The Slingshot: Tech and ethics; Tracking Islamophobia; Atheist leadership woes

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg takes his seat to testify before a joint hearing of the Commerce and Judiciary committees on Capitol Hill in Washington, on April 10, 2018, about the use of Facebook data to target American voters in the 2016 election. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Need to know: Thursday, April 12, 2018


As Facebook reels, Silicon Valley dabbles in ethics

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's testimony before Congress put a spotlight on a major shift within the American tech sector: a rapid, albeit uneven, embrace of ethics. More from Religion News Service

Tracking hate

State And Local Republican Officials Have Been Bashing Muslims. We Counted.

There are dozens of examples of state and local Republican politicians and officials publicly attacking Islam in 49 states since 2015, typically with impunity. More from BuzzFeed News

Leadership dust-up

American Atheists places president on leave pending investigation

The group's highly visible president is sidelined for now, but the organization gave no specific reason for the move. More from Religion News Service

Mea culpa

Pope admits ‘grave errors’ in Chile abuse case

The pontiff also invited the abuse victims he had discredited to Rome to beg their forgiveness. More from Religion News Service


After 50 years, clergy work together again in San Antonio, for affordable housing

Unlike interfaith efforts that focus more on dialogue, the project centers on action toward a constructive social good. More from Religion News Service

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About the author

Jack Jenkins

Jack Jenkins is a national reporter for RNS based in Washington, covering U.S. Catholics and the intersection of religion and politics.

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