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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.

In recent land cases applying RLUIPA, Baltimore County to pay $1.1 million for discrimination, Supreme Court asked to intervene in Minnesota

In recent land cases applying RLUIPA, Baltimore County to pay $1.1 million for discrimination, Supreme Court asked to intervene in Minnesota

A church in Maryland and an Amish community in Minnesota are both involved in separate claims about RLIUPA (Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act).
Arkansas legislature refers troubling version of RFRA for public referendum in 2022 as amendment to state constitution

Arkansas legislature refers troubling version of RFRA for public referendum in 2022 as amendment to state constitution

In 2022, Arkansas residents are poised to vote on a troubling referendum related to religious liberty that would amend the state constitution to add a version of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA).
Religious liberty updates: U.S. House passes NO BAN Act; Texas reverses course on clergy in execution chamber, more

Religious liberty updates: U.S. House passes NO BAN Act; Texas reverses course on clergy in execution chamber, more

In addition to the passage of the NO BAN Act, here is a quick roundup of bills progressing in state legislatures and other state actions that caught my eye.
Supreme Court’s COVID rulings raise questions about wider religious liberty impact, emergency procedures

Supreme Court’s COVID rulings raise questions about wider religious liberty impact, emergency procedures

In Tandon v. Newsom, the court ruled that home Bible studies are exempt from the state’s regulations limiting gatherings in homes to three households.
BJC, other faith organizations issue statement on state legislation exempting religious organizations from emergency orders

BJC, other faith organizations issue statement on state legislation exempting religious organizations from emergency orders

A diverse coalition of religious and religiously affiliated organizations, including BJC, issued a significant statement in response to legislation being considered in a number of states that would expand religious exemptions from emergency orders designed to protect public health.
BJC conversation to feature four Black scholars on white supremacy and religious liberty

BJC conversation to feature four Black scholars on white supremacy and religious liberty

“Religious Liberty Has Been White Too Long” will feature four Black scholars presenting individually and then in conversation on Wednesday, April 14.
Federal court issues emergency injunction ahead of Holy Week services to increase COVID-related worship attendance caps in D.C.

Federal court issues emergency injunction ahead of Holy Week services to increase COVID-related worship attendance caps in D.C.

A federal court has barred the District of Columbia from enforcing restrictions that would limit worship capacity at the Basilica of the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception to the lesser of 250 or 25%.
Texas health care provider ordered to pay former employees for mandating prayer and religious discussions

Texas health care provider ordered to pay former employees for mandating prayer and religious discussions

Employees shouldn’t have to choose between remaining true to their faith and keeping their job.
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