Here are some important law-and-religion news stories from around the web:
- Pope Francis appears to have reversed himself on an alleged case of clergy sex abuse in Chile, calling his previous judgments “grave errors.”
- The rape and murder of a Muslim girl in India, allegedly by a group of Hindu men, has reignited religious tensions between Hindus and Muslims.
- A woman who was not retained as a teacher at a Christian school in Tennessee after becoming pregnant out of wedlock is challenging the school’s decision in federal court; the school has asserted the ministerial exception to employment discrimination laws in its defense.
- Oral arguments before the Supreme Court in the consolidated challenges to the third version of the Trump Administration’s travel ban are scheduled to take place on April 25.
- The 2020 Census questionnaire will explicitly ask respondents whether their spouse or unmarried partner is of the same sex or the opposite sex for the first time.
- A progressive think tank working together with a Columbia Law School center have collaborated on a report claiming that the Trump Administration is selectively expanding religious liberty rights for the benefit of conservative Christians.
- Voters in Anchorage, Alaska, rejected a measure that would have required people to use the bathroom and locker room facilities corresponding to their sex at birth. The campaign against the proposal raised a large amount of cash from out-of-state entities.