Here are some important law-and-religion news stories from around the web:
- The U.S. Supreme Court ordered U.S. District Judge Hilda Tagle to determine the legality of a Texas prison policy change that bars all clergy from the execution chamber.
- The U.S. Supreme Court denied a Nevada church’s request to review their case regarding the government’s authority to limit the size of religious gatherings amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
- The Ninth Circuit again heard oral argument in the case of Coach Joe Kennedy, a high school football coach who was fired in 2015 after taking a knee and silently praying after football games.
- The Ninth Circuit affirmed a California federal district court’s denial of a preliminary injunction to a church that objects to the state’s COVID-19 ban on indoor religious services.
- The Satanic Temple filed suit in a Massachusetts federal district court challenging the policy of the Boston City Council for selecting individuals to offer the invocations at Council meetings.
- President Biden’s executive order redefining the legal meaning of “sex” to now include gender identity and sexual orientation may have implications for religious freedom.
- A Catholic student in Canada has filed a claim in a Canadian human rights tribunal arguing that he was discriminated against by his university’s newspaper for his critical views on homosexuality and transgenderism.