Here are some important law-and-religion news stories from around the web:
- Secretary of State Mike Pompeo hosted the second Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom from Wednesday to Friday this week, working to promote durable and positive change for religious freedom in the world.
- The Pew Research Center released its tenth annual report discussing social hostility and government restrictions related to religion in 198 countries and territories around the world.
- The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission sued a McDonald’s franchise for religious discrimination because McDonald’s grooming policy requires all employees to be clean-shaven and the franchise refused to accommodate a Hasidic Jew who applied for a maintenance position.
- A Minnesota district court dismissed harassment charges that were filed against the Christian Action League of Minnesota, several months after the organization received a temporary harassment restraining order; the Thomas More Society plans to challenge the constitutionality of the Minnesota statute that allowed the restraining order on the basis of “unwanted words.”