Building Jesus out of Toast, “Pro-Life” Effigies, Apple is a Religion, and Taunting Muslims with Dogs

Archbishop Desmond Tutu has decided to retire from public life this coming October. “The time has now come to slow down and sip Rooibos tea with my beloved wife in the afternoon,” said the 79-year-old.

Olive Stone put his foot in his anti-Semitic mouth. Again.

A group of pro-life protesters plan to beat and hang an effigy of Lindsey Graham over his decision to vote for Elana Kagan’s confirmation. No report on whether the protestors see the irony of a “pro-life” protest putting a faux murder center stage. In Georgia, Karen Handel and Nathan Deal are trying to out-pro-life each other in their runoff race for the GOP gubernatorial nomination. Deal is the more conservative of the two on abortion, but Handel gained an endorsement from Sarah Palin.

An artist in the U.K. made a representation of Jesus out of 153 pieces of burnt toast.

Another artist brings the King of Kings and the King of Pop together in his work. David LaChapelle’s latest installation “American Jesus” features religious representations of Michael Jackson.

France declared war on Al-Qaeda after the terror network executed a French aid worker taken hostage in April.

Bus ads are the latest arena for debate between Muslim and anti-Islamic groups. One ad from a Muslim group reads, “The way of life of Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, Jesus, and Muhammad. Islam. Got questions? Get answers.” Meanwhile an ad from Stop Islamization of American responded, “Fatwa on your head? Is your family or community threatening you? Leaving Islam? Got questions? Get answers!” Protestors rallying against plans to build a mosque in Temecula, California brought their dogs to the rally outside the Islamic center’s current industrial park location because, as they put it, “Muslims hate dogs.” Three out of 4 Sunni schools of jurisprudence consider dogs to be ritually impure.

Islam might not be a religion according to Tennessee Lieutenant Governor Ron Ramsey. However, Apple is a religion according to two professors at Texas A&M.

Ken Ham, from the creationist group Answers in Genesis, argues that the Smithsonian’s new Hall of Human Origins promotes atheism. Ham is one of the founders of the Creation Museum, proving that one museum’s atheism is another museum’s science.

A Methodist minister will be tweeting the Eucharist 140 characters at a time.

A Christian graduate student at Augusta State University is suing the school for religious discrimination because her counseling department demanded she work to change her opposing views of homosexuality.

Pollution concerns may keep Christian pilgrims from baptisms in the Jordan River. The site is believed to be the place where Jesus was baptized but is now contaminated with raw sewage and agricultural run-off.

Fred Phelps and his Westboro Bapist Church, noted anti-gay protestors, turned their attention to Comic-con and spewing hate at “idolaters” reading DC and Marvel. The response from the Comic-con faithful is a mix of wit, the bizarre, and beating Phelps at his own game. My favorite is the “Superman died for our sins” sign. Next upon for Phelps: Justin Beiber.

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