Law and Religion Headlines

Monday, 22 March 2021

COVID-19: MHCLG update on singing and weddings
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Poll: 4 in 10 US Christians plan to attend in-person Easter services
(Yonat Shimron, Religion News Service)

End-of-pandemic hopes rise, just in time for pagan holiday Ostara
(Antonio Pagliarulo, Religion News Service)

Friday, 19 March 2021

Fauci and Collins join interfaith leaders at cathedral vaccine ‘confidence event’
(Adelle M. Banks, Religion News Service)

Yellen says poor nations need COVID-19 aid
(Jordan Williams, The Hill)

How to throw a party in a pandemic: Pastoral reflections on sharing good news in difficult times
(Vince Amlin, Sightings: The Martin Marty Center, University of Chicago Divinity School)

Alberta pastor jailed for holding services during COVID, expected to be released in days, lawyers say
(Tyler Dawson, National Post)

Federal Court upholds California’s COVID-related restrictions on singing, chanting in religious worship
(Don Byrd, Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty)

Catholic bishops meet with U.S. Treasury head to discuss COVID economic crisis
(John Lavenburg, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Global religious leaders and Director General of WHO stress urgency in vaccine equity in high-level dialogue
(Religions for Peace)

Address of His Holiness Sri Sri Sugunendra Theertha Swamiji at the High Level Dialogue on Multi-Religious Response to Covid-19
(His Holiness Sri Sri Sugunendra Theertha Swamiji, Religions for Peace)

Faith leaders get COVID-19 shots to show trust in vaccines at White House event
(Hamil R. Harris, Religion Unplugged)

Indonesian Muslim body clears AstraZeneca use in emergency
(Niniek Karmini, Associated Press)

Weddings in England: “Step 2” relaxation of lockdown
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Catholic opinions on Johnson & Johnson vaccine highlight debate between hardliners on abortion and others in the church
(The Conversation)

Wednesday, 17 March 2021

Coronavirus and ecclesiastical law – II
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Unaccompanied minors, a pandemic and politics mix at the border
(Rhina Guidos, Catholic News Service)

Natural by nature, pagans expect some digital rituals to survive the pandemic
(Heather Greene, Religion News Service)

Weekly highlight #147: COVID-19: Exploring faith dimensions: One year on: Unequal impact, inequitable response?
(Berkley Center, Joint Learning Initiative, WFDD)

Chilean bishop calls for civil disobedience over Mass restrictions
(Inés San Martín, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Dublin Archbishop: Don’t put business before faith when lifting lockdown
(Charles Collins, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Tuesday, 16 March 2021

ANNOUNCING the ACLARS WEBINAR SERIES, 19 January - 16 March 2021 (14:30 UCT, 16:30 South Africa): COVID-19 in Africa: Religious Responses and Legal Implications
(African Consortium for Law and Religion Studies)

WEBINAR, 16 March 2021 (14:30 UCT): ACLARS Webinar Series--COVID-19 and the rise of poverty and social inequalities
(African Consortium for Law and Religion Studies)

SIDE EVENT via ZOOM: 16 March 2021 (2PM EST): High-level expert panel discussion on the worsening situation for women and girls caused by the Covid-19 pandemic
(UN Women Conference for 2021, International Federation for Peace & Sustainable Development (IFPSD))

WEBINAR, 16 March 2021 (12:30PM EDT): Faith and COVID Vaccination Challenges: Global Initiatives
(Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)

Monday, 15 March 2021

Backlash against Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine is real and risky – here’s how to make its rollout a success
(Tinglong Dai, Christopher S. Tang, and Ho-Yin Mak, The Conversation)

How will COVID permanently change churches?
(Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra, The Gospel Coalition)

Greeks fly kites for Clean Monday holiday despite pandemic
(Petros Giannakouris and Giovanna Dell'Orto, Associated Press)

Italian birth rate sinks further amid pandemic
(Bernd Riegert, Deutsche Welle)

Supreme Court's COVID-19 cases stir up battle between religion, same-sex couples over foster care
(John Fritze, USA Today)

Russian Orthodox Church concerned about EU plans to introduce Covid passports

New COVID-19 legislation and guidance to 20 March
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

