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Turkey Removes Evolution From High School Curriculum

The New York Times reported yesterday that in Turkey the Education Ministry has decided to eliminate the teaching of evolution to ninth graders, removing the chapter on the topic from ninth grade t... [read more]

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In Mosque's Factional Dispute, Ohio Court Orders Dissolution and Reincorporation

In State of Ohio ex. rel. De Wine v.  Omar Ibn El Khattab Mosque, Inc. , (OH App. , June 22, 2017), an Ohio appeals court exercising its original jurisdiction in quo warranto actions... [read more]

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Court Temporarily Halts Deportation of 100 Iraqi Chaldeans and Minority Muslims

A Michigan federal district court yesterday issued a 14-day stay of the immediate deportation of over 100 Iraqi nationals who were arrested in immigration raids earlier this month.  Many of th... [read more]

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10th Circuit: Qualified Immunity Protects Officer Who Told Suspect To Stop Praying

In Sause v. Bauer, (10th Cir. , June 20, 2017), the U. S. 10th Circuit Court of appeal dismissed on qualified immunity grounds a suit for damages alleging that police who were investigating a ... [read more]

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5th Circuit: Plaintiffs Lack Standing to Challenge Mississippi's Anti-LGBT Conscience Law

In Barber v. Bryant, (5th Cir. , June 22, 2017), the U. S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed for lack of standing two suits challenging Mississippi's HB 1523 which protects against discr... [read more]

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Female Genital Mutilation Case Expands

On June 21, federal authorities filed a Superseding Indictment (full text) adding two defendants in United States v. Nagarwala, (ED MI, 6/21/2017)-- the female genital mutilation case inv... [read more]

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Israeli Court Says El Al May Not Ask Women To Change Seats To Accommodate Religious Concerns of Male Passengers

According to the New York Times, an Israeli court in Jerusalem yesterday ruled that El Al Airline's policy of asking women passengers to move seats in order to accommodate religious beliefs on mod... [read more]

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New York Governor Signs Legislation To End Child Marriage

On June 20, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed A05524 raising the minimum age at which a person may marry to 17. (Full text and vote history).  Under the bill, parental consent and court ap... [read more]

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Suit Fights Deportation Using RFRA

KHOU News reports on a lawsuit filed Monday in a Texas federal district court which argues that deporting an El Salvadoran who has been in the United States illegally for over a decade would violat... [read more]

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DOE Issues New Instructions On Transgender Students' Rights Under Title IX

As previously reported, in February the Trump Administration withdrew controversial Obama Administration's Guidance documents on rights of transgender students under Title IX.  The withd... [read more]

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Student Has Standing Under Establishment Clause To Challenge School's Christian Fundraising

In American Humanist Association, Inc. v. Douglas County School District RE-1, (10th Cir, June 20, 2017), the U. S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals held that one of the plaintiffs challenging a ... [read more]

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Suit Challenges Anti-Semitism At San Francisco State University

In a press release yesterday, the Lawfare Project announced the filing of a lawsuit in a California federal district court on behalf of a group of San Francisco State University students and member... [read more]

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9th Circuit Refuses To Enjoin California's Notice Requirements For Crisis Pregnancy Centers

In Mountain Right To Life, Inc. v. Becerra, (9th Cir. , June 19, 2017), in a brief opinion, the U. S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a California federal district court's refusal to issue a... [read more]

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Latin Cross In City Park Violates Establishment Clause

In Kondrat'yev v. City of Pensacola, Florida, (ND FL, June 19, 2017), a clearly reluctant Florida federal district court judge held that a 34-foot concrete Latin Cross that has stood in the c... [read more]

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Supreme Court Invalidates Lanham Act Bar To Registration of Disparaging Trademarks

In Matal v. Tam, (Sup. Ct. , June 19, 2017), the U. S. Supreme Court today held unconstitutional under the 1st Amendment's free speech protection the provision in the Lanham Trademark Act that pro... [read more]

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Pakistan Court Upholds Reduction In Private Operators' Hajj Quotas

Again this year in Pakistan, Hajj quotas have become the subject of litigation.  In Hajj Organizers Association of Pakistan v. Federation of Pakistan, (High Ct. Sindh, June 16, 2017), the... [read more]

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Utah Imam On No-Fly List Allowed To Return After Suit Filed

A lawsuit was filed on Friday in federal district court in Utah seeking an emergency Temporary Restraining Order or Preliminary Injunction to require authorities to allow Yussuf Awadir Abdi, i... [read more]

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Canada's Parliament Adds Transgender Protections To Discrimination and Hate Crime Laws

Canada's Parliament last week gave final passage to Bill C-16 (full text). The bill adds "gender identity or expression" to Canada's Human Rights Act and to the Hate Propaganda prov... [read more]

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Recent Articles of Interest

From SSRN:Gábor Halmai, Varieties of State-Church Relations and Religious Freedom through Three Case Studies, (Michigan State Law Review, Vol. 2017, No. 2, 2017). Ahmed Elkahwagy, The Sacred Text ... [read more]

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Recent Prisoner Free Exercise Cases

In Barner v. Pientka, 2017 Pa. Commw. Unpub. LEXIS 422 (Commw. Ct. PA, June 12, 2017), a Pennsylvania appeals court affirmed the dismissal of a suit for damages by a Rastafarian inmate wh... [read more]

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ICE Roundup of Chaldean Christians Leads To Lawsuit

Last week ACLU of Michigan sued to stop the deportation of 114 Iraqi nationals, many of whom are Chaldean Christians, who were arrested in immigration raids in metropolitan Detroit. Some of the Ira... [read more]

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Nebraska Cuts Back On Religious Accommodation of Inmates

As reported by the Lincoln Journal Star, on June 2, the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services issued a Memo (full text) cutting back on its accommodation of religious practices of inmates in... [read more]

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Environmental Impact Challenge To Dakota Access Pipeline Is Partially Successful

While in March a D. C. federal district court rejected a RFRA challenge by the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe to the Dakota Access Pipeline project (see prior posting), the same court has now held that... [read more]

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Air Force JAG Commissions First Hijabi Lawyer

The U. S. Air Force JAG Corps has for the first time selected a Muslim woman who wears a hijab for a commission in the Judge Advocate General Corps. According to yesterday's UT News and ... [read more]

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European Court Finds Bulgaria Violated Convention In Refusing To Recognize Ahmadiyya Group

In Metodiev and Others v. Bulgaria, (ECHR, June 15, 2017), (full text of opinion in French), the European Court of Human Rights in a Chamber Judgment held that Bulgaria had violated the Europe... [read more]

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