Here are some important law-and-religion news stories from around the web:
- The ACLU filed a motion to intervene in a lawsuit, on behalf of the state’s position, regarding the denial of public funds to Maine religious schools as unconstitutional based on the Trinity Lutheran case.
- Federal and state officials are reviewing hate crime laws and reporting practices in light of the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting on Sunday.
- Two pastors were removed from a religious freedom conference after interrupting and criticizing Attorney General Jeff Sessions during his speech opposing discriminatory religious laws.
- The First Liberty Institute claims a Texas school’s guidelines regarding religious expression are unlawful because they limit a religious group from meeting and using school resources available to other student groups.
- A cert petition was filed in the Touro Synagogue case, where the First Circuit awarded ownership of the Rhode Island synagogue to its New York counterpart of Shearith Israel.
- The Colombian government is allowing the megachurch Avivamiento to build churches in order to convert ex-combatants of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia to evangelical Christianity.
- The Public Religion Research Institute’s 2018 American Values Survey shows a divide among faith groups as to whether President Trump is encouraging white supremacy.
- The Trump administration is revising rules that allow employers to be granted religious exemptions in providing contraceptive coverage to female employees, which will be jointly issued by the departments of health and human services, labor, and treasury.