Law and Religion Headlines


Wednesday, 19 May 2021

COVID-19 isolation led to massive spike mental health struggles; churches must be on ‘frontlines’: Rock Recovery director
(Emily Wood, The Christian Post)

More than 120 priests die in 2 weeks amid COVID-19 outbreak in India
(Leonardo Blair, The Christian Post)

Pandemic kills four Catholic priests daily in India
(Saji Thomas, Union of Catholic Asian News)

We can’t rebuild the US until we support families: Opinion
(Jim Wallis, Religion News Service Opinion)

Weekly highlight #156: COVID-19: Exploring faith dimensions: Eid al-Fitr; creative fundraising; vaccination challenges
(Berkley Center, Joint Learning Initiative, WFDD)

County's current COVID restrictions upheld
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

COVID-19 Update: Cytûn – Churches together in Wales
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

COVID-19: Step 3 guidance – Church of England
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

COVID-19 legislation and guidance: update to 22 May
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

COVID-19: Step 3 guidance – Roman Catholic Church EW
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Monday, 17 May 2021

Nepal scales back Hindu chariot festival amid virus surge
(Binaj Gurubacharya, Associated Press)

Friday, 14 May 2021

Feilazoo v. Malta: Immigration detention in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic and beyond and the right of individual petition
(Aristi Volou, Strasbourg Observers)

Millions more Americans turned to Scripture during pandemic, study suggests
(Emily Wood, The Christian Post)

Sri Lanka cancels major Buddhist, Muslim festivals
(Union of Catholic Asian News)

Hawaii mask mandate did not violate protester's Free Exercise rights
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Wednesday, 12 May 2021

Church sues over Massachusetts COVID regulations
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Massachusetts church asks court to toss governor’s discriminatory restrictions on religious exercise
(First Liberty)

Weekly highlight #155: COVID-19: Exploring faith dimensions: Raging pandemics; patent debates; cross-sector cooperation (and lack thereof)
(Berkley Center, Joint Learning Initiative, WFDD)

Schmitt lawsuit challenges St. Louis Co. COVID restrictions
(Jim Salter, Associated Press)

Missouri AG sues county over COVID restrictions
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Ahead of the G20: (Re-)building a post-covid society pursuing the sustainable development goals
(JoAnne Wadsworth, G20 Interfaith Forum Blog)

Worshippers banned from attending Eid al-Fitr prayers at mosques in Moscow due to Covid-19
(Interfax-Religion)

Monday, 10 May 2021

Antigua & Barbuda doctor says religion should not be grounds for vaccine exemption
(Kadeem Joseph, The Observer)

Swiss doctor wins legal challenge to unlawful ban on public worship
(ADF International)

South Africa: even religion has limits on its rights
(Johann van der Westhuizen, Mail & Guardian)

Ahmadiyya Muslim Community UK - April 2021 Newsletter (PDF)

As COVID-19 infections and deaths surge in India, faith groups try to help
(Mya Jaradat, Deseret News Faith)

Hindu temple in UAE ships oxygen aid to crisis-hit India
(Associated Press)

COVID-19 legislation and guidance: update to 15 May
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

A tangle of COVID-19 challenges for European churches and society: how do we begin to unknot them?
(Conference of European Churches)

Friday, 7 May 2021

Giving while Muslim: How Ramadan philanthropy has changed from 9/11 to COVID-19: Opinion
(Muhi Khwaja, Religion News Service: Opinion)

New podcast: Religious wars over vaccines? They're more complex than those headlines
(Terry Mattingly, GetReligion)

Thursday, 6 May 2021

BOOK LAUNCH ONLINE, 6 May 2021 (19h00 CET): COVID-19 y libertad religiosa [COVID-19 and religious freedom]
(Rafael Palomino Lozano, Belén Rodrigo Lara, Javier Martínez-Torrón, Ana María Celis Brunet, Real Academia de Jurisprudencia y Legislación de España - Sección de Derecho Canónico y Eclesiástico del Estado)

Wednesday, 5 May 2021

National Day of Prayer to be marked with petitions for racial justice
(Adelle M. Banks, Religion News Service)

