Here are some interesting stories involving law and religion from this past week:
- On Thursday, Russia’s Supreme Court approved a ban of Jehovah’s Witnesses, and their classification as an extremist group.
- Foreign Policy: A Chinese regulation would prohibit online insults based on religion. Some decry it as antithetical to Communist values.
- After a community center was forced to close due to a series of anti-Semitic incidents, Jewish groups have called on the Swedish government to take more steps to prevent anti-Semitism.
- UK Prime Minister Theresa May, and a number of church leaders, have publicly denounced the National Trust’s decision to rename its “Easter Egg Hunt” the “Great British Egg Hunt” this year.
- Financial advisers are increasingly structuring their portfolios in accordance with the values and laws of their clients’ religions.
- German Chancellor Angela Merkel has dismissed Christian Democrats’ proposal to introduce legislation regulating Germany’s Muslim population and creating a mosque registry.
- World Religion News: Utah Senator Orrin Hatch has introduced a bill that will enable Mormon missionaries to get visas with more ease.
- A pastor in Texas is facing backlash from the community around the church after proposing to build a four-story apartment building on the church’s grounds.