Cartoonist Stephan Pastis Draws a Strip That Will Offend Nobody

Happy “offense-free Friday,” fellow heathens!

Stephan Pastis, the cartoonist behind the brilliant Pearls Before Swine comic strip seems to have heard the “I believe in free speech, but…” crowd loud and clear. And he answered the call to avoid offense in a strip he shared today, explaining in the first panel, “In deference to those who say cartoonists should refrain from depicting anything that could cause offense to others, today we delete all the Pearls characters who have ever caused offense to others.”

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Franklin Graham: I’m Not a Hypocrite for Taking My Money to a Gay-Friendly Bank

Over the past few days, we’ve all been having fun pointing and laughing at Christian embarrassment Franklin Graham for taking his money out of Wells Fargo bank for using a gay couple in its ads… and moving it to North Carolina-based BB&T bank, which just so happens to be even more supportive of LGBT rights.

Hilarious. (Seriously, just watch the last 30 seconds of this Rachel Maddow clip.)

Now, Graham says he’s totally not a hypocrite, writing in USA Today that none of this caught him by surprise at all:

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California Assembly Member Blames Her State’s Extreme Drought on Legalized Abortion

California State Assembly member Shannon Grove (below) knows exactly why her state is in the middle of a severe drought, and she explained her theory last week at a banquet sponsored by the California ProLife Council.

According to RH Reality Check’s Zoe Greenberg, the drought has everything to do with abortion.

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Conservatives Freak Out After Pennsylvania School District Offers Inservice Workshop at Local Mosque

Earlier this week, about 50 staffers from the Lebanon School District in Pennsylvania chose to attend a workshop to learn more about Islam and Arabic culture. There’s a reason for that: the District has seen a rise in students from the Middle East and any experienced teacher can tell you it’s easier to reach certain students when you’re able to bridge a cultural divide.

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A Disturbing Look at Brazil’s Youngest Preachers

In this weekend’s New York Times Magazine, Samantha M. Shapiro has a fascinating and frightening look at child preachers in Brazil:

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