As It Turns Out, Even Protesters Sometimes Need Planned Parenthood

If you’ve ever been to a Planned Parenthood, odds are you’ve faced the protesters. Waving pictures of mangled fetuses and warnings of hellfire, they scream at you about sin and murder and beg you to change your mind. Even in the cases where volunteer escorts attempt to shield you from the shame brigade, entering the health clinic can be a jarring experience.

But every now and then, one of them will cross the picket line — even if surreptitiously and temporarily. Marie Myung-Ok Lee, writing for Salon, reports:

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The Onion Nails the Heart of the Abortion Discussion in America

Just as Jon Stewart‘s Daily Show became a news source worth its salt, The Onion, despite its satirical roots, points out an absurdity within the otherwise horrific Planned Parenthood shooting story:

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Appeals Court Will Not Hear Atheist Group’s Case to Take Down “Big Mountain Jesus” Statue

If you were to go skiing at Whitefish Mountain Resort in Montana, a resort on land owned by the U.S. Forest Service (USFS), you might come across a statue known as “Big Mountain Jesus”:

The reason that statue is allowed to be on the property is because the USFS gave the Knights of Columbus a “Special Use Permit” in 1953 to build and maintain a memorial to honor WWII veterans. However, the Knights decided to build Big Mountain Jesus because “veterans from the 10th Mountain Division… wanted to commemorate their fallen comrades with a statue that evoked memories of the many religious shrines and statues they had seen in the mountain communities of Europe.”

That’s convenient, isn’t it?… We didn’t intend to build a statue to Jesus. The veterans requested it!

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Mark Zuckerberg Vows to Give Away 99% of Facebook Wealth During His Lifetime

There’s participating in #GivingTuesday, and then there’s PARTICIPATING in #GivingTuesday. Today, Facebook founder (and atheist) Mark Zuckerberg gave a master class on the latter, posting:

Yep, you read that right. We’re talking like Bill Gates-level philanthropy. And those numbers may very well change as the value of Facebook stock changes (hopefully, in this context, to the upside). But that’s not even the best part of it all.

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Who Knew the Pope Was a Hip Hop Superstar?

Sometimes Twitter can be a vile cesspool of ignorance and bigotry. Sometimes it’s a refreshing bastion of awesomeness.

Yesterday we got a little of the latter when a seemingly unremarkable picture of Pope Francis on his tour of Africa hit the web. It wasn’t long before the picture — which looks like the Pope is rapping — became fodder for comedy gold. The hashtag #PopeBars illustrated that, clearly, Franky Baby was bringing lyrical realness to the masses.

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