The Slingshot: Lynchburg revival; The skater and the veep; Mormon bishops

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An old-fashioned revival-style tent. Photo courtesy of Creative Commons

Need to know: Friday, February 9, 2018

The loyal opposition

Christian group plans ‘revival’ to protest ‘toxic evangelicalism’

Organizers say their spring event near Liberty University will “stand in stark contrast to the distorted Christian nationalism” that they say many white evangelical leaders like Jerry Falwell Jr. have become known for. More from Religion News Service

Skating on principle

After bronze medal, Adam Rippon still has ‘nothing to say’ to Pence

The skater has apparently turned down an offer to meet with the vice president over his support for gay conversion therapy, which tries to change a person’s sexual orientation. More from Religion News Service

Black eye

Mormon bishops told ex-wives of former White House staffer to consider his ‘career a …

Jennifer Willoughby and Colbie Holderness — former wives of Rob Porter, who resigned as White House staff secretary this week — said their LDS bishops either didn’t believe them or didn’t step in to help when they alleged Porter had physically abused them. More from

Separate but equal?

The Michigan town where only Christians are allowed to buy houses

Last summer, a dozen current and former resident members filed a federal lawsuit against the town, the neighborhood association and a real estate company, claiming the Christian litmus test was illegal and unconstitutional. More from

Faith of the times

3 new books analyze Trump’s faith and his faithful followers

He may not go to church much, but two hagiographies and one analytic work try to size up the 45th president in relation to religion. More from Religion News Service

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