The Slingshot: Anti-bigotry coalition; Canada’s atheist pastor; High Holy Day sermons


Need to know: 09/30/2016

Bloody hyperbole

Duterte: Hitler killed millions of Jews, I will kill millions of drug addicts

Duterte on Friday used the same violently apocalyptic tone of the “final solution,” casting his campaign as the only way to "finish the problem." More from

Muslim defenders

National coalition of lawmakers denounce ‘hate, anti-Muslim bigotry’

The officials ranging from state representatives and mayors to aldermen and school board members released an open letter, pledging to use their positions to stand up to Muslim hate. More from

Pushing the envelope

A battle over religion in Canada

The United Church of Canada has begun a process that could end up stripping the Rev. Gretta Vosper, an avowed atheist, of her ministerial credentials. More from

State and synagogue

Rabbis mull whether to talk about politics on the High Holy Days

You know, the election, Black Lives Matter, immigration… More from Religion News Service

Dog whistle politics

Trump’s rise draws white supremacists into political mainstream

Not since Southern segregationist George Wallace’s failed presidential bids in 1968 and 1972 have white nationalists been so motivated to participate in a presidential election. More from

Bonus tracks

False modesty?

Playboy’s interview with a Muslim woman mocks modesty

The presence of a hijab-wearing woman in a magazine known for lasciviously undressing and objectifying women is offensive, write Asma T. Uddin and Inas Younis. More from

Love thy neighbor?

Denmark’s right wing peddles anti-migrant pepper spray

Asyl Spray was distributed in the southeast port city of Haderslev last weekend by the right-wing Danskernes Parti political group. More from The Daily Beast


Office cursing thrives – especially among younger people and women

Nearly half of respondents said they occasionally dropped a taboo word at the office, while a quarter said they did so daily. More from

Ubi caritas?

Nonprofits worry about election’s impact on public view of charity

Discussion about the candidates’ charity work has been largely negative, raising concerns that the campaign rhetoric will do lasting damage to public perceptions of charities. More from

The past is never dead…

A historian on why so many people want Donald Trump to “make America great again”

“Reactionaries are nostalgic," says historian Mark Lilla. “They're thinking about a past that's been lost, and that past is always there…Hopes can be extinguished but nostalgia is irrefutable." More from Vox