If you thought Gov. John Kasich was one of the more sensible GOP presidential candidates, let’s put that to rest right now.
Two years ago, I posted about how nomadic fire-and-brimstone campus preacher Brother Jed Smock would soon be starring with his family in a reality TV show. Like any show, there was only promise of a pilot episode (which is no guarantee of a series or that the pilot would even air on television). But it made sense, I guess. Reality TV and fundamentalist Christians go hand in hand. Between Duck Dynasty, the Duggar family, Teen Exorcists, and Snake Salvation, this couldn’t really be worse, could it?
That’s why you’ll all be excited to know the pilot episode of The Book of Jed is now online. In this episode — no joke — “one of Jed’s five daughters brings a boy home from college… it’s a disaster when Jed discovers the boy is secretly an atheist.”
Get ready for the most awkward Netflix and chill session of your life:
The Atheists United chapter in San Luis Obispo, California has an “adopt a highway” sign marking a stretch of land that they regularly clean up.
But that sign was vandalized by someone a few weeks ago:
There’s not much you can do with that other than replace it and move on, and that’s what everyone did.
And then, this week, they discovered that the same sign had been sawed off from its post and spray-painted.
There must be something in the Catholic Church’s baptismal water that makes priests blame the victims in any given situation.
There was Father Piero Corsi who said women who were raped or sexually abused “should search their consciences and ask: did we bring this on ourselves?”
And Father Benedict Groeschel who described pedophile priests with this remark: “A lot of the cases, the youngster — 14, 16, 18 — is the seducer.”
And Bishop Robert Cunningham who said “The boy is culpable” in discussing a victim of molestation.
The latest example come from Italy, where Rev. Gino Flaim said pedophilia happens, in part, due to “children who seek affection.”