What Was Your Sign?, Pro-War MLK, & Benched for a Headscarf

So you’re in a relationship written in the stars but it’s not working out? Your zodiac sign may be wrong. It turns out the calender is off by about a month.

Pope John Paul II will be beatified on May 1st. In England, three former Anglican priests were ordained as Catholic priests on Saturday. The priests recognize the Pope as their leader but their parishes keep Anglican rites.

During a commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy, a Pentagon lawyer argued that King, a Nobel Peace Prize winner, would approve of the U.S. war efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Locals in Louisiana are arming themselves and coming up with a “security plan” to protect their churches, synagogues, and mosques.

An event titled “The Ground Zero Mosque: The Second Wave of the 9/11 Attacks” will be held at the Conservative Political Action Conference next month. Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf will no longer be the fund raising face or spokesperson for the Park51 Islamic center project in Manhattan. The Council on America-Islamic Relations asked its California chapter to take down an image of a poster that read “Build a Wall of Resistance. Don’t Talk to the F.B.I.” As part of their counter-terrorism training, NYPD officers were shown the anti-Muslim film The Third Jihad.

Musician Boy George agreed to return a stolen 18th century icon to the Orthodox Church of Cyprus. The Culture Club lead singer bought the icon from a London art dealer in 1985.

Congressman Duncan Hunter of California has introduced a bill that would allow religious symbols to be a part of war memorials. Duncan has also introduced another bill that would delay the repeal of DADT. After two years without it, the state of Illinois has reinstated its law requiring a moment of silence to start the school day. A girls basketball referee benched a player for the first half of a youth basketball game when he decided her headscarf posed a choking danger on the court. The Florida pastor who threatened to burn Qur’ans has been banned from Great Britain.

Operation Rescue founder and veteran anti-choice activist Randall Terry is planning to air graphic anti-abortion ads during the Super Bowl. Meanwhile, FOX has rejected a Super Bowl ad from an online store named “Jesus Hates Obama.”

Was Mark Twain anti-Christian?

Philip Yancey, an Evangelical writer popular among conservative Christians, will speak at the Gay Christian Network’s conference this year. Michael Youseff, a leader on the religious right, declared that the Episcopal Church is not Christian nor is it “Jesus’ church,” because of its stances on gay-rights.