Law and Religion Headlines


Wednesday, 14 April 2021

Sadiq Khan: I turned to Israel for advice on persuading Londoners to get vaccine
(Lee Harpin, Jewish News)

Monday, 12 April 2021

SCOTUS grants injunction in Tandon v. Newsom
(Josh Blackman, The Volokh Conspiracy)

Divided court blocks California’s COVID-related restrictions on in-home religious gatherings
(Amy Howe, SCOTUSblog)

Supreme Court enjoins, pending appeals, California limits on in-home worship services
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Supreme Court rules California must allow in-home religious gatherings
(Tommy Beer, Forbes)

High court halts Calif. virus rules limiting home worship
(Jessica Gresko, Associated Press)

Dubai parts with curtain covers for restaurants in Ramadan
(Associated Press)

Muslims navigate restrictions in the second pandemic Ramadan
(Mariam Fam, Kathy Gannon and Bassem Mroue, Associated Press)

Nightly prayers at the mosque? Big iftars? Vaccines? Ramadan 2021 brings decisions for Muslims.
(Michelle Boorstein, The Washington Post)

Black churches focus on hope amid COVID-19, violence, and George Floyd trial
(Hamil R. Harris, Religion Unplugged)

Five things we’ve learned after a year of pandemic
(KAICIID Dialogue Centre)

London police ‘deeply regret’ aftermath of Good Friday liturgy shutdown
(Charles Collins, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Huge gatherings at India’s Hindu festival as virus surges
(Neha Mehrotra and Sheikh Saaliq, Associated Press)

COVID-19 legislation and guidance: update to 17 April
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Friday, 9 April 2021

Islamic leaders battle misconception about vaccines, fasting
(David Sharp and Mariam Fam, Associated Press)

Tunisia strengthens virus restrictions ahead of Ramadan
(Associated Press)

Morocco imposes Ramadan curfew, despite vaccine success
(Tarik El Barakah, Associated Press)

Indiana Senate OKs bill prohibiting emergency restrictions on religious services
(Kaitlin Lange, Indianapolis Star)

Wednesday, 7 April 2021

'Police exceeded their powers:' Catholic Church complains after officers break up Good Friday church service over Covid 'rules breach'
(Chantalle Edmunds, Premier Christian News)

State Council rejection of request for adaptation of curfew during Easter week (French)
(DiReSoM: Diritto e Religione nelle Società Multiculturali/ Law and Religion in Multicultural Societies)

Episcopal Church joins US government’s effort to encourage vaccinations
(Egan Millard, Episcopal News Service)

Weekly highlight #150: COVID-19: Exploring faith dimensions: Religious celebrations and vaccination issues alongside intersections with race and gender
(Berkley Center, Joint Learning Initiative, WFDD)

Tuesday, 6 April 2021

WEBINAR, 6 May 2021 2:00 pm (BRT / UTC-3): International Colloquium on Law and Religion at the 7th Law and Religion Research Meeting
(Brazilian Center of Studies in Law and Religion)

WEBINAR, 6 May 2021, (9AM New York/3PM Brussels): (Re-)Building a Post-Covid Society pursuing the Sustainable Development Goals
(Ahead of the 2021 Italy G20 Summit Webinar Series (multiple sponsors))

Monday, 5 April 2021

Police interrupt JCC Ongata Rongai Church live proceedings for flouting COVID-19 rules
(Jackson Otukho, Tuko.co.ke)

Churches' challenge to Minnesota COVID orders moves ahead
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

New COVID-19 legislation and guidance to 10 April
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Look down in lock down: Good believers & good citizens in Europe amidst the pandemic
(Andrea Pin, Canopy Forum on the Interactions of Law & Religion)

Scottish politician slammed for saying covid pandemic 'possibly related' to gay marriages
(Aanchal Nigam, Republic World)

Saudi Arabia to allow only ‘immunised’ pilgrims to Mecca
(Al Jazeera)

