If it were any slower of a news day, we'd be linking to articles about church picnics.

Church and state:

  • ACLU sues over court oaths | The North Carolina chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit asking the state to rule that the term "Holy Scriptures" refers not just to the Bible but to other sacred texts (The News & Observer, Raleigh, N.C.)
  • Swazi king signs new Constitution, keeps powers | Mswati had earlier asked lawmakers to reconsider a clause stating that Christianity was the only recognised religion in Swaziland. It was dropped in the final version (Sapa-AFP)

John Roberts:

  • AG: High court not bound by Roe v. Wade | Talking about the landmark court decision legalizing abortion, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said a Supreme Court justice does not have to follow a previous ruling "if you believe it's wrong" (Associated Press)
  • Also: Roberts's right to vote against Roe is defended | Gonzales cites high court's special role (The Washington Post)
  • Also: Excerpts from Gonzales interview (Associated Press)
  • Durbin was source for column about Roberts | Senate Minority Whip now says he was the source, but says Jonathan Turley incorrectly captured the private conversation (The Washington Times)
  • The religious test | Dick Durbin and the Democrats persist in violating the constitution (Editorial, New York Sun)
  • Keeping the faithful | If Democrats aren't careful, the Supreme Court confirmation battle over John Roberts could turn the "God gap" into a chasm (Michael Goodwin, New York Daily News)


  • Poll: Fewer people link Islam, violence | Just over a third, 36 percent, now say the Islamic religion is more likely to inspire violence, while 44 percent said that in July 2003 (Associated Press)
  • Report: Views of Muslim-Americans hold steady after London bombings | Fewer say Islam encourages violence (The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life)
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Ted Olsen is Christianity Today's editorial director. 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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