Pop megastar and recovering racist Justin Bieber was reportedly baptized—in a bathtub. TMZ is reporting that Bieber underwent "intense" Bible study with Pastor Carl Lentz over the course of the last few weeks, all of which concluded with the singer getting baptized in New York City. Despite wanting to keep the ceremony hush hush, Bieber's cover kept getting blown every time he visited a church, so he ultimately decided to take a dip in a friend's bathtub.
Al Bedrosian is a good Christian. He believes in corporal punishment but not in global warming. He ran for a seat on his Virginia county board promising to bring the Lord Christ back into its meetings. With the grace of God and John Roberts, he's keeping his promise.
The War on Christmas continues—in Israel. According to the Associated Press, the speaker of Israel’s parliament rejected a request from Hana Sweid, a Christian-Arab Knesset member, to display a Christmas tree at the legislature’s building. The speaker, Yuli Edelstein of the center-right Likud party, initially cited logistical issues, but clarified today that he specifically denied the request because the Christmas tree threatened to offend the country’s majority Jewish population:
The new Pope, Francis: great guy. He loves the poor. He's cool with atheists. He's even pretty chill about gay marriage and abortions. Yesterday's photos of him embracing a severely disfigured man were genuinely touching. Still, the best thing that this nice Pope could do would be to dismantle the Catholic Church.