Church and state:

  1. Suit targeting missions funding dropped | A group opposed to restoring churches with public money said it may refile (The Press-Enterprise, Riverside, Ca.)

  2. Also: Lawsuit challenging mission restoration dropped | A lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a $10 million, five-year program to restore and preserve California's deteriorating historic missions has been withdrawn, opening the door for Congress to begin funding it (McClatchy Newspapers)

  3. US celebrates its most misread freedom | Many Americans, it seems, still don't understand what religious freedom entails (The Christian Science Monitor)

  4. Estate owner wants to avoid $33,000 tax bill by making home a church | Longtime neighborhood activist Sonny Irons spent the past two decades building his $1.4 million waterside estate in Fort Lauderdale, but now he argues it's really a church and he shouldn't have to pay $33,000 in property taxes this year (South Florida Sun-Sentinel)

  5. Why the City should pay for St Paul's | Abdication of cultural leadership is part of a broader crisis of philanthropy (Tristram Hunt, The Guardian, London)

Religious freedom:

  1. Egyptian church clash injures 12 | At least 12 people were injured in clashes in Upper Egypt when a group of Muslims attempted to stop Christians converting a house into a church (BBC)

  2. Also: Youths try to halt church building in Egypt | Twelve people were wounded in the clashes in the village of el-Udaysaat near the southern town of Luxor, about 500 km (300 miles) south of Cairo (Reuters)

  3. Dalit woman 'attacked' by Christian converts | A Dalit woman was allegedly assaulted by three Christian converts after she refused to embrace Christianity in Matiapada village. Her house was also set ablaze by them. Police on Tuesday arrested two persons in this connection (New India Press)

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Ted Olsen
Ted Olsen is Christianity Today's managing editor for news and online journalism. 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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