“The greatest passport I have personally to work across the world is what I’ve lost,” says Father Michael Lapsley, who lost both hands in an assassination attempt. “When people see me, they know I’ve suffered loss, and even though their loss may be very different, they’re still able to identify.” More
“The court will have to sort of decide where one person’s freedom ends and another person’s begins on something like this. But it does point to this larger question that we have,” observes Kevin Eckstrom, editor-in-chief of Religion News Service, “should religious groups or religious people or institutions be treated differently under the law than everybody else, and what the court is saying here is, Yes.” More
Phil Jones was told that he had an incurable bone marrow cancer, and that he was too old for the procedure that might save his life. The Moffitt Cancer Center of Florida disagreed, and a perfect donor match appeared in a naval officer who was also an ordained minister. Jones says he “felt God’s hand in the whole thing. I never doubted for a moment that I would make it.” More
“The Martyrdom of the Báb commemorates the day when the Báb was finally taken before a firing squad in the northern Persian city of Tabriz,” says Hillary Chapman, a Baha’i educator. It’s “not a celebration, but a commemoration. But the use of the arts is very much encouraged as a way of kind of portraying the inner meaning of that day.” More
“The Baha’i belief is that in this day and age one of the meanings of the Kingdom of God is that all people will join together in a common spiritual belief. It may or may not be the same religion but a common spiritual understanding, or the phrase we use in Baha’i is one common faith.” More
- Updated: The ruling has been released.
A decision from the Supreme Court on the Hobby Lobby case is expected on Monday, June 30. The case challenges the reach of both the Religious Freedom Restoration Act and the Affordable Care Act. Can the Christian owners of a for-profit corporation claim religious exemption from providing contraceptive insurance coverage to their employees? More