Law and Religion Headlines

Wednesday, 22 April 2020

That ancient question that will not go away: Where is God in the coronavirus crisis?
(Terry Mattingly, GetReligion)

Congo bishop – and president’s uncle – first African prelate to die of COVID-19
(Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Religious leaders in Jerusalem recite joint prayer composed for the coronavirus
(Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

Priest banned from service fined in St. Petersburg for 12-minute holy procession

Washington Post gets inside the painful COVID-19 crisis in Church of God in Christ
(Terry Mattingly, GetReligion)

Here's a COVID-19 era book list for writers and readers intrigued by religion themes
(Richard Ostling, GetReligion)

Why are we litigating church openings?
(Mark Silk, RNS Column: Spiritual Politics)

North Macedonia’s Orthodox Church could become a coronavirus super-spreader
(Igor Bosilkovski, Foreign Policy)

Beneath Trump-WHO spat, a US-China race for leadership
(Howard LaFranchi, The Christian Science Monitor)

The grim truth about the "Swedish model"
(Hans Bergstrom, Project Syndicate)

Tuesday, 21 April 2020

WEBINAR CLE, 21 April 2020: You Are Excused: Force Majeure and the Workplace in the COVID-19 Era
(Ferderal Bar Association)

WEBINAR, 21 April 2020 (4 pm UK time): “Council of Europe: The Conscience of Europe in a Time of Crisis”
(Kanstantsin Dzehtsiarou, Dr Stuart Wallace, Veronika Bilkova, Philip Leach, Rob Lindholm, Jörg Polakiew, Ineta Ziemeleicz, Strasbourg Observers)

WEBINAR, 20 April 2020 (11 am EDT): Confronting climate change in the global COVID-19 recovery
(Samantha Gross, Stéphane Hallegatte, Ingrid-Gabriela Hoven, Todd Stern, Pablo Vieira, Brookings, NDC Partnership)

Religion can be a healing balm for COVID-19's disruption, if applied judiciously
(Susan Hayward, Azza Karam, Katherine Marshall, Religion News Service Opinion)

Religion Photos of the Week, 18 April 2020: This week’s selection includes Easter, lockdowns around the world, and more
(Kit Doyle, Religion News Service)

In empty churches, Orthodox Christians mark Easter amid COVID-19 restrictions
(The Associated Press, CBC)

Orthodox Christians mark Easter Holiday amid coronavirus restrictions
(Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty)

Christos Anesti! Experiencing Orthodox Easter with no lamb or family gathering
(John Kass, Chicago Tribune)

Romanians celebrate from their windows during Orthodox Easter Vigil
(Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty)

Pakistanis gather for Friday prayers defying coronavirus advisory
(Asad Hashim, Al Jazeera)

Baha’i networks in the Congo keep thousands informed and inspired
(BWNS, Bahá’í World News Service)

NASA visualization reveals a dramatic, hidden effect of the coronavirus on the United States
(Passant Rabie, Inverse)

On Divine Mercy Sunday, Pope Francis urges countries to put aside ‘selfish indifference’ during coronavirus pandemic
(Gerard O’Connell, America: The Jesuit Review)

Pope Francis shares his vision for Covid-19 aftermath
(Gerard O’Connell, America: The Jesuit Review)

UN agencies issue urgent coronavirus appeal after $2bn request falls well short
(Peter Beaumont, The Guardian)

Pope Francis taps Argentinian priest to help lead Vatican response to coronavirus crisis
(Gerard O’Connell, America: The Jesuit Review)

Covid-19: the humbling and humbled virus
(Francis B. Nyamnjoh, Corona Times)

COVID-19 in Mount Athos: Adapting Ancient Practices to Modern Realities
(Daily Highlight, Berkley Center, Joint Learning Initiative, WFDD)

Bangladesh: Massive crowd breaks lockdown rules to attend Ansari's funeral
(The Business Standard)

War or Peace: Could COVID-19 Tip the Balance in Afghanistan?
(Daily Highlight, Berkley Center, Joint Learning Initiative, WFDD)

Pandemic and religious revival
(Filip Mazurczak, First Things)

Why countries can’t meet the demand for gear against covid-19
(The Economist)

How Covid-19 is making millions of Americans healthier
(Hans Taparia, The New York Times Opinion)

Our health depends on each other. That’s why we need to fight this threat together
(Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, TIME)

Covid-19 has killed multiple bishops and pastors within the nation’s largest black Pentecostal denomination
(Michelle Boorstein, The Washington Post)

President Trump announces temporary ban on immigration
(Lori Arnold, Christian Headlines)

Federal Judge says Kansas churches can hold worship services despite 10 person gathering limit
(Amanda Casanova, Christian Headlines)

Under fire from many, Samaritan’s Purse finds an unlikely champion
(Yonat Shimron, Religion News Service)

Coronavirus does not spare North Korea, according to sources
(Olivia Miller, International Christian Concern)

Providence bishop calls for evangelization, renewal after coronavirus
(Catholic News Agency)

Elderly and disabled have same right to treatment as others amid pandemic, say bishops
(Catholic News Agency)

Kansas governor can't single out churches in COVID rules, judge says
(Kevin Jones, Catholic News Agency)

What we know about the 'devious' coronavirus

Lebanese protesters back on the streets... in their cars

Iran says it's released 1,000 foreign prisoners since outbreak began

Supposed church enjoined from selling bleach as sacrament to cure covid-19
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

“Church” claims bleach is coronavirus-curing “sacrament,” faces wrath of FDA
(Jon Brodkin, ARS Technica)

