When the band Panic! At The Disco (below) — you might remember them from their 2006 hit song “I Write Sins Not Tragedies” — visited Kansas City, Missouri for a show on Sunday night, they had special guests waiting for them: Westboro Baptist Church members, complete with their “God Hates Fags” signs. (The band’s lead singer Brendon Urie said last year that he had experimented with homosexuality, though he’s married to a woman.)
In 2010, Pastor David Hayward (a.k.a. nakedpastor) left the ministry after 30 years. He didn’t become an atheist, but he was tired of so much of what Christianity had become and his personal theology didn’t match that of other church leaders. In the midst of his cartoons, many of which I’ve featured on this site, he also began drawing “Sophia,” a woman who represented his own journey away from the church. I’m thrilled that he’s compiled those drawings, along with his own “meditations” in a book called The Liberation of Sophia:
Our latest podcast guest is Sarah Pulliam Bailey, a national correspondent for Religion News Service:
Sarah previously served as online editor of Christianity Today, where she interviewed people like Barack Obama in the midst of his 2008 campaign, Mike Huckabee, Malcolm Gladwell, Condoleezza Rice, and Tim Tebow. She’s also a former contributor to the excellent Get Religion blog on Patheos, a site that critiques stories about religion in the media.
We spoke with Sarah about the state of journalism, what it’s like to run a newspaper at an evangelical Christian college, and why Democrats seem afraid to reach out to non-religious voters.
When Chris Vannote went to get his driver’s license earlier this month, he just had one request: He wanted to wear his religious headgear in the picture, following in the footsteps of his fellow Pastafarians.
He receive a few stares during the two hours at the DMV, but I’m happy to say they gave him no trouble! And this is now a real license in California:
Zak Mohyuddin (below) is running for a seat on the Coffee County Commission in Tennessee, but his opponent Mark Kelly is using Mohyuddin’s Muslim faith as a weapon against him, claiming he’s not patriotic like the good Christian Kelly: