The Slingshot: Trump and evangelicals, Baptists and Muslims, Obama and Lama

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Need to know: 06/16/2016

Getting to know you …

Neither coronation nor inquisition expected when Trump meets evangelicals

About 500 conservative Christians, mostly evangelicals, have been invited to attend "a conversation" with Donald Trump and Ben Carson. More from Religion News Service

So you’re saying he has a chance?

White evangelicals are backing Trump, new poll shows

But their support for Trump is nearly 20 points lower than it was for previous GOP nominees. More from Religion News Service

For me but not for thee?

Southern Baptist leader defends religious liberty for Muslims

An Arkansas pastor moved to boot SBC leaders who supported the right of Muslims to build mosques. He lost. Big. More from Religion News Service

Past tense

Confederate flag resolution a historic opportunity to correct the past

A former SBC president called the vote a "historic opportunity to show we have repented of these  ungodly attitudes." More from Religion News Service

Present tense

Pan-Orthodox Council turns into cliffhanger over boycott threats

The Russian Orthodox Church cast a pall over the June 20-26 meeting on Crete by calling for the session to be postponed. More from Religion News Service

Hello, Dalai

Obama meets Dalai Lama despite Chinese objections

The president and the Tibetan Buddhist leader talked about the shooting attack in Orlando and climate change. More from Religion News Service

Bonus tracks

Remarkable sleuthing, and debunking

The unbelievable tale of Jesus’s wife

A hotly contested, supposedly ancient manuscript suggests Christ was married. But believing its origin story requires a big leap of faith. More from The Atlantic

SPOILER: He ain’t like the old pope

SNEAK PEEK: The ‘Young Pope’ trailer

A first look at Jude Law playing Lenny Belardo, the first American to be elected pope -- and surely the hottest, and most dangerous. More from Religion News Service

Loyal to a fault?

Whole Foods CEO sticks with Marc Gafni despite abuse claims

 John Mackey stands by his friend Gafni, a New Age guru and former rabbi who has been accused of abusing power and molesting a teenage girl. More from The Forward


Youngest Orlando shooting victim just graduated from Catholic high school

Akyra Murray’s family went to Orlando to celebrate her graduation, and she and her cousin and friend decided to go dancing at Pulse. More from The Compass


A church first: United Methodist father, daughter ordained same day

“Those are all the Father’s Day presents for the rest of your life,” the Rev. Tiffany Nagel Monroe remembers joking with her dad following their ordinations. More from The United Methodist Church