In Chavis v. United States, (3d Cir., Dec. 12, 2014), the 3rd Circuit affirmed the dismissal of an inmate's claim that a correctional officer's pat down search of his genital area violated his free exercise rights because his religion prohibits homosexual activity.
In Goninan v. Holmes, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 169213 (D OR, Dec. 4, 2014), an Oregon federal magistrate judge dismissed an inmate's challenge to the prison system's ban on the Satanic Bible and certain other Satanic publications.
In Powers v. Clarke, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 170322 (ED VA, Dec. 8, 2014), a Virginia federal district court dismissed an inmate complaint that the prison system classified the Nation of Gods and Earths as a gang rather than a spiritual organization.
In Hamilton v. Carr, 2014 Cal. App. Unpub. LEXIS 8811 (CA App., Dec. 11, 2014), a California appeals court affirmed the dismissal of an inmate's claim that a correctional officer violated California's Bane Act when he pulled plaintiff's kufi cap off his head and yelled "get out of here."