Here are some news stories involving law and religion from this past week:
- Boko Haram, the Nigerian Islamist militant group, released several of the girls it kidnapped from Chibok in 2014 and indicated willingness to release more.
- Iraqi government forces and their allies prepared for a final assault to retake the country’s second-largest city, Mosul, from the Islamic State.
- China enacted new rules further restricting the rights of the Muslim Uighur minority group.
- The government of Hungary opened a new office which will seek to help Christians persecuted in the Middle East and Europe.
- In a move reflecting declining church attendance, the Church of England will soon decide whether to drop a canon law requirement that requires all parishes to hold weekly services.
- Three men from Kansas were charged for their role in a foiled plot to blow up an apartment complex home to Muslim immigrants.
- Four Massachusetts churches are suing in federal court to establish that a recently-passed state law cannot be used to suppress their speech regarding transgenderism.
- A Tennessee county’s school board voted not to adopt new rules clarifying the scope of religious liberty for students and faculty while at school.