The Slingshot: Trump backs down; Catholic women hopeful; Obama and bathrooms


Need to know: 05/13/2016

Trump mutes his trumpet

Donald Trump says Muslim ban was ‘just a suggestion’

"It hasn’t been called for yet, nobody’s done it," he said. More from

Warm welcome

US Catholics cautiously hopeful women may one day be deacons

“It will make a huge difference,” say women's groups in response to the pope's call to study the issue. More from RNS

The US vs. NC

U.S. orders public schools to allow transgender access to bathrooms

It does not have the force of law, but it contains an implicit threat of lawsuits or a loss of federal aid.   More from

The price of abuse

Ohio church can’t claim insurance coverage for boy’s beating

World Harvest Church tried to claim part of its $3.1 million settlement with parents who alleged a daycare worker beat a child. More from RNS

Slugfest ahead

Methodists reject alternative format for divisive LGBT discussions

The General Conference shot down a process that would have allowed delegates to discuss contentious issues in small groups. More from RNS

Bonus tracks

Calling Donald Trump

David Petraeus: Anti-Muslim bigotry aids Islamist terrorists

Those who flirt with hate speech against Muslims "are playing directly into the hands of al-Qaida and the Islamic State." More from

No rest for the weary

In post-religion American, the Sabbath is in decline

Only half of Americans say the day has spiritual meaning. More from New York Post

'I couldn't help myself'

Philippine president apologizes for calling pope a ‘son of a whore’

Rodrigo Duterte called it a “stray bullet” that issued from his propensity to use foul language. More from

Fairy-tale ending?

Religious right boils over campaign for a gay Elsa in Frozen sequel

A conservative group demands Disney create a prince character to fall in love with Queen Elsa. More from The Huffington Post

No cheap sentimentality

The rise of Christian movies for the rest of us

Films like "Last Days in the Desert" engage with Christianity without without gooey pietism. More from