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Challenge To Pennsylvania Legislative Prayer Practices Survive Motion To Dismiss

In Fields v. Speaker of  the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, (MD PA, April 28, 2017), a Pennsylvania federal district court in a 33-page opinion refused to dismiss on the pleadings... [read more]

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Arkansas Disorderly Conduct Law Upheld Against Abortion Protesters

In Duhe v. City of Little Rock, Arkansas, (ED AR, April 27, 2017), an Arkansas federal district court upheld the constitutionality of Arkansas' disorderly conduct statute in a suit by two par... [read more]

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India's Supreme Court To Hear Constitutional Challenge To Personal Status Laws

News Click yesterday carried a lengthy article surveying the background and importance of the Shayara Bano case which will be heard by a 5-judge panel of India's Supreme Court next month. ... [read more]

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Roy Moore Announces Run For U.S. Senate Seat From Alabama

In Alabama this week, Roy Moore who has been suspended for the rest of his term as Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court because of his defiance of same-sex marriage rulings (see prior posting... [read more]

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In Spain, 3 Women Face Trial On Charge of Insulting Religious Sentiments of Catholics

The Telegraph reports that in Spain, three women will be tried on charges of  insulting the religious sentiments of Catholics.  The charges grow out of the women's participation in a May... [read more]

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Alabama Legislature Passes Protections For Faith-Based Adoption Agencies

On Tuesday, the Alabama legislature gave final passage to HB 24, the  Alabama Child Placing Agency Inclusion Act (full text).  The bill protects religiously affiliated adoption and foster... [read more]

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USCIRF Issues 2017 Annual Report

Yesterday the U. S. Commission on International Religious Freedom released its 2017 Annual Report (full text).  The report reviews religious freedom concerns in numerous countries and includes... [read more]

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8th Circuit Rejects RFRA Defense To Heroin Distribution Charges

In United States v. Anderson, (8th Cir. , April 28, 2017), the U. S. 8th Circuit Court of Appeals rejected Timothy Anderson's claim that his indictment on charges of heroin distribution shoul... [read more]

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New Kentucky Law Authorizes Bible Courses In Schools

On April 11, Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin signed HB 128 (full text) which requires the Kentucky State Board of Education to create courses on the Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament), the New Testamen... [read more]

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China Bans Islamic Names For Uighur Children

The New York Times reported yesterday that China has taken further steps to "curb religious fervor" among Uighurs in the western region of Xinjiang.  It has banned parents f... [read more]

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Trump Justice Department Wants Further Extension In Remanded Contraceptive Mandate Cases

Last May the U. S. Supreme Court remanded to the Third, Fifth, Tenth, and D. C. Circuits a group of cases brought by religious non-profit institutions challenging the contraceptive mandate cov... [read more]

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Indiana Legislature Passes Law Protecting Student Religious Expression In Schools

After final passage, yesterday the Indiana legislature sent HB 1024 (full text) to Gov.  Eric Holcomb for his signature.  The bill authorizes public high schools to offer an elective cour... [read more]

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Suit Says Indiana Charter School Act Violates Establishment Clause

Indiana's Charter School Act names, among the institutions that may authorize public charter schools, some 30 non-profit colleges and universities-- public, private and religious. Charter schools ... [read more]

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Presidential Proclamations On Yom HaShoah and Meds Yeghern

Yesterday, which was Yom Ha Shoah, President Trump signed a Proclamation (full text):ask. ..   the people of the United States to observe the Days of Remembrance of Victims of the Holocau... [read more]

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Israel Appoints First Woman As Judge On Muslim Religious Court

Haaretz reports that Israel has for the first time in the country's history appointed a woman to serve as a judge (qadi) in a Muslim religious court.  Government appointed religious courts in... [read more]

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Pakistan Paper Surveys Mob Violence Following Blasphemy Accusations

Pakistan's Express Tribune today surveys Pakistan's growing problem of mob violence following accusations of blasphemy.  There have been two such incidents in the past 11 days.  Accordi... [read more]

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Female Teenage Boxer Gets Religious Dress Accommodation

According to yesterday's Rochester MN Post-Bulletin, USA Boxing, the organization that oversees amateur boxing in the United States, has granted a religious accommodation to a Muslim teenager. ... [read more]

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Pew Study: Global Hostility To Religion Grew In 2015

Earlier this month, the Pew Research Center released its annual study (full text) of global restrictions on religion. The 79-page report covers the year 2015 and concludes:Government restrictions o... [read more]

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Court Says Disaffiliated Church's Property Belongs To Local Congregation, Not PCUSA

In Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area v. Eden Prairie Presbyterian Church, Inc. , (MN Ct. App. , April 24, 2017), a Minnesota state appeals court held that it was proper to apply the "neutra... [read more]

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Criminal Complaints Filed Against JCC Bomb Threat Perpetrator

The Department of Justice announced that on Friday criminal complaints were filed against Michael Kadar, a dual American-Israeli citizen living in Israel, who allegedly telephoned bomb threats... [read more]

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Recent Articles of Interest

From SSRN:Valeriano Diviacchi, Why Tolerate Law? (April 7, 2017). Eric Owusu Boahen & Emmanuel C. Mamatzakis, The Moderating Effect of Legal Environment on Culture and Religiosity Towards Class... [read more]

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Recent Prisoner Free Exercise Cases

In Jenkins v. Campose, (9th Cir. , April 21, 2017), the 9th Circuit, reversing the ditrict court in part, held that defendants failed to show that a prohibition on wudhu in one of the prison r... [read more]

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3 Indicted In Detroit On Charges of Female Genital Mutilation

On Thursday, the U. S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Michigan announced the arrest of a Detroit physician and his wife on charges of violating the federal ban on female genital mut... [read more]

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Pence In Jakarta Praises Moderate Islam

Vice President Mike Pence's comments at his press conference in Jakarta, Indonesia on Thursday led Haaretz to run an article titled Pence's Visit to Indonesia Another Strike in Internal White Hou... [read more]

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Pence Meets With Interfaith Leaders In Indonesia

Yesterday, as part of his trip to Asia, Vice President Mike Pence met with interfaith religious leaders in Indonesia.  The White House readout on the meeting (full text) in addition to listing... [read more]

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