Law and Religion Headlines

Monday, 27 April 2020

Ugly Reports of Islamophobia and Anti-Semitism Linked to COVID-19 Crisis
(Daily Highlight, Berkley Center, Joint Learning Initiative, WFDD)

Africa adapts to new taste of Ramadan under Covid-19 lockdown
(Christina Okello, RFI)

Muslims in France prepare for muted Ramadan under coronavirus lockdown
(Christina Okello, RFI)

Accumulation of people on holidays and at religious services is the most dangerous thing that can happen today, - the President
(Religious Information Service of Ukraine (RISU))

Sickness amid the cedars: The Lebanese were watching for the virus. But the outbreak in this secluded and stunningly beautiful place was not what they’d expected.
(Sarah Dadouch, The Washington Post)

Church donations have plunged because of the coronavirus. Some churches won’t survive.
(Michelle Boorstein, The Washington Post)

Jewish history explains why some ultra-Orthodox communities defy coronavirus restrictions
(Joyce Dalsheim, The Conversation)

From pews to patients – churches have long served as hospitals, particularly in times of crisis
(Adam J. Davis, The Conversation)

Coronavirus: conspiracy theories and fake videos fuel rise in Islamophobia
(Imran Awan, The Conversation)

Religious freedom attorneys pick their battles amid pandemic
(Elana Schor, Associated Press)

Mosque’s makeshift morgue shows virus toll on UK minorities
(Jo Kearney and Jill Lawless, Associated Press)

Military chaplains pivot to serve soldiers in virus outbreak
(Sarah Blake Morgan, Associated Press)

Court says drive-in church services are reasonable compromise for covid-19 limits
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Settlement reached with Kansas churches challenging covid-19 limits on services
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Legal Spirits Episode 022: Church closings in the time of coronavirus
(Law and Religion Forum, St. John's Law School Center for Law & Religion)

How the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints responds to the COVID-19 emergency (Responding to: Religious action on COVID-19: Efforts in the field)
(Coby Vail, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)

Italian bishops threaten break with government over Mass
(Elise Ann Allen, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

In spat over Mass, Italy’s PM may need the bishops more than they need him
(John L. Allen Jr., Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Thinking with Ryan Burge: Why it would be dangerous for most churches to reopen
(Terry Mattingly, GetReligion)

Those seeking lessons on locked houses of worship can study the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic
(Bobby Ross Jr., GetReligion)

China's religious persecution in the time of coronavirus
(Susan Crabtree, Real Clear Politics)

Engaging religious leaders in public health policy
(WortFM Radio)

Daily Highlight #53: Japan’s Religious Communities React to COVID-19
(Katherine Marshall, Berkley Center, Joint Learning Initiative, WFDD)

Saturday, 25 April 2020

Virus divides as Ramadan begins under lockdown
(Edited by Anna Jones,

New podcast: Faith-based colleges face coronavirus crisis (and hard identity questions, too)
(Terry Mattingly, GetReligion)

Indian Muslims face stigma, blame for surge in infections
(Aniruddha Ghosal, Sheikh Saaliq and Emily Schmall, Associated Press)

Welsh Government: Coronavirus update
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Bishops criticize immigration restrictions, say they will hurt families
(Julie Asher, Catholic News Service)

Malema defends cops asking Muslims defying lockdown in South Africa: ‘Muhammad is bigger than the president?’
(Charles Cilliers, The Citizen)

In Albania, Ramadan under lockdown revives memories of communism
(France 24)

In Pakistan's fight against Covid-19, religion might not be helping
(Huma Yusuf, CNN International)

'This is exactly what we want to be doing': A friar's life in Brooklyn during coronavirus
(Christine Rousselle, Catholic News Agency)

Trump signs $484 billion coronavirus relief bill into law
(Anugrah Kumar, The Christian Post)

Minority council potentially to be formed

Iraq's health system meets the challenge of coronavirus
(Lujain Elbaldawi, Al-Monitor)

