Here are some important law-and-religion news stories from around the web:
- The U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals granted an injunction for the First Pentecostal Church in Holly Springs, Mississippi to hold in-person services, pending appeal of enforcement of COVID-19 orders, three days after an arsonist burned the church building to the ground.
- The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals refused to enjoin California’s and San Diego County’s COVID-19 orders as they apply to in-person religious services.
- The U.S. Department of Labor issued a directive and guidance to advance religious liberty protections.
- Suit was filed in Oregon federal district court challenging Oregon Governor Katherine Brown’s COVID-19 order that limits the size of worship services.
- Suit was filed in Colorado district court challenging Colorado Governor Jared Polis’ COVID-19 order that limits church gatherings to ten people.
- Suit was filed in Nevada federal district court challenging Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak’s COVID-19 Order that limits in-person church services.
- A Maryland federal district court rejected several constitutional challenges to Governor Larry Hogan’s COVID-19 stay-at-home orders.
- The Southern Poverty Law Center and the American Jewish Committee joined the Military Religious Freedom Foundation in calling for the removal of swastikas on German prisoners-of-war headstones in veteran cemeteries in Texas and Utah.
- Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi announced the appointment of Nury Turkel, a lawyer and Uyghur rights advocate, to the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom.