Law and Religion Headlines

Friday, 5 February 2021

Sitting on billions, Catholic dioceses amassed taxpayer aid
(Reese Dunklin and Michael Rezendes, Associated Press)

Pandemic demonstrates the value of Catholic education
(Colleen Hroncich, Real Clear Religion)

Funeral directors survive ‘surreal’ year with creativity and faith
(Elizabeth E. Evans, Religion News Service)

Penn lecture series explores race and religion
(Sophie Panzer, Jewish Exponent)

Wednesday, 3 February 2021

Church of Jesus Christ service project impacts prison in Canada
(Johanna Lewis, Cardus)

Pastoral Home Care of the Archdiocese of Montreal has great impact during pandemic
(Andrew Bennett, Cardus Religious Freedom Institute)

Americans more likely than others to have stronger faith amid pandemic
(John Burger, Aleteia)

Most Christians welcome the COVID-19 vaccines, but some are skeptical
(Bobby Ross Jr., Religion Unplugged)

Virginia governor protected by 11th Amendment in church's suit challenging COVID-19 orders
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Judge dismisses Virginia church’s lawsuit against governor over COVID-19 restrictions
(Michael Gryboski, The Christian Post)

Faith and the COVID-19 vaccine: ‘The scientific community has a storytelling problem’
(Julie Schonfield, Religion News Service)

Pope Francis dismisses uncertainty over upcoming Iraq trip
(Al-Monitor: Iraq Pulse)

Ash Wednesday: Different look, same message
(Carol Zimmermann, Union of Catholic Asian News)

Churches in LA’s working-class neighborhoods urge: ‘bring the vaccine to the people’
(Alejandra Molina, Religion News Service)

In Israel, haredi Orthodox Jews wield enormous political power. Could that change because of Covid?
(Sam Sokol, Jewish News of Northern California)

New COVID-19 legislation and guidance to 6 February 2021
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Volume 8 (2020): Issue 2-3 (Dec 2020): Special Issue: Religion, State and COVID 19 edited by Itzhak Brand
(Journal of Law, Religion and State)

Weekly highlight #141: COVID-19: Exploring Faith Dimensions - Faith communities worldwide balance concerns about rising cases with mixed hopes and fears about vaccine rollouts
(Berkley Center, Joint Learning Initiative, WFDD)

Equitable COVID Vaccine Distribution and Access: Enforcing International Legal Obligations under Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights and the Right to Development
(Diane Desierto, EJIL: Talk! Blog of the European Journal of International Law)

Coronavirus: Sri Lanka's forced cremations spark anger among Muslims
(Akanksha Saxena, Deutsche Welle)

Monday, 1 February 2021

Religion takes front seat in Africa's battle against second wave of COVID-19
(Tawanda Karombo, Religion Unplugged)

Nearly 3-in-10 Americans say COVID-19 pandemic has strengthened their faith: Pew
(Michael Gryboski, The Christian Post)

Some pastors fear their churches won't survive the pandemic: report
(The Christian Post)

Imbolc’s celebration of hearth and home resonates with Pagans in a pandemic year
(Emily McFarlan Miller, Religion News Service)

Another decision on California COVID limits on worship services
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Thousands join in Jerusalem funerals, flout pandemic rules
(Ilan Ben Zion, Associated Press)

Lat Am church weaves ‘seamless garment’ on COVID, abortion and migration
(Inés San Martín, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

The South Korean verdict on Chairman Lee: COVID-19 and religious liberty
(Massimo Introvigne, Bitter Winter)

Coronavirus hotspots: anger in South Korea as fringe church schools drop masks, put faith in God
(Park Chan-kyong, South China Morning Post)

Friday, 29 January 2021

South Africa: Freedom of Religion group tries to overturn ban on religious gatherings in court
(Cebelihle Bhengu, Times Lives)

America’s unique religious response to the COVID-19 pandemic
(Mya Jaradat, Deseret News | InDepth)

