Six Things to Know About Bristol Palin’s (Latest) Birth Control Freak Out

Bristol Palin is freaking out again. That shouldn’t surprise anyone, but in this instance, the single mother partway through her second pregnancy has really outdone herself:

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Five Things I Learned at the Mothman Festival

I used to go to church every Sunday morning. Last week, I did something rather different: I went to the Mothman Festival.

The Mothman Festival happens every year in Point Pleasant, West Virginia. Legends of the Mothman first started in 1966. Locals told tales of a large, winged creature with glowing red eyes. Some say the Mothman predicted the collapse of the Silver Bridge in Point Pleasant, a disaster that took the lives of 46 people in 1967, exactly 13 months after the creature first supposedly appeared.

In 2002, The Mothman Prophecies, a story loosely based on those events, became a hit film, and the festival became an annual event. A tribute statue to Mothman was created in 2003. It stands proudly in the middle of the town and inspires pilgrimages among crypto-zoologists, reminiscent of the journey a devout Catholic might take to seek out a sacred statue of the Virgin Mary.

Even as a skeptic, I have a particular fondness for the Mothman Prophecies film. Coming from a very restrictive religion with little tolerance for most movies, it was one of the first supernatural thrillers I’d ever watched in my life. When I found out there was a festival, I just had to check it out for myself.

Here are some things I learned while I was there:

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Witness to Oregon Shooter Says Victims’ Religious Beliefs Were Irrelevant

In a New York Times account of what happened at Umpqua Community College last week, we may have the most definitive evidence yet that it was not, as many have claimed, an anti-Christian rampage by the shooter.

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Nationwide Anti-Muslim Protests This Weekend Demonstrate Intense American Islamophobia

Christians think they’re persecuted? They can talk to me when their new normal looks like what Muslims will be dealing with this weekend:

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Frustrated Christians Threaten to Convert to Islam Over Church Repairs

There’s not a lot about religion that makes sense to me, but sometimes the antics of believers are so bewildering they make your head hurt.

Take for instance the Serbian village where Christians frustrated by the amount of time it’s taking to repair their local church are resorting to extreme measures.

Namely: conversion.

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