Friday, 24 April 2020

Live Video Replay CLE, 24 April 2020 • COVID-19 Insurance Suits: Insurance Coverage Issues Raised by Coronavirus Losses
(Federal Bar Association)

A priority in a pandemic: The vulnerable first
(Editoral Board, The Christian Science Monitor)

A butcher by name, this Muslim surgeon saves lives across battle lines
(Ken Chitwood, Religion Unplugged)

Wondering where God is during this pandemic? (On Queen Elizabeth)
(Terry Mattingly, Religion Unplugged)

Muted celebrations as Britain's Queen Elizabeth turns 94

Texas: Hotze's legal fight against Harris County stay-at-home order to continue in state district court
(Jasper Scherer and Robert Downen, Houston Chronicle)

Mississippi city revises limit on drive-up church amid virus
(Emily Wagster Pettus, Associated Press)

Updates on religious liberty lawsuits over stay-at-home orders
(Don Byrd, Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty)

20 percent of church entities that applied received SBA loans to maintain staff
(Dennis Sadowski, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Trump Administration helps churches survive shutdowns
(Brian Burch, Real Clear Religion)

Pakistan’s government is caught between a mosque and a hard place
(Michael Kugelman, Foreign Policy)

Tajikistan tells farmers to avoid ramadan fast, cites disease and need to work
(Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty)

New York City to provide 5L free halal meals during Ramzan
(India Post)

Americans are divided by religion on who should get critical care if there is a shortage of ventilators
(Stephanie Kramer, Pew Research Center Fact Tank)

‘Never mentioned religion, my side not heard,’ says Mumbai man held for refusing parcel by Muslim delivery boy
(Harshil Mehta, Swarajya)

Following Trump's halt to US immigration, bishops call for solidarity
(Catholic News Agency)

Texas ends emergency ban on elective abortions, but questions remain
(Catholic News Agency)

Standing for life in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic
(Christian Headlines)

Conservative group calls for 'reopen church sunday'
(Jack Jenkins, Christian Headlines)

Pakistan's most oppressed and the COVID-19 pandemic
(International Christian Concern)

Women, children face increased risk of abuse during Mideast lockdowns

Israel weighs strategic implications of coronavirus crisis
(Ben Caspit, Al-Monitor)

Coronavirus reveals Palestinian economic dependence on Israel
(Adnan Abu Amer, Al-Monitor)

Is the Russian Orthodox Church really pro-life?
(Andrew Sorokowski, RISU Column)

Thursday, 23 April 2020

WEBINAR, 23 April 2020 (3 pm Brussels - GMT+2)—COVID-19, RELIGION, and BELIEF Series: Episode 3, COVID-19, Religion and Belief: Civil Society Organizations' Perspective
(Judd Birdsall, Rachel Bayani, Christen Broecker, Giovanni Gaetani, Revd Dr Patrick Roger Schnabel)

WEBINAR, 23 April 2020 (9 am EDT)—COVID-19, RELIGION, and BELIEF Series: Episode 3, COVID-19, Religion and Belief: Civil Society Organizations' Perspective
(Judd Birdsall, Rachel Bayani, Christen Broecker, Giovanni Gaetani, Revd Dr Patrick Roger Schnabel)

WEBINAR, 23 April 2020 (3 pm Brussels)—COVID-19, RELIGION, and BELIEF Series: Episode 3, COVID-19, Religion and Belief: Civil Society Organizations' Perspective
(Judd Birdsall, Rachel Bayani, Christen Broecker, Giovanni Gaetani, Revd Dr Patrick Roger Schnabel)

WEBCAST EVENT, 23 April 2020 (9:30 am EDT): Pakistan’s coronavirus crisis: Impact and solutions
(Asia Center, United States Institute of Peace)

Socially Distant TOWN HALL, 23 April 2020 (9:00 EDT): COVID-19 and Climate Change as Public Health Crises: How the values of religious and indigenous peoples can guide us in balancing our relationship with the Earth
(Michale McGarrell, Religions for Peace and The Network for Religious and Traditional Peacemakers)

How is EU cooperation on the Covid-19 crisis perceived in member states?
(Sophia Russack / Steven Blockmans, CEPS)

