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Rafael Navarro-Valls
Catedrático de Derecho Eclesiástico del Estado
Universidad Complutense

Javier Martínez-Torrón
Catedrático de Derecho Eclesiástico del Estado
Universidad Complutense

SUBDIRECTOR
Rafael Palomino Lozano
Catedrático de Derecho Eclesiástico del Estado
Universidad Complutense

SECRETARIO
Santiago Cañamares Arribas
Profesor Titular de Derecho Eclesiástico del Estado
Universidad Complutense


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Coronavirus and religious freedom: a preliminary view from the United States. (RI §422988)  

- Brett G. Scharffs

Introduction. I. The Coronavirus pandemic in the United States. A. The basic story. B. Milestones. C. Churches as superspreaders and scapegoats. D. Ancillary crises – economic, racial justice, social trust. II. The impact of government actions on freedom of religion and belief. A. Legal principles – non-discrimination, reasonable accommodation, compelling state interests. B. Gathering. C. Religious holidays. D. Hospital patients. E. Weddings and funerals. F. Nursing homes. G. Prisons. H. Religious education. III. Responses of religious communities and their adherents to government rules. A. Cooperation and caution. B. Challenges to government restrictions. C. Government funding of religion and religiously-affiliated institutions. D. Vaccinations and anti-vaccine ideology. IV. Responses of religious communities to the coronavirus crisis. A. Spiritual and mental health support. B. Humanitarian responses. V. The coronavirus pandemic as a stress test. VI. The problem of the politicization of the coronavirus pandemic. VII. The Crisis of trust. Conclusion: Human dignity of and for all.

Keywords: Coronavirus; United States; freedom of religion and belief.;

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