Here are some news stories involving law and religion from this past week:
- The Netherlands’s lower house of parliament moved to restrict the wearing of full-face veils in public places.
- The chairman of Britain’s Equality and Human Rights Commission warned in a report that overzealous policing of holiday festivities could suppress freedom of religion.
- A religious persecution watchdog group said that Vietnam’s new religious laws do not go far enough to protect freedom of religion.
- More evidence of IS atrocities committed against Yazidis has come to light.
- Christian bakers in Northern Ireland who were successfully sued for refusing to make a cake with a pro-gay message on it may be able to appeal their case to the UK Supreme Court.
- The man who was shot and killed after attacking students at Ohio State University with his car and a knife had apparently complained on social media about the treatment of Muslims
- Several mosques in California and Georgia have received threatening letters from a group identifying itself as “Americans for a Better Way.”
- A Muslim contestant in a Minnesota beauty pageant drew headlines for competing in a hijab and a “burkini.”
- Texas has enacted regulations requiring that health care facilities dispose of fetal remains via burial or cremation.