Law and Religion Headlines


Monday, 6 April 2020

Nicaraguan officials stop church program to prevent COVID-19
(David Agren, Catholic News Service)

How evangelicals in Brazil are spinning COVID-19
(Thomas Milz, Deutsche Welle)

Angry preachers fight 'shelter in place.' #NEWS Major religious groups follow rules? #SOWHAT
(Terry Mattingly, GetReligion)

Coronavirus crisis reveals gap between news media pros and and many people of faith
(Bobby Ross Jr., GetReligion)

Ryan Burge asks that question, again: Are politics, or doctrines, shaping COVID-19 responses?
(Terry Mattingly, GetReligion)

Why Brazil’s churches closed, even though President Bolsonaro disagrees
(Maurício Zágari and the Assciated Press, Christianity Today)

Saturday, 4 April 2020

Remote control: Coronavirus is changing how Ireland is governed
(Jennifer Bray, The Irish Times)

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: FDA Provides Updated Guidance to Address the Urgent Need for Blood During the Pandemic
(Director - Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER) Peter Marks M.D., PhD., U.S. Food & Drug Administration)

New coronavirus limits bring new religious freedom tension
(Elana Schor, Associated Press)

Pope Francis addresses Italy in recorded message
(Associated Press, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Chief Rabbi says virus response proving to be religion’s ‘finest hour’
(Jewish News)

The Americans defying Palm Sunday quarantines: 'Satan's trying to keep us apart'
(Michelle Conlin, Rich McKay, Reuters)

With coronavirus infections linked to religious gatherings, debate rages over worship amid pandemic
(Jack Jenkins, Religion News Service)

Friday, 3 April 2020

Infographic: The History of Pandemics
(Shai Kuritzky, BabaMail)

How will humans, by nature social animals, fare when isolated? Covid-19 will harm people’s mental health
(The Economist)

Monitoring COVID-19 contagion growth in Europe
(Arianna Agosto / Alexandra Campmas / Paolo Giudici / Andrea Renda, Centre for European Policy Studies)

How did covid-19 begin? Its initial origin story is shaky
(David Ignatius, The Washington Post - Opinions)

Johnson and Kidd: Responding to COVID-19 would be a lot harder without churches and Christian groups
(US Action Team, Religious Freedom Institute)

How the pandemic will impact the Trump-backed lawsuit against the Affordable Care Act
(Jacqueline Thomsen, The National Law Journal)

New Jersey's COVID-19 ban enforced against religious life-cycle events
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

15 charged in Lakewood, N.J., after attending Orthodox Jewish funeral in violation of governor’s ban on large gatherings
(Julie Shaw, The Philadelphia Enquirer)

Mosques stay open in Pakistan even as virus death toll rises
(Kathy Gannon, Associated Press)

After ignoring warnings, Israeli ultra-Orthodox hit by virus
(Ariel Schalit and, Associated Press)

Virus lockdown changes how Hindus celebrate holy period
(Biswajeet Banerjee and Gary Fields, Associated Press)

Florida pastor arrested for holding services, other congregations meeting in defiance of COVID-19-related orders
(Don Byrd, Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty)

Asia’s top cardinal: China’s ‘criminal negligence’ responsible for coronavirus pandemic
(Nirmala Carvalho, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

New podcast: Will preachers fighting 'shelter in place' rules create a church-state disaster?
(Terry Mattingly, GetReligion)

New PHE advice for safe funerals
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Religious groups clash over US government giving virus aid to houses of worship
(Eric Cortellessa, The Times of Israel)

Religious institutions and the CARES Act: A closer look
(Nathan Adams IV, Jason Havens, Kelly Hellmuth, JD Supra)

Coronavirus: Islamophobia concerns after India mosque outbreak
(BBC News)

Thursday, 2 April 2020

Many Americans are praying and staying away from religious services in response to coronavirus: More than half say they have prayer for an end to the spread of the virus
(Pew Research Center: Social and Demographic Trends)

Released from quarantine into social distancing
(Thomas Reese, RNS Column: Signs of the Times)

Addiction in the age of Covid-19
(Brian J. Grim, Religious Freedom & Business Foundation)

