The Slingshot: #MuslimsReportStuff; New cardinals; Philippine quandary


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Need to know: 10/10/2016

Unintended consequences

Muslims respond to Trump’s comments with #MuslimsReportStuff

“I’m a Muslim, and I would like to report a crazy man threatening a woman on a stage in Missouri,” one of them tweeted. More from Religion News Service

He may be a son of a bitch …

Will lewd Trump tape about groping be tipping point with conservative Christians?

The GOP nominee’s performance in Sunday’s night’s debate may have shifted the political focus off his comments. But his candidacy may turn on what his faith-based supporters think. More from Religion News Service

New kids on the block

Pope Francis names 17 new cardinals, including 3 Americans

Thirteen are under 80 years old and eligible to enter a conclave to choose his successor — or become the next pope. More from Religion News Service

Creed control

China seeks tighter grip in wake of a religious revival

The finances of religious groups will come under greater scrutiny. Theology students who go overseas could be monitored more closely. And people who rent or provide space to illegal churches may face heavy fines. More from

Moral hazard

Once-powerful Philippines church divided, subdued over drug killings

Clergy say anyone who openly questions President Rodrigo Duterte’s drug war could suffer a similar fate as the dozens of drug addicts and pushers who are being killed every day. More from Religion News Service

Bonus tracks

Ahead of his time

Martin Luther as history’s first tweeter? An ongoing legacy, 500 years later

A new exhibit features a rare copy of Luther’s 95 Theses. But the lessons this history reveals are as contemporary as your Facebook feed. More from Religion News Service

So long

Colorado’s longest-operating Jewish temple has closed after 127 years

The red brick and stone building, with its onion-twist dome and towering stained-glass windows, was a vibrant bastion for Jews looking to make their fortune along the Santa Fe Trail. More from The Denver Post

Religious leader

Catholic nominee for UN secretary-general opposed legalization of abortion in Portugal

Former Socialist Prime Minister Antonio Guterres is known as a consensus seeker, but one who draws the line when it comes to his own conscience. More from Religion News Service

Houses of worship

No U.S. president has ever visited a Sikh temple, so 20 congressmen want Obama to go

In a letter, they said a presidential visit would mean recognition for a religion that is little understood by most Americans and whose followers have been victims of hate crimes since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. More from

Scholarly giant

Jacob Neusner, influential scholar of rabbinic Judaism, dies at 84

A rabbi and author, he produced “a gigantic library” that made classic Jewish sources like the Babylonian and Palestinian Talmuds available in translation to the general reader. More from Jewish Telegraphic Agency