Here are some important law-and-religion news stories from around the web:
- Maine’s Governor Janet Mills signed into law a bill that eliminates non-medical vaccine exemptions.
- In a 7-2 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld an Indiana law requiring abortion providers to dispose of aborted fetuses in the same fashion as human remains.
- The Satanic Temple rejects the Supreme Court’s ruling upholding the Indiana Law, claiming their members are immune to the law due to religious freedom.
- Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel announced that five former Catholic priests were charged with a total of 21 counts of criminal sexual conduct.
- After settling religious discrimination claim filed by a Sikh school bus driver, the Montgomery County Public School district is now working with the Sikh Coalition to foster a more inclusive workplace environment for Sikhs and other minorities.
- Australia’s conservation members of Parliament are pushing the government for increased religious freedom, calling for laws to exempt religious beliefs from employment contracts.
- Presidential candidate Kirsten Gillibrand spoke about her religious faith in an interview with NPR, openly criticizing the Republican Party’s claim as a “faith-driven party.
- A Rastafarian church in Toronto has been offering cannabis to its congregation in exchange for donations, arguing the drug is a religious sacrament akin to the Catholic Church’s use of wine and that both are protected under religious freedom.
- Catholic Cardinal Raymond L. Burke claims that restricting Muslim immigration in the United States can be regarded as both “responsible and patriotic.”