The Slingshot: Trump confronts Muslim soldier’s parents, After School Satanists, Australian Jedi



Need to know: 08/01/2016

Leaving Their Mark

In Poland, Pope Francis tries countering message of religious violence

At the World Youth Day gathering that ended Sunday in Krakow, Poland, the pontiff encouraged a positive role for faith. More from Religion News Service

Right to criticize

Donald Trump’s confrontation with Muslim soldier’s parents emerges as unexpected flash point

Trump is reeling amid criticism by the parents of a Muslim American soldier killed in Iraq and outcry within his own party over his racially charged dismissal of the couple. More from

From our man in Philadelphia

Two conventions, two nominees and a whole new culture war

It’s officially Hillary Clinton vs. Donald Trump for president. But just as notable is the fact that Democrats have now taken over the language of faith and morals from the GOP. More from Religion News Service

'We are all Catholics of France'

France church attack: Muslims attend Mass

Muslims across France attended Catholic Mass on Sunday in a gesture of solidarity after the murder of a priest. More from BBC News

Free inquiry and fun

An After School Satan Club could be coming to your kid’s elementary school

The Satanic Temple is bringing its fight over constitutional separation of church and state to the nation’s schools. More from



Bonus tracks

Resist the temptation

Wayne Grudem, Donald Trump and admitting when you’re not an expert

A theologian argues that voting for Trump is a “morally good choice.” Perhaps he needs to learn to stay in his lane, says Jonathan Merritt. More from Religion News Service

Seen and unseen

The Christian sects who protest at conventions

Those who demonstrate at the RNC and DNC have extreme views within their faith. But they are increasingly mistaken for the mainstream. More from The Atlantic

Bringing people together

These are the religious accommodations available at the Rio Olympics

Whether it was ever intended to be or not, the competition may just be the largest interfaith gathering in the world. More from The Huffington Post

Keeping kosher

When Jewish law met processed food

From economics to ethics, the contents of American grocery store shelves make an entirely new kind of sense when viewed through the lens of kosher law. More from The Atlantic

May the stats be with you

Atheists urge Australians not to joke around by putting Jedi as their religion on the census

The Atheist Foundation of Australia says marking one’s religion as “Jedi” skews census results by making Australia appear more religious than it is. More from The Sydney Morning Herald