The Slingshot: Christian nations, Thanksgiving myths, Scientology coming soon to a theater near you


Need to know: 06/24/2016

The times they are a-changin'

Survey: White evangelicals say US no longer a Christian nation

More evangelicals believe that the U.S. once was a Christian nation and is no longer, a worry that coincides with an election season focused on immigration and cultural change. More from Religion News Service

Not a cent

Anglican leader in Iraq suspended in ISIS funding inquiry

“We never gave the bad guys one penny,” said the Rev. Andrew White, the acclaimed “Vicar of Baghdad.” More from Religion News Service

‘Inter-religious dialogue at the grassroots’

Catholic sisters provide medical care to Hindus at festival

Sacred Heart Sister Merly James said work with the Hindu pilgrims has convinced her that "more than 90 percent of people trust in God." More from Religion News Service

What does this mean?

Muslim women kicked out of US cafe accused of ‘civilizational jihad’ by lawyer

A group of Muslim women who claim in a lawsuit they were kicked out of a California restaurant for wearing headscarfs have been accused of “civilizational jihad” by a lawyer for the restaurant. More from

A dirty job, but…

Filipino ‘mud people’ thank saint for saving them from Japan invasion

Hundreds of Filipinos donning capes of banana leaves have covered themselves in mud in a ritual to thank their patron saint, John the Baptist. More from Mail Online

Bonus tracks

‘Basically audible tweets’

Trump’s evangelical meetup left me with YUGE questions

The event felt more like a cross between a revival meeting and a campaign rally, says J. Nick Pitts. More from Religion News Service

Things left undone

Anti-LGBT bias means we are all responsible for Orlando

Every hostile act against LGBT people we witness without standing up and speaking out makes us complicit in what happened in Orlando, says Robert A. Rees. More from Religion News Service

Rethink Thanksgiving

Unitarian Universalists helped start Thanksgiving. Now they have second thoughts.

“It’s not about boycotting Thanksgiving, but raising that awareness to stop the perpetuation of … the myth that’s told around Thanksgiving,” says Laura Wagner. More from

Truly 'Livin’ On A High Note'

Gospel singer Mavis Staples to get Kennedy Center honor

The soon to be 77-year-old will be the second gospel singer to be recognized in the awards’ history. More from

‘Battlefield Earth 2?’

Church of Scientology opens LA studios

The Church of Scientology is venturing into the film business with a new production studio in Los Angeles aimed at making content to promote its teachings. More from