Apr 8: Air Force penalty reversed, NYPD settlement with Muslim groups, and more

Executive Branch

The Secretary of the Air Force reversed a decision to penalize a commander for declining to sign a certificate of appreciation for an airman’s same-sex spouse because of his religious beliefs.

The Ant-Defamation League wrote to Donald Trump again, urging him to appoint a Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism at the State Department. The position, which is mandated by Congress, has gone unfilled since Trump’s inauguration.

50 States

The Arizona Court of Appeals ruled that a hospital’s use of a court hotline to authorize blood transfusions was not allowed under state law. The hospital was sued by Jehovah’s Witnesses, who objected to transfusions for their 14-year-old son with bone cancer on religious grounds.

The New York legislature sent its 2019 budget to the governor, with a provision insisted on by a representative with a swing vote. The provision allows Orthodox Jewish schools (yeshivas) to meet lower standards for education than currently. Yeshivas have been criticized for not teaching English, math, history and science.

The Arizona legislature passed a bill allowing the English translation of its motto Ditat Deus, “God enriches,” to be posted in public schools.