The Slingshot: A somber Ramadan; Perkins’ appointment; End times

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Palestinians clash with Israeli forces after a rally to mark the 70th anniversary of what Palestinians call their Nakba, or catastrophe, in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, on May 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)

Need to know: Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Season of sorrow

Embassy move, Gaza crisis make for somber start to Palestinians’ Ramadan

The start of the Ramadan fast, usually a celebratory time, is also a time of mourning for the lives of 60 Palestinians shot dead by Israeli forces at the Israel-Gaza border. More from Religion News Service

Evangelical favor

Tony Perkins appointed to US panel on international religious freedom

The leader of the Christian lobbying group the Family Research Council was appointed to the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom on the recommendation of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. More from Religion News Service

Keeping her job

Rhode Island Council of Churches director takes leave for gender transition

The Rev. Donald Anderson will take a three-month leave beginning June 1 to complete a transition from male to female. More from Religion News Service

Times are a-changin'

Indian women breaking down barriers to religious leadership

As gender equality grows in India, young urban Indians are warming to the idea of women in the priesthood. More from Religion News Service

Biblical prophecy

Is Jerusalem embassy part of God’s grand plan? Why some evangelicals love Israel

Dispensationalists, writes John Fea, believe "the return of the Jews to their homeland will be a sign that the end of the world is near." More from Religion News Service