Higher attendance, lower giving: New survey shows how churches are responding to COVID-19
(Emily McFarlan Miller, Religion News Service)

Surviving April
(Max Lucado, Religion News Service)

Saudi official urges Muslims to delay hajj plans over virus
(Aya Batrawy and Jon Gambrell, Associated Press)

Hajj pilgrimage could be cancelled because of coronavirus
(Martin Chulov, The Guardian)

How will the global upheaval from COVID-19 affect religion?
(Richard Ostling, Religion Unplugged)

'Be nice' is note needed during crisis — but a free press is
(Gene Policinski, Freedom Forum)

U.S. Current Trend: COVID-19 and civic freedom
(International Center for Not-for-Profit Law)

A grim calculus: Covid-19 presents stark choices between life, death and the economy
(The Economist)

The Seder’s secrets to enduring a pandemic
(Ellen Bernstein, Religion News Service)

In a city defined by power, a virus has seized control
(John Woodrow Cox John Woodrow Cox Enterprise reporter with a focus on narrative journalism Email Bio Follow , Jessica Contrera, Paul Schwartzman, Peter Jamison, Petula Dvorak, Hannah Natanson and Sydney Trent, The Washington Post)

Oh no! 'New Yorkers' upset about Franklin Graham's hospital tents near Central Park angel
(Terry Mattingly, GetReligion)

Fire at will, in a circle: What does 'pro-life' mean in the context of the COVID-19 era?
(Richard Ostling, GetReligion)

Touting virus cure, 'simple country doctor' becomes a right-wing star
(Kevin Roose and Matthew Rosenberg, The New York Times)

Where America didn't stay hom even as the virus spread
(James Glanz, Benedict Carey, Josh Holder, Derek Watkins, Jennifer Valentino-DeVries, Rick Rojas and Lauren Leatherby, The New York Times)

In sudden shift, U.S. and China seek to cooperate
(Edward Wong and Ana Swanson, The New York Times)

States should declare a State of Emergency using Article 15 ECHR to confront the Coronavirus Pandemic
(Alan Greene, Strasbourg Observers)

Turkey finally releases epidemic figures: coronavirus epicenter in Istanbul
(Ayla Jean Yackley, Al-Monitor: Turkey Pulse)

Wednesday, 1 April 2020

Global Interfaith Moment of Hope & Solidarity: Join us on April 1
(Religions for Peace)

Tackling the Fears of Corona (second installment): Invitation to an International Interfaith Online Meeting
(The Elijah Faith Institute)

United Nations information website: Coronavirus global health emergency
(United Nations)

The Round Up: Terrorism, the Parole Board, and… Covid-19
(Conor Monighan, UK Human Rights Blog)

As coronavirus keeps parishioners homebound, Christian clergy debate online Communion
(Jack Jenkins, Religion News Service)

Reponse to the virus: Common sense isn't enough
(Roberto J De La Noval, La Croix International)

Canada's faith leaders unite in the face of coronavirus
(Claire Lesegretain, La Croix International)

Dutch scientists find a novel coronavirus early-warning signal
(Jason Gale, Bloomberg)

Florida sheriff charges pastor who kept megachurch open, said closings are for ‘pansies’
(The Washington Post: Religion)

Correction: Brazilian churches bristle at virus quarantines
(Diane Jeantet, Associated Press)

All megachurches are not alike: NYTimes noted Howard-Browne arrest, but didn't leave it at that
(Terry Mattingly, GetReligion)

Coronavirus: Uyghurs deported to other provinces as slave laborers to restart economy
(Ruth Ingram, Bitter Winter: A Magazine on Religious Liberty and Human Rights in China)

Employers and COVID-19: What Attorneys Should Know about Mass Layoffs and Furloughs, Families First Coronavirus Act, and When an Employee Tests Positive
(Federal Bar Association)

Suit challenges Colorado stay-at-home order partly on Free Exercise grounds
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Denver man files suit challenging state, city stay-at-home orders
(Michael Karlik, Colorado Politics)

Courts grapple with state abortion bans in COVID-19 responses
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Judges block states from limiting access to abortions during coronavirus pandemic
(Elizabeth Findell and Brent Kendall, The Wall Street Journal)

