Here is a look at some law and religion news stories from around the web this week:
- The Atlantic: In China, Unregistered Churches Are Driving a Religious Revolution.
- The Senate of Pakistan is now considering a bill that mandates the teaching of the Quran at primary school levels.
- In Israel, a woman has been appointed to serve as a judge in a Muslim religious court, making history.
- Residents in a West Virginia public school district have filed a lawsuit challenging the district’s decades-old “Bible in the Schools” program, claiming it “advances and endorses one religion, improperly entangles public schools in religious affairs, and violates the personal consciences of nonreligious and non-Christian parents and students.”
- Officials in Xinjiang, China have banned religious names for Muslim babies. Babies with those names may be denied social services, healthcare, and education.
- Pope Francis is heading to Egypt today to meet with Islamic religious leaders following a number of deadly attacks on Coptic Christians during Holy Week.
- 51 members of the U.S. House of Representatives wrote to President Trump earlier this month, asking him to consider issuing an executive order on religious liberty.
- Reuters: Turkish authorities detained 800 people this week who are suspected of links to US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen.
- In Russia, Jehovah’s Witnesses groups are already being dismantled by the government, with their bank accounts frozen and their meetings being disrupted.