Law and Religion Headlines


Wednesday, 24 February 2021

COVID-19: easing the lockdown in England & Scotland
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Tuesday, 23 February 2021

WEBINAR, 23-26 February 2021: Integral Human Development in the Digital Age: Poverties, Migrations, Pandemics, and the Idea of a New Social Ethics
(International Institute for Ethics and Contemporary Issues and the Faculty of Social Sciences at Ukrainian Catholic University)

Monday, 22 February 2021

Religious affiliations considered in the COVID-19 vaccine discussion
(Marko Milanovic, EJIL: Talk! Blog of the European Journal of International Law)

Priest challenges Scotland's coronavirus ban on public worship
(Catholic News Agency)

Washington taps pastors to overcome racial divide on vaccine
(Ashraf Khalil and Hilary Powell, Associated Press)

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

As the pandemic rages on, more than 20 states debate bills that would protect in-person church services
(Kelsey Dallas, Deseret News)

Friday, 19 February 2021

UK Scientologists interfaith outreach helps sustain houses of worship of diverse faiths throughout the pandemic
(Digital)

Vatican expects deficit of $60 million in 2021
(Catholic News Agency)

COVID-19 pandemic has Vatican bracing for $60 million deficit in 2021
(Claire Giangravé, Religion News Service)

Judge dismisses B.C. government application for COVID injunction against churches
(Keith Fraser, Vancouver Sun)

Canadian court refuses to order churches to follow health orders pending hearing on constitutionality
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Kemp: Bar Georgia governors from limiting religious services
(Associated Press)

Faith, medical leaders collaborate to get COVID-19 vaccine in arms of more people
(Yonat Shimron, Adelle M. Banks, Religion News Service)

Vatican says it won't punish those who refuse COVID-19 vaccine
(Peter Kenny, Ecumenical News)

Decree of the President of the Vatican City Commission on Public Health Emergency on vaccination obligation of employees (Italian)
(DiReSoM: Diritto e Religione nelle Società Multiculturali/ Law and Religion in Multicultural Societies)

Anti-vax at the Vatican? You might lose your job
(Nicole Winfield, Religion News Service)

Glasgow priest launches legal action over Covid church closures
(Scottish Legal News)

Religion, bioethics, and COVID-19 vaccination
(Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)

Charting the legality of religious-based exemptions to COVID-19 vaccinations (Responding to: Religion, bioethics, and COVID-19 vaccination)
(James G. Hodge, Jr. and Emily Carey, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)

Christian ethics and global equity in COVID-19 vaccine rollout (Responding to: Religion, bioethics, and COVID-19 vaccination)
(Doug Fountain, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)

Christian morality and the COVID-19 vaccine (Responding to: Religion, bioethics, and COVID-19 vaccination)
(Kevin Wm. Wildes, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)

Having “faith” in vaccination (Responding to: Religion, bioethics, and COVID-19 vaccination)
(Ben Kasstan, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)

Insights on vaccine hesitancy from religious people’s view of science (Responding to: Religion, bioethics, and COVID-19 vaccination)
(John H. Evans, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)

On life, grace, and vaccines: a sacramental approach to public health (Responding to: Religion, bioethics, and COVID-19 vaccination)
(David C. McDuffie, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)

Religion, bioethics, and COVID-19 vaccination: Muslim views (Responding to: Religion, bioethics, and COVID-19 vaccination)
(Abdulaziz Sachedina, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)

Tanzania’s COVID-denying leader urges prayer as cases climb
(Associated Press)

Remarks of The Most Rev Dr Antje Jackelén Archbishop, Primate of the Church of Sweden, at the High Level Dialogue on Multi-Religious Response to Covid-19
(The Most Rev Dr Antje Jackelén Archbishop, Religions for Peace)

Wednesday, 17 February 2021

Americans divided on letting people skip COVID-19 vaccine for religious reasons
(Carol Kuruvilla, Huffington Post)

