Here are some important law-and-religion news stories from around the web:
- A federal judge in Texas granted a request for a religious accommodation, allowing two brothers who have grown a single braid in their hair since infancy as a religious promise to participate in sports and academic clubs at their high school as their lawsuit against the school district proceeds.
- In response to a lawsuit filed by the Council on American-Islamic Relations on behalf of twenty-three Muslim U.S. citizens, a federal judge ruled that the FBI’s watchlist of more than 1 million people identified as “known or suspected terrorists” violates the due process rights of those placed on it.
- Federal prosecutors filed their first charges in a sweeping investigation of child sex abuse by clerics in Pennsylvania, accusing a former Catholic priest of lying to the FBI about whether he knew an accuser and his family.
- The Alaska Department of Corrections settled a lawsuit brought by the Council on American-Islamic Relations on behalf of two Muslim inmates, agreeing to policy changes to accommodate the inmates’ dietary needs during Ramadan and permit them to participate in religious services.
- A terminal cancer patient and his doctor are suing a health system in Colorado run by the Catholic Church, claiming hospital policy that bars doctors from participating in assisted suicide violates state law.