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The U.S. Supreme Court today denied review in Little Sisters of the Poor v. California, (Docket No. 18-1192, certiorari denied 6/17/2019). (Order List).  In the case, the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in a 2-1 decision affirmed in part a preliminary injunction issued by a California federal district court against enforcement of the Trump Administration’s Interim Final Rules expanding religious and moral exemptions to the Affordable Care Act Contraceptive Coverage Mandate. (See prior
The U.S. Supreme Court today granted certiorari, vacated the judgment of the Oregon Court of Appeals and remanded for further consideration the case of Klein v. Bureau of Labor & Industries, (Docket No. 18-547, 6/17/2019). (Order List). In the case, the Oregon Court of Appeals agreed with the state Bureau of Labor and Industries that Sweetcakes bakery violated the state’s public accommodation law when it refused to design and create a wedding cake for a…
From SSRN: Reuben Guttman, Religion and Regulation, (Emory Corporate Governance and Accountability Review, Issue 6 Vol I (2019). John M. Breen & Lee J. Strang, Academic Freedom and the Catholic University: An Historical Review, a Conceptual Analysis, and a Prescriptive Proposal, (University of St. Thomas Law Journal, Vol. 15, No. 2, 2019). Andrew M. Koppelman, This Isn’t About You: A Comment on Smith’s Pagans and Christians in the City, (56 San Diego Law…
Breibart News today reports: The ban on the sharia-compliant swimwear known as the “burkini” has been overturned by the higher administrative court in the German federal state of Rhineland-Palatinate after a judge decided the ban violated the constitution. The ban originated in the city of Koblenz and began on the 1st of January but was challenged by a Syrian asylum seeker who claimed that she required the swimwear for religious reasons and also needed to…
A lawsuit was filed last week in federal court in Canada seeking to move the upcoming federal election from Oct. 21 to Oct. 28.  According to Vos Iz Neias: Shemini Atzeret comes out this year on Election Day, Oct. 21, which would prevent observant Jews from casting their ballots. Of the four advance polling days, three are on other Jewish holidays or Shabbat…. Chani Aryeh-Bain, the Conservative Party candidate for the Toronto-area district of…
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops announced yesterday that during its June 11-14 General Assembly it has adopted additional measures to deal with clergy accountability for sex abuse: The first vote, Protocol Regarding Available Non-Penal Restrictions on Bishops, passed by 212 to 4 with 1 abstention. This form of accountability provides protocols for imposing limitations on former bishops who were removed from office for grave reasons. It also empowers the USCCB president to restrict…
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops announced yesterday that during its June 11-14 General Assembly it has adopted additional measures to deal with clergy accountability for sex abuse: The first vote, Protocol Regarding Available Non-Penal Restrictions on Bishops, passed by 212 to 4 with 1 abstention. This form of accountability provides protocols for imposing limitations on former bishops who were removed from office for grave reasons. It also empowers the USCCB president to restrict…
Yesterday New York’s Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed into law A2371 (full text) repealing Pub. Health Law Sec. 2164, subd. 9 which has provided a religious exemption from mandatory vaccination requirements. In a press release announcing Cuomo’s signing of the bill, the Governor’s office said in part: The United States is currently experiencing the worst outbreak of measles in more than 25 years, with outbreaks in pockets of New York primarily driving the…
A suit was filed this week in a California federal district court by a Unitarian Church that was removed by election officials as a polling place because the church displayed two Black Lives Matter banners on its property and would not remove them for election day.  The complaint (full text) in Unitarian Universalist Church of Fresno v. Orth, (ED CA, filed 6/10/2019) contends that eliminating the church as a voting location violates its First…