Law and Religion Headlines

Thursday, 23 April 2020

Are church shutdowns legal or gross infringements on religious freedom?
(William Duncan, The Federalist)

Is our religious freedom being quarantined by the government?
(Jason Jimenez, The Christian Post)

Indian religious leaders welcome financial help
(Bijay Kumar Minj, UCA News)

"Put women and girls at the centre of efforts to recover from COVID-19"
(Secretary-General António Guterres, The United Nations)

Why more men are dying from COVID-19 than women - A geneticist explains
(Jenny Graves, The Conversation, Science Alert)

Poll: Large majority of Americans think it’s more important to stay home than return to work
(Quint Forgey, Politico)

Trump invites all GOP senators to join economic recovery group — except Mitt Romney
(Dennis Romboy, Deseret News Politics)

Sen. Mitt Romney was the only GOP senator not invited on Trump's new coronavirus advisory group
(Christal Hayes, USA Today)

Indonesian Muslims brace for somber Ramadan amid pandemic restrictions
(Ahmad Pathoni, Religion News Service)

This LA megachurch has served 350,000 free meals during pandemic
(Alejandra Molina, Religion News Service)

Catholic Extension shares how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting the seminarian class of 2020
(RNS Press Release Distribution Service)

Were some key quotes accurate? Concerning Jerry Falwell's anger at The New York Times
(Terry Mattingly, GetReligion)

Coronavirus: First patients injected in UK vaccine trial
(Fergus Walsh, BBC News Health)

The reason Zoom calls drain your energy
(Manyu Jiang, BBC Worklife)

Wednesday, 22 April 2020

GLOBAL ONLINE EVENT, 22 April 2020 (16h00 Abu Dhabi |12 noon GMT | 8h00 EST | 20h00 Beijing: For Humanity: Inter-Faith Solidarity and Joint Action to Combat COVID-19
(Brian J. Grim, H. E. Dr. Ali Rashid Al Nuaimi & 15 others, Organized by The World Muslim Communities Council)

GLOBAL ONLINE EVENT, 22 April 2020 (12 noon GM): For Humanity: Inter-Faith Solidarity and Joint Action to Combat COVID-19, Webinar
(Brian J. Grim, H. E. Dr. Ali Rashid Al Nuaimi & 15 others, Organized by The World Muslim Communities Council)

EVENT PROGRAM, 22 April 2020: For Humanity: Interfaith Solidarity & Joint Action To Combat COVID-19
(Brian J. Grim, H. E. Dr. Ali Rashid Al Nuaimi & 15 others, Organized by The World Muslim Communities Council)

EVENT PROGRAM, 22 April 2020: For Humanity: Interfaith Solidarity & Joint Action To Combat COVID-19
(Brian J. Grim, H. E. Dr. Ali Rashid Al Nuaimi & 15 others, Organized by The World Muslim Communities Council)

WEBINAR, 22 April 2020 (3 pm in Qatar / GMT+3): Covid-19: Implications for Peace and Security in the Middle East
(Ranj Alaaldin, Tanya Gilly-Khailany, Frederic Wehrey, Galip Dalay, Brookings Doha Center)

Ridván 2020 Message from the Supreme Body (Video Recording)
(Jacqueline Claire, Baha’i World)

Muslims try to keep Ramadan spirit amid virus restrictions
(Samy Magdy and Lee Keath, Religion News Service)

Safe Ramadan practices in the context of the COVID-19
(World Health Organization)

Orthodox Jewish women are facing an impossible choice right now
(Emma Green, The Atlantic)

Why some people get sicker than others:COVID-19 is proving to be a disease of the immune system. This could, in theory, be controlled
(James Hamblin, The Atlantic)

The best hopes for a coronavirus drug. If there is a way to stop COVID-19, it will be by blocking its proteins from hijacking, suppressing, and evading humans’ cellular machinery
(Sarah Zhang, The Atlantic)

A new statistic reveals why America’s COVID-19 numbers are flat
(Robinn Meyer and Alexis C. Madrigal, The Atlantic)

Stay-at-home orders to fight coronavirus are protected by the U.S. Constitution
(Erwin Chemerinsky, The Sacramento Bee)

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)

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