Here are some important law-and-religion news stories from around the web:
- The U.S. Supreme Court denied cert in Trustees of the New Life in Christ Church v. City of Fredericksburg, Virginia. In Justice Gorsuch’s dissenting opinion, he argued that “[t]he First Amendment, does not permit bureaucrats or judges to ‘subject’ religious beliefs ‘to verification.’”
- In Goldstein v. Professional Staff Congress/CUNY, six faculty members at CUNY filed a lawsuit seeking to sever ties with the faculty union, alleging the union is “anti-Semitic, anti-Jewish, and anti-Israel.”
- A New York judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by a former seminarian against the Pontifical North American College, stating that the court does not have jurisdiction over the Rome-based seminary and its employees.
- In Rutan-Ram v. Tennessee Department of Children’s Services, a Jewish couple filed suit challenging the state’s contracting with a Christian child placement agency that refuses to provide foster parent training to those who do not share its Christian beliefs.
- The California Board of Education and Department of Education settled a lawsuit with parents and agreed to remove instructions for two religious chants to Aztec gods from an ethnic studies program.
- The French upper legislative house voted in favor of banning the wearing of headscarves in sports competitions. A group of headscarf-wearing soccer players called “Les Hijabeuses,” has launched legal action to overturn the ban.