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The Slingshot: Anti-Muslim crime; Hindu candidates; John Bolton

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Demonstrators shout during a “Freedom of Speech Rally Round II” outside the Islamic Community Center in Phoenix, Arizona, on May 29, 2015. Photo courtesy of Reuters/Nancy Wiechec

Need to know: Tuesday, April 24, 2018

CAIR report shows 15 percent increase in hate crimes against American Muslims nationwide

The Muslim civil rights group reports that 35 percent of anti-Muslim bias incidents it recorded in 2017 originated from federal agencies including the U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Transportation Security Administration.

Trump may be ‘a big fan of Hindu,’ but Hindus are running — and winning — as Democrats

Reflecting the partisan breakdown of Hindu Americans, there could be as many as eight Hindus—all Democrats—in Congress come January, writes Murali Balaji.

John Bolton presided over anti-Muslim think tank

From 2013 until last month, the national security advisor was chairman of the Gatestone Institute, a New York-based advocacy group that warns of a looming “jihadist takeover” of Europe leading to a “Great White Death.”

Willow Creek responds to new allegations against former pastor Hybels

The elders of Willow Creek Community Church are pledging to renew their investigation of the church’s former pastor, Bill Hybels, as more allegations of inappropriate conduct with women surface.

Redefining religious freedom as religious privilege

The First Amendment Defense Act seeks to upend an enduring understanding of our rights, writes Andrew L. Seidel.

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