The Crisis of Religious Freedom in the Age of COVID-19 Pandemic

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October 2021
174 pages
  • ISBN978-3-0365-2279-1 (Hardback)
  • ISBN978-3-0365-2280-7 (PDF)

This book is a reprint of the Special Issue The Crisis of Religious Freedom in the Age of COVID-19 Pandemic that was published in

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Since the outbreak of the coronavirus global health crisis, state restrictive provisions imposed to restrain or at least limit the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, have had an overwhelming impact not only on our daily lives but also on the exercise of religious freedom, which has suffered unprecedented restrictions.With the expertise of academics and legal scholars of different jurisdictions, this book analyzes the impact of COVID-19 restrictions on the exercise of religious freedom in different legal contexts and investigates how the pandemic crisis emphasized underlying judicial, political, social, cultural, ethnic, and economic challenges, giving rise to a clash between competing rights and exacerbating the tension between public, religiously neutral policies and claims for religious accommodation. Experts from different legal fields examine distinctive legal responses to the health crisis in terms of restrictions to the exercise of religious freedom, even in a comparative perspective; reactions of religious groups, in terms of opposition or cooperation, and the ability of religious leaders to provide guidance and support to their faith communities; the specific impact of restrictions on some religious communities; and the increase in religious discrimination against disliked faith-communities in specific geographical contexts.
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coronavirus; religious liberty; emergency restrictions; COVID-19; judicial review; Supreme Court; constitutionality; global challenges to lockdown; Christian Right; Donald Trump; COVID-19; coronavirus; pandemic; religious freedom; anti-establishment; free exercise; CARES Act; Payroll Protection Program; Religious Freedom Restoration Act; “Houses of Worship”; religious freedom; US Constitution; First Amendment; Supreme Court; pandemic; freedom of religion; Greek case-law; COVID-19; state of emergency; freedom of religion; French law and religion; the rights of minorities; international legal framework; cultural rights; religious rights; constitutional law; democracy; umunthu; rights and freedoms; public health; legislation; African Traditional Religions; evangelicalism; COVID-19; religious freedom; fundamental rights; discrimination; proportionality; cooperation between government and religious communities; public health; religious freedom; church–state models; rule of law; religious entities; state of national emergency; COVID-19 pandemic; public health; freedom of religion

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