Mysterious Ways: Jesus Statue Honoring Pope John Paul II Fatally Crushes a Man in Italy

It isn’t known what grave sins the late Marco Gusmini may have committed. We can only surmise that the Almighty smote Gusmini for a reason — and we do know He did so in an impressively original way.

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Sri Lanka Throws British Traveler in Jail Over Her Buddha Tattoo, Intends to Deport Her

Buddhists who want to truly serve their faith could do better than to behave like thin-skinned jackasses over insults that aren’t.

Some of the most fanatical (and sometimes violent) Buddhists can be found in Sri Lanka. Let’s take a closer look.

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Son of “Fitna” Collaborator, Like His Drug-Dealer Dad, Embraces Islam

It was one of the strangest religion stories of 2013. A year ago, Arnoud van Doorn, who came to modest prominence as a Dutch politician for the anti-immigration/anti-Islam PVV party, had a change of heart. After a period of reflection, he finally saw the light, the truth, and the way — and it was Islam. In other words, the Dutchman became a convert to the very religion he justifiably made a career out of criticizing and lampooning.

Formerly a close associate of PVV head honcho Geert Wilders, in whose 16-minute anti-Islamic movie Fitna (below) he participated as a producer or a distributor (depending upon whom you believe), van Doorn disavowed Wilders, the PVV, and Fitna.

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“Jesus” Shows Up in Pancake; Bears Uncanny Resemblance to Rasputin, Charles Manson

Pareidolia is alive and well:

A cafe in Norco, Calif., says that the Mickey Mouse pancake it was trying to make on Good Friday ended up looking like Jesus Christ, something they’re taking as a sign from above.

“The night before, she [his wife Karen] decides to pray about something and the next day on Good Friday we get this pancake,” said Gary Henderickson, the co-owner of Cowgirl Café with his wife Karen, said. “To us it looks like a picture of Jesus looking down, like he’s looking down over us.”

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Faith-Healing Parents Who Let Their Daughter Die Don’t Want Jurors To Know About Their Religious Motive

Travis and Wenona Rossiter, an Oregon couple, are among a special type of shitty parents: those who let their kids die of a treatable disease, rather than take them to a doctor.

The Rossiters belong to the Church of the First Born, a fundamentalist outfit that holds that prayer is the way to making sick people better.

Does it work? Like hell it does. Their daughter Syble died of complications from diabetes a little over a year ago. She was 12. Prosecutors say the girl would likely be alive today if it wasn’t for the parents’ wishes to deliver her to the care of Jesus, rather than the care of a trained medical team.

Now the Rossiters, accused of manslaughter, claim that it would be “prejudicial” for the jury to learn of the religious beliefs that killed their daughter.

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