Here are some important law-and-religion news stories from around the web:
- The Russian Orthodox Church has barred its adherents from taking part in rituals of any Constantinople Patriarchate-controlled church, after the Patriarchate granted independence to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.
- In response to the Indian Supreme Court striking down a Hindu temple’s entry ban on women aged between 10 and 50, thousands protested the Court’s ruling.
- The incoming provincial government of Québec announced a plan to pass a “secularism law” outlawing the wearing of religious symbols by any public employees, such as teachers.
- A new documentary, “No Greater Law,” discusses child endangerment and religious rights, examining the extent of “religious child maltreatment,” which includes sexual and medical abuse as well as child neglect.
- The evangelical group U.S. Pastors Council filed a lawsuit challenging the validity of the Civil Rights Act as applied to Christian employers, arguing Christian-owned businesses should be exempt from certain anti-discrimination laws.
- The Freedom From Religion Foundation’s lawsuit seeking to end the IRS’ tax-free housing allowance to churches, mosques, and synagogues is set for oral argument before the Seventh Circuit next week.
- Syrian president Bashar al-Assad signed a law expanding the power of the Ministry of Religious Endowments to oversee religious schools, to head the Council of Islamic Jurisprudence, and to regulate religious programming on media outlets.