The Slingshot: Trump’s Jerusalem; Aussie marriage; RNS gift guide


Israelis in Tel Aviv, Israel, walk next to a display with a photo of U.S. President Trump ahead of his speech Dec. 6, 2017. Defying dire, worldwide warnings, Trump on Wednesday broke with decades of U.S. and international policy by recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

Need to know: Thursday, December 7, 2017

Policy reversal

Cheers, rage and shrugs after Trump recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

Trump said he was merely recognizing the obvious, but world leaders warned that the move would further incite an already volatile region and complicate peace talks. More from Religion News Service

Tying the knot

Australian Parliament allows same-sex marriages

Amendments meant to safeguard freedoms of speech and religion for gay-marriage opponents were all rejected, though those issues may be considered later. More from Religion News Service

Politics of fear

Supporting Roy Moore is a devil’s bargain

Roy Moore promises social conservatives an appealing menu of policies and judicial nominations, writes Sohrab Ahmari. But the price may be too high. (Subscription may be required). More from

Gift of caring

Muslim foster parents: ‘We’d never had a Christmas tree – it made them so happy’

What happened when observant Muslims of Pakistani heritage take in three Christian foster children. More from

From us to you

The RNS gift guide: The good, the bad and the weird

Our annual gift guide for the people of faith — and no faith — on your list. More from Religion News Service