The Slingshot: After School Satan; evangelical women, Berenstain Bears


Need to know: 10/18/2016

The devil is not a member

After School Satan? Church-state group plays devil’s advocate in public schools

After School Satan clubs aren’t actually pro-Satan, but reject exclusive government support for Christian after-school programs. More from Religion News Service

Fed up

Will evangelical women turn the tide against Trump?

From preachers to musicians, prominent evangelical women are repudiating the GOP nominee for his shocking lack of respect for their gender. More from Religion News Service

Cubs for Christ

How the Berenstain Bears found salvation

A fan of the children’s book series notices that the bear family now loves God. When did this happen? More from


Kansas trio plead not guilty in plot to bomb apartment, mosque

The three men, each charged with one count of conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction, remain in jail. More from Religion News Service


Use of informants in Muslim-American communities sparks concern

Some Muslim leaders accuse the FBI of going after people who may be mentally or emotionally unstable. Federal officials say informants stop would-be terrorists. More from Detroit Free Press

Bonus tracks

Alternative universe

What happened at the ‘Hindus For Trump’ Bollywood event

The highlight of the night was a performance involving Indian dancers being attacked by light saber-wielding terrorists and being saved by the U.S. Army. More from


It’s not easy being Pepe the Frog, hate symbol

The Anti-Defamation is trying to rescue the cartoon from the alt right, which is using Pepe to spread racism and anti-Semitism. More from Religion News Service

Faith on the (National) Mall

State of the art: A Q&A with the Smithsonian’s new religion curator

A $5 million grant from the Lilly Foundation will fund an initiative dedicated to presenting religion as a vital element in American life. More from Religion News Service

Feast your eyes

Slideshow: A time of colorful festivals

Diwali. Thadingyut. Olojo. Sukkot. Late October is a time of colorful religious festivals around the world. More from Religion News Service

Sticks and stones . . .

‘He can’t read this’: Is Donald Trump afraid of this Arabic billboard?

The billboard, which translated reads: "Donald Trump, he can't read this, but he is afraid of it," was funded by the Nuisance Committee super PAC. More from Detroit Free Press