Weekly highlight #154: COVID-19: Exploring faith dimensions: India’s crisis; seeking distinctive religious responses
(Berkley Center, Joint Learning Initiative, WFDD)

“A critical moment for the future of faith in Ireland”: Court challenge must continue as Ireland announces partial lifting of worship ban
(ADF International)

Police called after Argentine priest holds outdoor Mass for First Communion
(Ines San Martin, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

COVID-19: latest relaxations for places of worship in Wales
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Religious freedom in pandemic times in Europe: A perspective after one year
(Alejandro González-Varas, Canopy Forum on the Interactions of Law & Religion)

Religion and the COVID-19 vaccine in the United States
(Jason Guy, WESH 2)

Monday, 3 May 2021

Vaccinated faithful throng Jerusalem church for Holy Fire
(Religion News Service)

Philippines: Palace calls for virtual interfaith prayer meet
(Business Mirror)

Plug-In: COVID-19 vaccines are still creating buzz on religion beat – pro and con
(Bobby Ross Jr., GetReligion)

COVID-19 legislation and guidance: update to 8 May
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Friday, 30 April 2021

How To Perform Umrah This Ramadan – Interview
(Mohammed Al-Sulami, Eurasia Review Opinion)

For California Muslims: A Ramadan approaching normal
(Joseph Hammond, Religion News Service)

‘Beautiful’ Ramadan returns for Israeli Muslims as restrictions lift
(Michele Chabin, Religion News Service)

Is faith the key to herd immunity? New research shows that faith-based initiatives could boost vaccination rates among not just the religious but all Americans
(Mya Jaradat, Deseret News)

Manitoba, Canada: Mistrust, religion, fear of side-effects feed COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy
(Nicholas Frew, CBC News)

The role of religion and faith-based communities in COVID-19 vaccination efforts in Africa
(JoAnne Wadsworth, Talk About: Law and Religion - Blog of the International Center for Law and Religion Studies)

U.S. Catholic bishops may press Biden to stop taking Communion
(Bobby Ross Jr., Religion Unplugged)

Not everything is luxury in Andorra: evangelicals engage in social action as tourism collapses
(Jonatán Soriano, Evangelical Focus Europe)

Wednesday, 28 April 2021

Many South Africans citing religion as their opposition to COVID vaccine
(iAfrica)

Weekly highlight #153: COVID-19: Exploring faith dimensions: covid-19 surge in India; mis(information) from religious groups; changing faith practices
(Berkley Center, Joint Learning Initiative, WFDD)

Governments don't get a pass on violating religious freedom in a pandemic
(Gayle Manchin and Tony Perkins, Newsweek Opinion)

Church in Wales – moving to Alert Level 3
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

COVID-19 legislation and guidance: update to 1st May
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

The COVID Heresy: Denying America’s Constitutional Theology During the Pandemic
(William E. Thro, Canopy Forum on the Interactions of Law & Religion)

Tuesday, 27 April 2021

WEBINAR, 27 April 2021 (10:30 EDT; 14:30 UCT; 16:30 South Africa): The Role of Religion and Faith-Based Organizations in COVID-19 Vaccination Efforts in Africa
(African Consortium for Law and Religion Studies and G20 Interfaith Forum)

Monday, 26 April 2021

Supreme Court GVR's challenge to California limits on indoor worship
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

'Christians and the Vaccine' project: Combating ethical qualms of evangelical communities
(Corky Siemaszko, NBC News)

Report: some countries used pandemic to target religious minorities
(Catholic News Agency)

Two-thirds of churchgoers gave same or more of their income to church during pandemic: study
(Michael Gryboski, The Christian Post)

Will COVID-19 finally be the end of the church collection plate?
(Bob Smietana, Religion News Service)

Stunning AP photos of mass cremations in India: But what about religious traditions?
(Terry Mattingly, GetReligion)

Saturday, 24 April 2021

COVID-19 legislation and guidance: update to 24 April
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Friday, 23 April 2021

The coming refugee crisis: how COVID-19 exacerbates forced displacement
(Alexannder Betts, OUPblog)

Despite COVID lockdowns, anti-Semitic incidents rise in Berlin
(Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

