The Slingshot: Brownback; KFC; Kenyan nuns

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Gov. Sam Brownback reacted Wednesday afternoon, Jan. 24, 2018, to the news that his nomination to become ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom advanced Wednesday on a tied procedural vote broken by Vice President Mike Pence. Brownback had just finished presiding over the State Finance Council, which voted to approve a $362 million rebuild of Lansing Correctional Facility. (AP Photo, Topeka Capital-Journal, Thad Allton)

Need to know: Thursday, January 25, 2018

That took a while

Senate narrowly approves Brownback for religious freedom job

Vice President Mike Pence was the tie-breaking Senate vote on to narrowly approve Sam Brownback as U.S. ambassador for international religious freedom. More from Religion News Service

That’s halal folks!

Judge: KFC franchisee cannot advertise chicken as halal

A federal judge rules that the owner of eight Kentucky Fried Chicken franchises in Illinois may not advertise that the chicken he sells is halal — even if it is. More from Religion News Service

I’m walking on nunshine

Kenyan nuns take over hospitals after protracted battle with American priest

A dispute between nuns and an American priest over two major hospitals for the poor has ended with the nuns — backed by a court order and the police — storming one of the hospitals. More from Religion News Service

You keep using that word...

Lawmaker gets Sunday-schooled over botched religious reference

A GOP congressman called thousands of missing FBI text messages “the greatest coincidence since the Immaculate Conception,” then struggled to explain just what he meant. More from


German nationalist politician converts to Islam, quits post

A long-time member of the nationalist Alternative for Germany party has resigned his post on its regional leadership after converting to Islam. 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.