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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With a Doctored Photo, a Sikh Man Is Falsely Accused of Being a Muslim Terrorist

This past weekend, a Canadian Sikh, Veerender Jubbal, found his likeness plastered across websites and newspapers around the world, after someone Photoshopped a selfie of his to include a suicide vest and a Qur’an. To his horror, Jubbal was being publicly linked to the Paris attacks.

According to Buzzfeed,

An image began to circulate on social media Saturday afternoon claiming to show one of the Paris attackers wearing a suicide bomb vest. The image was even shared by one of the largest — though unofficial — pro-ISIS channels on Telegram, the app that the extremist group used to take credit for the attacks in Paris.



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Sam Harris Responds to Paris Attacks: “There Are No Surprises Anymore”

Sam Harris published a podcast yesterday in the wake of the Paris attacks. It builds off of an essay he wrote last year called “Sleepwalking Toward Armageddon,” but very little has changed since then.



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Comic Anthony Jeselnik Trashes “Thoughts & Prayers” Tweets. I Disagree With Him (I Think)

In the wake of the Paris attacks, just when humor seemed temporarily in bad taste and frozen in suspension, I laughed much harder at Anthony Jeselnik‘s monologue than maybe I should have. Jeselnik has a knack for telling deeply uncomfortable, cringe-inducing jokes, and this bit from his latest Netflix special is no exception.



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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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