Knock knock. Who’s there? Catholics, stealing a page from Mormons and Jehovah’s Witnesses and trying a little old-school evangelism.
Mormons, who sponsor more Boy Scout troops that anyone else, say they’re cool with the BSA’s new policy to allow gay Scouts but keep the ban on gay leaders.
Becoming a Hasidic Jew led writer Chaya Kurtz to become less, um, flatulent in public. Our favorite part: the good folks at xojane.com tagged the story under “Healthy, farting.”
So it turns out the nice Jewish boy from L.A. doesn’t get to take supermodel Kate Upton to his senior prom after all. Maybe Chaya Kurtz is free that night.
It’s the story that keeps on giving: The Catholic bishop of Long Island returned 300 pages of signatures to a gay man who was ousted from his parish duties for marrying his husband. The cover letter said simply: “FROM YOUR FAITHFUL ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOP.” I guess that’s a no.
Speaking of which, a gay German man who was ousted can’t get his job back, a court ruled.
Remember John Paulk, the one-time poster boy for the ex-gay movement who left Focus on the Family not long after he was spotted inside a D.C. gay bar? He’s apologized for his ex-gay work, saying “At the time, I truly believed that it would happen. And while many things in my life did change as a Christian, my sexual orientation did not.”
Paulk also says his marriage to an ex-gay lesbian is ending. I guess that makes her his ex-gay ex-wife? I dunno.
He must have lost a lot of money at blackjack: A Las Vegas man was so irate he couldn’t talk with his pastor RIGHT NOW that he drove his car into the church.
Maybe he should try some of this: NPR takes us inside a New Mexico church that uses “Brazilian huasca tea, which has psychoactive properties said to produce a trance-like state.”
Pope Benedict XVI is expected to return to living inside the Vatican in the next week or so, the church’s top spokesman says.
Atheist groups had a little trouble yesterday deciding whether to protest — or not — outside Bangladeshi institutions in defense of atheist bloggers after a building collapse in the country’s capital killed 200+.
Emerging from seclusion, the new Coptic pope is none too pleased with Egypt’s treatment of his flock.
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