Some interesting law and religion news stories from around the web this week:
- A religious exemption passed Monday on a new law requiring all Wisconsin households to be built with carbon monoxide detectors, smoke detectors and certain plumbing requirements. The religious waiver, requested by an Amish dairy farmer, is possibly the first seeking an exemption from the Wisconsin Uniform Dwelling Code.
- The American Civil Liberties Union is accusing the Bossier Parish School Board of wrongly promoting religion by allowing the Fellowship of Christian Athletes to set up prayer-request boxes at Airline High School in Bossier City.
- Freedom of religion isn’t reason enough to deny any American their constitutional rights, President Barack Obama said Sunday at a Democratic Party fundraiser as he addressed members of the LGBT community.
- A New Mexico municipality that wants to keep a 6-foot-tall Ten Commandments monument outside City Hall told a federal appeals court Wednesday that the structure is not government speech because it was privately funded.
- A landmark resolution introduced in Congress last week could mean that vital action is taken to defend Christians and other religious minorities in the Middle East.
- Catholic bishops in Ireland have called on parishes throughout the island to mobilize resources to help with the resettlement of migrants who come to Ireland seeking asylum.