“His criminal record showed nothing more serious than speeding tickets. The handshake with Howard, Muslet insisted, had seemed friendly. Yet if he was found guilty of both charges, he faced a maximum sentence of life in prison.” TNR’s Matt Wolfe with a very interesting look at how a conversation and an everyday gesture led to a criminal charge and became a metaphor for religious tension in America: The Handshake.

+ A philosophy professor explains why “a religious worldview cannot expect the same kinds of tolerance as racial, gender, or sexual identities.” The limits of tolerance.