Here are some important law-and-religion news stories from around the web:
- The Third Circuit held that a Pennsylvania county’s seventy-year-old seal, which features a cross, does not violate the Establishment Clause, citing the recent Bladensburg Peace Cross case.
- New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed into law a bill that bans employers from discriminating against workers for wearing religious garb or having facial hair.
- Islamic Jihad and the militant group Hamas threatened increased violence on Sunday after a day of riots on the Temple Mount, a major Jerusalem holy site, left four Israeli police officers and several Muslims and Jews injured.
- A federal judge issued a preliminary injunction that temporarily stops Anchorage (AK) officials from enforcing a nondiscrimination ordinance against the Downtown Hope Center, a faith-based women’s shelter, which allegedly failed to accommodate a man’s request to sleep there.
- A former sheriff’s deputy in North Carolina is suing over his firing, saying he lost his job because his religious beliefs prevented him from training a woman.
- Norwegian police are investigating a shooting at the Al-Noor Islamic Centre on Saturday as a possible act of terror.
- A fifty-seven-year-old man was killed Sunday morning during a shooting at West Ripley Church of Christ in northeast Mississippi.