Here are some important law-and-religion news stories from around the web:
- The U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a Florida federal district court’s dismissal of a lawsuit filed to settle a dispute over church leadership between the church’s board of directors and the widow of its deceased pastor.
- The U.S. 8th Circuit Court of Appeals vacated an Arkansas federal district court’s preliminary injunction against four Arkansas statutory provisions restricting abortions.
- The U.S. 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals granted an emergency injunction pending appeal after a Vermont district court refused to issue a preliminary injunction requiring the state to allow a student enrolled in a Catholic high school to participate in the Dual Enrollment Program that pays for high schoolers to take college courses.
- A New York federal district court preliminarily enjoined enforcement of a COVID-19 50-person limit on weddings held in a restaurant which is allowed to seat more people when operating for dining.
- Parents, students and churches filed suit in an Illinois federal district court challenging on Establishment Clause and Free Exercise grounds the “Quiet Time” program that has been implemented in a number of Chicago public schools, claiming that it is based in Hindu beliefs.
- The county of Ventura, California filed suit in a state trial court seeking a temporary restraining order and an injunction against a church and its pastor for holding indoor worship services in violation of state and local COVID-19 orders.
- A musician in Nigeria’s northern state of Kano was sentenced to death by hanging for blaspheming against the Prophet Muhammad.