Here are some important law-and-religion news stories from around the web:
- A Vatican tribunal has convicted the former Archbishop of Guam of sex abuse charges and banned him from returning to the island.
- A federal district court judge dismissed with prejudice a religious and ethnic discrimination lawsuit brought by the family of a Muslim boy who was suspended from school in 2015 for bringing a homemade clock that was mistaken for a bomb to school.
- The Iowa legislature is unlikely to pass a state version of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act that it had been considering.
- The Lieutenant Governor of Hawaii apologized after audio of an apparently anti-gay religious sermon he gave in 1995 was published online.
- A federal district court judge in Ohio has issued a preliminary injunction enjoining enforcement of the state’s new law prohibiting abortions performed because the fetus has Down syndrome.
- Two Muslim women who claim that NYPD practices regarding hijabs and arrest photos violate their free exercise rights are seeking class action certification for their lawsuits against the City.