Here are some important law-and-religion news stories from around the web:
- The U.S. Supreme Court denied certiorari in Archdiocese of Washington v. Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority, where the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected challenges to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s guidelines precluding the sale of advertising space on public buses for issue-oriented advertising (including religious and advocacy ads).
- The timeline for the contraceptive mandate case Little Sisters of the Poor v. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, with oral arguments originally scheduled for April 29, is unclear after the coronavirus pandemic continues to force the Supreme Court to postpone oral arguments.
- The U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals issued a writ of mandamus allowing a portion of Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s coronavirus emergency order limiting elective abortion procedures to go into effect.
- The U.S. 1st Circuit Court of Appeals rejected a challenge to the inclusion of “so help me God” at the end of the oath of allegiance administered at naturalization ceremonies.
- The Small Business Administration announced that faith-based organizations are eligible to receive SBA loans regardless of whether they provide secular social services.
- Many Jewish households plan to host digital seders to celebrate Passover due to the shelter-in-place orders resulting from the coronavirus pandemic.
- Amani Al-Khatahtbeh, founder of MuslimGirl.com, has become the first Muslim woman to run for Congress in New Jersey.
- The Vatican announced that Pope Francis has created a new commission to study the question of a female diaconate in the Catholic Church.
- Australia’s highest court reversed the sex abuse convictions of Cardinal George Pell, finding that the evidence did not establish guilt to the requisite standard of proof.