The Slingshot: Pope’s tough talk; post-resignation sermon; Islamic shortcut divorce

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Pope Francis visits the to the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, on Nov. 25, 2014. Photo courtesy of European Union 2014 – European Parliament/Fred Marvaux

Need to know: Tuesday, August 22, 2017

TOUGH TALK

Pope: Rights of migrants trump national security concerns

Francis’ politically pointed message comes amid mounting anti-immigrant sentiment in Europe and beyond, and follows waves of migrant arrivals and Islamic extremist attacks. More from Religion News Service

TIME TO GO

Brooklyn megachurch pastor explains why he left the president’s evangelical advisory board

Remaining board members don’t have to follow in his footsteps, said the Rev. A.R. Bernard, but he hopes they will speak their minds when they feel President Trump has erred. More from Religion News Service

NO MORE. NO MORE. NO MORE.

Triple talaq: India’s top court bans Islamic practice of instant divorce

The practice, which stretches back more than a thousand years in some schools of Muslim jurisprudence, allows a husband to divorce his wife by simply saying the Arabic word for divorce, “talaq,” three times. More from CNN

WORSHIPPED AND REVILED

Saint’s statue defaced amid Confederate monuments debate

In Los Angeles, the word “murder” and a swastika were smeared on a statue of the Rev. Junipero Serra, a 18th-century Catholic saint who some consider an oppressor of Native Americans. More from Religion News Service

IN TOTALITY

Heartland pagans embrace the eclipse

As Americans across the country watched the moon eclipse the sun, pagans gathered in central Missouri to appreciate the rare phenomenon with their own rituals. More from Religion News Service

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RELENTLESS

American mosques are hit with a hate incident once every 3 days on average

More than 370 hate incidents directed at American mosques and community centers have been tallied by the Council on American-Islamic Relations since April 2013. More from projects.propublica.org

HIGH STAKES SERMONS

Some pastors face big challenges preaching on Charlottesville, white supremacy

“There is such high anxiety in congregations today, just with mere survival, that it’s a challenge to preach challenging sermons,” said Michael Cheuk, a leadership and congregational coach. More from baptistnews.com

REPEATING HISTORY

Why they parade by torchlight

The Nazi regime began by carrying torches at parades and rallies and, by 1938, burning buildings and Torah scrolls, writes Holocaust museum historian Edna Friedberg. More from www.theatlantic.com

JUST SAY NO

The nuclear option has to be taken off the table

“In the unlikely event that President Donald Trump were to order a nuclear strike that would result in large numbers of civilian casualties, Catholic teaching is that military personnel should refuse orders,” writes theologian Eileen Flynn. More from www.ncronline.org

FUNNY (SADLY)

‘Egypt’s Jon Stewart’ introduces ‘Muslim morning after kit’ (SATIRE)

If you’re Muslim, what you need the day after one of the world’s other 1.6 billion Muslims is involved in a terror attack. More from HuffPost

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