Here are some interesting stories involving law and religion from this past week:
- A mosque will open in Athens, Greece for the first time since the Ottoman Empire was driven from the city in 1833.
- The sitting governor of Jakarta, Indonesia, a Christian, faces accusations of blasphemy from some Muslims as an election draws closer.
- Morocco’s High Religious Committee, which has the authority to issue fatwas, has ruled that Muslims may change their religion without facing the death penalty for doing so.
- A federal court in Virginia issued a temporary injunction against the Trump Administration’s travel ban on the ground that it violates the Establishment Clause.
- The Washington Supreme Court ruled that a florist who refused to provide flowers for a same-sex wedding violated an anti-discrimination law. The florist has indicated her intention to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.
- Two large churches are seeking to leave the United Methodist denomination because of concerns about the denomination’s intensifying internal debate on homosexuality.
- Marco Rubio attacked the Chinese government for its crackdown on religious freedom, citing the cases of two Christian attorneys who have allegedly been jailed for political reasons.