(Adam Willems, Religion News Service)

Suit challenges Chattanooga's ban on drive-in church services
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

ADF files suit to challenge Chattanooga ban on drive-in church services
(Alliance Defending Freedom)

Justice Department backs church objections to discriminatory COVID-19 bans
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Churches sue challenging Kansas stay-at-home order
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

ADF sues KS governor over COVID-19 order that allows numerous gatherings, except churches
(Alliance Defending Freedom)

Italian bishops make proposal to government for restarting liturgical life
(Elise Ann Allen, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Cardinal fears coronavirus could be end of European Union
(Elise Ann Allen, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

German bishops criticize decision to maintain church service ban
(Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Guatemalan bishops: Deporting people during pandemic lacks humanity
(David Agren, Catholic News Service)

Shutdown of religious services in pandemic prompts varied responses
(Carol Zimmermann, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Russia's devout push back against coronavirus church closures
(Emily Sherwin, Deutsche Welle)

Will COVID-19 increase support for religious freedom?
(Stephen Enada, The Christian Post)

Collective prayers in mosques temporarily banned in Tajikistan due to coronavirus situation
(Interfax-Religion)

‘World’s biggest lockdown’ enters critical phase amid starvation fears, says Gospel for Asia
(RNS Press Release Distribution Service)

The coronavirus crisis in Latin America: Increased presidential power without solid foundations – Analysis
(Carlos Malamud and Rogelio Núñez, Elcano Royal Institute via Eurasia Review)

Cutting the funding: The WHO, Trump, and the coronavirus wars — OpEd
(Binoy Kampmark, Eurasia Review Opinion)

How New York hassidic communities have been beaten by coronavirus
(Jeremy Sharon, The Jerusalem Post)

Iran’s Health Minister defends coronavirus “management” despite 30,700 deaths
(Adena Nima, Iran News Wire)

Special Covid-19 care sought for Bhopal disaster survivors
(UCA News)

Prominent Kosovo Serb journalist says intimidation worsening with COVID-19
(Milica Stojanovic, Balkan Insight)

Week in Review: Pandemics and Politics in the Balkans
(Milos Damnjanovic, Balkan Insight)

COIVD-19's worst victims will be the persecuted Christians of Africa
(Jim Shannon MP, All Party Parliamentary Group for International Freedom of Religion or Belief)

Thursday, 16 April 2020

Religion and COVID-19: Four Lessons from the Ebola experience
(Katherine Marshall, Olivia Wilkinson and Dave Robinson, From Poverty to Power)

Consultation on COVID-19: Exploring Faith Dimensions: Brief
(Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)

Religion and the COVID-19 crisis: Social welfare
(Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)

Where is justice? Islam, equality, and covid-19 (Responding to: religion and the covid-19 crisis: social welfare)
(Hossein Askari, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)

Toward a religious ethic of social equity through maximum productivity in a post-pandemic era (Responding to: religion and the covid-19 crisis: social welfare)
(Carl Raschke, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)

Of solidarity and global health security (Responding to: religion and the covid-19 crisis: social welfare)
(Drew Christiansen, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)

“Let us remain united” – Churches call for commitment to common European values amidst COVID-19
(Conference of European Churches with the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union)

How to build community while worshipping online
(Heidi A. Campbell, The Conversation)

Muslim women who cover their faces find greater acceptance among coronavirus masks – ‘Nobody is giving me dirty looks’
(Anna Piela, The Conversation)

Scapegoating “Christian Nationalists” for the coronavirus pandemic
(Steven Wedgeworth, Public Discourse: The Journal of the Witherspoon Institute)

It’s time for the government to introduce food rationing
(Robert Garner, OUPblog)

DOJ said judges can’t stop immigration hearings over COVID-19. Cleary Gottlieb called that a ‘death trap.’
(Jacqueline Thomsen, The National Law Journal)

Walmart faces wrongful death suit after employee dies from COVID-19
(Molly Stubs, Expert Institute)

Coronavirus crisis makes curtail of religious freedom justifiable — temporarily
(Thomas F. Farr, President, Religious Freedom Institute, National Catholic Register)

U.S. Justice Department sides with church in COVID-19 religious dispute
(Lawrence Hurley, Reuters)

Black clergy memorialize the dead, ask government to address disparities
(Adelle M. Banks, Religion News Service Opinion)

Opposition to Samaritan’s Purse Central Park field hospital grows
(Yonat Shimron, Religion News Service)

Bending the COVID-19 inequality curve
(Thomas Reese, RNS Column: Signs of the Times)

The show must go on: Egypt's Ramadan soap operas defy COVID-19
(Shahira Amin, Al-Monitor: Egypt Pulse)

Egyptians fear coronavirus count falls far short of reality
(Al-Monitor: Egypt Pulse)

Is coronavirus good for health of Turkish-US relations?
(Kadri Gursel, Al-Monitor: Turkey Pulse)

Gazan medical masks make a statement
(Ahmed Sammak, Al-Monitor: Palestine Pulse)

Courtroom access: Faced with a pandemic, the Supreme Court pivots
(Amy Howe, SCOTUSblog)

