Here are some important law-and-religion news stories from around the web:
- The Barnabas Fund, an international Christian aid agency, recently launched a campaign—”Turn the Tide”—calling on the U.K. government to introduce a bill that would halt the “erosion of religious freedom.”
- Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, a former papal ambassador to the U.S., calls for Pope Francis’ resignation, claiming Francis knew of ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick’s sexual activity with seminarians and priests but failed to act.
- A federal magistrate judge may dismiss an Establishment Clause claim brought by the ACLU regarding grant funding to faith-based groups for lack of standing.
- A Russian woman charged with “insulting” religious believers stands trial and could face up to five years imprisonment after two women complained about memes she posted on social media.
- Catholic Charities of Buffalo discontinues its adoption and foster services due to conflicts with New York LGBT discrimination laws after a same-sex couple recently applied to become adoptive or foster parents.
- A Texas man was convicted of arson and criminal mischief and sentenced to 40 years imprisonment for setting fire to a church in Fort Worth.
- The Missouri Attorney General launched an investigation into the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Louis regarding allegations of sexual abuse by clergy members.
- Religious freedom is further obstructed in the Luhansk People’s Republic as authorities stop religious worship meetings, seize religious literature, and fine religious leaders.
- Darul-Amaanah Academy, a Muslim school in Delaware, sues the city of Wilmington for religious discrimination after several children were asked to leave a public pool because they were wearing cotton shorts, shirts, and hijabs.