Here are some important law-and-religion news stories from around the web:
- The Fifth Circuit upheld a second stay of execution for a Buddhist inmate who claims Texas’s death row policy, which does not allow his Buddhist spiritual adviser to be with him in the execution chamber, violates the First Amendment.
- The Eleventh Circuit overturned the dismissal of a lawsuit challenging Florida officials’ refusal to allow players from Christian high schools to read a pregame prayer over a loudspeaker at their state football championship in 2015.
- The High Court of Australia agreed to hear the appeal of Cardinal George Pell, the most senior Catholic official to be found guilty of sexually abusing children.
- The Ohio House of Representatives passed a law that prevents teachers from penalizing students for giving incorrect answers on tests or other schoolwork if the correct answers conflict with their religious beliefs.
- The Diocese of Rockville Centre filed a lawsuit claiming New York’s Child Victims Act violates the due process clause of the state constitution.
- The Supreme Court of India delayed a ruling on the lifting of a centuries-old ban on women from entering the Sabarimala temple in Kerala.
- The Vietnam Government Committee for Religious Affairs has authorized members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to conduct religious activities in the country.