Here are some important law-and-religion news stories from around the web:
- A New York state judge refused to block a new state law repealing a religious exemption to vaccine mandates.
- The Islamic State took credit for a car bomb that exploded outside a church in a Christian area of the city of Qamishli in northeast Syria, injuring nearly a dozen people.
- InterVarsity Christian Fellowship is suing Wayne State University after its seventy-five-year-old student organization status was revoked by the university’s administration because the Christian student group asks its leaders to embrace its faith.
- The Vatican officially waived the diplomatic immunity of the Apostolic Nuncio in France, Archbishop Luigi Ventura, allowing him to appear before a civil court where six complainants have accused him of sexual assault.
- Izmir Koch, a thirty-four-year-old of Huber Heights (OH), was sentenced to thirty months’ imprisonment for a religiously motivated hate crime—beating a man he believed to be Jewish.
- A former teacher at Bishop England High School in Charleston (SC) whose contract was not renewed because of her pro-choice Facebook posts is now suing the school, claiming her free speech rights were violated.
- A former teacher at Cathedral High School is suing the Archdiocese of Indianapolis (IN), claiming the archdiocese forced the Catholic school to fire him because of his sexual orientation.