The Slingshot: Trump retweets; Sanctuary churches; Sharia in Greece


President Donald Trump waits for reporters to leave after he spoke in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017, during a meeting with Republican congressional leaders. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Need to know: Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Stirring the pot

Trump retweets videos critical of Muslims

The inflammatory videos showing people described as Muslims destroying a Virgin Mary statue, pushing a teenager off a roof and beating up a boy on crutches were first posted by a leader of the far-right group Britain First. More from Religion News Service

Plotting the move

Pence: Trump ‘actively considering’ moving US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem

Speaking at an event commemorating the 70th anniversary of the United Nations vote that led to the creation of the state of Israel, the vice president said that “the days of Israel-bashing at the United Nations are over.” More from TheHill

De-ICE-ing treatment

Resisting Trump, churches give sanctuary to immigrants facing deportation

Will law enforcement be sent into houses of worship — against the will of congregants motivated by sincere beliefs — despite the president’s oft-stated commitment to religious freedom? More from Religion News Service

Pastors, politics and pulpit freedom

Killing the Johnson Amendment is about lots more than religion

The tax bill passed by House of Representatives would change the landscape for the entire nonprofit world, writes RNS columnist Mark Silk. More from Religion News Service

Pre-Millennial church

Exclusive: Age of Jesus Christ’s purported tomb revealed

Construction materials date to Roman times, suggesting the original holy site's legacy has survived despite its destruction 1,000 years ago. More from

Better late than never

Greece prepares to do away with compulsory Shariah in Western Thrace

Nearly a century after the sultans left, Greek Muslims will no longer have to live by Ottoman rules. (Subscription may be required) More from The Economist