Day: January 21, 2015

A request for “gracious restraint”: CofE’s first woman bishop, and a traditionalist

On January 26, the Reverend Libby Lane will be consecrated Suffragan Bishop of Stockport at York Minster. On February 2, the Reverend Philip North will be consecrated Suffragan Bishop of Burnley in the Blackburn diocese. Lane is the first woman bishop in the Church of England; North is a traditionalist who does not support the …

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U.S. Supreme Court allows beard for Muslim prisoner in Arkansas

News outlets including The New York Times and CNN reported that the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 9-0 to allow a Muslim prisoner in Arkansas to grow a half-inch beard, and that the Department of Corrections’ policy on beard-growing violated the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act, which, according to Justice Samuel Alito, prohibits a …

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