The Slingshot: FaithLeaks; North Korea; Moody Bible

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A variety of the redacted documents available on from the “Jehovah’s Witness Palmer Congregation Sexual Abuse Investigation.” Images from

Need to know: Thursday, January 11, 2018

Leaks: Not just a White House thing anymore

Ex-Mormons launch FaithLeaks to root out abuse and corruption in churches

This week the site published 33 letters and documents detailing an internal investigation of alleged sexual abuse within a congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses. More from Religion News Service

Not the good kind of 'first'

North Korea is worst place for Christian persecution, group says

This is the 16th year in a row the nation has topped the list. More from Religion News Service


Moody Bible president and COO both resign, provost retires

The changes come in the midst of “widespread concerns over the direction” of the conservative Christian school. More from Christianity Today

Wait what

Study suggests Trump’s ‘Muslim ban’ actually improved attitudes toward M …

The authors concluded that media backlash to the ban and the national conversation it prompted caused many participants to reevaluate their views. More from


By 2040, Islam could be the second-largest religion in the US

According to Pew, the U.S. Muslim population will more than double to about 8 million in 2050 — surpassing Jews as the nation’s second-largest religious group. More from CNN

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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.