Wedding cakes, cowboys and Mike Huckabee, oh my!

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My whirlwind week included wrapping up a cover story on little-known legal documents, interviewing former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and writing a column about witnessing the NFL anthem protests in person. I’m pooped!

That column was a surprise assignment, suggested by one of my editors when he found out I was on a quick getaway to Green Bay, Wisconsin. With his encouragement, I perked my ears up around other fans, hoping to get a taste of what non-players felt about linking arms during the National Anthem.

Although it didn’t make the formal reflection, one of my favorite discoveries during that short reporting adventure was a man standing near one of the Lambeau Field entrances, offering to talk to people about Islam. His Meet-a-Muslim sign was a quiet reminder that religion-related issues are everywhere, even when we’d prefer to focus on football.

FRESH OFF THE PRESS FROM ME

Mike Huckabee talks faith, NFL protests and the appeal of Donald Trump

Why the Supreme Court cares so much about wedding cakes

At Lambeau Field, angry comments drown out deeper reflections on anthem protests

TOP RELIGION READS

A Muslim American’s homecoming: cowboys, country music, chapatis, Sarah Khan for The New York Times

A community, and its holy ground at stake, USA Today Network

In Paris, worn-out Notre Dame needs a makeover and hopes you can help, The New York Times

JUST FOR FUN

A guide for writing about Muslim Americans for the struggling white male reporter who doesn’t want anyone to know Muslims make him nervous, McSweeney’s

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