Here are some important law-and-religion news stories from around the web:
- Three Muslims were denied Swiss citizenship because, pursuant to their religious beliefs, they refused to shake hands with people of the opposite sex.
- A new law that criminalizes conversions to Christianity and the “hurting of religious feelings” took effect in Nepal this past week.
- A Lutheran pastor in Virginia was threatened with eviction from a senior living community for hosting Bible study in his apartment, presenting a potential lawsuit under the Fair Housing Act.
- Trinity Western University drops its mandatory morality pledge, which had been blocking the university’s bid for an accreditation of a long-proposed law school, after the Supreme Court of Canada held that denying accreditation on the grounds that the “community covenant” discriminated against LBGTQ people did not infringe on the university’s religious freedom.
- A lawsuit was filed in federal court over Washington State’s exclusion of sectarian organizations from its new Work-Study Program, which aims to assist low- or middle-income students that seek to earn money during college.
- The Dutch council of state, the Netherlands’ highest court, holds that Pastafarianism, which worships the Flying Spaghetti Monster, is not a religion, denying a woman’s claim for a religious exemption to allow her to wear a colander on her head in identification photos.
- The Satanic Temple temporarily displayed a bronze statue of a goat-headed winged creature called Baphomet at the Arkansas State Capitol in protest of a Ten Commandments monument that was erected last year.