from The Great Debate:

Why corporations don’t deserve religious freedom

By Jay Michaelson
March 24, 2014

On March 25 the Supreme Court will hear arguments in two cases, Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores and Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. v. Sebelius, whose outcomes will decide whether corporations can exempt themselves from provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), based on religious beliefs. The cases challenge a provision of the ACA that requires employer-provided insurance plans to include contraception coverage.

Crown of Thorns relic paraded from Notre Dame to Sainte Chapelle in Paris

March 21, 2014

(French Archbishop Patrick Chauvet holds the Crown of Thorns relic during a procession outside Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris March 21, 2014. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer)

Israeli diplomats’ strike looms over Pope Francis’s May visit to Holy Land

March 21, 2014

(A view of  Jerusalem, December 8, 2009.  REUTERS/Ammar Awad)

A strike by Israeli Foreign Ministry staff has caused diplomats to cancel trips to the Jewish state and could endanger a visit to the Holy Land by Pope Francis in May, union officials said.

U.S. company religion case on Obamacare may shake shareholder faith

By Reuters Staff
March 21, 2014

(News microphones wait to capture reactions from U.S. Supreme Court rulings outside the court building in Washington, June 25, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst )

French parents alone against Syrian jihadists recruiting their sons

By Reuters Staff
March 21, 2014

(Dominique Bons, mother of 30-year-old Nicolas, a young convert to Islam who has died fighting in Syria, speaks during an interview with Reuters in Toulouse, southwestern France, March 10, 2014. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau)

from The Human Impact:

Burmese journalist beseeches brethren: Stop with the Muslim hate speech

March 19, 2014

The slight, soft-spoken woman onstage called on the media and the rest of the country to let go of narrow-minded nationalism.

Salvation Army in New York settles long-running religious discrimination suit

By Reuters Staff
March 18, 2014

Salvation Army members sing and dance at Rockefeller Center during Black Friday Sales in New York November 29, 2013. Black Friday, the day following Thanksgiving Day holiday, has traditionally been the busiest shopping day in the United States. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

Pakistani Islam students set Hindu temple ablaze over blasphemy rumour

By Reuters Staff
March 18, 2014

A Hindu temple burns after it was attacked in Larkana, southern Pakistan’s Sindh province, March 15, 2014. REUTERS/Faheem Soormro

Reconstruction of Timbuktu’s destroyed tombs begins in Mali

By Reuters Staff
March 18, 2014

A UN peacekeeper from Burkina Faso stands guard at the Djinguereber mosque, built in the 14th century, in Timbuktu, Mali, July 28, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney

Vatican, Church of England and al-Azhar join forces to combat modern slavery

March 18, 2014

Australia mining tycoon Andrew Forrest (L) shakes hands with Mahmoud Azab, the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar’s advisor for dialogue, during a news conference at the Vatican, March 17, 2014. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini