Happy birthday, America! It’s nice to be back in time for the Independence Day fireworks, though my dog is not so thrilled. Check back tomorrow for a roundup of July 4-related faith news links.

In the meantime, how’s this for a 21st century problem: do you check work email (and headlines, in my case) while on vacation, or leave it to become a gigantic pile that instantly re-stresses you out upon your return? I opt for the former, which means I’m not completely out of the loop on breaking religion news from the past few weeks, but I’m also lacking perspective on which stories you may most like to discuss:

Or something else?

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