Here are some important law-and-religion news stories from around the web:
- A federal judge in North Carolina allowed a case to proceed against a man who anonymously threatened to lynch a Muslim-American state Senate candidate in Virginia, declining to grant the defendant’s motion to dismiss.
- The Arizona Supreme Court held that the free speech rights of two Christian artists who make wedding invitations were violated by a Phoenix anti-discrimination ordinance that prohibits refusing service to same-sex couples for religious reasons.
- Governor Ned Lamont recommended Connecticut lawmakers introduce legislation that eliminates religious exceptions for vaccinations to “protect the public health” and assure parents that “kids can go to school and feel safe.”
- Pakistani police arrested three Muslim individuals after a mob ransacked a Hindu temple and damaged a school and several homes following a Hindu school principal’s alleged insult of the Prophet Muhammad.
- The Third Circuit ruled a Lackawanna County (PA) transit authority’s 2013 policy barring all religious and political bus advertisements violates the First Amendment’s free speech protections because it discriminates based on viewpoint.