Status of temporary abortion bans
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Two states' coronavirus abortion bans remain after court interventions
(Catholic News Agency)

In call with religious leaders on re-opening churches, Trump sought election support
(Christopher White, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

African church leaders: Insurgents could increase attacks during pandemic
(Jonathan Luxmoore, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Religious tension in India aggravated by coronavirus
(Srinivas Mazumdaru, Deutsche Welle)

Citizen complaint about church people not observing lockdown precautions
(Ivan Zhilin, Novaia Gazeta)

The pandemic and the toll of transatlantic discord: At a time of crisis, the U.S.-European relationship can—and must—be saved
(Karen Donfried and Wolfgang Ischinger, Foreign Affairs)

How America's urban-rural divde has shaped the pandemic
(Jonathan Rodden, Foreign Affairs)

Army brigade removes chaplains’ Facebook videos on prayer during COVID-19 following complaints
(Samuel Smith, The Christian Post)

In India, a pandemic of prejudice and repression
(Siddharth Varadarajan, The New York Times)

Italy declares victory over Covid-19 in poorer south
(France 24)

Religious group’s mass gatherings across Asia spark virus clusters
(Faseeh Mangi, Bloomberg)

Saskatchewan gov’t reverses ban on drive-in religious services after legal challenge

Now that the world has spotted Hindutva bigotry, Modi insists that coronavirus doesn’t see religion
(Rohan Venkataramakrishnan, India)

COVID-19, Africans’ hardships in China, and the future of Africa-China relations
(Yun Sun, Brookings)

Applying coronavirus pain for geopolitical gain
(Francesco Sisci, Asia Times)

Indian industries try in vain to ease lockdown
(Asia Times)

COVID-19 widens the rift between Israel’s ultra-orthodox and secular communities
(Gil Zohar, Religion Unplugged)

Coronavirus is highlighting the rift In Islam between modernists and literalists
(Lawrence Pintak, Religion Unplugged)

Germany’s largest newspaper editor-in-chief to China’s president: You’re endangering the world
(Arthur Block, The Levant News)

The secret to Germany’s COVID-19 success: Angela Merkel is a scientist
(The Atlantic)

Quackery in Iran: Desperate Iranians are getting bad medical advice
(The Economist)

Overlooked businesses during the pandemic

Tensions Surround Rituals Following COVID-19 Deaths: Obligatory Cremation in Sri Lanka
(Daily Highlight, Berkley Center, Joint Learning Initiative, WFDD)

Travelling in time of corona: Margaret Atwood talks about narrow escape from Covid-19
(India Today)

'Plague on a biblical scale': Hasidic families hit hard by virus
(Liam Stack, The New York Times)

Monday, 20 April 2020

WEBINAR Recording — COVID-19, RELIGION, and BELIEF: Episode 2: FoRB, COVID-19 and Human Dignity
(Ewelina Ochab, Jan Figel, Brett Scharffs, Marco Ventura, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints European Office)

WEBINAR Recording — COVID-19, RELIGION, and BELIEF: Episode 2: FoRB, COVID-19 and Human Dignity
(Ewelina Ochab, Jan Figel, Brett Scharffs, Marco Ventura, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints European Office)

WEBINAR Recording: The COVID-19 Crisis: From Past Experience to Present Realities
(Katherine Marshall, David Robinson, Olivia Wilkinson, Barbara Brilliant, Daleen Raubenheimer-Foot, Peter Kwame Yeboah, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)

Launch of GLOBAL Multi-religious Faith-in-Action COVID-19 Initiative
(Religions for Peace)

Church meetings and COVID-19 in Australia
(Neil Foster, Law and Religion Australia)

Church response to COVID-19
(Conference of European Churches)

Latter-day Saints participate in global COVID-19 relief efforts
(The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)

First Presidency provides guidance on how to administer the Church in challenging times
(The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)

Responding to COVID-19: Answers to Questions
(The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)

Can Human Dignity help heal us in our coronavirus moment?
(Brett G. Scharffs, Talk About: Law and Religion - Blog of the International Center for Law and Religion Studies)

Law and religion round-up – 19th April
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Coronavirus – COVID-19 (link to index of posts and other related information)
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Coronavirus emergency in the Monastic Autonomous Republic of Mount Athos. Contagion without Covid-19
(Pierluigi Consorti, DIRESOM Papers)

Coronavirus Act 2020 – Statutory guidance for local authorities
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

PHE guidance: managing a funeral
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Guidance for care of the deceased with suspected or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19)
(Public Health England, Gov.UK)

‘Liquid gold’: New York’s convalescent plasma donor 0001 gives us a patient’s view into US COVID19 response
(Nikhila Natarajan, Observer Research Foundation)

Coronavirus: Why has Italy’s poorer south fared better than the north?
(Francesco Bongarrà, ArabNews)

Turkey’s coronavirus cases highest in Middle East
(Arab News)

Egyptian singers spread gratitude, hope amid pandemic
(Ayman Fayed, Arab News)

End te coronavirus crackdown, for the children — OpEd
(Adam Dick, Eurasia Review Opinion)

UN Institute expects COVID-19 fallout to push half a billion people into poverty
(J Nastanis, InDepth News)

Providing food security in the face of a global health crisis
(Bahá’í World News Service)

Youth move to forefront of grassroots response throughout the US
(Bahá’í World News Service)

Call for Malaysia to allow Rohingya refugees ashore
(Eurasia Review)

Religious liberty as bondage
(Bonnie Kristian, Christianity Today)

Coronavirus spread in India sparks intolerance towards minority Muslims
(Niala Mohammad, Voice of America)

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