Law and Religion Headlines

Monday, 23 March 2020

How China brought the world to a standstill
(Gordon Watts, Asia Times)

Coronavirus: Why did China’s multimillion-dollar early warning system fail?
(Guo Rui, South China Morning Post)

Coronavirus: concern in Wuhan community over suspected asymptomatic case
(Zhuang Pinghui, South China Morning Post)

Will China’s support for nations fighting Covid-19 improve its global image?
(Laura Zhou, South China Morning Post)

Forget coronavirus, the abortions must go on
(Alexandra DeSanctis, National Review)

Assisted suicide lobby call for ‘teledeath’ remote euthanasia during pandemic
(Alex Schadenberg, LifeSiteNews Opinion)

Abortion activists in Poland fret as coronavirus curbs access
(Alicja Ptak, Reuters)

South Korea’s PM recommends churches, gyms close
(Associated Press)

Ohio stay-at-home order exempts religious gatherings
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Ohio governor and health director announce a 'stay at home' order for at least 2 weeks: 'This is a war on a silent enemy'
(Connor Perrett, Business Insider)

Priests in India face charges for breaking COVID-19 restrictions on mass gatherings
(Nirmala Carvalho, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Iranian cleric pleads with pope to help end U.S. sanctions
(Carol Glatz, Catholic News Service)

Rabbi among 3 arrested for operating a mikvah in Buenos Aires
(Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

Does Cuomo’s ban on gatherings exempt houses of worship?
(Ari Feldman, Forward)

‘None of us have a fear of corona’: The faithful at an outbreak’s center
(Hannah Beech, The New York Times)

Kyrgyz missionary contracts Covid-19 in Pakistan - Kyrgyz Foreign Ministry

First Amendment and God's power: Press enters debate on believers gathering for worship
(Terry Mattingly, GetReligion)

Question for reporters: Global coronavirus pandemic is a BIG story, but exactly how big?
(Bobby Ross Jr., GetReligion)

Coronavirus COVID-19: Marriage law update
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Iran releases a third of Christian prisoners due to coronavirus concerns
(Jayson Casper, Christianity Today)

Canada: ‘Can I take my kids to the park?’ And more coronavirus questions answered
(André Picard, The Globe and Mail)

At least 60 Italian priests have died after contracting coronavirus
(Courtney Mares, Catholic News Agency)

Ankara’s economic measures bring little relief against virus crisis
(Mustafa Sonmez, Al-Monitor: Turkey Pulse)

Russia hoping to outdo Saudis over time in coronavirus-hit oil market
(Maxim A. Suchkov, Al-Monitor: Russia / Mideast Pulse)

Rouhani calls US offer to fight coronavirus 'great lie’
(Al-Monitor: Iran Pulse)

Why some Iranians are opposed to closing religious shrines to fight coronavirus
(Ali Hashem, Al-Monitor: Iran Pulse)

Coronavirus damages Iraqi economy with fall in tourism, oil prices
(Omar al-Jaffal, Al-Monitor: Iraq Pulse)

Jordan to launch doorstep food deliveries during round-the-clock lockdown
(Al-Monitor: Jordan Pulse)

Gaza officials warn fragile health care system ‘cannot survive’ coronavirus

Turkey considers freeing some detainees as virus menaces prison populations
(Amberin Zaman, Al-Monitor: Turkey Pulse)

Chinese Christians caught between coronavirus and persecution
(Olivia Miller, International Christian Concern)

Ohio AG: abortion clinics can't use resources needed for coronavirus fight
(Catholic News Agency)

Newark archdiocese campaigns for parishes facing coronavirus cash crunch
(Catholic News Agency)

Prison chaplains adapt as coronavirus limits their ministry
(Jonah McKeown, Catholic News Agency)

Senate fails to pass coronavirus stimulus bill
(Catholic News Agency)

Sunday, 22 March 2020

An Italian Lent in COVID-19 Lockdown
(Andrea Pin, Talk About: Law and Religion - Blog of the International Center for Law and Religion Studies)

Persian New Year traditions transformed by coronavirus in Iran
(Tamara Qiblawi, CNN Travel)

Close the Churches
(John Inazu, The Atlantic)

Faith in the time of coronavirus: The power of spacial solidarity
(Cynthia G. Lindner, Sightings: The Martin Marty Center, University of Chicago Divinity School)

The Economist: Special edition on the cornavirus pandemic

Law and religion round-up – 22nd March
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Europe’s coronavirus crisis seen from the sky
(Joshua Posaner and Hanne Cokelaere, Politco)

Holy Week, Easter, Passover, Ramadan are coming: Will they vanish this year? #NoWay
(Terry Mattingly, GetReligion)

President’s call for National Day of Prayer for those affected by COVID-19 has deep roots in American history
(Religious Freedom Institute)

The plague is a formative event. When it ends, new possibilities will emerge
(David Grossman, Haaretz)

A Sunday without church: In crisis, a nation asks, 'What is community?"
(Elizabeth Dias, The New York Times)

Merkel goes into quarantine after doctor tests positive for coronavirus
(Emma Anderson, Politico)

Merkel bans meetings of more than 2 people to slow coronavirus
(Joshua Posaner, Politico)

Spanish PM calls for EU ‘Marshall Plan’ to stop the coronavirus
(Cristina Gallardo, Politico)

