Saudi Arabia Bans National Geographic Issue Featuring Pope Francis “For Cultural Reasons”

National Geographic‘s August issue, normally translated into Arabic for a Saudi Arabian audience, hasn’t been published in the country. No official statement was given, except for this tweet from the chief editor on the magazine’s Twitter account:

It says:

Dear readers in Saudi Arabia, we apologize for you not obtaining August’s magazine. According to the publishing company, the magazine was denied entry for cultural reasons.

Chief Editor

Check out the cover and you can take a guess what those “cultural reasons” are:

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We Don’t Need to Require Public Officials to Take Their Oaths of Office on the Constitution

Several of you have sent me this petition at that says we should require all public officials to be sworn in on the Constitution instead of a religious text.

Presumably this would prevent someone like Kim Davis from pushing her religious beliefs onto others when she’s supposed to be working for the government.

I’m not a fan of these kinds of petitions to begin with, but this one seems especially useless to me.

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This Cartoon Shows Just How Little Conservative Christians Understand Transgender People

You never expect to see any sensible writing about LGBT issues coming from Christian conservatives, but it’s very telling how much they have to lie to make their points. If they were more honest, they wouldn’t be able to gin up enough fear to keep their ignorant readers coming back for more (and giving them money for their ministries).

Dr. Michael Brown, a columnist for Charisma, is one of many Christians who puts on this guise of compassion while ignoring what scientists and psychologists say on the subject of sexuality. He says gay and transgender identities can be “cured.” He says he’s not transphobic, but misgenders them all the time. He also calls them predators.

The latest example is on his Facebook page, where he shared this cartoon:

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Here’s Why the United States is Not a Christian Nation

Somehow, was available as a domain name.

So an atheist website developer who saw The Unbelievers — a documentary featuring Richard Dawkins and Lawrence Krauss — purchased it and created this lovely page, quoting our Founding Fathers as they explain how the United States is most certainly not a Christian Nation:

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Stop Taking @kimdavis917 Seriously. It’s a Troll Account. Here’s How We Know

A lot of people have been quick to follow and cite @kimdavis917 as if it’s a legitimate account currently run by Kim Davis‘ husband. It’s not. It’s fake. I’ll tell you why in a moment.

Yet after the account posted a supposed letter Davis wrote from jail, it managed to fool bloggers, a New York Times reporter, a progressive media outlet, and probably most of those 800+ followers.

How do we know it’s a troll account? The evidence is all there if you look for it. Let’s run through a short list…

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