Rounding up the Supreme Court's oral arguments in the Pledge of Allegiance case is taking more time than expected. Later this afternoon, we'll have a full roundup of the news, analysis, and opinion over the "under God" issue. Until then, here's the rest of the day's religion news.

Life ethics:

  • U.S. pushes for abortion records | Even if their names are blacked out, can 45 women who had late-term abortions at Northwestern Memorial Hospital be identified by medical files the government wants to inspect? (Chicago Sun-Times)

  • Court rules against 'Choose Life' plates | Appeals judges say anti-abortion slogan on vehicles goes against First Amendment (Associated Press)

  • Battle over rights for fetuses | Whether a pregnant woman has the right to refuse surgery to save the child she is carrying has become the subject of America's latest culture war (BBC)

  • Two victims for fetal violence | This week, the Senate is expected to debate legislation giving federal protection to society's most vulnerable individuals, unborn children (Editorial, The Washington Times)

Religion and politics:

  • Man files complaint over mayor's proclamation | A Wauconda Township man filed a discrimination complaint with the state because he says a Bible Week proclamation made at a Wauconda Village Board meeting last year violates his rights (Lake Zurich Courier, Ill.)

  • CARE-less | Democrats' obstructionist tactics not only dam the streams of compassion in America, but also create large pools of suspicion that Democratic leaders care more about national politics than the politics of caring (Gary J. Andres, The Washington Times)

  • The Christian Left | For the last two decades, the Christian right has defined religious politics in America, but liberal Christians were once an influential voice (Odyssey, NPR, link via The Revealer)

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Ted Olsen is Christianity Today's executive editor. He wrote the magazine's Weblog—a collection of news and opinion articles from mainstream news sources around the world—from 1999 to 2006. In 2004, the magazine launched Weblog in Print, which looks for unexpected connections and trends in articles appearing in the mainstream press. The column was later renamed "Tidings" and ran until 2007.
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