Here are some important law-and-religion news stories from around the web:
- U.S.-backed fighters have seized the Islamic State’s “capital,” Raqqa, leaving the terrorist organization in control of a rapidly-shrinking territory.
- The same federal judge who blocked the Trump Administration’s initial travel ban has ruled a new version unconstitutional hours before it was to take effect, citing “plain discriminat[ion] based on nationality” and a failure on the part of the Administration to show “detriment” to U.S. interests.
- The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that a cross-shaped monument to soldiers killed in World War I that had stood on public land since 1925 violates the Establishment Clause by excessively entangling the government with religion; the dissenting panelist, Chief Judge Robert L. Gregory, questioned the majority’s focus on the monument’s size.
- Quebec’s National Assembly has narrowly passed a ban on wearing face coverings while giving or receiving a public service, although those affected can request an accommodation.
- Ahmad Khan Rahimi, the man responsible for a bombing in lower Manhattan last year that left dozens injured, has been convicted of terrorism charges and will receive a mandatory life sentence.