Ponzi Pastor, Bacon Terrorism, & Spiritual Jewelry

In a South Carolina jail only one book is allowed: the Bible—and even then it has to be paperback. The ACLU is suing the jail for its sola scriptura policy. A Muslim inmate in Nebraska is suing Lancaster County because he was served pork while in custody.

Senate candidate Sharon Angle’s former pastor denounced her opponent Harry Reid’s Mormonism, calling the Latter-day Saints a cult. Meanwhile, Angle herself warned that Muslim law was taking over cities in the United States.

Posting about religion may lose you Facebook friends.

Disney is marketing its new movie about the triple-crown winning racehorse, Secretariat, to “faith-based audiences” and offering special screenings to Christian bloggers and reviewers. The market for spiritual jewelry is heating up as more and more celebrities are sporting bracelets and necklaces with religious symbols. So, put on your Tibetan “Fearless” necklace, grab some popcorn, and be inspired by a horse.

Apparently, the First Amendment protects religious messages on vanity license plates. Keep an eye out for my new “RELGNGUY” plate in the Atlanta area.

In South Carolina, a mosque was defaced with bacon. A 9/11 responder is suing the developers behind the Park51 project claiming compensation for “psychological terrorism.” He wants $350 million as compensation. The Washington Post decided not to run a comic from the popular Non Sequitur comic strip entitled “Where’s Muhammad?” The single-frame comic was a parody of the popular Where’s Waldo books and did not actually depict the prophet. In Great Britain, a Muslim woman, forced to remove her veil in court, gave her testimony behind a screen so only the magistrates could see her.

The rap duo Insane Clown Posse has admitted that they are Christians. Honestly, I didn’t see that coming.

Profane lyrics and hip hop beats shocked listeners of a local Christian radio station in Florida. Elsewhere in Florida, a thief robbed a church, felt guilty, returned the stolen electronics, and joined the church. Some Christian pastors are trying to bring more humor to the pulpit.

In New York, a Department of Transportation supervisor talked a man down from jumping off a bridge by reminding the jumper of his Christian faith. A former pastor in Indiana is going to trial for 10 counts of securities fraud after he defrauded parishioners in a Ponzi scheme.

Archaeologists unearthed an 1800-year-old statue of the Buddha in India.

In Iowa, a pastor is praying that the IRS comes after his church for his political campaign against three Iowa Supreme Court judges who ruled to allow same-sex marriages. The American Family Association has joined in the campaign against the judges.

Finally, the words of one of the Chilean miners rescued after 69 days trapped in a mine: “I was with God, and I was with the devil. They fought, and God won.”

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