Friday, 2 April 2021

9th Circuit upholds California limits on in-home Bible study groups
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

North Dakota enacts law to limit restrictions on religious exercise during health emergencies
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Pandemic shed light on the need for additional protections of religious freedom
(Patrick Hatlestad and David Richter, Williston Herald)

Worship ban in Ireland – doors remain closed over Easter
(ADF International)

At home in houses of worship - new data on the eagerness of Canadians across faith traditions to gather again
(Peter Stockland, Convivium)

Pakistanis clash with police at shrine shut over coronavirus
(Associated Press)

Good Friday and virus lockdown empty Manila’s streets
(Associated Press)

Madrid slows down vaccine jabs over Easter despite govt plea
(Associated Press)

Federal court issues emergency injunction ahead of Holy Week services to increase COVID-related worship attendance caps in D.C.
(Don Byrd, Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty)

Iowa reaches out to dioceses on getting vaccines to underserved groups
(Barb Arland-Fye, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

CDC offers guidelines for upcoming religious holidays
(Herb Scribner, Deseret News)

Even in a pandemic, the Constitution cannot be put away and forgotten
(Charles J. Russo, Canopy Forum on the Interactions of Law & Religion)

Wednesday, 31 March 2021

Chilean Supreme Court rules worship ban discriminatory
(ADF International)

Legal Spirits Episode 032: The New Technocracy
(Law and Religion Forum, St. John's Law School Center for Law & Religion)

Certiorari denied in church's challenge to Illinois COVID restrictions
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

DC's capacity restrictions on churches held invalid
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Judge lifts attendance restrictions for DC churches
(Samantha Hawkins, Courthouse News Service)

COVID-19 and the future of religious freedom
(Kelsey Dallas, Deseret News)

New COVID-19 legislation and guidance to 3 April
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Gender, religion, and covid-19
(Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)

Intersectional approaches to covid-19 response and “building back better” (Responding to: Gender, religion, and covid-19)
(Kalina Majercak, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)

Japanese women leading gender equity efforts in religious and faith-based spaces during the covid-19 pandemic (Responding to: Gender, religion, and covid-19)
(Paola Cavaliere, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)

Opportunities for faith communities to address the challenges women and girls face due to the covid-19 emergencies (Responding to: Gender, religion, and covid-19)
(Sarah Thompson, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)

Showing up! Female faith leadership in the covid-19 pandemic (Responding to: Gender, religion, and covid-19)
(Najuma Smith-Pollard, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)

The role of religion in responding to covid-19: A Baha’i perspective (Responding to: Gender, religion, and covid-19)
(Saphira Rameshfar, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)

When enough, really is enough: Living in balance after the covid-19 pandemic (Responding to: Gender, religion, and covid-19)
(Danielle L. Bridgeforth, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)

Women step up: Feminist faith leadership in the covid-19 pandemic (Responding to: Gender, religion, and covid-19)
(Mary E. Hunt, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)

Catholic women raise alarm over spike in child abuse during lockdowns
(Courtney Mares, Catholic News Agency)

Health officials: Churches should hold off in-person worship
(Associated Press)

Weekly highlight #149: COVID-19: Exploring faith dimensions: Holidays, vaccines, and mental health
(Berkley Center, Joint Learning Initiative, WFDD)

Religious freedom in a pandemic times (Portuguese)
(Marcelo Campelo, Segs.com)

Monday, 29 March 2021

Photos: Indians gather for Holi celebrations as virus cases surge
(Sheikh Saaliq, Associated Press)

No Easter celebrations in Nairobi, Nakuru churches - Interfaith Council
(Nancy Agutu, The Star)

Catholics asked to support the Holy Land on Good Friday
(Hannah Brockhaus, Catholic News Agency)

Updated NSW rules for churches
(Neil Foster, Law and Religion Australia)

Judge lifts worship restrictions on DC churches in time for Holy Week services
(Anugrah Kumar, The Christian Post)

