The Slingshot:  Obama in Orlando; Charleston anniversary; Western Wall scuffle

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Need to know: 06/17/2016

Guns, not religion

Obama meets victims, renews call for gun control

Destroying the Islamic State alone won’t stop lone-wolf terror attacks, the president said. More from Religion News Service

The good doctor

In Orlando, a son of a Muslim immigrant rushed to heal pain caused by another

Dr. Joseph Ibrahim heads the hospital trauma unit where many Pulse nightclub victims received care. More from

Praying for pluralism

Ultra-Orthodox Jews scuffle with worshippers at Western Wall

Police did nothing as ultra-Orthodox men cursed and threw water bottles at Jewish men and women worshipping together. More from Religion News Service

Not ‘until death’

Pope calls most Catholic marriages invalid

Couples today say “‘yes, for the rest of my life’ but they don’t know what they are saying,” the pope said. More from Religion News Service

On Charleston shooting anniversary

White supremacist activity continues to surge

White supremacists have grown angrier and more energetic in 2016, according to experts. More from Religion News Service

Bonus tracks

Painting from faith

Alfonse Borysewicz’s lonely struggle gives Catholic art a modern face

A former seminarian, he lives out his calling painting a contemporary version of Catholic art. More from Religion News Service

The brass tacks

On issue of race, Southern Baptists must move from gestures to action

In elevating race to a “gospel issue,” the Southern Baptist Convention must broaden its ethical portfolio to include advocacy for racial equality. More from Religion News Service

Hold the shrimp

Enough with the gefilte fish. I’ll have sushi.

Sushi has become a runaway hit in New York’s Hasidic and other Orthodox Jewish precincts. More from

Countering hate

Islamic State Twitter accounts get a rainbow makeover from Anonymous hackers

Anonymous has launched an attack against Islamic State taking over social media accounts associated with the group and giving them an LGBT-flavored makeover. More from

A stroke of hope

Pope Francis pets a tiger, and both show mercy

Both Francis and the big cat seemed wary of each other at first. More from Religion News Service