One more day ’til you get your three-day weekend. Hang in there. Here’s what you need to know:
An appeals court has overturned the hate-crime convictions of 16 Amish in beard- and hair-cutting attacks on fellow members of their faith in Ohio. The ruling said religious beliefs did not spark the attacks.
A federal judge issued a final ruling Wednesday in a polygamy case, handing the stars of the TLC show “Sister Wives” a resounding victory.
Alabama megachurch pastor David Platt, 36, will take over the Southern Baptist Convention’s International Mission Board.
A Wyoming pastor was shot and wounded with his own handgun after apparently interrupting a burglary at his rural church and a struggle with the burglar.
The U.S. government is suing a small Minneapolis suburb for rejecting an Islamic Center worship space.
Martin Luther King Jr.’s daughter Bernice King and others from the King Center in Atlanta are meeting with Missouri high school students to help them channel anger over the police shooting of Michael Brown into positive change.
Concerned for the safety of U.S. citizens soon headed to Mecca, 27 Muslim-American groups are asking the State Department to better protect them from violence that has plagued those who have made the pilgrimage in the past.
Poland’s ambassador to the Holy See has forcefully condemned the alleged sexual abuse of children by a Polish-born former archbishop and Vatican diplomat.
An American who lived in Minnesota and San Diego and had recently converted to Islam was killed in Syria, where he had gone to fight alongside terrorists.
From the “interesting reads” department:
Are Central Americans seeking refuge in the U.S. any different from Zionist ancestors? (Tablet)
I thought a winsome faith would win Christians a place at Vanderbilt’s table. I was wrong. (Christianity Today)
I had to start exercising so that I wouldn’t die. But the threat of death turned out to be the wrong motivation. (FaithStreet)
Mormons are unlikely to hear politics preached from the pulpit. So how are they one of the most politically cohesive groups in the U.S.? (Wall Street Journal, sub required)
And just for fun:
The Baptist method of the ice water challenge is full immersion. If you did it wrong the first time, you'll have to do it again.
— Church Curmudgeon (@ChrchCurmudgeon) August 19, 2014
Plus, some animals have been deceptive lately (h/t Jeff Chu):
— BBC Newsbeat (@BBCNewsbeat) August 28, 2014
— The Sun (@TheSunNewspaper) August 27, 2014