More Americans than people in other advanced economies say COVID-19 has strengthened religious faith
(Pew Research Center: Religion & Public Life)

Nearly a third of Americans say COVID-19 has strengthened their faith
(Mattie Townson, Religion Unplugged)

Annual World Watch List highlights scale of global persecution of Christians
(Religious Freedom Institute, Religious Freedom Institute Blog)

Vaccinations, outreach, and persecution: The latest on religion and COVID-19
(G20 Interfaith Forum Blog)

Church again asks Supreme Court to invalidate California COVID restrictions
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

CA churches return to SCOTUS
(Liberty Counsel)

U.S. Supreme Court declines to intervene in Nevada COVID restriction case, sends death row chaplain case back to lower court
(Don Byrd, Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty)

Connecticut expected to ease restrictions on religious services
(Associated Press, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

As UN condemns forced cremations, Sri Lanka’s foreign secretary denies discrimination
(Tamil Guardian)

Italian Episcopal Conference – The Sign of Peace is reintroduced into the Mass (Italian)
(DiReSoM: Diritto e Religione nelle Società Multiculturali/ Law and Religion in Multicultural Societies)

Wednesday, 27 January 2021

Appeals court rules on California churches that challenged Covid restrictions
(Catholic News Agency)

Shincheonji’s Chairman Lee not guilty of breaking virus law: The decision
(Bitter Winter)

Sri Lanka: ‘Forced’ cremation of COVID victims’ bodies must stop - UN rights experts
(UN News)

Survey: Americans more likely to say that pandemic strengthened their faith
(Catholic News Agency)

COVID in the Canadian courts
(Peter Stockland, Convivium)

Weekly Highlight #140: COVID-19: Exploring Faith Dimensions - Interfaith Calls for Unity amid Concerns about Vaccine Equity and Hesitancy
(Berkley Center, Joint Learning Initiative, WFDD)

Judge refuses to toss case against defiant Louisiana pastor
(Associated Press)

For many schools, the Master of Divinity degree is moving online for good
(Yonat Shimron, Religion News Service)

New COVID-19 legislation and guidance to 30 January 2021
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Tuesday, 26 January 2021

Ultra-Orthodox riot across Israel over lockdown
(Rina Bassist, Al-Monitor: Israel Pulse)

Monday, 25 January 2021

First Days of the Biden Administration: Ten Suggestions
(Katherine Marshall & Richard Seifman, Impakter: Opinion)

German District Court declares Corona Ordinance unconstitutional
(Rosalind English, UK Human Rights Blog)

Enforced wearing of masks declared unconstitutional
(Rosalind English, UK Human Rights Blog)

9th Circuit upholds California's temporary ban on indoor worship services
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Review denied in challenge to Nevada's limit on worship services
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Case page: Calvary Chapel Dayton Valley v. Sisolak

Israel targets flights, religious scofflaws, as virus rages
(Josef Federman, Associated Press)

Friday, 22 January 2021

Science and religion in times of plague: Calvin and Luther warn against the simplistic assumption that religious liberty is opposed to medical expertise
(Mark Lambert, Sightings: The Martin Marty Center, University of Chicago Divinity School)

UK police break up lockdown-flouting wedding with 150 guests
(Associated Press)

Faith and the COVID-19 vaccine: ‘Muslims were among the first to believe in vaccines’
(Julie Schonfield, Religion News Service)

Wednesday, 20 January 2021

Turkey is accused of extraditing Uighur Muslims to China in exchange for Covid-19 vaccines
(Bill Bostock, Business Insider)

Thousands of churches in England opt to close over Covid fears
(Harriet Sherwood, The Guardian)

Even COVID-19 couldn’t halt Cuba’s severe violations of freedom of religion or belief
(FoRB in Full: A blog by CSW)

Weekly highlight #139: Vaccines, Burials, and Persecution
(COVID-19: Exploring Faith Dimensions, Berkley Center, Joint Learning Initiative, WFDD)

