Obama had to convince Christians that he wasn’t a Muslim. The would-be president of Indonesia has to convince Muslims that he’s not a Christian. A drone offers a lovely view of a Mormon temple. And Obama meets with Texas faith leaders to talk about the border crisis.
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About Lauren Markoe
Lauren Markoe covered government and features as a daily newspaper reporter for 15 years before joining the Religion News Service staff in 2011. She was Washington correspondent for The State (Columbia, S.C.), where she won a 2004 first prize for feature writing from the National Association of Black Journalists. She also covered government for the Charlotte Observer and the Massachusetts statehouse for the Patriot Ledger. Markoe holds B.A. in history from Yale University and an M.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University.
WASHINGTON (RNS) The Hobby Lobby case revolved around the question of whether an employer had to cover all types of birth control, including ones that their religious convictions held out as morally objectionable. But it hinged on little-known RFRA.
(RNS) “Why are the lines to visit Rabbi Menachem Schneerson’s grave so long?” Words and pictures tell a story.
(RNS) The Presbyterian Church (USA) is no longer selling the controversial “Zionism Unsettled” on its website, to the relief of many Jewish organizations.
Europe approves France’s ban on full-face veils. Southern Democrats find their faith on the campaign trail. And what you may have missed on the Hobby Lobby decision.
(RNS) The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that Hobby Lobby, as a closely held private company, has religious rights and does not have to provide employees insurance that covers all birth control methods mandated by the Affordable Care Act.
(RNS) Corporations can’t pray, but they do have religious rights — and other takeaways from the Supreme Court decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby.
The Mormon church excommunicates a feminist activist. The pope excommunicates the Mafia. Americans like the contraception mandate and the Amish — after a measles outbreak — are warming up to vaccines.
(RNS) The 310-303 vote marks a victory for divestment supporters both within and without the 1.8 million-member PCUSA, now the largest American church to embrace divestment as a strategy to pressure Israel to return its illegally held lands.