Greece to go into coronavirus-induced lockdown

Poland declares coronavirus ‘epidemic’
(Zosia Wanat, Politico)

'There are no funerals:' Death in quarantine leaves nowhere to grieve
(Angelo Amante, Parisa Hafezi, Hayoung Choi, Reuters)

New York’s Bowery Mission adapts homeless ministry to coronavirus restrictions
(Katelyn Beaty, Religion News Service)

Europeans sing health workers’ praises nightly from windows
(Lori Hinnant, Associated Press)

‘Virtual’ PCC meetings and other Coronavirus-related issues
(David Lamming, Guest Post, Law & Religion UK)

Church of England: Live streaming information for churches

UK: More coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Palestinian PM orders West Bank lockdown; Gaza confirms first coronavirus cases

Italy, pandemic's new epicenter, has lessons for the world
(Jason Horowitz, Emma Bubola and Elisabetta Povoledo, The NewYork Times)

Rand Paul first senator to test positive for coronavirus
(Mairead McArdle, National Review)

How coronavirus is reshaping Jewish life
(Dave Schechter, Religion Unplugged)

Aging Catholic priesthood risk health to comfort the faithful during pandemic
(Clemente Lisi, Religion Unplugged)

Thinking about these times: Reporter asks cloistered nun for tips on healthy 'social distancing'
(Terry Mattingly, GetReligion)

In Europe, and around the world, governments are getting tougher
(The Economist)

Hope and support in Italy during a global health crisis
(Bahá’í World News Service)

Saturday, 21 March 2020

Michigan houses of worship exempted from penalties for violating COVID-19 executive order
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Whitmer exempts Michigan churches from penalties for 50+ gatherings
(Niraj Warikoo, Detroit Free Press)

Spanish influenza's final lesson
(Caleb Mills, Geopolitical Monitor)

As offerings dwindle, some churches fear for their future
(David Crary, Associated Press)

Coronavirus could change funerals, how we handle death
(Jack Evans, Tampa Bay Times, Associated Press)

Yes, the government can force churches to close. Here’s why
(Kelsey Dallas, Deseret News)

Coronavirus is spreading at religious gatherings, ricocheting across nations
(Jon Emont, Saeed Shah, The Wall Street Journal)

This is not the end of the world, according to Christians who study the end of the world
(Julie Zauzmer and Sarah Pulliam Bailey, The Washington Post)

Egypt shuts mosques and churches over coronavirus fears
(Mahmoud Mourad, Reuters)

China demolishes church, removes crosses as Christians worship at home
(Leah MarieAnn Klett, Christian Post)

The faithful response to coronavirus: protect one another
(Opinion by Maggie Siddiqi and Guthrie Graves-Fitzsimmons, CNN Opinion)

A megachurch has helped test nearly 1,000 people for coronavirus in two days
(Sarah Pulliam Bailey, The Washington Post - Religion)

Congregations improvise ways to fight COVID-19’s isolation
(Tracy Simmons, Religion News Service)

South Africa: President Cyril Ramaphosa - Interfaith Meeting in Response to Coronavirus COVID-19 Outbreak
(Press Release: Government of South Africa (Pretoria), All Africa)

Pray and wash: Religion joins with science amid virus crisis
(Elana Schor, Associated Press)

Coronavirus – election of PCC and churchwardens
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Catholic Cardinal Burke says faithful should attend Mass despite coronavirus
(Claire Giangravé, Religion News Service)

This big-think story theme befits both the Lenten mood and the COVID-19 crisis
(Richard Ostling, GetReligion)

Christmas in March? Some people are turning on their lights to brighten a dark time
(Emily McFarlan Miller, Religion News Service)

Friday, 20 March 2020

Coronavirus: Will courts continue to operate, preserving the rule of law?
(Austin Sarat, The Conversation)

New Hampshire governor sued over ban on large gatherings
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

New Hampshire ban on large gatherings challenged in court
(Holly Ramer, Associated Press)

U.S. Supreme Court postpones oral arguments through April 1
(Don Byrd, Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty)

Australian bishops begin canceling Masses to contain COVID-19
(Catholic News Service)

Friday prayers cancelled in Moscow's mosques

Inside Australia's decision to close hundreds of its mosques
(Aaron Fernandes, SBS News)

Montenegro probes priests for breaking coronavirus rules
(Samir Kajosevic, Balkan Insight)

Most white evangelicals satisfied with Trump’s initial response to the COVID-19 outbreak
(Gregory A. Smith, Pew Research Center Fact Tank)

Americans immersed in COVID-19 news; most think media are doing fairly well covering it
(Amy Mitchell and J. Baxter Oliphant, Pew Research Center Journalism & Media)

U.S. public see multiple threats from the coronavirus — and concerns are growing
(Pew Research Center U.S. Politics & Policy)

Thousands of Muslim pilgrims ignore virus risk to gather in Indonesia
(Agustinus Beo Da Costa, A. Ananthalakshmi, Reuters)

In Italy and beyond, churches grapple with coronavirus

The Austrian ski town that spread coronavirus across the Continent
(Matthew Karnitsching, Politco)

UK chief Brexit negotiator self-isolates after showing COVID-19 symptoms
(Charlie Cooper, Politico)

Israel tightens grip on Palestinian workers to limit COVID-19
(Ahmad Melhem, Al-Monitor: Palestine Pulse)

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