For Some Reason, Saudi Arabian Diplomat Will Lead United Nations’ Human Rights Panel

In a headline worthy of The Onion, the United Nations has handed Saudi Arabia, a nation that has beheaded more people this year than ISIS, a key leadership role on its Human Rights Council.

The appointment — made last June but only recently reported — sees Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the UN, Faisal bin Hassan Trad (below, left), taking up the chairperson role to an expert panel on the HRC. The position gives Trad leadership of the five-diplomat panel, as well as sweeping power in selecting international human rights appointees in any nation where the UN has a mandate.

Yes, you read that right: Saudi Arabia, home of one of the worst human rights records in recent history, now has authority over the appointments of UN human rights workers worldwide.

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“Who Created God?” and Other Questions Asked by Religious Doubters

Seth Stephens-Davidowitz, writing at the New York Times, tries to make sense of Google trends on topics relating to God. (As much as he can, anyway, since you don’t want to read too much into that sort of data.)

There are a lot of interesting tidbits in there. Like when it comes to phrases with the word “neighbor” in them, “love thy neighbor” tops the list, but coming in number two is “neighbor porn.”

Also, check out what people searched for online if they were questioning God in some way:



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New Zealand Church Leaders Broadcast Their Expensive Vacation Online, Just As Jesus Commanded

Last year, we posted about New Zealand’s Destiny Church, run by Brian and Hannah Tamaki, because the couple had used church funds to buy themselves an Audi Q7, valued at NZ$100,000 (about $78,000 USD). Because Jesus said to help the poor and then reward yourself with a sweet ride.



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Michigan Rep. Cindy Gamrat, Running for Seat She Just Lost, is Subject of Devastating Editorial

Michigan Rep. Cindy Gamrat is the Christian anti-gay legislator who was kicked out of office after her affair with fellow bigot Rep. Todd Courser came to light.

She has since announced that she will run for her old seat in the upcoming special election.

To that end, with a headline that reads “On expelled Rep. Cindy Gamrat’s re-election bid,” the Grand Rapids Press and Kalamazoo Gazette editorial boards issued a joint statement that’s about as devastating as they get:



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Franklin Graham is Mad That Transgender People Will Attend President Obama’s Papal Welcome

There’s a lie a lot of Christians tell themselves regarding sexual orientation: “Love the sinner, hate the sin.” It sounds fine in theory. It rarely works in practice.

The latest example involves Franklin Graham, demonizing LGBT people attending President Obama‘s welcome event for Pope Francis on Wednesday. He’s angry, not because the LGBT individuals in question did anything wrong, but because they have the nerve to exist in Graham’s world.



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