More than half of Americans have prayed for the end of coronavirus, poll finds
(Sarah Pulliam Bailey, The Washington Post)

Clandestine masses and online funerals: Italy's newspapers covering virus through a religious lens
(Clemente Lisi, GetReligion)

5 Buddhist teachings that can help you deal with coronavirus anxiety
(Brooke Schedneck, The Conversation)

The COVID-19 stimulus packages and houses of worship
(Holly Hollman, Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty)

Schools, libraries and gyms are shut down. Why are some churches still open?
(Kelsey Dallas, Deseret News)

Religious freedom in the time of coronavirus
(Susan Crabtree, Real Clear Politics)

Texas governor says attending church is ‘essential’ but abortions can wait indefinitely
(Tara Haelle, Forbes)

Churches face cash crunch as lockdowns stretch into holy week
(Meagan Clark and Liza Vandenboom, Newsweek)

Italy: How the local church has gone digital and conventional simultaneously
(Erik Trautman, Religion Unplugged)

Both faith and science require us to overcome ouf human instincts to fight COVID-19
(Nancy Kasten, Religion Unplugged)

How WHO became China's coronavirus accomplice
(Hinnerk Feldwisch-Drentrup, Foreign Policy)

A third of coronavirus cases may be ‘silent carriers’, classified Chinese data suggests
(Josephine Ma, Linda Lew and Lee Jeong-ho, South China Morning Post)

China for the first time reveals its number of asymptomatic coronavirus cases
(Lin Jinbing, Caixin)

China concealed extent of virus outbreak, U.S. Intelligence says
(Nick Wadhams and Jennifer Jacobs, Bloomberg)

Estimates show Wuhan death toll far higher than official figure
(Reported by Qiao Long for RFA's Mandarin Service, and by Lau Siu-fung for the Cantonese Service. Translated and edited by Luisetta Mudie, Radio Free Asia)

Florida officials: Arrested pastor not exonerated by new order listing religious services as ‘essential’
(Jack Jenkins, Religion News Service)

Time capsule as Italy approached edge of cliff: Rome and art in the time of coronavirus
(Terry Mattingly, GetReligion)

Hobby Lobby clarifies coronavirus sick leave policy amid accusations
(Jack Jenkins, Religion News Service)

Say "no" to death's dominion
(R. R. Reno, First Things)

Italian journalists battle to keep going as thirst for news grows
(Angela Giuffrida, The Guardian)

As virus spreads, China and Russia see openings for disinformation
(Julian E. Barnes, Matthew Rosenberg and Edward Wong, The New York Times)

Why were Jews blamed for the Black Death
(Dan Freedman, Moment Magazine)

Mossad, Netanyahu’s secret weapon against the coronavirus
(Ben Caspit, Al-Monitor: Israel Pulse)

WEBINAR RECORDING: RfP-CTI 'Leading in the New Normal of a Pandemic World'
(Religions for Peace International)

Tuesday, 31 March 2020

How should we respond to our shared crisis?
(Faisal Bin Muaammar, Secretary General, KAICIID, KAIICID Dialogue Centre)

Competition of Conspiracies: Conflicting Narratives of COVID-19 within the Grassroots Russian Orthodox Milieu
(Elizaveta Gaufman and Dmytro Vovk, Talk About: Law and Religion - Blog of the International Center for Law and Religion Studies)

An early Good Friday, at last: When too many bells toll in Italy
(Andrea Pin, Talk About: Law and Religion - Blog of the International Center for Law and Religion Studies)

Panel: Coping with the the Coronavirus
(Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit moderator, Katherine Marshall, Ebun James-Dekun, and more, World Council of Churches)

Pesach in the time of the Coronavirus: The initiative of KKL Italia Haggadah, a text for everyone
(moked.it)

Class action filed against China over COVID-19 outbreak
(Amanda Bronstad, The National Law Journal)

Instant Insights / As coronavirus spreads, legal industry shifts into crisis management mode
(Law.com)

Trending CLE: COVID-19 Collection - the latest updates on legal issues
((including live webinars), The American Bar Association)

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