The Slingshot: Duke past; Travel ban protest; Traffic stop

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The Rev. Gil Caldwell spoke at Duke Divinity School on Oct. 18, 2017, 60 years after he was denied admission on account of his race. RNS photo by Yonat Shimron

Need to know: Thursday, October 19, 2017


Denied admission because he’s black, civil rights leader urges Duke Divinity to conf …

The Rev. Gil Caldwell attended Boston University’s School of Theology instead, and there met the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., who inspired him to work for racial justice. More from Religion News Service


Across from White House, Muslims and allies protest travel ban

After a second federal judge ruled this week against the Trump administration’s latest travel ban, protesters gathered across the street from the White House to stand in solidarity with Muslims and refugees. More from Religion News Service


Man convicted in plot to behead blogger over cartoon contest

A man who authorities say fell under the influence of the Islamic State group was convicted of plotting to behead a conservative American blogger for organizing a Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest. More from


Rabbi who led police on mileslong chase pleads not guilty

A New York City rabbi who kept driving when a Vermont state trooper tried to pull him over pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to a charge of attempting to elude police in a traffic stop his family called traumatizing. More from


The strangely revealing debate over Viking couture

A researcher at a Swedish university says that Viking burial clothes bear the word “Allah”—and some people really want to believe her. More from


Who said that — Martin Luther or William Shakespeare?

“We all are men, in our own natures frail, and capable of our flesh; few are angels.” Take our quiz and see more quotes that will test your knowledge of Martin Luther’s writings. More from Religion News Service

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