Here are some important law-and-religion stories around the web:
- A petition for certiorari was filed in the U.S. Supreme Court in North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention, Inc. v. McRaney, a case in which the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals denied review of a decision refusing to invoke the ecclesiastical abstention doctrine in a dispute between the Mission Board and its former executive director.
- A petition for certiorari was filed in the U.S. Supreme Court in California Parents for the Equalization of Educational Materials v. Torlakson, a case in which the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the dismissal of a suit claiming the California’s History-Social Science Standards and Framework treats Hinduism negatively in relation to other religions.
- The U.S. 8th Circuit Court of Appeals struck down an Arkansas statute requiring businesses that enter contracts with public entities to certify that they will not engage in any boycott of Israel.
- The U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed for lack of standing a suit by a secular humanist organization challenging a Texas law that refuses to allow secular celebrants to conduct marriage ceremonies.
- Suit was filed in a Pennsylvania federal district court seeking to declare unconstitutional the position taken by the Bucks County, Pennsylvania clerk of courts that ministers who were ordained online may not solemnize marriages under Pennsylvania law.
- A trial court in the Canadian province of British Columbia refused to issue an interlocutory injunction requiring three churches to comply with COVID-19 public health orders banning in-person religious services.
- Jordan’s Judicial Council issued a memo changing the legal status of around sixty Christian denominations in the country.