Here are some important law-and-religion news stories from around the web:
- The Freedom from Religion Foundation filed a formal complaint with the Texas State Commission on Judicial Conduct, claiming it was “inappropriate” and “unconstitutional” for a state judge to have given a Bible to a former Dallas police officer after she had been convicted of murder.
- Enes Kanter, a Turkish player for the Boston Celtics and an outspoken critic of the Turkish regime and its human rights record, claims two supporters of Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan harassed him outside a Massachusetts mosque.
- Bryan Fulwider, a popular local Christian radio show personality who co-hosts “Friends Talking Faith” along with a rabbi and an imam, is being held without bail in Florida on thirty counts of sexual battery of a minor by a person in a position of custodial authority.
- The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals granted a stay of execution for Randy Halprin, a Jewish death row inmate, and remanded his case back to the Dallas County court so it can review whether his trial judge was anti-Semitic and thus biased against him.
- Pope Francis created thirteen new cardinals on Saturday, many of whom have missionary experience in countries with nearly no Catholic presence, demonstrating his vision that the Catholic Church be “a missionary Church that acknowledges the importance of interreligious dialogue.”