Here are some important law-and-religion news stories from around the web:
- The U.S. 1st Circuit Court of Appeals upheld Maine’s statutory provisions that pay tuition to out-of-district, non-sectarian public or private high schools for students whose districts do not operate a high school, stating that “this restriction, unlike the one at issue in Espinoza, does not bar schools from receiving funding simply based on their religious identity. . .[it bars] the funding based on the religious use that they would make of it in instructing children in the tuition assistance program.”
- The U.S.9th Circuit Court of Appeals held that qualified immunity was not a defense where prison officials refused an inmate’s request for a vegetarian-kosher diet.
- The U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals held unconstitutional a Detroit public transit authority’s rejections of an ad aimed at Muslims considering leaving Islam.
- The U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments in a case where Maryland federal district court dismissed free speech and free exercise of religion challenges to Maryland’s ban on mental health professionals engaging in conversion therapy with minors.
- The U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a Texas federal district court’s issuance of a preliminary injunction to prevent a public school’s exclusion of a student from extracurricular activities for his hair length.
- Suit was filed in an Oklahoma federal district court by secular humanists who object to an Oklahoma elementary school’s “Missionaries” program which brings Christian missionaries into the school as part of the regular curriculum for students in pre-K through 8th grade.
- A Pennsylvania federal district court refused to dismiss an indictment under the federal Hate Crimes Prevention Act and the Church Arson Act brought against defendant charged in the 2018 attack on Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life Synagogue.