Some interesting law & religion stories from around the web this week:
- A Catholic priest has filed suit in U.S. District Court in Washington, claiming that the government shutdown kept him from performing religious services at a U.S. Navy base and therefore violated his First Amendment rights to free speech, association, and exercise of religion.
- After a new mayor takes office next year in New York, schoolchildren may have two additional days off in observance of Muslim holidays
- A Malaysian appeals court has ruled that a Christian newspaper may not use the Arabic word “Allah” to describe God
- France’s top appeals court has upheld a fraud conviction against the Church of Scientology for taking advantage of vulnerable followers
- Amnesty International reports that hundreds of people are dying in detention as security forces crack down on an Islamic uprising in Nigeria
- A Michigan woman has filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, claiming that she was fired because of her divorce, even though two male colleagues kept their jobs as they went through divorce and remarriage
- A BBC Arabic journalist claims he was passed over for promotion because he is a Coptic Christian