A disproportionate interference: the Coronavirus Regulations and the ECHR
(Francis Hoar, UK Human Rights Blog)

Port denials and restrictions in times of pandemic: Did international law lose its North Star?
(Alina Miron, EJIL: Talk! Blog of the European Journal of International Law)

Washington’s Muslim community begins a Ramadan like no other
(Julie Zauzmer, The Washington Post)

As the world looks for coronavirus scapegoats, India pins blame on Muslims
(Joanna Slater and Niha Masih, The Washington Post)

Hajj cancellation wouldn’t be the first – plague, war and politics disrupted pilgrimages long before coronavirus
(Ken Chitwood, The Conversation)

White evangelicals most likely to support religious exemptions to stay-at-home orders
(Carol Kuruvilla, Huffington Post)

Church giving down more due to COVID-19 than during recession, survey shows
(Adelle M. Banks, Religion News Service)

Pandemic preaching: Exploring homiletical adaptation and invention in the midst of the global pandemic
(Cynthia G. Lindner, Sightings: The Martin Marty Center, University of Chicago Divinity School)

Stories make us human: A rabbi's reflections on Passover 2020
(Joseph A. Edelheit, Sightings: The Martin Marty Center, University of Chicago Divinity School)

Dispatch: India is scapegoating Muslims for the spread of coronavirus
(Sameer Yasir, Foreign Policy)

COVID-19: New poll reveals almost two-thirds of churches see drop in giving
(State of the Plate: Nationwide Poll, RNS Press Release Archive)

Coronavirus: Muslim Council of Britain warns UK mosques could close forever
(Inzamam Rashid, Sky News)

UN praises Israel aid to Palestinians as bereaved families demand block
(Lahav Harkov, The Jerusalem Post)

Can the coronavirus help repair ties between Israel's Jews and Arabs?
(Editorial, The Jerusalem Post)

The Jewish Imperative of the coronavirus crisis
(Ronald S. Lauder, The Jerusalem Post)

Preference for the Poor: Responding to the COVID-19 Emergency
(Daily Highlight, Berkley Center, Joint Learning Initiative, WFDD)

COVID-19, Climate Change, and Theology: New Starts or Wine in Old Bottles?
(Daily Highlight, Berkley Center, Joint Learning Initiative, WFDD)

‘If you don’t work you don’t eat’: Where lockdowns have extra sting
(Whitney Eulich and Ryan Lenora Brown, The Christian Science Monitor)

Could pandemic pave a path to peace? Why Yemen war is resistant.
(Scott Peterson, The Christian Science Monitor)

States band together to take next step against coronavirus
(Francine Kiefer, The Christian Science Monitor)

Coronavirus response puts EU solidarity to the test
(Lenora Chu and Dominique Soguel, The Christian Science Monitor)

Don’t waste the pandemic response
(Bertrand Badré, Project Syndicate)

The Chinese Health Organization?
(Brahma Chellaney, Project Syndicate)

Patients vs. the Pandemic
(Joseph E. Stiglitz, Arjun Jayadev, Achal Prabhala, Project Syndicate)

Mississippi city allows drive-up church services
(Associated Press)

During the coronavirus, academics have found themselves in a crisis of their work
(Rinaldo Walcott, Maclean's)

US judge denies bid to open California churches in pandemic
(Don Thompson, Associated Press)

Another suit challenges Kentucky ban on in-person church services
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Trio sue over religion, travel ban (read the lawsuit); governor responds
(Veronica Jean Seltzer, WTVQ News)

Dioceses in bankruptcy challenge ban on access to COVID-19 loans
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Bankrupt dioceses sue SBA for payroll loan access
(Catholic News Agency)

8th Circuit upholds Arkansas COVID-19 ban on surgical abortions
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Court allows Arkansas ban on surgical abortions due to virus
(Andrew DeMillo, Associated Press)

How the coronavirus has altered Iranians' view of faith
(Kersten Knipp, Deutsche Welle)

Correction to errors in coronavirus Regulations
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

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