Belgium religious faiths want more worshippers at services
(Associated Press)

Swiss gov’t urges rejection of ban on full-face coverings
(Associated Press)

Shift in balance at U.S. Supreme Court alters trajectory of COVID-related worship restriction cases
(Don Byrd, Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty)

New COVID-19 legislation and guidance to 23 January
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Monday, 18 January 2021

South Korean court makes ruling on pastor whose parishioner was "Patient 31"
(Religion Today, Religion Today)

Sri Lanka: Covid-19 forced cremation of Muslims discriminatory
(Human Rights Watch)

How do you foster Catholic community in quarantine?
(Jonah McKeown, Catholic News Agency)

Friday, 15 January 2021

Martin Luther King Jr. faith events continue in time of COVID-19 and Capitol chaos
(Adellle M. Banks and Alejandra Molina, Religion News Service)

What these religious leaders would change about the COVID-19 vaccine rollout
(Mya Jaradat, Deseret News)

Treat religion equally during pandemic, United Kingdom's NSS urges human rights body
(National Secular Society, National Secular Society)

Wednesday, 13 January 2021

How religions in Italy can continue to function during the pandemic
(Pierluigi Consorti, Simone Baldetti, Fabio Balsamo, and other doctors, DiReSom)

Religious freedom and civil disobedience in the United States
(Barry W. Bussey, Canadian Centre for Christian Charities)

Q&A with Rev. Paul Abernathy, an Orthodox priest combatting vaccine skepticism
(Mladen Aleksic, Religion Unplugged)

Weekly highlight #138: Vaccination is center stage and researchers dig deeper into religion and COVID details
(Berkley Center, Joint Learning Initiative, WFDD)

Ash Wednesday 2021: Vatican offers guidance on ash distribution amid COVID-19 pandemic
(Hannah Brockhaus, Catholic News Agency)

Religious news from around the web January 11, 2021
(World Religion News)

Open Doors’ 2021 watch list highlights impact of COVID-19 on religious persecution worldwide
(Emily McFarlan Miller, Religion News Service)

Chinese Christians, missionaries falsely blamed for COVID resurgence
(Leah MarieAnn Klett, The Christian Post)

North Korea is worst country for Christian persecution again as authoritarian governments exploit Covid crisis
(Christian Today)

South Korean church leader acquitted over COVID case surge
(Aljazeera, Aljazeera)

South Africa's President commends churches for cooperating with COVID guidelines
(Cyril Ramaphosa, Daily Maverick Citizen)

Ontario bans indoor social gatherings in new emergency order
(Deina Warren, Canadian Centre for Christian Charities)

How Ontario's COVID-19 rules restrict religious freedom
(Kristopher Kinsinger, National Post)

Monday, 11 January 2021

Pastor urges Jamaican government to declare church an essential service
(Loop News, Loop News)

Sinovac biotech vaccines recognized by Indonesia as Halal
(Religion Today, Religion Today)

In South Africa, "religious grounds" are necessary to consider before implementing mandatory COVID vaccine
(Omphemetse S Sibanda, Daily Maverick)

Iglesia Ni Cristo church discusses how religion es helping people address tough economic times
(Caroline Hunter, EIN Presswire)

Praying for patients: Video goes viral of interfaith prayer outside hospital in Cape Town
(Tauhira Dean, News24)

Religious communities join campaign to raise awareness about COVID-19 vaccine
(The Jakarta Post)

Ireland should unlock the doors to our places of worship (Opinion)
(Barry Walsh, The Times)

Anti-abortion faith leaders support use of COVID-19 vaccines
(David Crary, Associated Press)

The secret Indian pandemic: The occupation of religious persons in Kashmir and its impact on mental health
(Syed Zahid Rizvi, Daily Maverick)

Pope Francis’ personal doctor has died of COVID-19
(Claire Giangravé, Religion News Service)

New COVID-19 legislation and guidance to 16 January 2021
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

COVID-19: guidance for the safe use of places of worship
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

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