Law and Religion Headlines

Friday, 8 January 2021

Why religious couples thrive in a pandemic
(Liz HoChing & Spencer James, Real Clear Religion)

Suspending public worship – Northern Ireland
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Northern Ireland bishops suspend public Mass for ‘Common Good’
(Charles Collins, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Suspending public worship – England
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Indonesia aims for religious halal ruling before COVID vaccine rolls out
(Aljazeera, Reuters, Aljazeera)

Indonesia’s top Islamic body OKs China’s Sinovac vaccine
(Edna Tarigan, Associated Press)

Quebec government closes places of worship for a month
(Philippe Vaillancourt, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Massachusetts COVID requirements for church services upheld
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Wednesday, 6 January 2021

The U.S. Supreme Court and pandemic restrictions on religious worship
(Frederick Mark Gedicks, Talk About: Law and Religion - Blog of the International Center for Law and Religion Studies)

Indonesia Islamic council hopes for halal ruling before mass vaccination
(Agustinus Beo Da Costa and Stanley Widianto, Reuters)

C of E bishop warns of church closures due to Covid financial losses
(Harriet Sherwood, The Guardian)

Weekly highlight #137: The ethics of COVID: Vaccines, mortality, and morality
(Berkley Center, Joint Learning Initiative, WFDD)

Anti-Jewish COVID theories top list of worst antisemitism outbreaks
(Benjamin Weinthal, Jerusalem Post)

Letters sent to world leaders by Head of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community during covid-19 pandemic to be published for first time
(Ahmadiyya Muslim Community UK)

Greek churches open on Epiphany feast despite tight lockdown
(Demetris Nellas, Associated Press)

Spain tries to keep Epiphany tradition despite pandemic
(Associated Press)

Some Orthodox Christians ignore COVID warnings on Epiphany
(Associated Press)

Right to religion not higher than right to life, temple rituals may be conducted without compromising COVID-19 protocol: Madras High Court
(Meera Emmanuel, Bar and Bench)

Canadian church latest to clash with authorities over COVID-19
(Charlie Butts, One News Now)

9th Circuit hears oral arguments in Harvest Rock Church appeal
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Tuesday, 5 January 2021

How U.S. pandemic restrictions became a constitutional battlefield
(John Fabian Witt and Kiki Manzur, Foreign Affairs)

South Africa tightens restrictions on religious funeral services during pandemic
(Kgothatso Madisa, Sowetan Live)

Monday, 4 January 2021

For Sri Lankan Muslims, the coronavirus isn’t the only thing they’re hoping to see the back of in 2021
(CSWPress, FoRB in Full: A blog by CSW)

6th Circuit: County COVID order closing all high schools infringes parochial schools' rights
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Sixth Circuit declares closure of religious schools in Toledo violates Free Exercise Clause
(Josh Blackman, The Volokh Conspiracy)

Greek Church tells priests to ignore pandemic closure order
(Nicholas Paphitis, Associated Press)

Public health v. culture war: The Supreme Court takes aim at COVID restrictions.
(Matthew Sitman, Commonweal)

Coronavirus: German police raid church service with over 100 maskless worshippers
(Deutsche Welle)

Bishop of London: new COVID-19 restrictions
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

New COVID-19 legislation and guidance to 9 January 2021
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Note on the morality of using some anti-Covid-19 vaccines
(DiReSoM: Diritto e Religione nelle Società Multiculturali/ Law and Religion in Multicultural Societies)

Comunicazione circa il Decreto Legge del 18 dicembre 2020. Una precisazione della Conferenza Episcopale Italiana dopo il decreto legge
(DiReSoM: Diritto e Religione nelle Società Multiculturali/ Law and Religion in Multicultural Societies)

Saturday, 2 January 2021

Photos of the Year
(Kit Doyle, Religion News Service)

Friday, 1 January 2021

Religious news from around the web December 28, 2020
(World Religion News)

Shrines in Japan prepare to welcome visitors for New Year as virus rages
(Toma Mochizuki, Japan Today)

RNS reporters on the big stories they expect to cover in 2021
(Religion News Service)

What to expect on the religious scene in 2021: Experts cast their sights on the year ahead
(Yonat Shimron, Religion News Service)

Is 2021 the Great Reset of the Church?
(Shane Idleman, Christian Headlines)

20 photographs of the week
(Jim Powell, The Guardian)

'We are going to survive': 5 ways the Church is innovating amid COVID-19
(Leah MarieAnn Klett, The Christian Post)

Pope Benedict’s secretary reflects on awful 2020 with German Magazine
(Catholic News Agency)

Thursday, 31 December 2020

Pandemic hits religious communities in South Africa
(Christopher Joseph, Union of Catholic Asian News)

Wednesday, 30 December 2020

Top religion-beat story of 2020? There were several COVID-19 stories to choose from ...
(Terry Mattingly, OnReligion)

Court refuses to enjoin mask requirement for religious school students
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

2nd Circuit invalidates New York's fixed capacity limits for houses of worship
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

U.S. appeals court blocks NY governor's limits on religious gatherings
(Jonathan Stempel, Reuters)

Survey: UK teens are more likely than millennials to believe in God
(Jack Jenkins, Religion News Service)

Our best religion stories from a terrible year
(Religion News Service)

The Christmas crisis
(Emma Green, The Atlantic)

COVID updates: NY congregation limits halted, MI’s school mask requirements remain in place, new COVID funding
(Don Byrd, Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty)

