Here are some important law-and-religion news stories from around the web:
- The Montana Supreme Court unanimously reversed a $35 million judgment against the Jehovah’s Witnesses, holding that the group’s authorities are not mandatory reporters of child abuse under Montana law.
- A Pennsylvania state court allowed a public nuisance suit alleging that the Roman Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh failed to report allegations of child abuse to move forward.
- The United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana denied a motion for summary judgment on a First Amendment retaliation claim brought by an associate professor at Indiana University against the school’s hiring committee, which asserted she was not hired full-time because of her pro-life views.
- The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia declined to dismiss a Title VII claim by a former Director in the United Methodist Church, which maintained she was fired after complaining that she was given more work than her Caucasian co-workers.
- The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists reported that as many as one million Muslims are currently imprisoned in “re-education camps” in China.
- The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit affirmed the dismissal of a suit by a Texas firefighter who lost his job in 2016 after refusing to be vaccinated for religious reasons.
- The Brazil Supreme Court overturned a lower court ruling and held that Netflix can continue streaming a comedy depicting Jesus as a homosexual.