Vatican security chief confirms ISIS is a threat to Pope Francis
Meghan DeMaria, The Week
Domenico Giani, commander of the Vatican’s security forces, told Italy’s Polizia Moderna that ISIS presents a significant threat to Pope Francis and the Vatican. Giana added, though, that there isn’t indication ISIS is planning an attack directed at the pope.
Iran’s Spiritual Challenge to American Christians
Mark Tooley, Juicy Ecumenism
Nine years ago liberal American religious activists like pacifist Jim Wallis of Sojourners created a “Words, Not War, With Iran” coalition to organize against decisive U.S. action against Iran’s nuclear program.
Bill to slash slavery gains quickly in Senate
Tom Strode, Baptist Press
A new effort to help end human trafficking and slavery worldwide has quickly gained momentum in Congress.
State Legislatures Pit Religious Freedom Against Civil Rights
Sarah Barringer Gordon and Nomi Stolzenberg, Religion & Politics
The debate over last summer’s Hobby Lobby decision has a new source for conflict: state legislatures. The Supreme Court decision, which expanded corporate religious liberty, rested on an interpretation of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), a federal statute that Congress passed in 1993.