Here are some important law-and-religion news stories from around the web:
- A petition for certiorari was filed with the U.S. Supreme Court in Calvary Chapel of Bangor v. Mills, a case challenging Maine’s COVID-19 restrictions on worship.
- In Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky, Inc. v. Box, the Seventh Circuit ruled against enforcement of a statute requiring that a minor’s parents be notified when their child seeks a judicial bypass to obtain an abortion.
- The Ninth Circuit heard oral argument in The Satanic Temple v. City of Scottsdale, an Establishment Clause challenge to a city’s denial of a group’s request to deliver an invocation at a City Council meeting.
- In Coble v. Lake Norman Charter School, a North Carolina federal district court dismissed parents’ First Amendment challenge to the appearance of The Poet X, a book by Elizabeth Acevedo, in their children’s high school literature curriculum. The parents argued that the book expresses hostility towards religion.
- In Kelly v. Montana Department of Transportation, a Montana federal district court dismissed a free exercise challenge to the removal of a “spiritual cross” pltf had erected on the side of a highway in memory of his stepson. The court found that the cross, on public land, constituted government speech.
- In Trustees of the General Assembly of the Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith, Inc v. Patterson, a Pennsylvania federal district court granted a preliminary injunction preventing a county sheriff from carrying out an eviction notice against the church.