The Supreme Court declined on Monday to force Illinois officials to issue “Choose Life” license plates. Howard Fineman has a laundry list of cases the Supremes declined to take up here, and the NYT covers SCOTUS’ rejection of the fight over sex abuse records in the Diocese of Bridgeport, Conn. A Wisconsin couple that chose faith-healing over medical treatment for their daughter will be sentenced today, and conservative legal activists are warning Texas schools to change their campus speech rules because they fear Christian students could be silenced. Meanwhile, Washington state’s gay-marriage-but-we’re-not-calling-it-marriage law faces a tough fight among voters next month. And in the midst of parallel investigations of U.S. nuns, at least one U.S. cardinal, Boston’s Sean O’Malley, has nice things to say about the beleagured women’s communities.
In Egypt, women entering Sunni Islam’s premier seminary will be told to leave their face-covering veils at home, and Archbishop Tony Mancini of Halifax, Nova Scotia, is asking “How much more can all of us take?” after Bishop Raymond Lahey was arrested on child-porn charges. Lahey is also finding a chilly reception in the New Brunswick town where he is taking refuge in a monastery.Iraq’s Christian leaders are growing increasingly worried about anti-Christian violence
Reuters’ Tom Heneghen wonders whether this year’s Nobel Peace Prize will go to a religious figure on Friday, and the British press is reporting that Queen Elizabeth II is not amused about the left-leaning goings-on in the Church of England and wider Anglican Communion, and researchers in the UK say they have a better understanding about the religious significance of Stonehenge.