The Slingshot: Imam’s invocation; Welby’s conflict; Why pray?

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Need to know: Thursday, October 5, 2017

IMAM IN THE HOUSE

North Carolina imam urges Congress to ‘celebrate’ difference

Abdullah Antepli, of Duke University, holds the distinction of being only imam to have opened proceedings of the House of Representatives twice. More from Religion News Service

CONFLICTED

Justin Welby unable to give ‘straight answer’ on whether gay sex is sinful

The Archbishop of Canterbury said he struggles with the question and acknowledged that the gulf between conservative and liberal Anglicans on the issue is “irreconcilable.” More from www.theguardian.com

WHEN BAD THINGS HAPPEN TO GOOD PEOPLE

After Las Vegas, who says prayer doesn’t ‘work’?

“It seems mean-spirited to issue a blanket condemnation of anyone who turns to prayer in response to suffering,” writes Brandon Ambrosino. More from Religion News Service

HOMECOMING

For Brownback, D.C. confirmation hearing offers reprieve from Kansas controversies

Sam Brownback might be one of the most unpopular governors in America, but at his confirmation hearing for U.S. religious liberty ambassador, former Senate colleagues warmly welcomed him back to the Beltway. More from www.kansascity.com

PAGE TURNERS

Fall religion reading: Heavy-duty edition

Here’s your book list for autumn religion reading — full of engaging offerings that take on the most serious of questions. More from Religion News Service