The Slingshot: Star of David? Trump can’t let it go. Plus: the symbol’s history


Need to know: 07/07/2016

Star dreck

That anti-Semitic Star of David tweet? ‘It’s just a star!’ Trump insists

The presumptive GOP presidential nominee doubles down on controversy, saying those who saw Jewish stereotypes in the tweet are “racially profiling.” More from Religion News Service

Double-edged sword

The ‘Splainer: What is the Star of David and what does it mean for Jews?

The symbol is newer to Judaism than you might think. More from Religion News Service

So, who’s a rabbi?

Israeli rabbinical court questions authority of US rabbi who converted Ivanka Trump

Israel’s Supreme Rabbinical Court has refused to recognize the authority of one of the most prominent Orthodox rabbis in the U.S. – the same rabbi who converted Donald Trump’s daughter to Judaism. More from Religion News Service

Eyewitness to evil

Bangladesh restaurant shooters prayed, ate and awaited their fate as martyrs

The militants took time to offer a morning prayer and eat a meal after shooting dead 20 people and then hacking their bodies with machetes. More from Religion News Service

Walking the walk

Archbishop of Canterbury to open home to Syrian refugee family next month

The welcoming of a refugee family onto the Anglican leader’s estate comes 11 months after Prime Minister David Cameron pledged to offer asylum to 20,000 Syrians. More from Religion News Service

Bonus tracks

Click date

Lawsuit forces ChristianMingle to add options for gay daters

For the first time, gay and lesbian users can find “God’s match for you” on the site. More from Gleanings |

Parting the Red Sea was easier

Gender-segregated swimming cut back at public pools near Brooklyn Hasidic areas

New York City will continue to allow gender-restricted hours at two public pools to accommodate ultra-Orthodox Jews but agreed to reduce the pools’ segregated hours. More from

Religious freedom for whom?

Voting as an act of faith should not be abridged by unjust laws

Political leaders who claim to defend religious freedom have not lifted a finger to restore provisions of the Voting Rights Act, writes Sister Simone Campbell. More from

Counter intuitive

Should Christians wish Peter Singer a happy birthday?

Here are three reasons traditional Christians should carefully and prayerfully engage the work of the controversial ethicist. More from Religion News Service

Just in time for the beach

In search of the Catholic novel

Good Catholic novels are still around, but beware of using the label, writes Jon Sweeney. More from America Magazine