Bill Maher on Islam: “When There’s This Many Bad Apples, There’s Something Wrong with the Orchard”

On last night’s episode of Real Time, Bill Maher and Salman Rushdie discussed the Charlie Hebdo attacks, leading Maher to reiterate his criticism of Islam: “When there’s this many bad apples, there’s something wrong with the orchard.”



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Cardinal Raymond Burke Rues “Feminization” of the Church, Saying That Altar Girls Lack “Manly Discipline”

1952 called; it wants Cardinal Raymond Burke back.

And it can have him.

From Religion News Service:

[O]ne of the most outspoken critics of Pope Francis’ push for reform is roiling the waters yet again, this time arguing that the Catholic Church has become too “feminized.”

More than 30 years after the Vatican began allowing choir girls to help priests during Mass, Ray Burke still misses the traditional sausage-fest. He wants his choir boys.

Young boys don’t want to do things with girls. It’s just natural,” Burke said in an interview published on Monday (Jan. 5). … “I think that this has contributed to a loss of priestly vocations. It requires a certain manly discipline to serve as an altar boy in service at the side of [a] priest, and most priests have their first deep experiences of the liturgy as altar boys.”

Feel free to head-desk along with me. After the explosion of pedophilia scandals that have thrown the Catholic Church into turmoil for decades now, it takes a certain linguistic cluelessness for His Eminence to refer to what boys don’t want to do with girls and to speak of “deep experiences” with altar boys.

But wait, there’s more.

“If we are not training young men as altar boys, giving them an experience of serving God in the liturgy, we should not be surprised that vocations have fallen dramatically,” Burke said.



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This Crowd Gathered to Watch Raif Badawi Get Lashed

This video shows nothing graphic. And yet it makes me sick to my stomach.

The people in it are supposedly gathering to watch Saudi blogger Raif Badawi get the first 50 (of 1,000) lashes yesterday:



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Pastor Brags About Punching a Bright Kid in the Chest Because He Didn’t Take the Lord Seriously

In this clip from a sermon, a Christian pastor explains how he walked up to a smart-aleck kid who wasn’t “taking the Lord serious”… and punched him in the chest.

Because that’s how you’re supposed to win converts for Jesus.



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Christian Author: The Bible Contains Terrible Things in Order to Teach Us How to Wrestle with Moral Questions

Christian author Derek Flood recently tackled a subject that we often see raised in atheist circles: if the Bible is supposed to provide moral guidance, why is it filled with terrible, immoral commands and acts ascribed to God? And his approach is a rather good example of how inventive we humans can be when it comes to preserving respect for an idea or belief that really doesn’t merit it.



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