Real Madrid Drops Christian Cross in Logo to Appease Muslims in Abu Dhabi

Spanish soccer team Real Madrid — the world’s most valuable sports team with superstar players Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale — has used the same logo for decades now:

If you look at the very top of that logo, you’ll notice a tiny cross, which is there for a reason:

The symbol holds significance in the history of Real Madrid as it signifies the team’s relationship with Spain’s royal family. The symbol was introduced in the 1920s as part of the emblem of the Spanish crown, when the club was given the title Real (Royal) by King Alfonso XIII and represented the Spanish royal house.

But now that the team is doing business with the National Bank of Abu Dhabi, a major bank in the Muslim-majority United Arab Emirates, they’re making a slight change to the logo…

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Hope Your Thanksgiving Dinner Was Better Than This…

Jesse Ridgway filmed his Thanksgiving dinner and it turned from bad (an atheist not wanting to pray) to worse (dad saying a very pointed and awkward prayer) to holy-shit-what-just-happened:

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Shh… Let’s See What He’ll Do…

(via Benjamin Schwartz at the New Yorker)

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Pope Benedict XVI: “Charity Without Faith is Useless”

Caritas in Veritate International, a Catholic group that specializes in charity and proselytizing, recently held a meeting in Rome for its leaders. And they met with Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, who had some strong words of support for them:

… Henry Cappello, the president of CiVI… told LifeSiteNews on Wednesday that the pope emeritus was healthy and able to visit with them for 25 minutes. Benedict also summed up neatly the point of his encyclicals and of CiVI: “He told us, ‘Faith without charity is useless. And charity without faith is useless.’”

I’m sure he was just going for a rhetorical flourish there, but the last part of his statement is really damaging.

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German Pastafarians Now Have Official Signs Directing People to the Nearest Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster

Germany, which doesn’t have the kind of church/state separation that we do in the U.S., has signs right as you enter some cities telling you when local churches gather. The local Catholic Church, for example, meets at 10:30a on Sunday.

So what happened when a group of Pastafarians requested signs of their own in the city of Templin?

City officials said, sure, why not?

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