Here are some important law-and-religion news stories from around the web:
- A Native American tribe in New Jersey has accused local authorities of trying to prevent its members from performing traditional rituals on private land it claims belongs to the tribe.
- A therapist who performed marriage counseling is suing her former employer because she says she was terminated after referring a same-sex married couple to a different therapist because counseling them would contradict her religious beliefs.
- After complaints from Quaker parents, a high school in Oregon has removed a Quaker mascot logo from its gymnasium.
- A federal judge in Ohio ruled that a prisoner’s as-applied challenge to the state prison system’s ban on dreadlocks was successful because the prison system does not provide for religious exemptions to the policy.
- Democrats reappointed an expert on Tibetan culture to the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, while Republicans appointed the president of the Family Research Council to the same commission.
- Both conservative and progressive groups objected to the Methodist Church’s latest plan to avoid a schism between members of the church who want to recognize same-sex marriages and ordinations and those who do not.