The merits of Mitt Romney's pro-family policy
(Erika Bachiochi, First Things)

The digital divide Is giving American churches hell: Covid-19 has upended churchgoing in the US. Like so much else with the pandemic, the impacts are not felt equally.
(Arielle Pardes, Wired)

Holy Week 2021: Vatican issues guidelines for Catholics amid ongoing COVID-19 restrictions
(Courtney Mares, Catholic News Agency)

C of E goes online for Ash Wednesday
(Tim Wyatt, Church Times)

Religious News From Around the Wed February 15, 2021
(World Religion News)

Celebrating Ash Wednesday in a pandemic? There’s an app for that
(Emily McFarlan Miller, Religion News Service)

Vatican Museums reopen, but visitors decry lack of social distancing
(Claire Giangravé, Religion News Service)

COVID-19 response: Challenges for Faith Inspired Organizations (FIOs)
(The Ahimsa Fund, G20 Interfaith Forum)

Weekly highlight #143: COVID-19: Exploring Faith Dimensions: Trending topics: Vaccination, government/religion relationships, and religious events
(Berkley Center, Joint Learning Initiative, WFDD)

Rite of burial for victims of COVID-19
(Religions for Peace)

9th Circuit rejects church's challenge on COVID restrictions
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

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

In Naples, Muslim families struggle to bury coronavirus victims
(Mario Messina and Savin Mattozzi, Aljazeera)

Monday, 15 February 2021

Judge questions the court's role in managing public health orders to ban church gatherings
(CBC News)

Another church seeks Supreme Court's intervention on COVID-19 restrictions
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Maine church goes to SCOTUS
(Liberty Counsel)

New Arkansas law limits COVID restrictions on religious organizations
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Ultra-Orthodox Londoners roll up sleeves to fight COVID
(Danica Kirka, Associated Press)

Marriage & divorce amid pandemic: Couples’ challenges abound
(David Crary, Associated Press)

SC House considers bill to keep churches open in emergency
(Associated Press)

Ahead of papal visit, Iraq closes houses of worship due to COVID
(Inés San Martín, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Sputnik V vaccine halal - Gamaleya Center expert
(Interfax-Religion)

Supreme Court justices are not singing the same religious liberty tune during pandemic
(Bobby Ross Jr., GetReligion)

California legislator wants religious services deemed essential during state of emergency
(Alejandra Molina, Religion News Service)

The Constitution beats the pandemic’s religious restrictions — again
(Editoral Board, Deseret News)

Cardinal Cañizares denounces "humiliating" capacity limits imposed on churches in Spain (Spanish)
(ACI Prensa)

Some 500 people gather for "religious liberty" (Spanish)
(El Día de Valladolid)

Friday, 12 February 2021

Court says Quebec worship limits apply to capacity for each room
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Quebec Superior Court rules in favour of Hasidic Jewish community on limits to religious gatherings
(Elizabeth Raymer, Canadian Lawyer)

Anti-Semitic flyer in German tram blames Jews for the COVID pandemic
(Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

U.S. Supreme Court halts some California worship restrictions, leaves others in place for now
(Don Byrd, Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty)

Anglicans in Portugal suspend face-to-face masses. Secured funerals – Coronavirus
(tekdeeps.com)

Wednesday, 10 February 2021

Supreme Court rules California churches may open despite the pandemic
(David G. Savage, Los Angeles Times)

Last rites for the COVID-19 victims
(Religions for Peace)

After 11 months of ‘giving up,’ what is there left to give up this Lent?
(Mark Pattison, Catholic News Service)

Catholic school enrollment sees sharpest drop in nearly 50 years
(Catholic News Agency)

Scientology Super Bowl LV ad timed its airing for the simultaneous launch of a new section of the Scientology website
(Kelly Frazier, World Religion News)

Judge blocks Cuomo’s COVID restrictions—after he begs
(Becket: Press Release)

