Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly - July 1, 2016

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The Supreme Court - The Court ended its term after handing down a number of decisions important to religious communities.  It ruled on immigration, abortion, the so-called “contraception mandate” in the Affordable Care Act and affirmative action in college admissions.  Host Bob Abernethy and Managing Editor Kim Lawton analyze the Court’s decisions with Richard Wolf, who covers the Court for USA Today.

Amish Grace - This year is the tenth anniversary of what the Amish people in Pennsylvania call “The Happening.”  In the village of Nickel Mines, in Lancaster County, a heavily armed young man – not Amish – entered an Amish schoolhouse and murdered five little girls, wounded five more and then killed himself.  Correspondent David Tereshchuk reports from Amish country both on what happened and on the extraordinary demonstrations ever since of faith and forgiveness.

Belief and Practice, Eid al-Fitr – The Muslim fasting month of Ramadan is coming to an end.  Imam Johari Abdul-Malik of the Al-Hijrah Islamic Center in Falls Church, Virginia describes the rituals and spiritual significance of Eid al-Fitr, the three-day holiday that marks the end of month-long fast. (Originally broadcast in program 1845, July 17, 2015.)