The Slingshot: Cake case; Travel ban; Bears Ears


Jack Phillips, lower center, is surrounded by supporters as they offer a prayer for the owner of Masterpiece Cake after a rally on the campus of a Christian college Nov. 8, 2017, in Lakewood, Colo. The small rally was held to build support for Phillips, who is at the center of a case that will be considered by the U.S. Supreme Court in December. The case may determine if business owners like Phillips are having their right of religious liberty and free expression violated by having to offer their wedding services to same-sex couples. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Need to know: Tuesday, December 5, 2017


Supreme Court cake case laced with clashing ideas of religious liberty

Is a Christian baker’s wedding cake an artistic expression that entitles him to refuse a gay couple’s business, or is it a religion-based violation of anti-discrimination law? More from Religion News Service


Supreme Court allows full enforcement of Trump travel ban

“President Trump’s anti-Muslim prejudice is no secret . . . It’s unfortunate that the full ban can move forward for now,” said Omar Jadwat, director of the ACLU’s Immigrants’ Rights Project. More from Religion News Service


Trump drastically cuts national monument sacred to Native Americans

“This is a sad day for indigenous people and for America,” said Navajo Nation Vice President Jonathan Nez. More from Religion News Service

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God’s plan for Mike Pence

Will the vice president—and the religious right—be rewarded for their embrace of Donald Trump? More from


Trump forges ahead on Jerusalem despite warnings of violence

Turkey threatened to cut ties with Israel, the Palestinians warned they would halt contacts with their U.S. counterparts — and key Washington ally Saudi Arabia spoke out strongly against such a possible step. More from Religion News Service


‘Allah doesn’t care if you are transgender’: the Indonesian school fighting a backlash

An Islamic boarding school for transgender people in Java offers safety amid a harsh crackdown on LGBT rights. More from