The Slingshot: The UN and the burkini ban, remembering the ‘disappeared,’ Gene Wilder’s most Jewish moments


Need to know: 08/30/2016

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UN rights office urges French towns to repeal burkini bans

A “stupid reaction” to terrorism that does not improve security and fuels religious intolerance, the UN says. More from Religion News Service


Today — of all days — remember the disappeared

Many of those abducted by repressive regimes are made victims because of their religion, write members of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom. More from Religion News Service

It’s pronounced ‘Fronkensteen!'

Gene Wilder’s most Jewish moments

There were few comic actors as beloved as Gene Wilder, and few who were as recognizably Jewish, writes Rabbi Jeffrey Salkin. More from Religion News Service

Reading, writing and respect

At back-to-school time, a new effort to protect kids bullied for their faith

The U.S. Department of Education has started to track incidents of bullying related to the victim’s religion. More from Religion News Service

Mission unpopular

A critic’s lonely quest: revealing the whole truth about Mother Teresa

Taking on a global icon of peace, faith and charity is not a task for everyone. More from

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Papal postings?

Facebook founder meets the pope. Friendly, if not yet ‘friends’

The pope is the king of Twitter, but still not on Facebook. Will that change after his meeting with Mark Zuckerberg? More from Religion News Service


The world’s most spiritual sci-fi film school stars in a new documentary

“We Are Not Alone” tells the story of the Unarius Academy of Science and its founder Ruth E. Norman, aka “Archangel Uriel.” More from The Atlantic

Open with a joke

Comedians to kick off new series of events to showcase Muslim voices

The aim is to broaden what organizers call the “narrow representations” of America’s three million Muslims. More from

Hate into love

Jewish artist turns swastika vandalism into something beautiful

Her first response was to call the police. Her next was to create art that inspired her whole town. More from The Huffington Post

Identify theft

Someone is impersonating Joel Osteen online

A Houston women says she was targeted by a scammer on Facebook who claimed to be Pastor Joel Osteen and who asked for her money. More from ABC13 Houston