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Comic rebukes comedian for bashing Bible

Last Comic Standing - Norm MacDonald critiques a comedian for making fun of the Bible (Credit: NBC)A comic in a recent TV competition made fun of the Bible. After judge Roseanne Barr complimented him for being "real brave," fellow judge Norm MacDonald responded: "I don't think the Bible joke was brave at all. I think if you're going to take on an entire religion, you should maybe know what you're talking about."

Can you imagine comedians making fun of Buddhist sacred writings? Or the Qur'an?

This week Muslims are celebrating Eid al-Adha, one of two official Islamic holidays (along with Eid al-Fitr, celebrated at the end of Ramadan). I have seen no news coverage disparaging the holiday. Nor should there be.

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Policeman murdered: schools locked down

Fox Lake Lieutenant Charles Joseph Gliniewicz (Credit: Fox Lake Police Department)Joe Gliniewicz was married, a father of four, an Army veteran, and a police officer for 32 years. He mentored young people hoping to become law enforcement officers, and was beloved by many. After he was gunned down Tuesday morning, with the killers on the loose, four schools in the Chicago area went into lockdown. People barricaded themselves in their homes. The community grieved the loss of a hero while fearing for their lives.

Fear is an essential part of life, protecting us from much that would harm us. We wanted our young boys to be afraid to walk into the street and to fear touching a hot stove. But fear can be misplaced. Psychologists estimate that ninety percent of our fears involve insignificant issues, while sixty percent of what we fear will never happen.

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Clerk defies Court, denies gay marriage licenses

Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, right, talks with David Moore following her office's refusal to issue marriage licenses at the Rowan County Courthouse in Morehead, Kentucky, September 1, 2015 (Credit: AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)Kim Davis is county clerk in Rowan, Kentucky. Following the Supreme Court's decision to legalize same-sex marriage, she has refused to issue marriage licenses, including requests from three same-sex couples. After a federal judge ordered her to issue such licenses, she turned to the Supreme Court. On Monday, the Court rejected her appeal. If found guilty of official misconduct, she could face up to a year in jail.

Many who oppose same-sex marriage applaud her courage, but no one thinks her actions will reverse the law. America's unbiblical moral trajectory appears irreversible. It's easy to lose hope.

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400 pastors resigned last Sunday

Rows of church pews, podium, altar, empty church (Credit: Ekko via Lightstock)Fallout from the Ashley Madison scandal continues. The company's CEO has resigned; several people who used the adultery website have committed suicide. And some 400 clergy resigned publicly from their ministries last Sunday.

Let's put that number in perspective.

One pastor who seeks to have an affair is one too many. Infidelity shatters the spouse, devastates the children, and wounds the congregation. Pastors who violate their marriage vows sin against God, their family, and the sheep they are called to shepherd.

At the same time, 400 pastors constitute 0.00125 percent of the Ashley Madison database. They make up 0.067 percent of the estimated 600,000 vocational ministers in the U.S. Critics who draw lines from Ashley Madison to Josh Duggar and recent exposes of materialistic televangelists slander hundreds of thousands of faithful ministers. Clearly, some condemn fallen believers so they can justify their rejection of our faith.

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A surprising reason for the Pope's humility

Pope Francis is showed his portrait taken by a boy as he arrives in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican for an audience with with Altar boys and girls, August 4, 2015 (Credit: AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)In three weeks, Pope Francis will make his first visit to the United States. When you think of him, what adjectives come to mind? For most of us, humility is at the top of the list.

And rightly so. After his election, the new pope rode back to the St. Martha guesthouse with the other cardinals rather than using the papal car. He chose to live in the guesthouse rather than in the opulent papal apartment. He regularly welcomes trash collectors and cleaners to daily mass, carries his own luggage on planes, and is driven in a Ford Focus.

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