Some interesting law and religion news stories from around the web this week:
- The European Court of Human Rights held this week that Muslim parents in Switzerland must send their daughters and sons to co-ed swimming lessons.
- The cast of the reality television show, Sister Wives, has filed a cert petition with the Supreme Court, challenging Utah’s ban on polygamy as a violation of their free exercise rights.
- Morocco has recently banned the sale or manufacture of burqas, citing security concerns.
- This week, the Israeli High Court held that women cannot be forbidden from reading aloud from a Torah scroll at the Western Wall, unless the government can provide “good cause” for such a restriction.
- Associated Press: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered government agencies to ensure free access to contraceptives for 6 million women who cannot obtain them.
- During his confirmation hearing this week, President-Elect Donald Trump’s nominee for Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, Ret. Marine General John Kelly, said that “it is not appropriate for religion to be a basis for US counter-terrorism policy.”
- A member of an order of the Catholic Church, the Knights of Malta, is appealing his suspension and petitioning the Vatican, for his alleged authorization of the distribution of contraceptives in Myanmar.
- A Sikh neurologist has initiated a Title VII lawsuit against a medical practice, asserting that he was not hired on the basis of his religion, race, and national origin.
- The United States Supreme Court is expected to hear oral arguments soon in the case of Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia, Inc. v. Pauley, where a church challenges Missouri’s denial of reimbursement under a state program that reimburses non-profits for purchasing and installing recycled tire scraps to resurface playgrounds