The Slingshot: Reverend’s resignation; Mugabe’s priest; Bible as art

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Detail from Meg Hitchcock’s “Throne: The Book of Revelation.” 2012. Permission by Meg Hitchcock

Need to know: Friday, November 17, 2017

Not so neighborly

DHS official resigns after comments linking blacks to ‘laziness’ and ‘promiscuity’ came to light

The Rev. Jamie Johnson was appointed the head of the DHS’s Center for Faith-Based & Neighborhood Partnerships in April. More from www.washingtonpost.com

Priest and confessor

A Catholic priest is mediating Mugabe’s departure

The Rev. Fidelis Mukonori, Robert Mugabe’s longtime spiritual adviser, began to mediate between the authoritarian leader and the military shortly after the country’s generals put Mugabe under house arrest. More from Religion News Service

Friendly fire

Two hurt in accidental shooting at East Tenn. church during discussion on church shootings

A man accidentally shot himself and his wife at a church on Thursday while he was showing off his gun during a discussion on recent church shootings. More from Knoxville News Sentinel

Jew vs. Jew

Rick Jacobs and Reform rabbis beaten for praying at Western Wall

The president of the Union for Reform Judaism was roughed up by security guards during a special prayer service in honor of four new rabbis scheduled to be ordained. More from The Forward

Protestant-Catholic-None

Religious ‘nones’ are gaining ground in America, and they’re worried about the economy, says new study

The unaffiliated “nones” are the largest single religious group in America, edging out Protestants and Catholics, says a new study released today. More from Religion News Service

Art or sacrilege?

Far from the Museum of the Bible, these artists use the Good Book as their medium

By downplaying the content of books — what they say — and emphasizing their form — their physical dimensions — these artists have found a medium that can be played with, sculpted, cut into pieces. More from Religion News Service