Halal dating and Jews in space

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This week had everything! Tiny homes, religious freedom law and a TV appearance.

It’s part of my routine to research and analyze religion-related legal debates, so covering Trinity Lutheran Church v. Comer, a Supreme Court case, was normal. But my tiny home article was delightfully abnormal, and I can’t wait to share it next week. I wrote about churches that build tiny homes as a form of ministry, and then watch new episodes of Tiny House Hunters to celebrate. (I can’t get enough!)

As for the TV appearance, my newspaper shares an office and its ownership with a local TV station. From time to time, reporters are asked to come on the air and discuss high-profile pieces. I got to speak briefly about last week’s 10 Commandments project and try to hide the giant FitBit on my wrist.

FRESH OFF THE PRESS FROM ME

What you need to know about the Supreme Court’s latest religious liberty case

How a Supreme Court case about tire chips relates to 19th-century religious discrimination

TOP RELIGION READS

Marvelous miniatures give up some — but not all — of their treasures, Religion News Service

Don’t bet on the emergence of a religious left, Daniel Cox, FiveThirtyEight

How young Muslims define ‘halal dating’ for themselves, NPR

JUST FOR FUN

Why you can’t keep kosher in space, The Forward

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