The Slingshot: Meet the religious left; Bishops on SCOTUS case; Business gets religion

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Max Perry Mueller, clockwise from top left, Jamila Khan, Andrew Miller, and Alice Shairzay.

Need to know: Monday, January 22, 2018

Leaning left

Protestant, Muslim, Atheist, Jew: 4 leftist perspectives a year into Trump’s presidency

If Trump has invigorated the religious right in America, he has also galvanized the religious left. More from Religion News Service

Briefly noted

Catholic bishops side with labor unions in Supreme Court case

In an amicus brief, the U.S. Council of Catholic Bishops equated the effect of a potential ruling against public sector unions’ rights to collect fees from nonmembers to decisions legalizing abortion and same-sex marriage. More from Religion News Service

Sad news

Longtime evangelist Luis Palau announces cancer diagnosis

The Argentine-born preacher said he noticed symptoms in November but thought they might indicate pneumonia until doctors ran tests. More from Religion News Service

Making the grade

Islam teaches us that life is a test. So is this president

One imam counseled his community to view Trump’s election as a test of patience: “God wanted to see if we would endure this challenge, or fall into complaining and despair.” (Subscription may be required) More from www.nytimes.com

Practical magic

Crystals, potions and tarot cards: The mystical rise of new age businesses

Consumer appetite for spiritualism has sparked a rise in companies offering everything from AI-powered astrology apps to subscription boxes for white witches. More from www.theguardian.com

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About the author

Emily McFarlan Miller

Emily McFarlan Miller is a national reporter for RNS based in Chicago. She covers evangelical and mainline Protestant Christianity.

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