Here are some important law-and-religion news stories from around the web:
- The U.S. Supreme Court refused a church’s request to enjoin application of California’s COVID-19 restrictions that limit attendance at religious worship services to 25% of building capacity or 100 attendees.
- The Department of Justice filed suit against the township of Jackson, New Jersey, alleging that it violated RLUIPA by using its zoning ordinances to target the Orthodox Jewish community.
- Suit was filed in a Virginia federal district court by a Catholic family of 12 challenging the provisions in Governor Ralph Northam’s COVID-19 order that bars worship services with more than 10 people.
- A Delaware federal district court refused to issue a temporary restraining order to the pastor of a Baptist church who objected to Governor John Carney’s COVID-19 restrictions on worship services.
- Congress gave final passage to the Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act of 2020 which calls on the President and the State Department to designate China as a country of particular concern under the International Religious Freedom Act.
- An Italian administrative court rejected an attempt by the Ministry of Culture to revoke a 19-year lease granted to a conservative Catholic organization, Dignitatis Humanae Institute (DHI), in a 13th century abbey.