The French Senate voted 246-1 Tuesday to make it illegal for women to wear garments that cover their entire faces. The measure, if greenlighted by a constitutional body, will affect only a few thousand people, but its implications for religious freedom and women’s rights have attracted international interest.
President Obama has come out strongly in defense of controversial plans to erect a mosque near Ground Zero in New York City. Muslims, the president said, have the same right to practice their religion as anyone else.
The Supreme Court unanimously rules that the government cannot stop a small New Mexican religious sect from using DMT, a banned substance. The case pitted religious freedom against the nation’s drug control laws.