Here are some important law-and-religion news stories from around the web:
- The Supreme Court granted certiorari in Little Sisters of the Poor v. Pennsylvania, a case involving a Trump administration rule that would grant employers an exemption, on religious or moral grounds, from the ACA’s requirement to provide health insurance coverage for contraceptives.
- This Wednesday the Supreme Court will hear argument in Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue, a case that asks whether states may subsidize secular private education without also subsidizing religious education.
- The Eighth Circuit heard argument on whether Missouri’s law requiring physicians to give women a pro-life booklet and an ultrasound before conducting an abortion violates the First Amendment.
- The Sixth Circuit reversed a defendant’s conviction for solicitation to commit federal arson of a local mosque, holding that the mosque is not a building used in interstate commerce and is therefore not covered by the federal arson statute.
- A Pakistani court in Rawalpindi sentenced eighty-six members of a radical Islamist party to fifty-five-year prison terms each for taking part in violent rallies in 2018 over the acquittal of Aasia Bibi, a Christian who had been convicted of blasphemy and sentenced to death.
- President Trump unveiled the federal government’s updated guidance on school prayer, which details scenarios in which school officials must permit prayer and clarifies the consequences if they do not.
- A bill was introduced in the Kentucky General Assembly that would replace Bible literacy courses with classes “on the various religious texts of the many religions practiced in the Commonwealth.”
- A review commissioned by the Archdiocese of Anchorage (AK) found credible evidence of sexual misconduct by fourteen people who served in the archdiocese dating to 1966.