Ending 10 Month Long Ban, Lankan PM Says Burial Of COVID Dead Muslims To Be Allowed
(P K Balachandran, Eurasia Review)

Supreme Court rules against Calif., doubles down on religious rights amid pandemic
(Jason Breslow and Nina Totenberg, National Public Radio)

No touching! Churches get ready for Ash Wednesday in a pandemic
(Emily McFarlan Miller, Religion News Service)

Faith and the COVID-19 vaccine: ‘I’m a member of a community with duties’
(Julie Schonfield, Religion News Service)

New York COVID-19 restrictions on houses of worship enjoined
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Sri Lanka to allow burial of COVID-19 victims following ban
(Krishan Francis, Associated Press)

Israel’s ultra-Orthodox reject criticism, defy virus rules
(Ilan Ben Zion, Associated Press)

In Dubai’s COVID vaccine scramble, Sikhs serve doses to all
(Isabel Debre, Associated Press)

Weekly highlight #141: COVID-19: Exploring Faith Dimensions: Untangling Religious Influences Among Multiple Economic, Social, Political Forces
(Berkley Center, Joint Learning Initiative, WFDD)

Monday, 8 February 2021

Justices: California can’t enforce indoor church service ban
(Jessica Gresko, Associated Press)

Newsom says state will revise indoor worship guides after Supreme Court ruling
(Los Angeles Daily News (paywall))

Religious news from around the web February 8, 2021
(World Religion News)

Some California churches hold indoor services after ruling
(Christopher Weber, Associated Press)

U.S. Supreme Court rules against Newsom on indoor church services in California COVID-19 case
(Dael Kasler, Sacramento Bee)

South Bay United Pentecostal Church v. Newsom (SCOTSblog coverage)
(SCOTUSblog)

South Bay United Pentecostal Church v. Gavin Newsom, Governor of California
(Slip Opinion, Supreme Court of the United States)

San Francisco cathedral reopens for indoor services after California revises church guidelines
(Luz Pena, ABC7 News)

Supreme Court nixes California’s ban on indoor worship
(Becket: Press Release)

The Supreme Court’s new, deeply fractured decision on churches and the pandemic, explained
(Ian Millhiser, Vox)

Supreme Court enjoins, pending appeal, California's total ban on indoor worship services
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

The Supreme Court stands up again for worship during the pandemic
(The Editors, National Review)

This Supreme Court’s religious liberty approach would be silly, if the consequences were not so dire
(Tyler Broker, Above the Law)

Sistine Chapel key-keeper opens up after lockdown
(Paolo Lucariello and Elisa Colella, Religion News Service)

Dioceses dispute conclusions, methods of AP report on pandemic funding
(Tom Tracy, Associated Press)

Make houses of worship the center of vaccine rollout
(Charles C. Camosy, RNS Column: Purple Catholicism)

Ahmadiyya Muslim Community UK Newsletter - Issue 53
(Ahmadiyya Muslim Community UK)

Biden is right to go big: This could be the moment of social repair. (Democrats, God put you on this earth to spend government money on the disadvantaged.)
(David Brooks, The New York Times Opinion)

Saturday, 6 February 2021

Divided court allows indoor worship services to resume in California
(Amy Howe, SCOTUSblog)

Friday, 5 February 2021

NEW BOOK – Covid-19 and freedom of religion (in Spanish)
(Javier Martínez-Torrón and Belén Rodrigo Lara, DiReSoM: Diritto e Religione nelle Società Multiculturali/ Law and Religion in Multicultural Societies)

The pandemic in America through the eye of religion, with Rev. John L. McCullough
(Joel Kotkin and Marshall Toplansky, New Geography)

Can an employee object to mandatory COVID-19 vaccines on religious grounds?
(Debbie Kaminer, Religion Unplugged)

A case of conflict between religious freedom and the protection of public health
(Linda Fregoli, DiReSom)

Doctor’s “Ask” (Canada and COVID)
(James Christie, G20 Interfaith Forum Blog)

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