The Slingshot: Terror in Nice; Pence’s faith; Yellow-dog Republicans


Need to know: 07/15/2016

Condemning terror

Bastille Day attack reignites terrorism and religion debate

Francis’ spokesman and other religious leaders expressed solidarity with France after scores of people were killed when a truck plowed through crowds celebrating Bastille Day. More from Religion News Service

The faith of a potential veep

5 faith facts about Mike Pence: A ‘born-again, evangelical Catholic’

Pence has a reputation as a culture warrior, which will appeal to Trump’s core base: evangelicals. More from Religion News Service

A rainbow of opinions

Poll: Evangelicals differ from most Americans on transgender morality

Fifty-four percent believe it’s morally wrong to identify with a different gender. More from Religion News Service

When American rabbis aren’t good enough

US rabbis outraged by Israeli rabbinical court’s treatment of convert

Despite a woman’s conversion by a U.S. rabbi a year ago, the court ordered its own expedited conversion. More from Religion News Service

Environmental racism

AME Church: Climate change disproportionately hurts blacks

The statement calls on the denomination to support the 2015 Paris Climate Change Agreement. More from Religion News Service

Bonus tracks

How times have changed

Yellow dog Republicans and the disappearing God gap

Most white evangelicals would vote for a candidate as long as there is an “R” next to his or her name, says Mark Silk. More from Religion News Service

In the closet

How Title IX exemptions force LGBT students to suffer in silence

The government puts students at risk by allowing religious schools the right to discriminate against LGBT students. More from Religion News Service

Love thy neighbor?

The Indiana synagogues Mike Pence forgot

As a congressman, Mike Pence said he didn’t know of a single synagogue in his district. More from The Forward

Call them ‘self help journeys’

Pilgrimages are back – with less Christianity

‘Bring your own beliefs’ is the slogan for the British Pilgrimage Trust. More from The Spectator

The God beat

RNS Reporter Adelle M. Banks talks to Leith Anderson

In this podcast, the RNS veteran shares the challenges of reporting on religion, particularly evangelicalism. More from National Association of Evangelicals