Here are some news stories involving law and religion from this past week:
- A new study suggests that attendance at more liberal churches is declining, while conservative churches are growing.
- The Kentucky legislature moved closer to approving two new restrictions on abortions.
- The Pew Research Center has analyzed the religious composition of the 115th Congress; as in the past, it is overwhelmingly Christian.
- A federal judge in Texas extended a restraining order preventing new regulations on the disposal of fetal remains from taking effect.
- The U.S. Army has expanded religious freedom protections by allowing lower-level commanders to approve accommodations which previously required Secretary-level approval.
- Dylann Roof, the man who killed nine black worshippers in a South Carolina church, claimed during the death penalty phase of his trial that he is not mentally ill.
- The Shakers, a strict American religious sect which practices celibacy, lost one of its three remaining members.
- Desmond Tutu indicated his support for a “right to die” and asked that he himself be allowed to choose the manner of his death.