Here are some important law-and-religion news stories from around the web:
- China continues its crackdown on religion by requiring a state license for organizations that disseminate religious information online.
- A New Jersey appeals court reinstated a lawsuit brought by a Department of Corrections employee who claimed the state failed to accommodate his religious practice of not shaving his facial hair.
- Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison included in his legislative agenda laws that protect religious freedom but insisted he will not be a “culture warrior.”
- Expanding on an earlier Around the Web post: the United States is considering levying sanctions against China to punish its detention of ethnic Uighurs and other minority Muslims in internment camps.
- An Amish couple sued the Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, accusing officials of violating their free exercise rights by requiring the couple to provide photographs on a permanent residency application.
- The Alabama Association of School Boards held a meeting for its constituent school districts to brush-up on the rules of religious practice in public schools, focusing on religious holidays and school prayer.
- A lesbian couple from St. Louis filed suit after their application to a senior living community was denied based on the community’s longstanding policies and commitment to Biblical values.
- The Education Department’s new head of civil rights reopened a Rutgers University case in which the university allegedly allowed a hostile environment for Jewish students, claiming the case is not about religious disputes but rather discrimination based on ethnicity.