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The Slingshot: Lying in honor; Expecting an arrest; Surging Anti-Semitism

Demonstrators rally in support of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) outside the Capitol, Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018, in Washington. Democrats have been seeking a deal to protect the “Dreamers,” who have been shielded against deportation by DACA, which President Donald Trump halted last year. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

Need to know: Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Billy Graham should not lie in honor in the Capitol Rotunda

"The cause that Graham served with longevity and distinction is evangelical Protestantism, not the United States of America," writes Jacob Lupfer.

Today I plan to get arrested

The Rev. Thomas Reese, a Religion News Service columnist, is prepared to get arrested today on Capitol Hill as he participates in the National Catholic Day of Action with Dreamers.

Anti-Semitic incidents soar by 57 percent in 2017

The Anti-Defamation League is reporting a 57 percent increase in the U.S. last year, the highest tally that the Jewish civil rights group has counted in more than two decades.

Battle over religion in public schools waged in one of America’s fastest-growing cities

The McKinney, Texas, school district has ended a decade-plus practice of holding commencement ceremonies at a megachurch run by one of President Trump's evangelical advisors.

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Prayer and a packing pastor: A church’s response to mass shooting

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How Billy Graham changed religion in America

The movement Graham led out of the wilderness has been taken over by the very forces he rebelled against, writes RNS columnist Mark Silk.

New revelations in Phyllis Tickle biography

Jon Sweeney's new biography of Phyllis Tickle has some new revelations about the life and marriage of one of our era's most beloved Christian writers.

I have no doubt what Billy Graham would have told the high school kids from Parkland, Fla.

(RNS) — The teens speaking out about gun control these days are amazingly articulate about being young in an America where violence is all too present as a fact of life. What would Graham have said to them? Keep at it!

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