Here are some important law-and-religion news stories from around the web:
- An Eighth Circuit panel ruled in favor of a Minnesota hospital, interpreting Title VII to mean that a denial of a religious accommodation does not necessarily constitute retaliation.
- The FBI released its 2017 hate crime statistics, finding 20.6% of hate crimes are based on religion.
- The Freedom from Religion Foundation filed suit to contest a Wisconsin faith-based chaplaincy program in the Wisconsin Department of Justice.
- A jury awarded $3.2 million in damages to a Muslim man who claimed he was harassed and ultimately fired based on his religious beliefs.
- Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, announced the Vatican’s request for a delay on voting to approve new standards of conduct for bishops that could be reviewed by an outside commission.
- An Apostolic Pentecostal woman settled a lawsuit with a Mississippi restaurant, which refused to give her a religious accommodation from the restaurant’s dress code.
- In a letter to the Chinese government, United Nations human rights officials condemned regulations that seek to provide a legal basis for mass internment of Muslims in the Xinjiang region.
- The Charleston City Council passed the first reading of a hate crime ordinance, which would punish those who have the intent to intimidate another based on race, color, creed, religion, among others.