The First Pope in almost 600 Years to Quit!
After almost 8 years in office, Pope Benedict XVI (formerly Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger) has stunned the world with the announcement today that he is resigning his office and will step down as Pope on February 28, a little over 2 weeks from today. Citing his age and health, Pope Benedict is the first Pope to resign from office since 1415 … which makes his announcement all the more shocking. For the past 600 years, Popes have died in office but — for some reason — Pope Benedict maintains that he does not have the ability to carry on as the leader of the Catholic Church … so he quit. Click below to read the full text of Pope Benedict‘s resignation announcement … whether or not you are a religious person at all, you have to admit that this development is quite newsworthy. More »
Posted under: Pope Benedict XVI
That-Ish-Cray of the Day
Ugh. I’m so annoyed that this news falls under today’s That-Ish-Cray Of The Day! Because otherwise the sub-heading was totally going to be “The British Are Coming.” Which is so much funnier than “That-Ish-Cray Of The Day“! But I gotta follow protocol, even when I have the greatest pun/overtly sexual American Revolutionary War reference ever. Speaking of Americans, apparently a lot of them are pissed off at The Damson Dene Hotel in England. This hotel’s owner committed the blasphemy to end all blasphemies when he decided to replace hotel nightstand staple The Gideon Bible, with that new ish, 50 Shades Of Grey. Deets inside!
Recently, a Philadelphia preacher attempted to organize a boycott against this song, calling it blasphemous and offensive to Christians everywhere. Amen is, indeed, a pretty blasphemous song (given the definition) but it’s a huge hit and the pastor may have made it an even bigger hip-hop anthem. Meek Mill features Drake on the track and they’ve just released a video. See and hear what all the controversy’s about inside.
The Land Of The Free?
Last time I checked, this is not what Jesus would do. Or any decent human being for that matter. But Pastor Terry Jones is the kind of guy who burns Qu’rans for fun, so we probably shouldn’t be surprised that he made a life-sized Barack Obama effigy and hung it outside of his church, The Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Florida. Pastor Jones, you might wanna revisit that good ol’ New Testament sometime soon. You seem to have missed the heavy emphasis on “love,” along with a few other points.
Posted under: Barack Obama
Guess The Pin-Wearer!
Here’s a hint: It’s not Billy Ray Cyrus.
Read on to have your social justice puzzle of the day solved…
Oh My Gawd!
Supermodel Kate Moss is featured on the cover and in the pages of the new issue of W magazine and as you can see in the photos below, the coverphoto and accompanying photospread have a bit of a good girl/bad girl thing going on. The photos, shot by photographer Steven Klein, appear to be religious themed with a dichotomy being drawn between good and evil. But even in the “good” photos, you can see a bit of daring bad girl in the styling. Anytime anyone uses religious imagery in art there is bound to be some level of controversy … and maybe that is the point. Click below to see the good AND naughty side of Kate Moss in the new issue of W magazine. More »
Posted under: Kate Moss, W Magazine
He Also Reveals HIs Relationship With God and The Moment That Changed His Life
Brad Pitt has revealed a lot about himself in a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter. He tells us about his religious upbringing as a child, his relationship with God now, his desire to marry Angelina and how after losing his way he experienced a ‘light bulb’ moment that made him change his ways. It is so refreshing to hear a real honest opening up like this. I learned a bit about Brad that I feel is worth sharing with you. More »
Posted under: Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt
A Good Jewish Mama?
In October we reported on Natalie Portman embracing her Jewish identity and taking her son, Aleph, to Temple. Now we see another star upholding her cultural identity by creating a new website, especially for Jewish parents. I wonder if Natalie will use it as her parenting bible? More »
"Thank God for making me an atheist."
Last month, comic Ricky Gervais (who will be hosting the Golden Globe Awards this Sunday night) sparked a bit of controversy by posing as Jesus Christ with the word ATHEIST written on his chest on the cover of New Humanist magazine. Today we learn that Gervais is at it again with new comments that he made to Esquire magazine about the “arrogance” of celebrities (like, namely, Sandra Bullock) who thank God when they win awards. Additionally, Ricky reveals to Esquire that he is very much looking forward to hosting the Globes again this year … and he vows that he will NEVER host the Academy Awards should he ever be asked. More »