The Slingshot: Evangelical character; Moore’s ‘sermon’; Progressives empowered

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Barbra Nipper wears a cross in support of former Alabama Chief Justice and U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore during Moore’s campaign party Aug. 15, 2017, in Montgomery, Ala. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Need to know: Thursday, December 14, 2017

Outvoted

Alabama fallout: Does character count?

Maybe not. Rank-and-file white evangelical Republicans in Alabama voted for Roy Moore just as they did for Donald Trump. More from Religion News Service

Unleashing hellfire

Roy Moore turns refusal to concede into religious crusade: ‘Immorality sweeps over the land’

He spins his election loss into a fiery video, claiming Americans have replaced God with “abortion, sodomy and materialism.” More from www.washingtonpost.com

No joke

Trump and the Religious Right have made the Religious Left unavoidable

No more laughing at the lefty faithful. Progressives have added political power to their “prophetic resistance.” More from thinkprogress.org

Empty creche

Americans see more jingle, less Jesus in Christmas celebrations

A new survey tracks Americans shift toward an all-party-no-theology holy day that’s “about a mall and not a manger.” More from Religion News Service

OMMMMM

Homeland Security wants its employees to learn mindfulness, but is that the best way to build resilience?

Critics doubt “20 minutes of loving-kindness meditation a day” can combat stress and build a supportive workplace. More from www.theverge.com

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Cathy Grossman

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