Here are some important law-and-religion news stories from around the web:
- India’s Supreme Court struck down a Hindu temple’s ban on women of menstruating age, upholding the right to equal worship and holding that the ban was not an “essential religious practice.”
- The Jewish Coalition for Religious Liberty filed an amicus brief in support of Christian artists who challenged a Phoenix ordinance that compels them to provide invitations for same-sex weddings or face potential jail time.
- Catholic Social Services is appealing the city of Philadelphia’s decision to cease all foster-care placements through the agency because the city disagreed with the Church’s teachings on marriage.
- A California man alleging child sexual abuse has filed a lawsuit against all Catholic bishops in California and the Archdiocese of Chicago, claiming a civil conspiracy to cover up sexual assault.
- The Freedom from Religion Foundation has requested that a Maryland school district remove a plaque reading “Give us this day our daily bread” from its elementary school cafeteria.
- The Irish ban on the use of religion in selecting children for admission to primary schools went into effect yesterday.
- A custodian at Boston’s Logan airport filed a religious discrimination lawsuit against his employer, claiming the company retaliated against him after he sought religious accommodations and complained of religious discrimination.
- A federal district court in Massachusetts ruled against an atheist who sued to strike “so help me God” from the U.S. citizenship oath.