Here are some important law-and-religion news stories from around the web:
- Survey results show that Millennials overwhelmingly support religious freedom in the abstract, but their support substantially drops when they are presented with concrete situations in which religious freedom conflicts with anti-discrimination laws.
- In light of the change in presidential administrations, the Catholic groups suing the federal government and alleging that the HHS contraception mandate violates the First Amendment have asked the government to drop its appeal of a preliminary injunction preventing enforcement of the mandate against them.
- The Council on American-Islamic Relations has attacked President Trump’s nomination of Kansas Governor Sam Brownback as an international ambassador for religious freedom, claiming he has demonstrated anti-Islamic sentiments.
- The Anglican Church has officially added Sudan as a province, the 39th in the Anglican Communion.
- The Catholic Church is closing eight churches in Baghdad because of declining attendance as Christians continue to flee Iraq.
- Motivated by fears that the collapse of ISIS will result in militants attempting to return to the UK, the government has stripped more than 150 people of citizenship and revoked their passports.
- A Rastafarian prisoner in Louisiana has won a decision in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals allowing him to keep his dreadlocks, which prison officials said violated the prison’s grooming rules.