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Written by Don Byrd, these updates bring together the latest news impacting the conversation around religious freedom and the separation of church and state.

September 11 anniversary spurs reflection, regret on legacy of animus toward American Muslims

September 11 anniversary spurs reflection, regret on legacy of animus toward American Muslims

As we mark the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, among the legacies being remembered is the disturbing rise in anti-Muslim hostility here in the United States that followed that tragic day.
U.S. Supreme Court halts execution, will hear death row inmate’s request for ministerial act during moment of lethal injection

U.S. Supreme Court halts execution, will hear death row inmate’s request for ministerial act during moment of lethal injection

The Supreme Court granted a late-night reprieve to a Texas death row inmate and added a new case to its schedule -- the first consideration of a request related to the activities of the minister in the execution chamber.
Vaccine exemption roundup: Cases winding through courts address claims for religious exemption from vaccine mandates

Vaccine exemption roundup: Cases winding through courts address claims for religious exemption from vaccine mandates

Each vaccine mandate dispute is unique, from the beliefs of the plaintiff and the specific language in the mandate or exemption policy in question to the actions of officials and the state laws that govern them.
Appeals Court rejects religious liberty challenge to mask requirement for grades K-5 in religious schools

Appeals Court rejects religious liberty challenge to mask requirement for grades K-5 in religious schools

The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals declined to halt a mask mandate in Lansing, Michigan, for schoolchildren grades K-5 attending religious schools.
New Hampshire governor signs bill establishing worship services as “essential” in future public health emergencies

New Hampshire governor signs bill establishing worship services as “essential” in future public health emergencies

New Hampshire is the latest state to enact legislation in response to the controversies surrounding COVID-related restrictions on worship services.
U.S. Supreme Court asked to decide whether social work professor at religious college is ministerial employee under Title VII

U.S. Supreme Court asked to decide whether social work professor at religious college is ministerial employee under Title VII

In a petition filed with the U.S. Supreme Court, Gordon College argues that the function of every professor at a religious school is ministerial and qualifies for the ministerial exception if the mission of the school is to integrate religion throughout all academic disciplines.
President Biden announces nominations to religious freedom posts

President Biden announces nominations to religious freedom posts

President Biden announced his intention to nominate Rashad Hussain to be U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom. He would be the first Muslim to hold the State Department position.
10th Circuit denies religious exemption to Colorado website designer with objection to same-sex marriage

10th Circuit denies religious exemption to Colorado website designer with objection to same-sex marriage

The latest challenge to Colorado's anti-discrimination law comes from a website designer who plans to begin offering wedding-related websites but who objects on religious grounds from offering sites devoted to same-sex marriages.
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