Backlash Over Pope Francis’ Wall Comments Shows GOP Hypocrisy

Pope Francis made quite a stir on Thursday with comments about Donald Trump and his wall fetish. When asked about the controversial political figure, he stated, “A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian.”

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Backlash over the Pope’s statement was fast and furious. Trump fired back, sneering, “For a religious leader to question a person’s faith is disgraceful.”

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“Islamic Rape of Europe” Magazine Cover Highlights Racism Behind Anti-Immigrant Sentiment

The Syrian refugee crisis prompted many European nations to open their doors to those displaced by the raging civil war. Though most regarded the influx of refugees with compassion, there were others who responded with intense anti-Muslim bigotry and xenophobia. There has been pronounced opposition to the resettlement of refugees across Europe, with protests in Germany, Denmark, Greece, and beyond.

Riding this wave of vitriol, ultra-conservative Polish magazine wSIECI, or The Network in English, released a deeply disturbing cover for its latest edition, featuring a distraught young white woman draped in the flag of the European Union being groped by three men with brown skin. The headline reads, “Islamic Rape of Europe.”

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Marco Rubio’s Crisis Pregnancy Center Visit Reinforces His Anti-Choice Image

On Thursday, Marco Rubio spent part of his day at a crisis pregnancy center in Spartanburg, South Carolina. The Carolina Pregnancy Center describes itself as a “non-profit, non-denominational organization that is committed to providing compassion, information, and support to anyone facing the challenge of an unplanned pregnancy.”

If you were to stop there, you might find yourself a little shocked by pro-life candidate Rubio’s visit to a location that seems to support choice. But if you know what a crisis pregnancy center is, you know better.

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God Let Justice Scalia Die to Further Ted Cruz’s Career, Says Glenn Beck

Much has been said about the implications of Justice Antonin Scalia’s death last week. Conservatives in particular have been devoting a lot of breath, ink, and airtime to the various facets of his passing — from blind obstructionism to prevent a replacement before the next POTUS takes office, to hand-wringing that liberals were not appropriately grieved, from promoting conspiracy theories under the guise of just-asking-questions about Scalia’s death to outright stating President Obama had him killed in a pagan ritual. It’s downright nutty how far they’re taking this.

And then along comes Glenn Beck, to argue that Scalia’s death was more or less a gift from God.

Not because he hates Scalia, but because he loves Ted Cruz so very much. (Happy belated Valentine’s Day, Senator?)

Beck was discussing with co-host Pat Gray God’s plan in letting Justice Scalia die. Noting that he didn’t want to speak for God, he proceeded to do exactly that, as he provided the answer from on High to a hypothetical sarcastic “thanks” for Scalia’s death: “You’re welcome.”

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Legislation to Protect LGBT Hate Crime Victims May Fail in Utah Due to Mormon Church Opposition

A couple of weeks after the Mormon Church opposed a medical marijuana bill that could help ailing patients, one Utah legislator is saying the Church is responsible for denigrating a hate-crimes bill that would help LGBT individuals.

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State Sen. Steve Urquhart, a Republican Mormon, blamed the Church for getting in the way of SB107:

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