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

Annual Fatima pilgrimage to be virtual due to pandemic
(Catholic News Agency)

Israeli Arabs wonder how COVID-19 will shape Ramadan 2021
(Afif Abu Much, Al-Monitor: Israel Pulse)

Nearly a quarter of churchgoers plan to attend worship more regularly post-pandemic: Lifeway
(Michael Gryboski, The Christian Post)

Faith leaders’ year of pandemic: grief, solace, resilience
(Luis Anders Henao, David Crary, and Mariam Fam, Religion News Service)

"Prayers of hope" from Spain at the Western Wall for those affected by covid-19 (Spanish)
(Ecclesia revista)

Saturday, 13 March 2021

A year into lockdown, Church in Netherlands fears permanent decline
(Francesco Paloni, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Friday, 12 March 2021

California COVID restrictions on singing at worship services upheld
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Scottish government announces concessions as legal challenge to worship ban set to begin
(Alliance Defending Freedom)

Weekly highlight #145: COVID-19: Exploring faith dimensions: Marking one year of religious responses to COVID-19
(Berkley Center, Joint Learning Initiative, WFDD)

Women in the COVID-19 crisis: Disproportionately affected and protagonists of regeneration (PDF)
(Human Development, Vatican Commission: Covid-19)

In the name of Jesus: How the Church forced Tanzania to change its stance on COVID-19
(Khalifa Said, The Elephant)

New COVID-19 legislation and guidance to 13 March
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Ethicists must call out unethical behavior in health care, Sydney archbishop says
(Benjamin Conolly, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Wednesday, 10 March 2021

The Weekly Round-Up: Ministerial Maternity Leave, a New Offence and Guidance on Visiting Gran (pt. 1)
(Byul Ryanim, UK Human Rights Blog)

COVID – 19 vaccination- Christian perspectives (PDF)
(Thematic Group on Science, New Technologies and Christian Ethics, Conference of European Churches)

7th Circuit denies preliminary injunction against prior Illinois limits on worship services
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Religious News From Around the World March 8, 2021
(World Religion News)

One year into the pandemic, U.S. bishops call for global solidarity
(Catholic News Agency)

Iraq pilgrims defy virus protocols as case numbers rise
(Qassim Abdul-Zahra, Associated Press)

Firefighters, faith leaders team up to vaccinate vulnerable
(Giovanna Dell'Orto, Associated Press)

Switzerland: Where face masks are required but burqas are banned
(Rim-Sarah Alouane, Foreign Policy)

Vatican COVID-19 commission: Church can help combat rising violence against women
(Catholic News Agency)

Irish bishops call for resumption of public worship after COVID restrictions eased
(Charles Collins, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Vancouver archbishop works with provincial officials to get churches open
(Agnieszka Ruck, Catholic News Service)

Hey journalists: Can you name three or more Ramadan news angles linked to COVID-19 vaccines?
(Terry Mattingly, GetReligion)

Report: Fast growth of UK Charedi population risks ‘polarisation’ with secular Jews
(Michael Daventry, Jewish News)

The chorister’s tale: Religious freedom analogies in the COVID pandemic
(M. Christian Green, Canopy Forum on the Interactions of Law & Religion)

Religious freedom cases during the pandemic: Round II
(Michael J. Broyde, Canopy Forum on the Interactions of Law & Religion)

Monday, 8 March 2021

Is Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 shot morally compromised? It's complicated
(Bobby Ross Jr., Religion Unplugged)

Friday, 5 March 2021

Religion, vaccines, medical ethics and just distribution – a Hindu perspective
(Brij Maharaj, Daily Maverick)

Burned out with nowhere to go: Already combatting COVID, fires are displacing refugees across the globe
(Christina Tobias-Nahi, G20 Interfaith Forum Blog)

Bishops say pandemic relief bill must be passed without abortion funding
(Julie Asher, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Wednesday, 3 March 2021

Weekly highlight #145: COVID-19: Exploring faith dimensions: Continuing trends: Vaccine hesitancy, court battles, burials, holidays, and coping with uncertainty
(Berkley Center, Joint Learning Initiative, WFDD)

Virginia trial court rejects religious challenge to COVID-19 restrictions on churches
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

