The Slingshot: Phyllis Schlafly; Mother Teresa; a questionable gift


Need to know: 09/06/2016

Old School

Phyllis Schlafly, anti-feminist and early supporter of the religious right, dies at 92

She made herself the darling of the religious right by fighting against pay equity for women, abortion rights and illegal immigration. More from Religion News Service


Mother Teresa now officially ‘St. Teresa’

Pope Francis said she “made her voice heard before the powers of this world so that they might recognize their guilt for the crime of poverty they created.” More from Religion News Service

Bad gift?

I want my prayer shawl back!

A pastor presents Donald Trump with a Jewish prayer shawl. Cultural appropriation, writes Rabbi Jeffery Salkin. More from Religion News Service


Saudi Arabia strives to prevent repeat of fatal crush at hajj

A year after a horrific hajj disaster, the Saudis are giving pilgrims electronic bracelets and using more surveillance cameras to avoid another tragedy. More from Religion News Service

Trés français

A French imam’s argument for why Islam belongs in France

Tareq Oubrou has become France’s leading advocate for an Islam that is progressive, inclusive and, most of all, French. More from

Bonus tracks


Why is Christianity declining?

Theologian David Gushee offers 10 reasons. More from Religion News Service

Hits home

A Utah pastor’s story of faith, gospel and immigration

The Rev. Steve Klemz of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church has twice stood by his wife as she faced deportation. More from


Temple burn brings Burning Man events to a close

As the temple collapsed into itself and the flames began to die, an eerie howl rose from the thousands of people. More from Religion News Service


At the Mormon Temple, a golden angel comes down to Earth

After 42 years spent blowing a horn 288 feet up in the air above Washington’s beltway, the angel Moroni is due for a restoration. More from


What religion would Jesus belong to?

One puzzle of the world is that religions often don’t resemble their founders, writes Nicholas Kristof. More from