New Mexico megachurches fined for packed Christmas services, governor slams as 'pro-virus'
(David K. Li and Ali Gostanian, NBC News)

Mike Pompeo calls for release of Chinese Christian journalist jailed for Wuhan reporting
(Leah MarieAnn Klett, The Christian Post)

Monday, 28 December 2020

The Christian Post’s top 10 news stories of 2020 (part 2)
(The Christian Post)

Microchurches and how the coronavirus is shaking up the traditional model (part 1)
(Brandon Showalter, The Christian Post)

Of course the pandemic was top 2020 religion-news story: But which COVID-19 story?
(Terry Mattingly, GetReligion)

6th Circuit refuses injunction pending appeal of religious school closure order
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

1st Circuit: Church's appeal of TRO denial is dismissed
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Court again refuses to enjoin California's COVID limits on church services
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Court strikes down Gov. Cuomo’s order limiting capacity in houses of worship because it ‘discriminates against religion on its face’
(Jerry Lambe, Law and Crime)

Govt. should consult all communities, religious leaders - UNP
(Shiromi Abeysinghe, Daily News)

What global churches did when their governments said they couldn’t have large gatherings
(Leonardo Blair, The Christian Post)

Wednesday, 23 December 2020

Bethlehem inn rooms are empty for 2020 Christmas celebration
(Peter Kenny, Ecumenical News)

Covid Christmas: Packed church wait-lists, live-streamed services and increased giving
(Jeff Stein and Mike DeBonis, The Washington Post)

A new pastor who couldn’t meet members of her church found a way to celebrate Christmas with them
(Marisa Iati, The Washington Post)

Interfaith Council bans vigils, long services as Christmas beckons
(Gloria Aradi, The Standard)

Here we go again: Believers facing complicated #2020 choices during COVID-tide
(Terry Mattingly, OnReligion)

Praying apart isn’t the same as praying together. That’s why we sued D.C.
(Cardinal Wilton Gregory, The Washington Post)

Museum of the Bible considers suing D.C. mayor over virus shutdown, citing religious freedom claims
(Sarah Pulliam Bailey and Peggy McGlone, The Washington Post)

Catholic schools' suit against COVID closings is moot
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Lawsuit by private schools in Michigan dismissed as moot
(John Wisely, Detroit Free Press)

On remand from SCOTUS, California COVID limits on worship services again upheld
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Judge denies LA County church’s request to can indoor worship ban
(Martin Macias Jr., Courthouse News Service)

On the Supreme Court’s shadow docket, the steady volume of pandemic cases continues
(Stephen Wermiel, SCOTUSblog)

Federal Appeals Court: Nevada’s Covid restrictions violate the First Amendment
(Ismail Royer, Religious Freedom Institute)

Scotland: Christmas guidance on COVID-19 precautions
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

When worship becomes entertainment is it really essential?
(Kenneth L. Woodward, Religion News Service)

The Brazilian Federal Supreme Court comes to the protection of indigenous people’s right to health in the face of Covid-19
(Sufyan Droubi, EJIL: Talk! Blog of the European Journal of International Law)

Belgium court limits public Masses at Christmas
(Devin Watkins, Herald Malaysia)

Monday, 21 December 2020

Christians in Israel face bleak Christmas season due to COVID-19
(Michele Chabin, Religion News Service)

Citing timing, SCOTUS declines to allow in-person learning to resume in Kentucky
(Catholic News Agency)

DC backs down over Mass limits after archdiocese sues
(Catholic News Agency)

Catholic archbishop: ‘The Church in France is jostled from many sides’
(Catholic News Agency)

Virus brings job drought to Holy Land
(Gerald Butt, Chruch Times)

Holy Communion by mail ‘not canonical’
(Hattie Williams, Church Times)

Supreme Court sides with churches challenging COVID-19 worship restrictions in Colorado, New Jersey
(Michael Gryboski, The Christian Post)

Federal Court refuses to enjoin state COVID enforcement proceedings against church
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Federal judge declines to overturn contempt of court charge for California church
(Matthew Renda, Courthouse News Service)

Vatican green-lights COVID vaccines, finds no ‘cooperation’ in abortion for users
(Elise Ann Allen, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Will religious leaders fight for — or against — COVID-19 vaccinations?
(Mya Jaradat, Deseret News)

Religious freedom, public health, and the limits of law
(Elizabeth Shakman Hurd, Canopy Forum on the Interactions of Law & Religion)

Divert arms money to fight COVID-19, ensure vaccine for all, pope says
(Philip Pullella, Reuters)

New COVID-19 legislation and guidance to 26 December
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Law and religion round-up – 20th December
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

COVID-19: Tier 4 and other restrictions announced
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Top 10 religion-news stories of 2020: Coronavirus pandemic touched almost everything
(Bobby Ross Jr., GetReligion)

Friday, 18 December 2020

The coronavirus pandemic's impact on religious life

In a year of pandemic and pain, women fight back
(Hillary Margolis, Human Rights Watch)

DC mayor backs down following Catholic Church lawsuit, eases restrictions on churches ahead of Christmas
(Mary Margaret Olohan, The Daily Signal)

DC Archdiocese seeks liberalized capacity rules for its churches
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Facing lawsuit over restrictions on Christmas services, D.C. mayor eases coronavirus rules
(Julie Zauzmer and Michelle Boorstein, The Washington Post)

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