Here are some important law-and-religion news stories from around the web:
- The Fifth Circuit held that Mississippi’s ban on abortion at fifteen weeks is unconstitutional.
- The shooting at a kosher market in Jersey City last week was motivated by anti-Semitism and is being investigated as domestic terrorism, New Jersey’s attorney general said.
- India passed a controversial law that prevents undocumented Muslim migrants from neighboring countries from becoming citizens.
- The Court of Appeals of Quebec refused to suspend Bill 21, which bans many public service employees from wearing religious symbols, such as hijabs and crucifixes.
- India’s Supreme Court dismissed petitions seeking a review of its recent ruling in favor of the building of a Hindu temple on a disputed site in northern India.
- President Trump signed an executive order expanding his administration’s interpretation of race and national origin to include Judaism—a move that extends certain civil rights protections to Jews in educational settings.
- A Russian court jailed a Jehovah’s Witness adherent for six years after finding him guilty of running a local branch of the Christian denomination despite the group being outlawed as extremist.
- A forty-one-year-old Tennessee pastor was sentenced to thirty-eight years’ imprisonment after being found guilty on twenty-four counts involving child sex abuse.