Here are some important law-and-religion news stories from around the web:
- Billy Graham, the Baptist preacher who served as an informal adviser to several former U.S. presidents and participated in the Civil Rights Movement, has died at the age of 99.
- Dozens of girls are missing after the Islamist terror group Boko Haram raided their school in northeastern Nigeria, although hundreds managed to escape the initial attack and government troops subsequently rescued 80 more.
- A Maltese cardinal dispatched by Pope Francis to investigate clergy sex abuse claims in Chile has been hospitalized and required gallbladder surgery.
- A Baptist congregation whose pastor is at odds with a West Virginia Baptist organization over her support for anti-discrimination legislation could soon be ejected from the organization.
- A federal magistrate judge dismissed most claims brought by a former Ohio county-level court officer who had argued that designating Christmas a holiday while not allowing her paid time off for Hanukkah violated her free exercise rights.
- A bill in the Massachusetts state legislature would prevent corporations from asserting the religious beliefs of their officers and directors to overcome anti-discrimination laws.
- A lesbian couple in Texas has filed a federal lawsuit in which they claim that government financing of Catholic agencies placing unaccompanied refugee children causes the foster family selection process to be tainted by “impermissible religious criteria.”