A federal appeals court rejected Liberty University’s challenge to Obamacare, and it seems from the Reuters piece that this suit was about the employer mandate to provide insurance generally, not the contraception piece that has gotten so much attention recently.
A popular supplier of challah bread in and around New York failed its safety inspections after inspectors found mice, roaches and beetles in the kitchen.
Make sure to read this heart-wrenching story about a young mother confronting grief and God after her husband and two young boys froze to death on a hiking trip.
As the gay marriage fight pivots to the states, Pennsylvania’s attorney general says she won’t defend a state ban on gay marriage in court.
A federal judge has ordered an end to groin searches at Gitmo, calling them “religiously and culturally abhorrent” to the Muslim inmates.
The King’s College, an evangelical outpost in lower Manhattan, has a new president, Greg Thornbury, after former president Dinesh D’Souza resigned because of an affair.
Pope Francis has OK’d a new legal code for the Vatican that includes specific penalties for child sex abuse and leaking confidential documents.
Speaking of Uncle Frank, don’t forget to enter our contest with your original artistic depictions of the pope. We’ve gotten some entries already and it’s amazing the cultural diversity on display.
Watch this space later today for Lauren Markoe’s piece about Tisha B’Av, the Jewish holiday to mourn the destruction of the two Temples in Jerusalem. A new poll finds 30% of Israeli Jews want a Temple rebuilt, which would involve the destruction of an important mosque on the site.
A proposal to set up a makeup room for female Israeli lawmakers is getting lots of pushback.
From the Motherland (on this, what would have been my Swedish grandmother’s 107th birthday): A strict Lutheran family in Sweden has won an exemption for their three daughters from the “sin” of dance in a school gym class.
And also this: Muslims living in the Arctic circle (who knew?) aren’t sure how to fast between sunrise and sunset when the sun never really sets when Ramadan falls in the summer.
A British soccer, er, football player has been sentenced to three months in jail for a series of drunken tweets that encouraged followers to, among other things, “bomb and gas every mosque in England.”
And this, because it’s Friday: A random pastor somewhere has put together the “Ev’ry Day I’m Pastorin‘” tumblr that includes gems like this:
GOING OUT ON SATURDAY NIGHT, COMING IN TO PREACH ON SUNDAY, LOOKING IN THE MIRROR
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