Here are some important law-and-religion stories from around the web.
- The U.S. 8th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the denial of a preliminary injunction to a street preacher who was limited to preaching across from a festival entrance.
- The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a Washington state school board’s dismissal of a high school football coach who prayed at the 50-yard line immediately after football games.
- The U.S. 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals held that absolute legislative immunity extends to acts that are “quintessentially legislative” after a consulting agency for Islamic educational groups sued Pennsylvania state legislators for actions that prevented the agency from purchasing state land for a youth intervention center and Islamic boarding school.
- A New York federal district court entered a consent decree requiring modification of the village of Airmont’s zoning code because provisions discriminate against Orthodox Jewish residents in violation of the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act.
- A New York state appellate court rejected constitutional challenges to New York’s repeal of the religious exemption from mandatory vaccination for school children.