Because there is LOTS to discuss
Last night, another amazing episode of The Good Wife aired, and I woke up still thinking about how much I enjoyed the very strange, very honest “Mind’s Eye.” The episode was like a Virginia Woolf fan’s erotic dream (yeah, I said it), and there are about a million reasons to watch it, and experience the unfolding of Alicia Florrick‘s thought processes. But one subject the show took on, as it has been doing a lot recently, is atheism. A proud and forthcoming atheist, Alicia Florrick has never seemed to struggle with her lack of faith in a higher power. But after her break down last week, and another awkward situation this week, she finds herself in need of faith—even though it’s not her own. Click inside for more!
Yes, his CHURCH now has an agent
The Hollywood Reporter has a story in its new issue about how Pentecostal megachurch Hillsong, attended by celebrities like Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens, has signed a deal to be represented by the William Morris Entertainment agency … making it the first church to have a Hollywood agent. According to the report, the church’s “celebrity pastors” are already repped by William Morris so, I guess, it was only a matter of time before the church itself got an agent of its own. As a person who grew up in the Pentecostal church, I can’t even wrap my head around the idea of pastors being celebrities who need Hollywood agents but I really am having a hard time understanding why a church of any kind would need representation. Is the idea here to sell entertainment or religion … or both? More »
Oh my, Odin!
For the first time since Christianity came to Iceland about 1,000 years ago, the people of Iceland have decided to erect a new temple devoted to the pagan Norse gods. The Ásatrúarfélagið association, which believes in and promotes faith in the Norse gods like Odin, Thor, Freyja, Loki, etc., is leading the charge to have this new temple built in the Icelandic capital city of Reykjavik … which is something that hasn’t happened since the age of the Vikings. People, we’re talking about a thousand years! This is insanely exciting to me. More »
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He was *thrilled*, I'm sure
Yesterday we learned that actress Angelina Jolie and hubby Brad Pitt were planning to meet with Pope Francis at a VIP meet-and-greet opportunity at the Vatican. Today we learn that that meet-and-greet took place sooner than expected as the first photos of Angelina and Pope Francis have been released. The pontiff and director were brought together after Jolie‘s film Unbroken was screened at the Vatican (even tho the pope was unable to attend the screening because he had some pope work to do). She asked for a photo, he asked for an autograph — I’m guessing — and two of the world’s most famous people came face to face at last. More »
His prayers have been answered
It would appear that Pope Francis‘s position as God’s representative on earth has finally paid off because according to a new report, he is FINALLY going to get to meet Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt. An “insider” claims that Brangelina will make their way to the Vatican at some point soon to participate in a VIP meet and greet with the pontiff. It’s unclear why exactly this meeting will take place but sources maintain that the “nonreligious” Brangelina are fans of the message that Francis has presented to the world in his short time as pope. And I’m sure the pope is just dying to be able to say that he had an audience with Santa Angelina. It sounds like a win/win situation all around. More »
She has since removed the photo from Instagram
Selena Gomez and a bunch of friends made their way to Abu Dhabi to celebrate the arrival of 2015 and she managed to cause a major controversy in the process. Selena and co. paid a visit to the Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi and she very disrespectfully exposed her ankles inside the mosque for a photo opp that she shared on her official Instagram profile. While an exposed ankle may sound like a non-issue to us in the Western World, it is a major offense in the Muslim World. Click below to see the photo that caused this controversy in Abu Dhabi (which Selena originally shared on Instagram then removed after it was deemed offensive by Muslims) and learn more about this, IMHO, disrespectful and childish incident. More »
No Booze, No Weed, No Friends
Remember back in June when we learned that Justin Bieber decided to get baptized in a bathtub in NYC in order to wash away his sins? Well, since that time homeboy has been doing a great job of sinning some more but, apparently, he is ready to clean up his act FOR GOOD and walk the straight and narrow … or something. TMZ is reporting that JB is currently on retreat right now with Pastor Carl Lentz (the guy who baptized him in the bathtub last summer) in order to learn how to spread the word of God. That’s right … The Biebs has forsaken alcohol, marijuana and his bad influence friends in order to become a pop star of God, like, for real. More »
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""God is not a divine being or a magician"
After Pope Francis publicly voiced his support of gay priests and he suggested that the Catholic Church focus on other more important issues than contraception, abortion and same-sex marriage, he went on to suggest that the Church soften its stance on divorcées as well as couples (gay or straight) who live together romantically out of wedlock. Today, we learn that Pope Francis as also publicly declared his belief in evolution and the big bang theory, saying that God is not a “magician with a magic wand”. In terms of the revolutionary things said by popes, Francis now has a very impressive record of voicing his extremely enlightened beliefs. More »
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"Work in progress"
In September of last year, Pope Francis urged the Catholic Church to focus on other, more important, things than abortion, contraception and gay marriage. Today we learn that Pope Francis is now urging the Church to show more acceptance and tolerance toward couples in same-sex marriages, couples who live together romantically but aren’t married and people who are divorced. In terms of a sitting pope advocating such socially liberal ideals, this is revolutionary. But, then again, I guess it’s what we can expect from a pope who managed to land the cover of Rolling Stone magazine. More »
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