Here are some important law-and-religion news stories from around the web:
- On Tuesday, India’s parliament outlawed the “triple talaq” right of a Muslim man to divorce his wife instantly by uttering the word “talaq” three times in the presence of his wife.
- A federal district court judge in Arkansas issued a temporary injunction last week, temporarily blocking several regulations on abortion clinics in the state, including a regulation banning abortion after 18 weeks of pregnancy.
- The Canadian Federal Court ordered that the “false” label “Product of Israel” must be removed from bottles of wine produced in Jewish settlements in the West Bank, stating that Canadians have a constitutional right to accurate labels since purchasing decisions may be an expression of conscience or religious beliefs.
- Muslim Advocates, a civil rights organization, published a report last week examining the treatment of Muslim inmates; the report indicated that despite Muslims making up a significant portion of inmates, prisons vary regarding the respect for Muslims’ religious rights—particularly the degree of difficulty in receiving religiously compliant diets and accessing worship together as a group.
- South Dakota’s state legislature passed a new law requiring every public school to display “In God We Trust” in a prominent location, joining an increasing number of states requiring public schools to display the message as a reaffirmation of the nation’s history.