When Priests Go Clubbing

Matthew 10:34 comes to mind in this case of a club-wielding priest:

A Roman Catholic priest in Grand Island [Nebraska] who’d been accused of using a club to threaten his brother was given two years of probation on reduced charges Tuesday.

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Sally Jones: From Guitar-Wielding Rocker to Head-Sawing Jihadist

She traded in her Flying V for a Kalashnikov:

A middle-aged British mother-of-two and former rock band member has joined jihadists in Syria and wants to behead Christians with a blunt knife, British media reported. The reports identified the woman as Sally Jones, 45, from Kent in southeast England, and said she now goes by the name Sakinah Hussain, or Umm Hussain al-Britani…

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Allahu Ak-beard: Muslim Prisoner, Represented by Hobby Lobby Law Firm, Asks the Supremes to OK His Facial Hair

A Muslim inmate is fighting all the way up to the Supreme Court to force U.S. prisons to give the thumbs up to religious beards:

The new case was brought by an Arkansas inmate, Gregory H. Holt, who is serving a life sentence for burglary and domestic battery. Mr. Holt, also known as Abdul Maalik Muhammad, sought to grow a half-inch beard.

More than 40 state prison systems allow such beards, which are shorter than a dime. Most allow longer ones. The exceptions, according to Mr. Holt’s brief, are Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Texas and Virginia.

Prison officials have explained that the no-beards policy exists to promote security and safety.

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Should the United States Attempt to Kill ISIS Leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Islam’s Self-Proclaimed New Caliph?

In the New Republic, Graeme Wood explains what the Islamic State’s ostensible caliphate means to Muslims the world over:

The word khalifa means “successor” (to Muhammad), and as such, a rightful caliph can demand the allegiance of all Muslims. But historically, an applicant for the job has had to fulfill a few conditions. He (always he) must be Muslim, fully grown, devout, sane, and physically whole.

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August Was a Great Month For God and His Son Appearing in Clouds… and on a Moth

A little roundup:

God’s face appeared in a cloud over a soon-to-be-demolished drive-in movie theater that was showing (this gives me chills, people!) God’s Not Dead. He’s perched over the girl’s left shoulder, looking like the product of a supernatural tryst between a drunk Dionysus and Charles Darwin.

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