Why is Rick Santorum Still in the Presidential Race?

Rick Santorum, the anti-gay Catholic who, like so many other Republican candidates, invoked God at his Presidential campaign announcement, is still in the race despite literally polling at 0.0%.

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The Onion has the scoop on why he hasn’t dropped out of the race yet.

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Russian Pastafarian Told He’ll Lose His License if Cops Catch Him Without a Strainer on His Head

If government officials want to stop Pastafarians from wearing colanders in their driver’s license pictures, the Moscow State Traffic Inspectorate is creating a model for others to follow.

The group’s deputy head, Vladimir Kuzin, told newly-licensed Pastafarian Andrei Filin (seen below with a yellow knitted strainer on his head) that if he ever gets pulled over by a cop, and he’s not wearing that strainer, his license will be revoked.

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But there is a genuine problem with that sort of thinking.

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15-Year-Old Pakistani Boy Chops Off Own Hand to Prove He Really Loves God

How warped is the religious mindset in Pakistan?

A 15-year-old boy allegedly chopped off his own hand to show how devout he is after people wrongly suspected him of committing blasphemy.

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In Defense of Charlie Hebdo‘s Alan Kurdi Cartoon

After last year’s Charlie Hebdo massacre, there were far too many people (including some liberals) refusing to join in the “Je suis Charlie” chorus because they said the magazine published too many racist, sexist cartoons. In a way, the critics were suggesting that the cartoonists had, at least to some extent, brought the attacks upon themselves.

We’re seeing a bit of that this week with a cartoon drawn by the magazine’s Laurent Sourisseau (“Riss”). It features Alan Kurdi, the refugee child who was famously found dead, face-down in water last year as his family tried to escape Syria.

The caption for the cartoon basically asks what Kurdi would have become if he had grown up. The answer? One of the people who allegedly sexually assaulted women in Cologne, Germany:

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Yep, that bottom line literally translates to “butt fondler.”

Offensive, right? A lot of people think so. And at first glance, I was put off, too.

But here’s what those critics don’t understand:

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Anglican Communion Punishes Episcopal Church for Accepting Marriage Equality

Last July, the Episcopal General Convention finally decided to allow same-sex marriage within the Church. The decision came a decade after Episcopalians welcomed openly gay Bishop Gene Robinson.

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To outsiders, it wasn’t exactly a big deal. It was welcome, sure, but it was followed by pity applause rather than a standing ovation. Given that the Supreme Court, the Democratic Party, a handful of Republicans, and the majority of the American public already accepted marriage equality, Episcopalians were late to the party, not leading the way forward.

Episcopal leaders were like stragglers crossing the finish line of a marathon at the eight-hour mark. They did it and they certainly deserved credit for that — it was a huge personal accomplishment, after all — but the crowds had dissipated and everyone else was out celebrating without them. The only thing they really deserved credit for was entering and finishing the race, something evangelical Christians and Catholics never even bothered to do.

And it wasn’t even a full acceptance of gay marriage since priests were permitted to say no to officiating same-sex ceremonies.

For their tepid endorsement of marriage equality, though, they have been officially punished by the Anglican Communion to which they belong:

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