CEC Theological Reflections: Communion in crisis: The Church during the COVID-19 pandemic
(Stavros Yangazoglou, Conference of European Churches)

Israelis blame ultra-Orthodox for coronavirus pandemic, express hatred
(Mazal Mualem, Al-Monitor: Israel Pulse)

Bible reading boosts mental well-being among Christians, survey says
(Carol Glatz, Union of Catholic Asian News)

Vatican defends pope’s Iraq visit as ‘act of love’
(Claire Giangravé, Religion News Service)

Abortion concerns prompt archdiocese warning on vaccine
(Associated Press)

Health orders aim for balance on curbing COVID-19 spread and religious freedoms: B.C.
(Hina Alam, Toronto Star)

New COVID-19 legislation and guidance to 6 March
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Monday, 1 March 2021

Purim celebrations threaten fresh virus outbreak in Israel
(Associated Press)

Elderly religious overlooked in Belgium’s early COVID-19 vaccination programs
(Catholic News Agency)

Spain to permit feminist marches, while restricting worship services
(David Ramos, Catholic News Agency)

France maintains order as visitors flock to Jerusalem's Tombs of the Kings
(Taghreed Ali, Al-Monitor: Israel Pulse)

UNHRC Forces Sri Lanka To Lift Ban On Muslims Burying COVID Dead
(P. K. Balachandra, Eurasia Review)

COVID vaccination challenges: Ethical imperatives and local realities
(JoAnne Wadsworth, G20 Interfaith Forum Blog)

‘Not a good idea:’ Experts concerned about pope trip to Iraq
(Nicole Winfield and Samya Kullab, Associated Press)

Kansas ponders open churches, abortion limits in pandemics
(John Hanna, Associated Press)

Friday, 26 February 2021

Court clears way for indoor worship services in northern California
(Amy Howe, SCOTUSblog)

Israel faces criticism for not including Palestinians in vaccine success
(Yara M. Asi, Religion Unplugged)

U.S. COVID restrictions on religion: I'm still attending Mass from my church parking lot
(Tim Busch, USA Today)

High Court (UK): Covid self-employed support scheme does not unlawfully discriminate against women
(Henry Tufnell, UK Human Rights Blog)

Dozens of states ignoring guidance to prioritize clergy for COVID vaccine: Report
(Tobias Hoonhout, National Review)

Latter-day Saint Charities commits US$20 million in support of UNICEF’s global COVID-19 response
(Newsroom: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)

Missing community, these college students innovated church online into pod watch parties
(David Hancock, Religion Unplugged)

Vatican foreign minister: religious freedom ‘being eroded’ by COVID-19 response
(Catholic News Agency)

The right of religious freedom in light of the coronavirus pandemic: the Greek case (PDF)
(George Androutsopoulos, MDPI)

Inspection against Covid-19 prohibits church service with more than two thousand people in Curitiba (Portuguese)

The authorities "certainly discriminate against us": Cardinal Blázquez's complaint for Covid restrictions (Spanish)
(Religión en Libertad)

Since this California church began flouting pandemic restrictions, attendance has surged
(Sam Kestenbaum, The Washington Post)

Wednesday, 24 February 2021

WEBINAR, 24 February 2021 (4PM EST): COVID Vaccination Challenges: Ethical Imperatives and Local Realities
(Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs at Georgetown University; G20 Interfaith Forum; World Faiths Development Dialogue; and the Joint Learning Initiative on Faith and Local Communities)

Peruvians officials, Vatican diplomat secretly obtained COVID-19 vaccines meant for doctors
(Reynaldo Aragon, Religion Unplugged)

To tackle vaccine hesitancy philanthropy must get over its religion hesitancy
(Eboo Patel and Robert P. Jones, The Chronicle of Philanthropy)

Imran Khan visits Sri Lanka as Muslims demand burial rights
(Bharatha Mallawarachi, Associated Press)

Weekly highlight #144: COVID-19: Exploring faith dimensions: Message alignment and responses to gender violence
(Berkley Center, Joint Learning Initiative, WFDD)

Religious leaders urge Biden to support global coronavirus aid, debt relief
(Dennis Sadowski, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

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