Data shows white evangelicals and Catholics more likely to get vaccine than 'nones' and general public
(Ryan Burge, Religion Unplugged)

India prepares for Kumbh Mela, world's largest religious gathering, amid COVID-19 fears
(Tulasi Srinivas, Religion Unplugged)

Survey: 'Faith-based approaches' could help convince millions of American to get COVID-19 vaccines
(Madeleine Carlisle, Time)

Religious identities and the race against the virus: Engaging faith communities on COVID-19 vaccination
(PRRI and Interfaith Youth Core)

The role of religion and faith-based communities in the African COVID-19 response
(JoAnne Wadsworth, Talk About: Law and Religion - Blog of the International Center for Law and Religion Studies)

In 2020, religious freedom faced a new foe: COVID-19
(Kelsey Dallas, Deseret News)

Wednesday, 21 April 2021

Supreme Court’s COVID rulings raise questions about wider religious liberty impact, emergency procedures
(Don Byrd, Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty)

Weekly highlight #152: COVID-19: Exploring faith dimensions: COVID-19 and Ramadan; more on faith support for COVID-19 vaccinations
(Berkley Center, Joint Learning Initiative, WFDD)

Corruption and COVID-19: Old problems, new challenges?
(Eduardo António da Silva Figueiredo, Viewpoints: A blog of the G20 Interfaith Forum)

States of emergency: The pandemic, protests, and the persistent assault on global free expression
(Pen America's Freedom to Write Index)

Greek Church to allow worshippers at Easter Week services
(Nicholas Paphitis, Associated Press)

Monday, 19 April 2021

Lecrae, Bieber appear at prison events as ministries return to correctional facilities
(Emily McFarlan Miller, Maina Mwaura, and Adelle M. Banks, Religion News Service)

African Americans attend church, Bible study more than others, but Black ‘nones’ increasing
(Adelle M. Banks, Religion News Service)

Delights of Ramadan disappear for Syrian refugees in Lebanon
(Mariam Fam and Sarah El Deeb, Associated Press)

Head of Irish bishops calls new law on Mass attendance ‘draconian’
(Michael Kelly, Catholic News Service)

Friday, 16 April 2021

Anglican, Episcopal leaders call for equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines worldwide
(Egan Millard, Episcopal News Service)

Mandatory vaccinations for care home workers – a slippery slope?
(Rosalind English, UK Human Rights Blog)

FDA lifts in-person dispensing requirement for abortion drug during covid emergency
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Poland’s vaccines chief not ruffled by church objections
(Associated Press)

Abortion, Vaccines, and Moral Imagination
(Mark Perkins, Public Discourse: The Journal of the Witherspoon Institute)

Statement from Pro-Life Catholic Scholars on the Moral Acceptability of Receiving COVID-19 Vaccines
(Ethics & Public Policy Center)

Hungarian mayor wants to keep Jews away from rabbi’s tomb — Chasidic leader
(Michael Daventry, Jewish News)

Wednesday, 14 April 2021

Multi-faith group issues statement questioning religious exemptions from covid orders
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Faith organizations' statement regarding state legislation granting religious exemptions to emergency orders (PDF)
(Interfaith Alliance)

Hasidic, devout, and mad as hell about COVID-19: Op-Ed
(Emma Green, The Atlantic)

As policies shift, Protestants and other faith groups join Catholics in helping immigrants at the border
(Jack Jenkins and Alejandra Molina, Religion News Service)

Muslims open Ramadan with social distanced prayers, vaccines
(Niniek Karmini, Religion News Service)

Turkey tightens COVID-19 restrictions as Ramadan holy month begins
(Diego Cupolo, Al-Monitor: Turkey Pulse)

Dubai restaurants to stop screening dining areas during Ramadan fast
(Al-Monitor: The Pulse of the Middle East)

Weekly highlight #151: COVID-19: Exploring faith dimensions: Religious engagement on covid-19 and global finance, celebration seasons
(Berkley Center, Joint Learning Initiative, WFDD)

Sikhs mark toned-down holiday amid continuing virus concerns
(Margaret Stafford and Gary Fields, Associated Press)

BJC, other faith organizations issue statement on state legislation exempting religious organizations from emergency orders
(Don Byrd, Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty)

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