CEC-CCME take necessary measures in response to COVID -19
(the Conference of European Churches (CEC) and Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe (CCME))

Reflections on Christian Communion in a Time of Physical Distancing and COVID-19
(CEC Thematic Group on Science, New Technologies and Christian Ethics, Conference of European Churches)

Buddhist influencer Tyler Knott Gregson offers spiritual tools to cope during COVID-19
(Liza Vandenboom, Religion Unplugged)

Sri Lankan Muslims angry over forced Covid-19 cremations
(UCA News)

Rival Ukraine churches clash over Easter lockdown rules
(Associated Press)

Muslims grapple with Ramadan rituals in coronavirus era
(Mariam Fam, Associated Press)

Justice Department sides with Mississippi church in coronavirus dispute, other suits move forward
(Don Byrd, Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty)

Silence over Easter police raids captures ‘through the looking glass’ moment
(John L. Allen Jr., Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

During coronavirus, Vatican employs spiritual, political silence
(Elise Ann Allen, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

The Justice Department achieves a victory for religious liberty
(Andrew C. McCarthy, National Review)

Joint NGO statement highlights health and security risks from COVID-19 crisis for vulnerable Iraqi communities
(Religious Freedom Institute)

Washington should fund ministers’ salaries
(Michael A. Helfand, The Wall Street Journal (Opinion))

Keeping Baha’i prisoners, Iran threatens the entire country’s health
(Winston Nagan, Religion News Service)

East European Catholics draw lockdown parallels with communist rule
(Jonathan Luxmoore, Catholic News Service)

No, COVID-19 didn’t suddenly empower government to do anything it wants to churches
(Ryan Tucker, The Federalist)

COVID-19 and EJIL
(Sarah Nouwen and Joseph Weiler, EJIL: Talk! Blog of the European Journal of International Law)

Southern Baptist ethicist Russell Moore says churches may apply for SBA loans
(Yonat Shimron, Religion News Service)

Wednesday, 15 April 2020

Thou shalt practice social distancing
(Mustafa Akyol, Foreign Policy)

Religious freedom and the coronavirus
(John Stonestreet and Roberto Rivera, The Christian Post)

Passover, Easter, Ramadan — and interfaith America in action
(Eboo Patel, Religion News Service)

We need to respect the choice not to die of COVID-19 alone
(Charles C. Camosy, RNS Column: Purple Catholicism)

What the Amish can teach us about surviving apocalyptic times
(David Williams, Religion News Service)

In some European Jewish communities, getting the coronavirus carries a stigma
(Cnaan Liphshiz, Jewish Telegraphic Agency: Opinion)

The perils of politics in a pandemic
(The Economist)

At Easter blessing, Pope Francis addresses the world: “This is not a time for indifference”
(Claire Giangravé, Religion News Service)

Priest who dialogued with Muslims and Catholic traditionalists dies of coronavirus
(Nicolas Senèze, La Croix International)

Churches in Malawi flout government restrictions on gatherings due to COVID-19
(La Croix International)

Covid-19 checkpoints targeting out-of-state residents draw complaints and legal scrutiny
(Luz Lazo and Katherine Shaver, The Washington Post)

Churches sue Calif. over order banning in-person religious services over COVID-19 concerns
(Michael Gryboski, The Christian Post)

Pro-Lifers can pray outside abortion clinics in Mich. during coronavirus shutdown, court rules
(Michael Gryboski, The Christian Post)

Knights of Columbus in New Mexico, Hawaii help Native people during coronavirus
(Mary Farrow, Catholic News Agency)

California churches sue governor to allow public worship services amid coronavirus
(Catholic News Agency)

Federal court says chemical abortions can continue despite Texas order
(Catholic News Agency)

Justice department backs Mississippi church over drive-in services
(Catholic News Agency)

Vatican creates commission to address coronavirus aftermath
(Hannah Brockhaus, Catholic News Agency)

Justice Department takes church’s side in 1st Amendment suit
(Emily Wagster Pettus, Colleen Long, and Michael Balsamo, Religion News Service)

Israel’s health minister has the coronavirus. He’s also under fire for allegedly defying his own department’s orders
(Sam Sokol, Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

Cremation under coronavirus restrictions
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Suit challenges enforcement of COVID-19 orders against pro-life activists
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

'Why did God let this happen?' Washington Post report on pastor's death asks fair questions
(Terry Mattingly, GetReligion)

Passover Seders without your grandchildren? Coronavirus crisis forced painful changes
(Terry Mattingly, GetReligion)

This journalist did her job: Now she hopes that it didn't expose her to COVID-19
(Bobby Ross Jr., GetReligion)

Sen. Mike Lee: Churches shouldn’t have to sacrifice beliefs for coronavirus relief funds
(Dennis Romboy, Deseret News Faith)

A virus that hits all faiths tests religion’s tie to science
(Elana Schor and Mariam Fam, Associated Press)

Talk of federal aid for local journalism includes religious news outlets
(Dennis Sadowski, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Hindu, Muslims separated based on religion in coronavirus ward in Gujarat's govt hospital
(Sajith Kumar, Deccan Herald)

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