Here are some interesting stories involving law and religion from this past week:
- An administrative social security judge in Texas is suing the government for religious discrimination after he faced disciplinary actions when he declined to watch a LGBT diversity training video.
- After a Jewish cemetery was vandalized this week in Missouri, President Trump spoke out to condemn antisemitism.
- This week, the Turkish military announced its decision to permit women in the armed forces to wear hijabs.
- After a young Christian woman was kidnapped in Egypt last month, the Egyptian police have been accused of “complicity and apathy” for failing to investigate and prosecute suspects.
- This week, Iraq launched a major offensive to drive Islamic State out of Mosul, which IS has held for about three years.
- A female Iranian teenage chess master has been banned from Iran’s national chess team because she has refused to wear a headscarf.
- The Economist: Quarrels within the Catholic and Anglican churches are growing as the disconnect grows between the traditional teaching of the church and the way people actually live in historically Christian countries.
- The Washington Post: France’s far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen refused to don a headscarf for a meeting with Lebanon’s top Sunni Muslim cleric on Tuesday and walked away from the scheduled appointment after a brief squabble at the entrance.