COVID-19: places of worship and the latest Welsh Regulations: update
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Friday, 26 March 2021

Anti-mask protesters arrested at religious protest assembly sue
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

3 arrested at Moscow, Idaho church event for mask violations sue city in federal court
(Megan Carroll, KREM 2 News)

COVID-19: reopening places of worship in Scotland
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Let us worship: Churches rejoice as Scottish worship ban declared unlawful
(ADF International)

Sturgeon suffers courtroom blow over Scottish church lockdown rules
(Stephen Daisley, The Spectator)

Scotland's Covid lockdown ban on church services breached human rights, judge rules
(Gabriella Swerling, The Telegraph)

Covid in Scotland: Places of worship can open now after court win
(BBC News)

Covid-19’s gendered impacts highlight deeply rooted social ills, but also opportunities for religious communities to take on new roles
(Sarah Thompson, G20 Interfaith Forum Blog)

COVID-19: New MHCLG guidance on singing
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Franklin Graham draws flak after promoting vaccine and saying he thinks Jesus would too
(Peter Kenny, Ecumenical News)

Romania OKs holding Easter celebrations despite virus surge
(Stephen McGrath, Associated Press)

Wednesday, 24 March 2021

Silver lining in the dark cloud': Closure of public schools creates challenges, opportunities
(Ryan Foley, The Christian Post)

Voices of lament, hope, and courage: A week of prayer in the time of the COVID-19 pandemic
(World Council of Churches)

86 Percent of Protestant Churchgoers Are Proud of Their Church's COVID-19 Response: Survey
(Milton Quintanilla, Christian Headlines)

Pope Francis reduces cardinal wages as Vatican finances struggle due to pandemic
(Claire Giangravé, Religion News Service)

Cert. petition filed in Maine church's challenge to COVID limitations
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Weekly highlight #148: COVID-19: Exploring faith dimensions: addressing vaccine concerns, gendered covid-19 responses, and what “postapocalyptic” survivors can teach us
(Berkley Center, Joint Learning Initiative, WFDD)

Women in the COVID-19 Crisis: Disproportionately Affected and Protagonists of Regeneration
(Dicastery for Promoting Intergral Human Development)

Maine church case goes to SCOTUS
(Liberty Counsel)

COVID-19: was the closure of places of worship in Scotland lawful? Philip & Ors
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Palace firm vs opening churches on Holy Week
(Catherine S. Valente, The Manila Times)

Manila Archdiocese vows to defy govt Holy Week ban
(Joseph Peter Calleja, Union of Catholic Asian News)

Tuesday, 23 March 2021

COVID-19 Vaccines: Resources for Church Leaders
(Cabina di Regia of the Vatican COVID-19 Commission, DiReSom)

Monday, 22 March 2021

European bishops: Some nations reduced religious freedom during pandemic
(Jonathan Luxmoore, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Dying in America: The notion of the sublime can help us understand the magnitude of the pandemic's toll – and pushes us to rethink our approach to death.
(William Schweiker, Sightings: The Martin Marty Center, University of Chicago Divinity School)

Canadian province's limits on worship services are upheld
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

UK Sikh leaders celebrate upcoming holiday with vaccine clinic
(Danica Kirka, Associated Press)

Police in Ireland fine Catholic priest for offering public Masses
(Catholic News Agency)

World health chief pays tribute to faith leaders in fight against COVID-19
(Peter Kenny, Ecumenical News)

Ukraine to let in vaccinated Israeli pilgrims for Rosh Hashanah
(Cnaan Liphshiz, Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

Sadiq Khan attends Charedi mass vaccination: ‘It’s a game changer, a life-saver’
(Jenni Frazer, Jewish News)

Life in U.S. religious congregations slowly edges back toward normal
(Pew Research Center: Religion & Public Life)

New COVID-19 legislation and guidance to 27 March
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

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