Some Jehovah’s Witnesses Think Putting a French Flag on Their Facebook Pics Violates Their Faith

The Jehovah’s Witnesses have a rule requiring political neutrality. That means they “do not lobby, vote for political parties or candidates, run for government office, or participate in any action to change governments.”

Okay, fine, whatever. But in the wake of the Paris terror attacks, a lot of people on Facebook have been France-ifying their profile pictures, overlaying vertical blue, white, and red stripes on their images.

One pro-JW group on Facebook (though not an official one) is torn apart by this. As if showing solidarity with the victims by using the French flag violates their random religious rule:



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In Praise of Bill Maher

Writing for Salon, which is always a scary way to begin a sentence, Sophia A. McClennen praises Bill Maher for posing provocative questions on Real Time that few people on TV dare to ask. It’s not that he’s always right — he’s not — but he’s willing to call out injustice as he sees it, even when it’s coming from his own side:



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Maajid Nawaz: “We Cannot Shoot Our Way Out of This Problem” of Muslim Extremism

Over the weekend, CNN’s Fareed Zakaria discussed the recent terrorist attacks in Paris with former extremist Maajid Nawaz, who shed light on the mindset of the radical Muslims who committed the.horrific acts:



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Paris Is About Life, Says Charlie Hebdo Cartoonist in Response to #PrayForParis Hashtag

Charlie Hebdo cartoonist Joann Sfar sketched this response to the #PrayForParis hashtag being used in the wake of the weekend’s massacre:



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Christian Cross in Texas Park Needs to Come Down, Says Atheist Group

This is the Christian cross you’ll see if you visit the Port Neches RiverFront Park in Texas.

It’s by itself. There are no other religious symbols in the area. And it’s been there for nearly five decades. But as we’ve said many times before on this site, time doesn’t cure something that shouldn’t have happened in the first place.

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