Here are some important law-and-religion news stories from around the web:
- A federal judge in Arizona held that the convictions of four faith-based volunteers for aiding migrants at the border violated the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
- Two Muslim inmates in Utah filed a federal lawsuit claiming state corrections officials are unlawfully preventing them from participating in jumah, an obligatory Friday noon prayer.
- A parishioner in East Providence (RI) filed a federal class action lawsuit against the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops following media reports that as little as ten percent of collections go to charity.
- An administrative court in Germany ruled against an attempt by authorities in Hamburg to forbid a sixteen-year-old girl from wearing a niqab at school.
- A German appeals court rejected a Jewish man’s attempt to force the removal of a 700-year-old anti-Semitic statue from a church where Martin Luther once preached.
- A court in Russia’s eastern Siberia convicted two Jehovah’s Witnesses of extremism because of their membership in the religious group.